Voice (2009)

  • Title: ヴォイス
  • Title (English): Voice
  • Tagline: 命なき者の声
  • Tagline (romaji): Inochi Naki Mono no Koe
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Medical, mystery
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 14.5 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-12 to 2009-Mar-23
  • Air time: Monday 21:00
  • Theme song: Setsuna by GReeeeN

Synopsis

A group of five medical students take on the task of conveying the “voices of the dead.”

Kaji Daiki fails to get into a popular heart surgery seminar but is somehow accepted into a seminar on forensic pathology. When he approaches professor Sagawa and asks him why he ended up in the seminar, Sagawa challenges him by asking why he wants to study heart surgery. Daiki replies that medicine is meaningless after the heart stops, but Sagawa counters that medicine also applies to the dead.

And so, together with fellow students Ryosuke, Kanako, Teppei and Akira, Daiki begins to explore the mysteries of death.

Cast

Eita as Kaji Daiki :: Eita always plays interesting roles and this is no exception. Kaji Daiki is a super tall, super cute college dork who gets put into the forensics seminar rather than the cardiac surgery one he so wanted. Little does he know, he has a calling for forensics science actually. Everything about this character is just cute; except for his fashion sense. He can be seen constantly wearing a long teal duffle coat, blue slacks, and a striped, long sleeved shirt. Questionable? I’ll say xD   Most of his interesting and funny scenes are with Ishimatsu Ryosuke (Ikuta Toma) and Kuboaki Kanako (Ishihara Satomi). Also, Daiki has a knack for asking/questioning everything with a “doushite (why?)”  And this, naturally, drives everyone else crazy. A memorable scene of this would be in the beginning of episode 7. Why? You’ll have to watch it to find out. All in all, Eita = one of the best<3

Ikuta Toma as Ishimatsu Ryosuke :: Not a very interesting role for Ikuta Toma this time. Ishimatsu Ryosuke is Daiki’s classmate and close friend, who’s father wants him to take over the hospital but he refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue his own goals. Of course, it’s obvious that Ryosuke went into forensics just to spite his father but can you blame him? His father is anything but kind and easy-going. Unlike Daiki, I do approve of Ryosuke’s wardrobe. Call me simple, but I really like it. He’s constantly wearing a hoodie underneath a parka and blue jeans with Timbaland shoes (?) well that’s how it looks to me. Overall, nice role for Toma :]

Ishihara Satomi as Kuboaki Kanako :: The last time I saw Ishihara Satomi in a serious role was Water Boys 2. Here, Kuboaki Kanako is a serious medical student who enters into forensics to figure out the truth behind her mother’s death. Now, she isn’t 100% serious all the time. When she’s in the presence of Kaji Daiki, a different side of her comes out (a hilarious one at that). Daiki knows just what buttons to push to get a great reaction out of her. These two are really amusing to watch in each episode. Satomi does a great job portraying Kanako in a sense where she doesn’t overact anything.

Endo Yuya as Kirihata Teppei :: This nerd who is interested in forensics because of one thing. Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint: his favorite tv show in America. Still don’t know? This show is the first of it’s kind on CBS. If you guessed CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, then sekai!! Give yourself a cookie for getting the correct answer. Teppei becomes even more interested in DNA testing at the lab. He provides the comic relief (along with Hanei Akira [Sato Tomohito]). Endo Yuya is awesome playing Kirihata Teppei!

Sato Tomohito as Hanei Akira :: I usually see Sato Tomohito in very minor roles (aside from this and the recent Untouchable with Nakama Yukie). Hanei Akira is one of Daiki’s classmates in the forensics department. Akira chose this field of study because it saved him from being charged as a murderer in his past and now he hopes to help others in the same situation, innocent and accused. Although he looks tough, he has a weak stomach for autopsies; which I find really hilarious. Job well done for Sato Tomohito in this drama ^_^

Storyline &* Relationships

If you think that this drama is about autopsies and murders, then you’re wrong. Voice is about the victims, or deceased, and their final moments before they passed. With the help of Kaji Daiki, Ishimatsu Ryosuke, Kuboaki Kanako, Kirihata Teppei, and Hanei Akira, the deceased has a chance to let their “voice(s)” be heard to the ones they love and care about. Unlike the usual forensics we see, this is about character and life itself; very moving.

In the lab, there are 3 other characters that help our 5 students. They are Sagawa Fumihiko, Natsuigawa Reiko, and Kaburagi Makoto. Sagawa Fumihiko is the head professor of the forensic studies depart. He is the one responsible for Daiki’s random transfer into the forensics seminar. Why? Because however many years ago, Sagawa-sensei met a chibi Kaji Daiki who is a very peculiar child that recognizes death in weird ways. Strange? Hell yeah. Coincidence? Only in dramas like these where fate always seems to lead you down the right path; if only that were true in real life. Then we have Natsuigawa Reiko, the assitant professor who’s too serious for her own good. And last but not least, there’s the ever-so-strange Kaburagi Makoto, the Perfume-loving dna tester. Now, on to the relationships!

Relationship #1: Hanei Akira and Kirihata Teppei. Don’t go jumping to conclusions, these two are not gay for each other. Rather, their friendship is what caught my attention. It’s very obvious that Teppei is dead scared of Akira, but that doesn’t stop him from making fun of Akira unconsciously. And when he does that, Akira yells and chases after him like a rampaging bull full of anger. These two are just too funny to not watch x]

Relationship #2: Natsuigawa Reiko and Ishimatsu Ryosuke. These two are hard to find a connection with. It was obvious that Ryosuke liked Reiko, but I didn’t feel the chemistry that I would have liked to see. Instead, I saw friendship and understanding more than anything else. It would’ve been better if Ryosuke developed feelings for Kanako instead, that could have been really cute and it’d be nice if Daiki had a little competition haha

Relationship #3 (my favorite): KAJI DAIKI and KUBOAKI KANAKO!! These two are wayyyyyy tooo cute not to like them. They bicker, help each other, investigate together, etc.; what more could you ask for. Daiki loves to poke fun at Kanako for certain things and the reactions she gives are just priceless. Plus, you can tell he gets a real kick out of it. At the end, you see Kanako and Daiki walking along the side walk with luggage. If you think they’re running away together, oh I wish that were true. But no, Kanako is leaving to study abroad and she’s making Daiki carry her luggage. As she’s about to board the bus, I thought they were going to kiss. However, that’s just my wishful thinking. Of course, it’s only natural that they don’t kiss because this is a Japanese drama and they are very scarce on romance; especially if the genre of the drama is anything but romance. Damn you Japanese dramas! Give me my couple!! >.<;

Overall, this drama is a light-comedy with heartwrenching stories and subtle romance mixed in with medical terms. Again, if you’re looking for murder and what not, then this drama isn’t for you. But, if you’re looking for something cute and heartwarming, then here you go! .. watch it.

Rating: 8 out of 10

I wanted Kanako and Daiki to end up together.
But once again, I’m left deprived.

This has been a Haejin review.


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