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This episode guide of Dandan contains spoilers. The weekly titles are songs by various artists. For cast and English subtitles see this


Week 01 ep001-006 Red Sweet Pea

Akai Sweet Pea (赤いスイートピー) by Matsuda Seiko (松田聖子)Dandan 006-02

Episode 001

We are introduced to the twin sisters Megumi and Nozomi. Megumi is a high school student who lives in Matsue, and Nozomi is a geisha apprentice in Kyoto known as Yumehana.

Episode 004

Megumi gets a chance to talk to her father about the offer Tomoya has given her. Tadashi isn’t happy of about it.

Episode 002

Megumi is given an offer to record in Tokyo by Ishibashi Tomoya of Sally Music. Yumehana struggles with dancing “Kimi ni Ogi.”

Episode 005

Megumi is upset at Tomoya over a change in an upcoming live that her band Shijimijiru is supposed to perform in.

Episode 003

Megumi’s father is against the idea of his daughter becoming a musician. There is some rivalry between Yumehana and the maiko Suzuno.

Episode 006

It’s the day of Shijimijiru’s live in Matsue. Megumi gets unexpected help from Yumehana.

Week 02 ep007-012 Two Lonely People

Hitoribocchi no Futari (一人ぼっちの二人) by Sakamoto Kyu (坂本九)
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Episode 007

After thinking things over, Megumi gives up on her dream of becoming a musician, and is planning to go to nursing school instead.

Episode 010

Megumi begins to question her background more, while Yumehana tries to convince her mother of letting her have a cell phone.

Episode 008

A camera and its pictures of Yumehana who performed at Shijimijiru’s live mysteriously disappear.

Episode 011

Yumehana’s grandfather lets her have her own cell phone. Megumi and Yumehana keep thinking about who their real parents could be.

Episode 009

Yumehana calls Megumi and tells her she suspects they’re twins.

Episode 012

Yumehana asks Megumi to look at the family registry so they can find out the truth.

Week 03 ep013-015 As Time Goes By

Toki no Sugiyuku Mama ni (時の過ぎゆくままに) by Sawada Kenji (沢田研二)
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Episode 013

Megumi is upset by what she’s found out. Tomoya tries to console her. It’s the day of the annual Geisha and Maiko performance in which Yumehana will participate.

Episode 016

Megumi and Yumehana switch places, and to people around them they seem a little different.

Episode 014

Megumi and Yumehana talk to each other on the phone. Yumehana is lectured by her mother after the mistake she made at the dance performance.

Episode 17

Megumi and Yumehana have switched places. Now, both of them learn about how their mother Makiko, and father Tadashi met each other.In his youth Tadashi was a boxer. One day he happens to meet the maiko Makiko in Kyoto. The two of them fall in love, but it’s forbidden for a maiko to have a relationship. Tadashi quits boxing and Makiko leaves Gion, Kyoto so they can marry.

Episode 015

Yumehana convinces Megumi to travel to Kyoto.

Episode 018

Tadashi and Makiko run away from home. They try to be a normal family, but the task of raising twins take a toll on their relationship, and they break up. Tadashi and Makiko end up raising one child of their own.

Week 04 ep019-024 Song of a Journey

Tabidachi no Uta (出発の歌) by Kamijo Tsunehiko (上條恒彦) & Roku Monsen (六文銭)
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Episode 019

Megumi’s and Nozomi’s family each find out the truth about the secret twin.

Episode 022

Kentaro asks if Megumi really wants to become a nurse.

Episode 020

Makiko brings Megumi back home to Matsue.

Episode 023

Shijimijiru do their final performance at Hinageshi, a home for the elderly. Megumi tells her mother in Kyoto she’s decided to become a caregiver. And Yumehana gets her cell phone back.

Episode 021

Makiko and Nozomi visit Megumi’s family in Matsue for a short while. Later they return home to Kyoto.

Episode 024

Makiko writes a letter to Tadashi. They meet in Matsue to discuss Megumi’s future.
Megumi tells her family she wants to study in Kyoto.

Week 05 ep025-030 The Coming Spring

Haru no Yokan (春の予感) by Minami Saori (南沙織)Dandan 026-01

Episode 025

Megumi gets the result for her entrance exam to Kyoto University. She has been accepted, and her family agree to let her stay in Kyoto with Makiko and Nozomi.
A farewell party is held for Megumi.

