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    Re: Live Actions & JDorama Review & discussion

    Post by Almael on 12/13/2014, 12:04 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 3


    Center+Nezumi


    Nou-Kyougen Sisters (Kabuki Sisters)


    Shibuya punches Nezumi

    Synopsis:
    Team Fondue discusses the sad state of Rappappa which causes the school students to suffer from attacks by the Yabakune. They are dissatisfied with Rappappa's inaction. They have lost their confidence and admiration of the Rappappa they once looked up to.
    Nezumi is upset (blue of anger) and ask what Center wants to do when she's at the top. Center replies she just wants to take look from above together with Nezumi.
    Meanwhile, the Nou-Kyougen Sisters appear at the gate of Yabakune. It's a raid! or so they planned with their new entering style.
    But the Yabakune guards just turn around walking away leaving them shocked in the middle of their performance. Laughing
    Then Shibuya shows herself with the Barefoot Society. The Nou-Kyougen Sisters are surprised and in disbelieve.
    Shibuya introduces herself as a Yabakune student confirming her betrayal. The sisters decide to become the Kabuki Sisters again for the fight and discard their masks. Both sides storm off while Shibuya leans back and observes it. The Kabuki Sisters have no problem against the armed masses of guards and decide to split up to get hold of Shibyua, too. Taikabuki breaks through the enemy ranks and faces the Barefoot Society. However, Shibuya steps forward herself. It's an intense fight but Shibyua is stronger.
    Elsewhere, Team Hormone is upset and wants to take action but realizes they are too weak.
    Somewhere under a bridge, Atsuko beats up a bunch of street punks.
    The Kabuki Sisters' fight has been secretly observed by a little mouse, pictures were taken and posted on a board at MajiJo. Morals is getting low. The New big Four are shocked at the revelation of Shibuya's betrayal.
    Amakuchi is in disbelieve and argues with Youran. Nezumi shows up and questions their ability to take responsibility. Youran decides to go to challenge Shibuya but is stopped by Otabe. Youran disagrees but is immediately put in line. Nezumi is very unhappy about losing to Otabe. Nezumi recognizes Otabe's wisdom and mutters Otabe is not just a souvenir. Yet Nezumi is still confident in her being better.
    Team Fondue is worried and inquires Center. Center just tells them to ask Nezumi. But when asked about an enemy raid Center says she will stop anyone from climbing the stairs regardless of from which school.
    Meanwhile, Shibuya's minions are hunting down MajiJo students all over town. Nezumi tells Shibuya she's been waiting for her, an opportunity to get Shibuya to fight Atsuko again. Shibuya is suspicious and wants to know what she wants. Nezumi simply says they have similar interests. But Shibuya doesn't fall for her and punches her.  Razz  It's the first time Nezumi made a miscalculation which costs her her yellow boots or so it seems...
    Team Hormone is insecure wandering the area and runs into the beaten and barefoot Nezumi. Nezumi tells them to run away shortly before a bunch of Yabakune students appear. Despite their fear Wota rallies the team to fight. Mukuchi answers the call and they rush forward to their doom. Although beaten Nezumi now thinks better of Team Hormone.
    Nezumi (now grey), bandaged and with a broken leg and crutches, tells Center to calm down. When asked what she would do in her stead Nezumi says she would pay them back with interest but would think first.
    The rest of the New Big Four have enough and are about to leave when Otabe stops them again. Youran questions about Atsuko but Otabe wouldn't answer. Youran leaves anyway but once outside she's in despair.
    Center goes on the hunt! ... And Nezumi dances happily (having deceived Center).
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    Post by Almael on 12/13/2014, 12:11 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 4


    Nezumi stops Shibuya's fist


    Gekikara madness XL

    Synopsis:
    Team Fondue criticizes the state of Rappappa again and thinks of calling Choukoku for help who's now a professional kick-boxer.
    Meanwhile, Nezumi visits Shibuya. It's revealed Nezumi had struck a deal and, actually, did allow Shibuya to beat her up in order to incite war. The little mouse is actually strong! Shibuya tells Nezumi that some of hers got beaten by Center but Nezumi denies knowing her at all.
    Amakuchi is very upset but can't decide to act as Gekikara. Shibuya's picture is no longer on the board of honor.
    Barefoot Society asks eager for its next target and Shibuya chooses Gekikara which causes some to give each other looks. But Shibuya decides to do it herself in order to lure Atsuko out. Shibuya tells Dance to deliver a letter but she's confused as to whom and gets punched.
    On the roof, Center reveals she's aware of Nezumi's lies but also tells her she likes her. Nezumi is a bit surprised.
    Dance arrives at MojiJo and is caught by Gakuran/Youran. Dance is supposed to deliver the letter of challenge in person but after Youran told her of Gekikara's mood she leaves it in her care.
    While Dance runs off she tells Youran not to read it which she of course does.
    Youran is upset and argues with Otabe saying she doesn't want Amakuchi to endanger her graduation by turning back into Gekikara again.
    Otabe gives in as she can't stop Youran. Youran tells her not to tell Amakuchi and leaves.
    Somewhere amids beaten Yakuza, Atsuko has already eaten half of the sakura petals but still can't find her answer.
    Amakuchi gets challenged by Center. She's not in the mood but Center wouldn't give up. When asked why Center wants to fight she counters asking why Amakuchi wouldn't fight. Amakuchi tells her Yuko taught her to fight for a reason and that fighting without reason has no meaning. Amakuchi walks off telling Center to give her time to find a reason.
    Shibuya is impatient waiting for Geikara to arrive at the battle site. Youran appears with shiny mafia-esque shoes. Shibuya beats Dance again. Shibuya leaves Youran to the Sanshou Sisters Twin Blade (Myao, Love-tan) who have also transferred to Yabakune. When asked about the missing sister they tell her she stayed with MajiJo so they made sure she wouldn't talk e.g. beaten to a pulp.
    Youran is stronger but is helpless against their dirty tricks. Youran loses her eye sight but regains composure while the sisters chitchat. Youran beats them in one go.
    While Amakuchi walks in the hallway Nezumi asks her why she's not at the fight...her eyes!
    It's Barefoot Society's turn to take on Youran. Amakuchi arrives late and Youran loses consciousness in her arms. The Sanshou Sisters run away at her sight but the Yabakune girls laugh at the scene of friendship.
    Amakuchi tears her necklace off for Gekikara's. Uh-oh  pale  It's not her usual madness...
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    Post by Almael on 12/13/2014, 12:24 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 5


    Shaku + Gakuran


    Gekikara dies?

