Monday, July 31, 2006

Iryu ~Team Medical Dragon~


Just about to go to sleep when went to check out the subtitle forum and guess wut, the last ep of Iryu was out! One hour later, here I am writing about it. I just hope I can wake up in time for work tomorrow. Iryu is basically the story of the formation of Team Medical Dragon, a specialised group of doctors brought together for a specific reason. They're like the A-Team/Avengers/JLA of doctors. And you can guess who the people on this team are going to be but the fun is getting together.

Super cheesy group shot of the gang......

To be fair, the last medical series I followed was ER when the Top Gun guy was still there so I haven't watched any medical shows in ages. You know how every other medical show after ER seemed so crap because the emergencies just didn't seem as dangerous/complicated? This show is basically the Dragonball Z of surgery shows. Procedures and medical ailments that can only be found in manga and korean dramas.

I am iceman! We are icemen! We are champion! We gonna win! Team scor... oops, wrong dorama...........

The logic defying stuff in this show IMO is necessary cause its bloody hard to get excited by your typical bypass operation. The show kinda reminds me of Dr Blackjack except it more of a group story. You could say its sorta like the origin story of a super team.


Another phrase to describe Iryu would be as 'Pride' of medical doramas. Fuck, this show is all about cool. Some of the shots are cheesy but most of the time, it just so smooth. Probably the best thing about Iryu is the music. Seriously, it has the best music since H2. And music plays an even more important role in this show cause all you have to get excited over are explanations of wut's happening by observers and the fucking great music.

Tiger, tiger, jiteru..... complete 180 from his Tiger n Dragon character..

In terms of acting, Sakaguchi Kenji did an ok job as the main character. H's got the looks and acting chops but he lacks the aura of Kimutaku. Unfornately, the actresses in this show aren't that hot, even the nurses. But then the objective of this show is not to titillate.

The best characters in this show are the anesthesic, Arase and the head of ER, Kitou sensei played by Natsuki Mari (the old teacher in Nobuta) But seriously, can't complain about the characters and story... except the fate of the bad guy. A hero is only as good as the villian and the villian turned into a wuss. But understandably, since this is a medical dorama, we can't have the hero and villian fight using scalpels and scissors in the operating room.......hhmmm...

They've got to put her in more doramas. She's good at playing those characters who know a lot more than they're letting on and whose allegiance is unknown......

A big domo arigatou to madchuckles & gf and Indokid for subbing this show. While this show is not without its flaws, IMO it still must watch dorama. Try the first 2 eps, I guarantee you'll be hooked!

2 comments:

J said...

I may actually check this out. Every show Abe Sadayo's in, he has a drastically different appearance! Platinum blonde hair in this, Pretty normal appearance in "Unfair", camped up appearance in "Dare Yori mo Mama wo Aisu". *lol* Great actor though. I like his range.

Akiramike said...

Give it 2/3 episodes. If it doesn't grab you by then, I doubt you'll like it.