Episode 028

It’s April 1st, the day of Megumi’s opening ceremony, and the first day of Miyako Odori for Yumehana.

Episode 026

Megumi arrives to Gion, Kyoto and is given a tour of the Hanamura Geisha House.

Episode 029

Yoshiko returns to Matsue.
Tomoya visits Yumehana, he asks her how she became a maiko.

Episode 027

Megumi meets Tomoya, when returning home she’s lectured by the Madam of Hanamura Geisha House. Because Megumi and Yumehana are twins, Megumi’s actions will affect Yumehana’s reputation.
In Kyoto, Megumi is given a kimono from her grandfather to wear at the opening ceremony. While in Matsue, a suit has been made for Megumi. Yoshiko will travel to Kyoto to see Megumi at the opening ceremony.

Episode 030

Yumehana is told by Suzuno that Megumi and Tomoya are watching the Miyako Odori together, as a couple on date.

Week 06 ep031-036 My Little Brother

Otouto yo (弟よ) by Naito Yasuko (内藤やす子)
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Episode 031

Yumehana thinks Megumi is in love with Tomoya. Megumi meets Yi Ling, a Chinese exchange student. In Matsue, Kentaro is becoming more rebellious.

Episode 034

Megumi is invited to the live house Wild Duck by Tomoya. There she is surprised to see Kota and Shun onstage. Tomoya asks her if she wants to sing, this leads to them having a fight. Tadashi brings Kentaro home from the police station. He’s still upset at his parents, and is missing Megumi. At the Hanamura Geisha House, Hisano and Hanayuki are noticing the influence Megumi has on Yumehana.

Episode 032

Yumehana goes to school together with Megumi. Tomoya asks Kota and Shun if they want to come to Kyoto and start a live house. People around Kentaro start being worried about him. Yumehana catches a fever.

Episode 035

Yumehana begins to practice the “Kurokami” dance. A dance performed by maiko at their erikae ceremony, when going from being a maiko to becoming a gesha. In Matsue, Kentaro is missing.

Episode 033

Yumehana meets Yi Ling and learns she’s an only child, like she’s thought to be herself. Yumehana is scolded by her mother, after she finds out she’s been going to college pretending to be Megumi. Kentaro gets into a fight and is taken into custody by police.

Episode 036

Kentaro finds Megumi in Kyoto, they have a fight and Kentaro runs away. Megumi later finds him and Yumehana at the live house Wild Duck. Takeshi has arrived to Kyoto and is looking for Kentaro, too.

Week 07 ep037-042 Summer Love

Koisuru Natsu no Hi (恋する夏の日) by Amachi Mari (天地真理)

Episode 037

Takeshi and Hanayuki have just found Megumi and Yumehana at Wild Duck.
Yumehana is scolded by her mother and Hisano after having performed together with Megumi. Megumi is praised by her father, and he says she can continue singing, as long as it doesn’t interfere with her studies.

Episode 040

Hanayuki notices something is troubling Yumehana and asks if her daughter loves Tomoya. She tells her daughter she can love him, and that it will make her a better dancer. Shijimijiru performs at the home where Megumi works. Hanatsuru tells Yumehana about her secret boyfriend.

Episode 038

Kentaro and Tadashi leave Kyoto.
Tomoya shows a video of Megumi and Yumehana’s performance at Wild Duck to Keizo, the Department Head of Sally Music. After hearing what her father said, Megumi is thinking of starting to sing with Shijimijiru again. Megumi has an interview for volunteer work at a retirement home.

Episode 041

Yumehana is yet again scolded by her mother for not focusing enough on her dance lessons. Megumi and Yumehana are thinking of where to spend their summer vacation. Kentaro has paid back the money he lent from Mayumi. His homeroom teacher thinks Kentaro should take extra lessons during the summer. Kuroiwa Music is interested in Chako, now Tomoya has to travel to Izumo, Shimane to settle things.

Episode 039

Yumehana is having trouble concentrating on her dance lessons because of Ishibashi Tomoya. Mika is worried if she’ll be able to become a maiko. Megumi starts working at the retirement home. Kentaro wants to pay back the money he lent from Mayumi when traveling to Kyoto to see Megumi.