    Synopsis:
    Gekikrara Rock! Comeback & Mayuge taunt as much as they want but their fists have no effect. Gekikara takes them out with single punches and then does her usual bloody work...They chose the wrong person to piss off. Uh-oh  pale  scary ...but before Gekikara sends them to hell Youran wakes up and calls out her promise to Yuko. Gekikara leaves with Youran after threatening the remaining Yabakune students to let them through.  pale Scary!
    Shibuya is mad but prevents her minions from going after Gekikara, the monster. Dance trying to calm her gets hit again.
    At the hospital Youran gets an MRI scan while Gekikara waits outside.
    Otabe inquires Nezumi about her telling Gekikara. Nezumi (white as innocent) apologizes saying her tongue slipped. Razz
    Otabe questions her loyalty and affiliation to which Nezumi shows her MajiJo badge. Both exhange cute smiles...
    Nezumi implies there's only war left. Otabe cuts her off requesting her and Center to investigate whose behind all this. Nezumi stops Center from challenging Otabe. Center leaves obviously upset which causes some reaction in Nezumi. Otabe noticed and says a pyromaniac will always return to the scene to see how far it had spread. Nezumi simply replies that she hates her.
    Gekikara is back slandering along the hallway and meets Shaku who is questioning her own position. Gekikara tells her she must have her reasons and leaves.
    On the roof, Nezumi admits Gekikara is stronger than thought but Center claims to be stronger. Nezumi tells Center Yabakune has the momentum. Center rep;ies it can be stopped and walks off. Nezumi is brewing some dangerous thoughts... affraid
    Principal Yuriko is questioning why Otabe is at this school. Otabe replies there are more important things in the world than studying. Yuriko tells her she will only get hurt. Otabe thinks it will be a good lesson. The principal approves. Yuriko asks her about Atsuko but Otabe claims to have no knowledge. The principals coincidentally shows her a news paper article about a young girl involved in violence wherein criminals get arrested. The articles are all over the place...it's a whole collection neatly preserved in a book. Shocked
    The principal lets her leave and finds her puzzle solved.
    Meanwhile, Team Fondue train their Octopussy formation.  Laughing  But nobody cares!
    Next Human Missile formation! Even less potential audience around!
    Center comes to look up her stuff/book. Team Fondue asks her to fight them so they can improve their fighting skill. Center declines and tries to leave but is being blocked. Brave girls get scattered. Center has a flashback of a fight long ago where a girl stab her with a knife (a few times). affraid
    Due to her trauma Center snaps and the girls get to see her scar(s). The girls tell her they can't just sit around when their friends get beaten. They want to do something. Center tells them they need anger to fight.
    Somewhere, Dance dances when Gekikara comes up to her giving her a large super spicy cookie. Poor girl. Gekikara uses her cellphone to call Shibuya. They agree to meet at the same place to settle things. Gekikara gives Dance another cookie. Dance starts to bleed from her nose but Gekikara is already gone.
    When Gekikara goes for her fight Nezumi mutters it's no good if she fights so well. Nezumi dances and is caught in the act by Otabe. Uh-oh scary. affraid
    Otabe says one needs to get rid of rats (nezumi) if one wants a nice house. But Nezumi counters one mustn't underestimate the fertility of mice (nezumi).
    Shaku visits Gakuran and chases all her girls away by saying she's her girlfriend. Gekikara enters and sees them doing...
    After a bit of talk about Yuko Gekikara tells her she will beat Shibuya. Gekikara gives Gakuran a crane. On her way out Gekikara gets stabbed by a disguised patient. Gekikara ~dies in Shaku's arms.
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    Post by Almael on 12/13/2014, 12:31 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 6


    Center + Nezumi


    Nezumi trips Otabe


    Nezumi + magic mirror

    Synopsis:
    Shaku is still traumatized when Otabe arrives.
    Shibuya is unhappy about Miso's unsanctioned action. Shibuya realizes they crossed the line. Shibuya tells Miso she had stained her name. Dance defends Miso and gets beaten again. Miso rises and claims it's the Yabakune's way and that Shibuya is in the wrong. Miso appears to have stapped Shibuya who punches her.
    Miso kind of fell into madness.
    Team Fondue is scared, upset, confused...they can't cook their fondue. They look at Center's bag for help.
    Nezumi (black of death) tells the upset Center to leave it be as it's not their problem. Nezumi tries to stop Center but can't. Nezumi mutters she hates fighting but loves to win. Nezumi and Otabe happen to cross in the hall. Nezumi tries to trip her but to Nezumi is surprised she simply moves pass her without incident. Nezumi is displeased. Nezumi moves on and notices something about Choukoku's poster and gets in high spirit again.
    Bungee finds Shaku in a bad shape and tells her Miso had turned herself in to the police. Shaku leaves in anger and is stopped outside by Team Under. They challenge her self-proclaimed position... Twisted Evil
    Somewhere, hoodlums have mugged a passerby and before they know it get beaten by Atsuko. She's unhappy as it's getting nowhere. She leaves without realizing she has lost her badge.
    Shibuya trashes her place wondering why Atsuko hasn't shown herself yet. The Barefoot Society tells Yanken to let herself beaten by Shibuya so she could let out steam and calm down.
    Nezumi arrives ...
    Shaku meets Otabe at the hospital where Gekikara is still barely alive. She says she couldn't go further to beat Yabakune (Team Under had to pay the price).
    Shaku wonders if she will end up leading a so-so life. Otabe tells her she once was unbeatable until she lost once e.g. the opposite of Shaku. There's always someone stronger than the best she tells her. Otabe says Atsuko is searching for her "wall".
    On her way back Shaku runs into a Yabakune group and overhears them... They notice her but think she's weak.
    Shuko transforms and puts on Gekikara's necklace. Yanken steps up to fight her.
    It's an intense and messy fight. They are about evenly matched but Shaku wins at last...before she loses consciousness.
    Bungee finds her and tells her that Gekikara woke up. Team Under arrives, calling her Shaku-nee and swears filthy to Shaku.
    Center goes to visit Gekikara and meets Otabe. Center is unsure as to how to approach Gekikara due to their relation. Otabe suggests to her to talk about their common experience.
    Meanwhile, Nezumi is conferring a mirror in her hideout... "Mirror mirror who's the nastiest person in the world?"
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    Post by mitsuki lover on 12/15/2014, 3:05 pm

    Yeah that was the title.It's hard to tell just by the synopsis if it's good or not.Now if Maijuska Gakuen ever is licensed I know it be worth a watch.(I mean to buy it.) Smile
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    Post by Almael on 12/15/2014, 7:57 pm

    That's why I added the pictures. I doubt we will ever see it in the states or elsewhere in the west. In case you still want to buy go for the original japanese not the Hong Kong version.

