Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Just finished: Propose Kyoudai

Three brothers and a cousin from a family overcome their social awkwardness to ask the woman they love to marry them. Each episode is only half an hour long, so there’s no room for any great romance to bloom and the stories tend to end very quickly. The opening episode is perhaps the best, with Anne as the clumsy but keen junior chef and Sato Ryuta as the over-helpful chef she eventually marries.

Episode three concerns a freeter who finally decides to stick with a job to impress a woman. It’s the weakest of the bunch, including clichés such as learning to take pride in your work, and suddenly having to go to America for a year on business. Considering that the programme is only half an hour long, this seems to have a lot of padding. The final episode was surprising mostly because of the sympathetic performance by Becky. I never gave her much thought as an actress, but she’s pretty good here.

All in all, this passed before my eyes without demanding any real attention. In fact, thinking back, I can’t remember what happens in episode two. The programmes are too short to build up any feelings for the characters and there are no twists or surprises, but episodes one and four are sweet and enjoyable, so it’s not a complete waste of time.

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