I Tokmoh, therefore I am

September 25, 2008

[JDrama] Attention Please!

Air stewardess ja nai, Ka been At ten dan to da.

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Attention Please is about a slighty tomboyish and rather bullheaded heroine who starts on a journey to become a Cabin Attendant. Everyone around her seems to think that she’s not suited to the job and will ultimately fail. But to what limits is she willing to push herself?

Title: アテンションプリーズ
English: Attention Please
Episodes: 11

Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2006-Apr-18 to 2006-June-27
Theme song: “OH PRETTY WOMAN” by Kaela Kimura

CAST

– Ueto Aya as Misaki Yoko
– Nishikido Ryo as Nakahara Shota
– Maya Miki as Mikami Tamaki
– Aibu Saki as Wakamura Yayoi
– Uehara Misa as Hirota Saori
– Koizumi Koutaro as Tsutsumi Shuusuke
– Kohinata Fumiyo as Sakurada Shinya
– Otsuka Chihiro as Sekiyama Yuki
– Nanase Natsumi as Kinoshita Asami
– Ootomo Minami as Higashino Haruka
– Yoo Min (Fueki Yuko) as Asou Kaoru
– Takahashi Mariko as Kagawa Reiko
– Koichi Mantaro as Watanabe Makoto
– Asano Kazuyuki as Wakamura Shozo
– Inoue Jun as Dazai Shinichiro
– Mano Yuuko as Murayama Mizuho
– Hoshino Natsuko as Takemoto Rie

Phew, I haven’t watch an enjoyable Jdrama, let alone a new one, for quite awhile since The Last Lawyer, which admittedly is kind of a disappoinment. I was attracted to it solely because of Abe Hiroshi, which has gotta be the best Jdrama actor ever!! Well, the good news is, his acting is brilliant as a poor lawyer (he’s always more suitable as a poor or very pitiable clownish character, doesn’t he?), but the plot kinda lacked variety aside from solving cases, I mean like, I was expecting to see more than that (it’s Abe Hiroshi goddamit!! Why can’t they explore more of his character outside his career?), and then the bloody sub!! OMFG, it’s the most rubbish subbing ever, I ended up hardly understanding half of the the series, as if it’s not made hard enough with almost every actor/actresses speaking 93656234 words/sec. Fansub, really is the way for subbing, while official ones deserve to make losses for their lackadaisical attitude towards helping non-Japanese speaker like me to understand it (I bought a pirated one btw since downloading it is painstakingly hopeless, which is ripped from official DVD).

Anyway, moving on, I encountered this great series at 8tv on one Sunday afternoon. Thank God, I’m absolutely an Ueto Aya fan now!!! Aya-chan kawaii~~!!!

Beyond Misaki Yoko, this series is a great look into the way Japan Airline (JAL) run about their business Japanese style. The cabin attendant training, strict to miniscule details like how to bow, hand positions when serving passangers etc; the maintenance technicians, a single pen lost in the hangar means no work at all continues to prioritise safety. Uncountable apology bows and “mosyiaki gozaimasen” is as routine as breathing to them. One has to wonder…… all looks very strict and efficient, just how greater other airlines are to be able to outwit the Japanese? That includes us, Malaysian (MAS is ranked 6th best airline 2008)!! For this brief moment, it does make me proud to be Malaysian!! Malaysia boleh~!! I mean it, I’m seriously not being sarcastic there!!

Whenever there’s a motoring discussion, the Japanese’s achievement would be attributed to their culture of excellence and hard work. It pisses me off sometimes that some people chose to conveniently lay the blame on culture. While there may be truth to it, culture can be flexible and changable. They want change, they got it. Proton has never got any better than today since a man from Daihatsu proxy in Malaysia came and “Japanise” it. But when it does happen, they refused to acknowledge it at all.

Perhaps then, Proton can learn something from MAS. Manufacturing-wise, they should continue the Japanisation process, but service-wise, MAS demonstrate that we can put the Japanese to shame. Proton can go beyond the Japanese car manufacturers then theoretically, yohohoho. Hang on, actually…..it maybe can lol!! Gambatte Proton!!

MAS certainly puzzled me. Back in 2005, they posted RM1.25billion in losses, but last year they made their greatest profits ever at RM852million. That said, the losses still left them severely affected 3 years ago, well, any company would. It takes someone very crazy and stupid to dare go and save it. Somebody with a can-do personality like Misaki Yoko perhaps? Erm….more like Malaysia Boleh spirit I reckon yohohoho. Kudos to Datuk Idris Jala, your ability to turn it around is certainly a feat recognised as world standard, even awarded. That certainly made me respect him to a level of how much I respect Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin, the current Proton MD, who is probably the man I respect most in Malaysian corporate world. Today, MAS is ranked world’s 6th best airliner by Skytrax for 2 years in a row. Interestingly, back in 2005 when they had their worst financial year, they were still able to be ranked world’s 6th best airliner. MAS is still among the only 6 airliners which have 5-star airliner ranking alongside Singapore Airline (SIA), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong-based), Asiana (Korea-based), Kingfisher (India-based), and Qatar Airways. Attention Please is like a JAL advertising to the world of how efficient they are and all when the Japanese do it their way. MAS went billions in losses, then went to even awarded the Phoenix award for the world’s best airline-turnaround story in 2007 by Penton Media’s Air Transport World, and all along throughout, consistently maintained to be among the elite 5-star airliner and in top 10 world’s best airliner. MAS’s achievement made JAL look very, veeeery average. Amazingly stunning.