    I didn't want to post these links because they are obviously pirated from fan works rather than TV streaming like the others. I guess you should get a chance to take a look. I do not support this kind of pirate of site.

    MG 1 Episode 1
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoprrk_majisuka-gakuen-episode-1-eng-sub_shortfilms
    MG 1 Episode 2
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xoqm3v_majisuka-gakuen-episode-2-eng-sub_shortfilms
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    Post by Almael on 12/15/2014, 8:07 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 7


    Choukoku vs. Center


    Crying mouse?


    Synopsis:
    Choukoku appears before Shibuya claiming to want to beat Atsuko. Nezumi (~snow camouflage) supports them working together. Shibuya tells Choukoku to take on Otabe but Atsuko is hers.
    In reality, Nezumi blackmails Choukoku to work for her while combining their interests. Choukoku has no choice as she needs money for her mother's surgery. When asked where the money came from Nezumi tells her it's her father's dirty money. Nezumi hates her father for not caring for her. For a few moments she gets quiet. Is the mouse crying wonders Choukoku. Nezumi catches herself quickly.
    On the roof Nezumi (pink) throws a paper plane of the Choukoku vs. Akiyama Yoshihiro fighting poster. She's drowned in music but doesn't dance. Center asks her if she's hiding something from her. Center addresses the rumor that she's been seen going to Yabakune. Nezumi doesn't deny it and puts it as serving their goal. Center re-affirms her friendship with Nezumi who is a bit phased each time.
    Gekikara tells Otabe she felt fear after meeting death for real. She says further real strength isn't in fighting but it's in those who know fear. Gekikara tells Otabe she's relieved that she is the president.
    Meanwhile, police Chief Keiji is onto Atsuko's trail. Atsuko wonders if she will perish before the sakura petals are gone.
    Choukoku happens to meets Center at some shrine. Choukoku gives Center her fighting cloves and tells her not to betray her friend. Center is speechless.
    Shibuya organizes the fight for Otabe and Choukoku.
    Center enters the Wind instrument club and demands to see Otabe but she's already gone to the fight. Center goes after her. Center ends up facing Choukoku as Otabe didn't appear yet. It's an intense fight but Center is no match. Choukoku beats Center and ends up crying over the deed. Center recovers and another round of fighting starts. This time Center wins.
    When Nezumi comes Shikuya says Choukoku had lost which surprises Nezumi (blue). Shikuya accuses Nezumi of tricking her and asks about Center.
    Meanwhile, Center throws away her cloves... She's become serious.
    Gekikara suffers complication and is moved for emergency surgery.
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    Post by Almael on 12/15/2014, 8:16 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 8


    Minami as officer Keiji


    Gekikara in Netherworld ; Otabe loses to Atsuka


    Sutegoro Boss; the devil

    Synopsis:
    Nezumi manages to calm Shibuya down by saying it serves them if any strong opponents are gone.
    Center questions Nezumi but affirms her "like" for her again. Nezumi (blue) is a bit troubled by it. She attempts to say something but dismisses it.
    Gekikara has fallen into a coma and wakes up finding her way to the old MajiJo where everything is back to what it was. (not really) Yuko greets her. Gekikara is overjoyed telling her she had been looking for her all over the place. But Yuko tells her she has no time to waste in this place. Gekikara insists on staying but Yuko tells her to go back. Yuko tells her she cannot return, though. Gekikara asks if they will see each other again. Yuko replies that everyone will come here eventually.
    After a moment of looking at each other Yuko punches Gekikara sending her back. She wakes up to meet the remaining old and new Big Four.
    Meanwhile Team Hormone and Team Fondue have a friendship meeting...approved by the principal. Uhm... it's love between kouhais and sempais. Mukuchi's done being silent...now calling herself Oshaberi...[talkative]
    Shikuya visits the Boss of Sutegoro (Gakuen), Nakamata, to enlist soldiers.
    Center comes up the stairs again and attacks Otabe but she dodges with ease. Otabe tells her she's like Atsuko as well as her past self. Otabe requests Center's help for MajiJo. Outside Nezumi is unhappy and jealous. (Nobody would trust her to ask her. Is the mouse crying again?)
    Atsuko beats up some more Yakuza.
    Nezumi appears at Yabakune...
    While passing by the principal's office Otabe sees the police visiting her.
    Center goes to Nezumi's hideout but she's gone. Nezumi (white) calls Center on her cellphone and telling her she's been trapped by the Yabakune. It's a trap setup by Nezumi.
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    Post by Almael on 12/16/2014, 8:12 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 9








    Synopsis:
    While Center is on her way to save Nezumi, Nezumi (white) is briefing Yabakune students about Center's strength and how to defeat her.
    But when she's about to leave they do trap her for real. They don't like traitors and think Nezumi is a bully which she confirms. Nezumi is a good fighter and probably would have survived if not for the blunt weapons the lot are wielding.
    Center arrives in time, and tries to get Nezumi out while being under attack. She remembers a similar scene where she covered her mother from her father's abuse. But her mother abandoned and left her behind...
    Nezumi is troubled by Center's dedication to her but is too hurt to act. Center gets surrounded. Nezumi rises and joins her saying: "As if I would leave you alone." Center just comments she never seen her fight before.
    Samuburi discovers the fight but decides not to call Team Fondue thinking it wouldn't do any good anyway. Then she hears sirens and shouts the police are coming.
    The Yabakune students run away. Nezumi shouts after them in anger (wanting some more beating). Center gives her an 'are you kidding' look. Laughing
    Shibuya returns to find her grunts hurt. They reveal have took care of Nezumi and Center. Shibuya isn't happy and they start to question her authority and loyalty. Shibuya beats them and tells them she doesn't care about leading. They all leave except for Dance.
    Somewhere, Keiji investigates another crime scene where Atsuko beat another bunch of thugs half dead. She has a hunch but can't figure out the reason.
    While going back Center tells Nezumi she will join with Otabe in fighting the Yabakune. Center reveals she knew of Nezumi's betrayal but still insist of being her best and only friend. Nezumi is moved still trying to rationalize things but Center does not waver.
    Samuburi gives Team Fondue her exaggerated heroic tale. Otabe overhears it all and comes to Center. Otabe at first addresses Nezumi's betrayal. Center tells her it's not a betrayal because she knew about it. When confronted Otabe just replies she forgot what she wanted to say and leaves.
    The Barefoot Society have come to the Sutegoro Boss for help. Despite her looks she quite strong. Unbeknown to them Nezumi (black) is already there, eating cup ramen, and plotting her revenge. Nezumi seems to have accepted Centers as her important and only friend. She doesn't care if MajiJo or YabaJo get destroyed.
    Shibuya is left alone and beats Dance again, but she still stays with her. Shibuya silently stares at her, she's realize something about her only loyal underling.
    Center remembers her first meeting with Nezumi. Atsuko is on her last sakura petal.
    The Yabakune students are gathering...
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    Post by Almael on 12/16/2014, 8:20 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 10



