Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Saikou no Rikon eps 1+2


Saikou no Rikon is one scary dorama. Scary because its so far met my expectations and gotten my hopes so high that I'm scared it will go the way of Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi where it just drags in the middle. It definitely looks like Sakamoto Yuji may have done it again. This dude writes dialogue as good as Nojima Shinji as is versatile enough to write great doramas of various genres.


Eita is Hamasaki, whiny, animal loving husband to Yuka (Ono Machiko). They seemed trapped in a loveless marriage and their characteristics are incompatible. Hamasaki one day runs into his old flame Uehara Akari (Maki Yoko) who is now married to Uehara Ryo (Ayano Go) and Hamasaki suspects Ryo of cheating on Akari.



First of all, this is a very funny and witty dorama. The character writing is just brilliant. I like how flawed and petty the characters can be, especially Hamasaki. The producers of Renai Dekinai should watch this and see how real characters with depth are suppose to be written.


Eita is impressive. His acting in Soredemo Ikite Yuku was good but he is doing an excellent job carrying the load in this. Almost Abe Hiroshi like level of being able to portray this flawed, self-centered person and yet able to make him entertaining and multi-dimensional. My favourite part so far is in episode 2 where Hamasaki is so absorbed in his speech and there's this rousing track playing the background but you know that he is so deluded and then Maki Yoko snaps him out of it and the music stops.


This is certainly the type of dorama where you don't really care what happens because the characters are engaging enough. Episode 2 is about the Uehara's situation which is interesting to say the least. Ayano Go's character hasn't got his POV scenes yet but I can't wait to see what Sakamoto Yuji has in store.


I don't like the raw that has Chinese subs as well as Japanese because the Chinese can be distracting and is a lot bigger than the Japanese but beggers can't be choosers. If anyone knows where to find clean raws, please let me know. Absolute must watch and hopefully it will help me find an answer to Ono Machiko or Maki Yoko.

13 comments:

jt said...

there is another Ono Machiko goodie titled carnation which has 100+ episodes. and now, even if i close my eyes, those 100+ episodes really stuck in my mind. thanks for the update mike, time for some ono machiko.. oh wait! maki yoko too? i'll take both.

Jung said...

I LOVE Ono Machiko in this show. Who knew she could play adorable slobby ditz so well!

Anonymous said...

Google for the NGB raws. They are clean and 720p.

lzyData said...

With all the love for Ono Machiko here, it's a wonder HamaSaki-san can have a loveless marriage with "her". It's obvious she's doing more for him than he is for her. And yet I sort of sympathize with Hamasaki - he's not a bad person and he still cares about her, but somehow like the bonsai SMS it just comes out like he detests her.

Akiramike said...

Thanks anon. Found them.

Akiramike said...

Oops, turned out to be the mkv hardsub one. At least I can turn off the English subs and load the Japanese ones. The only source I can find is a chinese one with some unknown P2P program.

Nynaeve Almeera said...

Does anyone happen to know where to download the NGB raws for this drama? I've tried googling, but the only link I could find redirects to Xunlei... :(

Ziron said...

I will upload the first two episodes to d-addicts for you guys. There are getting uploaded on a private Chinese tracker I use.

Nynaeve Almeera said...

Thank you so much Ziron! :D

Shane said...

I completely agree with you Akiramike, this dorama is sensational. Can't wait for the rest!

Anonymous said...

Whoever did the casting needs to do the casting for more j doramas!!

Eita has a depth in his acting now that he never had before Soredemo. Maybe its linked to his personal trials or whatever may have happened in his life.

Ono is the best!loved her in ...Megumi drama but shes a splendid choice for this role. Some typical pick like Karina/Ueto/Kana would have spoiled this with their unconvincing acting.

with the two leads being so adorable and just plain believable, all they need is for this drama to continue being honest the way it is!

Fav scene was Hamasaki recalling how he came to be with Yuka. Good stuff.

豚に真珠 said...

Don't know if it was mentioned, but the screenplay is by the great Sakamoto Yuji (as was Soredemo...). He just goes from strength to strength..

豚に真珠 said...

sorry.. you did mention it, my bad