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Absolute Boyfriend

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I actually watched this a longgggg time ago but kept forgetting to work on the review for it. At first, I was really turned off with the whole physical appearances only and felt some stuff was too silly. But the story eventually grew on me.

Main Cast:

  • Hayami Mokomichi as Tenjo Night. He really grew on me over time. I meant the actor who had to portray the robot. I was like omg, typical trying to show some figure show. Yet later, it showed more of his other sides as his personality developed and he wasn’t a robot anymore. Well, he was still a robot, but not in that mechanical sense. Technically, he was created according to Riiko’s preferences, but I totally felt his protectiveness and caring for Riiko.
  • Aibu Saki as Izawa Riiko. I don’t know. Mixed feelings throughout, but her character indeed grew on me. Because I initially felt like her crush on that one jerk was too much. Like I couldn’t see why he was the attractive type or anything. Maybe he was hardworking. But I didn’t think he was attractive at all.
  • Mizushima Hiro as Asamoto Soshi. I sort of have mixed feelings for him throughout as well yet I think I understood where he was coming from. There were many things that he couldn’t understand and have the right to say it out.

Anyway, it was soooo long ago that I forgot the names of the other characters already to discuss in-depth about it. But I felt this story made life even sadder. Serious. Yes, it was always better to live in reality. It seemed normal to go on and face things–even if you don’t want to. Yet I felt human nature is just too unpredictable and sometimes robots are better companions. Yet it was indeed sad to think of it as one day, Riiko (or whoever the person requesting the robots were) would leave this world and the robot companion would continue on with only knowing how to love the supposed human who once requested him. Sad? I think because the story taught us to face reality, but if it was me, I would choose a robot over humans any day. Because people’s hearts change, robots don’t.

Aside from that, the main leads were compatible enough and their stories enjoyable, and touching. I would recommend this for people who are a sucker for romances, lol.

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BOSS: Season 2

The saga continued and the hype didn’t die down because the cases were as interesting and the team as hilarious. However, there were some changes in the cast here and there, and also some additions as well.

The Team:

  • Amami Yuki as Osawa Eriko. She got crazier than the first part? NOT sure, but still witty. I felt it was interesting that since her boyfriend and her broke up already, she and Shinjiro sort of got together at that one diner/bar more to eat and talk, etc. Interesting. Still a witty boss and all.
  • Tamayama Tetsuji as Katagiri Takuma. I think he got a tad funnier or was he becoming looser since he already conquered his past demons? Possible since the men would end up gathering at some sushi restaurant to train him to be more social, etc. It was hilarious to see him trying to learn. It was also a tad too funny how he was inexperienced with girls. BUT still cute. Felt really sad that he and that girl didn’t make it through.
  • Toda Erika as Kimoto Mami. OMG! I felt she got robbed! Or was she too busy filming some other drama that she could only make time for some scenes? YET I felt her character was so cool in here. It was consistent with the previous one and how she was growing stronger and stronger–after Eriko chided her that one time to build herself up, etc. She could even detonate bombs. Then there was the rescue scene with Ippei. It was funny how they were merging the drama with reality with Ippei/Junpei asking her why she got the heroine scene while he had to be the one being kidnapped since it was usually her scenes, LOL! Her answer was equally hilarious because she said he was falling out with the director (or something like that), lol.
  • Mizobata Junpei as Hanagata Ippei. Still silly as always but not really. They revealed more about him in here and how and why he got into the team? That was some story and his kindness paid off, making the difference between him and this other classmate.
  • Kendo Kobayashi as Iwai Zenji. I don’t know what to say about him except more craziness? LOL!
  • Nukumizu Youichi as Yamamura Keisuke. What made me want to laugh at him even more at times (that I forgot to mention in the other review) was how he often thought of wanting to become the leader, ordering them around and assigning their tasks. That held true for the scene where Eriko almost got replaced, and how he was issuing orders YET no one listened. But when Takuma was telling them who got assigned what tasks and all, they listened and left without complaints. LOL! What made it a bit annoying was he was after the young girl. Quite crazy and somewhat disturbing at the same time.
  • Narumi Riko as Kurohara Rika. One of the new girls of the team and was quite a computer genius all right. I wouldn’t mind seeing her again–if they make Season 3. Quite sad with how she found out her father was behind the whole conspiracy during the last case though. Tragic.
  • Hasegawa Kyoko as Tadokoro Sachiko. One of the new ones on the team as well. Though she was attempting to be charming and witty at times, I can’t seem to like her. YES, she was talented to a point that made her special and fit with the team. Her background was a mixture of pitiful (i.e. the incident with her husband) and mysterious (with her being the mole). YET I couldn’t find myself liking her. It wasn’t because she was supposed to be the mole but it was just too trying. I don’t know. Maybe it was just me. She didn’t really want to harm the team anymore after being through so much with them but I still didn’t care as much.