    Dance's true power

    Synopsis:
    Nezumi summons her troops, too. The Sutegoro students are still discussing which side to take.
    Black visits Gekikara and they start to discuss high school life. When asked about Black's child becoming a yankee in the future she said she would put him into MajiJo. Genderbender! Laughing
    For the first time Shibuya paints Dance's nails. Dance tells her not to worry about being left alone. Shibuya immediately hits her as usual but this time Dance catches Shibuya's fist revealing she's been allowing to be hit. Shibuya hits her anyway.
    Atsuko eats her last sakura petal but still hasn't found her answer. While depressed, the Oshima sisters appear before her. Atsuko remembers Yuko asking her to look for the meaning of her life and her strength. Yuka gives her Yuko's last message that she's been happy. Yuka tells her she should find her own answer.
    Nezumi is holding her war speech but gets questioned about her betrayal. Center appears to save her and sets things "right" with the insurgent student. Center tells Nezumi no matter how many times she gets betrayed she will stay true friends with her. Nezumi is flushed and leaves quickly. She returns to her hideout which has been cleaned by Team Under. Basically the whole school views her as a traitor now. Center saves her again but Nezumi can't hold it anymore and tries to run off. Nezumi doesn't want to be looked down to which Center tells her they will always be equals.
    Nezumi runs away anyway but then notices an unexpected person appearing...
    Shibuya surprises Gegikara by visiting her. Both are on friendly terms. Back at Yabakune the Barefoot Society show her the pledges of various schools they have gathered to help them crushing MajiJo. They question her authority again. Shinuya demonstrates her affiliation by putting on YabaJo's badge.
    Atsuko tells Otabe that she feels empty as the bottle. Otabe tells her she wouldn't have to look if it was easy to find. Atsuko puts back on her sailor tie. Atsuko asks Otabe to help her out until the end.
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    Post by Almael on 12/16/2014, 8:25 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 11





    Synopsis:
    While Atsuko leaves for Yabakune, Nezumi calls the police and tells on Atsuko. Shibuya makes a video of her war declaration to be send to Rappappa.
    The Sutegoro discuss the various schools gathering for the showdown and think MajiJo is as good as finish but are unsure about Atsuko. Nezumi tells them Atsuko is done for as the police will take care of her. Nakamata asks Nezumi about her belief. Nezumi replies she doesn't believe in anything. Nezumi loses yet again and leaves.
    Team Fondue is distressed about their 10:1 odds against the Yabakune coalition forces.
    Nezumi, insecure and all left alone, is visited by Center. Nezumi still in denial and tries to run away from their friendship. Center lets herself beat up by Nezumi. Nezumi is unable to overcome Center's tenacity. Center tells her she loves her and no matter what doesn't want to be left alone. Center tells her further that she needs her and takes of Nezumi's hood off... Nezumi finally loses her composure.
    Meanwhile, Atsuko raids YabaJo and meets Shibuya. Atsuko tells Shibuya there was no need to betray MajiJo as she would have answered a challenge anytime. Atsuko wants the war to end peacefully but Shinuya wouldn't have it and challenges her.
    Shibuya removes her nails (so she could make harder fists...) while they circle each other. They make their stance and are ready for it when police chief Keiji shows up. Atsuko doesn't mind continuing but Shibuya lets Atsuko escape so they could eventually fight properly.
    Shibuya denies any knowledge of Atsuko. Chief Keiji tells Shibuya Atsuko crossed the line where the police have to act. She tells her she used to be a yankee, too.
    Meanwhile, Rappappa received the video and the MajiJo students start to come together and enlist for the fight.
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    Post by Almael on 12/16/2014, 8:29 pm

    Majisuka Gakuen 2 Episode 12



    Synopsis:
    The forces gather on the battlefield and it's clear the YabaJo coalition have more forces than anticipated. The police have gathered outside and await Atsuko to show up.
    A chaotic fight starts. Gekikara, Nezumi, Garuma show up one after another. Outside ,Keiji feels nostalgic and envies the students' youth.
    Meanwhile, the Oshima sisters offer Atsuko a plane ticked to leave Japan. They tell her to go underground for a while.
    The fight is going bad for MajoJo when the Oshima sisters intervene. They are as strong as Yuko and rally the MajiJo students. They are joined by the former Heavenly Queens. Black says she needs to work out some stress. Sado says she hadn't been too busy lately so she needs to send more people to the hospital. Twisted Evil
    Then other ex-Yabakune students join in the fray, too. Shibuya starts to miss and envie MajiJo's strong company. The Sutegoro Boss decides to leave as the battle is going to be MajiJo's victory.
    Atsuko shows up and everyone scurries back to their side. Shibuya tells her she will be taken in by the police. Atsuko replies one has to pay for their sins. She says she has found her answer but can't share it as it's different for everyone.
    Atsuko offers Shibuya the fight she wanted but Shibuya gives up saying she can't beat her. Atsuko gives her a MajiJo badge and renews their connection. (Once a MajiJo always a MajiJo...) Shibuya rejoins the Heavenly Queens.
    Atsuko says her goodbys and leaves "the top" in Center and Nezumi's hands. Nezumi takes of her hood. Atsuko makes her exit and is taken to prison. (We will not see her ever again.)
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    Post by Almael on 12/16/2014, 8:37 pm


    ED1

    Farewell AKB48 (1st generation) Team A! It was great as long as it lasted.

    Done!
    I will leave the MG series for now until MG4 is done. I'm not going to cover MG3 since it's completely different and features the less skilled junior members. It's not that they are bad but just average.


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    Saba Doll [Saba Doru]




    Nezumi: "We meet again." = I'm back!


    The shocking truth!!


    TYPE: drama
    GENRE: shojo idol
    YEAR: 2012-Jan-13 to 2012-Apr-7


    Summary:
    38 year old Usa Shijimi is a triste, ugly and unpopular female teacher at a delinquent school but outside the school she's the super popular 17 year old Watanabe Mayu(yu). Shijimi tries hard to pursuit her dream while running her "normal" life. One day she gets exposed and the fans let lose a storm of anger.
    Her dream crushed she has to face her fans to apologize...

