J-Drama Talk: NTV Spring Drama Review (pt.1)

The NTV spring drama offers a good drama with high-classed actors/actresses with a unique take on western major films.

*This review is a preliminary review of the drama based on the first episode…

  1. Koi wa Deep ni (Koipuni)

Cast: Ayano Go, Satomi Ishihara, Hashimoto Jun, Otani Ryohei, Watanabe Keisuke, Imada Mio.

Screenwriter and Director: Tokou Koji (screenwriter), Iwamoto Hitoshi, and Suzuki Yuma

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Synopsis (by jdramas)

Nagisa Mio, an oceanographer at Shibaura University of Marine Science and Technology, is very interested in fish and loves the sea. Despite her cheerful smile and kind, good-natured personality, she is reticent about her family and past. Hasuda Rintaro, the second son of a wealthy family, is feared by the people around him as he comes across as someone who is hard to approach. But beneath that armor is a young man with a pure heart and no airs. When he returns to Japan because of his father’s poor health, he is put in charge of a marine development project. While Mio wants to protect the ocean and opposes the resort’s development, Rintaro is staking his life on it. These two people who seem as if they live in different worlds, meet each other over the project and eventually fall in love. However, theirs is a forbidden romance because Mio has a secret that will shock everyone.

Pros

This drama i would say is perfect for teenagers and young adults. It is very light, well delivered, and plenty of good looking man. The character are well played as most of the main cast were previously work on the drama wrote by akiko nogi who is very known for the award-winning drama such as Nigehaji da ga yaku ni tatsu, Unnatural and the latest one MIU 404 . Characterization of Mio is very lively and the feel of “kyun” is definitely there, and somehow the story is remind me of Little Mermaid where Mio’s ability to talk to sea creatures (i do not know if this a true ability or simply her imagination playing) and her devotion to protect the ocean from getting destroyed by Rintaro’s Family resort project. The chemistry between Mio and Rintaro at the first place is quite good but it interesting how the chemistry will goes.

Cons

Personally, the story is very quite predictable, even though the characterization of each character is well played. But i must say, as for Rintaro character. it felt a bit too cliche. He’s a cold-hearted brat with vulnerability. But i do have to give the credit to Ayano Go who managed to pull it off, the romance itself is good but that’s nothing new. The classic Disney romance formula of miserable/poor/unlucky young lively woman meets with a cold hearted man who came from a wealthy family but inside very fragile. But the worst part of the show luckily is not the drama but the soundtrack. I have to say, Backnumber has a high standard to fill after their hit with BTS, Film Out. Sadly, Kaito fails to deliver the feel of love and kyun.

Verdict

Should you watch it? If you’re looking for a lovey dovey romcom, yes! But i already fell with Nigehaji formula and fell in love with it so when first time saw this it fell flat for me story-wise. On the other hand, this drama filled with high classed actors who play in some Japan’s hit dramas, so you cannot be disappointed with the quality of the actors. So for someone who loves a classic Disney stereotype love story this is perfect.

Bingeworthy: Personally, No. But, for most of J-drama lovers, it’s an absolute yes!

2. Nemesis

Cast: Sakurai Sho, Hirose Suzu, Eguchi Yosuke, Katsuji Ryo, Nakamura Aoi

Screenwriter and Director: Kataoka Sho, Katagiri Kenji, and Irie Yu (screenwriter and director)

Genre: Comedy, Action, Crime, Drama

Synopsis (jdramas):

Kazama Naoki is a crack detective at the private investigation firm Nemesis in Yokohama. He has a brilliant mind like Sherlock Holmes and solves every difficult case. But the true detective is actually his talented assistant Mikami Anna. The two of them, who make quite an odd duo, are searching for Anna’s father Hajime. He is a scientist and went missing all of a sudden. Together with Kurita Kazuaki, the owner of Nemesis who is Hajime’s good friend, Anna and Kazama seek clues to his disappearance. As they take on one puzzling trick-ridden case after another, they seem to find a hint related to her father each time that brings about a new riddle. Then they learn that the key to solving the mystery of his disappearance is a 20-year-old incident that has been buried in darkness. What Anna does not yet realize is that both Kazama and Kurita are connected to this incident

Pros:

This is drama is reminds me a tiny bit of The Mentalist (If you haven’t heard it, google it!) It’s a fun drama that kinda force you to think slightly to figure out the culprit. The odd combination of Kazama and Anna is really fun to watch, and let’s talk about Anna shall we? She is quirky, smart and sassy sometimes (in a funny way). As Kazama, he’s as smart as Anna but more charismatic. The first case, if you have watch Knives Out. You’ll figure out instantly, but they put their spin on it so it doesn’t literally plagiarize the hit western film

Cons

Where do i start? The two cops? Kazama lack of engagements, or the fact that It doesn’t reflect any aspect of sherlock holmes in character. Fortunately the lack of engagements from Kazama could be easily masked by Anna’s quirky performances. The case itself is fell too flat and the two cops on scene is i would say just a garnish on the plate, or just for formality. There’s no cooperation or anything that could put our eyes on there.

Verdict

Overall it’s ok, it’s a bit unique, it do have some potentials. But for the first episode it fell very flat. There are some few comical moments that could make us laugh but as for the mystery and case itself, it more like a covering rather than a foundation. So should you watch it? If you’re looking for a good humor and not so hard to digest drama then go ahead. But who knows they can make up their mistake in the next episodes. So i still keep my eyes on it..

Bingeworthy: I can’t really say it’s bingeworthy after the first episode. I need to see the next one to see if this really good to watch. But if you’re judging from the first episode itself. It’s a definitely a no.

Actually i should put Conpaji here, but i tried to watch it last night and it kinda lost in translation as the drama use so many unknown slangs. So i’ll make their own review next week.

DISCLAIMER! As i said before, this is only PRELIMINARY review so, i’ll still be watching the next episode until it’s finish to give the whole review. This review contains my personal take on the drama so not entirely objective. If you disagree or have any personal opinion, you are welcome to discuss it here in the comment section! So i’ll see ya next week with TBS spring drama review!

A Total Moron, a foodie enthusiast, a footy fan and definite piece of crap… *no pun intended