Sunday, 5 January 2014

Just finished: Umi no Ue no Shinryojo

This light-hearted romcom glides to a serene end, with no unexpected twists or surprises. That is if you ignore the confusing start to episode eleven. Part ten ended with the adorable Dr Kota removed from the ship as a cost-cutting measure by an evil Vice-Chairman.

Then, at the start of the final episode, he turns up at some family reunion but it’s never really explained whose family, or where it was. But they all knew Nurse Mako so he can’t have gone far. And then the house burnt down. This allows Dr Kota to be an excellent doctor in full view of the Vice-Chairman who then relents and allows him back.

The last episode goes all over the place, trying to wrap up every last storyline. Literally. Dr Kota heads back to Hokkaido to look after his mother, and then Nurse Mako follows him to give him his phone back. Hmm...

But if you’re looking for deep emotions and smartly constructed stories, this isn’t the drama you want. It was light, fluffy and undemanding and it drifted past on a sea breeze, leaving barely a ripple in its wake.


  1. I think this was a strange series: very generic and sometimes boring, but Matsuda Shota was very good in it. He was not only silly funny, but during the surgical procedures really convident and convincing.

  2. Yes, I think the likeable lead characters did a lot to keep me watching even through those episodes when not much was happening.