Other Characters:

  • Takenouchi Yutaka as Nodate Shinjiro. Still somewhat witty and mega-crazy. He might have gotten crazier though.
  • Kichise Michiko as Narahashi Reiko. OMG! She went and got married, leaving them with some newbie. I kind of miss her though her scenes weren’t much at times. Yet she was part of the team more or less, not to mention her witty exchanges with Eriko. Then there was the whole not letting Shinjiro get all close with her either, lol. YUP, definitely missed her in this part.
  • Shiomi Sansei as Onoda Tadashi. Didn’t pay attention to him much for this part but I guess he was okay in here? Don’t remember since finished watching awhile back.
  • Mitsuishi Ken as Tanba Hirohisa. One of the most surprising things was seeing him all timid and scared near the end, like releasing the team on purpose so they could go and solve the case (aka stop the terrorists). Interesting turn YET I guess he realized how much he needed the team after all. (YUP, like no them, he wouldn’t be receiving all the attention with being a successful leader. And yeah, sarcasm here.)

Possible Couples?

YUP, bringing back this theme again.

  • Osawa Eriko and Nodate Shinjiro. Reconsider or not? But he’s just such a player at times that it’s so unpredictable. Maybe better to see them as friends? OR bickering friends? LOL!
  • Katagiri Takuma and Kimoto Mami. UM…I swear the part where the team found her and saved her in time again, Takuma was the one holding her and seeing if she was all right, etc. He was sort of feeling her face and seeing how worried he was (like the others), I swear I sort of bought it as a possible start. BUT I guess that was just me being delusional. Then there was the part where he was hesitant to call this one girl and I thought it was Mami because it made sense that she was away and he would miss her, etc. LOL! Oh well…wishful thinking again.

What I found extremely interesting about this part was learning about how Shinjiro hadn’t just somehow talked the other superiors into just getting a team for Eriko to supervise. YET he had personally chosen them because of their individual talents, which had made up for their weaknesses or carelessness. That was really cool. It made it much more complex to see how attentive and serious he was in putting this team together for Eriko.

AND are they going to make Season 3? I’m so serious here. I’m addicted to watching this team after so many cases later–regardless of small or large cases, simple or complex cases. If they do though, I hope they’re not replacing anyone or wait for the schedules to clear out. Not to mention make sure they give a decent time for each like in Season 1, especially how Erika could stay for more scenes.

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BOSS: Season 1

What could I say about BOSS? Police drama and not a disappointment at all. Yet there was so much silliness in it that could make things a tad crazy as well. OKAY, a lot. But anyway, I thought the complexity of the cases–at least most of them–made up for it all. What I found interesting about the cases was how most of the killers were women. I was like, “WHOA!” and didn’t realize the pattern until later when I’m like: “It’s a girl committing the crime again?” No problem though. Kind of a message to not underestimate women OR women could be so psycho too, LOL! Anyway, moving on to other aspects of the drama.

The Team:

