The drama “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” is a coming-of-age ensemble drama set in Ikebukuro that was broadcast 20 years ago. It is based on a novel of the same title by Ira Ishida.
With a superb cast including Tomoya Nagase of TOKIO and Yosuke Kubozuka, it still has a strong fan base.
The anime will be aired in the fall of 2020, and more and more people must be wondering what kind of work it is!
So, in this article, I will introduce the synopsis of this work from the drama version 20 years ago, as well as the highlights that can be found in the anime version.
Ahead of the start of the anime version, let’s check out the general story and the unique charm of the work.
Synopsis of the drama version of Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Ikebukuro West Gate Park” is set in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
The main character Makoto Mashima, who helps his family run a fruit store, is the “troubleshooter of Ikebukuro” and deals with the many problems and troubles that occur in Ikebukuro.
Makoto is suspected of murder after a series of murders targeting women, and he is also involved in a war between color gangs in Ikebukuro.
Makoto is unintentionally involved in a number of cases.
Many of the cases he gets involved in are difficult and challenging to solve.
He is always involved in serious and sad cases, such as dating problems, domestic violence, and even drug problems.
Makoto struggles to solve these cases with the help of his friends.
At the climax of the film, a heinous incident occurs that tears Makoto and his friends apart.
It will be interesting to see how Makoto overcomes this difficulty.
Highlights (1) 魅力的すぎるキャラクター
Let’s take a look at some of the charms of this work that can be found in the anime version. The first one is the overly attractive characters.
After all, the appeal of Makoto and King is unbelievable!
Makoto, played by Tomoya Nagase of TOKIO, and King, played by Yosuke Kubozuka, are the two main characters in this movie.
Makoto, who still doesn’t have a regular job and lives at home, complains a lot, but somehow manages to live up to the expectations of his friends and clients, and dashingly solves difficult cases.
The charismatic King is the leader of the largest color gang in Ikebukuro, but he still lives at home with his parents and is in love with his older girlfriend.
I guess you could call it “gap-moe”, but these two are somewhat out of it, but when they do it, they definitely do it.
The acting skills of Tomoya Nagase and Yosuke Kubozuka, who play the two characters, combine to give them a tremendous presence and charm.
They are so attractive that just the motivation of wondering what they will do or say makes you want to watch the rest of the movie.
Their presence in this work is absolute, so it can be said that drawing Makoto and King in an attractive manner is an absolute prerequisite for the success of “Ikebukuro West Gate Park”.
It will be interesting to see how these two characters will be portrayed and how they will play out in the anime.
Highlights (2)Catchy presentation and memorable background music
The drama version of Ikebukuro West Gate Park has an incredibly heavy plot.
If you’re wondering if you have to watch the whole thing with a gloomy feeling, that’s not the case.
In fact, the overly heavy storyline has a comedic touch to it, and you can watch it with a happy and positive feeling until the end.
What is happening is incredibly heavy and sad, but Makoto and his friends are able to overcome it.
I was amazed at the direction and the background music, which expressed the heaviness of the story and the lightness of the characters’ mood without feeling uncomfortable.
It was so groundbreaking that it made me think I had never seen a drama like this before.
I can’t help but wonder if the anime will go the route of making the heavy development look heavy as it is, or if it will follow in the footsteps of the drama version.
Highlights (3)A story that makes you want to know what happens next
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The drama “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” is basically one complete episode.
Like “Mito Komon” or “Aibou”, there is an incident at the beginning and Makoto and his friends solve it.
However, the story is interspersed with various plot threads that eventually converge and develop into a major incident.
Therefore, the story is interesting enough as a single episode, but it makes you wonder how the foreshadowing scattered throughout the story will be recovered.
In addition, the drama version is quite different from the original in terms of development and dialogue. It will be interesting to see what happens in the anime.
A must-see before the anime airs
I have introduced the synopsis of the drama version of “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” and the highlights that can be found in the anime version.
What kind of story will the anime version tell, and what kind of character settings will it have? I’m very much looking forward to it.
If you want to check out the differences between the drama and the anime, why don’t you check out the drama version of Ikebukuro West Gate Park at this time before it starts airing?