Will Naoki be the favorite J boy baby name this year? Because it should. Who wouldn’t want a child to grow up and be an upholding honest model of society like a 直.樹? Hahaha of course if the child happens to have an IQ of 200 and looking like any version of Itakiss Naoki(s) or my cuppa Sakai Masato, there really is nothing to lose.
It is always my habit to horde a dorama till midway before I dive in, especially when everything is telling me I would be obsessed. Well, I did not. I watched on, diligently every week. The pace is brisk, the obstacles our protagonist Hanzawa Naoki is facing are predictable but not too mundane. The character himself is a bit saintly but he has his RAGE! moments that are……so entertaining to watch for the OTT alone. There is over simplification of the inner workings which I can understand for the TV audience, but I also have faith we can handle something closer to the messy murkier reality and was hoping we’ll get there as we go along, but nope. It is a show about banks, bankers and loans, little guys against the system, then the tax agency steps in (cue: BOooooRING) but a 12 yo could be entertained and follow along intrigued. It engages your brain just enough so you do not feel insulted, as if you are watching something more serious and convoluted but actually not. And it is strange for me to say, none of the characters are terribly complex, nor exactly fascinating, it is a simple little David vs…Godzillas story, but it is always de-stressing to see the little guy winning little battles along the way and up he gets himself where he has tripped and fell. The actors are all overacting to various bizarro cartoonish degrees, yet it stylistically works towards a cohesive drama for the masses. This is not masterpiece, but it is entertainment no less.
If you are on the fence about the drama, take a look at the following unspoilery caps I stole from the finale posted at weibo by the original poster as marked:
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If you are still staring, roflmao but still staring and obviously entertained, this is THE drama screaming at you.
Plus, sometimes Masato sama is hot like a Masato sama:
I welcomed the transformation, but with LH2 on the horizon he would rebound to the clown on top.
And I enjoy Kagawa Teruyuki as Ohwada Akira very much. Perhaps it is seeing an actor as skilled and versatile who can do it all even be it making faces most of the time here. I was hoping for a bickering bromance somewhere and hugs and some farfetched misunderstandings, thus kisses and make ups.
I adore Masato-sama a bit irrationally. He loves to ham it up, and I can’t put a finger on why his patented smirk is an every drama occurrence. Swarmy OTTing is a huge peeve of mine and I wish he is not encouraged because he could be spot on when he’s not. I’m just alright with Legal High, the cases are often silly, but I would’ve loved it way more if I find Kensuke kinda hot, kinda is all I’m asking, but I was not even given that. It is unacceptable when we are working with a Masato!!! My gripe with LH is, I’d rather cut out all the hijinks and have Kensuke be the cliched entitled pain in the behind, every bit of his unbearable anal-retentive prince complex intact, like a realistically formidable lawyer in appearance at least. The quirks are not exactly amusingly hilarious, I’d rather they copy the playbook of a Cumberbatch Sherlock and Gakki can be a Watson.
There were scenes in Ooku~ Tanjou~ Arikoto he’s amazing, but then when he does his grimace like his mouth is sucking some sour grapes, I follow his suit and do the same face. He is much better with serious subject matter imo. This fanvid is about as ridiculously perfect as it could be: 大奥~诞生】终是不能 I do not think the drama is memorable plot wise, nor is Ooku ~ Emonnosuke. Tsunayoshi Hen (the movie he did with his now pregnant wifey Kanno Miho). They both performed up to par, and it caught me by surprised I was moved a little at the climax towards the end, but it is promptly deleted from my HD
And alright Masato, you win, I will watch Legal High 2 with one eye for your sake.