  • Amami Yuki as Osawa Eriko. What to say about the leader of the team? She was just crazy. Honestly, at first, I thought she would be some really strict boss who would enforce the rule like mad. And in a sense she was with her attempt to lecture the others at one point or another, keeping them in line. But later, she showed traces of craziness/abnormal along with the team members as well. I found the actress very graceful and charming in her performance, convincing us she was quite capable as the boss–though she did have her moments just like the rest of her team. What made her character stand out? Her signature pose at various places, waiting for the real murderer and eating Peanut Butter M&M. Kind of classic for her. Off-work? She was known to get crazy with her alcohol consumption, especially Sake. Made me wonder at times, lol. Still a very interesting character and a good choice for the boss.
  • Tamayama Tetsuji as Katagiri Takuma. OMG, he was seriously mad trained and I was like focused on him for the most part at the beginning since he was such a mysterious character. Though he was quite cool at times and could do his job well (with tracking of information and other general paperwork), he had some past demons to conquer. Kind of typical plot with the supposed “cool” guy but I didn’t mind since the way they did it wasn’t boring with some of the details. It was far from boring, complicated to the point of causing a headache even.
  • Toda Erika as Kimoto Mami. I watched some of her other dramas, but I was glad to see her in this refreshing role. She was sort of oblivious to others at first, then the story unfolded telling us what happened that had caused her to be shutting herself up completely to others. Then the whole helping her get past that and trust in others again (aka her team). Yet it didn’t end there because her character developed much more than that, growing stronger and being more involved with others. Quite refreshing to see her portray a smart role also. NOT that I had a problem with the usual cute role or too innocent ones YET it was just refreshing with this one. She was convincing.
  • Mizobata Junpei as Hanagata Ippei. The little inexperience kid of the bunch. He was so clueless at times yet so cute. He was quite obedient and was willing to cooperate with the rest of the team, which was cool. He was somewhat of a doormat to others at times, but at least it showed that he had a kind nature.
  • Kendo Kobayashi as Iwai Zenji. At first, I found the character quite annoying because he was bullying the old man too much with taking the credit, etc. Yet later, he really shaped up and even looked out for others at times. He was seriously crazy, having a crush on Shinjiro and Takuma from time to time. But that was so funny. Then the part where he took them to the gay bar AND they thought they were getting special treatments when he promised to take them out to a place for some relaxation, LOL! They had no idea. He was quite a comedy relief for the drama all right.
  • Nukumizu Youichi as Yamamura Keisuke. OMG! He was just WAY over with his absentmindedness. I admit he was quite hardworking at first. But later, he was like getting sloppy, the others had to watch out for him more and more. Not to mention how no one was taking him seriously. It was hard to. The most hilarious part about him was his carelessness with his bag. If he had replaced it earlier on, we wouldn’t get to laugh any more? Seriously, it was like babysitting him with trying to remind him of his bag, etc. But still funny.

Other Characters:

  • Takenouchi Yutaka as Nodate Shinjiro. What can I say about him? CRAZY! LOL! He was considered a ladies’ man and was proud of his status. Though the funniest thing was the women he was actually interested in pursuing didn’t care to acknowledge him, like at one point, their lab person and then another Kimoto Mami. The actor was indeed another convincing one and managed to add on some suave to his character. Though a tad crazy at times, but a somewhat loyal friend to Eriko in general. I so fell for that one when it showed that he was the mole–or supposed to be the mole–based on his reaction. YET it was his secret message to Eriko before he was kidnapped along with the other man. That was a good one since it made us question his character once again BUT in the end, it unveiled the twist.
  • Kichise Michiko as Narahashi Reiko. The sexy lab technician. Saw her in several dramas already and she managed to deliver in this one also. At first, the way she talked, I thought she was easy to lure in by Shinjiro, but she was so clever that it was funny how bad it was for him. His charm didn’t work on her.
  • Shiomi Sansei as Onoda Tadashi. I found him kind of intimidating at first with the whole looking down on Eriko and picking on Takuma. But later as the plot unfolded, he wasn’t too bad. Was just a bit too competitive at times.
  • Mitsuishi Ken as Tanba Hirohisa. One of the higher superiors. SO frustrated with him at times yet I think someone had to be the party who was giving them hard times–aside from the criminals. So unreasonable and always give them senseless deadlines because he wanted to save face, i.e. not wanting stories to get published about them. Wanting results yet not giving them enough chances.
  • Aijima Kazuyuki as Yada Kenzo. I can’t believe he was the mole. I meant okay, he looked like he was always up to something but that didn’t mean he was bad since looks could be deceiving. Yet he had a bigger role to play in this whole mess. No wonder he kept giving them trouble and eventually using Shinjiro as a scapegoat for him. (Though failed, of course.) Good twist though.

Possible Couples?

I know with Japanese dramas, they don’t like to include too much love stuff in their crime/police dramas and usually stick to the main topic, which is really good. But there are subtle hints at times. AND in this case, it could be really fun to mix and match.

