Cast (10/10): the whole cast is back! The chemistry between Ayano Go and Hoshino Gen and Yoshida Yo... and Sakaguchi Kento and Omori Nao and Matsuoka Mayu... I am even satisfied with the new faces, Goro-san (Miyazawa Hio) and Kurasaki-sensei (Matsumoto Wakana). They all complemented each other so well! Ayano Go said that he was happy they were all back since all of them are now leading actors in dramas and movies, and I can tell that, even with a supporting role, they were all happy to work together again.
There are even guests from S1 who make an appearance, like the mother and father of the little boy with the Trisomy 16, and Kounodori's "mama" and other surprises.
My personal favorites, who deserve an award for their acting: Ayano Go (obviously... and I am not the only one mesmerized with his gentle face and gentle voice.. even GC were commenting every week on his "yasashii" attributes) and Yoshida Yo.
Story:(9/10) Every episode deals with a new problem with the mother and/or baby. There were many stories that made me cry (more than in S1). All the supporting cast has his/her own story as well: either professional or personal. While in S1 there is an episode regarding Kounodori's past, in S2 we get to know some of the supporting role's family and ambitions regarding their career. I understand that there has to be changes, in order to be better or to achieve a dream, but regardless of that, I wasn't too happy with the final episode. On the other hand, it makes me hope for a S3... **crossing fingers**
While this season made me cry more than the previous one, S1 remains my favorite. I sensed that the scriptwriter was not the same... in S1 the dialogue was less "pink", less "romantic" than this season's. That's the only fault I can find in S2, that it was more written more "sweet".
Music:(10/10) so good, so good. The piano complimented the poignant moments like a glove. I wonder if Ayano Go truly plays the piano.. if he does, he is truly a "Kamisama" <3
Rewatch value:(9/10) it is not precisely an episodic drama, but I could rewatch my favorite stories without a problem. And I will rewatch when S3 is confirmed (because there has to be). I could rewatch this for the cast and the cute babies and the human stories and the wonderful OST. So yeah, for the whole package :)
Please, this drama deserves more recognition! I hope it wins some awards, unlike S1... Highly recommended!
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This review may contain spoilersSeason two of Kounodori is just as warm-hearted, full of joy, bittersweet, and completely perfect in every way!
Each story is so different and unique that you can feel all of the hard work, love, and respect that each actor and actress (main, support, guest, or even baby) had while creating each special story that leads to such an unprecedented ending!
I fell in love with Kounodori's story immediately from season 1's first episode, it was hard to watch the last episode of season 2 because I knew it would really be over, but binge-watching them straight through season 1 episode 1 until season 2 episode 11 made it very easy to see how the stories od each specific doctor, nurse, technician, social worker, parent(s), friends, family, and society dealt and raised and loved each person; and of course each baby!
To watch a few of the characters grow throughout both series was very special to see, too! The difference in each person was so amazing, but the paths they all chose will equally be hard to walk since the medical field alone (plus the specialized fields) is difficult to maneuver and understand.
I really hope more people come to enjoy the family at Persona! This story is a perfect story of life, love, friendships and families, hard life and "ideal life", not to mention the surprise twists and turns! Definitely keep a few tissues on hand, too!
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