Another WOWOW production drama! I am a fan! They are master of producing crime dramas, in my opinion. I have yet to be disappointed so far. And Rakuen is the latest installment. I just can’t help but add it to my long last currently watching list! Seriously, how do I make rooms for these dramas? Thankfully, this drama is only 6 episodes long. But 6 episodes feels longer! As usual, the network airs it once a week. I don’t know why they do this. Why can’t they be like the Chinese network and air it daily? I could have been done by now!
Anywho, this drama requires your mental attention. Every single episode gives you clues. And you are not able to tie it as the writer works the story like a maze. Bel and I tried so hard to piece the puzzle together. You would, too. It is so amazing how this writer introduces the show to us. An old couple home was caught on fire. This is common, right? You immediately sympathize with them. Then, they drop the bomb right away! “I killed my daughter 15 years ago and she is buried underneath the house. Please dig her out.” Oh gawd, what the…?
The story then became very fragmented. We then met Shigeko who works in a small publishing company. She used to be famous for writing her prediction in a serial case news. But she quit when her prediction turned out wrong and caused death in the victim’s sister. Shigeko is now trying to investigate why Hajime killed his daughter, why Toshiko’s son was able to draw another person’s memories, and why Harumi hid Hajime away from his other daughter. So many questions to answer. All from the death of one daughter.
The pacing of this drama is slow. If you are impatient, this drama is not for you. There is a lot of layers in Rakuen and I’m not sure the next three episodes could do the justice. I hope the ending is not rushed. I really want to know the relationship of all the characters and what exactly we will get at the end of it. I know, everything sounds so vague coz really I am still searching the tangent as well! Rakuen is a mysterious, psychological crime drama that keeps you wondering what the heck is it and yet you can’t and won’t quit! Good luck if you wish to watch it coz really, you need luck!
Wow, the title keeps getting longer and longer, isn’t it? *laughs* The English name to it? Lost ID. Yup, that’s it! Let’s not question it, languages work differently. But let’s focus on this drama. Five episodes aired and another five episodes to go. What I hate about this drama is that it is a Sunday show. Why can’t they air two episodes in a week? The waiting is so unbearable. Glad I have other dramas to fill in the watch hole… Or else, I don’t know what am I going to do with myself!
Soshite, Dare mo Inaku Natta is very intriguing drama. It all started when Todo, a system developer, developed a program that could wipe any person’s identity off the net world. In the beginning, I thought it is a cool idea. I really hate when people find me on the internet. And then I realized, that is not a good idea either. So same goes with the system Todo invented. For some reason, someone used it against him. It started one night when he went out for dinner with his mom and introduced his pregnant fiancee to her. He offered to pay for their expensive dinner. His credit card got rejected and he went ahead and paid the meal with cash. He did not put it into much thinking and went ahead with his life.
Days later, he was called by the company’s committee and asked for his identity. That’s when Todo found out that not only his identity was stolen, his life was completely shattered, too! He was suspended from his job immediately. He found out all access to his funds were freezed. All his friends are not the friends he thought they are. He eventually lost all including his fiancee. What is next? Who can he trust? Not even his mom! Imagine all this happen to you. Who would you trust?
The bartender at the bar seems suspicious too. But so far he’s been nothing but helpful with Todo. Don’t believe take my words seriously though… Anything can happens. Todo is a very intellectual person and so all the obstacles he went through on the last episode are heavily logic-based questions. I was a bit excited since I love the questions but… Anyway, this show is so unpredictable. I really can’t tell what will happen next! Todo was asked to take his own life… Or else all his love ones will be dead. Really? At this point, who should he trust? I’m curious, are you? *wiggles brows* My one advice: Trust no one!