Attention Please: Episode 1 Recap

Attention Please!

Attention Please is the first series I will be recapping! Even though I follow K-entertainment more than J-Entertainment, I just started watching this series yesterday and managed three episodes in one go (I ended up sleeping after four in the morning and then had to wake up at nine to head to my office! Its a miracle Im not sleeping in the office right now, hehe). The drama has a very refreshing and japanese-esque vibe and it reminded me why I love watching japanese dramas even if not in abundance and why I enjoy myself every time! Japanese Entertainment Industry has a very innovative and unique trend, which could have resulted in drastically boring stuff if not handled well. But it is usually handled perfectly and is most refreshing and enjoyable to watch. The best part is the humor and the reality that go side by side. In some instances, the japanese may exaggerate the reality to give the happy ever after, but their tone and the way of delivering it manage to keep it enjoyable rather than cheeky or frustrating.

In the future I hope to continue recapping lots of more stories and dramas (K-Dramas, J-Dramas, C-Dramas and T-Dramas) so keep coming back for more! As the Japanese say, Yoroshikunae Onegai shimasu!! 🙂

Episode 1 Recap

The Episode starts with our main heroine on stage along with her four buddies singing j-pop! Her attire and getup is enough to surmise her character. She dresses in jeans and shirts; her short hair is another boyish trait more than girlish. As we are later told, growing up with four elder brothers and without parents, she tended to have a more straight forward and tomboyish personality and ends up enjoyng life more with friends of the opposite sex rather than females. However, that doesnt stop her from actually feeling insecure like a girl every now and then, especially when it concerns a fellow band mate and boy-Tsukasa- who happens to be leaving for Tokyo the next day. The concert they are having turns out to be his farewell party.

As they leave the concert and reminisce about times spent before, Misaki wishes they could stay like they are rather than growing up and having to face the real world-looking for jobs and careers. Her fellows call her stupid and they begin bickering friendly and most of them run off closer to the bank of the river. With the rest gone, Misaki turns to Tsukasa and promises to come see him off at the airport tomorrow even though he teases her not to come as she’d simply end up crying. Promising she won’t cry, Misaki gathers her courage to confess and almost has the words out of her when the others interrupt and ask the two to join in on their fun. Thinking shed be better to leave it off until tomorrow, Misaki doesn’t continue and runs off to join the others and hit them as hard as she can! 😀

 

The next day at the airport turns out to be a revelation. Everyone from her team except herself turn around and gawk at the cabin attendants walking throughout the airport. When they cannot find the Clock Tower (They don’t even try!), it gives them the much wanted excuse to ask a few passing cabin attendants its location. Friendly and polite, the attendants help them out and the rest cant help themselves from falling head over heels in appreciation! Walking up the escalator, they dreamily exclaim, “I love that smile with a hint of pride; and compared to them”. Turning to Misaki at their front, their expressions hilariously change.

Misaki tells them theyre deluding themselves and that cabin attendants aren’t that great! After all, she could be one if she wanted! That gives the boys a hearty laugh as soon as they meet up with Tsukasa. He asks what their ruckus is about and the others start their devoted rant again. Tsukasa offhandedly remarks there is nothing to be so worked up about and Misaki, glad that Tsukasa agrees, scoffs back at the boys again. However, as another line of attendants passes them by, everyone stops to look at them and Tsukasa again offhandedly remarks that he probably would consider dating or even date one. Misakis ears perk up at that. So Tsukasa actually does like cabin attendants! Before she has a chance to say more, Tsukasa turns to leave and catch his flight. At the gate, he turns around and calls out to her.

Throwing her his signature ring, he tells her it will bring her good luck in finding a job and that it will help her as it helped him and jokingly adds “It doesn’t go with the suit either”, referring to his current and future attire. Misakis heart falls deeper in admiration for him.

Cut moments later to Misaki lying on the ground at home reminiscing about her life; from childhood to this day and how she ended up with her personality and attire. Here, we are given a deeper look into her past and childhood where she recalls everything as there are several magazines scattered around her, listing job opportunities and career choices. Finally, she picks up a magazine from the bottom, with a beautiful cabin attendant on the front page. Remembering Tsukasa’s words, she makes up her mind.


When she finally arrives for the interview, she realizes in horror that her tomboyish attire is highly unsuitable for the interview, with everyone dressed in a formal skirt shirt coat attire. Next thing you know, she sees a girl walking out the interview room- her interview just ended- and grabs her. Running to the bathroom while the other girl hardly has time to catch her breath, she exchanges clothes with the girl and runs back in for her interview- just in time. Once inside, she realizes she forgot to swap her shoes; now she’s wearing a black formal suit, and large red casual boots. She quickly covers her feet with her bag, hoping the interviewers won’t notice. They seem to have seen it, but choose to stay silent and ignore it.

One of the interviewer asks her questions about herself and then about her interest in music. Misaki immediately starts dancing and singing around, performing like she’s in her band with her friends. The judges look shocked and then pleased. But this is just a bubble in her head as she simply politely nods her head and mutters a meek “Yes” to their questions. 😀 Hilarious!!

