**Subtitle will soon be available as earthcolors has picked this up. I think we should take a moment and rejoice because WOWOW has begun providing Japanese caption for their shows. Which literally means that more WOWOW will be subbed in the future (hopefully!).
Based on the American police procedural television series, Cold Case (2003-2010), WOWOW teamed up with Warner Bros in conjunction with the station’s 25th anniversary to produce a remake, the Japanese version.
As I’ve never watched the original series, I’m not sure if the remake follows similar format but judging from the pilot, I can already tell from the vibe that this has a Western atmosphere rather than your typical Japanese crime series. For one, there’s no overacting which often feels off-putting (for me personally) when it comes to cop shows. I really don’t need annoying cops who act like clowns or spoiled brats which is already abundant in Japanese crime dramas. Secondly, the overall tone is serious or no-nonsense so there’s no overused comical crap. Everything feels more genuine and realistic as far as the working environment goes. Thirdly and thank god gender discrimination is absent here. We all know how much crap female cops get in typical Japanese police dramas. It’s as if having double XX chromosome automatically grants them permission to make your life miserable. What era are we living in?
Chihayafuru is one of my favorite anime of all time. Some of the very few that made my face leak involuntarily. To say I’m not anxious about how they’re going to execute and bring the anime to life would be a lie. It’s been shown time and again, live actions rarely do justice to the original manga/anime. Thus, I have a certain level of expectation for the live-action.
Fortunately, the overall cast, directing and cinematography manage to bring forth the true spirit of the original in the most beautiful way possible. The OST is also one of the best I’ve encountered for a LA and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
The core of Chihayafuru (for me personally) is the strength of friendship and team spirit. Both themes have been recurring throughout the movie, budding from the friendship between Chihaya, Taichi and Arata when they are little as they dabble with competitive karuta. From there on, they share a common interest and connection which sadly begin to diminish as they grow up. Going their separate ways, Arata returns to his hometown because his grandfather who he loves and respects so much has taken ill while Taichi and Chihaya both enter different schools.
This is going to be my shortest first impression ever.
Wait for it.
Wait for it.
I AM FRIGGIN DISAPPOINTED THERE IS NO NASI GORENG AT ALL IN THIS ENTIRE EPISODE.
NOT EVEN A GLIMPSE OF IT.
WHERE IS THIS?
Okay that aside, I really don’t know what’s the point of this drama…
**Subtitles are available here. It’s not always WOWOW dramas get subbed!
I’m hoping for good quality crime shows from WOWOW this season, especially when they’re offering 3 – Hippocrates no Chikai, Cold Case and Suisho no Kodou. I’m beyond excited to be honest. Praying to the Gods of Jdrama to not let WOWOW disappoint us crime fiction lovers.
Hippocrates no Chikai stars Keiko Kitagawa as a medical intern, Tsugano Makoto. Her drama last season, Ie Uru Onna is probably one of the best and most enjoyable (thanks to the comedy). While her stiff robotic-like character makes us laugh in that show, it’s the other way around for Hippocrates. This is grim and heavy (as expected from WOWOW) and always, always right up my alley. I love serious crime shows. I’m also pleasantly surprised to find out that the Akira Uchikata who directed Ishi no Mayu is responsible for this too (really like his work for Ishi).
So far, I like this show for touching on controversial issues regarding postmortem. While it’s the norm in Western countries for suspicious deaths, Asian culture prefers bodies to be perfect when cremated or buried. It’s probably the sense of wholeness and most family members wouldn’t want their beloved ones to suffer any further scarring.
If you’re a long time fan of Doctor X, then the Special shouldn’t disappoint much. It has all the things we expect from the show – cool and carefree Daimon pisses every other doctor off in her typical fashion, the ‘I never fail’ motto, some humor along the way (mostly involving doctors acting like clowns), a few dramatic scenes and there’s always a big boss to fight her.
In other words, it’s a typical fanfare. Every other episode or season feel like they’re a rehash of one another and people in Japan will never get tired of it. It’s probably because of Ryoko Yonekura’s starpower or viewers are hopelessly enthralled by strong iconic female protagonists. While I think the show is repetitive at its core, I do admit I’m quite curious of this new season. With the Special garnering 22% and pilot of Season 4 at 20.4%, this show is already the front runner, a no brainer. There’s a reason why this show survives as long as it does, whether you like it or not, it would take a miracle for this show to flop.
Subtitle is available here.
You know how some parents aren’t meant to be parents? I had this thought while watching this because Tsumabuki Satoshi’s character, Takashi is the kind of husband or father nobody wants. He’s not a drug addict or criminal per se, but he’s like a pollen that floats in the air and goes wherever the wind carries him. In other words, there’s no stability, assurance or security in his life. As such, he’s separated from his wife and there’s a love-hate relationship with his daughter, Haru.
Having lived with a ‘strict’ mother who thinks colourful clothes are too flashy for her daughter, Haru gets a glimpse of a carefree life after Takashi ‘kidnaps’ her one day. What follows is a brief getaway from the life Haru grows up knowing and strengthening her bond with a father that feels like a stranger.
We’re blessed with a lot of dramas featuring seasoned and strong female characters this fall. Just to name a few, Ryoko Yonekura is back with Doctor X Season 4, Amami Yuki in Chef and Yoshida Yo (her first lead drama). Not forgetting the younger gen, Aragaki Yui and Ishihara Satomi. But perhaps, the most anticipated return is Kanno Miho who went on a hiatus since 2012 to focus on her marriage and motherhood. Even better, she’s paired up with Matsushima Nanako in this family suspense.
While it’s still early to judge, this drama is worth checking out just for Kanno Miho alone. Who else is overjoyed by her return? Do I see hands? Yes, of course I do. Since her hiatus, her previous small roles had all been ill mothers (I lost count). I haven’t the foggiest why they reduce her to those roles. It’s like when you’re married and have a child or reach a certain age, you just automatically start playing motherly roles. I don’t see that happening to Ryoko Yonekura (then again, her aura’s too strong to play a loving mother lol). She can very well still kick asses even at age 70 for all I care, I would still watch it😄