**No proper screencaps since I decided to post this right after watching it on dailymotion.
For a 2hr special pilot, this is unfortunately quite forgettable and draggy.
Or I’m probably growing more and more picky.
Firstly, I felt cheated by the trailer. I came in wanting a dark crime drama, instead, I got a semi light hearted one. The cases have potential as the killing methods are pretty gory (trying to ignore the fact that the slash wounds and bruises don’t even look half as realistic as in the US series). Unfortunately, the overall tone of the drama really kills the mood. I wish they had followed the WOWOW concept with darker approach. A proper meeting with a proper discussion, instead of talking lightly like a bunch of high school students. Hello? Someone’s actually been killed? They only start acting like cops when one of their own gets killed.
There’s one thing I really don’t like in Japanese cop dramas. Unwilling cops or annoying ones, acting like a spoiled brat. Less than 10 mins in the show, already spotted one (wondering why they always pick Johnnys to take these roles). Am I asking too much? For once, I just want a normal police team, working towards solving the case, as they should, with minimal attitude problem. For example, the team in Ishi no Mayu or Chicago PD. No spoiled brat, no annoying character, just a normal proper police force. You know what’s worse, later in the episode, they try to redeem this annoying character by giving him some self-righteous lines. It just doesn’t work for me.
Background music sometimes doesn’t fit the atmosphere too. For example, when they first find out one of their colleagues got killed, the fast-paced piano piece doesn’t go well with the scene at all. Even during the police meetings, another fast-paced music playing in the background, it’s loud to the point I can’t really focus on what that forensic guy is talking about. I’m not sure whether they want us to take this show seriously or it’s the other way round. Surely they were selling a darker image in the trailer, right?
Another downside is Haru, her character/acting is quite plain except for that shichimi (pepper) obsession. Bit disappointing actually. I was expecting more because she isn’t bad in Asa ga Kita. She doesn’t seem to have much to do in Sekai Ichi (last season) so I haven’t seen anything that stands out from her yet, in terms of acting. Here I thought she would redeem something and prove she can do better, but looks like there’s nothing special about her character here. I don’t see significant difference from when she’s in Sekai and here. I’m also expecting some kind of ‘wow’ effect during the revelation of the real killer but let’s just say, nothing of the sort. Her character Hinako seems to be troubled by a dark past (based on the dream? in the opening) but she doesn’t look tormented (maybe not yet). She’s also supposed to look amused at the moment when bad guys turned ‘on’ their switch to evil. However, no slight smile or anything, expressionless for the most part, so I can’t comprehend what exactly is she feeling. Not even a subtle expression.
I’m sorry if this post turned out to be a rant more than a review. Guess I expected too much. I’m not writing this off immediately, giving this another chance so I’ll decide after ep2 whether to continue or drop it.