Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu (2002) – Dramacool

Hirosue Ryoko plays a pouty, blind girl with a chip on her shoulder (chips and grudges are in this quarter), whose very wealthy father has just died and left her his estate. Her mother left him years ago, taking her older brother, but leaving her behind. The sweet, but none-too-sharp brother, Reiji, writes her for years but the housekeeper throws the letters away. Now it turns out that this sweet Reiji (let’s call him Reiji I), has gone to work as a cook for another guy named Reiji (Reiji II played by Watabe Atsuro), the cold-hearted head of a very successful Kabukicho host club. The girls all love him, but all he loves is his bankbook. Reiji II’s life goes well until one day a rich executive’s wife, who has been providing him with millions, turns out to be a poor bank clerk who has embezzled all the cash from her employer. Reiji II did not know this, but the police do not believe him and he heads off to serve six months as an accessory to the crime. The distraught, sweet Reiji I steps into the street to protest as Reiji II is driven off to jail, gets hit by a motorcycle and dies.

Six months later, Reiji II returns to find that the world of Kabukicho has turned against him and, during his incarceration, he has somehow run up a huge debt to the district’s worst loan shark. As he prepares to be eaten alive by the nasty loan sharks, a private detective shows up looking for Reiji I, so he can reunite him with his long-lost sister. Somebody gets Reiji I and II confused, but Reiji II does a quick take on the situation. Seeing this as his only hope of swimming out of shark-infested waters, he takes it. He steals the identity of the other Reiji and heads off for a reunion with his newfound “sister.” Bitter and angry about something as yet undisclosed, she is in no mood to be won over and slashes him on the cheek with her white cane. End of episode one. And yes, that was the best offering of the week. (Wm Penn, Excerpt from Daily Yomiuri, 2002-Jul-18)

  • Native Title: 愛なんていらねえよ、夏
  • Also Known As: I don’t need love , I cannot say I love you , Forget Love , Love is Still Necessary
  • Director: Imai Natsuki, Tsutsumi Yukihiko, Hirakawa Yuichiro, Matsubara Hiroshi
  • Screenwriter: Tatsui Yukari
  • Cast & Credits

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    • Hirosue Ryoko

      Takazono Ako

      Main Role

    • Watabe Atsuro in Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Japanese Drama (2002)
      Watabe Atsuro

      Shiratori Reiji

      Main Role

    • Fujiwara Tatsuya in Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Japanese Drama (2002)
      Fujiwara Tatsuya

      Akutagawa Naru

      Support Role

    • Kurokawa Tomoka in Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Japanese Drama (2002)
      Kurokawa Tomoka

      Nagaoka Mie

      Support Role

    • Suzuki Kazuma in Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Japanese Drama (2002)
      Suzuki Kazuma

      Igarashi Akira

      Support Role

    • Morimoto Leo in Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Japanese Drama (2002)
      Morimoto Leo

      Ueda Takuro

      Support Role


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    • Drama: Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu
    • Country: Japan
    • Episodes: 10
    • Aired: Jul 12, 2002 – Sep 13, 2002
    • Aired On: Friday
    • Original Network: TBS
    • Duration: 54 min.
    • Content Rating: 13+ – Teens 13 or older

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