After a day or so of not visiting, the discussion has certainly heated up some -- and not always in a good way. Please, no personal attacks on the forum, if you don't mind. Though a discussion necessarily involves your own opinions, it is
possible to put across your own opinions without putting down another person -- and some of the replies to the thread are seriously downright rude.
Guys -- could we all just calm down
before we make any replies? We're all experts in communicating online -- and I'm sure you know what kind of phrases could easily be taken the wrong way, or that are more antagonistic than others.
The comments and judgments on the characters have also gotten very harsh. Of course, the drama's not going in the direction many of us hope, and the way things are progressing has also made some of us impatient with the characters and their apparent lack of sense. But shall we give the scriptwriter the benefit of the doubt for now? Probably the seeming lack of direction is making us antsy, but the small side stories may make sense in the bigger picture of the drama, as it goes on.
I rewatched a couple of the first few episodes to get a sense of the story again -- breaking it up week by week made me lose a sense of the pacing. I liked the pacing of the first two episodes -- light-hearted and quick with parts of seriousness, but the next two episode started dragging out the process a little. Also, there were always parts in the drama I wasn't really emotionally invested in -- the side story about Nakaji's dad and Haru's mom, for instance, even though it's likely to come out as an important plot point in the later part of the drama.
However, the running scenes in Episode 5 (I love the way Eita is always running -- also, did he run past the Last Friends
underpass where he got beaten up?!
) made it more reminiscent of the pacing of the first episode, also the way Haru's plot seems to be moving on a bit more. I've hopes for the way the story is going to progress. I'm also keen to see what other acting tricks Juri's going to pull -- so far, it seems that she's been getting a handle on Haru's character, but hasn't had the chance to break out in it yet.