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Furenabaochin japanese drama review
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Furenabaochin
5 people found this review helpful
by kortkrachtig
Oct 13, 2019
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed
Overall 6.0
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 6.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
The synopsis for this show isn't quite correct. It should be something like "Kamijo Natsu has devoted her life to her family. Her husband's young subordinate, Saeki Ryu, has heard the chief mention his plain, unremarkable wife many times. However, upon meeting her, Saeki is instantly charmed by her good-hearted, earnest nature. His outspoken affection reminds her that she's not just a mother, but a woman too."

The husband never actually invites Saeki to seduce his wife, he's just convinced his wife would never waver from him and family life and wouldn't even attract anyone in the first place that he feels confident joking about it. Saeki falls in love without any push, probably from the first time he sees Natsu.

(SPOILERS FROM HERE)

ACTING/CAST:
The acting is fine. It's bad in some scenes, but it's good in enough other scenes. The leads have very little chemistry. I was a little frustrated at how PG this was - the kissing scenes suffered from the typical Female Lead Is Frozen and Shocked and Stiff and it was awful.

(BIG SPOILERS FROM HERE)

STORY:
I actually love the fact that Natsu prioritized her family to the degree that she did, because usually in ~forbidden relationship~ drama characters seem to forget that what they're doing isn't right all too quickly, BUT I still would have preferred Saeki to 'win'. Mostly because her husband, even as he got better, never seemed to appreciate her as a woman. He was too comfortable and he deserved to have that comfort shaken up more than he did. Or this show should have focused into him realizing what he's been doing and treating her better and learning to see Natsu as a woman he loves again. I would have felt robbed of Saeki, but at least that would have made for a satisfying narrative. The way it happened, it was frustrating.
Also, the implication that Saeki killed himself without her - fucking awful. I mean, I kind of like that he was that serious about her, but I wish they'd have shown a more unstable side of him more often, or had them be together and interact or be more physically affectionate, because the way it happened was so confusing that I, like the other reviewer, spent some time checking to make sure this show actually had 8 episodes instead of 9, 10, 11.
I think the most frustrating thing was that nothing changed. She didn't get with Saeki, her husband didn't learn a lesson about appreciating her more, she just got to experience the rush of love one more time only to have it snatched away from her. In fact, we ended at a lower point than when we started, because Saeki's suicide probably traumatized Natsu and I bet she blames herself.
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