Friday, 15 February 2013

Just finished: Koukou Nyushi

While I enjoyed this, I think it was a bit of a stretch to make it last thirteen episodes. My heart sank when the people behind the conspiracy began to be identified with two episodes still to go. We ended with a lot of talking and explanation, and then quite a long epilogue at the end.

As such, the pacing suffered and although I watched the last four episodes in one sitting, it had mostly lost its earlier energy. Plus, episode eleven didn't even end on a cliff-hanger. It just suddenly ended, apparently mid-scene.

Still, it was enjoyable, and a decent try at a mystery that wasn't centred around the usual murder/money/family/love type of storyline. It's a shame that it didn't have enough going on to really justify all thirteen episodes, plus there were no real consequences of the conspiracy, at least not as far as the students were concerned. As the new term began, things just went on as they always did. A bit of a flat ending, really.


  1. Thanks for the review, I was thinking about giving this a try.

  2. Yeah, it's a pity. At the start, it's very clever, and a nice example of how to build tension and suspense even though no one's life is at risk. So, it's good for film students, then. And if it had been ten episodes, or even nine, it would've been better.