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J-Drama: 深夜食堂 2 (The Late Night Diner 2)


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UTB 18.2 Friday Drama: THE LATE NIGHT DINER II

Starts on Friday, July 1, 2016
(Following the end of LATE NIGHT DINER I)

Airs on UTB Channel 18.2 on Fridays from 9:30p - 10:00p

With English subtitles

Also aired on:
Early Saturday mornings, anytime from 1a through 3a
Saturday mornings from 8:30a ~ 9:00a
Saturdays from 12:30 ~ 1:00p
Saturdays from 7:30p ~ 8:00p

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A continuation of every day living and life stories involving the patrons of this diner which is open from midnight to 7 AM.—DramaWiki

"Shinya Shokudo 2," set in a late night restaurant various customers come walking in ordering custom made dishes by Master (Kaoru Kobayashi). —AsianWiki

Drama Information
Number of Episodes: 10
Genre: Human drama
Opening theme: Omoide (Memories) by Suzuki Tsunekichi
Ending theme: Uso no tsukikata by LOVE LOVE LOVE
Originally aired: 10/18/2011 - 12/20/2011 on Channel TBS in Japan

Cast

KKobayashi Kaoru as Master
Patrons
Odagiri Joe as Katagiri
Ayata Toshiki
Ando Tamae as Marilyn
Fuwa Mansaku as Chuu
Kobayashi Asako (小林麻子) as Rumi
Kaneko Kiyobumi (金子清文) as Kanemoto
Uno Shohei (宇野祥平) as Komichi (ep1-)
Matsushige Yutaka
Mitsuishi Ken
Ukaji Takashi as Jo (ep3)
Komoto Masahiro as Nagai (ep3)
Ichikawa Miwako (ep7)
Tanaka Tetsushi (ep7)
Sakai Wakana as Hitomi (ep8)
Shiomi Sansei (ep8)
Kochi Machiko as Chiaki (ep9)
Maeda Aki as Noriko (ep9)

Complete cast information (as well as listing of other guest stars and production credits) is available at the DramaWiki and AsianWiki websites.

Notes

Based on the manga series "Shinya Shokudo" by Yaro Abe (first published October, 2006 in Japanese seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original).

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AsianWiki
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UTB informed me that due to a change in their programming, Season 2 will begin airing on Friday, July 1, at 9:30p. I have updated the front page with this information.

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<Episode 11>

This might have been my favorite episode so far. We see into Mr. Yakuza's past and what made him turn from a very promising life to that of a mobster. I'll watch an encore tomorrow, then comment more.

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<EPISODE 1>

Yes, I loved this episode! What a great way to kick off the second season - with my favorite character, Mr. Yakuza. If I remember correctly, Season 1's first episode also started off with an episode featuring Mr. Yakuza and Osuzu (the owner of the gay bar) and so it was a nice tribute to that series premiere by starting off the show's second season with an episode on the same characters.

I hope Season 2 will focus more on the characters' pasts and their private lives. Season 1 was just an introduction and the tip of the iceberg. Now, we might learn more about why these people are the way they are. Hopefully more about Master will be revealed, as well. He just might be the most interesting character of them all!

What a touching look at Mr. Yakuza's past. He always struck me as having gone into the yakuza 'business' because something traumatic/tragic happened to him before. Now, it all makes sense! I had no idea that he was once a successful high school baseball player, who lost his chances at making it in the professional baseball world because he got in a fight with some hooligans fighting with him over his girlfriend at the time - who was also the team's manager. Who would have known!?

We now know why Mr. Yakuza loves eating the wieners so much. It was the meal that his ex-girlfriend always used to make for him. When Mr. Yakuza met with his dying ex-girlfriend in the hospital, and she asked him to take her to Master's restaurant to try the wieners, I never thought he actually would do it. But, as we saw with that scene at the very end, he managed to organize it for her. We didn't see her actually in the restaurant, but we did see everyone arranging for her to visit the restaurant safely - in her wheelchair. I am glad Mr. Yakuza was able to arrange this before she passed away.

The way the final scenes played out were so powerful. There was hardly any dialogue, but the combination of the acting, music, and cinematography helped us figure out what was going on. For example, the placement of "funeral purification powder" at the end while Mr. Yakuza and his friend were drinking beer at Master's place helped signify that the ex-girlfriend had indeed, passed away. No dialogue necessary - it was more powerful this way.

I hope the other episodes this season will be just as powerful as this one. Mr. Yakuza is the star of the show, isn't he? I hope he appears in more episodes this time around.

Episode 2 airs next week!

P.S - I loved the ending theme song more than last season's.
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It was definitely a memorable episode. So much emotion packed into 30 minutes.

It was an interesting dynamic between Ryu and the police detective. The detective tried so hard to get Ryu to visit his ex-gf that he even threatened Ryu's gopher with crimes while they were at the batting park, but Ryu called his bluff. The looks on all their faces were hilarious.

While Ryu was visiting his ex-gf, the detective was playing catch with her son outside and the detective became overcome with emotion as he bent down to pick up the baseball.