    Critique:
    This is Watanabe Mayu's drama show as herself. In this show Mayu gets to show off all her acting skills which is a lot more than in Majisuka Gakuen1&2. She also gets to show her chameleon ability between the two distinct appearances and roles. It's really surprising how she could look that much different with just simple makeup. I've seen better chameleon-like actors/actresses with even less, though.
    Even though there are a lot of good actors and actresses in the show she's able to keep her center stage by acting rather than by story. Not that the story doesn't revolve around her anyway. There are lots of funny or comic relief situations which makes it entertaining.
    In case you are wondering the story is superficial similar to the manga "Obaachan wa Idol" (My grandmother is an idol).

    Verdict: 8.5
    cast: 8
    cast performance: 9.5
    script/directing: 8
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    Post by mitsuki lover on 12/17/2014, 3:01 pm

    So is she doing a Inoue Kikou there? Laughing Laughing
    'The Goddess of 17.'
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    Post by Almael on 12/18/2014, 7:40 pm

    mitsuki lover wrote:So is she doing a Inoue Kikou there? Laughing Laughing
    'The Goddess of 17.'

    Yes and no.
    In the show, she changes via makeup etc to become the idol. So yes. In real life Watanabe Mayu had to become one year older in order to play in Majisuka Gauken 1. Here she had to age by 21 years. All of these AKB48 featured shows have some (funny) real world relationships. It's the reverse. If you are looking for an older lady idol doing those idol poses, you will be served, too.

    @Mitsuki: in this case, you might want to reply(copy&paste) at Tenchi's.




    The following is just my opinion on everything. Don't read it if you are not interested.

    The thing I like about Saba Doll is that it relates to common situations or typical slice of life: idol and normal student's life and troubles.
    It doesn't get too deep into the problems, though, but it solves them somehow.
    An idol's life is hard. In the show Mayu gets for example only 5 hours of sleep in 3 days. That's one hour longer then me on a live-fire week long 'field trip' with pyrotechnics and bad guys running around under extreme weather and environment conditions.
    The idols also start out at a very young age: Watanabe Mayu@12, Oshima Yuko@13, Maeda Atsuko@14. They practically lose their teenager years. In Japan it seems they are exploited more than in western countries. Well, I'm not much of an idol fan and I don't know enough to make a direct comparison. I just gleamed these from the wiki.
    It's hard for the family, too. The show does show this with a conflict of interest between Mayu and her sister. Then there's the problem with certain fans. The show features a creepy (understatement) fanatic stalking fan who infiltrates into her family in order to expose her.
    The show also deals with uncertainty of decisions for the future of an idol/student, their dreams and goals. Saba Doll also shows some interesting rivalry among idols, gender relationship problems, sacrifices, and other little backstage stuff. Well, it ends up with her starting her legendary idol career.
    Idols work hard for a career that only last about at most a decade. After that I guess many disappear from the stage who knows where they all will end up. Atsuko (Acchan) for example made it to Center, became ABK48's face and Japan's No.1 idol. Yet, she quit half way, which is amazing in itself, in order to have the romance-ban and other bans lifted. She left AKB48 to pursuit love. But when she confessed she got dumped. Acchan broke down that day (understatement). She practically risked her life and future and ended up in hell. She started drinking and got caught being drunk. Her show got canceled. Officially, it's not because of the scandal but nobody believes that. Yet, somehow she crawled back from her personal hell in just a few weeks/months (I'm guessing).
    That's some strength I have to commend. But she thinks of herself as talentless... Idols usually lack skills we acquire in our teens as well as some life experiences. Acchan for example is worse at cooking quick meals than Jamie Oliver that is if she can cook to begin with. Gome Acchan! But there are exceptions like Mayu who even excels in skills outside the skill set of an idol. Then there are the genius idol (whatever that means) like Minegishi Minami.
    The entertainment industry is not something for everyone.

    Edit: In case you don't know the MG2 ED farewell song I posted three posts earlier is about the idols themselves and their lost youth/life. It's a sad song.



    For some stress relief - AKB48 Skirt Hirari Twisted Evil




    Saba Doll Episode 1

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    Re: Live Actions & JDorama Review & discussion

    Post by Almael on 12/19/2014, 7:01 pm

    I have added lists to the first post where you can look up if a show has been reviewed yet in this thread or will be or could be etc.
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    Post by Almael on 12/25/2014, 9:00 pm

    Saba Doll Episode 1


    Usa Shijimi

    Utamaro

    Summary:
    Usa Shijimi uses a public toilet to change into Watanabe Mayu (Mayuyu). At work she's hassled by the notorious womanizer idol Utamaro of the Chiquitita band. Due to her tight schedule Shijimi has sneaked way from school again while leaving a pre-recorded session on tape running her class. The students are too busy fooling around to care.




    Saba Doll Episode 2

    Summary:
    AKB48's Boss Akimoto and Mayu's agency Boss have decided to have her defect to Nogizaka46, AKB48's rival group. Mayu doesn't like the idea which makes her insecure. She's cornered by Utamaro and falls for his "good friend" trap.
    While training and watching the trainees she decides to size the opportunity in order to become Center.



    Saba Doll Episode 3

    Summary:
    The fans are upset about Mayuyu's transfer to Nogizaka46 and even call her a traitor. Mayuyu is shocked and depressed. The promotions are pushing her into the Center role and she starts to doubt and wonder if it was all a mistake after all.
    Her sister Asari's boyfriend, Minoru Sato, suddenly makes an appearance ...her secret is in danger. Nashimoto, a student and devote Mayuyu fan, is confused. She tells him regardless of the answer he may find he has to decide things for himself. Mayu decides to set herself equal to the others idol which starts a fierce rivalry.



    Saba Doll Episode 4

    Summary:
    Nashimoto loses a fight with another student, Tabata, over the idol worshipping corner (Mubo). Mayu loses to the competitiveness of the other idols and in her depression starts to drink tea. She's taken from a variety show by her manager to protect her dignity which infuriates her Boss. Mayu seeks advice from Utamaro who tells her it's her job to standout regardless of what she has to do. She volunteers to fight and wins, impressing the Nogizaka46 members.
    ~"Winning in a very uncool way yet it is important."



