Monday, February 11, 2013
Shotenin Michuru no Mi no Ue Banashi eps 3-5
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our second must watch of this season! Its so good it makes me regret saying that Karamazov no Kyoudai is tolerable. The acting and directing in Shotenin Michuru is so good I feel like I was wasting my time trying to find something good about Karamazov no Kyoudai. I know they are both different genres but they are similar in that they are both about the slow burn of delving into the psyche and relationships of flawed characters.
The 5 episode build up in Shotenin Michuru is awesome. The characters are always interesting and it takes its time building up the relationships and developing the characters. I usually dislike stories about a small lie that escalates because they usually feel like a Disney moral lesson story. In Shotenin Michuru, it feels more like regular people who are neither good nor bad put in an unusual situation and seeing how they respond to it.
I sort of had an idea how the story would go with the 200 million yen but episode 5 brought something I didn't expect. I won't spoil it but Kora Kengo was cast in this dorama for a reason. :) I want episode 6 so bad. The story can still go south but the first half is great.
The director Gozu Naoe is doing a splendid job. Movie like quality and a lot of scenes are just letting the acting speak for itself. I just love the playful mood of the series. Its as if its taunting the audience, "Do you actually think you know what's going to happen?".