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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Puzzle (2008) パズル Ep2 Screen Caps

The drama begins in 1508 three men are being tortured, one is hung upside down, another is set on fire the last is crushed by a boulder, because they would not reveal the location of their treasure. The man who was hung, curses the executioners. The scene switches to the classroom where Ayukawa Misako played by Ishihara Satomi (Hanayome to Papa, Ns' Aoi) is teaching English class using her method of associating English words with a Japanese sound alike. When she catches Tsukamoto Yoshio played by Nagayama Kento doing his math homework, and then quickly discovers that both Imamura Shinichi played by Yamamoto Yusuke (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Kamen Rider Kabuto) and Kanzaki Akira played by Kimura Ryo (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Nodame Cantabile) are also. Yusuke offers the excuse that they’d been busy over the weekend (FIRST EPISODE). Later Misako complains of the boy’s behaviour to the coach who promises to teach them a lesson. Matsuo Yuko played by Iwata Sayuri (Yukan Club, Jigoku Shoujo) is in a café with Yusuke explaining that at a temple in the mountains there is a curse where every 100 years three people die. Yusuke doesn’t believe it, but Yuko requests that he accompany her the following weekend to the temple, because the temple priest has offered a prize of 1 million yen and a cow to anyone who can solve the puzzle. Yusuke is on the roof discussing this with Yoshio and Akira when Misako arrives she discovers what they have planned and she decides that the three will escort her to the temple so she can win the prize.

I love Ishihara Satomi portrayal of Misako especially when she’s in evil mode. She manipulative and rotten, like when she complains to the coach about the three boys she’s tricked and abused. I have a feeling this is going to be a totally random drama like Yukan Club with little or no story connecting the puzzles. That said if you enjoy mysteries and don’t mind the random overall nature of the show I think you’ll enjoy this drama I know I am.

Download the RAW video bit torrent file here, soft subs can be download here. furransu and the rest of the fansub group are doing an amazing job, releasing the soft subs for episode 1 on May 1st and the 2nd episodes on May 2nd.

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