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Ikebukuro West Gate Park SP
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by devitto

Aug 12, 2012
1 of 1 episodes seen
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
As a big fan of IWGP and after searching for this Special for months my expectations were really high, even though I only heard bad things about it. My overall facit after watching it: It's not as bad as they say, but it's not good either. Still I enjoyed seeing the IWGP characters again so much that I rated it a lot better than it deserved. The acting was okay, similar to the drama. The music was actually the same as in the drama which made it a little nostalgic. I think it was perfect. Apart from the background music this special had at least two scenes were they should've shortened the songs a lot. Those were concerts. The story itself was move like a drama episode than a movie. Nothing special to be honest, but it had funny moments and less awkward and embarrassing scenes than the drama - Well, it was only a tenth of the length, though. ;) I was really disappointed how less screentime the supporting characters had. Especially those I loved so much during the drama. Especially Takashi. I loved some of the new characters, though. They were cute. It was also interesting to see how other characters developed during the 3 years. Overall I think this is worth a watch if you're a fan of the drama. If you didn't enjoy the drama you shouldn't watch this, it's the same. :)
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