Nagi’s Long Vacation (Japanese Drama Review & Summary)
Nagi’s Long Vacation poster
Genre: Life, Drama, Comedy, Friendship, Romance
Date Released: 2019
Origin: Japan; adapted from a Manga
Dorama: 10 Episodes
Koriki Haru as Oshima Nagi
Takahashi Issei as Gamon Shinji
Nakamura Tomoyo as Arashiro Gon
Ichikawa Mikako as Sakamoto Ryouko
Mita Yoshiko as Yoshinaga Midori (The coin Lady)
Shiratori Tamaki as Shiraishi Urara
Takiuchi Kumi as Adachi Kokoro
I love this first episode. It is very satisfying.
Oshima Nagi was just turning 28 years. She works in an appliance company which is busy and frenetic.
Nagi worked very hard. She did not have the guts to say no to colleagues passing their own work with her.
She has also a secret boyfriend from her company. He was a popular guy and admired by the ladies.
One night, she was again the last one in her office to remain, finishing up the jobs her colleagues thoughtlessly left for her to complete.
She happened to glance at a mobile phone left charging in the office. There she noticed a conversation from her colleagues who where arranging to meet up.
They were laughing at her and her gullibility. They said as long as they compliment her a bit, she will do anything.
Nagi was mortified.
But a telephone call from her boyfriend pacified her a bit. He said that he had still some work to do but he will see her at her place that night.
Nagi was on his way to his office when he overheard his conversation with his colleagues. He admitted that he has a girlfriend but it was all casual. No intention at all of marrying her. He was just staying with her because she was willing and convenient and was good at giving blowjobs.
They were laughing so hard that she started to hyperventilate and collapsed where she was standing.
One week later, she gave her notice at work, she gave up her house and moved to what she thought was a nice flat in the suburb.
Instead, the house is on a derelict side with no airconditioning.
With just a futon and a bicycle, she thrashed the rest of her things, she started settling to her new house.
For the first time in ages, she was feeling happy. She is her own woman. She stopped straightening her naturally curly hair. She also started to have her opinion and even complained to a greengrocer when she thought she was shortchanged.
She was satisfied with her new lot.
She had also started to meet her neighbours. One was known as a coin-lady, because she could be often found looking for coins under vending machines.
Another neighbour was a hot young man who grew bitter melon in his veranda.
Her joy, was cut short by the appearance of her boyfriend, who complained that she had grown ugly with her curly hair. He told her to put her hair back the way it was.
Nagi had finally told him that she was happy the way she was and that she doesn’t want him to ever visit her again.
In the rain, they stood looking at each other and he said he will come again.
Their little drama was noticed by her neighbours who came to see her and give her moral support.
In the meantime, her boyfriend was almost caused an accident because he was not looking when he was crossing the road.
People who saw him started saying that he was crying so hard.
Her boyfriend ended up in a bar still crying.
The barman said that he looked like that he had been dumped.
The boyfriend cried even harder. He said he really loved his girlfriend. When they first got together she would get up early in the morning just to straighten her hair for an hour. He then told himself that he would always protect her.
Love this drama so much. It has lots of character and warmth.
Nagi was really getting into the groove of things. She even made a friend when she went to a job agency. But she was disappointed when this new friend was trying to sell her a stone bracelet for good luck.
But she remembered that she was trying to reset her life and she was not going to be a pushover anymore. So she said to the new friend that she does not need a stone for good luck as she will make her own luck.
Her neighbours had rallied round to cheer her up and in turn she amazed them with her doggedness and perseverance. She was like a cute pupply, soft with her curly hair.
Her ex-boyfriend was really missing her. He did tell everyone but not to her.
The coin lady found him knocking at Nagi’s door.
She told Gamon to watch a movie with her while waiting for Nagi.
They enjoyed watching Gone with the Wind. The coin lady said that in the end the Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara did not get together in the end because of a misunderstanding. Both refused to say what they really want to say, what they feel for each other so they parted thinking that they don’t love each other the truth is the opposite.
When Nagi came back from the picnic she share with Gon, she found Gamon waiting for her.
They decided to play a game of cards but it got out of hand.
Gamon felt dejected so he decided to leave.
The coin lady told Nagi that Gamon had been waiting for her for hours and had even brought a bag of While Lover.
Nagi went chasing after Gamon, who finally told her that he loves her that she had got his confession, now she can go back to normal and to Tokyo with him.
What he got was a slap from Nagi.
Again, Gamon went to the station crying his heart out.
Nagi accidentally ended up going on a marriage date with her friend.
Gon and her new friend Sakamoto asked Nagi what she loved about Gamon.
This made Nagi think so she went to Gamon’s office and waited for him outside.
When they saw each other, the mean girls were also there.
Gamon took her hand and led her away. It was obvious to anyone that they were in a relationship.
Gamon took her to a restaurant. He began to apologise to Nagi how he treated her in the past including saying that she was only good for sex and he was just about to confess properly when Nagi also said she wanted to apologise to him as well.
She then told him that she had been thinking about what she liked about him. She said she cannot think of anything except that he was so good at work, the golden boy who can do anything that she wanted a bit of his shine that’s why she went into a relationship with him. She never loved him at all and now she was formally break up with him.
Gamon was shocked as Nagi left.
When she got home she asked Gon if she can go to his apartment. He said yes. She went into his apartment and into his bed. She was very satisfied with the sex but she quickly realised that she was not really special to him. Just after being intimate with her he was playing a game in his Gameboy, he opted to go shower rather than take with her.
Gamon, on the other hand, was left crying again. He was seen by Gon’s band friends. They invited Gamon to the clumb. The girl in the band pointed several women who she said were all waiting for Gon. Gon apparently is a Lunatic Making Machine.
