Sunao ni Narenakute

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Sunao ni Narenakute
Sunao ni narenakute.jpg
GenreDrama, romance
StarringSee below
Opening themeHard to say I love you: Iidasenakute by WEAVER
Great DJ by the Ting Tings
Ending themeSunao ni Narenakute by Sugawara Sayuri
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of series1
No. of episodes11
ProducerNakano Toshiyuki
Production locationTokyo
Running time47 minutes per episode
Original networkFuji TV
Picture formatNTSC, 1080i HDTV
Original releaseApril 15 (2010-04-15) –
June 24, 2010 (2010-06-24)

Sunao ni Narenakute (素直になれなくて) (Hard to Say I Love You) was a Japanese television drama on Fuji TV which aired from April 15, 2010 to June 24, 2010.


This is a story about the blossoming friendship of five young people who were brought together by Twitter, and their journey to finding honesty with each other and with themselves.

Nakajima looks up to his father, who was a war photographer, but can only get a job as an assistant for gravure magazines. Mizuno is a provisional high school teacher, currently on probation. Nishimura is Mizuno's best friend, whose boyfriend has been avoiding her since she discovered she was pregnant. Ichihara works at a magazine where he is being blackmailed into sexual favours by his chief editor. Park, on Twitter, takes on the persona of a doctor, when he is actually working at a company that sells medical equipment to uninterested doctors, and at the same time, trying to take care of his younger sister.



Date Episode Rating (Kanto Region)
04-15-2010 1 11.9%
04-22-2010 2 13.2%
04-29-2010 3 10.8%
05-06-2010 4 10.3%
05-13-2010 5 10.9%
05-20-2010 6 11.6%
05-27-2010 7 11.6%
06-03-2010 8 11.8%
06-10-2010 9 10.4%
06-17-2010 10 9.9%
06-24-2010 11 10.8%
average 11.2%

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

Production credits[edit]

  • Screenwriter: Eriko Kitagawa
  • Directors: Mitsuno Michio and Nishisaka Mizuki
Preceded by
Fumo Chitai
Fuji TV Mokuyou Gekijou Drama
April 15, 2010 – June 24, 2010
Succeeded by