Hibana: Spark: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Hibana: Spark

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 2, 2016

A struggling comic named Tokunaga meets an intense comic, Kamiya, at a festival and asks to become his apprentice.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

After relocating to Tokyo, Kamiya and Tokunaga become closer; Sparks gets an audition for an official venue.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

As New Year's approaches, prospects for Sparks look increasingly better; Kamiya's career is at a standstill as he moves in with a woman named Maki.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

Tokunaga and Yamashita are forced to think about the future when Yamashita is offered a role in a movie.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

Sparks and Ahondara perform in a variety show where audience votes determine the winner; when the results are revealed, Tokunaga decides to make a change.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

Sparks gets ready for the first stand-alone show; Kamiya and Maki's situation becomes precarious, prompting Kamiya to ask for Tokunaga's help.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

After a radio gig, Sparks performs in a televised comedy contest; style differences are exposed when Ahondara participates in the show as well.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

Tokunaga's TV appearances lead to more money, widening a gap between him and Kamiya, whose debts and life are getting out of control.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

When plans for a regular spot on a TV show fall through, Tokunaga wants to keep going, but Yamashita has other plans.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

Sparks brings down the house in a farewell show; a year later, Kamiya's return interrupts Tokunaga's job in real estate.

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Cast & Crew

Kento Hayashi
Tokunaga

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Kazuki Namioka
Kamiya

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Mugi Kadowaki
Maki

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Critic Reviews for Hibana: Spark: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Hibana: Spark: Season 1

  • Aug 03, 2017
    Exquisitely cinematic. A lot of character development, bringing wells of emotion that I did not expect, from characters I did not expect. A touching, nuanced take on these young men in a unique industry. Makes you fall in love with Japan.
  • Nov 22, 2016
    A moving story that delves into the nature of the entertainment industry and humanity itself. Effortlessly touching and frequently hilarious, and insightful look into art and relationships.
  • Sep 09, 2016
    Even with its rough edges, Hibana shines with the power of its two leads. Kento Hayashi (High & Low: The Movie, Arakawa Under The Bridge) is absolutely captivating as the angst-riiden but determined Tokunaga. When he’s not performing, he says little, but you can always see the wheels turning behind his eyes. Hayashi subtly plays double meanings in his lines, without telegraphing his intent or overplaying dramatic moments. His few unreserved outbursts are earned and truly effective. Kazuki Namioka (Why Don’t You play in Hell?, 13 Assassins) is magnetic throughout. From his first moments on screen to the challenging final scene, his energy is inescapable, and he smartly know when to keep it below the surface. He forms Kamiya into a loveable puppy dog: once you adopt him, you’re going to love him no matter how many times he shits on the rug. There are countless opportunities in the story for a character like this to go over the top, but Namioka nails the bullseye on one tricky moment after another. Full review on Drama-MAX
  • Sep 03, 2016
    Beautiful and simple.
  • Jul 24, 2016
    You don't have to know a lot about Japanese stand-up comedy to watch this. It's a really good story. Largely dialogue-based, the show is slow going but worth sticking with. It explores failure, loneliness and something you can't really describe in words. Great show.
  • Jul 04, 2016
    Fantastic series as long as you give it a few episodes.
  • Jun 08, 2016
    I loved it this is my first actual Japanese show I have ever watched and I loved it so much I watch the whole first season in a row
  • Jun 05, 2016
    The worst drama i ever seen, it's pitty. The picture is great, the shaky cam is anoying. And the story is really anoying too.

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