Revenge is a dangerous motivator. A paid assassin known as Mozu returns to Japan disguised as a North Korean spy to exact his revenge.
Kuraki Naotake, Osugi Ryota, and Akeboshi Misa team up again to try to investigate a political conspiracy to cover up a mass killing at a hospital. But how is the dangerous assassin connected to this case?
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Although this was shorter with only 5 episodes, it felt as heavy as the first season. The reason I gave Mozu no Sakebu Yoru a slack despite some displeasures was because the hope in the second season. The story was incomplete but alas, there’s a second season to make it up for it, the answers weren’t fully provided by TBS but WOWOW will do the job. That’s what most of viewers were thinking after finishing off the first part. It’s safe to say that they didn’t give answers, or better said not satisfying enough.
Mozu is one heck of a high-produced drama compared to other Japanese shows. It’s closer to films’ production value instead of TV dramas which unconsciously built tremendous expectations in viewers’ mind, thinking that this drama will actually change the concept of J-dramas’ making in the future. It’s neither the channels fault nor the audience fault either; it’s the freaking screenwriter’s mistake. This was adapted from novels’ series that were pretty famous so for the sake of dramatization, he could’ve just changed few details and everything would’ve been more than great. But no, he had his own philosophy that we were made to understand. I tried to cope along but that wasn’t fun at all.
Back to the second season, the plot took a major change but the lead’s chase after the truth was still the main point of the drama. A high-scale conspiracy again, a suspenseful race for the truth again, many questions again, too many suspicions again but the outcome was not satisfying…Again! When you play a mystery/suspense game with your audience then you have to put all your cards on the table by the end, this drama only revealed half of its cards by far. And the problem is, the revealed cards weren’t even a surprise. After watching the first season, it becomes so easy to predict the screenwriter’s pattern, which is quite irritating for the genre’s lovers. But thankfully, due to its short amount of episodes; the drama wasn’t slow like in the previous season. Or at least not unbearably slow.
The star-studded cast wasn’t put to its full use and I hate that! Come on, beside Nishijima and Ikematsu whose skills were used, Kagawa and Maki who were marked as main didn’t serve anything but the lead’s supporters. As if they were his cheerleaders or something. Give me a break! Such amazing actors could’ve been better used than that! Now let’s talk about characters, since the plot was too focused on revealing the truth, characters’ development was almost inexistent. Compared to the first season, Kuraki stayed the same without practically any change, Osugi is no different, Akebochi had the chance to change a little due to the events surrounding her but it wasn’t that obvious. Higashi became crazier and other added characters were absolutely useless most of the time.
The dark cinematography still captured me though, it was immensely used in this part and I completely appreciated it. The music note was no different from the first season.
-You liked the first season but don’t expect much.
Do not watch if:
-You didn’t like the first season. It’s a waste of time in that case.
I think a third season should be in the making for this drama, to provide explanation for unanswered questions that it. This season did answer some from the first part but it still left many things opened. Heck, it even added many others to the mysterious cloud.
I think this season just had way too many story lines and plots and there wasn't one amazing main story/plot to follow =/
The acting and the actors definitely weren't given great roles this season and I actually got rather bored of Kuraki - probably due to him being so robotic this season and having no character development or extra back story or anything, he was just a 'find the truth' smoking all the time machine. There was only really two major character moments where I thought the acting/character was actually doing well! And Higashi's actor was by far the most used and well acted this time.
Nevertheless I am looking forward to the film because y'know Ikematsu FTW! The ending of this season was good though, we finally saw Human Kuraki.