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J-Drama: 花咲舞が黙ってない 2 (Hanasaki Mai Speaks Out II)


After Sanadamaru finishes airing on Sunday, February 19, 2017, UTB will air the second season of the Hanasaki Mai drama. I'm glad we are seeing the second season, since I thoroughly enjoyed Season 1 back when it aired in 2016.

Since UTB is only airing one night a week now, I guess they can only air one drama at a time and so they might be rotating the Taiga with a contemporary drama. It's the first time I can ever remember that we haven't gotten the new Taiga drama after the old one finished airing. I'm speculating that we'll see the 2017 Taiga after Hanasaki Mai 2 finishes airing, but time will tell.

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UTB 18.2 Sunday Night Drama: HANASAKI MAI SPEAKS OUT II

Starts airing on Sunday, February 26, 2017
Airs on UTB Channel 18 on Sundays from 7:00p ~ 8:00p
(Following the end of SANADAMARU)

With English subtitles

Summary

Mai Hanasaki (Anne Watanabe) and Ken Soma (Takaya Kamikawa) work for Tokyo Daiichi Bank and their job is to fix problems that arise at various local bank branches. Keisuke Matsuki (Hiroki Narimiya) is an enthusiastic and honest bank teller. While working with Mai Hanasaki, he develops feelings for Mai Hanasaki. Meanwhile, insensitive Mai Hanasaki is oblivious to Keisuke's feelings towards her. —AsianWiki

Set in megabank Tokyo Daiichi Bank, “Hanasaki Mai Speaks Out” returns where it left off as Hanasaki Mai , the “relentless heroine”, and Soma Ken, the “hopeless middle-aged man”, continue their bumpy partnership in this delightful drama. The duo will tackle the multiple scandals and problems that arise in the bank's branches throughout the country—lost cash, embezzlement, information leakage, accounting fraud, and calculated bankruptcy. Two employees with neither power nor status stand up for their distressed colleagues who don’t have the nerve to blow the whistle. Follow the duo as they brilliantly solve one problem after another. -DramaWiki

Set in megabank Tokyo Daiichi Bank, “Hanasaki Mai Speaks Out2” returns where it left off at season1, “Never give up hero Hanasaki Mai ”, and “Hopeless middle-aged man Soma Ken”, continue their contrasting relationship in this delightful drama.
Please enjoy this scaled up “Hanasaki Mai Speaks Out2”.New Hanasaki Mai is back! -UTB

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Drama Information

Number of Episodes: 11
Genre: Corporate, drama, suspense
Theme Song:"I AM A HERO" by Fukuyama Masaharu
Originally aired: 07/08/2015 - 09/16/2015 on Channel NTV in Japan

Cast

Anne as Hanasaki Mai
Kamikawa Takaya as Soma Ken
Tsukaji Muga as Shibasaki Taiichi
Narimiya Hiroki as Matsuki Keisuke
Enoki Takaaki as Karashima Shinjiro
Ishibashi Ryo as Dojima Shogo
Komoto Masahiro as Kodama Naoki
Osugi Ren as Hanasaki Kozo
Namase Katsuhisa as Shinto Tsuyoshi

(For the complete cast list and links, please visit the AsianWiki page)

Character Correlation Chart

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/static/images/e/e2/Hanasakimai2-chart.jpg (click here)

Notes

1. Based on two novels by Jun Ikeido: "Fushoji" (published August, 2004 by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha) and "Ginko Somu Tokumei" (published August, 2002 by Kodansha Ltd.).

