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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Puzzle (2008) パズル Ep4 Screen Caps

Misako played by Ishihara Satomi (Hanayome to Papa, Ns' Aoi) is giving another fractured English class as the drama begins. She associates the English word, hesitate with the Japanese phrase he shite ito and forces the class to repeat them. Later she’s reading in the teacher’s room when Shinichi played by Yamamoto Yusuke (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Kamen Rider Kabuto), Akira played by Kimura Ryo (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Nodame Cantabile) and Yoshio played by Nagayama Kento ask if they can talk to her. At first she scowls at them but then notices other teachers around so she gives them her sweetest smile before accompanying them to meet Shiraishi the head of the movie club. Shiraishi explains to her that his club has recently won an award for a student film and after the contest he was approached by a man offering to pay 100,000 yen for the film. Shiraishi is worried over such a large sum of money so he wanted a teacher’s advice on the matter. Misako agrees to meet with the man and while talking to the man as the boys listen in she tells him that only for one million yen will she talk to the boys into selling the movie. He agrees and leaves to gather the funds and the boys are very excited until she informs them that her cut is 900,000 yen they’ll be getting 100,000.

I may have been disappointed in the last episode but this is the best episode yet for this series in my opinion. The mystery that’s developed later on plays out so well because of the lack of English skills displayed by the English teacher and her desire to cover that fact which her students already have realized all to well.

Download the RAW video bit torrent file here, soft subs can be download here. Screen shots of the previous episodes are here.

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OpenID pixiezombie said...

I agree this is the best one yet! And the bit with the English was perfect!

The writers paid attention to their characterization and premise, and they made use of it in a new way that not only spiced things up but also contributed to the plot. It was a great example of developing a character further without taking emphasis off the mystery aspect.

I do feel the shake up started in episode three. That was the first time that Ayukawa had competition from people who had to have sharp reasoning to be there. Things were different as a result, and I liked that she was less in control and struggling more. While they didn't play all of it for comedy, it helped to set up this episode where her mask slipped even further.

So far the writers on this drama seem to be really smart about how they make use of their premise and trying to get the most from it. I'm hoping they continue to be so thoughtful.

5/18/2008 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@pixiezombie The writers paid attention to their characterization and premise, and they made use of it in a new way that not only spiced things up but also contributed to the plot.

I agree completely and hope that the writers do indeed keep up to the high standard set by this episode. I'm starting to like this drama as much as I did Galileo last year.

5/18/2008 09:04:00 PM  

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