    Saba Doll Episode 5

    Summary:
    Mayu is told to return to AKB48 and have a solo debut. She's confused as what to do. She's told to follow her dream of becoming a legendary idol. Nashimoto refuses to submit a future questionairy form. Due to her schedule Mayu is hard pressed in helping him. When her radio show gets extended she gives it a shot in giving Nashimoto courage by announcing her own decision and display of courage. Shijimi doesn't make it back in time but Mayu did manage to help Nashimoto. Sato has sniffed out Mayuyu's trail.



    Saba Doll Episode 6

    Summary:
    Mayu is told to do a movie. Mayu accepts it but is shocked that Utamaro will be her partner. Sato has come to the Usa sister's home and he immediately finds various revealing things...
    Utamaro coerces Mayu into an outdoor rehearsal which is actually a setup for a promotional scandal. She's told to do another, and reluctantly accepts it at first but in the end refuses to go through with it. Her movie gets canceled. Her Boss tells her to become an idol who doesn't need to take risks. Sato is around their home...



    Saba Doll Episode 7


    Sato sniffing power MAX!

    Summary:
    Mayu is holding a promotial two-person-in-private event for her solo debut. Sato and Nashimoto, each have won a ticket. Mayu is too nervous because she's alone on the stage. The pressure of performing in her own way is getting to her. Utamaro tells her to face somewhere and eat something to calm down. But her last lunch was eaten by her manager. She panics but sees some canned mackerel. Sato appears and tries to proof the truth about her. He's confident in his sniffing power...but the fishy smell nearly kills him.  Laughing  Twisted Evil  
    Nashimoto got into a fight and comes too late but Mayuyu insisted on waiting for him. He thanks her for saving his future and she encourages him once more.
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    Post by Almael on 12/26/2014, 7:12 pm

    Saba Doll Episode 8

    Summary:
    Mayuyu's schedule has left her sleep deprived. During a shooting with Nakasone, a legendary, famous and influental personality in the show business, she falls asleep despite constantly stabbing herself. She's upset and depressed having failed as a pro. In a fit of anger she lashes out at Ogawara who quit the next day. At home, Shijimi and Asari clash over their individual and family problems leaving a rift between them. As Shijimi hears about the trouble Mayuyu has caused she decides to take the initiative. Mayuyu faces Nakasone head on and apologizes for her behavior. Like everyone she's scared but her guts pleases him.




    Saba Doll Episode 9

    Summary:
    Utamaro has been stalking Mayuyu but passes by Shijimi. Nashimoto arrives intending on thanking Shijimi for her help and sees Utamaro approaching her. He's upset about the Mayuyyu scandal and injures Utamaro. Nashimoto faces expulsion. Meanwhile, Sato has enlisted Machiko-sensei's help in searching for Shijimi's hidden equipment which he does find. Shijimi urges Utamaro to save Nashimoto's future. Utamaro points out that Shijimi is a real teacher who cares for her student unlike Machiko. Enraged by his loss Machiko shows the school board Shijimi's secret but it's been switched out by Asari (by coincident).




    Saba Doll Episode 10

    Summary:
    Nashimoto has fallen for Shijimi and his loss of interest in Mayuyu shocks everyone. Nashimoto leaves an invitation for Shijimi which gets thrown away by Tabata. Meanwhile, Sato has pressurized Asari in having a meeting with Shijimi. Mayuyu has a concurrent live interview and the sisters decide to use this opportunity deceive Sato and dispel his accusations. Sato is smart, sabotages their plans and manages to prevent Shijimi from leaving at the critical moment. Asari succeeds with plan B. They all laugh off at Sato's misunderstanding but then his laughing turns evil. Sato has already secured indisputable proof and sends off it nationwide. Asari breaks up with him.



    Saba Doll Episode 11

    Summary:
    Mayuyu's fans are mad about having been deceived and cheated. Her Boss, Nogi, urges her to continue but Shijimi gives up. Nogi reveals she knew it from the start so Mayuyu is not a lie.(see Majisuka Gakuen 2) Shijimi flees to the country side. Nashimoto is confused and Tabata tells him to chase after her if he cares for her. Nashimoto and Utamaro realized they have fallen for the same person, and Ogawara track her down.



    Saba Doll Episode 12

    Summary:
    Shijimi returns and asks to appear on her last scheduled live broadcast. The fans have gathered to protest. Mayuyu announces her retirement while being berated and insulted. Shijimi's class ditch their graduation ceremony and arrive to support Mayu. Encouraged she starts to sing again. It's the start of a legendary idol. Utamaro stops calling her Chiquitita by calling her Senorita.
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    Post by Almael on 12/26/2014, 7:42 pm

    Since the orginal AKB48 members started leaving I haven't been following things at all. For the upcoming Majisuka Gakuen 4 I have looked back again.

    Watanabe Mayu's agency is Ogi Production while the AKB48 ruling agencies are Ohta production and Burning agency who favor for example Matsui Jurina (Center in MG2). Hence, Mayu's career has been hampered for the past few years. She did cooperate a little with Nogizaka46. According to records Mayu doesn't get half as many appearances & promotions as the others and doesn't have any solos yet. Yet she's now Center of AKB48 and Japan's #1 idol. She became quite a beauty Embarassed It's obviously thanks to her effort, skills and the fans she won out in the end. Imho she's the best contemporary japanese idol but she has serious weaknesses. She has a weak body, she is known for being shy & timid and until this year known for panicking and crying in front of crowds (being by herself). She's vowed to rid of it all and toughen herself. She seems to be acting these days. It's too obvious compared to her old passive self. Her strong leadership image now is certainly different, too. Surprisingly, it seems she commands a following among the younger idols. Not even Yuko with her overwhelming personality did pull this off. It's so unreal I'm not sure if it's real or not. Most people think she should leave AKB48 as it will only drag her career down more especially when she becomes the Ace. The funny thing is she did write she's 17 years 1 month old on her 18th birthday. Looks like you were right, Mitsuki.

    In any case, it's been a long time since Japan has produce a legendary idol like Yamaguchi Momoe or like the "Eternal idol" Matsuda Seiko. I wonder if they will ever get one again. Comparatively, the current geniuses we have in the west now are Beyoncé, Céline Dion and Helene Fischer. Hmm, 1 per 200 million people per 30 years...looks like it's another 20 years for Japan...

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    Hanazakari no Kimitachi e  ~Ikemen Paradise~ (2007)



    Type: drama
    Genre: comedy
    Year: 2007-Jul-03 to 2007-Sep-18

    Summary:
    One day, Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the U.S., is enamored by Sano Izumi's high jump on television. When Sano Izumi gets injured and no longer does high jump Mizuki decides to get him back into the sport. Against her family's wishes she moves to Japan to attend the same school as him. However, it's an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy. Through shared experiences, adventures and her unique situation Mizuki comes to realize her shortcomings, her love for Izumi and her connection with fellow students. Eventually, Mizuki's secret is exposed and returns home.

