TV Series Feature: Orthros no Inu

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I think now you guys know that I like to watch shows where my bias is part of the cast. Well, it can’t be helped. Though, I recently watch alot of series where I dunno the casts. Orthros no Inu is one of them. hehehehehhe.

Anyway, here’s another Nishikido Ryo series that I like.

Drama: The Dog of Orthros
Romaji: Orthros no Inu
Japanese: オルトロスの犬
Network: TBS
Episodes: 9
Release Date: July 24 – September 25, 2009
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Starring: Nishikido Ryo, Takizawa Hideaki, Mizukawa Asami, Takito Kenichi, etc.
Synopsis: Ryuzaki Shinji who possesses a “God Hand”, the power to heal wounds and illnesses just by touching the patient, is in fact a dark introvert who does not reveal his true self to others. Aoi Ryosuke who possesses the “Demon’s Hand”, the power to kill a person just by touching him, is as kind and pure as an angel. When the demon meets the God, a fatal battle begins…
Detective Hasebe Nagisa gets caught by the criminals during a deep cover operation. Ryosuke, a man she does not even know comes to save her and she witnesses his “Demon’s Hand” in action. Thereafter she discovers by coincidence the existence of Shinji’s “God Hand” and brings the two together. Little did she know that this would cause great disorder to the world and even to her own life… (MyDramaList)

My Thoughts:

Orthros no Inu blew me away. The plot was so interesting and intriguing. I enjoyed binge-watching everything.
The story was unique. It tackles what it means to be human and our human nature. All of us are born good and bad, it depends on you and your choices which side you are on. In this series, the situations the characters faced tested their vulnerable sides and their own humanity. Would they do the bad thing? Or do what is the right thing to do. The series was quite intense.

But what made the series really good were the characters. Two main characters who happens to be siblings and are polar opposites. They happened to possess both a blessing and a curse. The older brother weilds the “God’s Hand” and heals other people, while the younger brother weilds the “Demon Hand” and easily kills people. They didn’t ask for this powers, but they had to live with it. Its a struggle between the two brothers and their contradicting views made this series really intriguing to watch. The mystery and suspense surrounding them, added with political drama and amazing chemistry between the casts, its this could easily be my favorite series. But…its not.

As much as I love this series, the negative parts of the story made me turn a bit off. The pacing was a bit too fast, which was a bummer. Yeah, this series was only 9 episodes, if it was a bit longer then it would have been better. Another thing would be Nishikido Ryo’s acting. It was lacking and I was expecting more from him. Rather than be on the same level with Takizawa Hideaki, Nishikido Ryo’s acting lacked abit of emotions. There were moments were he is bland compared to Taki. It was disappointing. Lastly, the development of Mizukawa Asami’s character. I had seen Mizukawa’s acting before, and bruh, she is good. She is also good here in this series, but she didn’t get enough development. It was a waste. But all of this are all my opinion, so don’t take too seriously.

So yeah, those negative points definitely affected my adoration to this series. Still, I would still consider this series as one of the unique and intriguing ones offered by Japan. Definitely worth the watch.
Thanks for reading!!

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