After watching the first episode of Kounodori (TBS), I just have to make this post. I think so far, of all the first episodes that I’ve seen this one left the deepest impression on me. Solid start.
Looks like TBS is delivering another very heart-warming drama. Tenno no Ryouriban in Spring was excellent. But last season’s 37.5 no Namida was just so-so. I think they’re stepping up their game for this. Plus, they got Ayano Go and Oguri Shun onboard. Even though Oguri Shun is just going to be a guest for several episodes, I’m sure it’ll bring in some ratings. Speaking of ratings, personally I don’t really care about it because they don’t truly represent the shows’ quality. However, there’s no denying that ratings do affect certain actors/actress’s selling capability so it’s still important in certain ways. But viewers definitely should not be swayed by ratings and watch whatever that interests them.
Kounodori is basically about Sakura Konotori (Ayano Go) who’s a gynecologist and performs at a club during his free time as a pianist by the nickname Baby.He keeps this
hobby of his a secret (Actually, it’s his second job XD, thanks to kamo@twitter for the information!) He also wears a wig that reminds me of Nodame Cantabile’s Franz Strezemann. Also, Okitegami’s Yui Aragaki’s character.
Ayano Go is very likeable as the gentle doctor who would go extra lengths for his patients and babies. The good thing is it’s not to the point of annoying. There’s also not much preaching here, so glad they didn’t put in unnecessary lines for them to say. Background music is very nice so far. I almost teared up in some scenes, mostly during the babies’ births. I’m not a kids person but they’re so adorable! Just makes me go awww…. you know.
Mayu Matsuoka acts as the resident under him and I absolutely love all the scenes she’s in because her rookieness makes everything 10X better. She contributes most of the comedic factor (with the help of Yoshido Yo). There’s a scene where Konotori makes her put the fist into the pregnant woman to hold the baby in position while they pushed the stretcher to the ER. Her feet flailing as she tries hard to keep her fist in there is really hilarious.
Yoshida Yo plays the role of Rumiko Komatsu who worked with both Konotori and Shinomiya (Gen Hoshino) before. Konotori and Shinomiya were under her care during their residency. She comes to the hospital after being head-hunted by the the Director Osawa. She knew about Konotori’s
hobby (job) but Konotori asks her to keep it a secret. The director also knows about it.
In the first episode, there’s a pregnant mother who had a traumatic childhood and a boyfriend who abandoned her after finding out she’s pregnant. So she’s reluctant to take care of the child after giving birth. After receiving some counseling and advice from the hospital, she gets help from the center for women until she’s ready to take care of her child.
At the same time, there’s another couple who has been admitted for hours and still waiting for the time to come for the childbirth. It’s quite funny watching the husband played by Jun Kaname looking so tired waiting for his wife.