Drama: Kahogo no Kahoko / Overprotected Kahoko / 過保護のカホコ Network: NTV Episodes: 10 Release Date: July 12, 2017 – Sept 13, 2017 Runtime: Wednesdays 22:00 Language: Japanese Country: Japan Plot Kahoko Nemoto (Mitsuki Takahata) is a naive 21-year-old university student. She relies on her mother, Izumi (Hitomi Kuroki), for everything in her life. Her mother wakes her up everyday, picks up her clothes, while Kahoko Nemoto has never done housework or driven a car. One day, Kahoko Nemoto meets a young man who grew up in a completely opposite environment. Main Cast Mitsuki Takahata – Kahoko Nemoto (lead) Hitomi Kuroki – Izumi Nemoto (mom) Saburō Tokitō – Masataka Nemoto (dad) Ryoma Takeuchi – Hajime Mugino (guy) Review thought i’d switch to a jdrama this week. i wanted to watch something light and short so i tried watching this show. i know there are a lot of parents who have “sheltered”or overprotected their kids so the plot isn’t too unbelievable, though the writing was stretched a bit to make a point. I love Kahoko, she is so sweet and naive like an eager beaver, she maybe average because she relied on her mom too much to actually think and do things on her own but once she has set to do something, she is very earnest and actually does a good job. i feel bad that no one wants to offer her a job and i think it’s mostly because she looks so innocent and does not seem to be able to handle work. there is one scene where the mom was crying and lamenting that the father is accusing her for raising her that way, to be honest, i believe the mom is at fault. the only way to protect your kids is to teach them how to be independent and stand on their own. over protecting them and not exposing them from any danger is only doing yourself good and making yourself better, and not helping your kids. the father, is also at fault, at he has seen this happening yet has not done anything, all the while thinking he’s the lion in the household. i love both sides of the families – the dynamics they have and the interesting characters and personalities. let’s start with the mother’s family. kahoko is the average child while her cousin is the prodigy, yet we see another side of parenting – this time, Ito’s family is trying to save money and support their child achieve their dream of becoming a cellist – yet not realizing that it’s putting a strain to her health and putting too much pressure on her. i love the grandpa who is so jolly and sulks when he doesn’t get his way and the grandma who always prepares delicious food. i love how the uncles and aunts all help each other when kahoko was missing or when ito had to be hospitalized. I felt bad for kahoko after ito’s harsh words. It is the first time kahoko has ever heard anyone say something bad about her. But i totally get what ito was saying that, “a goldfish swimming comfortably in a fish tank like you wouldn’t understand my pain desperately swimming in the raging sea.” kahoko is so average and dumb that everyone helps her and takes care of her while ito is the star and faces so much pressure to succeed. But that is why she is a star.. Only those that take courage will succeed and if she is afraid to take risk then maybe she is better off as an average person. on the other side, we see a different dynamics in the father’s family – and we see why the father is like that. the grandpa and grandma are slow and laidback, the divorced sister is out of jobs, living off her parents and does not really know what to do with her life, completely opposite of the successful and happy mother’s family. i also find it interesting that the mother is such a meerket (i would say Tiger) in her normal place but goes meek and silent in another person’s territory. now we meet Mugino – the guy that has totally opposite life against Kahoko. at first i was put off by his attitude, his street smartness comes off as arrogant and condescending, just because he works, lives alone and has been exposed to life doesnt make him better than Kahoko. at first i thought him letting her work part time on her birthday was his way of taking a break, then i realized it’s his way to teaching her and making her experience what life is all about when you do something using our own hands and sweat. i still dont know much about the guy’s past since it’s just the second episode to comment on what made him be like that. he’s trying to be a painter but obviously he is better off sketching portraits and people rather than painting abstract. overall, im hooked on this show – i want to see how each one learns and grows (esp Kahoko and mom and dad) and how Mugino will hopefully learns about family (if he gets more interaction with Kahoko’s families).