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Title: パパとムスメの7日間
Genre: Comedy, Family
Episodes: 7
Average Episode Rating: 13.9

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Synopsis (from Dramawiki):

This home comedy tells the story of Kyoichiro and his teenage daughter Koume. One day, the two ride a train together after visiting Kyoichiro’s mother-in-law. He sees it as a chance to get to know his daughter better, but he ends up getting more than that – by some mysterious force, both Kyoichiro and Koume end up with their mind in the other’s body! Unfortunately, they have no choice but to swap lives, pretending to be each other at school and work.

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Review:

Honestly, I don’t watch too many Japanese dramas anymore. I used to watch a lot of them (of course not as much as Korean dramas) but over time, the appeal of Japanese dramas dried out and died down with me. To me, they are just too short and something seems so off about it. Even bad Korean dramas are better than average Japanese dramas to me (please do not be offended if you do love Japanese dramas). I have just seen so many different types of dramas from a variety of cultures that has brought me to the sad conclusion that Japanese dramas just don’t and won’t ever measure up to Korean dramas. That being said, I haven’t watched a Japanese drama in years, and of the Japanese dramas that I have watched (you can see for yourself on our “drama ratings” page), I only remember a small handful because that is the reality of how many actually stood out to me. (Of course, the same goes for Korean and Taiwanese dramas too…I actually can’t believe I spent so much time and wasted my life away watching so much back in the day. But thank God those days are over haha….)

So then, at this point, you are probably wondering what motivated me to even start a Japanese drama if I have such a distaste for them already. Let me give some background information. Because of the huge and insane number of Korean dramas I watched during high school (not that I necessarily regret it but I do admit that it took a large chunk of my life away from me), I actually indirectly learned Korean. I picked up random phrases and words and my comprehensive skills in the Korean language picked up subconsciously. I was learning without realizing that I was learning. This upcoming September, I will be taking a beginner’s Japanese course in school. In order to not fall behind (I’m very afraid that I will not be able to catch up because the Japanese language seems much more difficult to me than Korean), I have decided to try to get a head start on Japanese first. I have begun learning hiragana (although at a very slow pace, I am still making some progress!) and I also set my mind on watching Japanese dramas to get re-acquainted with the Japanese language. I used to know lots of random phrases in Japanese due to the time spent on watching Japanese shows, but it’s been a while and I have forgotten a lot.

In order to find a Japanese drama worth watching, I did some research (as in: I typed a few words in google) and found some drama recommendations by random bloggers. I read the synposis’ of each drama and then narrowed down my choices to three. In the end, I decided to start this one because it reminds me of the movie “Freaky Friday” and I thoroughly enjoyed that movie back in the day. The good thing about Japanese dramas is that they are all very short. Compared to Korean dramas, which can go on forever (I’ve seen dramas as long as 60 episodes, and even one that was about 130 episodes!), it seems as if the Japanese prefer their shows short and sweet. Not sure how that works since it probably interferes with plot and character development, but if they like it short, I can’t really complain. Not only do they have few episodes, but the episodes themselves range from 30-45 minutes long. So let’s see..I began this drama yesterday and finished today. That’s how short it was.

As for the review itself, let’s begin, shall we? I came into this drama with minimal expectations and boy, was I blown away. Not only is this drama funny, but it’s also a wonderful drama about learning to love and I feel that many fathers and daughters would be able to relate in a way. We have a father-daughter pair that would appear to be strangers if you didn’t know that they were related by blood. They don’t really talk to each other and as a result, they don’t have a strong relationship with each other either. So they know nothing about what goes on in their daily lives, and it seems like the only thing tying them together is the mother/wife character of this drama.

I really commend the actor and actress pair who played the father and daughter because once the body switch happened, it seemed so real. The way they acted – from the body language, to the method of speech and the words they used – it was all very believable. It was funny seeing a teenage girl inside of a middle-aged man’s body and vise versa. And it is this exact change that caused the father-daughter pair to learn more about each other.

I love how they were able to help each other in various parts of their lives, and truly discover more about who the other person was. More than touching, it was a bunch of funny and awkward scenes being put together. The father was able to help his daughter by imparting his wisdom onto her and her friends, and also helping her to get the guy of her dreams. The daughter, on the other hand, was able to help her father at work by making the workplace atmosphere more enthusiastic and by contributing her own ideas about perfume products that teenagers her age would enjoy and purchase.

I also enjoyed the many awkward scenes in this drama, such as all the showering scenes and love scenes – those were awkwardly funny because of the biological differences between a man and woman. Seeing the father-daughter pair reconcile these differences and get over them was amusing and made for an enjoyable drama.

Ultimately, seeing the father and daughter grow closer as they are stuck in each others’ bodies was the most touching about this drama. Although the focus wasn’t on romance as many dramas are these days, the emphasis on family and building familial relationships was not just much needed, but also much appreciated. Today’s world is always focused on romantic love, but family love seems to be on the back-burner, and this drama really addressed this topic of family that most dramas neglect. The newly formed and reconciled relationship between father and daughter was sweet to watch, especially as time went on. Seeing the relationship untangle and grow made me not want them to return to their own bodies, but of course, this was inevitable, and I would also be sad if they remained trapped in each others’ bodies.

The body reversal in the beginning and end of the drama made sense and went smoothly, which helped with the plot of the drama, and everything was realistic (considering if the situation could actually happen). The day-to-day lives of both the working man and the schoolgirl were not unrealistic or completely out of the picture, so everything was reasonable and made sense. This may seem like something that should go without saying, but honestly, some Japanese dramas leave me wondering what in the world just happened. Some of them are so unrealistic and so weird that I am left completely speechless.

Sorry about my jumbled and unorganized review. Overall, I would recommend this drama to anybody who is new to the Japanese drama scene or who is just looking for a good show to watch. You will not regret it!! I certainly do not. This drama is short enough for you to finish within a few days (or even one day if you’re ambitious) and also short enough to re-watch without sacrificing too much time. Thanks to this drama, i have more hope in the Japanese entertainment world.

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Subjective Rating (how much I personally liked the drama): 5/5

Objective Rating (how good the drama actually was): 4.5/5