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Piece Ep 13 Review

Posted on: February 2nd, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

This is the final episode of Piece. If you don’t know what has happened so far, it would be a good idea to stop reading, because this review is likely to ruin the entire series for you. Rather than taking on a separate story in each episode, Piece has generally focused on its overarching plot, with only slight detours. The resolution of that plot begins immediately.

Unexpectedly, the character at the center of the mystery’s unraveling is Remi (Arai Moe), who hasn’t figured highly in the proceedings.

In a remarkable twist, it was Remi who was pregnant and had to get an abortion, not Origuchi (Mizuno Erina).

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And this is how a mystery about a pregnancy is different from a murder case. In a murder, there’s generally no question about who got killed since there’s an identifiable corpse. Throughout the series, weaned on murder mysteries, I never considered the possibility that Origuchi was not the one who got pregnant and had to have an abortion, so good job to the writers for popping up with something that could surprise me.

But why did Origuchi’s mother find that stuff about being pregnant and getting an abortion, then? Well, it turns out that Origuchi was supporting Remi, and she tried to communicate with Sakata Kouji, the boy in the equation, on Remi’s behalf.

 

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The others listen . . .

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. . . as Remi’s words take us into another flashback.

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Piece Ep 12 Review

Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

With Piece in its second to last episode, it’s about time that Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa) and Hiro (Nakayama Yuma) meet. We’ve had episodes of build-up to this, so there’s no mistaking it – this is the climax of the series. Enjoy!

At the end of episode 11, the two of them passed each other by chance, and we left them in mid-stride. Before we go back to that scene to see what happened, we get a little flashback into Hiro’s past.

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And we see Origuchi (Mizuno Erina), the center of this mystery, admiring his paintings.

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And he still has a painting of her:

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Piece Ep 11 Review

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

So in Piece we have not met Hiro yet (though that’s quickly about to change). I made a mistake in the last review, so let me make it quite clear up-front that the fellow we met in episode ten was somebody else – not Hiro – and we’ll find out who he is in this episode. Actually, this episode decides to make it clear right at the beginning, too, with Yanai (Matsumura Hokuto) explaining the relevant backstory to Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa).

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He got the story from Kido (Iwamoto Hikaru), who was part of a group who used to bully Hiro. Narumi Hikaru (Nakayama Yuma) would come over from Tokyo to defend his more timid older brother, but then eventually became friends with Kido and the rest.

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Cue a flashback to seven years ago . . .

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. . . where we find out that Hiro is also played by Yuma-kun, which I probably should have guessed would happen but totally didn’t. This is great, though, because we really get to see Yuma-kun’s acting ability, and it is truly something to behold.

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Piece Ep 10 Review

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

Piece left us with a real cliffhanger last time. In her quest to find answers, Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa) had hit a dead-end, unable to find Narumi’s brother Hiro, nor able to reach Narumi (Nakayama Yuma) himself. So, she finally decided to visit the person possibly most responsible for this whole mess – Narumi’s mother (Narumi Risako, played by Toda Naho)- wondering if she might know where Hiro is.

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Now, what do we know about Narumi Risako? She used her own children as test subjects in her research to see what the effects of raising children without a mother would be, as long as there was a very definite method to the raising of the child. Her idea was that mothers might actually do harm to their children. Not only is this unethical, but it’s scientifically dubious, because there isn’t a sufficient sample nor a control group. However, just to come up with the idea in the first place means that she must have had some trauma. Was it her parents?

Anyway, meeting her for the first time, we expect a nasty piece of work, and she’s definitely that.

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She quickly puts Mizuho on the defensive, clearly because she’s defensive about anything to do with Hikaru and Hiro and the best defense is a good offense.

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Piece Ep 09 Review

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

Things started to pick up in the last episode of Piece, as it looked like Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa) was finally on the right trail, and might soon see the truth about Origuchi’s boyfriend. Is Narumi (Nakayama Yuma)’s brother Hiro really the one Mizuho has been looking for?

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The house Hiro lives in looks eerily familiar. It’s exactly like Narumi’s place.

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What kind of twisted situation did these two brothers live in?

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Mizuho has high hopes for the revelations her visit to Hiro might bring – though more about Narumi than Origuchi. The intent of her investigation has shifted, and she’s now more focused on unveiling the mystery that has had a real impact on her life (though not completely ignoring the issue of Origuchi’s boyfriend, of course).

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Piece Ep 08 Review

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

And so the story comes back to Narumi (Nakayama Yuma)’s doorstep. Ostensibly, Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa) is there to ask him about the painting and the unlikely possibility that he painted it and gave it to the deceased Origuchi Haruka (Mizuno Erina). But even though his initials are on the painting, Mizuho knows that Narumi isn’t a painter and certainly wouldn’t choose that way to express himself (if he ever expresses himself at all). So, it looks like Mizuho feels that she’s developed enough to approach Narumi again, and to tie up that loose end in her life.

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After all, her experience with him continues to be a big question mark in her life – a trauma and mystery she has yet to resolve, and one that is even more significant to her than the mystery of Origuchi Haruka.

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The episode begins with a brief recap of events with Mizuho narrating her feelings about how things have progressed.

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Piece Ep 07 Review

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

When we last left Suga Mizuho (Honda Tsubasa), she had approached emotionally fragile Sugawara (Nozawa Yuki) and discovered that he was the one responsible for angry, stalkerish notes sent to Setouchi (Suzuki Airi). More importantly, he bullied the main tragic figure of the story, Origuchi Haruka (Mizuno Erina). Will this help Mizuho piece together what happened to Origuchi?

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Sugawara said he tormented Origuchi because she defended the gym teacher, Miyamoto, when Miyamoto seemed to never waste a chance to touch Setouchi.

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Not only that, but Sugawara also happened to see Origuchi visiting Miyamoto, leading to all sorts of suspicions about what they might be doing together.

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