    Critique:
    WARNING: The first version rule applies to this show and all of its variations. Once seen most people are likely to be biased and cannot or have a hard time to warm up to other versions.

    Hanazakari no Kimitachi e is based on the Hana-Kimi manga by Hisaya Nakajo. This show is the closes version to the manga in terms of atmosphere. However, it has comedic changes that are unique and intended for television.
    The cast in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e is just perfect better than most shows. I would say it has the best all male cast for an all bishie show. All the cast's acting is also perfect for their role despite some unique japanese cliche comedic that may not appeal to westerners. In this regard it's better than the japanese Hana Yori Dango but loses in terms of story. Imho the korean Hana Yori Dango has it all, though.
    However, a number of such comedic scenes aren't necessary or are out of place but the majority does serve the show well. I can't imagine the show without it. It's what create its unique Hana-Kimi atmosphere.
    Horikita Maki's (Ashiya Mizuki) acting is so natural it's indistinguishable from acting. She fits the description of the role perfectly down to being very athletic. Her control of emotions and expressions are also phenomenal. I haven't seen anyone going through a changing emotional & expression marathon lasting over 15 minutes before. She displays a boy image that's not out of place either. Don't misunderstand she's no doubt a girl.
    Oguri Shun (Sano Izumi) is the same as in Hana Yori Dango. He hardly has to act and could as well be replaced by anyone. It's only his looks that's perfect for the show (disregarding his mishaped chest). As you will see later on it's still difficult to find a good replacement.
    Ikuta Toma (Nakatsu Shuichi) is the most prominent male actor in the show. His acting of his emotional troubles are superb and quite entertaining. The show's FX of using flashlights for his blushing was quite interesting. It's been used since in later shows.
    Kamikawa Takaya (Umeda Hokuto) is great in his role as the doctor. His censored scenes are hilarious despite having nothing to show. His changing of character mode and his subtle approaches are really something, too.
    The St. Blossom girls are somewhat disappointing as they are only for show for the most part, though. Iwasa Mayuko (Hanayashiki Hibari) is just too cliche and mostly serves for comic relief. But her important scenes where it counts did turn out well. The same goes for the other girls so it's not really that bad. I just wished they had a stronger impact or rival Mizuki.
    The special episode featured Minami as Julia. She's the best addition the show could have. I was initially disappointed that the special skipped on the trip to California but Minami made it all up.
    The OP is also a perfect match if you disregard the lyrics and just listen to the all denial parts. Not that the lyrics are bad but it's just amusing once you know the show a bit.
    Overall the show is most entertaining. If it were more serious it could easily outdo Hana Yori Dango but then again it probably would not be the same. It's understandable that many are divided between these two shows.

    Verdict: 9.3
    Cast 10
    Cast performance 10
    Script/Directing: 8
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    Hanazakari no Kimitachi e  ~Ikemen Paradise~ (2011)



    Type: drama
    Genre: comedy
    Year: 2011-Jul-10 to 2011-Sep-18

    Summary:
    Same as Hanazakari no Kimitachi e  ~Ikemen Paradise~ (2007) with different side stories.

    Critique:
    This show is a remake and a near carbon copy of Hanazakari no Kimitachi e  ~Ikemen Paradise~ (2007). I appreciate the different film location, schools and even the different image of schools but the rest is just bad.
    The show features Maeda Atsuko (Acchan) as Ashiya Mizuki and Kashiwagi Yuki (Yukirin) as Kishinosato Juri, both are from AKB48. They are one of a few highlights of the show.
    Acchan's acting is her usual self but the boy part is out of order. Her display of boy poses is just too exaggerated, and cranky (not forced). She spreads her legs too much for a sturdy boy pose and her arm movements are too robotic and wide. She is far from matching Horikita Maki's performance.
    Yukirin's role virtually is a second(!) Hibari from the original. Her mysterious graceful aura is an improvement to the original Hibari as well as her more serious acting. However, she still doesn't get much screen time to make a larger impact.
    Basically the show addresses and tries to fix all my complains about Hanazakari no Kimitachi e  ~Ikemen Paradise~ (2007) but totally fails due to trying to copy the old cast. Because of this the rest of the cast appears to be misfits and sad copies of the originals.
    They do get to show their own strength but the old character images are just too large to fill. Nakamura Aoi plays a more emotional Sano Izumi, a major improvement, but he's bad at switching modes. Izumi is no longer the cool, closed and mysterious guy which kind of sucks.
    Even the class room & dormitory rooms were fashioned to resemble the original despite architecturally completely out of place. The show does make an effort to change scenes & stories for the better but they don't have an impact on the show or its perception to get rid of the bad taste.
    Iwasa Mayuko reprises her role as Hanayashiki Hibari but at a later time, though. This time she's not as cliche as before and more serious but sadly the script leaves her out on the sideline.
    The show is watchable and maybe even good but if you have seen any of the other versions of Hanazakari no Kimitachi e first you will be in for some disappointments.

    Verdict: 6.7
    Cast 7
    Cast performance 7
    Script/Directing: 6
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    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead



    Type: drama
    Genre: horror comedy
    Year: 2014-Oct-03  to 2014-Dec-19

    Summary:
    16 years ago, a zombie virus spread from Mexico all over the world. Now a vaccine is keeping people safe and the zombies are getting extinct. In Tamagawa ward, Japan, a special welfare division of misfits is responsible in capturing zombies and monitoring infected people. Akaba Shinsuke is the rookie member and an emphatic naive pacifist. One day, Tachibana Rin joins the troop and he is assigned to take care of her. She's out to kill zombies. The appearance of a new zombie virus strain pushes both of them to their mental limits. One personal disasters after another forces them to evaluate their stand on the issue. And then the unthinkable happens...


    Critique:
    The mixture of horror, seriousness and japanese comedy fails to create a solid show. A lot of times when action is required the comedy just downgrades it. But there are times when japanese comedy does have its uses. It's just not enough to counter or strike a good balance.
    The show mostly focuses on the different opinions on the issue of handling zombies and personal tragedy of people involved. It also addresses issues of society and to a little extent the governing body.
    Hayashi Kento (Akabane Shinsuke) fits his role well but the comedic acts just degrades his image. Hirose Alice (Tachibana Rin) does well, too, but she's not convincing with her handling the boken (bamboo sword). Her movements are too slow, sloppy and wide for someone versed in Kendo. Otherwise her headstrong image is somewhat monotone most of the time.
    Like the rest of the cast Kaneko Nobuaki's (Koda Kenji) skills are wasted on comedic acts. But at least him being a zombie otaku does make some sense and does entertain somewhat.
    Disappointingly, the conflict between the ward, central HQ and the government resolved without much action or event. And the end of the show arrives too quick and it is too much of a fairytale.