  • Osawa Eriko and Nodate Shinjiro. Why not? Okay, maybe because they are best friends and it could get too dangerous because they used to be assigned partners. But they could be quite an interesting couple.
  • Katagiri Takuma and Kimoto Mami. Why not? I don’t know. I thought they looked cute together. At least at some points, I thought it would lead to something. But wishful thinking on my part really.

Favorite Scenes? Just too much really since there was both a mix of wittiness and cleverness, along with some side comedic scenes. Yet one scene that stuck out was after Takuma already conquered his past demons with not being able to shoot, they were all gathered at their office again for this one case–or some meeting. AND they were all sitting there eating–some at their desks and some at the table in the middle. Eriko finally discovered of their eating habits and went nuts, chanting on and on about their differences in their personalities/outer appearances versus their eating habits. It was a riot because it was driving her insane with such ironies. We, the audience, also discovered that Ippei was especially picky with his selection of food, which made sense since he was so skinny, LOL! Yet he was such a pushover at times so that made Eriko bonkers thinking about it. Then there was also Zenji who was leaning on the ‘heavy built’ side (supposedly but I didn’t think he was fat) but he was actually eating nutritious food with the fruits and salads and all. LOL! On the other hand, Keisuke liked to eat those high cholesterol ones, but it was really bad for his health, etc. He should just switch with Zenji and get it over with. Seriously, even I was having high blood pressure for him while watching. Oh yeah, Mami–though small for her size–could eat anything and everything. WOW! That was kind of cliche with her but still odd to death and made her fit in with this strange team. Who topped the cake? Takuma! He was the one driving their boss up the walls the most with his eating habit? Why? He was sitting there eating ice cream in such a cool suit! Honestly? She was like saying it was so out of character, saying she couldn’t believe he was sitting there in that suit eating ice cream! NOT to mention with his cool pose. What made it even worse was how he replied that sweets helped relieve his stress. LOL! That sent her to bonkers faster than anything, LOL! But gotta love the team, right?

Another scene that was equally funny was how they were spying on Eriko’s computer and seeing what she was smiling about all the time. They ended up seeing George Clooney’s picture as her screensaver and thought it was her boyfriend! LOL! Then the others were saying how handsome her boyfriend was, etc! I got a kick out of that major time.

What else? I think I’ll save more comments for Season 2 since it’s going to overlap if I continue. So long!

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Bloody Monday: Season 2

So how did this one do, considering it was a sequel? My POV? It didn’t disappoint at all. It was really consistent with the characterization and still managed to keep us entertained with its pace like most Japanese sequels.

The story picked up two years later and how J appeared again but got captured. Kirishima Goro had to go escort him back to Japan while a nuclear bomb was in plan to destroy Tokyo–once again. This group of terrorists was different from part 1, of course. However, it gave J a chance to escape and cause some mishaps before he died–if that was possible. The bomb was found on the plane–as some might suspected and had to be detonated right away. They had to recruit Falcon again to hack into the system to find the password to detonate the bomb. On Otoya’s side, his grandfather got shot and he was equally busy with preventing himself from getting killed. Before that, a woman appeared at where Falcon worked and demanded to see him, claiming herself to be Orihara Maya. But the real version was Orihara Maya set up a meeting with Otoya and wanted Otoya to give his grandfather something. She was eventually shot as well. So with an 8 P.M. deadline, Falcon had to detonate the bomb and save the day, sounds simple? Far from it! Aoi got captured in Haruka’s place since she was at Falcon’s house waiting for Haruka. (Though I must say that was a bit more refreshing that Haruka didn’t get captured this time–even if that was still nerve-racking with the wait.) On top of that, the government wanted to sacrifice Flight 421 to save the rest of the country. Nice?

They were definitely cutting it close since it was 5 minutes ’til the bomb was set to explode that they finally made it so that the Ikuma and Kaoru’s teams found Haruka, Otoya, and Aoi. And to top it off with the already nerve-racking situation, one of the flight attendants was actually with the terrorists and not that creepy, suspicious guy? OKAY! And I thought 5 minutes was cutting it close. Two minutes was!

