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Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010

CHANNEL SURF

Dramas based on song themes and raising a bounty; CM of the week: toto BIG

The linking theme of the four episodes of "Sotsu Uta" (Graduation Song; Fuji TV, Mon-Thurs, 11 p.m.) is a radio show hosted by DJ Hitomi (Masami Nagisa), who plays songs popularly associated with graduation.

On Monday night's drama, based on Kiroro's "Best Friend," high school student Ayumi is always in love, and so tends to take her best friend for granted and not notice her undying devotion.

Exile's "Michi" ("Road") is the theme song for Tuesday's drama, in which a young woman brings her fiance home to meet her father. He approves of the young man and gives his blessing, but tells his daughter he won't attend the wedding.

Wednesday is given over to Sukima Switch's "Kanade," about a female college student who believes her boyfriend is having an affair, though it turns out he is leaving her for a completely different reason.

Yumi Matsutoya's classic sotsu-uta "Sotsugyo Shashin" (Graduation Photo) sets the tone for the last story about Hitomi herself when she first came to Tokyo and realized her ideals didn't stand a chance in the real world.

The controversial topic of rewards for information about fugitives is the subject of the two-hour drama special "Kenshokin" (Reward; TV Tokyo, Wed., 9 p.m.).

Kuniko (Keiko Takeshita) is a housewife whose son is killed during a robbery in a supermarket. The killer escapes, however, and months later the police investigation seems to be going nowhere. Kuniko becomes increasingly angry at what she sees is a lazy attitude on the part of the police.

She decides to take matters into her own hands and sells her house to raise money for a reward for any information that might lead to an arrest. An employee of the supermarket, Mayumi (Keiko Toda), comes forward and says she saw the killer. The police step up their investigation based on Mayumi's information.

CM of the week

toto BIG: In a parody of the famous manga series "Cat's Eye," about a trio of art-thief sisters, the bumbling cop Toshi sits in the sisters' cafe, blissfully unaware as always that they are the infamous burglars. "What's that?" one of the sisters asks, looking at a ticket Toshi is holding. "BIG!" he says confidently. "A chance to win ¥600 million!"

Rui, behind the counter, winks to her siblings and suddenly we see the three in leotards standing on a rooftop, ready for action with their trusty "calling cards" capable of slicing through metal.

BIG is the soccer lottery run by a sports-promotion agency. It is offering the biggest jackpot in its history now thanks to a carryover of ¥25 billion. The commercial uses of the comedy team Mori Sanchu, who are famously full-bodied, to portray the svelte Kisugi sisters.



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