Best Japanese TV Shows to Watch: Gibo to Musume no Blues

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Gibo to Musume no Blues translates to the Blues of Stepmother and Daughter, and the show follows the title closely. Gibo to Musume no Blues stars two extremely famous actor/actresses, Takeru Satoh and Haruka Ayase.

Gibo to Musume no Blues is a show about the development of the relationship between a stepmother and her daughter. The relationship starts off a bit rocky, and it seems a bit unlikely to get better. However, after they endure some significant challenges together, their relationship really starts to blossom into a traditional mother/daughter relationship.

Gibo to Musume no Blues has moments of sadness, but overall is supposed to be more of a feel-good story. It is not really a drama type of show, even if there are moments of suspense and uncertainty. One of the interesting things about the show is that it takes place during two time periods, which means that for certain characters there are two different sets of actors/actresses. The time period switches about halfway through the show, but the transition makes sense.

Having watched Takeru Satoh in many other roles, his role in Gibo to Musume no Blues was a bit weird because he played more of a secondary role to Ayase. Ayase plays a very similar character to what she did in Hazardous Housewife though, so if you liked that show you will probably like Gibo to Musume no Blues as well!

Gibo to Musume no Blues Recommendation Rating: 3

This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


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