- Title: HR
- Format: Renzoku
- Genre: Human drama
- Episodes: 23
- Broadcast network: Fuji TV
- Broadcast period: 2002-Oct-09 to 2003-Mar-26
- Theme song: Man wo Jishite by Okuda Tamio
The setting: A night school somewhere in Tokyo; the teachers are young, and their students vary in age and occupation. Each week's episode is sure to bring more laughs than the last!
The main character of HR is a 25-year-old English teacher by the name of Shingo. He wants to be the best teacher that he can be, but his mild-mannered personality and tendency to look for the easy way out gets in the way.
Tomohiko is another teacher who works at the school. He teaches Social Studies, is a realist, and tries to be cool by adding the right words to a conversation just at the perfect time.
And then there are the students...Judging by his age, Takehiko, who runs an electric shop, doesn't look much like a high school student. At first glimpse, one would actually think he is a teacher. He even uses the teachers' office as if it's his own.
The single, 44-year-old Shunichi, another student, is a veteran carpenter. His bad temper helps him to hide his delicate personality, which brings him to tears quicker than most.
Next there is Akira, who works at a printing company. Akira had to drop out of high school due to family reasons. He's developed a complex about college grads, so he wants to become one.
A perfect match with his looks, Mikihiro was kicked out of his high school for bad behavior, so that's why he's going to night school. His looks are deceiving too; he is actually rather naïve, and gets hurt easily.
Ryoko is what anyone would consider an "adult woman." She's 28, and used to work at a night club. Going to college is a dream of hers, so she quit the club to go back to get her diploma.
Keiko has a pleasant personality, and takes good care of others. She's 45 and works part-time during the day at a supermarket running a cash register. She is kind of careless, which causes her to get into trouble sometimes.
Last but not least there is the 22-year-old Miki. She comes all the way to school, just to sit in the teachers' office. The reason why she dropped out of high school is because she is afraid of others.
Each week, Shingo and his students go round and round with each other. Will he ever be able to get them to march to the beat of the same drum?
- Katori Shingo as Todoroki Shingo
- Imai Tomohiko as Murai Tomohiko
- Ono Takehiko as Suma Takehiko
- Kunimura Jun as Yagita Shunichi
- Shirai Akira as Wakui Akira
- Nakamura Shido as Washio Mikihiro
- Asano Kazuyuki as Wanibuchi Kazuyuki
- Shinohara Ryoko as Awashima Ryoko
- Toda Keiko as Ube Keiko
- Sakai Miki as Jinno Miki
- Namase Katsuhisa as Hoi
- Miyaji Masako as Umezu
- Saito Kiyoko (斉藤清子) as Zunbara
- Aijima Kazuyuki as Kurosaki
- Ichimura Masachika as Jinno Masachika
- Furuta Arata as Tabuchi Joe
- Ohkura Koji as the Domino's Pizza employee
- Kohinata Fumiyo as Kobotoke
- Iketani Nobue as Suma Nobuko
- Asari Yosuke as Suma Chokuretsu
- Kishida Kyoko as Yagita's mother
- Kabira Jay as James Kobayakawa
- Nonaka Isao as Long Long Face
- Ito Shiro as Muto Teruo
- Okuda Tamio (奥田民生)
- Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
- Ichibashi Soichiro as Todoroki's older brother
- Screenwriter: Mitani Koki
- Planning: Ishihara Takashi
- Producer: Sekiguchi Shizuo (関口静夫), Tsuchiya Ken (土屋健)
- Director: Kono Keita