Ryuusei no Kizuna
Ryuusei no Kizuna is one of the dramas that I mentioned in the highlights of Autumn 2008 post. This drama stars three very well-known actors, namely Toda Erika, Ninomiya Kazunari and Nishikido Ryo. And just that should make you excited and interested about this drama.
Ryuusei no Kizuna is a drama based on a novel going by the exact same name. The drama tells you the story of three orphans, whose parents were murdered a long time ago. Together the three decide to avenge their parents later in life. And to do so, all three of them become swindlers, and to keep that a secret, they make their police friends think that they’ve pretty much cut their ties with each other. The oldest brother, Ariaki Koichi (Ninomiya Kazunari), is the mastermind behind all of this, he is the guy who plans all the swindling and makes everything work out (which probably is more fitting for Ninomiya Kazunari than doing the swindling himself). The sister, Ariake Shizuna (Toda Erika), uses her charm and appearance to swindle people for money. The younger brother, Ariake Taisuke (Nishikido Ryo), is pretty much the do-everything-man who often works together with Shizuka on their swindling missions. As the time goes, the three find out more and more about their parents’ deaths, but under it all lies a dark secret that is yet to be revealed…
Although I did enjoy this drama, I did expect it to be a lot better. I always have confidence in these three main actors, and I think they did a great job, but it just wasn’t as spectacular as I expected it to be. It certainly was a highlight of the 2008 Autumn season, but it was pretty average overall. I expected a lot more suspense than it offered. If you have yet to watch it, don’t have too high expectations, that way you’ll probably enjoy it more. Having said that, I still recommend it, but if you’re not a fan of these actors, skipping it won’t hurt you.
- Title: 流星の絆
- Title (romaji): Ryuusei no Kizuna
- Format: Renzoku
- Genre: Suspense, bonds, comedy
- Episodes: 10
- Viewership ratings: 16.3 (Kanto)
- Broadcast network: TBS
- Broadcast period: 2008-Oct-17 to 2008-Dec-19
- Air time: Friday 22:00
- Theme song: Beautiful Days by Arashi
- Insert song: ORION by Nakashima Mika
The theme song is Beautiful Days by Arashi, and that’s a good choice for a theme song. However, the insert song by Nakashima Mika is even better! And she’s actually part of the cast as well, and it’s the first time I see her in a drama, or anywhere but in music videos really.
What do you think of this drama? Many of you have probably already seen it so feel free to share your opinions!