Archive for March, 2013
This episode of Nobunaga no Chef (信長のシェフ) is mainly about the main character Ken (Tamamori Yuta) attempting to save Mori Yoshinari (Ukaji Takashi). That’s a bit odd, because Mori Yoshinari died in 1570 and Nobunaga dies in 1582, yet we spent the last episode worried that Mitsuhide (Inagaki Goro) would betray Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro) when it’s at least twelve years too early? Does this mean we’re not going to get the climactic struggle between Mitsuhide and Nobunaga because including it would mean aging Ken by twelve years?
First things first, we last left Ken in the embrace of the other person who has traveled back in time from the Heisei era – his beloved Youko (Kashii Yu).
Or is she his beloved? He admits to not remembering anything about their past, which would have been fine if Youko also had that amnesia. Instead, she seems to have her memories intact, and the news that Ken doesn’t know anything about their history leaves her distraught.
Last Hope is a medical suspense drama centered on a team at a biomedical research and innovation institute that serves as the last hope for patients with life-threatening conditions. The members of the team all have their own particular issues, and we mainly find out about these issues through flashbacks. The flashbacks are so frequent that instead of writing “there was another flashback” or something similar every time, I’m just going to put “Flashback (Character, Year):” to keep things tighter.
For the first time in this episode, we actually start away from the hospital, with a character we don’t know (played by Ishida Hikari from Beginners!). She seems to be in charge off a design shop, and barely gets through telling her staff off . . .
. . . before she collapses.
I think starting the episode by giving us some sense of the patient as a human being is important. They haven’t done nearly enough to win the viewer’s sympathy for the patients in previous episodes because so much of the attention is on the doctors. The result is that we don’t end up caring whether the patient makes it through or not – only whether the doctors will be vindicated.
Actually, I can’t say the show really gets us to root for the doctors, either. After all, the first time we see one, it’s the completely distasteful Takagi (Tanabe Seiichi) trying to pick up another woman.
The last episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) left the drama’s main character – Shinokawa Shioriko (Gouriki Ayame) – on the ground in the rain, kicked down a staircase by an unknown assailant.
Well, that’s definitely a way to whet my appetite for this episode. But can they capitalize on that effective cliffhanger?
At least we have a solid mystery already – who assaulted Shinokawa? And this is the first time the case has involved violence, so it’s a major step up in the tension level.
By the way, Fujinami (Suzuki Kosuke) is also in the hospital room – it turns out he was the person who called the ambulance. In my book, that makes him the prime suspect (but if I’m ever in need of medical assistance, I hope that mystery-based logic won’t make someone hesitate to call an ambulance for me).
Okay, so here it is: the last episode of Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん). Naturally, all five members are present, and it’s just going to be a flurry of memorable scenes from the show’s five years in service. In fact, with something worth a screenshot popping up every second, I didn’t get nearly all the images that deserved to be included here. They went through everything quite quickly, going for breadth and mostly trusting that the viewers would remember the moments.
Of course, they decided to use the share house set for this last gathering, but it’s totally empty – they’re moving out, and have their bags packed.
Ohno-san doesn’t seem to have much to carry.
Sakurai-san decided to bang his luggage down the stairs instead of carry it down. What’s up with that?
Up in the top right corner, it says we can expect final messages from the Arashi guys started at 10:38 p.m., but it beats me why they tell people this – maybe they think that if viewers suspect it’s just a highlight episode they’ll change the channel?
With the end of the season so near, I’m going to post the averages so far and the most recent episode ratings instead of listing the ratings for every single episode. Only four of thee dramas I’ve been tracking have actually ended, though Last Hope might be wishing it had finished up too, considering how its ratings are falling like a rock (episode 8 – 11.4%, episode 9 – 8.3%, episode 10 – 7.4%). To be fair, Last Hope was up against the Monomane Grand Prix, which I would have probably preferred to watch myself, but the monomane special only drew 11.8%. Biblia Koshodou was up against both the Shabekuri 007 Special (14.4%) and the Otameshika! & Qsama!! Special (17.9%) and still managed 11.1%. The sudden drop in Last Hope’s ratings actually brought it below Nobunaga no Chef, so it is now number three among the dramas I’ve been keeping track of.
The ratings presented below are from much more complete articles on TokyoHive – the latest one of which is available here.
Prime Time Shows
Biblia Koshodo no Jiken Techo – (Season Avg.) 11.65%, (10) 11.1%
Nobunaga no Chef – (Season Avg.) 10.84%, (Finale) 11.0%
Last Hope – (Season Avg.) 10.77%, (10) 7.4%
Nakuna, Hara-chan – (Season Avg.) 10.2%, (Finale) 10.3%
Share House no Koibito – (Season Avg.) 9.4%, (Finale) 10.2%
Karamazov no Kyoudai – (Season Avg.) 6.3%, (Finale) 6.3%
Late Night Shows
Shinryochu -in the Room- – (Season Avg.) 2.1%, (11) 2.0%
Kodomo Keishi – (Season Avg.) 1.5%, (09) 1.4%
Last week’s top single was the debut from HKT48 – “Suki! Suki! Skip!” (スキ！スキ！スキップ！ – Suki! Suki! Skippu!). The Fukuoka-based unit sold 250,147, winning the race to platinum by a nose.
T-ARA‘s “Bunny Style!” (バニスタ！ – Banisuta!) took #2 with 56,785 copies sold.
“Calling/Breathless” from Arashi held #5 in its third week, adding 21,888 for a total of 841,435. The number just keeps getting more stunning.
Kuwata Keisuke-san’s “Yin Yang/Namida wo Buttobase!!/Oishii Himitsu” was at #7, selling 14,426 copies in its second week, bringing its total to 83,179.
At #9, “Kimi no Na wa Kibou” from Nogizaka46 has a two-week total of 255,136. Looks like this group will be eclipsed by yet another -48 group, seeing how HKT48 did. I guess the extra two members really do matter?
Yamashita Tomohisa-kun’s “Que Sera Sera” added 7,766 in its second week, pushing its total over 100k to 104,727.
Right behind him, what I had been anticipating finally happened – SKE48’s “Choco no Dorei” in its eighth week crossed over AKB48’s “So long!” in its fifth week. They held #13 and #14 respectively for totals of 649,372 and 1,113,332. Will this prove to be a one week blip, or will SKE48 really demonstrate stronger staying power in the standing?
SMAP took the #16 spot with “Mistake!/Battery” boasting a four-week total of 194,481.
“Fire” from SHINee got #20, selling 52,924 in two weeks.
Perfume’s “Mirai no Museum” stayed in there at #28 and its four-week total is now 84,784.
The album side was uninteresting. In fact, the top album – “The Best ‘Story'” from ＢＯΦＷＹ – didn’t even crack the 50k level, managing only 38,271.
At #2, “sakanaction” from the group of the same name had a nice second week, tacking on 27,550 to bring the album’s total to 110,127.
The only other album worth noting was ONE OK ROCK‘s “Jinsei x Boku =”, which took #5 by selling 14,135 and increasing its three-week total to 160,877.
In “Takizawa Hideaki‘s Journey Cutting Through 4800km of South America” (滝沢秀明 南米縦断4800キロの旅), Tackey-san is just about ready to wrap up his trip, but there’s one more sight he has to see – the Nazca Lines in Peru.
Road conditions on the way are . . . all of the above. It’s clear . . .
. . . then starts to get cloudy with visibility dropping to practically zero, with the cold forcing him to don his jacket . . .