99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II ep 1 [First Impression]


Yes, I’m back… Life. I’m probably not going to be as active as before, I used to go crazy with the posts. Now that work takes up a large portion of my time, I’d like to enjoy the time I have left during the weekends to catch up on shows and such. Hence, the hiatus from subbing and blogging. I’ve basically channeled all my ‘real-time’ impressions on Twitter because it’s just so much easier to immediately post my thoughts while watching. That being said, I might not be blogging for every single episode like I used to.

Onto the show!

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Season 2 is finally here and we get to see Miyama’s quirks again. It’s amusing to see Matsumoto Jun step into this character after a while and still nails it.

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It’s also nice to see that the original dynamic between him and Sada is still very much present, almost like no time lapse at all between Season I and II. Their bickering has always been one of the most enjoyable parts of the show and I’m glad they maintain it.

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The weird thing is, I usually get easily annoyed when there’s an insane amount of exaggeration or overacting in Jdramas (or any shows at all) BUT I’m actually okay with this. It’s probably the way they shoot the scenes by using quick and short sequences instead of prolonging it. The result is they don’t get too cringy for my taste.

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Miyama being a constant headache for Sada with no cure for it

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The team is still fun to watch

New Characters
As we all know, Nana Eikura is currently busy taking care of her child she has with Kaku Kento so somebody needs to fill in the missing heroine role. Kimura Fumino is brought into the cast as a former judge, Maiko Ozaki who has to join the firm because of a personal case. Well, more like she doesn’t want to break the heart of her friend whose father is being indicted for a murder he claims innocent.

So there has always been a rumor about an annoying lawyer who constantly caused ruckus and she thought those kind of lawyers are troublesome. Only to find out this Fukuyama guy is actually Miyama.

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She thought his name is pronounced Fukuyama instead of Miyama

I’m not exactly sure how naive her character is. Just because all the evidence points towards her friend’s father and nothing out of the ordinary to prove his innocence, she actually believed he’s guilty. That prompts her to think it’s better to go ahead with pleading guilty for a lighter sentence. We get a glimpse of this flashback scene so there might be something in the past that still haunts her. Plus, she mentioned not being in the law circle for quite a while after she quit being a judge.

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Obviously she’s not amused by Miyama’s stubbornness. Sada on the other hand is on the mission to find someone as a successor to fill in the empty seats because yet another lawyer quits due to Miyama. So he’s desperate for someone to cover the gaps and he can return to his civil law. He managed to make Maiko join out of her own guilt, but with one condition, just this case. (Obviously she’s gonna stay lolz)

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 Alongside Maiko, we also get a new paralegal, Mirei Nakatsuka to replace the previous character. I’ve a feeling the production team doesn’t want to waste all the boxing props Nana Eikura’s former character is a fan of, so they make Mirei a fellow fan of wrestling too xD

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They explained that Tachibana is currently studying abroad.

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As per usual, we get this reenactment scenes of the crime and despite her reluctance, Miyama made her join. I thought the part where she had to be hit by the toy hammer and died several times quite funny. Also the part where she had to act like the victim.

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After having the clues come in, Miyama solved the case.

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Headphone looks cool, anyone knows the brand?

So this thingy came out of nowhere…

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That bug phone case is huge as hell and notice the hair!

Overall First Impression

I enjoyed the pilot. It brings back good memories of Season I. The dynamic between the team members hasn’t changed much and still fun. The big question is how is Kimura Fumino faring? I know a large portion of the viewers who have watched Season I is going to compare between the two. I thought Tachibana is great in her own way, her pro-wrestling mania character really makes her memorable and adds to the comedy. But here, we have an entirely different character. Maiko is not Tachibana, obviously since they’re supposed to be different people so it’s hard to compare between the two, they have nothing much in common except the fact they get annoyed by Miyama which is basically the common link Miyama has with everyone lol

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Maiko may not be as fun to watch as Tachibana and that’s because she’s set up to be a more serious person without an obvious quirk (except for that brief hand thingy she did, I think we’ll see more of that soon). But that doesn’t mean her character’s not contributing to the cast. I think she brings a different atmosphere by having a troubled past which makes her the way she is. She’s also not that easily influenced by the reckless team and someone with her own mindset. There was a scene where she just walks off instead of joining the team to discuss the case. The way she argues with Sada also shows her own unyielding nature.

Plus this scene where Sada held out his hand which Miyama gladly but with a smirk accepts.

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And we see Maiko instead of shaking, apologizing instead.

Let’s see how her character grows and maybe by mixing around this energetic and boisterous team, she may break out of her shell and opens up.

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Next Episode

Looks like we’re going to dig an old case. Not just any old case. It’s Miyama’s father’s case. He was apparently indicted of murdering a young girl. He got a phone call from the victim’s sister who found something among the belongings. She thought it was Miyama’s father’s and asked him to take it away.

Miyama suspected someone else was at the crime scene and this could probably prove his father’s innocence…

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I was just thinking whether Aoki Munetaka would return and there he is in the preview!

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Till next episode!

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7 thoughts on “99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II ep 1 [First Impression]

  1. Nice to see a post from you! Looks like season 2 is off to a good start and you’re enjoying it. Hope to see more posts from you when you have time 🙂

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