I'm sure everyone here enjoyed the scene where the gay bar owner reprimanded the triplets for gossiping about Ryu and his past. Even the Diner Master/"Boss" looked upset at the triplets.
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I'm sure everyone here enjoyed the scene where the gay bar owner reprimanded the triplets for gossiping about Ryu and his past. Even the Diner Master/"Boss" looked upset at the triplets.



That was my favorite moment! Finally somebody in the restaurant has called them out on their nasty behavior. Those three spend all their time judging others and looking down on everyone they deem to be 'lower' than them - laughing at their lifestyle, jobs, or even stooping so low as to attack their personal appearance. I don't know if the fact that they are back for Season 2 means that they were liked by the viewing audience, but I can't stand them!

Jun and her traumatized boyfriend weren't back for the premiere, so hopefully they were written out for Season 2. Those two weren't fun to watch, either.

I'm just glad Mr. Yakuza was the focal point of this episode! He and the gay bar owner are two of my favorites. I also liked the detective - I hope he becomes a regular, too.

The look on Mr. Yakuza's assistant when the detective threatened to throw the book at him was hilarious! He actually believed he was going to be taken in.

Excellent episode, indeed.
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Don't know if anyone else is taken by the music in this series, but I really loved Fukuhara Kimie's "Dekiru Koto" near the end of Episode 1 of the second season. It seems a perfect companion for Suzuki Tsunekichi's "Omoide" - the entire series' opening theme song. There's so much about how the past and its memories affect the characters' lives in virtually every episode, and I think that both songs capture this theme so well.
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<EPISODE 2>

Hanzotoponta, I agree with you about the music - everything, including the background instrumentals, fit perfectly with the overall tone/feel of the plot. The musical score is great!

Another good episode. I hope that this means Season 2 will be better as a whole, as opposed to the first season, which had some gems and some flops.

I loved the loving relationship between the brother (the junior detective) and the sister. You could tell he was extremely concerned about his sister's well-being, and the fact that she was working long hours in order to support her loser and cheater of a boyfriend. However, he was careful to not overstep his boundaries with her, keeping a watchful and protective eye from afar.

I'm so glad that the sister dumped that loser of a guy and moved back in with her mother. When we saw him walk back into the restaurant of the episode, I was afraid that they would play the "happily ever after" card and say that she forgave him for everything and took him back. What a relief when Master, in his narrating capacity, told us that she dumped the guy not long after this incident. Good! He can take his lying, cheating, and abusive self back to the comedy house!

Speaking of which...what a dull comedian. You could have heard a pin drop - not a laugh in the audience. My favorite moment was when Mr. Junior Yakuza was in the front row of the audience, giving the guy a dirty look that could kill. How could anyone perform comedy after that!?

The sister seemed so happy after breaking up with that guy, didn't she? No need to fall asleep at the counter anymore - she was a new woman, brighter than ever before.

Good episode. #3 airs next week!
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Speaking of which...what a dull comedian. You could have heard a pin drop - not a laugh in the audience. My favorite moment was when Mr. Junior Yakuza was in the front row of the audience, giving the guy a dirty look that could kill. How could anyone perform comedy after that!?


[...especially when he couldn't perform comedy even before that!]

That was my favorite moment, too! It looked to me as though the entire audience (4-5 guys) were all Yakuza Jr.'s thugs... all with the same expression on their faces. That was a great lesson to loser boyfriend. How mortifying!

It's pretty amazing that the guy saw himself as a comedian. But maybe it was just his way to delude himself into living such a leech life without having to do any work for himself.

Another favorite part was watching the brother learn about his sister. Since he was considerably older than she, he felt responsible for her and was more strict and controlling than he should have been during their childhood. But as a young, inexperienced teenager, the brother really couldn't parent in a more moderate manner. He did the best he could. In the end, though, he realized that his sister's experience under his hand was opposite from his own. He now appreciated that his love and protection of her was really very suffocating to a young girl's psychological growth. Finally, he was careful not to tell her what to do, to allow for her own feelings, opinions, desires, and so forth. I laughed when he made the effort to enjoy the piece of chicken with her after he had previously criticized her boring choice (in his opinion) to Master. It was a wonderfully positive reunion, establishing a new, adult relationship with one another.

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Yes, that moment was hilarious! Even Loser BF's partner couldn't begin the routine. Imagine that kind of an audience staring you down. Good thing Mr. Yakuza himself didn't walk in - I think Loser BF would have just ran off the stage at that point!

I agree about this comedy thing just being a hobby for Loser BF. I think it was a cool gig he could brag about to his many flings, like when he saw him bring one of his girlfriends into his dressing room. He didn't have any talent for it (that stale "I want to get married" act seems to be the only one he knew) and it was an easy way for him to get his girlfriend to give him her hard-earned pay. After all, he was trying to make his dream come true, even though he spent hardly any time on comedy and more time on womanizing.

All's well that ends well, though! Looks like Sister has reconciled with her brother and their mother. It was nice to see that despite what happened in the past, the relationship between the siblings could still be salvaged. Sister didn't blame her brother for the break-up. I think she realized it was the best thing that happened to her! Did you notice how happy she was when she told Master that she has no reason to sleep at the counter now - she can get a full night's sleep at home!

Wonderful, feel-good episode.
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