Watching this SP without sub because I was itchy hand. I mean, it's ikemen galore with Miura Haruma and Shirota Yu as leads, and the synopsis not really helping with the general storyline, which tickled my curiosity, and from the looks of it... it's one of those darker dramas, and I'm in!
This is one of dramas that I'd think would be fantastic if it was presented as a play, instead. The whole story flow really just focuses on the 2 main leads, and this drama put a good test on how well the leads perform their characters. The rest of supporting roles are literally just being there or being there. The story ould somehow o on even without the supporting.
And the acting performance? You'd definitly won't be disappointed. I saw Miura grows so much in Boku no Ita Jikan, but in here, it's like he's showing us more of what he's capable of. Keisuke character is very complex with all the troubled childhood, daddy showering expectations indirectly, plus a pretty girlfriend that other people are eyeing. This is like living in a pressure cooker, and we're seeing the chain of events of Keisuke being cooked in it. Miura delivers Keisuke brilliantly in my book with all the little details. The way he looks at Takano, fidgeting, staring, to the way he walks, all thought through.
What about Shirota? I don't really like his acting in Nou SP as Oda Nobunaga. I thought it's weird and overdone at some moments. But here, he delivers a solid menacing, intense and provocating, full of hatred Takano. This is like the upgrade version of his Satoshi in SPEC franchise. Nicely done, I'd say because we're in treat for lots of intense scenes between Keisuke and Takano.
The plot itself carries lots of building up catalyst factors to the major twist towards the end. Some scenes rather jumpy but they're remedied by the acting side
See how intense this is:
Meet ikemen A, Keisuke, does Miura use eye liner? The lower part of his eyes is always dark.
Meet ikemen B, who claims to know everything about A, Takano.
Ikemen A vs Ikemen B, who will prevail?
That's drama for you! And a good one at that!