Episode 042

Megumi, Nozomi and Takayasu visit Matsue during the summer vacation. Takayasu apologizes to Tadashi for not letting him become a boxer when he was young. Tomoya tells Megumi and Nozomi that he abandoned his hometown, the island Chiburijima, Okinojima.

Week 08 ep043-048 Wavering Heart

Yureru Omoi (揺れる想い) by ZARD
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Episode 043

Nozomi are still enjoying her summer vacation in Matsue. Kentaro feels the pressure of becoming a shijimi clam fisherman, but Megumi tries to encourage him to choose what he wants to become in life himself. Tomoya makes an unannounced visit to the Tajimas. He tells Tadashi that Sally Music would like to sign a contract with Megumi and Nozomi, but Tadashi doesn’t want to, since Megumi is studying and Nozomi is about to become a geisha.

Episode 046
Megumi is invited to celebrate her birthday at Wild Duck. Kota, the couple Shun and Yi Ling are there, but Tomoya is late. Sally Music is about to start an office in Fukuoka, and Tomoya might be transfered there. Before going to her birthday party Megumi meets Dr. Goto.Yumehana, Hanatsuru, Hanayuki and Hisano have a party together with two kabuki actors, Okawa Izaemon and Nishizawa Hiroshi, one of them being Hanatsuru’s secret love.
Episode 044

Takeshi declines Tomoya’s offer to let Megumi and Nozomi join Sally Music. Nozomi wants to know why Tomoya abandoned his hometown, but she doesn’t get any answer. If she joins Sally Music, Tomoya will tell her. Megumi and Nozomi each receive a good-luck charm as a birthday gift from Hatsune. Nozomi and Takayasu travel home to Kyoto.

Episode 047

Megumi is upset at Tomoya when she finds out he might be transferred to Fukuoka. Before working for Sally Music, Tomoya studied to become a doctor, but changed his mind after his father died. Yumehana wants to know more about Tomoya, but is caged within Gion.

Episode 045

Megumi and Kota return to Kyoto. It’s decided that Mika will become a maiko in November, and Yumehana a geisha six months earlier than planned.

Episode 048

Hanayuki questions her role as a mother and ability of training Yumehana to become a geisha. Tomoya says goodbye before going to Fukuoka. Megumi tells Yumehana she loves Tomoya, too.

Week 09 ep049-054 Love Vacation

Koi no Vacation (恋のバカンス) by The Peanuts (ザ・ピーナッツ)

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Episode 049

Megumi and Yumehana permform “M” by Princess Princess at Wild Duck for Tomoya.
Yumehana gets unwell. Hanayuki calls Tadashi, he says he’ll be tavling to Kyoto the following day.

Episode 052

Hisano, madam of Geisha House Hanamura, gives kabuki actor Nishizawa Hiroshi two options. Either Hanatsuru leaves Gion together with him, or he takes the money and never set foot in Gion again.

Episode 050

The following day Yumehana is feeling better. Tadashi arrives to Kyoto, there he apologizes to Yumehana. He also travels to Osaka and visits his old boxing trainer. Tadashi wants to start boxing again, but his old trainer won’t let him, not until he’s reached the weigh for welterweight. Yumehana is having the President of Miyabi-do as a customer. Not being able to reach him, Tomoya has now come to see him.

Episode 053

Yumehana dances the “Kurokami” for Tomoya. He praises her and tries to convince her to sing together with Megumi at Kohakuen. Mika has her misedashi ceremony where she debuts as a maiko. From now on she’ll be known as Hanaka.

Episode 051

With a little help from Yumehana, Tomoya is able to have a meeting with Mr. Kitajima. The contract between Sally Music and Miyabi-do is renewed, and Tomoya won’t be transferred to Fukuoka. Tadashi returns home to Matsue, there he tells everyone he’s going to start boxing again. Yoshiko and Hatsune is against it, but Kentaro supports his father’s decision. Hanatsuru’s boyfriend is in need of money so she goes to the pawnshop, but Hisano finds out about it and plan on separating them.