And the most obvious thing was that whole incident was just the beginning. They had a long battle in front of them because those terrorists weren’t going to give up that easily after one failed attempt.

What were the things that were retained to continue the formula?

  • The humor and the bickering and/or bonding among Falcon, Otoya, and Aoi. I really liked the ongoing friendship despite the fact that it had been two years now. It was really funny how Aoi was saying how she would be embarrassed if Falcon didn’t show up when they were going to celebrate Otoya’s birthday later. Then there was the whole thing with Falcon claiming that he cried when he had to get rid of his computers since he needed to be a responsible individual and taking care of his sister and all. YET we found out that he was the one at the control center trying to sabotage all those secret sites that were promoting ‘terrorist’ activities, etc.
  • The sibling relationship between Falcon and his sister, Haruka. I found it a great consistency and it continued with their bond. He was shown as the protective older brother and she was still the cute sister. What was different was his role in being her guardian this time. It was really funny how he was disapproving her get together with some soccer player, LOL!
  • J’s witty comments. I know it was crazy to side with him. But sometimes I just loved to watch him versus the rest of the characters. I’m so serious. He was so cunning yet so right regarding some people’s responses, etc. It was quite humorous seeing them attempt to crack him but can’t or would always fail.

What was a bit on the side of frustration?

  • Aoi’s death. Seriously? I meant I kept seeing Haruka being saved again and again in part 1. I thought Aoi would make it through. Even if I had a gut feeling it was impossible to save Aoi that fast. And I was right, Kaoru lied so Falcon could concentrate on the hacking again to detonate the bomb in time. I guess that was why there was a change this time around with Haruka not being captured at the beginning but Aoi.
  • Falcon’s always a step behind Hornet. I know it was an effect to show the intensity and how Falcon always managed to maneuver around in the end, but it was getting quite annoying with the routine. Maybe they were trying to show how Falcon’s not invincible like he and the others thought but still repetitive at times. Then we realized that Hornet wasn’t that powerful since he copied Falcon’s method so the truth powerful hacker was someone else. Still disturbing though…
  • Hibiki kept nagging Falcon. Honestly, I know she had a duty to carry but it was super annoying that she kept wanting information when he was trying to restore the system for the nuclear power center. That was totally distracting him and getting his concentration away AND not to mention wasting time.
  • Yagi got shot by one of the police officers. That was pathetic. Yagi was not really my favorite character though I did sympathize with him for being bullied for so long–and caving into suicide and even acquiring a gun later. BUT that was so pathetic that he was shot just because he was trying to save the police officers from the attack of those crazy kids. What was is the world coming to really? YES, the police officers went through a traumatizing moment and they couldn’t distinguish who was good or bad anymore because they were misled. Not to mention how Yagi was carrying a gun, but since they got it under control already, would it even kill to listen to him? And waited a little more to hear him out?
  • Falcon fell for Spider’s trick. What? Come on now! I thought he had gotten better in those mind games. BUT I guess it only qualified for those computer mind games and not real-life ones.

Powerful scenes:

  • The confrontation between Ikuma and Kaoru after Aoi’s death. I really liked that scene and I was so looking forward to it. What Ikuma said was true. Though the circumstances were crucial, hectic, and had left no other choice, it had proved more than anything that the government did not care for them, even using deceit if necessary. For what it’s worth, even if Falcon found out about Aoi’s death, I think he would still go ahead with hacking because he had to stop those people who had hurt his friend, not letting everyone die with him and letting those terrorists succeed. But it was still Hagiwara’s word whether she was dead before or after he hacked again, NOT really the truth. And then I kept thinking about the irony of what Kaoru was doing versus what she was scolding at Goro for doing in part 1 for: fulfilling their duties. YUP, I could feel the irony now.
  • Ikuma attempting to beat up Hawigara. Exactly my point with his words. Yeah, Hawigara wouldn’t stoop so low as to using someone like Orihara Maya BUT he would stoop low to trick Falcon into hacking by lying about Aoi’s safety. SO who in the world was he to say that he did it correctly or was on a higher level than Ikuma?
  • The confrontation between Falcon and Hornet. YES! Another sign Falcon was learning the mind games. NOT that I want him to get all deceptive like some of the despicable ones in here, but he needed to defend himself and not get into those naive thoughts by using the gentle methods. Some people, especially those like Hornet, needed a major lesson for what he’d done. The trick with uploading Hornet’s information was effective all right.

