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Atelier might be the best thing I’ve found on Netflix since forever.

If you’re a fan of shows like ‘Good Morning Call’, or manga like ‘Nana’, then this might just be the perfect match for you. Think ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, but set in Japan.

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Are you picturing it? Good.

I’m not kidding when I say that it’s very ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. It’s set in a boutique lingerie designer house/shop. And the boss is a BITCH! In the BEST possible way.

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Why do I compare it to ‘Good Morning Call’? For the fun characters and the cuteness. There are some really sweet moments. But then why also compare it to ‘Nana’? Because it’s also more “adult” than the normal live-action type drama series. There’s nothing seedy going on but it definitely deals with a slightly more mature theme set.

Getting that first job, struggling with a tyrant of a boss (who is legit the Japanese version of Anna Wintour)…

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…learning about the world of work, learning about yourself as an adult…

A word of warning: The first episode is a little so-so. There’s some info-dumping going on and bit of cheese while the whole thing is set up. But TRUST ME. Once you’re locked in, you’re locked in for the whole series. I watched this from start to finish in a couple sittings.

#bingewatching #noshame

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Why this one? Netflix has done a great job in including Japanese and Korean shows on its line-up lately. But there is something very attractive about the sleek, high-society look of the package. The marketing looks rich. And for me, I thought that the emotional balance was perf.

There’s just enough romance and personal struggle to keep me hooked in that way, but it’s not all about that, you know? Drama plus actual realness equals much watching joy.

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I was so sad that this min-series is just that. A mini-series. I was ready for a second series. But alas.

A fun, addictive watch. You won’t be sorry you binged it. 

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