Acchan might have thought that the new drama in which she has the lead “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 2011” might have done well but it hasn’t, in fact it’s doing quite badly in the ratings and this could have an adverse effect on her if she wants more leading roles in the future. TV execs will take one look at the ratings and say she can’t attract audiences and ditch her.
The first episode only managed 10.1 which isn’t a disaster but not exactly brilliant either. Those hoping the ratings might improve got a shock when the 2nd episode ratings dropped like a lead balloon to only 6.0 which is not good for a primetime drama. So why is this drama not doing so well? I can’t say as I haven’t watched it yet. Could it be that it’s too soon after the last Hana no Kimi aired in 2007. If it’s the same rehashed plot as before but with new faces then perhaps audiences are saying “seen it before, can’t be bothered with this one”. Are the cast not performing up to scratch or Acchan isn’t good enough? The drama Q10 with Acchan in the lead did reasonably well with an average of 10.9 in its run so it’s hard to say what’s going wrong here. But it’s still early days with 9 more episodes still to go so ratings could pick up in the next few weeks.
I might take a look at Hana no Kimi 2011 in the near future but for now I’m sticking with the drama Marumo no Okite with those cute kids Mana Ashida and Fuku Suzuki who are the current darlings of the Japanese TV variety show scene and their catchy song Maru Maru Mori Mori. Both of them have a cameo in the 1st episode of Hana no Kimi 2011.