Natsuna looks back and says: "I wasn't just just on the verge of depression, I literally broke down. There were a lot of mixed reactions to the drama even while it was on air, even after it ended, and I felt like I was living through all those criticisms which were aimed at me. Those were really tough times.".
Jun to Ai's ratings averaged 17.1%, and isn't exactly bad when you compare it to others in the past 10 years. But it came after Umechan Sensei, a drama that averaged over 20% -- a feat that wasn't achieved in the 18 series that preceded it -- and was succeeded by Amachan, a drama that became a social phenomenon, which in effect highlighted Jun to Ai's shortcomings further.
"I literally didn't want to do anything after we finished shooting, and had no motivation at all. Even if I did do something, I didn't have the confidence as I was paranoid that everyone will still think that I'm 'the girl who had a mixed reception in the morning drama'. I didn't want to appear in front of people too much at that time. I even considered seeking medical attention." She was afraid of taking the next step, but the core fans of Jun to Ai helped her suppress all the negativity.
This was at her handshake event to commemorate the release of her picture book last January. "I read all those letters they compiled from the core fans of Jun to Ai. I went home, read them, and choked since I cried so much... But that made me feel refreshed and helped me move on."
Mixed? Were there even any positive reviews?
The theme of story was too hard, unlike the usual morning dramas
I dropped out from the 2nd episode onwards since the protagonist was too whiny and noisy. Then when I just watched the finale, she was just talking at the cliff. It felt like I was watching it for a number of hours already, but when I looked at the clock, I realized that only 8 minutes has passed. That's how the drama felt like.
In total, it was actually pretty good. It actually felt more like "Did Amachan really deserve all the plaudits?"
Jun to Ai just had crazy screenplay anyway, so there's no need for her to pay too much attention to it.
I wonder what kind of people support Natsuna
The bad thing here was that she was just so noisy from early in the morning
I stopped watching around the time the hotel Satoya burned, and thought that this was no good. It's all the scriptwriter's fault, so she shouldn't be too worried about it.
Well, on the other hand, there's also this girl who starred in this massive hit which in effect made it more difficult for her to get out of that character... I'm talking about that morning drama which gradually gained steam at around this time last year.
Remember Welkame and Tsubasa? Those were the dark ages for morning dramas.
Because the cast were good actors, it actually made the screenplay that much more despicable.
She peaked in that tight cosplay of hers in GANTZ.
I do not know of a shi++ier drama than this
She's saying it had mixed reactions, but it's been mostly "negative" ones. I commend her for playing the lead in that drama and not losing sanity.
Yukawa is the insane one, he is the real retard. Don't worry, there won't be another "drama" as horrible as that so just keep on acting.
All the cast members in that drama were nutcases.
Kazama, Yo, Tachi, Kinpachi, Mokomichi, Aiko Morishita, and Natsuna who played the protagonist w
And it's true that the story was so shi+, it was actually quite fun to watch.
Nounen-chan failed the auditions for Jun to Ai. You really wouldn't know what would happen in life.
I couldn't help but get distracted by her earring holes. She's not suited for a morning drama.
She failed a number of auditions prior to this, right? To think that almost everything from Gegege to Hanako have had no problems at all, tough luck on her for getting this gig. All I can say is that lady luck just isn't on her side.
Mixed reactions? But there weren't any positive reactions to this, right? w
Mixed? Really, there were positives?? Maybe with a ratio of 1:9?
The script was horrible. It must've been really tough for the cast.
I've never heard anyone give positive reactions to this. The video which summed up the entire series in 1 minute was really good, though.
Looking back at the morning drama Jun to Ai in 1 minute
The 1 minute version was really good. I think you could make something good out of it if you extend it to a year.
It was a stupid act of doing a noontime soap in the morning
The scriptwriter is crazy
Poor girl... It's not even her fault.
The only good thing that came out of this was that people sympathized with Natsuna due to how horrible the screenplay was
They went bankrupt at the end, but I actually enjoyed the Osaka-arc. I hate Yukawa, though.
Just when she won the role of a lifetime through auditions, Yukawa comes in and ruins her life w
It was all the scriptwriter's fault, not the cast
I think this would've worked as a night-time drama in a regular station and not as a morning drama. Morning drama viewers do not want to see major plot twists and events w
I did think that the ability of the actors were able to carry this horrible script. Natsuna did well.
I actually avoided watching this after seeing how horrible the way they were overpraising the scriptwriter before the broadcast w I didn't know that things turned out this bad...
It was a shi++y script which wanted to make every single week climactic
The woman who looks like Tamao Akie
The scenes in Jun to Ai that only showed the 2 of them were heartwarming and good. Everything else was just crazy.
The acting which was branded "noisy" and "depressing" was actually the result of Mr. Scriptwriter himself going to the scenes to teach how it should be done. And Natsuna apparently got depressed at how horrible the teaching was w
A drama which will make anyone feel unpleasant.
I was a fool for believing that everything will be rewarded in the final episode.
I like her much more than Yoshitaka. Perfect as an actress, and on gravure. She's a very pragmatic person.
Nah, it's not your fault. It's all that guy's doing. Kudokan did well to restore the faith in morning dramas...
It's not this girl's fault. It's the scriptwriter Yukawa, the idiot.
I heard that Natsuna was scolded by the scriptwriter, but wasn't there any superior from NHK who would have been able to do the same to this rubbish writer?
It's a drama where you'd feel more sorry for the actors rather than the roles that they are portraying.
I LOL'd at how because everything else was so horrible, Mokomichi who had a reputation for bad acting never really got too much attention.
I think Natsuna did well. The script was just too horrible. Natsuna's the victim here. NHK should compensate her by giving her a different sort of project that will help her recover her image.
No matter who looked at it, you could tell that this crapfest's biggest villain was Yukawa
No one could've made this drama work with a script like that. It wasn't Natsuna's fault at all.
There are a lot of morning dramas that never leave an impression, but Jun to Ai is quite memorable.
In a bad way.
I've never watched it but there were almost no good things written about it here. I thought, "Wow, must've been so tough" w The cast is not in the wrong here at all.
Morning dramas have this role of putting people in the mood as they set off to school and work. Jun to Ai was a drama where all the characters, including the protagonist, were selfish and will never give people hope or comfort and just left all the viewers with a bad taste in their mouths.
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