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horizon180
Posted: Jan 17, 2006 8:35 pm Reply with quote
SMILY SMILY
Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 495 Location: Manchester, UK


Title: Unfair / アンフェア
Episodes: 11
Air Date: Tuesday 10.00pm [Winter 2006: 2006.01 - 2006.03]
Network: Fuji TV

Cast:
    Shinohara Ryoko as Yukihira Natsumi
    Eita as Ando Kazuyuki
    Kimura Tae as Makimura Kiyoko
    Kato Masaya as Mikami Kaoru
    Terajima Susumu as Yamaji Tetsuo
    Kobayashi Mao as Yukihira Rieko
    Kagawa Teruyuki as Sato Kazuo (40)
    Mukaichi Mion as Makimura Mio (7)
    Abe Sadayo as Kokubo Yuji
    Hamada Mari as Renmi Anna
    Nishijima Hidetoshi as Sezaki Ichiro

Synopsis:
Tagline: "What's 'Justice' when you're a divorced cop with one kid?"

Yukihira Natsumi is a no-nonsense, intelligent, Tokyo homicide cop with a bad reputation for not working well with others and pushing the limits of the law. As she sees it, her only job is bringing in the bad guys and the results are all that counts. In so, 5 years ago she had to pull her weapon and kill a man, earning the ire and distrust of some of her coworkers and members of the community. To bring balance to her life, she must deal with work, a divorce, and caring of her young daughter.

A dark crime drama of a serial murderer who is serializing the murders in short stories.

Some Links:


What I thought:
Prior to watching the first episode, I had heard a lot of hype about how this was going to be a good drama especially after last summer's Anego, as most of the team from that drama reunite once again for this one. The first episode starts off with an encounter between Yukihira Natsumi, a "no-nonsense female detective/cop" and an armed assailant, and that beginning sequence somehow sums up Natsumi's personality perfectly. Fearless, unorthodox, albeit a little reckless, and a strongminded police officer. Some other characters in this drama are of her partner Ando (Eita) who's the typical newbie rookie young cop who respects Natsumi a lot and backs her up. There is also Natsumi's childhood friend Reiko (Kobayashi Mao) who's like a younger sister to her, and Natsumi's colleague Renmi (Hamada Mari). Alongside are a tough boss, an estranged ex-husband, a little daughter and her nanny. The story itself is about a serial killer who sums up his plans in short stories and delivers them to the Police in such a way that by the time the Police read the story, the murder is already taking place. I'm assuming this is going to be a series about Natsumi's relationship with the people around her, her dedication to her job and her unorthodox techniques and sharp acumen for solving cases that will take her to the bottom of this serial killer's mysterious identity. When Reiko becomes a victom of the serial killer, the case for Natsumi becomes personal. What struck me most was the style of drama this is, it's dark. No bunnies and rainbows in this one. You can feel the lonliness, the sadness and the resulting strong resolve in Shinohara Ryoko's character of Natsumi, very good acting as always.

It hasn't been subbed yet so people who cannot understand Japanese will have to wait and hope that someone subs this series soon. Those who can should watch it and those who can't should look forward to fansubs or Region 2 DVDs ^_^

I give this series a 9/10

EDIT (2006.03.23)
OK, I've now seen all 11 episodes... this is by far the most exciting drama i've seen yet!!
Can I change my 9/10 to a 10/10 Boogie


Last edited by horizon180 on Mar 24, 2006 6:12 am; edited 3 times in total
 
Hachi
Posted: Jan 21, 2006 8:49 am Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 22 Oct 2005 Posts: 30 Location: France
This drama just looks so great O_O I don't see it (I want to see Sad ) but when I watch the ending, I just know this drama will be great O_O

I know the theme drama is sing by Yuna Ito... Faith just looks so good and sad ~

Thanks for more information horizon180!
 
Jason
Posted: Jan 22, 2006 2:56 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 366 Location: Malaysia
Good job horizon180. Thanks for the introduction of this series, I really appreciate that.

I think there are more than 10 dorama series during this winter in Japan, and I was wondering which dorama I should watch first. After read your review and and 9/10 that given by you, I decided to watch this first. Laughing
 
tejung
Posted: Feb 11, 2006 3:17 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 26 Dec 2005 Posts: 259 Location: California,USA
oh~Yuna Ito will be singing the theme song-Faith for this drama Love
 
horizon180
Posted: Mar 15, 2006 9:02 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 495 Location: Manchester, UK
saw ep10 today... OMG! so awesome! i can't wait till next week for the finale Boogie
 
horizon180
Posted: Mar 24, 2006 6:13 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 26 Oct 2005 Posts: 495 Location: Manchester, UK
yay, all 11. lol, i was wondering how it was going to end, good good, highly recommended.
 
eyn
Posted: Jun 09, 2006 3:38 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
I finished this dorama quite a while ago and I kinda like it, but not very much. Tongue The storyline is quite cool with lots of murder and mystery but I think overall the plot is a little too fake, especially in the end when they reveal everything. I don't know if it's possible to connect all those criminals together the way they put it, it's just a little too perfect to be true IMO.

Still, overall this dorama is still quite entertaining. Those of you who like to solve puzzles should really give this a try. Nod Everything will be explained when you reach the last episode. Wink
 
Rinoa
Posted: Jan 24, 2007 12:37 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
This dorama is finally getting subbed at d-addicts. I suggest you check it out if you have enjoyed this series Love
 
cnix
Posted: Jan 26, 2007 1:46 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 29 Oct 2006 Posts: 189
Finally Tongue i've been waiting to see this Giggle
 
Rinoa
Posted: Feb 28, 2007 4:31 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
By any chance, anyone knows an alternative way to get this dorama apart D-Addicts?
 
sakuraangel
Posted: Feb 28, 2007 7:08 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
This is somewhat on topic and kind of off at the same time. I wanna see this drama but are they making a movie for this drama or something? I'm asking because I just saw the new Yuna Ito PV and her new single "I'm Here" is suppose to be for Unfair but I'm not sure if it's for the drama or a movie.
 
AnimeDad
Posted: Feb 28, 2007 7:15 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 28 Feb 2007 Posts: 115 Location: Australia
Kobayashi Mao is in this... from Tokyo Friends... cool. Smile
 
Rinoa
Posted: Mar 01, 2007 3:02 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
sakuraangel wrote:
This is somewhat on topic and kind of off at the same time. I wanna see this drama but are they making a movie for this drama or something? I'm asking because I just saw the new Yuna Ito PV and her new single "I'm Here" is suppose to be for Unfair but I'm not sure if it's for the drama or a movie.


Movie coming out in March
 
orange_ka
Posted: Mar 01, 2007 12:02 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 01 Jul 2005 Posts: 1117 Location: *mentally in: yamapi/keita's world*
I would definitely watch the movie! Giggle
 
sakuraangel
Posted: Mar 01, 2007 8:27 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Feb 2007 Posts: 8011 Location: Canada
Sweet. I have another question. Is the movie going to be a continuation of the dorama (like how Tokyo Friends was) or is it going to be complete separate just with a similar story (like how Taiyo(u) no Uta was?
 
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