Seems like the second series of the GOKUSEN drama starring Nakama Yukie is turning into a huge hit. They’re breaking all sorts of ratings records, with a surprising demographic tuning in: the 35-49 group. Most big drama hits are popular with younger viewers, and even the first series followed that same trend. Yuko (for you new readers — and my stats suggest that there are quite a few of you — that’s my wife) was observing that this is especially strange, considering that it deals with the yakuza, and a strong, in-your-face heroin. If you’ve never followed the show (or the manga on which it’s based, as well as the animated series that I loved), it tells the story of Yankumi, a yakuza boss who teaches high-school students by day. The interesting thing here is that the yakuza represented here is in keeping with the old idea of these groups actually performing social services to the community. This is probably what is leading to the older set tuning in.
The show airs Saturday nights at 9 on TV Asahi.