Had me worried up to ep4
since it seemed to be recycling S1's tricks
(by now less of tricks, more of perfunctory plot points) -
the same fantastically-miraculous surgeries, flagrant(!!) disregard of patient ethics, etc.
Not to mention NO character growth whatsoever on Team Moriyama's parts.
Got more interesting from ep5 onwards, though,
with the kicking in of the succession plotline and its accompanying ally-hunting
(didn't come a moment too soon),
the most well-written case I've seen across both seasons in eps 6-7,
and Sachi's crush finally coming to a head.
Even if the aforementioned surgeries/flagrant disregard were still, well,
very much more glaring the second time round.
But yeah. Not bad, overall.
...and Sawamura Ikki's dimples are really frustrating?? /sigh
ETA: Hello there, SnR ep10 ♥
Toned-down Mitchell?! BEHOLD, IT EXISTETH
Haha but seriously.
There /is/ a sort of veneer of strangeness to some events,
but this fits with the boy-narrator
and Taylor - his struggles, his weaknesses, his choices - are vastly relatable. <3
Rings a lot truer than Mitchell's typical outlandish scenarios
(there's clearly emotional attachment here),
and it's nice to get away a little from his pet themes (apart from the indulgent self-references).
Characteristic diction and humour are still present
(where else would you find such scraps of literary genius as
'an awkward cow of a pause mooed' and 'as blotchy as a dying banana' lolol),
just age-appropriate and far more down-to-earth.
This sprung some pleasant surprises.
The whole 'is Shin a molester' question was resolved in a hugely satisfying way,
and ohh the beauty of that juxtaposition of the Ugikuku story (ALL THE TEARS) -
even if I could have done without the sickness cliche itself, sigh
(Mitsushima Hikari is so frightfully thin here ;;).
Double Tone, ep5:
Lmao A++ for the most awkward kiss ever but drama remains fantastic;
I can't wait for the next ep.
IF THIS TURNS OUT TO BE SOME CRIME OF PASSION I AM GOING TO SCREAM (AT IKUKO)
I take back what I said earlier - this ep was really cute. /OTL
I think I've gotten more used to Sawa.
OT but I wish someone were subbing DOCTORS 2,
it's getting solid ratings and S1 was really fun(ny). :((
EDIT: EHHH was just saying this and ep1 has been subbed, this is great
Looking forward to a night of Legal High and Kagiheya and Kase Ryo.
BRING IT ON, BBS.
Okay so I confess that I am not in love with this drama.
It's all a little dull, tbh.
The cases have their flashes of brilliance but are for the most part stodgy,
and once you know the general format of each episode
you can pretty much predict what's going to happen next.
Plus: there isn't any build-up to the final reveal.
The facts are all neatly laid out for you,
Enomoto does his twitchy key-turning thing,
and ta-dahhh you get a solution. ><
Where's all the drama? The tension?
I also wish Aoto and Serizawa were written smarter.
Their primary function seems to be to encounter these ~coincidences~
(yeah sure, writer-san, we believe you -.-)
that inspire Enomoto's solving of the case
(okay, and to provide some humour.
Which falls flat, imo.
And - maybe - to engage Enomoto's services/chauffeur him around to cases(?!)).
This is one hilariously-unbalanced partnership:
sometimes I wonder why they're even there,
when Enomoto is technically the only necessary factor.
the only thing keeping me here is Ohno/Enomoto
(hahaha I remember saying something similar for Kaibutsu-kun too -
Ohno/JE why you no pick better dramas?).
And those scenes they keep slotting in at the end of each episode
which hint (rather-deliciously, ngl) at more to Enomoto,
which I'm hoping are actually there for a reason
(lol I am clearly Skeptical about the writers' abilities).
(And possible EnomotoXAoto, hee.)
That being said, however, this particular case did move me
(everything to do with the actor playing Nishino <3).
AND it wasn't predictable.
Which made it, in my book, probably the best ep of Kagiheya thus far.
Not that that's saying much, but oh well.
Legal High, ep7:
I haven't talked about this since the first episode,
and the reason for that is simple -
none of the following episodes have managed to match up.
Sakai Masato will forever be awesome,
but several irritants:
(1) That SAME - lazy - KAGIHEYA-ESQUE RELIANCE ON COINCIDENCES.
(2) We're supposed to buy genius!lawyer Komikado's arguments as genius
because they come from him (i.e. even when they could be better).
Isn't that circular?
Seriously, would some of these even pass real-life judges?
(3) The constant need to tack these pretentious emotions
and/or character complexities on to the ends of episodes,
as if to pass proceedings off as deeper/more intelligent than they really are.
No. I love my fluff, but forcefitting lessons in just because?
Not on board.
Watched Doctors ~Saikyou no Meii~ some time ago
and wow the buzz was pretty accurate.
Sagara - such a great main character.
Truly the ultimate surgeon. AND STREETSMART TOO. (*FISTPUMP* FINALLY.)
I actually really like the contrast between his ~noble ideals~
and the fact that
HE KNOWS EXACTLY HOW TO WRAP THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS AROUND HIS FINGER/
PROTECT HIS OWN BEHIND.
It makes me root for him so much. <3
(AND HE LOVES CONVENIENCE STORE SNACKS! Now THAT is a perfect man.)
This show is pretty strange in that
it drags the way hospitals/doctors operate through the mud,
yet idealises patients -
who always make the morally-right decision in the end
no matter the kind of people they are?
Maybe the scriptwriters thought it necessary to sweeten the deal.
Otherwise it would literally be cynicism on all fronts, haha.