TV Series Feature: Doctor-X (Season 2)
Time for me to share my thoughts for season 2.
Romaji: Dokuta-X Gekai Daimon Michiko
Japanese: ドクターX ～外科医・大門未知子～
Director: Naomi Tamura, Hidetomo Matsuda
Writer: Miho Nakazono, Aya Takei
Network: TV Asahi
Release Date: October 17 – December 19, 2013
TV Ratings: 23.0% (weekly average)
Starring: Ryoko Yonekura, Naohito Fujiki, Yuki Uchida, Kenichi Endo, Ittoku Kishibe, Yoshiko Mita, Toshiyuki Nishida, etc.
Synopsis: Michiko (Ryoko Yonekura) enjoys a day watching horse racing at a race track in Hokkaido. Meanwhile, a woman, who is wearing luxurious fur and served by an attractive young man, sits in the owner’s chair, drinking champagne.
The horse, which is owned by the woman, blocks the path of another horse. The horse that is blocked is the horse that Michiko bet on. She loses all of her money and doesn’t even have enough for transportation.
Later, the horse racing staff informs the horse owner that her horse has a fractured leg and needs to be euthanized. The woman though refuses to put her horse to sleep. The horse cost 100 million yen. While the woman and the staff argue over the fate of her horse, Michiko happens to overhear their dispute. A veterinarian tells the woman that even if her horse has an operation, it won’t do any good. Hearing the veterinarian say that, fires up Michiko and she informs the owner that she will perform the operation on her horse. Michiko then heads to the operation room.
A few weeks later, Michiko attends a conference at Teito University Hospital in Tokyo. At the conference, doctors talk about treatment for a thighbone sarcoma patient. Doctors there make a decision to amputate the patient’s leg. Only one voice speaks out in dissent. That voice belongs to Michiko.
An uproar occurs at the conference over Michiko’s dissent. Michiko insists on saving the patient’s leg, while a hospital manager tries to push Michiko away. Then, the internal medicine department head calms down everyone. The internal medicine department head is the horse owner in Hokkaido.
For a sequel, I am not disappointed at all. On the contrary, I find this season better than the first one. Its much more enjoyable and the conflicts were much harder this time.
In some ways, the plot is similar to the first season. The differences were the conflicts, Daimon’s first encounter to some of the university doctors, and Daimon’s love interest. Yep, you read that right. In this season, we actually got a possible ship to route for. Yeeeeee!!
One of the things I like about the series would be the plot progression and the unexpected conflicts. Even though its only 9 episodes, the story was delivered really well. I never felt any changes in the pace, it was consistent all the way. I also like that some characters were the enemies on some episodes, then become comrades on the other episodes. It just shows how human they are, they have both good and bad sides to them. Definitely a plus.
Another thing I really really like in this series would be the new characters. I am quite shock to see Naohito Fujiki here, cuz he is BAE. Seeing him as Ryoko Yonekura’s love interest definitely excited me and their chemistry is through the roof. Naohito Fujiki never fails to amaze me, he always have good chemistry with his partners. Yoshiko Mita, surely made me confused the most. She’s so mysterious, I can’t read her. On some episodes, she seemed to be on the good side, on other episodes, she’s on the other side. Damn, everytime she smiles, I can’t really tell if she’s planning something bad or was it a genuine one. Such a marvelous actress. As always, Ryoko Yonekura & Yuki Uchida were BADASS as Daimon Michiko & Hiromi Jonouchi. I really really like that in this season, we get to see more of Hiromi Jonouchi’s playful side now that she’s also a freelance doctor. She interacts really well with Daimon’s literal old buddies. I also like the fact that Daimon Michiko is definitely the improved version from the previous season. She’s still sassy, but she now knows how to interact well with the patients. I also like her short hair in this season compared to the previous one.
Last thing I really like about this series was the growth of the characters. It wasn’t only Daimon who grew all through out the 9 episodes, but also the other doctors in the university hospital. They grew tremendously, to a point I don’t see them as shallow doctors only following what their superior commands them to do. It was really nice to watch.
Overall, this season is a must watch especially if you finished the first season. Its alot better and more enjoyable. I definitely had a great time watching this one.
Gonna move on to the 3rd season.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
Thanks for reading.