Gamon cannot really forget Nagi. He went looking for her again. He was invited by Gon to stay in his flat while they wait for Nagi to surface.
Gon got called away and he said to Gamon to stay as he had waited long enough for Nagi.
Gamon after a while decided to go home but saw Nagi just coming out of the shop. They were both surprised to see one another.
He told Nagi that Gon is just playing her. He said he saw his bathroom full of women’s toiletries.
Nagi confirmed that she knew and does not care. Being with Gon makes her happy.
Finally they knew that they were not meant to be. And this made Gamon cry, again.
Emperor Xi Yuan promised an ‘ugly’ but very resourceful, competitive and able general, Zhong Wu Yan that he would make her his empress if she wins the war for him.
She did just that but when she came back, the emperor had decided to make Xia Ying Chun, the most beautiful and seductive woman in his harem as his empress.
Zhong Wu Yan was obviously very upset but the Emperor was adamant with his decision and not going to change it.
Zhong Wu Yan saw a poisonous snake just by the back of Xia Ying Chun. She took her sword and slash at it.
But seeing her take her sword, the Emperor stabbed her with his dagger.
Finally, Zhong Wu Yan knew that the Emperor would kill her at a whim.
She shook her head and her bun came undone. She took her sword and cut off her lock and said that she was setting the emperor free from his promise.
She then left while the emperor had a moment of feeling the guilt.
Fast, fast forward 2010.
Zhong Wu Yan is a one-man woman engineer, scientist, architect, social worker, etc. She was much loved by her village.
She singlehandedly built a bridge at 15 and collected over a million for charitable causes, etc.
But despite all the years, thousands of them, she had remain loyal and in love with Xi Yuan.
Xi Yuan is the heir to Xi corporation.
He is a playboy but much loved and admired by the people, especially by women. His antics were widely followed.
He became a celebrity despite not being in the entertainment business.
He had garnered all the sobriquets that were going around, like the sexiest man alive, the best person to marry, the best person to have a one-night-stand with, the handsomest, etc
He was celebrating his 27th birthday on an island.
Those invited were only the most beautiful ones.
One of these, was Xia Ying Chun, who was his female equivalent. She is the most beautiful and sexiest woman alive.
The village was outrage! Their river had been polluted causing the fishes, their source of food and livelihood to die.
It was up to Zhong Wu Yan to sort it out.
She found out that it was Xi Corporation as the culprit.
She went to the company and further noted that it was Xi Yuan who was ultimately responsible.
The pollutant was the paper lanterns he had released on his 27th birthday party.
Xi Yuan gave her a check for a million but she returned it. She told him that he was not the Xi Yuan she knew.
He was spoilt and irresponsible and her village does not want the check. She expects him instead to come to her village and personally pick up the rubbish in their river.
Xi Yuan’s father liked what Zhong Wu Yan had said. His son is much too spoilt.
Whoa, Ming Dao is really buff.
Xi Yuan came to the village to clean up.
The villagers were waiting for him armed with fruits and veg ready to chuck at him. But when they so him close-up, they all fell in love. He was so cute.
They tried to help him with the cleanup but Wu Yan stopped them.
Wu Yan’s family could not understand why she seemed to hate xi Yuan now when she had loved him most of her life.
To remedy the situation, they arrange for Xi Yuan to have dinner with Wu Yan.
But Xi Yuan kept calling her ugly. She warned him to stop calling her ugly girl but he just kept on. So she slapped him hard several times.
Xi Yuan learnt later that he had met Wu Yan when he was only ten years old, just after his mother’s death which had psychologically damaged him that he became mute.
Meeting the young Wu Yan made him speak again.
Wu Yan had become friends with a handsome blind man called Howard. He lives alone and had created booby traps near and inside his house to warn people not to disturb him.
It was only Wu Yan that he interacts but he became frustrated when she did not have the time for him.
Wu Yan finally told Xi Yuan that he can go home. She’ll finish up the clean-up.
But Xi Yuan had a change of mind. He decided to finish the job all by himself.
This gave his father an idea.
He reminded Wu Yan’s father that they had met before, 17 years ago. He told Wu Yan’s father that he gave him a jade necklace as a betrothal gift between their children.
Wu Yan’s father remembered the gift but never the mention of marriage.
So Wu Yan had to marry Xi Yuan, who was so opposed to the idea of being tied to the ugly girl for the rest of his life especially now that Xia Ying Sun was pursuing him.
Xi Yuan’s father told him that if he wanted his inheritance then he had to marry Wu Yan.
Wu Yan refused to agree with the marriage with Xi Yuan but she later found out that Xi Yuan’s father was terminally with stomach cancer and had not long to live.
Xi Yuan had caused the accident 17 years ago where his mother died.
He was wingeing so much that he wanted to eat a hamburger. His complaining distracted his parents. His father crashed the car.
Wu Yan had a heart to heart with Xi Yuan’s father and told him that she cannot marry his son.
The father finally surrendered the idea but requested for Wu Yan to move into their house instead because he needed her to keep an eye on Xi Yuan who was beset with problems at work and he might not get the general manager position because the stockholders do not believe in him.
Xi Yuan had started working as a manager and has a week to settle the Imperial deal but his ambitious aunt, Tian Ying, was trying to sabotage his work before he could even begin.
But then again, it would be so easy because Xi Yuan was rather clueless. He wanted to use nude models to advertise foundation. Da Wei his cousin can’t understand his ideas.
Wu Yan had moved in the Xi mansion but she did not expect to encounter the eccentricities of the xi Grandmother.