My first ever drama review has been posted on Drama-MAX. I decided to revisit VISION ~ Koroshi ga Mieru Onna, a series I previously mentioned in my Best of 2012 – Live-Action Film and TV post. In my review, I go a little more in-depth on why the drama both draws me in and frustrates me greatly.
VISION ~ Koroshi ga Mieru Onna (“the Woman who Can See Murder”) is much like its leading lady, Rena Kurusu: mysterious, sexy, alluring, and suffering from a major identity crisis. Yu Yamada plays Rena, a model who discovers she can contact murderers before they commit their crimes in the name of Christina, someone they mistake her to be. Entangled in the mystery is Kazuma Asano (Nobuaki Kaneko of RIZE), a cop on probation. Kazuma is drawn to Rena, and as he uncovers the secrets surrounding her and the seductive Christina, the duo find themselves in more danger.
The drama does not know what kind of thriller it is: psychological, supernatural, or techno. Although the ambiguity does add to the suspense, it makes the conclusion frustratingly confusing. The inclusion of real science is unique (in fact, a subject of discussion among the characters was mentioned in a neuroscience lecture I attended a day after watching the episode), but it happens so late that it feels like an after-thought. Not to mention it is overshadowed by the more far-fetched concepts.
Listening to: “Ahead of the Light” by 雅-MIYAVI-