Friday, April 05, 2013

Saikou no Rikon eps 5-11


Sakamoto Yuji should be declared a national treasure of Japan. Remember when Renai Dekinai Riyuu declared that it was a true to life love story and turned out to be a boring 2D soap catering to the lowest common denominator? Remember how it spawned Kekkon Shinai? Thank the jdorama gods for putting Sakamoto Yuji on this earth to give us real characters and sweet delicious dialogue.


WHAT I LIKED

- Hamasaki not changing throughout the series but still remaining an engaging character. A real difficult tightrope to walk and Eita and the Sakamoto's writing really pulled through. It would be easy to make Hamasaki change but I'm glad they took the difficult path.

- Ono Machiko's Yuka is the Matsu Takako of 2K10 jdorama era. Yuka is the most well developed nice girl main character in a romantic comedy I've seen outside of Hayasaka sensei from KDO. You just fall in love with her character not because she's nice but because of who she is.


- Sakamoto Yuji has done it again. He is as good as Nojima Shinji in terms of rapid fire entertaining dialogue and he has the Ozaki Masaya ability to create dialogue where its more about the person speaking than the words being spoken. Lots of great moments jdorama moments especially in the last episode.

- Great quite moments as well where its just music and the facial expressions. To me this is the Love Generation of the 2K10 jdorama era.


- Maki Yoko finally showing us her moe face.



WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

- The ratings. Average of 11.8 which is less than Kekkon Shinai!!??? WTF Japan!

- Sometimes the plot does get a bit soapie and it has pacing issues in the middle but Sakamoto always pulls it back with his great dialogue.

- I didn't really care about the Ryo and Akari storyline at the end but they're effectively the supporting characters.


SUMMARY

Must watch. Do not miss this. Sakamoto Ryuji is a jdorama god. Thank you Sakamoto sensei for Saikou no Rikon and Soredemo Ikite Yuku. I guess I am going to have to try Makete Katsu without any subs and Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien despite the fact I don't want to see Ashida Mana's face.  I just wish someone had retimed the Japanese subs cause retiming is a pain.

 Forgot about this Tiger & Dragon jacket I bought in Nagoya.



15 comments:

paizuri said...

Story had a nice ascending pace from start to finish, but it started a tad slow for my own taste. A personal nitpick is I wished they didn't include pregnancy into the story cuz it was convenient.

If you think Ono Machiko did well here, wait till you check out Carnation. Maki Yoko made Akari's character unique, but somehow it got ruined by the actor behind Ryo, or limited by the story.

ricecakestrong said...

@Akiramike: have you watch Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi? It has Eita and Matsuda Ryuhei and awesome story packed altogether. I prefer Mahoro to Saikou no Rikon as the best in the season

Sonnaaaaa~ said...

I really liked this drama. I thought it was refreshing. I also thought it was a bit 'soapie' at times and I thought Akari sounded like a character from a Murakami Haruki novel occasionally but I still really liked this one.

Also liked Mahoro Ekimae like ricecakestrong although haven't finished it.

The guy who wrote this was the guy who wrote kekkon dekinai otoko -- one of my favourite dramas -- so I agree he should be a National Treasure.

ricecakestrong said...

@sonaaa:

but somehow KDO beats Saikou no Rikon by some margin. The script was so damn smart and it has no cheesy and draggy moments

Akiramike said...

Yeah, the pregnancy was too soapie. Ultimately, this went from a 4 people dorama to Hamasaki and Yuka story.

Mahoro Ekimae is on my to watch list.

KDO is an absolutely perfect dorama. I could rewatch it again and again. Saikou no Rikon is slow at times but achieves what a lot of jdoramas try to do.

Anonymous said...

Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi rules.

Anonymous said...

matsuda ryuhei kinda sucks in this one and Eita seems like pre soredemo mode in this one too. its really just the short stories making it enjoyable, rather than the execution or even presence of the actors.

spring seasons ain't looking too exciting either...going to check out oldie mada koi instead.

Anonymous said...

what does KDO stand for??

Anonymous said...

Kekkon Dekinai Otoko

Akiramike said...

Loved Mada Koi when I saw it years ago. Wonder how it'll stand on a rewatch, not that I have the time.

sulovesdrama said...

Ack. Last episode was the DADDY!
Yes Mr. Sakamoto for National Treasure! Woot~

You should defo check out Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien - it's a must-see for fans of this writer.
LOL! Mana-chan isn't a very prominent face in this don't worry, the other kids steal the show. And there's Mitsushima Hikari(!) being winsome as always.

Anonymous said...

finished mada. the divorcee club got too irritating at the end!

Akiramike said...

Su, glad to know that they don't try to put Ashida Mana's overexposed face into every frame.

Sperion said...

Sakamoto Yuuji has written a number of good dramas indeed. I need to catch up with this one soon.

Any reasons why you refer to him as Ryuji?

Akiramike said...

Ooops, thanks for pointing that out.