「 Hirunaka no Ryuusei 」Ups, Okays, Downs plus a Crushed Dream

This post contains some comparison of the film and the manga. Mainly a reaction on the movie.


Hirunaka no Ryuusei, also known as Daytime Shooting Star, is a manga series written and illustrated by Yamamori Mika and published in Margaret from 2011 to 2014. March this year, the film adaptation directed by Shinjo Takehiko (Paradise Kiss, Your Lie in April) was released.

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Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old country girl Suzume Yosano has to move to Tokyo to live with her uncle due to her father’s transfer. She bumps into a mysterious man who ends up taking her to her uncle’s place after she gets lost. Turns out, Suzume will be seeing him a lot more often once she starts school because… he’s her homeroom teacher?! (source: MU)

I’m a big fan of Hirunaka no Ryuusei. I got to read the manga while it was starting and I was always updated with its latest chapter. It’s all thanks to it that I got to know Sakaguchi Kentaro, too, because he’s Yamamori Mika-sensei’s model for Mamura, one of the male protagonists. It’s dear to my heart. So, this adaptation is one I looked forward to seeing, hoping that it’d bring justice to the original material. 

Since it’s just an almost 2-hour film, there’s no way that all that I loved from the 78-chapter manga series could be shown. There are noticeable changes especially with how things lead to certain scenes, where such and such events happened, and who and what conversation is included in what scene. There is an original scene which act as replacement for some that couldn’t be adapted. Nevertheless, it stayed true to how things worked out for them, so the ending, even if there are some minor changes, is still the same. I think that it can feel fast-paced for viewers who haven’t read the manga yet, though.

The film focused mainly on Shishio, Suzume, and Mamura’s love triangle, though Yuyuka’s character is there to support Suzume. What happened to the trio are condensed, and I’m sad that the complicated emotions that Shishio had to struggle with weren’t expressed enough. Yuyuka also seemed like just another rival character-slash-friend because her problem isn’t explored in the film. Yuyuka as Suzume’s friend is still great, however.

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Nagano Mei acted as Yosano Suzume. I think the role fits her. She is able to show Suzume’s charm and straightforward, strong character. Anyway, I actually like Nagano Mei in general because I think she’s one of those young actresses with potential. She’s not irritating to watch for me.

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Miura Shohei acted as Shishio Satsuki. When I first saw the trailer, I thought that I don’t mind him getting the role. Watching the film made me feel odd as I realized how he got older. Seems like it was just yesterday when I was watching him play student roles! Anyhow, he is able to show that cheeky and reliable Shishio. Though he’s a bit more mature as, again, his character isn’t as explored as in the manga, so his immaturity got toned down, too.

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Shirahama Alan acted as Mamura Daiki. I found his performance fine — I find some of his expressions cute — albeit still lacking. To me, he doesn’t look natural whenever he tries to act indifferent. Not comparing his performance with the manga, I think he’s really just… okay for some, though personally, I think he’s dull most of the time. Anyhow, I think he is less cool and less awkward than manga!Mamura is. On another point, I think that this feeling of unsatisfaction also stems from my crushed hopes for Sakaguchi Kentaro to be Mamura.

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Margaret’s interview of Sakaguchi Kentaro (scans from all wink and charlotte of damn-feels scanlation group)

Segue: He hasn’t starred in any series/movies then, but many of the fans, including me, hoped that if there would be a live action adaptation, Sakaguchi Kentaro would be the one to play the role of Mamura. That hope of mine intensified especially after he started his career in acting and after he proved that he is actually quite a good actor. When I read the news that he isn’t the one to play Mamura, I honestly got bummed out, but of course, I still didn’t want to judge Alan just because of that.

