5 to 9
I’ve recently finished watching the Japanese drama 5 to 9, based on the manga of the same title. It follows the story of Sakuraba Junko, an English language teacher who receives a marriage proposal from a monk, Hoshikawa Takane. She’s reluctant at first — after all how can she achieve her dream of living the big life in New York if she accepts the monk and decides to live in a buddhist temple?
The drama is quirky and sweet — as to be expected from a drama that’s aimed at women in their 20s. There are interesting side characters that help drive some of the plot, even if they can come across as generally flat.
Personally, I generally liked the drama, even though I had weird feelings about how Momoe Yamabuchi, one of Junko’s friends, who is obsessed with boys love manga was portrayed, but that’s a story for another day.