The “moon thing” and sexuality… A simple question about the morning drama “Tora ni Tsubasa,” which also draws attention to new perspectives. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

The “moon thing” and sexuality… A simple question about the morning drama “Tora ni Tsubasa,” which also draws attention to new perspectives.

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Sairi Ito of NHK’s TV series “Tora ni Tsubasa,” which is receiving rave reviews for her acting.

NHK’s TV series “Tora ni Tsubasa” continues to gain momentum, recording 18% household viewer rating for the second time since it began airing. If it continues at this rate, it is on track to exceed 20%. If it does, it will be the first time since “Yale” aired in the first half of FY 2008 that a drama series has achieved this feat.

The drama is about a heroine who overcomes hardships and rises to the top, and the secret of its popularity lies in the acting ability of Sairi Ito, the lead actress. The same is true of the unique supporting actors.

In terms of direction, there are plenty of scenes that have not been seen in previous morning dramas, such as the heroine suffering from menstrual cramps described as “moon stuff” and scenes reminiscent of a boys’ love story, and viewers enjoy the drama every day, excited and thrilled to see what will happen next time.

However, the more the viewer is drawn into the drama, the more he or she becomes concerned about the details. One of them is the historical background of the drama.

TV viewers who love TV can not only record but also watch their favorite programs over and over again through missed broadcasts, etc., which makes them more attentive to unnatural scenes and other details. Perhaps because of this, recent dramas, unless they are science fiction or comedies, have been well-researched for their time period, and there is not much to be picky about.

The much-talked-about “Inappropriate! (TBS), which was a hot topic in the previous season, was a story about a time leap between the Showa period and the present day, and everything from the sets to the fashions and language of the time was accurately recreated.

As far as morning dramas are concerned, Nanako Matsushima’s “beauty” was pointed out in “Natsuzora,” which aired in the first half of fiscal 2007.

She was always fair-skinned and smooth, and her hands were white and clean. She wore a lot of makeup, and people talked about how a woman married to a ranch in Hokkaido in the early postwar period could not possibly have such fair skin. In a place where it is very cold, they take care of cows and horses every day, and their faces and hands must be rough and sunburned.

I think there were cosmetics, but in an age when there were no skincare products or hand creams like today, I don’t think she would have such beautiful white skin.

A director engaged in drama production at a commercial broadcaster explains the situation in this way.

Some actors want to be realistic, while others are reluctant to wear dirty make-up because they want to preserve their image. As long as it doesn’t affect the direction of the drama, I’m not particularly concerned about that.

According to a writer for a TV magazine, one thing that has been pointed out by some viewers of “Tora ni Tsubasa” is the costumes.

The writer of a TV magazine said, “Especially during and after the war. There are many soldiers who have been demobilized from overseas, and their uniforms are beautiful. Their uniforms are clean, not torn or stained with dirt or dust. The war orphans wear tattered clothes, and their faces and limbs are dirty. Yet, all the adults are dressed in clean clothes, which is obviously unnatural. Todoroki Taichi (Totsuka Sumitaka), who has just been demobilized, has clean military uniforms as if they had already been washed, and his face is spotless. His face was clean and his beard had not grown.

And the next day, somehow, he had changed into a clean civilian suit, and his pants had marks where they had been properly pressed. The court workers’ suits were also wrinkle-free, and they wore bright white Y-shirts with good glue. It may sound like I’m poking around in a corner, but it seems that there are a certain number of viewers who want the drama to accurately depict the period during and after World War II,” he said.

Other things that caught his attention were the beautiful white kimonos and kappos of the Inozume family women, the children’s clean clothes, and the fact that all of them have perfectly white teeth.

He said, “Unless it’s absolutely necessary, there is the point that if you apply a stain or deterioration effect, you can’t use it all the time, and it costs a lot of money. That, and the fact that it doesn’t affect the content of the drama, so there’s no need to go that far.

Also, many people do not want to look so realistic in the morning. However, the fact that such a thing is even pointed out is proof that the drama is attracting that much attention, which is gratifying.

The fact that the drama has attracted so much attention is probably the reason why various opinions are expressed. There is no doubt that many viewers are paying attention to this drama from various angles.

  • PHOTO Kazuhiko Nakamura

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