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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Mop Girl Episode 1 Screen Caps

The drama begins as Hasegawa Momoko played by Kitagawa Keiko (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) who is a 3rd year elementary student, walking in the rain suddenly runs into an intersection, a motorcycle is headed right for her but a woman pushes her out of the way, the motorcycle crashes killing the woman. As the woman dies Momoko holds her hand the woman says “I give you this gift, to see different paths of the future.” The scene switches to present day as Momoko adjusts her Angel Life Communications badge as she gets ready to wheel in the cake to the awaiting wedding guests. A maid bumps into her and knocks her into the cake just as the doors open. Later outside as she cries a man Ohtomo Shotaro played by Tanihara Shosuke (Deru Toko Demasho!, Yama Onna Kabe Onna ) hands her a handkerchief. She thinks he’s being kind to her but all he really wants is for Momoko to take his picture with his girlfriend. Later that day she is at a restaurant with her friend Ookouchi Hina played by Asami Reina (Hotaru no Hikari, Attention Please) and her former high school teacher to celebrate her 21st birthday, the teacher tells her that one of her best traits is that she helps others, but sometimes she should just help herself. Then the next day she is transferred from the wedding division of Angel Life Communications to the funeral division.

I liked this fantasy comedy very much as I suspected I would after watching the RAW preview, it has a lot of physical humor and the fantasy aspect worked really well in this opening episode. I’m afraid this is going to be another of those random dramas but we won’t know for sure until we see a few more episodes to see if a continuing storyline develops. I would recommend this drama to anyone who enjoys fantasies such as Girl Who Leapt Thru Time or Houkago.

Download the RAW video files for the first four episodes here, the soft subs for the first episode here. There is also a hard sub release, but it is encoded with GMC which won’t play in my standalone DVD player so the screen caps are from the soft sub release which I’ll be downloading.

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Anonymous Kenneth Colt said...

Did Quantum Leap ever have a real story line?

11/03/2007 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...


Not that I know of, I only saw one or two episodes of QL because I didn't care for it, but X-Files I loved in the beginning because it did have an over all story, they just dragged it far out too long. That's where the drama form of 10-12 episodes can really have an advantage over an American show that wants to go forever or at least make enough episodes so that it can be syndicated. But not all dramas take advantage of the form, even random episodes can be crafted to fit an overall storyline an example would be Akihabara@deep on the surface level it's just a detective show with random episodes but taken as a whole the story hits on much more emotional level, and that's why I find it superior to Kuitan, another mystery show but much more random and less emotionally involving then @deep.

11/03/2007 02:42:00 PM  

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