Sunday, 16 January 2011

Just finished: Ogon no Buta

I don't think I'm giving away too many spoilers when I tell you that this series ends with bad guys punished, good guys happy, uplifting music in the background and a sense of justice fulfilled.

The storyline of fraud in public institutions had been getting larger and larger for some time and so it was no real shock that the Prime Minister was involved in the last illegal act. Meanwhile, our team of crime-busting auditors had been double-crossed, disbanded and put in personal danger before deciding some things were too important to ignore and that they weren't going to give up.

The dialogue in episode nine often seemed like it was taken from chapter headings from a self-help book, and the action didn't really get going. There was a distinct lack of tension in the air towards the end, and the series as a whole never seemed to fit together.

However, halfway through the last episode, it spoke about a network of tunnels under Tokyo. Now, I’m a sucker for hidden cities and things like that so I decided to check to see if it was true. I found a story from the Japan Times, which seemed to indicate that it was, even if the journalist has some pretty odd ideas about things – for example, that there’s some meaning to the depths of certain stations on the London Underground.

There’s more on the subject here.

I'm not convinced it's actually true, but it's a nice idea...

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