Monday, August 19, 2013

Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2 eps 1-5

After Woman crashing and burning and Doctors 2 not reaching the heights of the first season, Yabe Kenzo 2 is turning out to the best dorama this season for me. Its kind of rare for a second season to be better than the first. I don't really remember how good the first season was. I only wrote a review for eps 1-3 and I don't think I considered it must watch in the end.

When I read that Kanjiya Shihori and the glasses dude were going to be replaced by a little girl, I was very skeptical. I think it worked out great. There are a few running jokes involving the girl, her dad the police chief and Yabe Kenzo every episode.

Leon? Lol.

The little girl still solves the cases but Yabe Kenzo's blind luck still plays an important role. In a way without Kanjiya Shihori and glasses dude, this feels more like Yabe Kenzo's dorama although the girl plays the same role that they did. I guess she doesn't have as much screen time as Yabe Kenzo does the information gathering and she pops up at the end to tell him the conclusion.

Episode 5 is just brilliantly funny. There's a comedic multiple assignation scene that was executed just brilliantly especially in terms of logistics. Jdoramas always have problems in terms spacing and making sense during actions scenes such as the ending of Sennyu Tantei Tokage and especially when there is stabbing involved. Kind of sad that I'm praising a jdorama for getting small things right though that was really an complicated sequence of events.

I was waiting for the quality of the episodes before passing judgement and so far, for the five episodes I declare Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2 a must watch. The ending of ep 3 was really educational. Quality could drop or I may get tired of the running jokes but at least Yabe Kenzo won't do a Woman and try to be too many things. It knows what it is; a stupid comedy with a bumbling detective and does it very well.

On a gaming note, Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin's been announced. Yes, Kiryuu Kazuma is going to be Sakamoto Ryuma, lol. I love Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan which was a retelling of Miyamoto Musashi's story. It was so fun cause I read Vagabond and have seen the dorama series. Sakamoto Ryomo, I know more as a supporting character from Jin. Its not like he has an epic rivalry with Sasaki Kojiro to look forward to. Kiryuu, I mean Ryuma is definitely going to fight some Shinsengumi. Can't bloody wait! Maybe he'll survive his assassination attempt and go on a Shinsengumi hunting spree. :)


Sonnaaaaa~ said...

Typed up a nice comment here and blogger ate it.

I'm still keeping my eye on Doctors 2. I gave up on Woman because I spotted it as crying porn from the first ep. This season's dramas aren't doing much for me though -- during summer I usually end up re-watching Kekkon Dekinai Otoko and replaying Final Fantasy Tactics anyway. I can be pickier about dramas since I've been working for 90% of this year so far.

Off to Japan next month (finally) for ten days, going to try to pick up some drama merchandise. I'm hoping to be there one day when one of the Ryu ga gotoku games come out so that I can go by the donki in Kabukicho.

Anonymous said...

Hi, it's Rootabega.
Thanks for the Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2 rundown. I've loved the Yabe Kenzo character since the very first ep. of Trick, but I was going to give this a pass because I wasn't really feeling the little kid part. Sooo, once again you've persuaded me give a dorama a chance:)
I've just finished watching Shuden Bye Bye, which starred the talented actor, Gaku Hamada. I quite enjoyed watching it on my "Chinatown special" DVD. Even the English subs made a bit of sense, for once;) Anyways, I'm belatedly calling SBB my Winter 2013 dorama season sleeper.

Akiramike said...

Sonaaaaa~: I luv FFTactics. I shall replay it in Japanese one day.....

Dorama posters, I recommend Nakano Broadway and make sure to visit Fuji TV in Odaiba! Good Luck!

Rootabega: Let me know if you find Yabe Kenzo as funny as I did. Won't be watching Shuden Bye Bye as there's no copy without distracting Chinese subs.

Akiramike said...

Sonaaaaa~: If you like tonkotsu ramen and are close to Akiba, I recommend とんこつラーメン荻.

Sonnaaaaa~ said...

Mike: Never tried tonkotsu ramen but I will def. be checking this one out!!

On chap 2 of FFT... doing lots of grinding atm.

xaxa said...

glad to hear that about Yabe. first season was 4,5/5 stars on my scale, so I assume the second is about the same.