BG: Personal Bodyguard [review]

You can get subtitles here.

BG is packed with quite a lot of good looking men. Alright, that’s probably one of the main reasons of checking this out, aside from Kimutaku. But I’ve always liked Yosuke Eguchi and even Saito Takumi (though I don’t really like his affair-related dramas lol).

I have reservations towards the show upon checking out the first few episodes, I won’t lie. I’m quite disappointed with the direction and plot. At some point, I thought of dropping and I stopped around episode 4, only managed to pick it up again now. It’s not exactly all bad, but unfortunately, it’s not something memorable or outstanding.

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1. They’re trying so hard to make everyone look cool, maybe too hard.

Sure, all the men look great here. I can’t help but paused at some parts and drooled over them. But due to the weak plot in some episodes, even appearing dashing on screen couldn’t hold my attention. I ended up watching for the sake of finishing, instead of giving my 100% attention.

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Saito looks great though he didn’t seem to have much development

2. The never ending dispute between SP and the private bodyguard firm.

At some point, I got kinda tired of this. I’m not even gonna write more about this because if you’ve watched the show, you’d probably feel the same. If not, good for you.

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3. Why is everything focused on Kimutaku? What about the rest of the team?

In case the screenwriter has forgotten, the team is made up of not only Kimutaku alone. However, every single episode seems to revolve around him and only him. I can understand if he steps in with his philosophical lecture once in a while or that episode where it involved his ex-wife. But when 90% of the focus is on him, that leaves the other team members useless. They’re either in backup or pushed to the background with no prominent role. Also, they don’t seem to have much character development. I felt that is a huge waste because imagine you have so many stories to create for each of the team member. Even the Chief’s story was briefly revealed over a chat. Not that I have much problem with this kind of narrative exposition, but it’s not something you spend less than 5 minutes and be done with. This leaves very little impression on the character. I also didn’t like how Takanashi’s past was revealed during a short chat with Shimazaki. Not enough.

4. Characters I don’t care for.

Can this kid replace the Chief and die instead? So annoying.

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Fatherhood ain’t easy and they’re really pushing it on us here. I actually don’t care much about Shimazaki’s son.

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Those are mostly the parts where I need to get off my chest before writing on the things I think are fine. There’s no particular episode that stood out for me but I do like ep7 where Kimutaku spent some time with the ex-wife, though the dramatic end was a bit meh.

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Yosuke Eguchi is classy. Kimutaku’s the lead but Eguchi (Ochiai) is a class act. He’s so friggin composed you’d wonder what the hell can make him fluster or pissed off. I really like his character. Especially towards the end.

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Shimazaki’s relentless belief about protecting people regardless of social status and whatnot is one thing I like about his character although it seems to have gone a bit overboard sometimes. I think I’m more impressed by Ochiai, the way he showed his motto or way of living/working, it’s more subtle than Shimazaki.

Initially I was slightly annoyed by Tachihara and her interest in Shimazaki. But I guess it’s not so bad after all…

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Overall, it’s not something I’d rewatch or really recommend. It seems to have more flaws than shining moments, unfortunately. But as mentioned, I don’t mind watching for more Eguchi. Kimutaku’s fine but Eguchi… yes lol



4 thoughts on “BG: Personal Bodyguard [review]

    • I quite liked that episode with Yamaguchi, that was probably one of the highlights among the so-so episodes. Maybe you can watch that particular ep7 XD

  1. Hi! Welcome back! I missed your reviews… and your subs for Kounodori 2, lol.

    I agree with everything you say here (except for Eguchi… he was ok, but to be honest, the only character I cared about was Mamiya’s… only because he was cute and fun, and never melodramatic). I am also disappointed in this drama… I wanted to drop it several times, but I hate dropping on dramas, and I like the subber, so i persevered. Still, I have to thank this drama to push me to watch Long Vacation, so not all was negative 🙂

    • Tadaima! Ah… I didn’t have time to sub Kounodori 2 unfortunately but I’m glad someone else did ^^

      Yeah, I kinda came back to it cos it felt like unfinished business and I had some time last weekend, so I binge-watched. Happy to know it prompted you to watch Long Vacation hehe

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