ドラマ:Kagi no Kakatta Heya (The Locked Room Murders)

Enomoto Kei is a security “otaku” working for a security firm, devoted to improving the securities system on a daily basis. He is not an easy person to familiarize oneself with, always collected and calm, unapproachable, a maniac in Physics, Science, Architecture and profound in other basic theoretical foundation. He is certain and proud of the fact that there is no key which he cannot unlock.

One day, Kei is asked to help reveal a mystery behind a locked room murderer. While he lacks any interest in solving the mystery, he is inevitably intrigued by the term, “Closed Doors” and decides to take on the position. He works side by side with Aoto Junko and Serizawa Gou, who are lawyers working at a major law firm. Junko is pure and forward, acting upon her instincts while Serizawa is a prideful elitist who sees time as money, and therefore, will not take on any job that is unprofitable.

Possessing a vast amount of knowledge and acute insightfulness, Kei is able to unlock the closed doors and unravel the secrets leading to the solution. Never before has there been a drama focused solely on closed doors. It’s an all new original mystery that will keep you guessing every week! — Fuji TV

 

Watching the first episode of this drama was a bit slow for me. Although I was excited that Ohno plays one of the main characters of the series, I was a bit uncomfortable with the overall tone of the drama. How should I say this? There was something lacking from the episodes. Emotions? The elements too technical? I can’t pin it well, but until the end, there’s something lacking from the show for me despite the thrilling “unlocking” of the locked rooms which were very technical, indeed. I could not help but think, oh how Japanese this show is.

Anyhow, I would give this drama a five-star if not for the development of the characters. I felt that they were all flat; mere tools to move the plot of each episode. Each character has his/her charm definitely, but we (the audience) don’t get to know more about them.

We know that Aoto Junko is a new lawyer in Serizawa Goh’s law firm and she’s single. Serizawa is a big-shot corporate lawyer who we also know is single, lives in luxury, and serves somewhat as comic relief against the grim murder case presented in each episode. Meanwhile, Enomoto Kei, we learn along the way, isolated himself from the rest of the Tokyo Total Security staff because of a past accusation issue, he’s very private, loves locks and unlocking them, while showing hints of cuteness (sorry, this is my bias speaking now).

The last three episodes and the SP (special episode) hinted of Enomoto’s background and the events built suspicion on his true nature. This part got me riled up because they didn’t explain further! The drama was truly focused on showing the tricks behind the locked room murders, so the characters involved felt like accessory to the trick, so to speak.

I guess as a character-invested reader/viewer, I was disappointed. I like rounded characters, so to watch a series with potentially interesting characters left in the dark felt a bit of a waste. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the drama, and I was glued to my bed the whole time trying to unlock the cases along, but my desire to know more about the characters was always at the back of my head.

I say season 2, but this is Japan TV! Rarely is a show given another season, with the exception of really successful ones like Hana Yori Dango, Trick, and Gokusen, yet the last two had the very same format as their original season, so we don’t really get anything new except for new characters (and actors). HanaDan was different because the story is continuous, not episodic, so the plot is stretched the more episodes we watch.

Oh well.

Still… おつかれさまでした!

 

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