Attention Please!

by Rinoa on February 15, 2007 · 20 comments · AddThis

Aya Ueto
A promotional image featuring Aya Ueto with a cabin attendant attire.

Attention Please!‘ is a dorama which was broadcasted throughout spring till the beginning of summer in 2006. A DVD collection was later released in October. It was a relatively popular dorama, gaining an average viewership rating of 16.37%. The ultra-popular actress, Aya Ueto starred in this dorama, which probably was an important factor for the high rating. This dorama spanned over eleven episodes, which is the typical number for most Japanese dramas.

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Synopsis

The dorama focuses on the character of Misaki Yoko, a typical country girl. Yoko loses her mother at a young age and she was raised amongst her four elder brothers. For this reason Yoko enjoys the company of males over females ever since she was a young child. Thus it comes as no surprise that Yoko’s attitude lacks any delicacy and is extremely brash. During her high school years Yoko joins a band and becomes their vocalist. Overall Misaki Yoko is an irresponsible tomboy, who thinks that becoming an adult is troublesome and boring. Her only problem is how to find a way to confess to her crush, Tsukasa.

However when she finishes high school, she realizes she needs to find a job and that’s when her real problems start. Yoko only wants to sing with her band and has no idea on what she would like to do in the future. Yet when Tsukasa jokingly mentions that he would like to see Yoko in a cabin attendant uniform, Yoko is convinced that it is the path she must take in order to obtain Tsukasa’s heart. On a whim, she decides to become a cabin attendant, without considering the consequences. Thus Yoko travels to Tokyo and applies to work with the company JAL. Oddly enough they hire her and this is when her misadventures begin.

Yoko feeling rejected...
Yoko feeling rejected...
Making friendship with Shouta
Making friendship with Shouta

Ex-rock singer Misaki Yoko is the most unlikely candidate to become a cabin attendant. Her tomboyish attitude, along with her loud and overconfident character are a disastrous combination for a cabin attendant. Everybody knows this and thus it is no surprise that most of her co-workers are reluctant to accept or befriend Yoko. Thus Yoko seems to make more enemies than friends! The rest of the staff and the instructors find Yoko a shocking and unwanted addition. However what they did not know was that Misaki Yoko hated losing and was a fighter…

The Characters

Ueto Aya as Misaki YokoUeto Aya as Misaki Yoko
Misaki Yoko is the protagonist of this dorama. At first, Yoko is a rather obnoxious character, who seems to be extremely accident prone and unable to be responsible for anything in her life. She decides to become a cabin attendant on a whim and accepts to go and live with a stranger in an apartment without a second thought. When she starts her training classes, Yoko seems to end driving everyone crazy and the rest of the class in chaos. An all female environment is something foreign for Yoko and she lacks the feminine characteristics, which are so vital for a cabin attendant.
However Yoko slowly starts fitting in with the rest of the class, to a certain extent and also starts gaining a lot of friends and allies who support her. Yoko starts understanding the meaning of being a cabin attendant and decides to work hard to achieve her aim.
Aya Ueto is a popular artist and singer. However her talents are mostly appreciated in the acting industry, where she’s won a plethora of awards. Aya has also received a lot of commercial endorsements, since she is one of the most popular faces in the entertainment industry.

 

Nishikido Ryo as Nakahara ShotaNishikido Ryo as Nakahara Shota
Shota appears for the first time when Yoko was accidentally pushed into him, while she was in the train station. Her ticket falls from her hand and she is convinced that he stole her ticket. Thus when she sees him again at her workplace she is quite aggressive towards him. It is no surprise that he thinks that Yoko is extremely loud and annoying. Shota is a reserved person, who is dedicated to his job and doesn’t expect any recognition or attention. In short, he is the complete opposite of the outgoing and self-centered Yoko. Thus they clash a lot during the series because of their different personalities and opinions. However things slowly start changing when Shota discovers the real Yoko behind her loud exterior.
Nishikido Ryo is mostly known for his singing career in the Johnny’s groups Kanjani∞ and NEWS, where he enjoys a huge fanbase. However his acting career has recently been in the spotlight since his brilliant performance of ‘1 Litre of Tears‘.

 

Maya Miki as Mikami TamakiMaya Miki as Mikami Tamaki
Mikami is an instructor for aspiring cabin attendants, although she is also a veteran cabin attendant. However, due to a past experience, Mikami decides to abandon being a cabin attendant and becomes an instructor instead. She’s extremely strict and an absolute perfectionist. The first meeting with Yoko is nothing short of pleasant. Yoko was calling the instructor “old grandma” to create some comic relief within the class, but was oblivious of the fact that Mikami was outside hearing everything.
The two of them end up sharing a mutual dislike towards each other. Mikami claims that Yoko will never become a cabin attendant and disapproves of her tomboyish attitude. Yoko thinks that Mikami is too annoying and works hard to prove her wrong. Maya Miki is a former top star at Takarazuka Revue. Afterwards, she took up acting in 2000.

