Saturday, 14 January 2012

Just finished: Himitsu Chouhouin Erika

* spoilers, I suppose, although you should be able to guess how it ends long before you've seen the last episode *

This not-very-serious spy drama came to a predictable end after thirteen episodes, including all the usual clichés such as sudden betrayal by a colleague, protecting the family, and not dying when shot.

Chiaki Kuriyama is endlessly watchable as the spy-turned housewife-turned spy again, but nobody else really made an impact. Her boss(es) were fairly drab and emotionless and the IT whizzkid in the office helped when needed, and then was conveniently absent/useless when Erika was in serious trouble.

The only thing to keep a viewer watching were te stories and, for the most part, they were okay. Thanks to being only half an hour, they were fast moving and compact. The director was certainly trying hard to make the show look slick and mysterious, but I suspect they spent all the budget on choreographing the fight scenes.

Pleasant, but undemanding.


  1. The best thing, the ending theme song by Kuriyama penned (or produced) by Shiina Ringo xD

  2. You can add "Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu" to the list of series whose theme tune was better than the show.