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Series Review: My Boss, My Hero

aka Mai Bosu, Mai Hīrō


My Boss My Hero is a Japanese drama series that aired in 2006. Apparently the base material was sourced from Korea, of which there is a similar show of the same title that aired in 2001 as well as a novel of the same title. I watched this series quite a few years ago but just recently had the knackering for some crazy lighthearted comedy to cheer me up…which resulted in my rewatching of almost half the series.

Now, if I were to summarise MBMH (My Boss My Hero) in a few words, I’d say it’s shouting yakuza cheese school comedy topped with pudding served by a cute girl wearing a clown suit. Okay that’s a pretty horrible image so I shall elaborate further (cue awkward laughter).

Synopsis: Sakaki Makio, also known as “Tornado” is a tough 27-year-old high school drop-out. By academic standards, he’s pretty dumb. His father decides to force Makio to return to high school to receive his diploma and he asks an old friend who happens to be the principal of a nearby school to admit Makio. If Makio doesn’t graduate, the position of boss will be given to his younger brother, Mikio.

Furthermore, he must pose as a 17-year-old during school hours and in the presence of any classmates or teachers outside of school. If his cover is blown, it would be the end of his high school career as well as his hopes to become boss. Things start out rough and tough as Makio’s violent temper is tested. As the lessons and days go by he learns there is much more to school than just tests and studying.

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