 

Aibu Saki as Wakamura YayoiAibu Saki as Wakamura Yayoi
Yayoi is another aspiring cabin attendant but unlike Yoko, she has always dreamed of wearing an elegant uniform and being a cabin attendant. Yoko and Yayoi become friends at once, despite of being the polar opposite of Yoko. Yuki Sekiyama also becomes a close friend of Yayoi and Yoko. Yayoi’s father owns a soba shop, which ends up being the meeting place for Yoko and pretty much the rest of the JAL crew. Yayoi is a shy and reserved person, but she stands up for Yoko when her classmates turn against her. Through Yoko she gets to know Shota and develops a crush towards him. Throughout the whole series Yayoi’s aim is to confess to Shouta. Aibu is a relatively new actress, who has received moderate success since her debut in 2003. She frequently acts as a secondary character in doramas and movies.

 

Uehara Misa as Hirota SaoriUehara Misa as Hirota Saori
Saori is an extremely ambitious aspirant cabin attendant. She takes her training seriously and works hard to be the best of the class. She gives off the aura of being sophisticated and snobbish. Saori is set on reaching a high status in JAL and thus she aims to hang around with the elite staff. Seeing Yoko, take the training session on a lighthearted note, made Saori dislike her immediately. Saori and Yoko become rivals and they are always passing snide comments towards each other.
Misa has a long acting career behind her in doramas and movies, her most notable appearance being in the popular horror movie, ‘Ju On’ which is known as ‘The Grudge’ with the western audience. She has also received various commercial endorsements.

 

Koizumi Koutaro as Tsutsumi ShuusukeKoizumi Koutaro as Tsutsumi Shuusuke
Tsutsumi Shuusuke is your typical ladies’ man. He loves women and makes no secret of it. Yoko meets Tsutsumi while he jumped from a balcony to escape from who I assume was an infuriated girlfriend, while he was actually with another girl! Yoko, bewildered by this insane scene, helps him escape from her wrath and he invites her to dine with him sometime. Yoko takes advantage of this by inviting her friends and forcing Tsutsumi to foot the bill to maintain his secret. He develops a crush on Hirota Saori and is always trying to get her to date him. Tsutsumi is also a pilot-in-training, but not unlike Yoko, he doesn’t really take his job seriously and seems more keen in getting the attention of cabin attendants.
Koizumi Koutaro is the son of the ex-prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi. He is also known as the rumored fiance of the singer and actress Hitomi Shimatani. They have acted together in a dorama called ‘Boku dake no Madonna’, where they have also ended up dating.

The Music

Ai-chinThe opening song is performed by the singer, presenter and model Kaela Kimura. Kimura is well known for her alternative style in her wardrobe selection and her hairstyles. Recently it has been reported that she’s been dating SU from Rip Slyme. She covered the infamous song ‘Pretty Woman‘ by Roy Orbison, which was rearranged in a more modern style and a rock genre. This song was released only in the ‘Attention Please Soundtrack‘. Oddly enough this song was never released in her discography, since it certainly had potential to become a hit. Also Kaela Kimura has recently released an album on the 7th February 2007 called ‘Scratch’. This album topped the charts by selling 198,727 copies. Kaela also made a cameo appearance on episode 10 of ‘Attention Please!’.

Conclusion

This dorama has a very special place in my heart, especially since it’s the very first Japanese dorama I’ve ever watched. I started watching this dorama on a whim to relax, but I ended up getting so much into it, that I myself felt like becoming a cabin attendant! I ended up watching all the episodes in a matter of a few days because this dorama was extremely addictive and entertaining.

Realising she fell in love...
Realising she fell in love...
Finally becoming a cabin attendant
Finally becoming a cabin attendant

The dorama is extremely uplifting and the atmosphere gives off a positive aura. Despite the fact that Misaki Yoko applies to become a cabin attendant for the wrong reasons, she gradually starts to learn what it really means to be a cabin attendant and grows to appreciate the meaning of being one. Aya Ueto manages to come out with a stunning performance and portrays Yoko’s tomboyish character extremely well.

My only gripe was that Yoko and Shouta’s relationship seemed to lead to nowhere, after the dorama had built their relationships slowly and hinted in so many ways that they both had feelings for each other. It made their relationship seem stagnant that Yoko and Shouta never got past their friendship and became an actual couple. Thus the ending was kind of dry and disappointing to me.

