99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi ep1 [first impression]


The premier garnered 15.5% rating which was just slightly below Shitamachi Rocket’s pilot (16.1%) in fall. Out of the 3 shows that premiered last Sunday, 99.9 gained the highest, Yutori Desu ga Nani ka came in second with 9.4% and Our House with 4.8%. Normally, I don’t care about the ratings and watch whatever I like and see if they’re my cup of tea or not. But it does beg question whether this is deserving of the high rating or not…I mean, doesn’t it make you the least curious?

So how does this fare?

MatsuJun (Miyama) is back in regular drama and this time as a criminal lawyer who is basically poor despite his profession. Money is obviously not what he’s after but the truth. He’s been headhunted by an established law firm and there he meets Eikura Nana (Tachibana) who is transferred to his department despite her reluctance. Another veteran lawyer is played by Teruyuki Kagawa (Sada) who isn’t very pleased with Miyama initially. He’s the head of Criminal Law department where Miyama is being headhunted.

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Their first meeting hasn’t been a very good encounter but it’s still very funny. Sada almost knocks Miyama over with his expensive car, he manages to avoid him, but ran over Miyama’s phone instead. What’s worst is he doesn’t even care to pay any damage fees to Miyama and calls him a student. I find it hilarious because I mean, MatsuJun’s 32 years old so that’s like…but hey, he still looks handsome, I’ll give him that. I like this hairstyle on him too.

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Being poor isn’t his only quirks. He’s actually a very talented lawyer who has a knack for seeing things others don’t. He also likes to go to the crime scenes, check the surroundings, interview their clients and those involved and he definitely has an obsession with reenacting the crimes. This is where his fellow friend comes in handy to help him do all those tiring things – running, jumping, acting as the criminal, just to prove whether his client is capable of doing certain things. In some ways, he reminds me of Kimutaku’s character in Hero who would go extra lengths for his clients.

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He also has a habit of holding his ears when thinking. Sometimes, he’d block out everything else when he’s concentrating. At some point, it’s as if he has this special power to gather all information and figure the missing clue they need to prove their client’s not innocent. I think this particular part is alright if done just a few times, but not in every single episode. Like…we get it, he’s thinking…deeply.

Tachibana is like this honor student with flying colours but is transferred to Criminal Law department, much to her reluctance. She’s quick to jump to conclusion. For example, when she’s confident their client is guilty based solely on the fingerprints on the murder weapon, but doesn’t consider the whole picture. She’s also not the type to listen or ask clients trivial questions – where they’re from, their schools, etc… all of which, Miyama does when he’s interviewing their clients.

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However, she starts to change a little after watching how Miyama works. She follows him around as they gather clues and information to defend their client.

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Notice something?

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Yes the HAIR!!!

Miyama also likes to offer people candies. Reminds me of Oto from ItsuKoi.

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The show has right amount of comedy, thanks mostly to Miyama’s quirks. Watching him push Tachibana around and draining her energy is funny.

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Speaking of quirks, Tachibana is obsessed with pro-wrestling. Girl brings all her wrestling stuffs to the office lol

And when she sees something related anywhere, she’d be excited.
On her own.
Coz nobody’s looking.

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Aoki Munetaka plays the public prosecutor

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Will there be romance down the line?

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Sudden Men in Black cameo LMAO

Overall, the premier is good. I went in, totally blind and had a pleasant surprise. It’s easy to watch, without too much law jargon and the chemistry between the cast is amusing. While the case is not on the complex side, I still find myself enjoying this episode. Pretty confident MatsuJun has no problem carrying this show. He’s done great job so far, I’d say, quite convincing as this quirky lawyer. As for my hopes, it’d be nice if Teruyuki gets more prominent role in the coming episodes and not sidelined to a small role. It’d be a waste of his talent. Eikura Nana is so far okay too, nothing spectacular yet because her role isn’t that challenging anyway (for now), acting as Miyama’s sidekick.

Verdict:
Continue watching

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One last shot coz it’s cute

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7 thoughts on “99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi ep1 [first impression]

  1. Where did you watch it?????? Been trying to get a hold of this drama and waiting with anxiety for some websites to upload it but to no avail 😥

    and sorry to bombardir you with so many questions and comments on every article of yours, seems like we have shared interests for the same dramas (and not to mention, some of your articles pique my curiosity for latest doramas). I also wait for Boku no Yabai Tsuma!

  2. Thank you for the relaying your thoughts on the first episode! I was quite reluctant to watch this show even if my fave actors are here (MatsuJun and Eikura whaaa how I ship them ever since I’ve got to watch Hajimari no uta) because I always get lost when it comes to lawyer themed dramas (just like how I cannot relate to Hanzawa Naoki and Legal High). but still, after reading this, I will give it a try for sure! 😀

  3. I don’t find the legal aspect of it that hard to grasp, maybe because it’s criminal law (I’m used to watching crime/police dramas) but don’t worry, the first case itself isn’t complex. Would definitely recommend to give it a try at least. I think Hanzawa Naoki/Legal High are more legal jargon heavy than this. 99.9% is an easier watch compared to them.

  4. I like this show, it’s quite entertaining and i keep asking “how come matsujun always looks young??”
    Thank you for the review!!

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