Fragile (2016)

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The dashingly handsome Kishi Keiichitaro is Sobokai First General Hospital’s only pathologist. Described as intensely eccentric and very sharp-tongued, he is an extremely outstanding doctor. He would clash with the other party no matter who he or she is, for the sake of medical justice and the lives of patients. He is considered a nuisance by the doctors around him, but they never go against his judgments. Because he does not mince read morehis words, he makes nothing but enemies. Rookie neurologist Miyazaki Chihiro, who works at the same hospital as Kishi, is lectured by a senior doctor Kosaka Hidetoshi every day. She has reservations about his emphasis on work efficiency but cannot refute.

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dropped. not for me but dont get me wrong, this is a decent medical drama, not just the kind of medical drama that im looking for. since the main lead is a pathologist, expect to see lots of microscopic view of human tissues. if you're looking for surgeries and emergency life saving scenes, not here. but the drama in the life of every patient and personal issues of characters were quite interesting. read more if you're thirsty for eyecandies, Nomura Shuhei is here :)))) 7/10
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The story of fragile centers on the character of Chihiro Miyazaki played by Emi Takei as she learns how to be a good doctor that is able to accurately determine the illness that is causing a patient discomfort by joining the pathology department that is led by the brilliant but unsociable Kishi played by Tomoyo Nagase. Unlike most other medical dramas that either focus on the normal ER doctors or nurses this read more drama features the characters that work in a field that is not well represented within this genre. This i felt was a interesting topic and setting to put the main characters into.

Each of the cases that were shown in the drama were self contained stories that never less featured multiple problems that were affecting the patient in addition to the illness itself. While Kishi is usually the one that deals with the illness itself Chihiro will be the one that listens and tries to understand the problems that are causing the patients harm. This combo i felt was a interesting as it made use of both characters differing personalities to their fullest. I actually enjoyed the cases that were featured in as each case is usually not what it appears to be and in some cases the circumstances of the illness and the characters situation can be rather surprising. Each of the cases i felt was well designed and thought out.


Emi's character is Chihiro Miyazaki a doctor that works in the hospital and a
somewhat kind and compassionate doctor that cares about the well being of her patients.
Emi's portrayal of the kind hearted and compassionate Chihiro was as flawless as ever. Her character provides a great foil to Kishi and seeing her try and understand the feelings of a patient is really heartwarming.

Tomoya Nagase plays Keiichiro Kishi a pathologist that works alongside
Emi's character. He is excellent at his job but self centered and not sociable
to others.

His character though not sociable and not given to being nice to people
is straight to the point and is not afraid of speaking his mind to others
especially when their diagnosis are incorrect. And of course he doesn't like to meet people because of his personality quirks. His methods are not always by the rules but always aim to save the patient. However when Kishi does notice a peculiarity in a patients diagnosis he will try his hardest to determine what it is in an effort to save the patient. And its this determination that i respect.

This is the first time i seen Tomoyo Nagase in a lead role and in this i thought that he did a fantastic job of portraying the stubborn but steadfast Kishi who aims to get his diagnosis 100% correct and therefore treating the patient correctly. Seeing the bond that the Chihiro and Kishi develops over the series is one of the highlights of the show.

support characters

Kishi's assistant tech Mori though is an interesting character as he is the only one person in the department beside Kishi and the often absent department head. Mori without spoiling the review is pretty smart and often works in conjunction with Hosoki and Chihiro to get Kishi to get serious about a case. Mori's insights though are often useful to the cast.

The show has plenty of support characters some good while others villainous
for doctors.

Dr Hosoki played by Koyuki is a interesting support character in that she and Kishi are old friends and as such knew each other pretty well. Her character provides a lot of good advice to the main cast when they need advice on their cases or their lives. Despite being a support character Hosoki plays a part in nearly every case that Chihiro and Kishi tackle usually acting as the moral heart of the case.

Former SKE48 idol Rena Matsui plays the mysterious and shrewd Naomi Hibako who works for a pharmaceutical company that both helps and hinders the main cast. Though i only seen Rena act in a few dramas her performance here is a vast improvement of her past roles and i thought that she portrayed her character pretty well.


