Ossan's Love is a Japanese office BL comedy series about a workplace love triangle.

Ossan's Love is a Japanese BL comedy series about an office love triangle. The main character is a real estate agent in his thirties. One day, he discovers his significantly older boss has romantic feelings for him. The manager confesses his love, divorces his wife, and openly pursues him. Simultaneously, another coworker professes his secret crush. The protagonist is overwhelmed by his suitors and doesn't know how to navigate these relationships.

With hilarious jokes packed into each episode, Ossan's Love is a delightfully zany workplace comedy. The silly humour, eccentric characters & comically outlandish scenarios will make you laugh. The energetic leads have immersed themselves in their roles. While the story seems over the top, it explores surprisingly mature themes. This famous Japanese BL series has gained mainstream recognition, even among viewers who don't watch the genre.

Ossan's Love Summary



Series Info:

Japan (2018)


5 hours

Total Episodes:

7 episodes + sequels


Office comedy


Ossan's Love is a happy & funny BL drama.


Haruta is shocked to find out that his boss Kurosawa has a crush on him.

Haruta is a 33-year-old real estate agent with a goofy and naive personality. Due to his lack of business intuition, he isn't particularly successful in his job. His younger coworkers outperform him in monthly sales. In addition, Haruta is perpetually single and can't find a girlfriend. His mom is fed up with taking care of her adult son. She moves out and wants him to become independent.

Haruta's office includes several coworkers. He works with Maki, a 25-year-old employee who recently joined the team. There is also Maro, an ambitious 23-year-old with a flirtatious personality. Takekawa, aged 44, is a stern employee with a standoffish personality. The staff work for Kurosawa, the 55-year-old manager they affectionately call "Chief". Kurosawa is well-respected in the company and treats everyone well. He is also married to his wife, Choko, for many years.

One day, Haruta accidentally discovers Kurosawa keeps secret photographs of him on his phone and computer. Haruta is shocked and doesn't know how to react. Beneath his composed demeanour, Kurosawa is lovestruck with his much younger employee. One night, Kurosawa confesses his feelings. "I shouldn't lie to myself anymore." He plans to divorce his wife before getting together with Haruta. However, Haruta is flabbergasted and doesn't feel the same way toward his boss. He has no idea how to navigate this workplace dynamic.

To further complicate this workplace dynamic, Maki is secretly in love with Haruta. Maki acts friendly and caring. Deep down, he feels tormented by his crush. Haruta isn't aware of Maki's feelings and only sees him as a work friend. They move in together and become roommates. Living in close quarters only intensifies Maki's feelings. One day, he surprises Haruta with another love confession. Suddenly faced with two romantic suitors, Haruta is overwhelmed by this messy love triangle.

Ossan's Love Cast



Kei Tanaka (田中圭)

Haruta is portrayed by the Japanese actor Kei Tanaka (田中圭).

Haruta is a 33-year-old real estate agent. He has a sunny disposition with an upbeat attitude. He can be bumbling and clueless, but his behaviour is still endearing. Despite his good-natured personality, Haruta lacks ambition and performs his job poorly. Initially, Haruta was not in love with his boss Kurosawa or his coworker Maki. He is shocked when both colleagues suddenly confess their love for him.

Kei Tanaka

Kei Tanaka (田中圭) is a Japanese actor. He is born on July 10, 1984.

Kei Tanaka (田中圭) is a Japanese actor. He is born on July 10, 1984. His first BL project is the 2016 drama, Ossan's Love. The special is later adapted into a popular full-length drama in 2018. Kei is the lead of Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019), Ossan's Love: In the Sky (2019), and Ossan's Love Returns (2024).


Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎)

Kurosawa is portrayed by the Japanese actor Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎).

Kurosawa is the 55-year-old manager at Tenka Real Estate. He is married to his wife, Choko, for many years. The couple has no children. Kurosawa is Haruta's boss at the real estate office. Kurosawa treats his staff well and maintains a respectable image in the workplace. Beneath his composure, Kurosawa is secretly lovestruck with Haruta. One day, he gathers the courage to divorce his wife and confess his love for Haruta.

Kotaro Yoshida

Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎) is a Japanese actor. He is born on January 14, 1959.

Kotaro Yoshida (吉田鋼太郎) is a Japanese actor. He is born on January 14, 1959. His first BL project is the 2016 special, Ossan's Love. The drama is later adapted into a full-length series, Ossan's Love (2018). Kotaro is the lead of Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019), Ossan's Love: In the Air (2019), and Ossan's Love Returns (2024).


Kento Hayashi (林遣都)

Maki is portrayed by the Japanese actor Kento Hayashi (林遣都).

