Taking the world less travelled

Maou – Episode One – Review

Posted by on Jul 7, 2008 in Reviews | 6 comments

Episode One
Original Air Date:
4th July 2008
Carlie’s Rating: heart heart heart heart
Rate This Episode: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (10 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

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I’m so sad that this is a TBS drama, and so I can’t show screen captures. I’m very very sad, as Ikuta Toma is HOT with his new hair do.

OK, on with the review. Usually with first episodes I’m a bit iffy on them – either they suck or they are OK and it takes a few more episodes for me to really appreciate or get into the first episode. I have to say, with this drama, I am going to be totally biased. I don’t think I can give a proper review. My heart was beating so fast all the way through this because a certain someone looks really good. Yes, I am a sad person.

But I have to say, I really enjoyed this. Ohno was great in his role, although I would love to see him be a bit more charismatic. Perhaps I am picturing this all wrong, but I was picturing from the synopsis that Ohno would be really likeable but a demon underneath, and that Ikuta would perhaps be not so nice on the surface but a really good person who always does the right thing underneath. We didn’t quite get that, but it is no fault to the show, just my assumptions.

I liked the way, I believe it was Toma’s character who said something to the effect of “Who ever did this is a monster with no emotions” (very much paraphrasing this from memory, I could be way off!) and then the next shot is of Ohno’s character crying. It was a nice contrast.

Ohno is the master of the evil smirk.

I have seen many criticisms that Toma was over acting. I didn’t notice, to tell the truth. Perhaps I should pay a bit more attention to his performance, rather than… um.. other things.

Over all the plot is engaging. There are things that remain unanswered and I am curious to see how things pan out. I don’t mind these types of shows but to be honest it isn’t my favourite genre. But I’m looking forward to the next episode.

for Love the actors in this show.

bad It may have been my expectations of the plot or the fact that this isn’t my “genre” but I didn’t get the feeling of “this is awesome” compared to other shows. Besides the thought of “Toma is awesome”.

So yes, expect lots of raving this season from me. I’m sorry, I can’t help it! heart heart heart heart

p.s. I forgot to mention the shower scene! Less than five minutes in and we have toplessness! For the win!

Image is the Judgement card from the fantastic, as yet unpublished, Shadowscapes deck by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I’m soooo buying this deck when it is published. And check out her other work, it’s fantastic.


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  1. billywest

    Yeah, I’ve watched the first two episodes (just watched number 2 tonight) and I have to say, it’s pretty good. But, if I didn’t have to work early Saturday mornings, I don’t think I’d let it keep me home on a Friday night.

  2. Mido

    Hi! For some reason your blog popped up when I searched for a drama information (tokyo ghost trip I think?).

    Concerning Maou, I can relate to the idea of being biased; by default I love Maou because I admire Ikuta Toma. Such a versatile actor! I am also beginning to really admire Ohno, for he does a very convincing two-sided villian. I look at him and think “oh dear, it is that scary little man again” even when it is just Ohno promoting a AU phone ad about low costs of phone-plans.

    Is Toma overacting? I keep reading that as well, but I don’t see it. His character is supposed to be that intense, right? If he acted less, it would come off as his character never feeling the effects of his one mistake in life, thus being worthy of suffering. Then we might be actively rooting for Naruse (the lawyer), instead of feeling ill-at-ease, sorry for him, and scared of him, all rolled into one confusing mess. As for Toma’s character Serizawa, I think you are supposed to be caught up in the emotion of a man whose life is falling apart.

    I think the point of the drama is that we start off seeing things black and white, good and bad, but as things progress, it all becomes shades of grey and we get emotionally caught up.

    I can’t wait to read more of your reviews about Maou. I got up to episode 5 when I was in Japan but now back in the US, I don’t get my weekly Maou-drama fix!

    Oh and good luck with your kanji! I am still working on level one (1-80), but I think your 600 word-level is subarashi! Ganbatte!

  3. Aaron

    thanks for the recommendation, I do happen to be an Arashi fan so I usually watch shows that star the members, they usually turn out to be pretty good too. I’m on ep 5 of Maou now, its interesting enough to keep me watching =P

  4. Eugene

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  5. jubilantia

    I agree with you on the loving of Ikuta Toma. And just hang on for the Ohno charisma; it comes on way heavy in later episodes of the series. As far as overacting, I can kind of see where that comes from, with the Nooooooo!’s and the howling and what-have-you. I mean, if detectives in real life did what Naoto does as far as hanging people off buildings and assaulting people in the interrogation room on vague suspicion, they would be fired in three seconds flat. I would argue that the overacting is there, but it serves a purpose in the series and Toma can pull it off. He makes it part of the character enough that it’s a solidly awesome performance.

  6. GoddessCarlie

    Hey Jubilantia,
    I totally get Ohno now! I think he is awesome. Thanks for your comments, I still haven’t finished watching this show but I hope to soon. :)

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