Tokyo Friends

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Tokyo Friends
Genre Romantic Comedy
Starring Ai Otsuka
Rio Matsumoto
Masanobu Katsumura
Yōko Maki
Mao Kobayashi
Ryuta Sato
Opening theme Friends (フレンズ?)
Country of origin  Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 5
Producer(s) Ueda Hiroki
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 46 min. (approx)
Original network TBS
First shown in June 3, 2005
(DVD release only)
Followed by Tokyo Friends: The Movie
External links

Tokyo Friends (東京フレンズ?, Tōkyō Furenzu) is a Japanese television drama released on June 3, 2005. Unlike many other dramas, it was never aired on TV but released as a set of 3 DVDs. Volumes one and two contain the first 4 episodes while volume three contains the last episode. Each episode is approximately 70 minutes.

The Tokyo Friends Premium Box was also released which includes all 5 episodes, a bonus DVD, and 12 postcards. Although this is a very typical Tokyo-story and was never aired on TV, it was quite successful probably because it was Ai Otsuka's debut as an actress.


Rei Iwatsuki moved from her hometown Kōchi to Tokyo to pursue her dreams. On arrival, she found a job as a waitress in a restaurant and met guitarist Ryuuji Shintani. Ryuuji liked her voice and invited her to join his band as the vocalist, The Survival Company (also known as Sabakan). The two started a relationship but then broke off when Rei wanted to write her own songs.

Rei met other girls also working in the restaurant, Hirono, Ryoko and Maki, all in pursuit of their own dreams, and became good friends with all of them.


Tokyo Friends: The Movie[edit]

Tokyo Friends: The Movie was released on DVD on December 13, 2006.

Tokyo friends OST[edit]

  • 1.Friends : Music : Yoshiki composer : Yoshiki Lyrics : Yoshiki
  • 2.Haneirai Tamago : Music : Yoshiki : composer : Yoshiki Lyrics : Ai Otsuka
  • 3.To me : Music : Yoshiki : composer : Yoshiki Lyrics : Ai Otsuka
  • 4.Friends (Sabakan Ver): Music : Ai Otsuka composer : Yoshiki Lyrics : Yoshiki