On August 24th, NHK wrapped up the last scene for their popular morning drama ‘Umechan Sensei‘ starring actress Horikita Maki. She and her husband in the drama Matsuzaka Tori were both present and used the moment of celebration to look back at what they’ve gained throughout this long period of filming.
Horikita expressed, “It feels like it has been a long time, yet it also feels like it has ended too soon… It was a telenovela loved by everyone, which made me feel anxiety and pressure at times, but I’ve been focusing on what’s right in front of me and kept on running as Umechan as hard as I can. These 10 months have truly been great and always full of support by everyone.” The story has her getting married to her childhood friend (Matsuzaka) and even becoming a mother, about which she commented, “I’ve never experienced marriage nor becoming a mother before, which is why I’ll never forget those particular moments."
Matsuzaka stated, “In the beginning I really had a dirty appearance (laughs), but thanks to everyone I’ve become a young manager. It felt like I’ve been lending my whole body to ‘Nobuo’ and truly lived another person’s life all this time.” He continued, “I’m going to treasure this drama forever. I’ve been able to grow up so much thanks to this experience that it’s impossible to put my gratitude in words.”
The highest rating of this morning drama so far was recorded with 24.9% on August 11th. Moreover it was announced earlier this month, that NHK BS Premium is going to air a two-episode spin-off in October.
‘Umechan Sensei’ also features a great supporting cast made up of Takahashi Katsumi, Minami Kaho, Koide Keisuke, Tsurumi Shingo, Baisho Mitsuko, Kataoka Tsurutaro, and others. They all were present during the final scene and presented the Horikita and Matsuzaka with flowers and congratulations.
On TV, ‘Umechan Sensei’ is going to continue to air in the morning drama slot of NHK until September 29th.