09 July 2014

Shinigami-kun Review

Title: Shinigami-kun
AKA: The Reaper
Genre: Human drama
Episodes: 9
Broadcast period: 2014-Apr to 2014-Jun
Theme song: Dare mo Shiranai by Arashi
Cast: Ohno Satoshi, Suda Masaki, Kiritani Mirei and Matsushige Yukata.

When people die they are guided by a Shinigami to guide along to the afterlife, carrying a book with a list of names and informing them when they are going to die. One of those is Shinigami no. 413 (Ohno Satoshi) a rather new shinigami and a pretty clumsy one at that, has a bit of a soft spot for his travelers. He had been taught that humans become happy when they are told that they are to die, but finds out the contrary. He informs the humans he is to collect, about them dying, and to have them finish unfinished business, so they won’t worry when they leave for the afterlife, which is against the law and pretty unusual.
Due to his clumsiness he loses his book with the written names, and while retrieving it a demon manages to get loose at steal the souls of the people supposed to die. Will Shinigami no. 413 manage to stop him?

I was positively surprised when I saw Ohno doing another drama, but I did not expect him to a fiction character. Not that it is bad, but I’d like him to do more like Maou and Kagi no Kakatta Heya. I guess he likes diversity, compared to his fellow Arashi members.
The drama has a b-class feel to it, and seeing it airs midnight I guess it’s for those who cannot sleep. But it is a fun drama, and has touchy stories to it. Like some made me very teary.
That said, I don’t think it’s one of the must watch, but defiantly not time wasted.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

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