Maki is a 25-year-old employee at Tenka Real Estate. He is friendly, caring, and reliable. After joining Haruta's team, Maki developed a secret crush on his coworker. Haruta invites Maki to live with him and be his roommate. Their close living quarter strengthens Maki's infatuation. He grows increasingly neurotic over his feelings for Haruta. Maki fears his love will never be reciprocated.

Kento Hayashi

Kento Hayashi (林遣都) is a Japanese actor. He is born on December 6, 1990.

Kento Hayashi (林遣都) is a Japanese actor. He is born on December 6, 1990. His first BL project is the 2018 drama, Ossan's Love. He stars in the sequels, Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019) and Ossan's Love Returns (2024).

Supporting Cast

Choko is played by the actress Ohtsuka Nene (大塚寧々).


Ohtsuka Nene (大塚寧々)

Takekawa is played by the actor Kaneko Daichi (金子大地).


Mashima Hidekazu (眞島秀和)

Maro is played by the actor Kaneko Daichi (金子大地).


Kaneko Daichi (金子大地)

Chizu is played by the actor Uchida Rio (内田理央)


Uchida Rio (内田理央)

Teppei is played by the actor Kojima Kazuya (児嶋一哉).


Kojima Kazuya (児嶋一哉)

Maika is played by the actress Ito Shuko (伊藤修子).


Ito Shuko (伊藤修子)

Miyajima is portrayed by the Japanese actress Emi Maki (真木恵未).


Emi Maki (真木恵未)

Haruta's mom is portrayed by the Japanese actress Yoko Kurita (慄田洋子).

Haruta's mom

Yoko Kurita (慄田洋子)

Maki's dad is portrayed by the Japanese actor Shihou Harumi (春海四方).

Maki's dad

Shihou Harumi (春海四方)

Maki's mom is portrayed by the Japanese actress Tomoko Ikuta (生田智子).

Maki's mom

Tomoko Ikuta (生田智子)

Maki's sister is portrayed by the Japanese actress Oto Abe (安倍乙).

Maki's sister

Oto Abe (安倍乙)

Ossan's Love Review


Drama Review Score: 8.7

Haruta and Maki are roommates.

Ossan's Love is an iconic BL drama with a significant cultural impact. It has gained widespread popularity in Japan, even among viewers who don't typically watch this genre. The success proves gay love stories can appeal to mainstream audiences instead of niche demographics. Since then, the series has ushered a wave of new viewers and inspired other countries to create BL content. I'm so thankful for what Ossan's Love accomplished, breaking incredible barriers and promoting BL to the world.

I can understand why Ossan's Love became so popular. This hilarious series excels in over-the-top comedy. From exaggerated reactions to outlandish scenarios, the humour is so zany that you will laugh at all the absurdity. The characters sometimes behave like wacky caricatures for comedic effect, yet they have endearing qualities that humanize them to the viewers. Each episode contains an abundance of rapid-fire jokes, visual gags, and nonsensical shenanigans. Ossan's Love catapults into the most ridiculous scenes without missing a comedic beat. 

The most unique part about Ossan's Love is the Ossan himself. Kurosawa is a hilarious oddball, almost resembling a gay Michael Scott from The Office. Every quality stands out memorably, from his constant theatrics to his silly infatuation. You have never met such a unique character like him before. Not everyone may approve of Kurosawa's fixation with an employee almost half his age. His conduct seems inappropriate and borders on workplace harassment. Nonetheless, Kurosawa is defined by his goofy earnestness. His ridiculous antics make me giggle!

The BL content is standard. Haruta & Maki's relationship progresses predictably, but it's an entertaining journey. Their romance may pale compared to modern BL dramas, yet it seemed groundbreaking in 2018 when there were few precedents. Ossan's Love helped destigmatize gay couples to mainstream audiences. Another fascinating relationship is Kurosawa and Choko, whose divorce leads to surprisingly poignant moments. Both characters have emotional storylines, addressing themes of marriage, divorce, midlife crisis, and how to deal with unreciprocated love.

Ossan's Love is propelled by a brilliant cast. Being funny is a challenging task, but everyone has killer comedic timing. Each lively performer keeps the energy levels high throughout the series. Haruta stands out the most with his exaggerated reactions and eccentric behaviour. The actor (Kei Tanaka) is outstanding in the role of a lifetime, fully embodying his character in every aspect. Haruta is written cartoonishly, yet Kei brings a genuine charm to make his role lovable. Ossan's Love wouldn't be half as enjoyable without his bubbliness and infectious enthusiasm

Sometimes, Ossan's Love feels so ridiculous that I can't take it too seriously. The characters behave erratically, or the scenarios seem farfetched. However, I choose not to overthink the plot. Instead, I laugh at the quirky nonsense. A few emotional moments may emerge here and there, but the story is predominantly wacky. From the eccentric humour to the outrageous events, this series has gained popularity precisely because it's silly, surreal, and stupidly funny. Ossan's Love delivers hours of delightfully zany entertainment, and I embrace its comical shenanigans.