What?!

  • Orihara Maya’s dead. Oh no, she’s not. I can’t believe I fell for it by thinking that Orihara Maya died so early in episode 1. She was part of the big picture and the complication the creators tossed in to throw us off. So it was weird to see her off like that though not really. But yeah…
  • Ikuma’s secret meeting with Orihara Maya. OKAY, I thought we could trust him but it got quite suspicious so I was back to making assumptions again at the end of episode 2. It was revealed later that Orihara and Ikuma were following instructions from Otoya’s grandfather aka the Prime Minister so it made sense with the suspicious acts. YET it got me going for a while.
  • Anzai was still alive. OKAY…that was sort of impossible but I guess they could make it possible, considering how she was shot, etc.
  • The tech lady was the mole? WHAT?! Okay, she was super loud and bossy so it was obvious BUT really? I guess it was another terrorist group so she would want to cooperate in the past with the team to bring J and his group down. It wasn’t their time yet to reign so they were just lying low. AND then I was thrown off again but I guess it made sense because she’d been there for ages. Her child would explain the reason why she had to do it.
  • Dr. Kurano is Spider. WHAT?! Okay, not impossible since she could be masking her vulnerable state for all of those times. But really? I guess they were really right in front of her without knowing it. She did request the transfer for J. AND no wonder J was protecting her, etc. The fake stories and all those interactions and all the ‘doctor mantras’ were to throw THIRD-i off of any suspicion there was of her. But that was even stranger to include her as Professor Shikimura’s daughter. I guess it would allow for it since there were only gaps and pieces of his identity in the first one so there was more room for development. That was crazy though. What right did she have for revenge? Her father caused others’ death too. Who would avenge their deaths then? Pathetic. If they wanted to avenge the government, aim it at them, NOT take the rest of the country with them. So by punishing the government with making them feel guilty, it was justified with taking all those lives? AGAIN, pathetic. It got even more pathetic–IF that was possible–with how she was ranting about her father only wanting to save others with medicine. HEY, if he wanted that, he would do just that, NOT take other lives and try to show the government what was going on. He just wanted fame, NOT treating others with medicine. Seriously, I couldn’t even sympathize an ounce with her. It was too pathetic with her crying out with injustice. It was always about fame with her and her father, nothing else.

Dislikes:

  • Hagiwara Taro. I know he had to follow procedures, etc. BUT I hated his way of operating. A typical manipulative boss. He didn’t care about the details but just wanted to get it done–regardless of consequences and how many people were hurt. Maybe like the rest of the population, I’m unsettled with thinking of the ‘overall’ benefit.

What was even better?

  • Falcon shutting the door in the others’ faces and only allow Ikuma to help him. The decision that made me really liked him in here. (Not that I didn’t before.) Though Kaoru was supposedly good, she had too much attached to her, especially how she had to listen to Hagiwara’s commands so she could betray Falcon anytime–whether she wanted to or not. It was a great call for him to not involve her or the others. Ikuma had a stronger sense of loyalty and didn’t care if he got demoted or not.
  • Falcon became smarter. Okay, he was a genius hacker but like I mentioned in part 1’s review, he was not that bright with the whole mind games, which was understandable. I liked it that he had developed a mechanism to protect himself better and how he seemed to catch onto things faster as well.
  • Falcon and Goro’s trap. Okay, I didn’t see it coming. Maybe because I kept getting disappointed with all the failed attempts to stop the terrorists so I wasn’t expecting too much BUT that was awesome! They were starting to fight back now so that was cool. It was sort of funny how J was sore that they were using him as bait to lure out the spy.
  • Haruka stopped getting captured. Aside from the part where she and Otoya got captured and had to be helped by Falcon and later Orihara, the rest of the time, she wasn’t really captured. Okay, she was taken by Yagi but she was able to take care of the situation on her own. She actually wasn’t the focus for the other terrorists to keep capturing like in part 1. She was actually on a journey of her own to learn and grow. Then, in the end, she understood her father and her brother’s feelings like she claimed.

