So for this drama I plan on doing something a bit different. Because it is Nakayama Yuma, one of my favorite Juniors, starring in this and that the story actually seems interesting to me I do want to do a weekly review of it. Though I do not want to get stuck not being able to find subtitles and since my Japanese is still low level I know I am going to miss things as this is the kind of drama where it helps to know what people are saying. But I find my Japanese is good enough to follow the gist of what is going on most of the time. So what I have decided to do is instead of doing the reviews I did with Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou I will instead do kinda what I normally do for drama reviews but for each episode. So do not expect much detail as at most I will only be able to do a basic outline of the episode.
Without further ado then, here is my first impression of the first episode of Piece.
The funeral ends up looking more like a class reunion as friends meet up again. With Mizuho and Narumi meeting again it lets Mizuho reflect back to high school and the start of their romance, as well as gives us the viewer a chance to see the characters and their relationships with each other back then.
Mizuho and Narumi are the main focus of this, but we get to see glimpses of the other characters and it helps give a foundation for them to figure who they are and how they are involved with the story.
This is where the episode ends and I am really glad this was a long episode as I cannot think of a better spot to end things. The relationships hinted at help set things in place for the mystery plot of the series. And the Mizuho/Narumi relationship is interesting with how rocky it is and after seeing how they got together it makes you wonder how they separated.
Now this is the kind of drama I would have liked to have seen come after Bakaleya. Even though there is a good deal of romance there is also more to it with this mystery thrown into things. Also all main characters seem to be strong enough that you can find reasons for them to do what they do instead of just watch them go through the usual romance tropes for the sake of it.
Of course there is still plenty of story to cover, the manga is eight volumes long for what I can find about it. So that is a lot of material to cover, even if this drama is given twelve episodes and a longer final episode. But at least it means the pace should move along nicely without much dragging.
Though I would like to know if there is something actually up with the stuff Narumi is able to pull off doing. If not I will be disappointed if he does not punch the wall of reality to bring Haruka back to life at the end.