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‘Meet Me After School’ Netflix Series Review - A Forbidden Love Story Worth A Watch

In Chuugaku seinikki, High school student Akira Kuroisa falls in love with his 25-year-old teacher Hijiri Suenaga. But can he pursue this love?

Neerja Choudhuri - Sat, 02 Mar 2024 19:16:02 +0000 1486 Views
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Hijiri Suenaga, portrayed by Arimura Kasumi, is a vibrant 25-year-old educator thrust into a substitute teaching role at a co-ed school. Instantly captivating her students, she becomes a beacon of admiration among them. However, her personal life is entangled with Shotaro Kawai (played by Keita Machida), a dedicated but time-constrained corporate professional who harbors hopes of marrying her. Despite his affection, his demanding career leaves him unable to provide the proximity she desires as she embarks on her new teaching journey.

Amidst this dynamic, one of Hijiri's students, Akira Kuroiwa (portrayed by Kenshi Okada), finds himself irresistibly drawn to her, his admiration blossoming into fervent love. Struggling to navigate these newfound emotions, he attempts to convey his affections to Hijiri, who, apprehensive of the implications, remains hesitant to entertain the idea of a romantic entanglement with a student. But will Hijiri reciprocate his feelings? Will they accept their relationship? 

As Shotaro earnestly discusses marriage plans, orchestrating meetings between their respective families, the complexities deepen. Simultaneously, Akira's ardor for his teacher intensifies, further complicated by the affection from one of his female classmates. But will Hijiri reciprocate his feelings? Will they accept their relationship? The journey ahead won't be an easy one for them. Society often frowns upon the notion of a minor developing feelings for a school teacher who is significantly older, creating a relationship dynamic that faces substantial societal scrutiny and disapproval.  

Thus, the narrative unfolds, weaving a tapestry of emotions, desires, and societal expectations, as the characters grapple with the intricacies of love, loyalty, and the pursuit of happiness amidst a backdrop of academic and personal growth.

"Meet Me After School" delves into the intricate world of romance through a mature lens, offering viewers a poignant and thought-provoking drama experience. 
The story follows the lives of its protagonists, each grappling with their own personal struggles and insecurities. As they navigate the tumultuous journey of adolescence and love, they find solace and connection in unexpected places, ultimately discovering the transformative power of love. 

However, "Meet Me After School" is not merely a tale of teenage infatuation; it confronts the harsh realities of life head-on, delving into darker themes such as betrayal, heartbreak, and societal expectations. Through its raw and unfiltered portrayal of human emotions, the series challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and perceptions about love and relationships.

Despite the weightiness of its subject matter, "Meet Me After School" is infused with moments of tenderness and warmth, reminding viewers of the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. With its captivating storytelling and nuanced character development, the series leaves a lasting impact, inviting audiences to reflect on the complexities of love and the pursuit of happiness.

Not a typical love story you get to see, overall, "Meet Me After School" is a captivating and emotionally resonant drama that transcends the confines of its genre, offering a profound exploration of the human experience.

Final Score- [7/10]
Reviewed by - Neerja Choudhuri
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Publisher at Midgard Times



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