Orthros no Inu

Orthros no Inu (2009)

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Ryuzaki Shinji who possesses a "God Hand", the power to heal wounds and illnesses just by touching the patient, is in fact a dark introvert who does not reveal his true self to others. Aoi Ryosuke who possesses the "Demon's Hand", the power to kill a person just by touching him, is as kind and pure as an angel. When the demon meets the God, a fatal battle begins...
Detective Hasebe Nagisa read moregets caught by the criminals during a deep cover operation. Ryosuke, a man she does not even know comes to save her and she witnesses his "Demon's Hand" in action. Thereafter she discovers by coincidence the existence of Shinji's "God Hand" and brings the two together. Little did she know that this would cause great disorder to the world and even to her own life... --TBS

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    The Dog of Orthros

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Aug 31, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
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  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This drama will make a person ask themselves some moral and ethical questions. What would you do if you had a power that is similar to either of these guys? What would you do to use that power if you knew someone that had it? The ill children seemed to know better than the adults how to answer those questions. It was interesting.

The problems with the story stems from a few read more convoluted plot points and the characters Hasebe and Sawamura. They were both very annoying. I'm not sure if it was the characters or the acting. Part of me thinks it was the acting. Otherwise the story is well done.

The acting of Nashikido Ryo as Ryosuke and Takizawa Hideaki as Shinji is understated but in a way that makes since for the story. There is an emotional depth that is palpable from the acting and from the questions that are asked. Even though they were pretty much the only good actors in this drama, it is still worth watching.

I enjoyed the music.

I probably won't rewatch this.

If you like a little mystery and fantasy, then you could probably enjoy this. :-)
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Apr 3, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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Ryuzaki Shinji (Tackey) and Aoi Ryosuke (Nishikido Ryo) are two sides of a coin and each blessed/cursed with a unique power. One wields the “God’s hand” and can heal people with just a touch. The other has the “Demon’s hand” with the power to kill. It should be a story that is black and white, but the demon wears white, and the angel wears black.
Aoi Ryosuke may have a devil’s curse, read more but he is terrified of his own abilities, while his counterpart Ryuzaki Shinji is a devil himself, with the gift of god. When they are brought together however, the game really begins.

From beginning to end, the mystery behind their powers drives the plot of the drama: just how much they know about each other and what are the implications of their gift. Is it a curse or blessing, or both, and how are they to be used? What is their purpose on this world? While a larger mythological background is hinted at, I actually appreciated how the drama focused more on the immediate repercussions. This isn’t a tale of gods and demons. It’s the story of two men who behind their powers are just as human as you or me. Their entanglement with Detective Hasebe gives this even more of a humanly-backing as she struggles to learn more about them - to trust or fear, protect or arrest.

“If I were able to change this world, would God be the only one who could allow that? If humans were able to hold God’s powers, would they be able to change the world?”

Thus begins the story as Ryuzaki stands overlooking a city drenched in rain. The camera pans down to reveal Aoi,as he walks into the nearest police station and turns himself in for murder:

“Coming here on my own makes the distinction, of what sort of person I, who has taken away that life, will become.”

The Dog of Orthros: The name comes from Greek mythology. Orthros was a two-headed dog beast (brother of the more famous 3-headed dog Cerberus), and minion to a giant. I'm sure other comparisons could be made between drama and myth, but there's not much known about the dog. Rather, it's more interesting to me that nowhere in the show does it say which man, the angel or the demon, is the actual beast. Both are just two parts of the same whole.

Not to ignore the drama’s political plotline (because, in this kind of scenario unfortunately one just has to exist), but that part was a little more on the predictable side of things – the only questionable outcome is which man, if either, would align with the greedy and power-hungry parties and politicians.

What was more subtly done I thought were many of the side characters, including Detective Hasebe’s young daughter (who often seemed to understand important things better even than her mother), and delinquent youth Kumakiri Masaru (Yaotome Hikaru).

Should you watch it?
I could barely turn away from this drama, and not even the political plotline bored me for more than a few minutes at a time. Like most Jdramas, the romance may be a tiny bit lacking, but the relationship between the three main players was anything but lacking in overall chemistry. The thriller/mystery aspects were also extremely well done (if not completely perfect) but enough that even knowing the outcome, I’d be likely to watch it again.

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Both of these are suspense dramas and deal with the devil concept. The female lead also reminds me of a female version of Serizawa Naoto.
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Both dramas are about a man with a "godhand", although Orthros no Inu is less medical and more suspenseful where it explores more of the other side of such power - that such a hand, as much as it can give life, can also take life. Both are interesting form their respective perspectives.
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    Mih0 Apr 16, 2014

    Yaotome Hikaru Kyaaa~
    Aishiteru Yo

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    Hana-zfa Mar 15, 2014

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    Hana-zfa Mar 15, 2014

    I'm glad that I finally watched this drama~ a must watch! Yes, it has a so so supernatural story at first, but then the plot got more and more interesting till the end. And the value in it, deeper than what i expected. love the two main character, ryuzaki and ryosuke!!

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    LiaFujiwara06 Mar 14, 2014
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    yumivanessa Jan 15, 2014
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    Aravitsz Dec 27, 2013

    Not what I expected it to be, and I have to say I loved it!

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    MissPhantasme Nov 15, 2013

    Absolutely loved this drama!!
    It was more deeper than i had expected it to be and the whole storyline had so much meaning to it. A must watch :D

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    AdaCakes Oct 17, 2013

    Wow, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. The two main guys and their acting skills just made it for me :D <3 Amazing.

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    Ginger Aug 31, 2013
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      JDRAMAFAN Oct 16, 2014


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      Ginger Oct 17, 2014
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      JDRAMAFAN Oct 17, 2014

      It's funny im watching it now and I really like the 1st ep,but yea I understand your point with the change,PEACE

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    Mssankacoffee Aug 25, 2013

    I enjoyed this drama and found it quite interesting. The story was unique and the portrayal of the two protagonists as opposites personalities to their gifts was a nice touch, and as the story develops we find out more about each, and how their gifts affected them. What I really liked was the moral dilemmas that were central to the plot: what is good and evil? are we our brother's keepers? what is right and what is wrong? how do we deal with the shades of grey to these questions. The only thing I would have wished for was more romance. Watch it, this is really a good drama..and not that long! :-)

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    Nabuh Jul 5, 2013
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      Nabuh Jul 11, 2013

      but what about the puppy who got hurt after Ryuske picked up and Shinji held to adopt and 'to heal'??? was i wrong interpreting it?

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      mahae Jul 11, 2013
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      Nabuh Jul 11, 2013

      thanks for clarifying it. i will rewatch the last episode with a different mindset this time

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      mahae Jul 12, 2013

      you're welcome, i'm glad i could help :)

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      Mssankacoffee Aug 25, 2013
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    ArleneB2UTY Jun 18, 2013

    I totally love this dorama!

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    THATCRAZYOTAKU Apr 20, 2013

    Pretty cool show! loved it~

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    BB26 Apr 3, 2013

    Seems interesting .... O.o

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    thirdworld Feb 10, 2013

    T^T It was an amazing story. I thought it was a little slow at one part but the end had me crying a lot. The plot was good and the characters acting skills were also good.


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    Jul 24, 2009 to Sep 25, 2009
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    45 min.


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