Finally watched the Tumbling drama after all this time procrastinating. When I first heard about the drama, I wasn't too keen on wanting to watch it even if it had eye candy and all.
But anyways, did finally watch it the other night and I just wanna kick myself for not watching it earlier. Absolutely love the series. I wasn't expecting it to be this good but it was. Lotsa boys and gang fights. It's similar to Gokusen but much better and the story reminded me of Slam Dunk but instead of playing basketball they do rhythmic gymnastics. The story is interesting cos it focuses on each of the characters.
Speaking of characters, my favourite is Kiyama played by Daito Shunsuke, cool, loner type. In the past, his friend died saving him from some gangsters so eversince then he's kept away from people not wanting to be friends with anyone incase they get hurt because of him. He spends a lof of time with blood and bruises on his face cos he's always getting beaten up. When Wataru tells him that they'd go get revenge, Kiyama would always tells him not to bother. Also, at the end, when the others are at the tournament, Kiyama goes off by himself to stop Akabane and his gang from interferring. Was hoping Kiyama would would kick ass but instead he just begs them and lets them beat him up instead. I mean, what is the point of that. After they beat him up, they can just continue on their way. Seriously, he should have fought back. He may not havw won against so many but at least take some down with him. Ah well, they were trying to teach something here...violence is bad...mmmkay
Another thing that caught me by surprise was that they had a gay character, Mizusawa played by Yanagishita Tomo. There were some hints early on but I thought Mizusawa hated Kiyama cos he would always avoid him. Only when they showed Mizusawa's student ID containing a photo Kiyama did I think...'hang on, he's got the guy's photo...does he like him?'
And lo and behind, the reason he's been avoiding Kiyama is because he liked the guy ever since he first saw him. But he didn't want anyone to find out cos then he would have to quit the team since he thought no one would want a gay person on the team. Ep 5 had me on the verge of bawling my eyes out. Seriously was so sad. If this was a bl show then they would have gotten together. But damn, Kiyama told Mizusawa that he can't accept his feelings but he wants to remain friends. Well, we do get a bonus of that bath scene in ep 8 when Mizusawa and Kiyama were packed together like sardines. Seriously, they were that close to each other I thought Mizusawa was sitting on Kiyama. And they were naked. Skin contact. Although we don't get to see anything that can't be shown on tv.
Actually, I thought maybe Kiyama and another character Satoshi were gonna be an item (even if it's not a bl show). Like when Satoshi was suffering from his condition and needed medicine, Kiyama happened to walk by and saw him him. Then Kiyama piggybacked him home. Satoshi asked Kiyama not to tell anyone about his condition cos he didn't want anyone to find out. Satoshi also stood up for Kiyama when the rumour of him killing someone spread through the school. Mizusawa did too but not as obvious. Satoshi was also the one who invited Kiyama to join the club. I love Kiyama. He talks really nice and gentle to Satoshi. They would make a cute couple...big gangster guy and small weak looking uke.
Overall, really love this series. Better than Gokusen.