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Sunday, March 7, 2010
Shoplifting teens and sensei secrets; CM of the week: Aguro Bokujo
In the special two-hour drama "Garasu no Kiba" (The Glass Fang; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.), an FM radio disk jockey named Akiko (Atsuko Takahata) is asked by the authorities to monitor and supervise a troubled teen named Yuka (Moe Arai).
Yuka was caught shoplifting by the police and then released without being arrested. It is hoped that Akiko can somehow counsel her in such a way that she won't get into any more trouble. Akiko talks to the girl over and over and eventually comes to learn of her dysfunctional family background.
She seems to be making progress, but then one day Yuka doesn't show up for an appointed meeting, and Akiko finds it impossible to contact her. Days pass and then Akiko finally finds the girl while she is in the middle of another shoplifting attempt.
Postjuvenile delinquency is given a lighter spin in the two-hour drama "Yume no Mitsukekata Oshietaru 2" (Teaching How to Find a Dream 2; Fuji TV, Sat., 9 p.m.). Masatoshi Hamada of the comedy duo Downtown plays Imamura, a temporary elementary school teacher who is placed in charge of a sixth grade class. The students have been divided into two groups: One will be advancing to a private junior high school and the other to a public junior high school. The separation leads to a constant state of conflict.
Imamura himself was a hot rodder as a youth, and though he tries to hide his background, the school nurse, Chikako (Naoko Iijima), recognizes a punk when she sees one, since she herself was a member of an infamous female gang in high school. She tells Imamura that their respective rebellious pasts will be their own little secrets.
CM of the week
Agura Bokujo: Agura Bokujo is a stock-raising farm in the hills of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture. In the company's current TV spots two bipedal black cows arrive at Nasu Shiobara Station, suitcases in hoof, and then proceed to enjoy the recreational attractions of the region, which include hot spring resorts, golfing, shopping, amusement park rides, and the relaxed atmosphere of the natural surroundings.
The narrator says that the "black Japanese beef cattle" of Agura Bokujo are "raised in a refreshing environment" that makes for a "safe, carefree" product, and we see the farm's livestock grazing contentedly on the green hillsides while the two tourist cows lay out on the ground looking up at the blue sky. Have these two been lured to their doom unexpectedly by the sightseeing charms of Nasu? Will they face the same fate as their less peripatetic bovine fellows? Apparently not. In one variation of the ad the two traveling cows are seated at a restaurant counter awaiting their order of steak. Obviously, they're not herbivores.