Posts Tagged ‘Shinryochu’
This is the final episode of Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment), which is certainly the most intense drama I’ve reviewed on this site so far. It has featured some phenomenal acting from young actors and actresses playing students who consult with counselor Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro), and solid performances from the adults as well. The question in this episode is to what extent the plots will be resolved, and the likely answer given what we’ve seen so far is – not as far as the viewer would like, but perhaps as far as is realistic. After all, with so many characters facing such a range of psychological issues, is it reasonable to believe that a single counselor could somehow magic their pains away?
When we first see Ryo, he’s made a deal with his son to ensure the kid goes to class, then enters to talk with his wife Kanae (Sakai Miki). The breakdown of their marriage is only the first of the plots that this episode has to deal with. Are they going to be able to keep it together?
Well, if you’ve been following along, you know the prospects are definitely not good. Kanae has been trying to break away from Ryo from the very beginning of the series.
As if Ryo doesn’t have problems of his own, he has to be worried about student Tanaka Shun (Takada Sho), who blames himself for his friend Toma’s suicide. In this fragile state, he wants to try hypnotherapy to explore his past, but Ryo doesn’t think dredging up all those painful memories is a good idea when Shun already has grief to digest.
At the beginning of this episode of Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment), Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro) gets a call about his father’s condition worsening, but he can’t bring himself to go to the institution to visit.
His wife Kanae (Sakai Miki) tries to comfort him. Is she being inconsistent, or is she just continuing to think of him as the troubled one – the one who really needs counseling.
Speaking of counseling, Ryo has to deal with a patient he hasn’t seen in a while – Tanaka Shun (Takada Sho). Last time they met, Tanaka confessed to wanting to burn something – possibly his house, possibly something else – particularly in response to his parents contemplating divorce.
This episode of Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment) covers two of the more interesting storylines in the series – those of Katayama Hikaru (Tanaka Juri) and Aikawa Sakuya (Sanada Yuma). Katayama’s session is first.
This session clears a great deal up about who Hikaru is and what’s really going on with him – so much so that I’ll have to leave out details, because it rather feels like the culmination of the story if not the resolution.
Why is Hikaru suddenly willing to talk? Perhaps counselor Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro) finally manages to ask the right questions.
This episode of Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment) has school counselor Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro) looking out of the window at couples twice. The first time is right at the beginning of the episode . . .
. . . and he shouts for his wife Kanae (Sakai Miki) because the girl outside his window is his daughter Tomoka.
But we don’t get to see what happens. Instead, it’s time for Tenma’s session with Kitahara Ren (Senga Kento).
For once, Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment) picks up where it left one of the stories in the last episode. It left the Katayama Hikaru (Tanaka Juri) story in a very weak state – totally obscuring what was going on with Hikaru – so hopefully this quick follow-up shows that the writers recognized that problem, and wanted to fix it immediately.
In the last episode, counselor Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro) called Hikaru’s parents about his plans to go to a hot spring with his brother. As a result, they’re now keeping a close track of his activities and he blames Ryo for that.
Well, I say he blames Ryo, and he seems upset at first, but his emotions are incomprehensible.
He doesn’t feel like Ryo trusts him . . .
It’s pretty clear that Hikaru has issues with his mother and disabled brother, but what the reality of those issues are, we have no idea. On the one hand he shows great anxiety about them, and on the other he says his family has no problems at all (which begs the question of why he’s talking to counselor Ryo in the first place).
Last time he was in the room, Hikaru told Ryo that his brother was paralyzed and wanted Hikaru to have sex with his girlfriend in his place. That was quite an outlandish situation, and unfortunately, Hikaru doesn’t lend any credibility to anything he says – he always seems like he’s telling a story he only half believes in.
With the problems mounting up for Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro) in Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment), he seems resolved to deal with one of them. He begins the episode contemplating divorce papers, though before he puts pen to paper . . .
. . . an old student shows up. It’s Hasegawa Haruto (Nozawa Yuki), who embarked on a career in music after graduating.
In fact, it’s precisely the fact that he pursued music instead of going to college that has brought him back to Ryo’s door. You see, he blames Ryo for the decision because his music career is not going as well as planned.