MOZU ep10 finale [review]


Just a brief overview of what went down in the finale.

So we know Muroi had escaped due to Miki’s incompetence despite being a Public Safety officer. Shingai was also on the run and it was only matter of time till he caught up with Muroi now that he had his eyes on him.

Ryota managed to convince his superior about the attack.

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President of Saldonia (I kept thinking of Sidonia instead, if you’re watching that anime, you’d know what I’m talking about) finally flew to Japan for a visit. Kuraki and the gang knew Muroi had the bomb and was planning to stage a terrorist attack.

Miki miraculously crept out of bed despite being shot and lost tons of blood in the previous episode and hunted Muroi down.

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Still, I couldn’t believe she fell to his trap.

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Despite what he told her about Kuraki’s wife and her own father, I felt she was too weak mentally. So easily swayed and AGAIN…

failed to stop Muroi, WTH. I am done with you, Miki.

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Shingai tracked Muroi down.

LOL this scene.

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So let’s see how many times Shingai was shot.

3 times.

At close range.

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Guy was driven by impulse so I suppose 3 bullets won’t stop him.

I thought this would kill even a monster.

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Muroi was within the range to detonate the bomb.

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Despite Kuraki telling him not to do it, he did anyway.

Ryota managed to save the President’s daughter in time. He was definitely the hero of the show. Despite how little screentime he got, despite how much useless screentime Kuraki got, Ryota was the man of the finale.

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Kuraki chased Muroi at some underground pipe system, I hope not the sewer, yuck.

Kuraki was shot twice, still alive and kicking.

Lucky for him, Muroi’s bullets were finished.

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This was the part that turned me off immediately.

Shingai still alive?!

how the hell did he free himself from that tall sharp thing -__-

WTH

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Thoughts:

MOZU was one of the highly anticipated dramas of this season for me. Even more so than Alice no Toge to be honest. When I first saw the trailer, despite how short it was, I was curious. Totally made my list of MUST WATCH.

The first few episodes were bit slow but I still gave it the benefit of doubt up till when Shingai got his memory back, I thought things would finally be picking up speed and get interesting again. Too bad, the show continued with its slow snail pace and look where it ended up now.

I just couldn’t help but be cheated by Kuraki’s character. I just thought he was nothing special. I know his conflicted past with his wife and such, oh so dramatic! *rolls eyes* And I empathized him. However, as the show went on, all he ever did was look so hard and did nothing. I mean, jeezz you know, Ryota at least was clever enough to get that policeman’s help to locate the bomb and finally even risked saving the child’s life. Ryota was the underdog and the man who deserved most credit at the end of the day (my personal opinion) but his character was underused. Miki…where do I even start with her. I had high expectations for her too. But she ended up pretty useless as well. Don’t even have to remind me how she failed twice to stop Muroi.

Sorry this turned out to be a rant rather than a review. I just had all these bottled up over the past few weeks as I watched this show. It was disappointing. It was probably too ambitious that it fell short of expectation. In the trailer for 2nd season, I see snow and Kuraki looking much cooler in that coat. I just hope he finally gets to do something worthy of mention, seriously. If you were to ask me his contribution in the whole of 1st season, I really have to re-watch because I probably couldn’t even remember what he did, despite smoking excessively and looking expressionless. I really like Nishijima Hidetoshi a lot as an actor and I’ve loved his previous shows, this, I just couldn’t.

There’s also another thing revealed in the trailer. Apparently, Shingai’s twin didn’t die either. So I suppose we’ll see another assassin in the next show. I hope it won’t be too repetitive. If anything, Ikematsu Sosuke owned this drama. He deserves recognition so I hope he gets it. Finally, it’s not a bad show. I actually liked that they created a different formula for a police drama as we know the typical Japanese drama always seem to repeat themselves. So I’m glad we got something different and unique but overall, I still am disappointed with the way they handled the characters. Especially Kuraki and Miki. Anyways, I’ll still be waiting for the 2nd season. I’ll just have to remind myself not to put too much hope this time.

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