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Cast:
Kimura Takuya as Satonaka Halu
Takeuchi Yuko as Murase Aki
Sakaguchi Kenji as Hotta Yamato
Ichikawa Somegoro as Ikegawa Tomonori
Nakagoshi Noriko as Aizawa Yuri
Ishida Yuriko as Yoko
Sato Koichi as Hyodo Yuichiro
Mizukawa Asami (ep4)

Genre:
Sports, Romance, Drama

Plot:
Aki is a typical Japanese office worker who has been waiting for her boyfriend for two years now. He went overseas and has not contacted her yet, but they have a promise between them to meet again. Not breaking her promise, she has been waiting for him still, but inside she is already starting to give up, however she uses this as an excuse not to meet other guys.

One day her friends take her to a hockey game and also the celebration party afterwards at the bar. The star player of the team, Halu, creates an incident on purpose to try and get to her. It works. Because Halu never takes women seriously and Aki also has a boyfriend overseas, the two set the rules of their relationship as that of a game.

What happens when they learn more about each other and start to fall for each other? What is Halu so afraid of? What happens when Aki’s boyfriend finally returns home?

This is a drama about the hockey player members and their bond of friendship through thick and thin. This is also a story about true love and the struggles of regular people with insecurities and friendship.

Here is a picture of Takeuchi Yuko from around the time this drama was made.

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Review:
First off, I’ve been off of drama for quite some time now, but I’ve finally found some time to watch a bit. I never would have imagined that I would watch this old drama.

I never even knew that this drama existed until recently. It’s funny because I actually watched Flash Forward first, at my brother’s recommendation, and the Japanese actress, Takeuchi Yuko, just struck out to me. Even though she only had a few scenes in one episode, I became interested and searched up if she had any other drama works.

I have to say that, although this isn’t the most interesting drama I’ve ever watched, it does touch many humanistic elements and also a more realistic look on the way people interact with each other and the dynamics of friendship. There is great character development, not just between the main characters, but all of the supporting cast as well. I really enjoyed Yuko’s performance. She has a very homely look and a very nice smile. Aki and Halu do have great chemistry on screen as well. I really loved the character she portrayed. She was not a weak person, but she is human, and her emotions were very clearly portrayed through her acting. She also has a selfless side and a caring personality which she pulled off very nicely with a little bit of humor and attitude.

I don’t much about hockey but it did seem they did make an effort to have the actors actually practice hockey since the scenes did not look fake. The choice of filming locations was pretty limited, but at the same time there wasn’t much more they could have done, as the story line did not involve too many locations. The plot was pretty cliche and confining, but I still was able to finish the drama without getting angry at the writers.

I would recommend this drama to anyone who likes to watch dramas where the relationship develops slowly over time and also a lot of character depth in all the side characters as well.

Rating:
3.9/5.0

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Cast:
Sakaguchi Kenji as Asada Ryutaro
Uchida Yuki as Kataoka Kazumi
Koike Teppei as Ijyuuin Noboru
Otsuka Nene as Kodaka Nanami
Kitamura Kazuki as Kirishima Gunji
Abe Sadao as Arase Monji
Mizukawa Asami as Satohara Miki
Sasaki Kuranosuke as Fujiyoshi Keisuke
Natsuki Mari as Kito Shoko
Kishibe Ittoku as Noguchi Takeo
Ikeda Tetsuhiro as Kihara Takehiko
Sato Jiro as Matsudaira Kotaro
Shiga Kotaro as Zenda Hideki
Takahashi Issei as Toyama Seiji
Nakamura Yasuhi as Nomura Hirohito

Genre:
Medical Drama

Plot:
Picks up a little after where Iryu 1 ends during the previous season. On an expedition to become heart transplant approved, the Meishin University Medical Hospital brings back an old professor to help clean things up. In the process, Asada as well as the rest of Team Medical Dragon are invited back. Asada, having undergone heart transplant training overseas in the US, has pretty much the same personality. Knowing this, a few incidents cause Asada and a few others to be sent to a nearby hospital. This hospital is very special. All the cases that would otherwise destroy Meishin’s reputation are sent here. The doctor’s that are no longer useful to Meishin are also sent here while the capable ones are taken away. As all this is going on, a battle rages between these two hospitals on a surgical level as well as politically.

How will this power struggle end? Will Meishin destroy this other hospital where Asada has gone? To what lengths will the new manager of Meishin go in order to become a certified heart transplant facility?

Review:
To really be able to understand this season you need to first have seen Iryu, the first season. To be honest I was much more impressed with the first installment. Looking at Sakaguchi Kenji’s number of other works, I expected him to act better. In this season, he seemed very aloof and always had the same expression. The supporting cast was very nice as usual. I think that they really tried to make this season more dramatic and that didn’t really suit my tastes. I preferred the first season overall in this aspect.

The music and sound effects were very similar. The story twists got kind of repetitive as well, but hey, who can blame them. Every case that Asada picks up always has difficulty going into surgery, and then something worse has to happen during the surgery. I guess to this point, medical dramas like this can only have so many variations. Also, my friend and I joked about Asada saying “Ikizo (Let’s go)” so many times that we could predict every time he would say it. If watching a very stoic head surgeon and a band of mismatched doctors is to your enjoyment, then please have a good time with this drama. As for me, I can’t say I want to recommend it so:

3/5

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