(From AsianWiki)


Awards

19th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jul-Sept 2015): Best Drama
19th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jul-Sept 2015): Best Actress - Anne
19th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jul-Sept 2015): Best Supporting Actor - Kamikawa Takaya

Links

NTV Official Website
UTB
DramaWiki
AsianWiki

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I wondered UTB would modify its schedule to accommodate both a taiga and contemporary drama. I recall back in the days of AHC - Asahi Home Cast - featured about 2, maybe 2 and a half, hours to feature both in addition to community news. UTB seems be going with a full two hours of programming bi-monthly for "espirit Japon" and I wonder what UTB features the other weeks the "esprit" is not on.
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Effective Sunday, April 2, UTB's schedule will change to a 2-hour format. As I predicted, they are slowly starting to rebuild their programming again. The new schedule is as follows:

Starting April 2, 2017:

6:00 - 6:55: Taiga drama (Naotora: The Lady Warrior)

6:55 - 7:00: SoCal Japan

7:00 - 8:00: Contemporary drama (Hanasaki Mai 2; when that finishes airing in May, Partners 15 will begin!)

A helpful chart is available on UTB's website.

Great news!


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<EPISODE 1> (Parts 1 and 2)

I finally had a chance to watch the premiere of Season 2. My DVR deleted the last two weeks worth of episodes, and it looks like UTB broke up the one-hour premiere episode into two different parts. So, I only had one episode to play catch-up with.

Everyone is back from Season 1, which is good since it was such a success. I can see that they've stuck to the usual formula for this season so far, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I remember Season 1 as being very enjoyable and never having a dull moment, so hopefully Season 2 will be just as good. If this season is successful, hopefully we will see a Season 3 in the future, too. But, I guess it's too easy to talk about that!

I do hope Mai and Soma get together at some point. It is cute how Soma has a hard time saying "no" to Mai, and you can really tell that she enjoys and respects him to a certain degree, too. In fact, they have a mutual respect of each other. One thing I find endearing about this drama is that the two leads can be funny without having to bash each other constantly. Yes, they trade quips from time to time but at the end of the day, they have a sense of loyalty towards each other and it makes the viewers really want to root for them.

The villain of the day looked awfully familiar and I finally realized mid-way who he is... Kameyama from Partners! I knew Yasufumi Terawaki hadn't completely disappeared from TV after leaving Partners, but I had heard that he was focusing more on theater and other projects. How nice to see him here! I enjoyed his acting in this episode, but if his oversized watch didn't fall off at the end of Part 2, I was going to rip it off of him - I got so annoyed with the clunkiness of it! LOL.

Actually, it was weird watching our "Kame" act like such a jerk when his character on Partners was always the advocate of the underdog. I know this was a completely different role, but I think it's the first time I have seen him in a non-Kame role. It was nice and I realized what an excellent actor he is!

Looks like Mr. Director got promoted to VP, but now he has a rival to deal with. I am curious if the rival will team up with Mai and Soma to fight against corruption, or if he's just as corrupt as the lot of them

Episode 2 airs tomorrow!
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Effective Sunday, April 2, UTB's schedule will change to a 2-hour format. As I predicted, they are slowly starting to rebuild their programming again. The new schedule is as follows:

Starting April 2, 2017:

6:00 - 6:55: Taiga drama (Naotora: The Lady Warrior)

6:55 - 7:00: SoCal Japan

7:00 - 8:00: Contemporary drama (Hanasaki Mai 2; when that finishes airing in May, Partners 15 will begin!)

A helpful chart is available on UTB's website.

Great news!



Can elaborate a bit where you got this information? I have been browsing the site and I read nothing regarding the "Partners" series.
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Please check the Partners 14 thread for more information.

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<EPISODE 2>

I thought I had posted my comments about this episode, but I guess I forgot... it seems like I'm the only one posting my comments about the J-dramas nowadays. I know we still have members who check in from time to time, so if you are watching this drama, it would be nice if you could check in!

Not much to say about this one other than the nice cameo appearance by "Kaito" from Partners. I actually enjoy his character here quite a bit and hope he can be added to the cast as a part-time character. I think the writers may be trying to build him up as a potential love interest for Mai, but that final scene said it all. He might be the one trying to woo her but she is going to be clueless about his advances and constantly trying to involve Soma, which could lead to a potential rivalry between Soma and Kaito. We'll see!