Episode 054

Megumi and Yumehana perform at the Kohakuen retirement home. Dr. Goto and Mr. Ishibashi happen to meet each other at the Hanamura Geisha House. Dr. Goto recognizes Tomoya since he knew his father Takuya. Tomoya apologizes to Hisano, and asks if it’s okay for Yumehana to sing at WIld Duck on her day off, if she performs as Nozomi. Dr. Goto adds in that she could dress in Western clothes, no one would know she’s from Geisha House Hanamura. In the end, Megumi and Nozomi get to sing at WIld Duck.

Week 10 ep055-060 Surely I Can Fly

Sora mo Toberu Hazu (空も飛べるはず) by Spitz (スピッツ)

Episode 055 Episode 058
Episode 056 Episode 059
Episode 057 Episode 060

Week 11 ep061-066 Journey of the Heart

Kokoro no Tabi (心の旅) by TULIP (チューリップ)

Episode 061 Episode 064
Episode 062 Episode 065
Episode 063 Episode 066

Week 12 ep067-072 I Want to Sing with You Again

Mou Ichido Futari de Utaitai (もう一度ふたりで歌いたい) by Wada Akiko (和田アキ子)

Episode 067 Episode 070
Episode 068 Episode 071
Episode 069 Episode 072

Week 13 ep073-078 In a Dream

Yume no Naka e (夢の中へ) by Inoue Yousui (井上陽水)

Episode 073 Episode 076
Episode 074 Episode 077
Episode 075 Episode 078

Week 14 ep079-084 That Wonderful Love Once Again

Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou Ichido (あの素晴しい愛をもう一度) by Kato Kazuhiko (加藤和彦) & Kitayama Osamu (北山修)

Episode 079 Episode 082
Episode 080 Episode 083
Episode 081 Episode 084

Week 15 ep085-090 Walk with Your Head Held High

Ue wo Muite Arukou (上を向いて歩こう) by Sakamoto Kyu (坂本九)

Episode 085 Episode 088
Episode 086 Episode 089
Episode 087 Episode 090

Week 16 ep091-096 Song of Life

Inochi no Uta (いのちの歌) by ManaKana (茉奈 佳奈) feat. Shijimiru (シジミジル)

Episode 091 Episode 094
Episode 092 Episode 095
Episode 093 Episode 096

Week 17 ep097-102 This is My Life

Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi (これが私の生きる道) by PUFFY (パフィー)

Episode 097 Episode 100
Episode 098 Episode 101
Episode 099 Episode 102

Week 18 ep103-108 If You Have the Courage

Yuuki ga Areba (勇気があれば) by Saijo Hideki (西城秀樹)

Episode 103 Episode 106
Episode 104 Episode 107
Episode 105 Episode 108

Week 19 ep109-114 Days of Love Gone By

Itoshiki Hibi (愛しき日々) by Horiuchi Takao (堀内孝雄)

Episode 109 Episode 112
Episode 110 Episode 113
Episode 111 Episode 114

Week 20 ep115-120 A Bridge to Tomorrow

Original title: Bridge over Troubled Water
Asu ni Kakeru Hashi (明日に架ける橋) by Simon & Garfunkel

Episode 115 Episode 118
Episode 116 Episode 119
Episode 117 Episode 120

Week 21 ep121-126 Don’t Give Up

Makenai de (負けないで) by ZARD

Episode 121 Episode 124
Episode 122 Episode 125
Episode 123 Episode 126

Week 22 ep127-132 Just Being with You

Kimi ga Iru Dake de (君がいるだけで) by KOME KOME CLUB (米米CLUB)

Episode 127 Episode 130
Episode 128 Episode 131
Episode 129 Episode 132

Week 23 ep133-138 Love Will Win

Ai wa Katsu (愛は勝つ) by KAN

Episode 133 Episode 136
Episode 134 Episode 137
Episode 135 Episode 138

Week 24 ep139-144 A New Tomorrow

Ashita ga Umareru (あしたが生まれる) by Four Leaves (フォーリーブス)

Episode 139 Episode 142
Episode 140 Episode 143
Episode 141 Episode 144

Week 25 ep145-150 end String of Fate

Enishi no Uta (縁の糸) by Takeuchi Mariya (竹内まりや)

Episode 145 Episode 148
Episode 146 Episode 149
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