Hilarious story

Ossan's Love is a hilarious workplace comedy with many jokes, gags, and comical scenarios. It specializes in over-the-top humour. The characters behave so absurdly that they make you laugh.

Over-the-top romance

Haruta and Maki have a standard office romance that progresses predictably, but their relationship is entertaining. Kurosawa's crush is played for laughs in comically over-the-top exchanges.

Comical acting

Everyone in the cast brings high energy levels and excellent comedic timing. Haruta's actor (Kei Tanaka) aces the role of a lifetime, delivering lots of eccentricity and endearing charm.

Happy ending

Ossan's Love has a happy ending as Haruta comes to terms with his feelings. Although Kurosawa is heartbroken, he supports Haruta's decision. The last episode has many zany shenanigans!

Energetic artistry

Although the series lacks the same polish as modern BL dramas, it still has an endearing charm. I appreciate the high levels of boisterous energy maintained throughout the story.


Ossan's Love is a hilarious office comedy excelling in over-the-top jokes and endearingly eccentric characters. Its zany humour and memorable performances make this series a famous BL classic.

Ossan's Love Episodes

Episode Guide

Kurosawa and Haruta sit in a bathtub.

Ossan's Love has a total of 7 episodes. Each episode is around 40 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 5 hours. Ossan's Love started on April 21, 2018 and ended its last episode on June 2, 2018.

Ossan's Love has two sequels. The movie, Ossan's Love: Love or Dead, was released in 2019. Another sequel, Ossan's Love Returns, was released in 2024.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7

Episode Reviews

Episode 1

The first episode is packed with humour and energy. While the comedy is exaggerated, it adds to the zany humour. Both Maki and Kurosawa lust after Haruta, forming an entertaining love triangle.

Episode 2

Kurosawa's crush on Haruta seems so silly. I can't understand him, but I laugh at his antics anyway. The rooftop confrontation between Kurosawa and Maki is hilarious. Please stop fighting over me!

Episode 3

I love how the series focuses on Choko's perspective. The story includes the wife's distress after the divorce, adding an emotional component. Ooh, Choko finally finds out about Haruta!

Episode 4

Even though I don't ship Haruta with Kurosawa, I still feel sad about the chief's rejection. He sacrifices so much to be honest with his feelings. I'm like Choko, crying over his heartbreak.

Episode 5

Haruta has a really buff body! I like how the celebrity subplot mirrors the leads, echoing similar themes. It's nice how Kurosawa and Choko remain friends after an amicable divorce.

Episode 6

I can't tell if I admire the chief's determination or feel turned off by his delusion. I like the scenes where the couple meets each other's family. Oh no, I don't want Haruta & Maki to break up!

Episode 7

True to Ossan's Love style, I enjoy the over-the-top shenanigans in the finale. It leads to Haruta's breakthrough as he owns up to his feelings. Choko and Maro's romance is cute!

Ossan's Love Sequel


Haruta and Maki almost share a kiss.

Ossan's Love is a highly popular franchise. It has released many sequels, spin-offs, and remakes over the years. The below timeline summarizes all the different versions:

2016 Ossan's Love Special: There are actually two Ossan's Love dramas, a lesser-known version that was released in 2016 and the extremely popular series which aired in 2018. The 2016 special is much shorter, but follows a similar plot as the 2018 series. Consider this special as a trial run before the 2018 series makes significant improvements to the story.

2018 Ossan's Love: This is the original televised Ossan's Love drama that became popular with mainstream audiences.

2019 Ossan's Love Movie: There is a movie sequel called Ossan's Love: Love or Dead, released in 2019. This film continues where the drama originally left off with the same characters and cast.

2019 Ossan's Love Season 2: In addition, Ossan's Love: In the Sky was released in 2019. This is almost like a spin-off series with several of the same lead actors, who play completely different characters in a brand new story. Ossan's Love: In the Sky also has its own 20-minute special, which acts as an epilogue to the completed story.

2021 Ossan's Love Remake: In 2021, a Hong Kong remake was released. This version follows the same plot as the 2018 series, but comes with additional storylines that are not included in the original drama.

2024 Ossan's Love Sequel: 2024 delivered an official sequel to the original Ossan's Love. The story picks up on where the movie left off. The same actors reprised their roles.

2024 Ossan's Love Remake: A Thai remake of Ossan's Love was announced by GMMTV, one of the leading Thai BL studios. Earth and Mix will portray the characters.

Ossan's Love: Love or Dead 2019 movie sequel Movie review

Ossan's Love: Love or Death is the movie sequel of Ossan's Love.

