I thought I’ll just post a brief impression on Hanasaki Mai ga Damattenai which is written by the same author as Hanzawa Naoki. As you all know, Hanzawa Naoki is one of the highest rating and mega-hit drama last year. When I read that this Hanasaki is referred to as the ‘woman version’ of Hanzawa Naoki, I was curious. All the more when the pilot’s rating reached 17. % which was very high compared to the other shows.
I was expecting all the tension, suspense and maybe even, over-acting but none of that was present. In fact, this is a more ‘calm’ and ‘composed’ version of Hanzawa? While there was barely any comic relief at all in Hanzawa, this is sprinkled with comedy once in a while throughout each episode, hence making it less heavy and dramatic.
Since my expectation soared a bit higher than I intended it too largely due to the high ratings it consistently achieved up till now, I have to say, I’m quite disappointed by the show. I was hoping for something special but nothing seems to grab my attention yet. If anything, it’s a mediocre show and follows a certain same pattern. Each episode will pose a case for both Hanasaki and her boss to solve.
As for the characters, Hanasaki is an efficient ex-cashier and loved her job very much. She is then transferred to the Assisting department where they will advise and help resolve any issues the branches have. Well, the interaction between her and the boss is quite fun to watch, the bickering and disagreements. I actually enjoy that more than when Hanasaki solves the cases in her own stubborn manner.
As Hanasaki, I think so far, Anne Watanabe does a good job, at least, she manages to portray a normal hard-working ex-cashier who has a strong sense of work morale and justice. But as for how challenging the role is, I have yet to be convinced. The cases are all quite predictable and by far, I thought ep 2 was kinda boring. I hope they pick up in later parts of the show.
First episode -17.2%
Second episode – 14.7%
Third episode – 15.4%
For now, it’s not a must-watch drama but if you’re interested in banks and curious because this is written by the same author as Hanzawa Naoki, then you should try it. Otherwise, it’s nothing like Hanzawa and I don’t think we’ll miss anything for not watching. To be honest, I’m baffled with the high ratings. I really don’t think this is anything special or exciting. Sometimes, I just don’t get what the Japanese viewers want or like. Or perhaps, they’re just interested because it is based on the novel by Hanzawa’s author.