Designer Baby ep1 [first impression]

Meisa Kuroki plays the role of a pregnant detective, Yuri Hayami who was called to assist in a baby kidnap case. Watabe Atsuro works as a doctor, Susami in the hospital whose patient lost her baby earlier.

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Poor guy got slapped several times in his first scene.

Also I’m not sure whether it’s intentional but they really make Watabe Atsuro looks so old here. He’s 47 year old, yes, but they still don’t have to make him so aged.

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This guy was in Ishi no Mayu and he was likeable there. Can’t say the same here. Seems like they stereotyped him back to his previous roles, the slightly annoying type.

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Yumi Adachi has been playing mother roles continuously these past 3 seasons. She looks the part but really, must she be stuck with mother roles in every single drama?

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The plot itself is quite interesting for now. It reminds me of Kageri Yuku Natsu which also involves a kidnapped baby. I do like the introduction where they show Yuko (Yumi Adachi) frantically searches for her baby at the hospital and interchange with an emergency operation scenes. Darkness is looming.

Halfway through the episode, Susami suspects that it is his former patient who might have taken the baby because she couldn’t accept the loss of her own. The woman who slapped him earlier. So he makes a call and indeed, Yuko’s daughter is at her place.

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However, when the police went to their residence, they are already gone. The next morning, the husband makes a call to the hospital demanding to speak to Susami. Yuri takes over halfway pretending to be the mother of the kidnapped child and asks what they have to do to get the child back. In the middle of the conversation, the husband tells her he hates people makes children leisurely like it’s a normal thing (hinting on using money for artificial insemination I guess). He also utters that it’s impossible for his child to die. This particular word makes Yuri wonder the reason he says that so she asks Susami whether there is some complication or something that happens to the child. Susami refuses to answer. So that still remains a mystery.

The kidnapper demands for money and that Susami is to deliver it. We’ll see how the exchange goes in the next episode.

Designer Baby ~ Hayami Keiji, Sankyuumae No Nanjiken Ep01 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_45.19_[2015.09.27_15.13.51]

According to asianwiki, this drama will have 8 episodes. Seems short and it should be in my opinion because how far can they stretch a kidnap case for the entire drama? So the more compact it is, the better because I don’t want it to drag on and on unnecessarily. That said, the pacing for the first episode is quite good, didn’t take long before we find out who kidnaps the child. Obviously, it’s not just a simple baby kidnapping case, I think several things are already hinted in the pilot. The hospital definitely has something to hide. Susami’s reluctance to touch on his patient’s details when Yuri inquires is suspicious but for now I’m going to put my bet on Watanabe Ikkei’s character being involved in some illegal baby making methods or the usual hospital politics.

Initially, I’m wondering how Meisa Kuroki will look like being heavily pregnant but I guess there’s nothing to worry about. She looks fine and does fit the role for now. The image I have of her has always been serious, tough and badass roles so it’s refreshing to see her as a soft but tough in a different way and milder character. Watabe Atsuro as usual is good, I can’t find fault with this guy, he’s a veteran. The others don’t really have much screentime yet.

Going to continue this for now.


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