Oh, Legal High.
You ridiculous, ridiculous drama.
Just when I thought it had started to tackle the Mayuzumi VS Komikado conflict of ideologies in earnest,
it backpedalled into the safe territory of meaningless slapstick. ><
The last episode had so many tone changes and separate endings
that it was pretty obvious the writers didn't know how to conclude it satisfactorily.
The premise held so much promise,
and the series definitely had its moments/great acting,
but on the whole... it could have been a load smarter/sharper, both script- and plot-wise.
On the other hand, Kagiheya exited with a veritable bang.
Enomoto, you badass evil genius you. <333
I do wish they had introduced the snappier material earlier on
instead of hinting vaguely at it and stuffing everything into the last episode,
but I'll take what I can get, lol.
Definitely ratcheted the dramatic tension up a notch.
It's been a decidedly-uneven ride with these two,
but on the whole I'd say I enjoyed them more than disliked them.
Not essential J-dramas, but eminently watchable.
EEEK JI HYUN WOO AND YOO IN NA
AWW YOU GUYS.
This is so adorable and romantic and.
Kagiheya's and Legal High's eighth episodes were great.
It feels as if the plot devices they have been trying to use all season
have finally come into their own,
and I could not be happier. :D
Also: guhhh how cute was that last AotoXEnomoto scene?!!
I hope they hug at least by the end of the series.
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.
Legal High - fabulously hilarious.
Sakai Masato is flawless,
Aragaki Yui is more adorable than annoying (IKR, I thought I'd never see the day),
and Komikado's butler-cum-clerk is the cutest butler-cum-clerk ever.
(Not that there's much competition, but still.)
It goes down so, so easily.
I like. I like very much.
The first episode was pretty cool.
It appears to be more of a howdunit than a whodunit, which is a nice change.
I adore Enomoto already -
it's great that he's a socially-awkward genius but fundamentally nice,
which aren't by any means mutually-exclusive characteristics
but are perenially treated by Dramaland as if they are. :(
Plus he seems to be a thief too!
HERE'S ONE FOR MYSTERY. <3
I also approve of the heavily-synth soundtrack, lol. It's refreshing.
In Kdrama news,
King 2 Hearts is just getting better and better
(Jae-shin X Shi-kyung, have my heart. ;__; ...I am so invested.),
and Rooftop Prince is stagnating
(tbqh, the only thing keeping me watching is the qt posse).