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Me too, Dunedan! I'm still waiting for the day when Kame makes a cameo appearance. He has been my favorite out of all of Ukyo's partners.



Surely you meant a Kameo appearance?

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Surely you meant a Kameo appearance?
LOL! I just cracked up! Good one, Ostadan. emoticon

<EPISODE 1> (Part 3 of 3)

The hour just flew by, didn't it? This was one of the saddest premiere episodes we've seen on Partners. I totally wasn't expecting Miura, Itami's partner, to become so seriously injured and resign from the force. When we saw that scene with him on the slide, screaming in agony from the knife wound on his leg, I had an ominous feeling that this wasn't going to end well. Now, he'll have to rely on a cane for life. Miura had the option of continuing on the force at a desk job, but I think his true passion was being on active duty... and so, he decided to resign. He's been on the series from Season 1, and so it'll definitely feel very odd not seeing him around. An integral part of the Three Stooges is gone!

What was even more sad was watching Itami's heartbroken reaction. Itami isn't one to show his true emotions, but at the same time, he's an extremely emotional guy who keeps things bottled up. We saw a bit of this when Kame left the show. The only way he's able to react to Miura, his best buddy, leaving the force is running outside—so that nobody sees his tears and knows what pain he is currently experiencing. I wonder if Miura will be replaced on the show by another officer who will join Itami and Serizawa?

If Miura is really gone, though, I suspect Itami and Serizawa will be collaborating a lot more with Ukyo and Kaito on the cases, like we saw in this episode. Miura was usually the "emotionally grounded" one of the Three Stooges, and now that he's gone, Itami will need someone like him around. If Miura isn't replaced, we might see Itami closely collaborating with Ukyo on the cases—which would be lots of fun. Itami is truly portrayed an excellent actor, and I think this episode really showed us just how great of a performer he is. Very believable!

Another scene I thought was very telling was how Ukyo walked out of Miura's hospital room quite abruptly, at the very end. We've often compared Ukyo to a computer, and I feel like he doesn't do too well in these types of situations. The computer was unable to process the information (Miura quitting the force) and so Ukyo walked out—unable to deal with this emotional issue. Ukyo then told Kaito that nothing he could have said would change or alter the situation, or Miura's feelings. I thought this was very telling. Ukyo's not the type to comfort people emotionally or offer words of support—although he may do it in his own unique way. Ukyo's reaction may have been misunderstood as being "cold" or "uncaring", but I feel like those who really know and understand Ukyo won't feel that way. That's why Miura wasn't surprised at all by Ukyo walking out. Instead, he muttered, Inspector Ukyo will never change. I enjoyed the acting during that scene.

Great moment when Kaito punched that journalist right in the sucker. Kaito agreed with the journalist—his father is "trash", and as true as that might be, he won't accept such insults from other people. Watching that scene made me realize there is some tiny hope for Kaito and his father to reconcile.

Kaito-Dad is quite the emotionally stoic person, isn't he? For a minute, I was hoping that the scene edited out by the journalist during the "hostage interview" would be Kaito-Dad saying he wanted to get out for the sake of his son, but that didn't happen... instead, he just made some comment about how he had faith the police would come for him. I wonder when (or if) there will ever be a reconciliation between father and son. One thing is for sure, though—I expect Ukyo to play a major part in a reconciliation, if it ever happens.

We didn't see much of Mr. Contact Lenses or Mr. Forensics Guy in this episode. I know it is just the premiere, but I wonder if this means they will have lessened roles this season? Hmm.

Can't wait for Episode 2 next week! Great (but sad) premiere.
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I wondered if the writers will have a romance (of sorts) developing between Ukyo and Hana no Sato lady. Was it the ending of Part 1 where the last scene was of her walking out from behind the counter and sitting beside Ukyo on a customer stool? He had a rather warm smile on his face—which is saying a lot for Ukyo.

