The Beauty or the Beast

Kiss or Fight?

English name: The Beauty or the Beast

Number of Episodes: ??

Beginning January 9, 2003

Theme song: Ginga to Meiro (Milky Way & Maze?) by Tokyo Ska Paradise

Links: Official Japanese site and official English site , episode synopses in Japanese , Japanese summaries and comments , local images folder .

The Cast

  1. NAGASE Hiromi, played by FUKUYAMA Masaharu
  2. TAMIYA Makoto, played by MATSUSHIMA Nanako

The Story

Source: Fuji TV English page

After graduating from the Tokyo University School of Law, Makoto Tamiya goes on to Harvard University where she earns an MBA. She later works at one of the "big three" networks in the United States as a news reporter. While covering a story on an international symposium in Paris, Makoto is scouted to work for JBC Television in Japan. The news producer at JBC wants to use Makoto to help raise low viewer ratings. He persuades her to work for him for an absurdly high salary, and also gives her the right to hire who she needs.

While Makoto is being brought in to be the savior of the News Department, one man gets transferred from the Variety Department. His name is Hiromi Nagase. Since joining JBC Television, all he has done is variety programs. Although Hiromi has done everything he possibly could to ensure his programs are a success, his boss just could not could take any more of Hiromi's behavior which ranged from getting caught up in scandals with female television personalities, punching-out assistant directors, to taking kickbacks from production companies. His boss finally tells Hiromi to make a fresh start in the "hard nosed" News Department.

So now the News Department has Makoto who thinks high ratings are the meaning of life, and Hiromi who values the success of a program as just a tool for the full enjoyment of life. These two totally different personalities mix it up and somehow reach a mutual understanding, creating a delightful "light comedy" for adults.