Back to the movie, as for the chemistry, I think Nagano Mei and Miura Shohei have it more as compared to Nagano Mei and Shirahama Alan. Mei and Alan just looks awkward together for me even when the characters already warmed up with each other. And I really wanted her to have that adorable chemistry as Suzume had with the two in the manga. This is coming from a fan of both Shizume and Mazume. (This is why I opted to stay away from the awful shipping war the fandom had while the manga was still ongoing.)

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Anyway, Yamamoto Maika acted as Yuyuka, one of my favorite characters in the manga. I loved her portrayal of the snarky princess. She fits the role of a sharp-tongued, fashionable high school girl. I would have loved to see more of her! Too bad her story isn’t fully covered.

If we’re talking about more of the technical aspects of the show, I really like the OST because of the calming and fun instrumentals. Dream Ami’s 「はやく逢いたい」is lovely, too. The cinematography, on the other hand, is good. I liked the long shots because the sets they chose for the film are pretty. The angles of shots are well-chosen, too. By the way, I also liked how the credits have both shots from the actual film and backstage photos of the casts. 


For a live action movie, I think this is one of those on the better done side. I enjoyed re-living the series through it despite missing some other elements of the story. Surely recommended for those shoujo lovers out there.

6 thoughts on “「 Hirunaka no Ryuusei 」Ups, Okays, Downs plus a Crushed Dream

      • TPAB~ says:

        okay, i saw the movie and I liked the beginning and then got bored by the end. I love the cinematography, since it featured scenic Tokyo and Japan. I also love the outfits of the characters, so points for the wardrobe designer. I love being drawn to Mei’s outfits all the time, especially her shoes.
        the pacing is super fast. I haven’t read the manga, but I can tell the love triangle is rushed. i also know the teacher has a backstory as to why he rejected the girl before. I also know the other girl had a subplot romance, since what romance manga doesn’t have two or three subplot romance for minor characters.
        the teacher is handsome, and he has good chemistry with Mei. Alan is not a good actor, dude. pota, parang si James Reid!!!!!! nakaka inis! alam mo yung kulang ga sa arte. and it’s annoying since the girl is so expressive in her acting, both in her dialogue and her reactions.the ending also disappointing, mainly because the two actors are awkward together. it’s like the james reid look alike doesn’t want to touch the girl, lol.
        I’ll try the manga some other time. xD

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      • ameithyst says:

        Aww… YOU WATCHED IT BEFORE NEW YEAR! lol naka-isang movie pa bago mag-2018. Hahaha!

        I can only nod at your points because you said it so well. The color grading is so well done for me! *^*
        It’s so sad that Shishio’s background and personality aren’t explored. With the way things happened in the movie, it was so obvious that she would choose Mamura, when in the manga, it was a bit more of a challenge to guess the endgame till the last few chapters.
        She’s really more interesting than what is shown in the movie. So sad she doesn’t have much screen time.

        LOL @ him being like James Reid. Hindi ako fan, though nakapanood ako ng isang episode nung OTWOL nung time na airing siya at HA HA HA HA. Pero parang mas nakakahiya yan para kay JR kasi hindi naman talaga actor si Alan. (THO SANA TALAGA SI KENTARO NALANG /cries)
        TRUE. But I assure you that in the manga, it’s so much better. As always.

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts! HAPPY NEW YEAR (kahit may 5+hrs pa)!

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      • TPAB~ says:

        yeah, i downloaded it immediately after I saw the trailer in your post, and I watched it the next day

        dala lng ng ka-gwapuhan c Reid eh. he can’t act, at ok lng. benta nmn eh. di ba half pinoy yang c Alan, so medyo kahawig nya c Reid. xD

        and I will check out the manga, jsut to see what the movie missed out on.

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      • ameithyst says:

        Bilis. Hahaha!

        May galit ka ba sa kanya? LOL. Ang sad lang na may mas sumisikat na “actors” dahil lang sa appearance. At totoo? Di ko alam kasi di ko naman siya sinearch. Sign na di ko balak sundan acting career niya. :))

        Ohhh… I hope you’ll enjoy reading it~

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