I'd personally rather see Mai end up with Kaito. I do like Soma but I think they might work best as friends/colleagues rather than as lovers - even though that's what the writers have been trying to build that up for the last couple of seasons. Who knows. I might be thinking too much about it and we might not see Kaito any more for the rest of the season. They may have just been trying to bring him on as a "once every season" type of character, similar to Jinkawa in Partners.

On a side note, I do hope our Kaito actor is doing okay, especially with the recent (unproved) allegations of his alleged drug-use. This may have been one of his final performances before the allegations came out.

I'll be back later with Episode 3 and 4 comments...
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<EPISODE 2>

I thought I had posted my comments about this episode, but I guess I forgot... it seems like I'm the only one posting my comments about the J-dramas nowadays. I know we still have members who check in from time to time, so if you are watching this drama, it would be nice if you could check in!

Not much to say about this one other than the nice cameo appearance by "Kaito" from Partners. I actually enjoy his character here quite a bit and hope he can be added to the cast as a part-time character. I think the writers may be trying to build him up as a potential love interest for Mai, but that final scene said it all. He might be the one trying to woo her but she is going to be clueless about his advances and constantly trying to involve Soma, which could lead to a potential rivalry between Soma and Kaito. We'll see!

I'd personally rather see Mai end up with Kaito. I do like Soma but I think they might work best as friends/colleagues rather than as lovers - even though that's what the writers have been trying to build that up for the last couple of seasons. Who knows. I might be thinking too much about it and we might not see Kaito any more for the rest of the season. They may have just been trying to bring him on as a "once every season" type of character, similar to Jinkawa in Partners.

On a side note, I do hope our Kaito actor is doing okay, especially with the recent (unproved) allegations of his alleged drug-use. This may have been one of his final performances before the allegations came out.

I'll be back later with Episode 3 and 4 comments...



Didn't he also play the delinquent Bad Boy Good Girl?

About episode 3 it was very similar to the season 1 episode where a teller was hiding stacks of money with tissue packs.



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This show is giving off conflicting messages regarding Mai's potential love interests. Sometimes it appears as though Soma is the one whereas other times it suggests that the the guy from the loan department is likely to end up with her. I hope that we will know before the end of the season what will actually happen. I somehow doubt that anything significant regarding this will be resolved, though.

Near the beginning of the first season, the writers seemed to be hinting at a relationship between Soma and Mai. After a while, however, those hints ceased.
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<EPISODE 3>

Welcome to the board, Arturas! Thank you for joining. Hope you'll check in again with your comments about this drama. I enjoyed reading them. emoticon

Yes, you're right about conflicting messages regarding Mai's love interests. They keep giving off hints that "Kaito" will end up with her, although Mai's father seems more into that possibility than Mai herself. I wonder if the storyline will end up being that Kaito falls for Mai, who is completely oblivious to his feelings and inadvertently invites Soma to their "dates" - as we saw at the end of Episode 2.

It would be more interesting if a sort of love triangle/rivalry developed between Soma and Kaito, who were old colleagues but are now in competition for Mai's heart. Somehow, I don't think the writers will develop a relationship between Mai and Soma - at least in this season. If they, do it'll be difficult to write future seasons, since it would permanently alter the collegial relationship between Mai and Soma and get in the way of the plot. Still, though, it would be more desirable from an entertainment point of view!

Unicorn, you are right about the similarity to the tissue pack episode from Season 1. I think that's why they put in that scene with the tissue packs in this episode, as a sort of tribute to that episode from the previous season. This time, she was sending off wads of cash in bigger boxes!

I was almost certain the senior teller was the one who was guilty of the crime, since she was being so nasty to everyone. The person who ended up being guilty (as well as her motive) took me by almost complete surprise.

Mr. Baba, the fraudster, was a total jerk - he would fit right into a Partners episode. I hope he will be locked up for a long, long time. I feel sorry for the teller who was also complicit. She did it for love but she ended up getting conned herself. I hope she will receive a lesser sentence than the man who lied to her and toyed with her emotions.

Good episode. I'll check out #4 next!
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