The second season of the drama “What Did You Eat Yesterday?” is currently airing. ” (original work by Fumi Yoshinaga) is a work that realistically depicts the daily life of same-sex couple Shiro-san (Shiro Kakei) and Kenji (Kenji Yabuki). Since it was made into a live-action film on TV Tokyo in 2019, starring Hidetoshi Nishijima as Shiro-san and Seiyo Uchino as Kenji, it has received high praise not only from fans of the original work but also from many viewers.
What has become a hot topic of discussion is the high level of perfection of Kenji, played by Mr. Uchino. Kenji has a slightly girlish side, but his casual gestures and the way he looks at Shiro are exactly like a maiden in love! She makes me wonder if Ms. Uchino herself is a girly person, but in other works she plays characters with completely different colors. Among them, this time I would like to focus on the live-action manga adaptations and introduce many of Mr. Uchino’s great performances.
■Original demon coach “Aim for the ace! ‘ Hitoshi Munakata
First of all, let’s start with “Aim for the Ace!”, a sports comic that represents the Showa era. ” (Suzumika Yamamoto). This work, which caused a huge tennis boom, was made into a drama on TV Asahi in 2004.
In this work, Mr. Uchino played Hitoshi Munakata. He is a demon coach who discovers the main character, Hiromi Oka’s talent for tennis, and gives him special training in Sparta. However, behind his harsh training is the fact that he has a short time to live due to an incurable disease, and because of this, he has a strong desire to entrust his dreams to Hiromi.
Perhaps because of that, Coach Munakata in the drama always had a sad and mysterious aura about him. And yet, the look on his face when he mercilessly hits a fallen Hiromi with a tennis ball…he’s a hot-blooded sports coach that no one would understand in the Reiwa era.
And from time to time, Hiromi looks at her with a look that is neither teacher-disciple love nor romantic love, but shows a strong will… There is no sense of the girlish element that Kenji showed in her eyes.
■Family-minded father and ruthless final boss Van Hohenheim and “Father” from “Fullmetal Alchemist”
Next up is the dark fantasy “Fullmetal Alchemist” (Hiroshi Arakawa), which depicts the journeys and battles of alchemist brothers. In the final two-part live-action movie “Fullmetal Alchemist Final Chapter: Avenger Scar/Final Training”, which was screened in 2022, Van Hohenheim, the father of the main characters, the Elric brothers, and the story’s biggest character, known as “Father”, will be introduced. Mr. Uchino plays two roles as the enemy.
Hohenheim is a father who cares about his family, and although he is naturally aloof and carefree, he is an attractive character with the pessimistic expression he shows at random times. Father, on the other hand, looks just like Hohenheim, but is ambitious and ruthless. He is a typical final boss character.
The way he plays these two contrasting roles so well is obvious when you watch the scene where Hohenheim and Father confront each other. Also, the slightly sad expression on the father’s face during the dialogue is exactly like the original work, and I am amazed at the high level of perfection as always.