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WATCH: Switched / Sora o Kakeru Yodaka (宇宙を駆けるよだか)

Posted on October 02, 2018 in television, tv, japanese drama, friendship, switched identities, manga adaptationWatchInJapan

Switched - Japanese Drama

Director Hiroaki Matsuyama (known for Liar Game and Nobunaga Concerto series) is back with his latest offering in the recent summer, the drama Switched.

Ayumi Kinohata (Kaya Kiyohara) is a popular and bright first year high-school student. With her cute appearance and outgoing personality, Ayumi seemed to live a perfect life with her friends and family. When Ayumi's crush Koshiro Mizumoto (Tomohiro Kamiyama) confesses his feelings to her, she's thrilled, and eagerly anticipates their first date. But on her way to meet Koshiro, Ayumi receives a strange phone call from Zenko Umine (Miu Tomita), saying she would commit suicide by jumping from a nearby building. Ayumi watches as Zenko falls - and then, suddenly, Ayumi loses unconscious.

Ayumi Receives the Call
Ayumi receives a phone call during red moon.

When Ayumi wakes up, she finds herself in Zenko’s body. Distressed by the turn of events, Ayumi determines to get her body back but Zenko refuses to co-operate, as she has always desired to take Ayumi’s place. No one believes Ayumi or is willing to help except her best friend, Shunpei Kaga (Daiki Shigeoka). Entangled by the threads of fate, the group discover the meaning of true love, friendship, beauty and self-esteem.

Ayumi (in Zenko’s body) confronts Zenko (in Ayumi’s body)
Ayumi (in Zenko’s body) confronts Zenko (in Ayumi’s body)

The drama was adapted from the manga Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka by Shiki Kawabata (published from 2014 to 2015 in Bessatsu Margaret, a shoujo manga magazine). It's the latest original Japanese series from Netflix, following other stellar productions such as Terrace House and Knights of Sedonia.

From the introduction scene, Switched seems like an ordinary teen series, but it quickly progresses to become a suspenseful and thought-provoking drama. How do we evaluate the worth of a person? Is it through their looks or their heart? Would you still love a person if their outer appearance is different? The drama also provides a dark glimpse of jealousy and human desire, which could push someone to the point of no return. Check it out on Netflix today!

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Switched | Netflix Official Site
High schooler Ayumi's perfect world evaporates when her envious classmate Zenko somehow steals her body, her boyfriend and her life.