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Jun 14, 2019
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Overall 9.5
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Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.0
The story is indecipherable but at a certain point you stop caring as I don't believe your supposed to be all that invested in the story. What matters are the visual and auditory elements, the cinematography, the panoramic development of Suzuki Yoko and the music that managed to hijack the endings. Personally I think it's not for everyone, because each episode is like ~50 minutes and it can be quite slow, but I highly recommend it. The bad character by Yasuda Ken is really suits him (and what's with the Osaka slang haha)
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misfortune magnat

ever since the 1st plot move the fl was just too "unfortunate". her mom loved her brother more and she neglected her daughter.

the brother dies and the dad disappears so the mom abandons her only kid too. the fl doesn't know what to do so she works for an insurance company. she doesn't do well so her coworker tells her to do whatever so people would buy. then he disappears and she's fired becasue the big boss found out.

so like my main problem here was, why not work as a secretary, a waitress, anything else... but noo her past turned her into prostitution, and beside her abusive boyfriend there's a gang that targets prostitutes... everything was just too convenient, like point A led to point B and that led to her becoming a murderer..

but in the end she fakes her death and works at a cafe in her hometown. like why wasn't that her 1st target? becasue the writers wanted her to break...
oh yeah at the end they showed that the ml was the guy who gave the kid vr of her that fish. though I knew from the start it was him becasue of his voice, it was yet another perfectly fitted plot move.. also pretty creepy..

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Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

A descent into madness.

No spoilers, proceed safely.

“You don’t understand. The sad part isn’t dying alone. It's when you've died alone and nobody notices.”

Zekkyou follows the story of Suzuki Yoko, a victim of parental negligence, not in terms of physical needs but a rather emotional form of negligence, which manifests in her as a dark cloud. As her mother sings praises of her brother and egregiously ridicules her for not being as capable as her brother, Yoko becomes lonelier and lonelier, like a goldfish in a tank.

Her half-eaten corpse is discovered in a lonely apartment and is investigated by Okunuki Ayano, who is also a lonely female detective, finds a similarity between her story and Yoko’s, and buries herself into finding Yoko's true story.

“The truth is, I've been waiting to be found.”

The story has two aspects to it. As a detective mystery, Zekkyou is quite bland. There are no intriguing investigative procedures involving forensic investigators and ballistic technicians. The core aspect of Zekkyou is not its investigative method but the development of its protagonist Suzuki Yoko.

A major part of this show seems to have been done for the shock value and seems totally unnecessary and unrealistic but somehow despite all that, Zekkyou was a very engaging watch; particularly the development of Yoko, a "Kimin", a person who has been abandoned. Yoko is quite a despicable yet dynamic character.

Suzuki Yoko is one of the most despicable characters that I have met. She is cruel and her decisions are stupid at best and unpardonable at worst. And yet, she is a “kimin,” a person abandoned by society.

“The morning is dyed violet. The sky of my new self.”

The emotional build up is intense, akin to a scream of rage and despair that has been been bottled up since childhood, spiralling into madness and culminating in an inevitable breakdown where Yoko lets out her emotions, her zekkyou, her scream.

The best part about this show was the brilliant acting from Ono Machiko. This was one of those moments when I said to myself, “this actress was born to play this role.” The side characters were quite okay but Ono Machiko just stole the screen, she could have carried this show on her own shoulders. :)

Also contributing to Zekkyou’s brilliance is its well-paced execution and cinematic prowess. I just love how they used the goldfish metaphor for her. Sharing my favorite shot from the show, I love how they showed her as a goldfish in episode 3. In previous shots they cut from her to a lone goldfish in a tank but here, when she is at the lowest and most powerless point of her life, they cut to a reflection of herself in the water.
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8.0/10. Another great Wowow thriller with potential to grow with some more episodes. Whatever the story lacked, was made up for by powerful acting, a well-paced script and the brilliant execution. Suzuki Yoko is a character who will stay with me for a while.

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Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
Like king Martin said “Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars."

That qoute applies to mental violence too. NGL, I have a soft spot for characters that are struggling to be better, comparing themselves from everyone and hating themselves why they can't be more better at anything cuz more than half of my life I have cried over this. Although I'm fine and have realised that doing things like that is not only stupid but self-destructive, I know the feeling to well for me to not feel bad for our main character.

This drama is about how society is running at such a fast paced that Normal people like us that don't stand out or aren't special are automatically rejected by society. No matter how hard you try they are gonna reject you and call you a useless human being. As someone who's experienced this, it hits too close to home.

We have a protagonist that wants to stand out and wants to hear one atleast one compliment from her own mother. The drama is not for everyone. It's dark and unsettling. It explores the mind of a criminal with depth. It goes deep down into the theory that monsters are made by society and not born. Definitely it's the criminal's fault for becoming a criminal, maybe if someone else was in their situation they still wouldn't have lost their morals but I love these kinds of stories where they show how they became a criminal without glorifying anything.

sometimes sadness is so bottled up inside you that it turns into rage. This story is also the portrayal of that. It's definitely a mystery but the psychological parts are more important imo but it sure has its plot twists that doesn't seem forced and fits the story well.

The acting is also very well done as aspected from the well aclaimed cast and the musuc reallu got you into the atmosphere.

I was kinda confused if I should give it a 9.5 or 10 but that ending just got my feelings all over the place so it's a 10/10

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