This is a story about a young irresponsible female who grows up to be responsible and a talented cabin attendant. It also shows that if someone puts their heart into something, they can really change and become whatever they want. The eleven episodes portray how hard cabin attendants work, and it made me appreciate their dedication.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Torrent: Fansub by Kioku Konseki
Torrent: Original Soundtrack
Purchase: Attention Please!

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Rinoa enjoys spending her free time writing articles, most particularly reviews, biographies and news articles. Her favourite artist is Ayumi Hamasaki but she enjoys listening to a wide range of musical talents from all over the world.

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-- August 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

nice

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izlano October 26, 2010 at 3:02 am

this drama is just awesome!!
aya ueto was a very talented actress..
hahah..
the st0ry als0 nice..
i als0 like mikami..her l0ok like angeL..haha

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zkent March 2, 2009 at 4:34 am

konichiwa…wow i love this drama, love ueto aya (misaki san).. so funny… till i’m feel in love with cabin attendant carrier..i’m also like mikami.. i’m happy see them together.. like two sister…

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Rin UNITED STATES February 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Ahh~* =_____=;; I totally agree about the ending!!!
They need to make one more special episode, but this time, it has to be about Shouta and Youkooo. T^T I’d actually like to see how their dates will turn out [probably spending it at the Wakamura's shop or that one ramen shop]. I can already imagine them bickering about so many things. >_____<;;; Damn. I’ve searched so long for a movie/drama of Nishikido and Ueto together and when I find one, they don’t really end up as a couple in the end ;__; *heartbreak*
I really love this blog you have.♥
Keep it up!

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anu February 7, 2009 at 5:47 am

awesome !!!!!
:)

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juk January 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm

i love this serie, i want to see the second special, this show is the most amazing i love attention please …..

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zandra January 21, 2009 at 1:59 am

IT’S A GOOD SHOW! even the 2 specials, the story was fun and enjoyable. but i am quite disappointed in the ending of shouta and misaki, thought they could be closer. i’m hoping for more specials! YOU SHOULD WATCH IT!

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Ryu CANADA August 1, 2008 at 2:17 pm

i love Ueto Aya. she’s seriously the hottest woman in the woman. (no offense to all the other ladies out there). its a good show. i would recomend others to watch it too.

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Pterano FRANCE June 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

want to see the second speciaaal !! uhuhuu Im going to become crazy :)

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ssy MALAYSIA May 23, 2008 at 9:22 pm

i love this series + special 1 + special 2 so much!!!!! i want more more more…. pleaseee.. and i love the relation between misaki and mikami!!! love mikami so much!! i’m hopping that the series will continue more and more….

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zeti May 6, 2008 at 12:22 am

The story is soo hillarius! I laugh till my stomach hurt when i watch each episodes.
Its a great story.

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Mr Germany March 11, 2008 at 12:32 am

If you would like to watch Attention Please, Go to http://www.crunchyroll.com. Then, at the top search bar type Attention Please. The search page should come up. Then, Click on the first option. Then, you are at the Attention Please video page. Scroll down to select the episode you want to watch!

Enjoy!

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chapit November 28, 2007 at 5:12 am

i want to be as a Cabin Attendant…hehehhe…very funny story…..

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november INDONESIA November 3, 2007 at 2:09 pm

I like this dorama..and agreed that Youko-Shouta’s relationship is seem too stagnant.
Does in Attention Please SP they eventually get together??.. *wishing*

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ms dennis UNITED STATES October 5, 2007 at 1:17 pm

I LOVED this show it was entirely entertaining and FUNNY! MISAKI-SAN WAS A TOTAL HIT FOR ME BUT iLL LET YOUALL DECIDE DEF PUT THIS IN TO YOUR TOP 10

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silmy August 25, 2007 at 1:05 am

I very very happy with attaention please drama, I like misaki san, she is a pretty woman.

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hamizee hussin MALAYSIA June 15, 2007 at 5:27 am

i really happy when i see the attention please.. make me laugh alone hehe..
emm.. i love misaki,yayoi and mikami.. gamate!!

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wee May 24, 2007 at 5:38 pm

The “Attention Please” special did provide a more satisfying conclusion to the relationship between Youko and Shouta so do watch it if you haven’t.

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Aprilis CANADA February 16, 2007 at 11:58 pm

This sounds like an interesting dorama. I really enjoy dramas that show the audience a specific profession. I’ll definitely check in one out when the semester ends.
Excellent review Rinoa, you presented the plot line without giving away any spoilers. I’m looking forward to reading more dorama review from you =)

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dootdoot CANADA February 15, 2007 at 10:04 pm

Thanks for posting this up! I watched an episode of this over the summer and was looking for more information of the show but I did not know the name of it until now.

Thanks a lot!

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