Other observations - Will they soften up K-Dad's character, thus the relationship between the two? When Kai Mineaki took a principled stand (albeit his own principles) about not begging to be freed with money or whatever, I think Kaito was surprised and a little proud of his dad for once. This was true of Onodo, as well. He was a mixture of "trash" and good and often it wasn't easy to distinguish what was really going on with him.

Looks like the Three Stooges group will also be updated somehow. Maybe we will be seeing Itami more involved in the episodes. He is a popular cast member with the Japanese audience. I always enjoy seeing his role expanded, too. Itami is another very complicated personality in the mix and I very much enjoy Kawahara Kazuhisa's portrayal of him.

Kawahara's acting abilities cover a very wide range of emotions, from comedy to the heart wrenching, and he does all of them realistically. It was also interesting to see a serious, leading man side to him in the past episode where he meets the female reporter who wants insider information from him (where he laments that HE might have been responsible for the newspaper leak). It showed a different side of Itami, that there is a whole lot more to this character than the silly fool he sometimes displays.

As for the opening episode of this season, I thought it was rather good. At first, I wasn't expecting the real murderer to be the Teito newspaper reporter, though his behavior indicated he had some sort of agenda against the police from the beginning. Ukyo had wondered if the murderer was related to the CEO who was executed in Eldovia by kidnappers. Sure enough, the reporter turned out to be the CEO's son. (He sure was a cold son of a gun, wasn't he? Watching his pleading, poisoned victim's body twitching near death, then finishing him off with cyanide while assuring the victim this was the antidote, was about as malevolent as you can get.)

I'm looking forward to Season 12 continuing on at their high level of quality.
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I've thought the same thing about Ukyo and Ms. BL developing some kind of a romance. There were hints of it last season, but I think the writers are really serious about making this story line a reality this season. It'll be quite interesting, especially considering the fact that we haven't really been exposed to any aspects of Ukyo's personal life—much less his relationships. We can remember how private he was about his past with Ms. Ex-Ukyo, so it'll be so interesting to see how his relationship with Ms. BL develops.

One major difference between K-Dad and Onoda was that we always saw a more human side to Onoda. Yes, he was just as fond of the political shenanigans and controversies as K-Dad is, but I always found him to be rather warm towards Ukyo—whether or not it was 100% genuine. With K-Dad, though, it's so hard to see an ounce of humility in that man. I can never forget how he coldly asked his secretaries if his son was "dead yet" when Kaito had been gravely injured during one of the multi-part episodes last season. Even now, though he stood up for his morals about not negotiating with the terrorists, I found it a bit disheartening that he didn't really mention his son. I suppose it wasn't the time or the place, but a part of me wished he broke out into a speech about how his son was a detective on the force and would surely rescue him, as part of the great police department.

That being said, I have hope for K-Dad. I hope we'll see a softer side to him this season, little by little. If the writers changed his character too quickly, it would seem rather unnatural. If we see a slow transition, it'll make things much more realistic.

We've had a lot of villains over the years, but the Teito newspaper guy (wasn't that Miwako's old company?) was about as cold-hearted as they get!? He seemed to be getting some real satisfaction as he watched his victim suffer in his last few moments. It's as if he had great joy watching the man think he was drinking an antidote, only to realize that he had just been given cyanide. What a way to go! Ugh.

I thought things were a little vague with the fate of the "King" and the other 'cult members' from the internet video site. I expected more dialogue between them and Kaito, but it was a little anti-climactic, almost. Perhaps we haven't seen the last of them, which is why the writers wanted to leave things open-ended. They always bring back old characters from previous cases (especially complicated ones) so I bet we'll see them again at some point!

