Doctor X

Doctor X (2012)

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Daimon Michiko is a 37-year-old freelance surgeon who is part of a questionable “doctor placement service” that has her wander from hospital to hospital. The harsh environment at the hospitals led many doctors to retire from their positions, forcing hospitals to make use of said program to fill the empty spots at least temporary. However, Michiko doesn’t look like a doctor at all with her flashy clothes and eccentric attitude.

In the read morefirst episode she raises objections to a certain operation which is planned to be done by the head of a hospital who hasn’t performed an operation for a very long time. This causes Michiko to incur odium at the hospital, however, everyone becomes frozen when Michiko points out the outdated skills of the director.

She also holds a scrupulous compliance when it comes to her working hours, never does any unnecessary chores that don’t require a medical license, and couldn’t care less about the power struggles within the hospitals. Nobody knows how she acquired such a top-level skill that allows her to claim exorbitant sums as reward, but her private life is an even greater mystery to everyone around her.

Tanaka plays a rookie surgeon, Uchida an anesthetist, Kishibe the head of the placement service, and Ito the head of the surgical department of this institution.

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Nov 15, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I usually never watch ongoing dramas because I hate waiting but this one's an exception. If you liked the American medical drama HOUSE MD, then you're in for a treat.

The lead is a charismatic figure who follows her own set of rules and refuses to do anything that can be done without a license. She loves being a surgeon but hate the politics that go along with it. She basically just read more shows up does her job, to perfection, and leaves once the time is up.

The plot line is great, something sort of original for once. If you ignore the formulaic screenwriting and catchphrases typical of a jdorama then you'll find it awesome. The plot visits the side of healthcare that people don't really get to see: the politics, the bureaucracy, the mountains of paperwork, and the sycophantic underlings. And of course the gossip and the backstabbing.

The acting is good, but seeing as there haven't been any difficult scenes that require more substantial acting, we can't really call it spectacular. But the actors did a good job of owning the characters, Yonekura pulled Daimon off wonderfully and the other actors were convincing enough that I have no complaints.

This drama is definitely one to stick to. Expect a lot of mystery, politics, backstabbing, and impossibly difficult surgeries in this refreshingly different medical drama.
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Nov 3, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This has got to be the one of the most interesting and fascinating medical drama that I've seen in a long time. It sucks you in within 15 mins and you’ll be begging for more.

The main reason for this is the character of Daimon Michiko played by Yonekura Ryoko. She makes the wide-eyed, constantly calm, mysterious and confident character (she goes dancing every night!!) so captivating that u just want to read more know more about her. The story seems extremely realistic but different at the same time.

The other actors too have done a pretty good job in playing their parts. This drama mainly shows us how Daimon Michiko does her job as a doctor without being hindered by the bureaucratic nature of the hospital.

This drama is a MUST watch because trust me it will always keep you interested. (She is kinda like a super hero :P)

I'm eagerly waiting for the next episodes!!
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Both protagonists are doctors that are not very well liked but are exceptional at what they do. They inspire and change those that are around them
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while watching the first episode of IeUruOnna it reminds me of Doctor X, both female lead have this unique and strong personalities that seems they doesnt care about anybody but in truth they really care deeply with their patient or client, and they really do excel in their work field. also both female lead have this sayings that, they never failed in surgery(Dr.X) or selling a house(IUO).
both have great story with comedy added to it..
one is medical and one is business other difference is that Dr.X have corruption theme going on.
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    JohnGilbert Aug 13, 2016 - edited

    Daimon Michiko's role, to me, is so classic least anime-wise. The loner who walks and journeys alone, but can kick the crap out of everyone. Fist of the North Star, Vampire Hunter D, even Ninja Scrolls - to name a few. I know there's more and I know that list dates me terribly - lol. Buts it's a motif used in Japanese art over and over again. She comes in with unmatched surgical skills answering to no one and always above reproach. It's fun though and cool a woman and her anesthesiologist are a one two punch besting all the men leaving them in their wake. Enjoyable drama.

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    khjfan01 Dec 21, 2015 - edited

    Fujiki Naohito is not in this drama! Lol it's funny how it says he has a supporting role but he wasn't in a single ep.. Loved this drama btw!

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      JohnGilbert Aug 13, 2016 - edited

      It is so funny you point this out!! I JUST started season 2. I saw Fujiki and thought - I KNOW HIM! He had to be in '1Litre of Tears' and of course I'm right. Then I come back to Doctor X season 1 to write a comment about it and see him in the cast. I thought to myself, 'Hmmm, I don't remember him being in it.' Maybe I missed him - lol. Then I read your comment!

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      khjfan01 Aug 13, 2016

      Lol, yeah i remember when i was first starting this drama and i saw the cast n i'm like omg i know tht guy! He's the guy from 1 Litre of Tears! So I watched n watched n he wasn't even in it.

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      JohnGilbert Aug 14, 2016

      He is in season 2. Prominent role too.

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      khjfan01 Aug 15, 2016

      Yeah I know. He doesn't make a comeback in season 3 tho. Some of the characters from season 1 and 2 are in season 3.

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      JohnGilbert Aug 15, 2016

      Yeah I just started season 3.

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    irish Dec 3, 2015

    Japanese drama with some touches of comedy about a brilliant female freelances surgeon who as the introductry narration explains hates authority, groups, and constraints. She is not a very smpathetic charactor. But as someone asks earlier on, if you had to have surgery performed on you, would you prefer someone who knew what they were doing, or someone with the right things to say. The series gives what I assume is a true insight into the political infighting, and fight for power that goes on in large city hospitals. It also exposes the incompetence of some doctors, and such things as gratuties, and patients with the pull being given priority over others. To me though the real heroine of the series is not
    Ryoko Yonekura
    as the lead charactor, but Yuki Uchida as another female doctor.

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    Lucca Nov 27, 2015 - edited

    Does anyone know what the catchy song is called on the end (from every episode)? I am searching it for awhile, but I can't find it.

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    scarleT May 13, 2015

    Daimon-sensei is crushing the patriarchy, and it's awesome.

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    GuillaumeCoigniez Dec 23, 2014 - edited

    I'm not really a fan of medical drama, is it worth watching though?

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      sarskinz Feb 16, 2015

      Yup! The female lead is kick-ass!

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    displacedmoon Oct 22, 2014

    Entertaining drama. On to the next season!

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    xxATxx Jun 9, 2014

    Will she change her attitude? I'm at ep 1 and im getting irritated with her already

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    frost Apr 22, 2014

    very nice drama, from the first episode to last, i can't stop watching it..i just love it <3

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      Daijinkaze Apr 22, 2014

      Season 2 is even better!

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      frost Apr 23, 2014

      i think so too, cuz its rate much more higher than S1 :) and im watching it right now XD

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    AnnGominho Mar 11, 2014

    A versão feminina e japonesa do "House".. rsrs Mas o "gerente" era o melhor de todos... :D Adorei!

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    Ami Dec 26, 2013

    this was great! melon for you~

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    Plural Oct 21, 2013

    I just rewatched it again. This is one of my favorite all-time drama.

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    lily_b Oct 8, 2013

    I've only seen two episodes, but so far she's like a female version of Black Jack! <3

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      s8592 Aug 23, 2013

      is it confirmed? if so, then YAY!!

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      tvxqjung Aug 27, 2013

      OMG.. Wheeen? I've been waiting for it all this time!!

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    darkn3ss Jun 21, 2013

    lol she's like the female version of Asada Ryutaro <3


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    Oct 18, 2012 to Dec 13, 2012
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    TV Asahi
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    45 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 960 users)
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