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.