1992 – 1993
11 October 1993
| 7.5/10 |
Big Comic Spirits
20 December 1993
| Takuya Kimura, Hikari Ishida|
Japanese television drama, Long Vacation, Love Generation, Tokyo Love Story, Beautiful Life
Asunaro Hakusho (Japanese: あすなろ白書, lit. "Asunaro White Paper") is a manga series by Fumi Saimon that was serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits. It won the Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga in 1992.
Hikari Ishida as Narumi Sonoda
Michitaka Tsutsui as Tamotsu Kakei
Takuya Kimura as Osamu Toride
Anju Suzuki as Seika Higashiyama
Hidetoshi Nishijima as Junichiro Matsuoka
Ayako Sugiyama as Kyoko Machida
Yumi Morio as Harumi Sonoda
Mariko Kaga as Mitsuko Kakei
Koichi Iwaki as Sosuke Akiba
Asunaro Hakusho Wikipedia
A coming of age story that follows five young university students who form a circle of friends. Tamotsu and Osamu (Kimura) fall in love with Narumi, who prefers Tamotsu. In order not to hurt each other as friends, both young men try to avoid forming a relationship with Narumi, which inadvertently leads to tragedy among the friends. After the accidental death of Junichiro, the friends leave university for various reasons, leaving Narumi to continue and finish her studies. A few years later they all meet again and are surprised by the secrets that are revealed.
The series was adapted as a live-action television drama. It first aired in Japan from 11 October 1993 to 20 December 1993 on Fuji TV, and had an overall viewer rating of 31.9%, making it one of the most popular television dramas of the 1990s. It features music by S.E.N.S. and Fujii Fumiya (True Love), Touge Keiko (Hitosaji no Yuuki) and Fujii Fumiya (Just Like Wind).
Kimura Takuya's acting was outstanding in this drama and his famous line, "Am I not good enough for you?" becomes a famous saying amongst young people and the entertainment world. This drama paves way to Kimura Takuya's stardom in "Long Vacation" (1996).
In 2002, the manga was adapted into a Taiwanese drama titled Tomorrow (Chinese: 愛情白皮書; pinyin: Ai Qing Bai Pi Shu) starring Rainie Yang, Shawn Yue, Christine Fan and Eddie Peng. It was broadcast in Taiwan on China Television (CTV) (中視).