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Meet Yukimaru Hanako, a 22-year-old and a fresh young reporter from Hokkaido. She's just been hired by a local television station to do field reporting, and we are here to watch the launching of her career! Edit Translation
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Its a adorable mini- drama. I ship Yukimaru and Yamane hard! Their personality match each other even though Yamane would say otherwise. This drama have some informative aspect in contrast to other Japanese dramas. It give a glimpse of what the inside of a real Japanese news room looks like. In this drama, I believe the actors and actresses captured how Japanese news are broadcast.
The character develop of some of the actors and actresses are smooth even with only 5 episodes. It's a nice drama to watch when I want avoid being emotionally pulled.
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The first three episodes are sooo boring. There's no plot. Characters have no soul. There's just over the top humor.
Then, the last two episodes, the series starts to pick up momentum. Really moving moments. Characters start to develop a personality. Every ingredient for a good drama is finally there.
Then, it's over.
The series would really benefit of three or four more episodes. There's a lot of characters and opportunity to develop very interesting situations. But, all characters are robotic, soulless, caractures. No one has a good background story. No one has a clear well-defined arc. Which is expected in a series with just 5 episodes.
The reporters waste so much of the show's limited running time making stories about silly stuff. If they spent each episode with an interesting piece of journalism. They could've expanded this show dramatic range so much.
But, they didn't.
And when they decide to try. It's too late. We're already in the last two episodes.
But, at least, they are two very good episodes. The main character has a very brief moment to shine. After spending three and half episodes being the over the top, silly, clumsy caricature newbie reporter. And she does. As does the person that is the target of the big story she's covering.
One very touching scene. Which was worth all the wait.
Also, the workplace aspect, had a lot of potential. It is a TV Station! There are lots of interesting stuff to see and learn about. But instead of showing. They just tell. Or write it on the screen for you to read about it. When it would be more interesting to be able to see! Or, even better, create a story around it!
One thing I really liked about this show is that it is beautifully shot. The very first shot of the series. A drone shot of the city, that approaches the TV station building, then enters through the door and shows every departament of the station on a (fake, but brilliant) single shot. Is fantastic.
If they had more time. If the had spent their limited time wisely. Developing the characters. Showing the workplace in more detail. Dropped the over the top humor sooner and gone for the "Interesting investigative story triggers a character's backstory" formula. It would've been a big hit!
But it was a big miss, instead.
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