I admit I probably sounded slightly cynical in my previous post regarding this drama because the ‘Gone Girl’ vibe was too damn strong to ignore. Having watched 4 episodes, I gotta say, I do like the direction now because if you think this is a literal Japanese version of Gone Girl, you’re in for more surprises.
Basically, here’s the rundown. Regardless whether you’ve watched Gone Girl or read the book, the drama spent only the first 2 episodes for the entire GG plot. Episode 3 onwards, the screenwriters start weaving their own material. Still it’d have been nice for them to give some credit to Gone Girl for the main idea. Either way, it’s good they’re pulling away from the book/movie so we can now anticipate an entirely new story and unpredictable one too.
Since Kouhei found out Maria’s the mastermind behind her own abduction, he’s been contemplating his options – live forever under Maria’s control, run away or actually kill her? I grinned whenever Kouhei’s intimidated by his own wife, he doesn’t even dare to taint her flawless sink anymore lol
The thing with Kouhei is, he just won’t repent, would he? He still wants to find where the 200 million is and won’t give up. I’ll give him this. He has the audacity to even plan on stealing the money and run away with Anna. This makes me think Kouhei probably wasn’t as much in love with Maria in the first place as he was for her money/inheritance.
By end of episode 3, yet again, we see a hopeless Kouhei, stumbling around, beaten and helpless. He’s nowhere near the money and worst still, the cops now suspect him as Ogata’s murderer. He’s always a few steps behind Maria and who else love her inner monologue at the end of episode 3. I was grinning from ear to ear when she starts narrating how she knew Kouhei was tailing her at the market and pulls another prank on him, leading her hopeless husband into a perfect trap.
“Just between you and me, I actually hate coffee.”
LMAO Maria you will never cease to amaze me. I think the screenwriters are having fun writing these inner monologues.
Onto episode 4, just when we all think Kouhei is a dumbass (equivalent to Siren’s Yuki perhaps?) they prove us wrong. True, Kouhei is careless, easily panicked and without Anna’s quick thinking to save his ass, he probably would’ve been in jail by now. But by the end of ep4, he’s not as dumb as we all think he is! He figures out where Maria hid the money (that is until his brother-in-law outsmart him).
I really thought Maria killed Ogata, as suggested by Kogure at the bar because I’m convinced she is capable of doing so. However, the ending of ep4 makes her seemingly innocent. Unless she posted that letter by herself just to scare Kouhei perhaps, who knows.
But the question still remains : What really happened to Ogata?
Did he commit suicide or someone actually murdered him? The knife found nearby his body is suspicious, making me think someone did come to attack him (unless the knife was planted to frame Kouhei). Let’s hope the next episode will shed some light on this. Kogure probably had something to do with this, but up until now, Kogure has always been behind the scene and never seem to dirty his own hands.
The bigger question however is WHO IS N31 ???
Maria mentions making a promise with N31, obviously an alias for someone. What kind of promise? Also, why is she so obsessed with Kouhei? Why force a man who is obviously not in love with her anymore to stay? It’s either she’s really really in love with Kouhei or she has an ulterior motive (probably has to do with N31).
By the end of ep4, we have an insight on the direction for the show. It seems everyone is now aiming for Maria’s money. While I can understand Kouhei and Anna’s motive, I find it slightly tough to be convinced with Yokoji’s. Yes, he’s been labeled demon and would do anything to get what he wants, but, as a former cop, doesn’t he have an ounce of conscience?
Then, the seemingly friendly neighbor Kujirai is also suspicious as hell. Apparently, when he hears that the bank deposit is late, his entire attitude towards the wife turns so cold!
Why is everyone in this show so greedy?!
Who else grinned during this entire scene? So obvious Anna’s faking it even without her inner monologue afterwards. I bet Maria’s pretending to be kind too because the reporters are all there. Not only is she a victim of abduction, she’s big hearted enough to forgive the woman who had affair with her husband. That’d make her an angel in the public eye. Anna picks the right time to make her epic apology too.
C’mon, there’s no way Anna would let it go after being embarrassed by Maria earlier at the station. At the end of the day, money is power.
I hope they won’t waste Anna’s character. Aibu Saki’s doing a great job so far, even with minimal scenes. Besides being Kouhei’s side kick, she’s obviously smarter than him and has the potential to battle it out with Maria. It’d be nice to see how they outsmart each other in the future episodes.
Since I worked on Siren last fall, I can’t help but notice some similarities that were probably inspired from that suspense drama. Firstly, the inner monologues by the characters. They’re hella amusing for one especially when their actions differ from what they’re thinking. Inner monologue isn’t something novel and has been used countless times but I really think they’re trying to create something similar to Siren again with this, by taking the entertaining parts and improving the weaknesses.
Secondly, female villain has somehow become a thing since Siren’s Tachibana Kara (Nanao was amazing!) and now we have Mochizuki Maria who has yet to unleash her malice. She’s no psychopath or serial killer like Tachibana Kara but it’s only ep4 so we don’t know how batshit crazy the show can go down in the future. Plus, seems like everyone just won’t leave her money alone !? So I can’t blame her if she becomes more and more vengeful as the drama goes. Given how there is less plot hole in this show compared to Siren, I think the screenwriters can still deliver, maybe an even better showdown.
Speaking of the weaknesses of Siren, remember how pissed I was when they dumbed down Yuki? That was kinda unnecessary to be honest and they did nothing to redeem her character, making her a damsel in distress from beginning till end. Siren also made the cops in Japan look silly and unprofessional. Hence, to see the difference in Boku no Yabai Tsuma is definitely a good thing. The cops are smarter here and thank god for that.