Kono Machi no Inochi ni is a WOWOW dorama special about dog catchers starring Toda Erika, Kase Ryo and Tanaka Yuko (Mother). I usually avoid dog doramas and movies because they are basically feel good fluff and how can anything stand up to Hachiko Monogatari?
Kono Machi no Inochi ni starts off as this morbid dark comedy about people who's job is to dispose of dogs that people no longer want to keep. We have a dude who's girlfriend just ran away who wants to get rid of the dog she left him although from his actions he is clearly attached to the dog. One of the staff members starts hearing dogs speak and experiences a meltdown.
It was an interesting first half with people from the centre getting calls from angry people for disposing of the cats and dogs when the main cause of it is members of the public being irresponsible and abandoning the animals. As they keep saying, disposing of animals is a job no one wants but someone has to do it.
Kono Machi no Inochi ni then veers into feel good territory and a meh ending. It felt like whoever wrote this had a great concept but didn't know to finish it and went for the safest ending. Could have been good but should not have been good but the script is incomplete. Meh.