Right right, now here comes the cynics, yes, I know, many would disagree of MAS’s recognition because they’ve eaten cold meals with little variety to choose from, too much cost-cutting here and there, etcetc and the fact that AirAsia pwned them domestic-wise and that if AirAsia to run all the international flights MAS do, MAS can be completely written off. But think about it: if even with all those issues in MAS makes them 6th best, ironing the problems out woud definitely get MAS ranked better, maybe even beating the 2008 world’s best airline, SIA perhaps? It needs better governance then, which means to ask the invisible hands of federal govt and their cronies to completely GTFO and allow MAS to run purely business-like befitting of its premium 5-star airliner recognition, not cutting corners which affected their service due to the need to cover their “leakages” caused by those invisible hands, which have also messed up our currency value against USD. Tony Fernandes sees that in SIA, so DSAI, this is definitely what you must attain as the soon-to-be 6th Malaysian Prime Minister: Competitive, Accountability, Transparency (CAT) government. You’ve promised to be a good, non-hypocritical muslim, right?

All hail DSAI!!
All hail DSAI!!
All hail DSAI!!

Wow, I’ve gone that far analyzing the aviation industry after watching Attention Please…..and able to discover that Malaysia do have quite something, yaay *clap*clap*. Definitely a much needed positive morale boost, what’s more at times when the current govt is getting stupider by the millisecond.

Attention Please is subbed by Kioku fansub, or you may watch it at crunchyroll subbed by Killar. It has 11 episodes plus 2 specials where they went to Hawaii and Australia. Some screenshots from Australian Special:

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Misaki-chan, nice shirt there. She was first introduced as a lead singer of her band group which eventually disbanded in the first episode, and to my surprise, Ueto Aya is a singer in the real world too -she has sold over 800,000 copies of all her albums and singles combined!!

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Tsutsumi-kun, the playboy co-pilot played by Koizumi Koutaro. Can you actually believe he’s the ex-Japanese PM, Junichiro Koizumi’s son?

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Sekiyama-chan banzai!! Wow, I’d really wish I can be like her……doing that to our PM’s son-in-law…..except maybe with a sledgehammer + chainsaw + lightsaber.

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So he’s not been flirting around actually since being together with Sekiyama-chan. All he did, is so that he can be a captain when facing Sekiyama-chan’s father, a captain himself. Bravo, Tsutsumi-kun!!

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Sekiyama-chan proposed <3<3<3 …well, sort of. Gotta wait for Tsutsumi-kun to become a captain, desyo?

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Misaki-chan, you’ll need to defeat Asiana Airways then, the current world’s best cabin staff. Your company meanwhile, needs to surpass us first before going against SIA. Are you up for it? Bwahahahaha. Quite nice uniform they have though, gotta love their scarf especially…..but hey, MAS’s kebaya uniforms are great too 😀

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Singapore’s there!! Where’s Malaysia?!?! Boohuhu… and… do Saudi Arabian and Chinese cabin attendants really wear like that in airplanes?

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5 Comments »

  1. 1) minat sangat awek jepun. the last i saw one in air stewardness uniform was the porn seller outside my office.

    2) proton cant japan themselves. they have to be continental.

    3) MAS 6th best?

    4) i dont think they pakai like that la…….

    Comment by kevin — September 25, 2008 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  2. Kev:

    1. lol. But Aya-chan is really made of win <3<3<3

    2. korek korek korek!! What is Lotus for then? lol, it’s the Msian market that worships Japanese car like God.

    3. Well, yes. Unbelievable? But then, Skytrax once gave world’s best airline to British Airways in 2006, I mean like… BA?!?! They’re just a 4-star airliner, n most of their LON-KUL flights are more expensive than MAS. Their food’s even worse than MAS’s, plus non-halal (hv to order vegetarian, boohuhu). Here’s another annoying airliner: Thai Airways is 2008 world’s 4th best airline.

    4. korek korek korek. The SG one is obviously real though.

    Comment by tokmoh — September 25, 2008 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  3. 1. Haven’t seen an airline themed series before, looks like any other Japanese series.

    2. Blame it all on Proton. It was Mitsubishi based back then. Hence the Wiralutions, Wajalutions and so on.

    3. Congrats MAS! (One of the few functioning companies in Malaysia)

    4. Imagine belly dancers as flight attendants in Qatar Airways!

    Comment by vincent — October 2, 2008 @ 3:18 am | Reply

  4. 1. Well, I’d say the story is nice, at a time, it was so sad, I almost cried along with Misaki-chan :”( But I’d thought I wanted to write something off from Misaki-chan, n since this story has an airline industry theme, I’d thought of rubbing my ego as a “patriotic” Malaysian 😛

    2. Well before Proton was established, Nissan Sunny, Toyota Corolla n Honda Civic were as common as Myvi today.

    3. Malaysia boleh!!11one1!eleven!!11

    4. (Edited out to avoid author thrown into ISA)

    Comment by tokmoh — October 4, 2008 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  5. 1. Negaraku…

    2. Remember the ‘look East’ policy? Pandang Timur? Can’t be blamed why most of us worship Japan..

    4. Lol.. Tokmoh.. Careful with your words. The ISA might descend on you anytime..

    Comment by vincent — October 8, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply


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