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So, I just watched the final episode of The Quiz Show. Need to debrief and decompress. Cut for spoilery goodness.

Wow.


Wow.


Just. Colouring me fucking impressed. It was a rather strange episode, in that it was 75% Honma/Kamiyama with the occasional cuts to the control room where everyone there is just watching the screen. I think the rest of the cast got a total of 3 lines in the whole show. But it wasn't about them, it was the resolution of what happened to Misaki and what went down between the boys.

But the acting, wow. I have always been in the "Matsujun is a good actor" camp but he just got totally blown out of the water by Sho with this one. He's on par with Nino now. And Yoko. Holy shit. Those were real tears, absolutely 100% real. On that note, does anyone elses nose run like a tap when you cry? Maybe it's a Japanese thing. Ohno's did the same thing in Maou. I've said this before, but I sure hope that they get nominated for some kind of an award. They deserve it for this episode alone.

I can't speak completely to the sense of the story--I don't know why Honma's memory was fucked up, other than he was so distressed that it got fucked up and he thought something else had happened. I don't know how plausible that is. And apparently they weren't such good friends as was made out before; Kamiyama was kind of a dick. So I'm still kind of unclear on how they were friends in the first place, other than the fact that they both had a boner for the same girl. It could happen, I guess. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?

As a whole... sure, it's TV and I'm totally willing to suspend my disbelief for an hour and enjoy some hot boys in sequined suits. The whole plot with the guests being hand picked but that random guy and having their dirty laundry all over live television is total BS. And did get kind of repetitive with Saejima and all the staffers whining but letting it go on anyway. In the end, they didn't really have anything to do with Kamiyama and Honma. I don't get how that was revenge. They made some references to the previous season so I wonder if it would have made more sense if I'd watched that first. I didn't know until the very end that Yamanabe was the previous MC.

There were some things they didn't fully explain. They didn't explain what happened to Kamiyama after he fell from the roof. Or why he was fucked in the head and in a coma for 8 years and then warded up in what we can only assume is a mental hospital. Amnesia? He doesn't have a past (according to the TV station database). Honma was plotting this elaborate scheme for the last 2 years, to expose his ex-friend as the murderer of the girl he loved on TV? Yeah, okay.

But if you just gloss over the technicalities and lapses in realism, it was entertaining and what more can you ask for from a show? I have only seen Yoko in Haikei, Chichiue-sama, where his role didn't even register for me--I just thought he was some random retarded extra they had there. And he didn't make much of an impression on Yukan Club either, but... it was Yukan Club. Watching him here makes me want to go back and see some of his other work. I will definitely be looking out for his next role. As for Sho, this is something he should be extremely proud of. His character had depth and a distinct personality, which is as much a well-written script as it is the calibre of the actor.

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Date: 2009-06-20 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capncosmo.livejournal.com
On that note, does anyone elses nose run like a tap when you cry?

Yes. And when my eyes water in general. :/

Re: the plot: I can't really tell what you picked up and what you didn't, so:

According to what I picked up while also studying (so, take it for what it's worth), Honma was so traumatized by himself his brain in an act of pure preservation repressed everything that happened. When Kamiyama woke up, it triggered *something* in his brain, but since he couldn't remember w/o trauma again, his brain directed him to some made up memories. This happens IRL according to my Sources, you just have to take as given that's Honma's mental constitution.

Apparently they were friends because Kamiyama liked Honma and how straight-forward (IIRC) he was. Honma was apparently jealous of and hated Kamiyama because of how he was Super Popular, but I'm not sure how much of that is the truth and how much is Honma lashing out.

And apparently the fact that his dad is head of the TV station is supposed to make the fact he blatantly uses the TV show to his own ends makes everything okay. ...yeah, idk.

Also, I'm sorry, Kamiyama explains how it wasn't actually revenge but wanting to make their dreams come true that motivated Honma to invite all the guests, but I've forgotten how he made that make sense :/

But who needs sense? That was awesome :Db

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Date: 2009-06-20 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maiaide.livejournal.com
Yeah, I caught that it was trauma induced change in the memories, at least. XD haha.. Believe what you want to believe because it was so tragic, kind of thing. Ahh okay. That's kind of a relief? I was kind of confused when he said "I hated you" because I thought they were old childhood pals.

Yeah, right. Even if your dad was the head of the company, you wouldn't be able to get away with that shit! I don't think so. You'd be the first to go. But... it's TV, I guess.

Ahh of course, gotta tie it back to "dreams coming true" in the end, eh? Cheese.

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Date: 2009-06-20 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] capncosmo.livejournal.com
Ahh of course, gotta tie it back to "dreams coming true" in the end, eh? Cheese.

Well, I think, this kind of ties in with the episode before last/epilogue, but as Honma makes that comment to Kamiyama about being stuck at 17 despite being 27, Honma's time is frozen too. So, I think it was sort of Honma's childish ideal/immature world view that brings things back around to the dreams thing. Esp. because they're so fixated on Misaki's dreams of being a gymnast and seeing the flower field?

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