    Verdict: 7.3
    Cast 8
    Cast performance 7
    Script/Directing: 7


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    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 1



    Summary:
    Akabane Shinsuke gets stuck during a mission. Tachibana Rin happens to pass by and saves him. She hates his guts for being unmanly.




    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 2


    Summary:
    Tachibana Rin joins the odd troop. Despite his shame & fear of her, Shinsuke is forced into taking care of her. She's an extreme zombie hater and is out to kill them which is against the current policy of catching and experimenting. A female neighbor is out against the perfect family of the community whom she accuses them of hiding a zombie. It turns out to be a never seen cases of Mr. Hide-Zombie who transforms from moment to moment.



    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 3


    Summary:
    Due to the rareness of zombies these days the department is in danger of being cut entirely. The troop turns an informational event into a promotional event with Rin performing a dance & singing show on stage. She saves the Vice Governor from a zombie, hence, saves the department.




    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 4 & 5


    Summary:
    Shinsuke & Rin investigate rumors of a zombie in a far off village and are facing a mass attack! They escape barely but nobody believes them as the villagers have removed all evidence...
    While Shinsuke goes off investigating alone the lax members of the troop are captured when going out eating. After managing to get off a call for help Shinsuke rushes to their rescue. He's useless when the veteran Omori-Machiruda pair arrive to save the day.



    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 6


    Summary:
    One of the upcoming famous Okuda Yasuda comedy troop has been infected and tries to hold out for the important last breakthrough stage performance. It's a comedian's dream and pride to play his role to the last joke. Even Rin couldn't resist this zombie...




    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 7


    Summary:
    Zombie makeup are the rage among highschool girls!  Rin is traumatized & mad after being called an old hag. Shinsuke's brother in law, Sasaki Naohiro, has been infected before getting his sister Sasaki Miwa pregnant! (He visited an infected prostitute to get in the mood.) He has been keeping it secret. Now it's too obvious to hide. It appears the health care administration is secretly removing evidence of a new zombie strain.




    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 8


    Summary:
    Naohiro's secret is out and there's a possible danger to Miwa's baby. Naohiro tries to sell himself to an underground zombie market mafia in order to leave behind a large sum of money. Rin is outraged! She buys him off.



    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 9


    Summary:
    Rin's childhood friend Sachine has fallen into the trap of a dubious talent recruiter and got infected. "Welcome to Z" is the latest horror massage left behind by a beauty who is spreading a virus that is resistant to immunisation. Rin recognizes her as Sachine. Sachine is on her last breath. Rin is torn between horror, fear, and love. Shinsuke is being chased by a fast Bolt-zombie.



    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 10


    Summary:
    Rin's has caught her zombie friend. She's staying away from work and has entrenched herself at home. The new zombie strain is spreading and new zombie variations appear. The population is unaware of the danger and people foul around with them. Rin secretly delivers her resignation.



    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 11


    Summary:
    Rin is still locked up in her apartment and won't come out despite all Shinosuke's pleas. Miwa's baby isn't infected but Naohiro finally turns to a zombie. Shinsuke ends up doing all the capturing work with the 'useless' muscle-head sempai. They face the Bolt-zombie again but are unable to fight & capture it. Rin appears and puts the zombie down but ends up getting bitten. Shinsuke snaps and kills the zombie.



    Tamagawa Kuyakusho Of The Dead Episode 12


    Summary:
    The Bolt slayer case and murder is being investigated as he was the governor's son. Rin is turning fast into a zombie. Everyone tries to be by her side to the last moment but it's hopeless. Koda confronts Comissioner Machiruda and urges her to let him research a new cure. Machiruda reveals that the new strain was the result of a new vaccine gone wrong, hence, the government tried to cover it up. Rin spends her last moments having fun.

    Spoiler:
    One year later...
    Naoya has been born. Shinsuke is still depressed over his losses. Koda succeeds in turning Naohiro back. And then Rin returns but the fight is not over yet.
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    Subete ga F ni Naru ~The Perfect Insider~ [Everything Becomes F]




    Type: drama
    Genre: horror crime
    Year: 2014-Oct-21 to 2014-Dec-23

    Introduction:
    The show is based on the 1996 novel Subete ga F ni Naru by Mori Hiroshi. There's also a manga and there will be an anime in 2015. Mercedez Benz is one of the sponsor of this show.

    Summary:
    Saikawa Kohei, an associate professor of architecture at National Jinnan University, due to circumstances is together with his wealthy student Nishizono Moe. They become involved with unusual locked room murder cases and work together to solve them.

    Critique:
    Ayano Go's (Saikawa Kohei) portrait of Kohei is different from the closed yet reliable character in the novel/manga. Kohei is rather a lively nerd which actually fits him. His reactions and facial expression, wherein you can see his personality, are really good.
    Takei Emi (Nishinosono Moe) plays the highly intelligent and serious yet cheerful and open Moe. She easily switches between the two sides of her. Her sly inquiring about Kohei or making him jealous is quite entertaining. There's a good chemistry between both and they form a good partnership that's very convincing.
    Hayami Akari (Magata Shiki), surprisingly, manages to give off an eery, dangerous, dominating aura yet being nice. It's near perfect for this murderer and super genius programmer. I guess the setup and dialogue do have a part in this.
    Mizusawa Elena (Kunieda Momoko) plays the cold and direct assistant professor Kunieda which is a good counter balance to the Kohei-Moe pair. She also serves to bring in some comic relief.
    As to the murder cases they are typical intrinsic closed room cases. The story is typical such that Moe goes investigating, takes some action and has to be rescued by Kohei. Kohei is reluctant because of her. Moe often uses her connection to get detective Totsugi Shigeyuki (Ukai Daisuke) to show her police reports. Daisuke expression of suffering at her hands is funny yet he's all professional in his normal capacity.
    However, that's not all. The Magata murder cases are the highlight and true arc of the show. It's all eery and thrilling. Despite little blood and censorship the facts by themselves and how they are told are horrific and scary. Unlike most shows the main arc gets relatively a lot of screen time. At this point it was impossible to stop watching.

    Verdict: 9.2
    Cast 9
    Cast performance 9.5
    Script/Directing: 9

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