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So, this is the drama that's based on Misaeng, which I haven't seen but was a huge hit in S. Korea. Someone who has, tell me if you are also watching this, please, and how it compares.

I'm enjoying this drama, even though the outcome for the main character (no fault of Nakajima) is not interesting to me. After all, in these kinds of dramas, don't things always end up working out right for the main? It's the stories of all the side characters that intrigue me, because those stories can go any direction. Will Kiriake be a villain or an ally? Will he manage to stand on his own despite his parents' meddling and his supervisor's apparent dislike of him? Will Katsuki be able to make those horrible men in Resources respect her? Will Hitomi be stuck forever being the desk-monkey for the Fibers chief? Will Oda emerge victorious at last after so long of being blamed for his intern's death?  I would like to see Japanese dramas become less hero-driven since the hero's arc is predictable, and better develop the stories of the entire main cast. But since I do want the answers to those questions, I will definitely keep watching.
The cast is good. Ichinose isn't a demanding role, so it's fine that Nakajima mostly alternates between befuddled and determined. I like it when Seto gets to play a disagreeable character because his antagonistic roles never come off as merely 2-dimensional. I hadn't seen Kiriyama act before, and he's been a pleasant surprise. And Yamamoto is doing a great job of a role that requires her to convey a lot of internal pain through body language, since the character must mask her feelings in order to deal with the men who are trying to destroy her.
I'm a little disappointed that we can't follow what happens to Nagai (really well played by Kaji Masaki) since he didn't make the cut. After all, he's a new dad! It must be hard on him being jobless with a family to be responsible for. Ah, wouldn't that make a good drama in itself?

Date: 2016-08-16 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbscreenrider.livejournal.com
It may sound strange, but it´s exactly this hero-driven kind of dorama that always works out for the main-character, that I NEED once in a while and that makes it so refreshingly different from US-series. My everyday life is so divers and complicated and so not black&white that watching a Japanese dorama in the evening where everything is like it should be (the good one wins), is like a refreshing shower on a hot summers day to me. I´m really thirsty for that sip of J-Dorama.

Seto´s haircut in this dorama is so to his disadvantage, that I would even consider throwing him out of my bed (if he ever wants in).
How can "Fairy" and this guy be the same person?
Well, once again it shows us how versatile an actor Koji-kun is.
Edited Date: 2016-08-16 04:23 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-16 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mystical-powers.livejournal.com
I was thinking about his hair in it last night! The massively defined hairline is SO weird but it does fit his character xD

Date: 2016-08-17 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbscreenrider.livejournal.com
Yes, indeed - it fits his (dorama)-character perfectly. But it makes Koji so much less attractive ^-^.

Date: 2016-08-17 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilmon.livejournal.com
I don't know... I kind of like it in a weird way. Maybe it's that Astroboy vibe. Astroboy, my first love!

Date: 2016-08-17 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbscreenrider.livejournal.com
Interesting! So Astro-boy was your first love - cute ^-^. I guess mine was Luke Halpin as Sandy in the original Flipper-series ^-^. He was so adorable, good-looking, honest and just ^-^.

Date: 2016-08-16 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilmon.livejournal.com
I wonder how long it takes him to get all that product out? I haven't seen a stiffer style since Astroboy.

I must admit that the Ichinose/Kiriake conflict is exactly the sort where I always end up rooting for antagonist. Maybe I'm just a jealous perfectionist frustrated because these fools don't recognize my genius. Or, er, something.

Date: 2016-08-17 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbscreenrider.livejournal.com
Astroboy - haha. Saw that a while ago (the US-remake though). Good reference!
Ah so, it´s a personal thing (your genius not being recogniszed). I guess that´s also the case with my love for heroes that win. In real live to often the assholes get their way!

Date: 2016-08-17 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilmon.livejournal.com
Then we must be mortal enemies! I shall defeat you, you wholesome and fortunate fool! Fool, I say! Bwahahaha!

Hmm. Something tells me I'm never going to be a successful antagonist.

Date: 2016-08-17 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tbscreenrider.livejournal.com
Defeat me? Pah - I rather turn around and leave you standing on your battlefield and go for a sip of good red-vine. Cheers!

Date: 2016-08-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mystical-powers.livejournal.com
Kaku should defo get that dorama made! I was so happy to see him in it and so sad to see him go ASAP. Although if memory serves me right, we SHOULD be seeing those that did make the cut at atleast one point BUT Jdramas are much shorter than Kdramas so they might skip it. I've always enjoyed Kiriyama's acting and I think they castes him PERFECTLY! I agree with your comments on Yamamoto. And of course we're all impressed by Seto ^_^ I'm liking the story so far and it's interesting to see what they keep (they're being pretty faithful) and what they change. What I have noticed is the difference is gone. The j version seems a lot... Not darker but it's definitely more gloomy and depressing than the k version. The k version had some charm to it. Even when the character were being put through absolute shit, there was this charm and lightheartedness that it always had so you always felt (funnily enough) hopeful for the characters. But the J version feels a lot more (ironically) hopeless. I'm interested to see how it progresses ^_^ Btw, not finished episode 5 yet.

Date: 2016-08-16 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilmon.livejournal.com
So, HOPE is really quite different, if they left out the entire humor part. Hmm, that's one thing that really made Mother Game for me, was how they managed to have such heavy storylines but leavened with so many sweet moments.

I'm really, really disappointed in Nakajima. I was under the impression that he had put in solid performances elsewhere. Here, I'm just not feeling it. Seto made a reference to Nakajima performing concerts at the same time that they are filming this show. I suppose that might have had a huge impact on his acting, if maybe he is filming scenes out of order and without reference to what else is going on in the script.

Date: 2016-08-17 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mystical-powers.livejournal.com
Btw I meant Kaji, not Kaku xD

Nakajima.... He's not been a good actor. I've seen him in... *checks* 10 things and for the majority he's given the same flat performance in all of those (except maybe Pink and Grey, and Ballerini Keiji). He really is a hit-hit-miss. I was hoping to see him improve even more in this one but... Nah he's back to his usual flat acting it seems...

He is currently on tour. He just did Yokohama this weekend and I know he's at least in Hiroshima next month.

Date: 2016-08-17 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilmon.livejournal.com
That makes sense, then. I guess this is another case of fans being blind to their idol's inadequacies.


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