Days later, at home in her sweats and shirt, she heads out to get her mail. Inside is a letter from the airlines. She has been accepted as a trainee for the cabin attendant’s course. Feeling on cloud nine, Misaki jumps up and down and shouts out “I’ve become a cabin attendant!!!” ^_^

She moves to Tokyo and rents a room with a woman named Chiemi and asks Misaki to call her Chii-Chan. Its down to rooming with Chiichan because the room she originally wanted has been given to someone else because of a misunderstanding. Her roommate is chubby and a bit strange.

Here comes Misakis first meeting with Shouta whom she bumps into at the subway where her ticket is stolen by someone else but she thinks it’s him but can’t prove it and hence cannot catch the train.

attention please

This is the day for orientation into the training so she has to hurry to the building. Excited and ecstatic, she runs her way to the inauguration hall, proud at having reached five minutes earlier than deadline! Opening the door to the hall with all her might, she shouts out a greeting, only to realize the hall is full and everyone is already formally seated in place. Everyone turns to look around at the weird new entrant. One of the girls is happy to see her! Before anyone can say anything, Misaki shuts the door and rushes inside, looking for a place to sit. There’s only one chair free and it’s in the front row. She rushes there and sits down while others look disapprovingly at her and her boyish attire (Everyone else is still formally dressed).

While she sleeps her way through inauguration, unable to take in the boring speeches and introduction about rules and regulations, she’s glad when the ceremony ends and heads out as fast as she can. Outside however, one of the other trainees catches up to her. It’s the one who had looked happy at seeing her in the hall when she’d arrived. She grabs Misaki happily, asking if Misaki remembers her. Misaki doesn’t and seems disinterested. She’s still half asleep from the inauguration so the girl happily chatters on that she is the one who exchanged clothes with her on the interview day.

And this is how our heroine’s friendship with one of the other main characters and her soon to be best friend, Wakamura Yayoi begins.

After the inauguration, they go to their class, where Misaki is ridiculed as ‘mistaken for a rock star girl’ and while others make fun of her attire and attitude, it doesn’t seem to bother her and she thinks her clothes are cool! Girl’s got a great optimistic personality!

Here when they are taking their seats at the end, they run into Sekiyama Chan, the one who will go on to complete their best friend trio! While Yayoi is shy but courageous and Misaki is open and dominant, Sekiyama is extremely shy and reserved.

Misaki is making fun of their teacher to be, calling her an “obaasan” when she comes up on them from the back and introduces herself as “Instructor Mikami”. While she is strict and very punctual, she is also understanding and accommodating. In the beginning of the series, we will see Misaki growing irritated and angry at her, but as the story progresses, they grow to understand and respect each other.


And so begins the training for this class of twenty women to become cabin attendants! Her first lecture is an introduction to rules and regulations, which leads Misaki to say this:

The beginning material they are given to memorize by heart is like every students nightmare. It’s a few books but their size and depth makes everyone shudder! Being a cabin attendant isn’t so easy after all! 😉

Then comes the lesson on basic ettiquettes: bowing, eye contact and verbal communication. Somehow, as expected, our cheerful and energetic heroine Misaki ends up doing everything at the wrong time or in the wrong sense! Worst of all, she can’t even see how shes wrong! The journey seems a lot tougher ahead now.

After lessons, Misaki and Yayoi head down to the engineering site at the airport, where Shouta is working as an engineer. Shes still miffed at losing her ticket and hes still indifferent to her annoyance! J When he hears Misaki is also in training to become a cabin attendant, he looks her up and down and starts laughing. Before it can develop any further into a fight, Before it can develop any further into a fight, Yayoi drags Misaki off. Here Misaki finds out Yayois family owns a soba restaurant. Off to eating it is then!

Yayois father is least impressed with Misaki and wonders why her daughter couldnt have found a better person as a friend. Misaki seems oblivious to the fact and before their meal is over, she and Yayoi’s dad end up bonding with each other over the most unlikey topic- a picure of a perch that Yayois father has drawn up. On her way back home after eating four bowls of Soba (The way she eats makes me want to eat it too!! L ) she runs into Tsutsumi in a difficult and embarrasing scenario. He has jumped off a porch on the first floor of a building with his stuff thrown out after him by his current girlfriend because his former and not yet dumped girlfriend found out about his little rendezvous and is there to check up on whether its true or not. With Misaki’s help, he manages to get away. He gives her his number, promising to pay her back for her gesture.

The next morning Misaki reaches class just a few seconds ahead of Instructor Mikami, having reached barely just because she used the elevator. Mikami bids her to go back and down and come up again using the stairs. She is still reprimanded after that because she runs a few times in order to make it in time.

Mikami asks Misaki what she thinks of her attire and Misaki cooly replies

So Mikami lets her go. With time, she figures, Misaki will come to know the differnce and the basic and till then, she decidees to put up with Misaki’s ways. Next we are introduced to the captain of the plane who happens to be Mikamis friend; Tsutsumi (a trainee pilot) and cabin attendant A senpai and her sidekick. They are just returning after a long flight. Here our trio meets them officially for the first time.

