- TV Station: Fuji TV
Telecast: 2003-10-06 to 2003-12-15
The average time it takes to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer is five years.
Kaede is an ordinary looking 23-year-old girl who is a contract employee working at a Japanese company. She studies hard and miraculously passes the bar exam on her very first attempt. After a day at the Legal Research and Training Institute, Kaede becomes acquainted with seven other people who have also just passed the bar exam;all who have very distinct personalities.
Kaede's new group of friends include a dropout from society who barely attended school, a housewife that is busy raising a child, a former businessman who was about to be laid off, a former politician that has fallen from grace, and a guy who worked as a security guard for 10 years before passing the bar.
"Beginner" will follow the lives of these eight characters—each who have different ambitions, backgrounds, and dreams, as they work their way towards becoming lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.