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Hankei 5 Metoru japanese drama review
Hankei 5 Metoru
3 people found this review helpful
by Grandmalee
Sep 27, 2021
9 of 9 episodes seen
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0

Highly recommended

I thought of giving up after the first episode, which didn't seem well organized or interesting. I'm glad I didn't. It turned out to be one of the best drama series I have recently watched. Kitamura Yukiya is excellent in portraying a man, who wants to live as a woman after having married and fathered a daughter, and does so without annoying mannerisms to caricature his character. The scene of his getting re-acquainted with the daughter after seven (?) years is both touching and funny, calm but powerful. Nagasaku Hiromi is marvelous in playing the character, who always wears a smiling face to mask her wisdom, defiance, and pain. The story of redeeming herself over a hasty report that caused irreparable damages to her subject ten years ago is skillfully and convincingly told (a rare feat for a TV drama series involving a long time gap). The series also ends with another moving story to raise awareness and encourage action on the part of mass media to report truthfully and responsibly. Maiguma Katsuya gives credibility to the character of a boy friend torn between his love of the girl and his rivalry with her for being in the same business. Finally, Yoshine Kyoko has a perfect balance of dramatic and comic qualities to play her role, a young reporter with heart and commitment. Is there really a magazine office that is so relaxing and friendly?

I changed my score for music. There is Bach in the background piano music, though not quite the tempo and version I would like, but it's still Bach!
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