Misaki thinks Tsutsumi looks familiar and starts to remember where she saw him. When it hits her, she turns to him with an exclamation and he recognizes her too. Panicking, he grabs her and leads her away. To keep her quiet, he buys the trio lunch and dessert. A friendship starts up between him and Misaki. All the while, he doesnt lose the chance to flirt around with other new trainees.

Meanwhile, lessons in the class continue and Misaki is as bad at them as ever.

Another instructor and the principal of the training department watch Misakis performance. While the principal has an optimistic outlook; the teacher criticizes Misaki and her carefree attitude.

Misaki ends up tired as dead on the couch at home when Chii chan pops by to announce she is going away for a while on a vacation. However much Misaki asks, Chii chan won’t give a straight answer and just leaves, promising to send her share of the monthly rent diligently.

At class, Misaki has pronunciation problems and ends up terming flight as fright, which leads to her saying,

Meanwhile, Shouta is shown looking longingly at the pilots seat in the cockpit. Seems his original dream was perhaps to become a pilot. Why he is now an engineer is a question yet unanswered.

The trainees are given a tour of the whole engineering lab, where Misaki is as nonchalant as before and the famous trio start mocking her again for her mistakes on the English sentence. They remark how they feel safer now that they know she is a no-goodie and will perhaps be truly dropped from the class in no time. Here Misaki is a little hurt by the others attitudes and ends up causing trouble again by mistake. The principal, however, decides not to punish her and simply asks her to be more careful in the future.

Mikami, however, is a little more miffed at Misaki’s attitude and asks her to think clearly about what she wants. Behind in class, everyone keeps gossiping about her mistake and how she is not bound to be fired from the trainee centre. Shouta is cleaning up and gathering equipment when Misaki comes looking for him. She apologizes for the trouble she has caused and while she complains about how hard and useless training is, he stops her and asks if she doesn’t feel embarrassed saying such stuff. That night, as she is heading home, she stops at a nearby bridge and watches the hustle bustle of the airport, her mind now preoccupied with scattered thoughts. Taking out his ring, she stares at it for a long time. Then she decides to visit him.


He warmly welcomes her into his apartment and she excitedly goes back to her normal, tomboyish self, chitchatting like the old days. When she tells him she is going to become a cabin attendant, he tells her he was merely joking with her when he said she might suit the uniform. Its then that he gets up to get her more drinks when there is the sound of the door opening and a girl coming in- Tsukasa’s girlfriend. Turning quiet, Misaki realizes all the tell tale signs of a serious relationship-two pillows on the bed, same couple cups for coffee, shoes in the doorway- and realizes she is the third wheel. Saying goodbye hastily, she leaves the house in a rush. On the walk home, she berates herself for being so vulnerable. Throwing the ring into the river, she silently cries alone. For many days ahead, she is absent from classes at the training centre, making Mikami worry. She lies lifelessly and carelessly alone at home, heartbroken from her unfulfilled first love. Finally, she heads out and wastes her days playing basketball and at game centers. Yayoi calls, but Misaki doesn’t pick up.

Captain comes to see Mikami and she admits she is worried about Misaki. Captain tells her not to think it is her fault again. It’s a hint at something that happened in the past for which Mikami cannot forgive herself. That night on the way home, Mikami spots Misaki in a park playing basketball. She approaches Misaki, who ignores her at first. Telling Mikami she never wanted to become a cabin attendant seriously after all, Misaki says cabin attendants are just “serving tea in the sky”. Mikami challenges her thinking and tells her this is simply failure on her part to understand the true spirit of a cabin attendant.

Misaki contemplates what Mikami said and thinks back to all the times she faced criticism from others and their comments about how her not being there was better. The next morning, Shouta comes across Misaki standing outside the airport in a contemplating pose. She asks him if he has something to say to her and tells him not to tell her that her actions are not cool again. She walks away and we pan into the classroom, where Mikami notices Misakis absence again. Suddenly the door opens and Misaki walks in. Misaki walks upto Mikami and tells her she will definitely become a cabin attendant and prove to Mikami and the others that she can do it because “Losing is something that I don’t like”. After a hearty speech about aiming to become the best cabin attendant, she turns around and walks to her seat and a look at Mikamis face shows tells us she is impressed by Misakis determination. While the trio looks unhappy at Misakis return, Yayoi and Sekiyama cheer her on with smiles. All seems to be going great until Mikami out to Misaki. Misaki turns back with an irritated expression saying “What now?”Mikami, with a serious expression, tells her “Your zipper is open!” Misaki’s ending expression is priceless!

Ha! Long journey, ne?! I hope you enjoyed the recap (It took me hours to just add the screencaps! :/, hehe)

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About hitomiakiko

Architect and Aspiring Writer

Posted on October 4, 2011, in Asian Cinema, Entertainment, Japanese Cinema, Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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