When I saw the news about Haruma Miura’s suspected suicide, I felt a small part of me had also died. It’s the first time that a celebrity death had emotionally impacted me in some way. And I guess it’s because I grew up watching a lot of his projects. He quickly became one of my favourite actors, and I was always excited to see something new from him.
Obviously, every movie and film he’s been in is worth a watch. But here are some of my favourites.
Synopsis: When Tahara Mika (Aragaki Yui) gets her lost cellphone back, a mysterious boy starts to call and text her. She soon discovers that the boy is her delinquent classmate, Sakurai Hiroki (Haruma Miura). But Hiro isn’t as bad as he seems.
Thoughts: After watching this, I shipped Aragaki Yui and Haruma Miura so hard. Their on-screen chemistry was great, and it’s a classic fluffy and angsty high-school romance.
Synopsis: Yamaguchi Kumiko (Nakama Yukie) is the heir of a Yakuza clan. However, she decides to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. For the third time, she gets assigned to class 3-D, a class full of high school delinquents. While her passionate life teachings have helped similar students in the past, will it work this time?
Thoughts: This drama is a cliché that you’ll love. It has everything: a great cast, soundtrack, message, and humour in all the right places. Haruma Miura plays a gang leader of the class, and this drama was the start of his rise to fame.
Kimi ni Todoke
Synopsis: Kuronuma Sawako (Mikako Tabe) is socially awkward and outcasted by her classmates. Her life takes a positive turn when she befriends the most popular boy in school, Kazehaya Shota (Haruma Miura), who has fallen head-over-heels for her.
Thoughts: I. Loved. This. I became a fan of Mikako Tabe and had to check out more of her work. I loved these two together, and their on-screen chemistry was amazing.
Synopsis: Sakura (Shinohara Ryoko) is a hairstylist who isn’t interested in fashion or makeup for herself. At a party, she meets Hiroto (Haruma Miura), a young and aspiring biker. Sakura is surprised when Hiroto takes an interest in her, not knowing he has ulterior motives. But, well, the joke’s on him.
Thoughts: I wasn’t a fan of Haruma Miura’s hair in this. That aside, he plays the classic bad-boy well.
(I mean, duh.)
Boku no Ita Jikan
Synopsis: Sawada Takuto (Haruma Miura) is a university student who discovers he has a rare disease that gradually limits his mobility. Regardless, he lives his life actively.
Thoughts: Touching. This drama is extremely touching, and I loved it. It’ll make you smile, cry, and is just wholesome. But get a box of tissues ready.
Synopsis: Shinsuke (Haruma Miura) is a bartender with a shady past. One night, he gets attacked and loses a part of his memory. When he returns to work, he gets a visit from a woman dressed in black.
Thoughts: If you enjoy short mysteries, this one’s for you. Loved the plot and the execution. It’s shorter than other dramas but packs a punch.
This was strangely therapeutic.
I hope Haruma Miura is in a better place. He has achieved so much, and his works will always feel like home to me.