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Going My Home Was A Flop (?)

To say that the mediocre 6% ratings for Yamaguchi Tomoko’s much-anticipated comeback after 16 years of hiatus, not to mention teaming up with Japan’s hottest talents in Abe Hiroshi and Miyazaki Aoi, is a disappointment is quite an understatement (Source: Yule XinWen). When I saw that it was completed at 10 episodes, I knew that it was a flop.

Actually, my initial review of ‘Going my home’ is rather positive. Click here. However, after a couple of episodes I know that the storyline is rather weak and not as engaging as what I would expect. As I said, this is like a mix of ‘Aruitemo Aruitemo’ (note the similar names [Ryota] of Abe’s character) and ‘At Home Dad’ topped up with a heart-warming style of ‘Kita no Kuni kara.’ However, since the plot revolves around mystical creatures, put this in a convoluted genre of chicken-soup and miso.

I will still watch this till the end but it’s not really something which I would do a drama-marathon of. I hope that Abe Hiroshi’s next project will fare much better.

Going My Home


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Trick 3

Japanese: トリック3(2003)

By far, the best installment in the famed series of Ueda Jiro-Yamada Naoko. Perhaps it was because after a marathon of sappy Chinese soaps (ie. The Rules Before Divorce), it was so refreshing to LOL Japanese-style.

Compared to Trick 2, the 3rd season’s theme is more like crime-solving Poirot mysteries with the renewed flame between the 2 main protagonists. Ueda sounds more overbearing having sold best-sellers while Yamada is still unrewarded for her efforts of actually solving the mysteries. Yabe’s assistant was replaced with another stupid-looking guy from Todai and speaking of which Yabe’s wig still provides extreme comic relief during tense crime scene moments.

My favorite story is the one in the Roujin Home (Elderly home) where everyone lives forever. I have partly guess it (SPOILER ALERT!!) that all of the clients are already dead and they have impostors pretending instead. Although, I failed to deduce the angle about the father of Youji.