I totally agree about Itami. Miura's departure from the series might mean that we'll see more development for Itami as a main, central character to the cast. Which is great! Kawahara Kazuhisa is a superb actor, and I look forward to hopefully seeing him in more scenes, playing a more central role in the investigation and stories. I'm really curious about whether or not Miura will be replaced, adding a third member to Itami and Serizawa's duo. Or perhaps it'll just be Itami and Serizawa. That way, both groups of 'partners' in the series will have two members each (Ukyo & Kaito, Itami & Serizawa).
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I was shocked to see Miura go, but then it's not really shocking in seeing recurring characters leaving the show so abruptly. That seems to be the norm. Kame, Onoda and Tamaki all left the show in ways that seemed so sudden.
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I was shocked to see Miura go, but then it's not really shocking in seeing recurring characters leaving the show so abruptly. That seems to be the norm. Kame, Onoda and Tamaki all left the show in ways that seemed so sudden.
Yes, that's certainly true, isn't it? I feel like all of the departures on Partners have been rather sudden and unanticipated. Kanbe left at the end of his final season, but for everybody else who left, I think it was either at the beginning or middle part of the season. The factors behind the respective departures were also rather surprising, such as Onoda's sudden death and Tamaki's decision to go on a trip around the world. Miura's departure falls under that same category, doesn't it?
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<EPISODE 2>

Wow, such a great episode. The unique and exciting plot reminded me why I prefer Partners to all the other detective dramas. The cases aren't mundane—in fact, it's just the opposite. I feel like we actually get to learn something after watching these episodes. It's more than just solving the case and getting the "bad guy", and that's why I feel like Partners is so much more than a regular detective drama.

The fact that we're getting more about the Republic of Toa in the regular episodes means that this season may be a little more on the heavy side than we're used to. In the past, I think they've reserved the Toa/Salween (in other words, the political episodes based on fictional countries) for the big mid-season or season finale episodes, but since we're hearing the names during the regular episodes, too, it might mean that we're in for quite the season!

I was happy to see Ukyo's academic side pop out in this episode. It's been a while since we've seen that side of him! I always get a kick out of how Ukyo can solve mathematical problems like a robot. We saw that when he was writing the formula for "pi" (3.14...) on the board during the final scene. Ukyo was sort of keeping his mathematical skills on the down-low for most of the episode. Then, when he showed the professor his true mathematical talents, the professor was amazed. The math professor had probably underestimated Ukyo's skills (probably considering him a "lowly detective") but little did he know that Ukyo wasn't just a run-of-the-mill detective!

Sad to see Itami and Serizawa all alone. It definitely feels like a piece of the puzzle is missing now that Miura is gone. I guess it's normal to feel that way, since Miura had been a part of the show since Season 1.

Loved seeing Kaito turn the piece of paper into a paper airplane, when he was busy trying to figure out the professor's math problem about how a piece of paper can get a human to the moon. At the end of the day, the whole thing was hypothetical. A paper can get us to the moon if we fold it 42 times, but it is only possible to fold a piece of paper 7 times. So, the whole thing was hypothetical. It was a nice allusion to the fact that academia can be considered too abstract and not very practical. LOL!

It was ironic that the professor ran away from fame (refusing to publish the solution to the prime numbers mystery) in order to save the world and prevent the information from getting into the wrong hands. Too bad that things had to come to this. Okura did seem a little off his rocker, though. Even though he claimed he wouldn't sell the information to Toa, I don't think he realized what he was even saying at that point. Who knew what he would have done had he stayed alive... that information on the prime numbers would have gone into the wrong hands!

Speaking of Toa, it's ironic that Itami only decided to cooperate with Ukyo and Kaito when he didn't receive clearance to investigate the representative from Toa. Since Itami was unable to do it, he shared the information with the only person who would have the courage to defy the higher-ups and investigate—Ukyo. This is a pattern we've seen before, and looks like it'll keep happening this season.

The actor who played the math professor did a very good job. I wonder if we'll see him in any other dramas on UTB.

Can't wait for next week! Episode 3 airs next Thursday. Season 12 is turning out to be a great season thus far. Hope it stays that way!
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I received this in the mail today from UTB:

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Congratulations, Creidesca! I entered UTB's contest, too, but I haven't gotten anything in the mail yet. Maybe next week!

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Greg, in tonight's episode, I know the subtitles mentioned "vibrio enteritis", which I believe means enteritis caused by the bacteria from the genuus vibrio, but did the dialogue specifically mention which species of vibrio?

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