I haven’t been impressed by getsu9 dramas for quite a while to be honest. So I thought this won’t do anything for me either. However, surprisingly, I didn’t feel turned off almost immediately like how Koinaka made me last season. I managed to finish the entire pilot without wanting to smash the screen lolz
I think the main reason was because of Ishihara Satomi. Not sure if she’s going to actually ‘save’ this getsu9 all the way till the end but for now, she’s really the only one making it at least ‘watchable’ for me. I don’t want to say much about Yamapi since he’s well known to be ‘dead fish eyes’ and so his priest role here kinda suits him. For one, he doesn’t need to move an ounce of face muscle and looking totally expressionless.
Speaking of Ishihara Satomi though, I’m still waiting for her to act in something that is not rom-com or getsu9. She did get a lot of praises in Shingeki no Kyojin live action movie so I’m hoping she will expand into different genres in the near future.
There’s a good amount of comedy in the pilot, which makes it bearable. Since Ishihara’s character is an English teacher, you’ll hear quite a number of English lines. They’re not perfect but I think it’s still a better attempt than the one Erika Toda did in Risk no Kamisama. The other characters in the school also speak some English, though most of them just slur their way. Yamapi’s English is also not bad. The only way I can describe about the English speaking so far is kinda bimyou. Not great but not entirely horrible either.
FujiTV also gathered quite a number of actors in this show. You have Mokomichi Hayami, Furukawa Yuki and Tanaka Kei.
Basically, Satomi’s character, Junko is persuaded to attend an omiai (matchmaking session) by her family and the guy turns out to be a priest, Takane (Yamapi) who she first met at a previous funeral service. Takane takes the omiai very seriously and thinks of her as his future marriage partner but Junko doesn’t like him. She’s also still pursuing to go to New York and hasn’t given up hope on that. Then her former teacher who I think she has a crush on happens to come back to Japan and works in the same company as her.
At the same time, Takane’s aunt at the temple matches him up with another girl and asks him to turn down Junko. Takane finds this decision hard to make as he starts to find Junko’s expressive and carefree personality amusing.
Though…I don’t know why anyone would turn down this girl below (Takane’s new omiai partner) lolz
I didn’t read the original manga it’s based on so I can’t compare with the original material.
First episode is basically not terrible. Let’s see how it progresses from here. But Takane’s last action is a bit too much for me to accept. He is planning to imprison Junko at the temple for a week and from their interaction, assess whether she’s the right partner or not. What the heck was that though…