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Title: Pride

Genre: Drama

First aired: 2004-01-12

Cast: Takuya Kimura, Yûko Takeuchi, Kenji Sakaguchi, Matsumoto Kōshirō X, Ryuta Sato, Noriko Nakagoshi, Megumi, Yuriko Ishida, Koichi Sato, Kazuki Namioka, Saori Takizawa, Tetsu Kayama

Overview: The theme is strength and gallantry.Haru Satonaka is the captain of an ice-hockey team, a star athlete who stakes everything on hockey but can only consider love as a game. Aki Murase is a woman who has been waiting for her lover who went abroad two years ago. These two persons start a relationship while frankly admitting to each other that it is only a love game. …The result is the unfolding of a drama of people with their respective pasts and with their pride as individuals.
For nearly a decade, this has been my go-to Jdrama and the one that got me into the genre. I enjoy romantic comedies from the 1990s and the 2000s the most. The popularity of Korean dramas may be greater at the moment, but don't overlook Jdramas just because.


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I am still sad that the lead actress Takeuchi Yuko committed suicide by hanging.
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The drama is fantastic, with a compelling plot and writing and many authentic touches that reflect life on a professional ice hockey team. The entire group does a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life through their acting. Considering how much better and more in-depth this drama is compared to many newer dramas of the same genre with better-known actors, I find it hard to believe that it is an older piece of work.
It's on a totally different level, to put it simply. I feel like a star-struck adolescent who can't stop thinking about him and can't take her eyes off of him, and this is coming from a new, much older fan of kimura-san and his dramas, which I only recently discovered. After becoming engrossed in the main character's performance and facial expressions, I researched him online and started watching more of his excellent dramas. Indeed, I am completely authentic. The sheer number of young people who were fans of his while he was popular is beyond my comprehension.


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The Hockey part is a turn off for me since I don't like Sports related stuff even dramas and anime about sports, I skip to watch.


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Thanks for the recommendation but where can I find this? What streaming service streams a Jdrama this old?
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