Around 40

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  • Title: アラウンド40
  • Title (English): Around 40
  • Tagline: 注文の多いオンナたち / Chumon no Oi Onna-tachi / Demanding Women
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Human drama, comedy
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 14.6 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: TBS
  • Broadcast period: 2008-Apr-11 to 2008-Jun-20
  • Air time: Friday 22:00-22:54
  • Theme song: Shiawase no Monosashi by Takeuchi Mariya


39-year-old Ogata Satoko is a highly capable psychiatrist who is single. She's forthright, a caring older sister and reliable in her job and in private. Her interests are staying in luxurious Japanese inns and watching stand-up comedy videos.

Satoko hasn't had a boyfriend in the past five years. Nevertheless, she derives satisfaction from work and isn't worried about her finances. Among her good friends that she hangs out with are 35-year-old Morimura Nao, her junior who proclaims that she won't marry, and 39-year-old Oikawa Sadao, her peer since high school. Satoko is happily enjoying the single life.

At an alumni reunion as everyone is on the verge of 40, Takeuchi Mizue, her good friend since high school who is now a full-time housewife, rushes Satoko into action. "If you want children, you should marry now" and "It's women's happiness", but both are lost on Satoko, who isn't convinced.

One day, Satoko attempts to cheer up Nao, who is downcast over a shocking incident, and goes to her favourite hot-spring inn. There she coincidentally encounters a breakup between a handsome but somewhat odd man, Okamura Keitaro, and his girlfriend...--jade_frost

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Episode Information

Date Episode Subtitle Ratings
2008-04-11 01 Poor me? 15.7
2008-04-18 02 A 39-year-old's pride and prejudice 14.2
2008-04-25 03 The delusional woman vs. the nonsensical man 13.9
2008-05-02 04 The compatible man vs. the ex-boyfriend 15.1
2008-05-09 05 39 years old, the last love of this lifetime 15.2
2008-05-16 06 Principal and practice of a disproportionate romance 14.4
2008-05-23 07 The fourth person around 40 14.9
2008-05-30 08 The reason he won't marry 14.3
2008-06-06 09 A birthday proposal!? 13.3
2008-06-13 10 Lies and truth of a common-law marriage 15.6
2008-06-20 11 40 years old, the determination of happiness 15.1
Average 14.6

Source: Video Research, Ltd.


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