Brainless:

  • Falcon’s co-worker had an alternative motive for hanging around Falcon at the beginning. Come on now! It was too good to be true that she was obsessed with him, etc. YES, he was cute and a genius. But she was just too into the whole thing. And then she wasn’t the least scared. Though the initial scene showing her freaked out with the attack at the shop, but she just had subtle questions of what he was doing. But she didn’t ask other things. Then there was the whole expression she was carrying on that made me suspect her.
  • J was the one manipulating everything without much of active participation (or so we thought). Come on now, it was hard not to suspect him. He was always so cunning and all. But even if he was the one pulling strings, Kurano had to be very dumb to get tricked and used by him like that.

Interesting things:

  • Orihara and Ikuma? Another one of those I wouldn’t even dream of yet it was believable enough when he finally came and tried to assist her. Yet it was too late. It was interesting that they were hinting at a relationship for them. It was really, really sad watching that scene that was actually worth crying for. She wanted to end the life of a hired gun but could not make it to the end. Another confrontation between Ikuma and Kaoru yet this time he did not have to say much. The picture was too sad and devastating already.
  • The bond among Falcon, Otoya, and Orihara. The taunting and games played–mostly by her–were like driving them insane in the first part. It was interesting to see them on the same side in this part. Though Falcon and Otoya still did not trust her because of her cunning nature at times, it was somewhat touching when she told them to “follow Teacher’s last request” since she was covering for them so they could run. Then when they heard the gunshots, Otoya urged Falcon to continue on and listen to Teacher.

Priceless moment:

  • When the monitor read: “Starting Shutdown”… Honestly, it was driving me insane with Falcon’s failed attempt to talk that psycho out of it. Then NO ONE was able to do anything. Though we all knew Ikuma and Goro tried their hardest. AND when that occurred, that psycho stopped talking and went hysterical instead SO that was like a major celebration for me. It really thwarted her plans major time. SO no wonder Falcon was so relaxed and didn’t seem to be all that into getting the answer out of her. I was going insane inside because I thought he was that crazy because of past failed attempts. Were the writers making it like that on purpose so they could trick us with this last twist?

Overall thoughts? Clever for the most part but mixed feelings throughout. I think the sorest point for me was killing Aoi. Maybe that was the drive for Falcon and Otoya to not give up, wanting to seek out the truth, etc. But that was so messed up with killing her like that. Then Orihara. But Orihara’s death made more sense than just some reason they needed for the battle to begin. Maybe it was like that psycho said about wanting to hurt Falcon’s most precious person. BUT still…

Recommended or not? If you watched the first one, I guess you have to continue on. Or give up. It was still worth watching though.

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Bloody Monday: Season 1

Finally got a chance to watch it appropriately since I only managed to catch some of the episodes on the local channel. That was one good drama–though not flawless. Like most Japanese dramas of its genre, it delivered a series of intense, suspenseful scenes to pave the plot.

Likes:

