I know it's good, but what's the reason why it's become such a massive hit like this?
Episode No. / Ratings
- Because of all the media fanfare
Once a drama gets 15%, the media just needs to keep fanning the flame
But it already got 19% from the first episode.
The title itself already attracted the curiosity of the people.
What's good about it is that it seems so complicated, but when you open the lid, it's actually just like Mito Kōmon.
(From Wikipedia: Mito Kōmon (水戸黄門) is a Japanese jidaigeki, or period drama, that has been on prime-time television since 1969......Episodes typically conclude with a brawl in which the unarmed, disguised protagonists better a crowd of samurai and gangsters, culminating with the presentation of the inrō that reveals the hero's identity.)
Japanese people like these dramas that serve poetic justice, just like the period flicks
Because you can easily tell the good from the bad, and makes you say "serves you righttttttttttttt" to the bad guys
The scene where he showed the cellphone photo and made the enemy kneel down was exactly like how they do it in Mito Kōmon
The drama has a nice tempo to it
Because of the obvious feeling of rewarding the good and punishing evil, plus the speedy developments
But honestly, don't you think Legal High which was also played by Masato Sakai was more interesting?
Coincidentally, the 2 hit dramas this season, Hanzawa Naoki and Doctors, both have wicked and crafty lead characters.
It's good how an evil guy is really acting like an evil guy
You can't underestimate how well-received Masato Sakai is by women. I think that most viewers are women.
Legal High is lacking in something, though Gakky is cute.
Hanzawa's definitely better.
It's been a while since a drama that people talk about on Mondays has appeared.
You won't be able to join all the conversations if you don't watch.
Japanese people really love poetic justice
Which is better, this or Shiroi Kyotou?
It's the first time I saw it last week. The directing was good and it did have that Mito Kōmon feel to it. But don't you think everything was so convenient? Like cracking the safe in the bank and stealing the document, similar to Cat's Eye.
They did a Hanzawa feature in Kansai's local news, but I LOL'd when they said that the gay-like running was called "Hanzawa running".
Sakai + the enemy's acting have been good, and the promotions have gone well.
But as for the story, I find it dull since everything just goes conveniently well for Hanzawa.
If you compare it to a similar drama, Shiroi Kyotou was better.
If we're talking about a Sakai drama, then Legal High was much better.
Hanzawa getting 3x more the ratings of Legal High just goes to show how dumb the viewers are.
The story is predictable, but it really is interesting.
I was thinking about what it was similar to, but it's actually like Kabuki and Joruri.
I also have a good idea of the plot, but this drama really draws viewers in with its consistent scriptwriting and the abilities of the actors.
There are still better dramas in history, but this is definitely above the rest this season.
Even the air force drama that they had in the previous season was good, I wonder what's up with TBS these days?
I got curious with the way they used that "double payback!" promotional gimmick and have been watching from Episode 1.
I only watch 1 Japanese drama every few years, so you can say that promotional stunt was a success as it even got me to watch it.
They have a lot of pretty good actors in there
NTV will be having a pretty interesting drama next season based on Tokyo Bandwagon, but I don't think it'll do well since Kamenashi is the lead.
It probably would be given better recognition if they just cast a proper actor.
But Kamenashi's Yokai Ningen wasn't bad
Dramas with this sense of poetic justice where the evil guys actually play evil roles succeed.
This can also be said about Mito Kōmon until the mid-'90s.
Sakai's eccentric acting is making it more interesting
I'm not interested in the formula where they expose the bad guy's wrongdoing then win.
I liked Legal High where you didn't know who was good and who was bad.
It makes me terrified thinking what if KimuTaku played Hanzawa.
I hope they exterminate these Johnny's talents.
It's good but it's not a drama that's supposed to get 30%.
It should only be about 15%.
It's a bad example of a drama where all the promoting, stealth marketing, and word of mouth just went too well.
The way they grab the attention of the viewers is the best.
I just LOL so hard at the Tsurube dogeza skit they do each time.
Story-wise, it's pretty similar to Minami no Teiou,
but people aren't calling this one a rip-off.
The way they make paybacks to the bad guys is really similar.
The casting for the sub-characters is pretty spot-on too.
The petty banker that kept yelling at the weaklings last episode looked exactly like this business partner that I hate.
It feels like a deteriorated version of Odoru Daisousasen.
I don't know why something like this is a hit.
Seriously speaking, if they casted KimuTaku and Gouriki here, it wouldn't have reached these heights.
It is interesting, but if the ratings were low, people would have said that the story and the cast are too unorthodox.
Good ratings for the first episode & good reviews.
Then word of mouth.
They'll definitely make a live action version of this.
Even ATARU and SPEC that had lower ratings had movies.
I think it'll be a box-office hit if they make a movie.
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