Fragile i felt was a pretty good medical drama that had a solid cast of both veterans and newbees. As with all medical dramas it adapts a case by case format as its story along with a emphasis on the developing bonds between Kishi and Chihiro. Each of these cases were interesting and are all self contained story-lines. As the series progresses and you see Kishi, Chihiro and co work
to save the patients its nice seeing them develop bonds of friendship and respect for each other.

The acting ability of the cast i felt was excellent especially Kishi's actor Nagase Tomoya who portrayed the cool and brooding Kishi and Emi Takei who portrayed the new but honorable and determined Chihiro pretty well.

Normura Shuhei, Koyuki and Kitaoji Kinya who portrays the characters of
Morii, Hosoki and Kishi's mentor Nakaguma also deserve some praise for their

One aspect that i liked about this show was that how Kishi and Chihiro consistently deals with arrogant doctors that care only about maintaining the status quo and reminding them that they should do their very best for every one of their patients and ensure that their illnesses are correctly identified and treated correctly. This i felt was pretty hearwarming
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    KimSeokJin Mar 20, 2017

    dropped. not for me but dont get me wrong, this is a decent medical drama, not just the kind of medical drama that im looking for. since the main lead is a pathologist, expect to see lots of microscopic view of human tissues. if you're looking for surgeries and emergency life saving scenes, not here. but the drama in the life of every patient and personal issues of characters were quite interesting. if you're thirsty for eyecandies, Nomura Shuhei is here :)))) 7/10

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    Hisato Jan 31, 2017

    Drama too short to be somewhat interesting, nothing is developped

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    peacewon Jan 22, 2017

    it was fun, direct, witty and well written. a little tongue in cheek in places, when he used his catch phrase. It was super weird for me, they had the real deal for about half the doctors and then manga characters for the other half. mix was hard to reconcile and made for bumpy going.

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    SayItAintSoJoe Oct 15, 2016

    lol the videos on here of of a spanish show. I guess they have the same name.

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    chibiladychoi Aug 20, 2016

    would like to continue but subs are not fixed!

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    kdramaaddict Jul 24, 2016

    is there any romance? No matter what the genre or how good a show is, if there is no romantic development, i always feel disappointed

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    Anniee Jul 8, 2016 - edited

    it's nice to watch a medical drama which focuses on pathology for once.

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    mydearNatsume Jun 25, 2016

    Theres no subs in ep 5 - 10..subs please..

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    Marlies May 23, 2016 - edited

    What happened with the subs?

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      3ngin33r Jun 28, 2016

      The person subbing stopped because his work was used in streaming sites after removing his name from subbing credits

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      Marlies Jun 29, 2016

      I see, thanks. In the meantime I've watched it without subs. Not that hard to follow.

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    SylasBwixML Apr 7, 2016

    this show is awsome

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    mamirabelle Feb 10, 2016 - edited

    No more sub :(

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    Pydron Feb 6, 2016 - edited

    Can someone tell me if this show is any good? I like the cast, but not sure about the story. Thanks in advance :)

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      BrightestStar Feb 19, 2016

      Hmm it's alright, but nothing outstanding. I don't know why I feel the obligation to watch all of Nagase Tomoya's dramas, and it doesn't take much time to watch, however if your list is full, then you cold let it go.

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      Pydron Feb 20, 2016

      Thanks for your reply! I am already following Yamaneko and Himura Hideo, going to start Never Let Me Go, so I'll let this pass for now.

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    abri Jan 23, 2016

    Hmm, interesting start though the other doctors are portrayed as being nothing more than morons in the first ep while Nagase seems to be the only one who actually has a medical degree. Hope it changes its tune a bit because Nagase <3

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    sylwia Jan 23, 2016 - edited

    I'm not too fond of medical dramas but for Nagase, I'd probably watch him pick his nose. The first ep wasn't bad actually

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    Winterwoods Jan 19, 2016

    Sorry .I was trying to write only:)


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    Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 16, 2016
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    Fuji TV
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    56 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 188 users)
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