  • Miura Haruma as Takagi Fujimaru aka Falcon. How cool was that? A genius hacker getting caught in a mess after he was recruited by the government? He was a kid after all so I didn’t really blame him for getting tricked at times. (After all the other dude was cunning.) He had his super intelligent moments too (like that one time with the text message), BUT I didn’t think he could handle some people yet with their cautious planning. It was all right since it was not like he dealt with those people every day.
  • Sato Takeru as Kujo Otoya. He was the quiet, cautious type. I think he was the brain in here. (Sorry, Falcon.) But he was more careful than the others, considering how he managed to decipher some things first or faster than others.
  • Falcon and Otoya as a team. I think they were a perfect team actually since one was really awesome with his computer skills and the other one was really intelligent with his fast thinking abilities. Seriously, Falcon WAS a genius hacker but I think he had his head in the cyber-world for too long so he needed Otoya to keep him earthbound. (JUST KIDDING, but yeah.)
  • Fujii Mina as Asada Aoi. The honest and sometimes too sarcastic girl. OR at least I had that impression of her at first at school. But she was really smart in her own right and had the right to make some comments regarding matters. (Especially regarding that hokey professor.)
  • Falcon and Aoi as a couple. Okay, since romance was almost non-existence in here, I shouldn’t put this in BUT couldn’t help myself. Come on now. There were hints. Still funny to see them bicker at the beginning and then later teaming up.
  • Yoshizawa Hisashi as Kirishima Goro. A little too distant and cold at times BUT he cared about others more than anyone realized.
  • Harada Kana as Nakagawa Saori. A brave young woman. She was willing to sacrifice herself for others just like that. It was really shocking that they let her die BUT it was inevitable, considering how the storyline was aiming to make it known with how scary the virus was. Yet there was always a tint in my heart that they would save her in time.
  • Goro and Saori as a couple. Was that sad OR what? I think they were the only romance story that was obvious in this one. She wasn’t nagging OR demanding when he wasn’t able to go see her, etc. She was really supportive and encouraged him on. He honestly wanted to be there with her and comfort her YET he had this strong sense of responsibility to stop the terrorists from doing any more damage and to find the cure. It was really tragic to see her die AND also his reaction afterward. His silent mourning in the conference room, reminiscing back to the time he called her in for the proposal. He remembered his promise to protect her BUT was devastated and felt beyond guilty that he was not able to fulfill his promise.
  • Matsushige Yutaka as Kano Ikuma. For some reason, I was really suspicious of him at first when they were searching for the one who leaked information out. But I guess he looked suspicious with his aggressive behaviors at times so it was easy for the terrorists to cast all suspicion on him. As the plot unfolded, he was a very cool dude and a very interesting character overall.
  • Goro and Ikuma as a team. They fought or had some disagreements at first but then they became a team later on. It was interesting to see that although Ikuma didn’t really come eye to eye with Goro at times YET he understood that Goro was suffering from Saori’s death more than anyone and even went out of his way to stop Kaoru from pestering Goro.
  • Narimiya Hiroki as J (Kanzaki Jun). I was not supposed to like him since he was that crazy dude who was responsible for a lot of lives. BUT he made the thing several notches more interesting since his manipulative skill was like WAY up there or something. He even deceived his own sister into thinking that he was out for a walk to get things taken care of YET he was just trying to use the situation to his best advantage.

Dislikes:

  • Kawashima Umika as Takagi Haruka. No, I wasn’t disliking this cute little girl. BUT I swear her sole purpose in here was to be a hostage so that her brother or others could go save her. It wasn’t her fault since those other people were good at the deception game. But I always had a feeling IF not for that purpose, we wouldn’t get to see as much of her. Also, I was a bit disturbed that she would open the door for just anyone. Didn’t she know anything about opening the door for strangers? Okay, so she didn’t know when it was those people from THIRD-i BUT she even opened the door for J.
  • Hotaru Yukijiro as Detective Funaki. I honestly hated this guy to the hardcore. Even though he was on the police side BUT he was such a jerk. He went and bullied a little girl? That was so despicable. If he was so good, why didn’t he go and solve the mystery himself? OR maybe that was why he did it. He only had the gut to go bully a little girl BUT did not have the gut to go after the terrorists.

Interestingly shocking (not really but they were good at suspense):

  • Anzai Mako was actually the other mastermind. Come on now! That was creepy all right. I knew that J was lying when he said that Otoya was the other mastermind. BUT never realize that it was her. Okay, I guess I was getting deceived with her innocent and weakling image. Should definitely remember this one.
  • Takagi Ryonosuke was actually an undercover agent. Okay, I always had the feeling like something was missing and that it was just a weak reason with him following those guys to save his daughter BUT then he turned around doing other things that said otherwise. Then it made sense that he was just pretending to follow those guys. There was also the whole thing with how he told Falcon to believe him, etc that one time when he called before leaving THIRD-i for good. Still somewhat surprising because they left everything at the end instead of just letting it unfold along the way like some of the details.
  • The doctor was actually the person unleashing Bloody X into the world. Okay, I didn’t see that one coming since maybe I was busy focusing on seeing how they could deal with the terrorists. Didn’t realize that he was responsible. Though I was as pissed as him with his work going down the drain just because some people thought that it was a waste of time and money YET they were wasting his efforts too. However, I thought it was WAY too messed up to take it out on the rest of the world.

There were other details I had forgotten since I watched it a while back BUT was a tad lazy to do the review right away. But I thought it was really good and enjoyable. Enough suspense and actions. There was the whole deception and other mind games being played. Season 2 will probably be equally interesting but that’s another story and I’ll probably do a review after I get around to watching it.