The drama is based on the best selling same-titled novel Minato Kanae, and is about two families that reside in the same upscale neighborhood. Amongst all the beautiful homes lined up in a row, there is a small house that belongs to the Endo family. Even though it is small, but it is a dream come true for Endo Mayumi. Living directly opposite them, is the elite Takahashi family. With their three gifted and smart children and a doctor husband, the Takahashis seem like a blessed and happy family. One day, Takahashi Hiroyuki is found murdered. The police suspect the murderer is someone the family knows...

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  • Dec 5, 2013 10 of 10 episodes seen
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    Murder mysteries rarely touch upon the lasting impact of the crime. We see little beyond investigation, that twisting game of "Who? How? Why?" played by detectives. Our terminus tends to be the apprehension of the wrongdoer and their ultimate punishment. But what befalls the loved ones of both parties (victim and criminal alike)? How does the surrounding community react and change? In this hauntingly beautiful synthesis between suspense and human drama, such elements are explored thoughtfully alongside a capable mystery.

    As implied above, Yakou Kanransha delves into the effects a shocking murder has on two families (and the town in which they live). It is an emotional story marked by highs and lows, much like the ever-rotating path the titular Ferris wheel follows. Other issues tackled
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  • Apr 16, 2013 10 of 10 episodes seen
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    I think the other reviewer has said all what I wanted to say, this drama moves people in so many different ways. I was moved and cried a lot especially in the latter episodes because in a way I can relate to the struggles of the families in this drama.

    I'm giving this a perfect score in all aspects because I thought it's that perfect. The suspense was held evenly throughout the drama, although the jittery feeling might be felt the most at the first episode (I almost puked to be honest. Such injustice).

    It doesn't bore at all and it does not try to preach, like what many other family dramas might do (although to be honest, this is my first time watching a drama
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  • Sandrose 23 days ago
    A really interesting drama for me. The ensemble cast was really interesting, especially Kojima-san. So many issues and at the same time a lot of suspense. A suspenseful family drama. Only in Japan. I liked how it was structured around the ferris wheel metaphor and how it went back and forth between the past and the day of the incident to create the mood.

    There is hope for the family, as long as there is a will to understand each other and work together. Endou Otousan was really disappointing most of the time, while Endou Okaasan was the martyr. How much a mother can take? and nearly everyone had an inferiority complex...but such are the pressures society puts on everyone. We enter in a rat race, even with ourselves.
    • Sandrose 23 days ago
      How much can we take the pressure to have the perfect house, to be the perfect neightbour, perfect perfect always perfect. But it's always darkest in the light. The before and the after ferrish wheel. The up and down of the ferris wheel. Does the view change? Or does the perspective of the viewer change?
  • Moniisek Feb 11, 2014
    uwaaaaa, that ending was so good, wrapped up things nicely. I cried practically the whole episode. Inferiority complex, huh. Hurting not only yourself but those dearest to you. I'm glad the murder wasn't based on some overused drama reasons like money, forbidden love or cheating.
    3 ❤
  • Mocha Jan 31, 2014
    I loved the friendship between Mayumi and Junko. I also loved the ending theme it was so good. It was a great drama overall.
    1 ❤
  • xoxo Jan 20, 2014
    Kojima-san = Regina George
  • Aexuz Jan 14, 2014
    I'm loving this drama and this song
  • CheerfulSoul Jan 13, 2014
    That was an awesome yet underrated drama. I loved the Yakou Kanransha's theme and mixing the mystery and family genres together. It was a great watch.
    2 ❤
  • irisixora Jan 13, 2014
    what a masterpiece and amazing drama...the storyline,the drama,the cast was so perfect....definitely one of the best jdrama in 2013....eventho the subbed was pretty late but it's worth it...
  • mascot Nov 20, 2013
    Finally! Thanks so much to those who continued its English translation! It is one of the best drama/crime/family/mystery dramas I ever watched. I am gradually being fond of Japanese mystery/crime novels! Keep up the good work!
    1 ❤
  • Inyoso Nov 10, 2013
    Ep 6 was just added w/subs here!
  • lunarlegend_03 Sep 25, 2013
    Heck.. no english subtitle from ep 5-10. -_-
  • mascot Jul 29, 2013
    Am I the only one who believes this is a masterpiece? I hope subs will be released faster :(
    1 ❤
  • allanah Jul 12, 2013
    Managed to find this subbed (poorly) at a chinese mall so I can finish it. Ayaka needs to be institutionalized. There is no excise for her ridiculous behaviour. Especially not bullying and moving to an expensive house. Nice acting on the girl's part though
    1 ❤
    • TiaRianne Jul 21, 2013
      what website please i'd like to finish it
    • allanah Jul 21, 2013
      I saw it on ebay once for double the price I paid. But yeah, its not online. I bought it at Pacific Mall a Chinese mall in Toronto. Its badly subbed, but I know Japanese so its OK... Hope you get to see it soon. I'm sure the subbers will finish it soon
  • mascot Jul 1, 2013
    This is one of my best dramas of all times. The plot is just so awesome and mysterious, let alone the iconic Ferris wheel; the mascot of the drama :)
    1 ❤
  • TiaRianne Apr 28, 2013
    has the people who have subbed it just stopped if so im really disappointed i was enjoying this.
  • allanah Apr 21, 2013
    Anyone else think that Takahashi-san (Junko) looks like a Japanese Ashley Judd in the early story episodes? I can't get over that. Very intriguing drama so far!
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Yakou Kanransha

Yakou Kanransha


  • Main Title: Yakou Kanransha
  • Native title: 夜行観覧車
  • Also Known as: Yako Kanransha; Ferris Wheel at Night

General Details

  • CountryJapan
  • Aired: January 18, 2013 to March 22, 2013
  • Airs On: Friday
  • # of Episodes 10
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
  • Genres: Suspense


  • Score: 8.36 (scored by 110 users)
  • Ranked: #72
  • Popularity: #813
  • Members: 404
  • Favorites: 0
4.2 stars - based on 110 votes

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