Following the massive success of Ossan's Love, a movie sequel was released in 2019. Ossan's Love: Love or Dead is a two-hour action-comedy film. The story takes place a year after the events of the original drama. Haruta returns from an overseas business relocation, only to find that both his workplace and his relationship have gone through dramatic changes.

Ossan's Love: Love or Dead was released across Japanese cinemas, so people actually paid money, sat down, and watched this movie. I know my last statement sounds like there's a bit of ridicule, but I'm just shocked that a BL film has this amount of mainstream attention. According to Wikipedia, the movie ended up becoming the 12th highest grossing film in Japan that year.

Ossan's Love: Love in the Sky 2019 series spin-off Spin-off review

Ossan's Love: In the Sky is the Season 2 of Ossan's Love.

In addition to the movie sequel, 2019 also introduces Ossan's Love Season 2, although it's more like an unrelated spinoff series instead. Ossan's Love: In the Sky features two of the lead actors (Kei Tanaka and Kotaro Yoshida) in completely different roles. Maki's actor (Kento Hayashi) does not appear in this season in any capacity, nor do any of the other supporting actors.

Ossan's Love: In the Sky is a brand new story that takes place in an airline setting. This workplace comedy features many love triangles, as Haruta's coworkers keep falling in love with him left and right. Since Season 1 and Season 2 are completely unrelated, you can watch Ossan's Love: In the Sky without any knowledge of its predecessor. Unfortunately, the quality of this series is less consistent and I didn't enjoy it as much as the original.

Ossan's Love Hong Kong 2021 series remake Drama review

Ossan's Love is a Hong Kong 2021 remake of the Japanese BL series.

Ossan's Love is such a cultural phenomenon that it has a remake in a different language! The Hong Kong version follows the same plot as the Japanese drama, but it is double the length and comes with additional storylines. Compared to the original series, Ossan's Love Hong Kong has a lot more time to elaborate on the character development and emphasize on the romance between the lead characters.

If you're a fan of Ossan's Love, you should definitely check out Ossan's Love Hong Kong. This is an extremely polished remake that shares the same upbeat energy as the Japanese predecessor, while adding its own unique twist. There's an evident amount of love and care put into the production, which pays homage to the original series. You'll be revisiting a classic BL story through a new and refreshing perspective.

Ossan's Love Returns 2024 series sequel Sequel review

Ossan's Love Returns is the 2024 sequel of Ossan's Love.

Ossan's Love Returns is the 2024 sequel released six years after the original drama. The story continues after the events in Ossan's Love: Love or Dead movie. After returning from his job relocation, Maki moved in with Haruta. The new series contains nine episodes and three short specials. It started on January 5, 2024 and finished on March 1, 2024. To understand the relationships better, you should watch Ossan's Love and Ossan's Love: Love or Dead before this sequel.

Unlike the disappointing movie sequel and the spin-off series, Ossan's Love Returns is a brilliant follow-up to the original drama. It captures the same humour and charm that made the 2018 version successful. One of the best installments in the 2024 series is the focus on Maki and Haruta's romance. The couple's domestic bliss is evident in every episode, although they face occasional relationship drama. In addition, I enjoy the in-depth character arcs and all the hilarious jokes. Ossan's Love Returns is a must-watch for anyone who enjoyed the original drama.

Ossan's Love Information


Toichiro Ruto (瑠東東一郎) and Saito Yuki (齊藤勇起) are Japanese directors. They co-directed the 2018 drama adaptation, Ossan's Love. Their portfolio of work includes Ossan's Love: In the Sky (2019) and Ossan's Love Returns (2024). In addition, Toichiro is the director of the Ossan's Love special (2016) and Ossan's Love: Love or Dead (2019).

  1. I loved the show, and I might be alone on this but I honestly was hoping Haruto and Kurosawa would end up together. That being said, I know that the chief forced his love on Haruto, and made alit decisions like without considering how the other felt. Where as Maki patiently waited and won out in the end. Who knows with the new show I might get the ending I was hoping for.

    1. You aren't alone! A part of me believes that Haruta and Kurosawa would be compatible for each other in terms of their personalities. I also wished the chief had a happier ending, considering that it took a lot of courage to come out and be honest with his feelings, especially at his age.

      With the newest Hong Kong remake, I don't think the lead & the ossan will end up together. 😢 Personally, I would be okay (and pleasantly surprised) with this pairing, but I think other BL fans will *riot* with the extremely unconventional ending haha. 😅

  2. This review is spot on. I never considered Covid to be a major factor in the dramatic change of story. I also felt one thing very sad from this ending in that I felt nothing for Nite 2 and Tae. I kept rooting, in any and all ways for Nite 1 to be Nite 2, or a new human, or ?? I was so frustrated over this but if you mentioned Covid issues, yea I can almost understand what went wrong. Great review.

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