J. Drama – Amachan (あまちゃん)

ama1_sSodegahama Town depends on the ama, the women who dive for sea urhins for life.  Despite her father’s pleas, Haruko’s 16-year-old daughter Aki enrolls at the local high school wants to be an ama, where Aki makes friends with Yui……… ……..Hiroshi likes Aki…….. at school, Aki falls in love with Kōichi Taneichi, a third-year student, decides to enroll as well. ………….Around that time Aki and Yui learn that Haruko had left Sodegahama to become an idol and had failed. …………….Haruko makes Aki promise that was her last performance as an idol……… Yui holes up in her room and only emerges when Aki arranged for them to perform again at the Ama Cafe ………… Haruko slaps her when she finds out she broke her promise and she and aki wants to become an idol…………….On the other hand, things are tougher for Aki as well when Aramaki announces a general election involving all idols: those who finish below 40th place will be fired………. Their efforts succeed, but election day was bad for Aki: she only reached number 40 because other girls quit, she quit……………Later, to sell idol albums, Aramaki decides to produce a remake of “Memory of the Rising Tide”………..With Suzuka’s help, Aki passes through one stage of the audition after another……..With Suzuka’s help, Aki is able fulfill her role. During recording of the theme song, however, Suzuka finally learns for sure that Haruko had served as her voice in her songs……..But only days after the film is released and the day before Aki was going to rejoin GMT in a concert………….Yui initially resists Aki’s plans to revive their idol duo, but eventually agrees to perform on their special train…….. . Everyone in Tokyo and Tohoku is surprised, however, when Suzuka declares she decided to do a charity concert in Sodegahama…….. Suzuka sings beautifully at the Ama Cafe………The concert is then followed by a marriage ceremony featuring three couples: Suzuka and Aramaki, Haruko and Masamune, and Daikichi and Sayuri…… ……..

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