Kaito Yamaneko / Mysterious Thief Yamaneko Episode 1 Review
If there was ever a guide how to draw viewers in from the premiere and get them all excited about the next episode, Kaito Yamaneko wins that category hands down! Don’t let those cat-postures fool you, this is a formidable brigade that can bring down corrupted organizations, expose their evil deeds on the public and pocket their money while at that!
Like I have already stated on a previous post, I did expect to like this show because the ingredients of an uncommon thief hunting down “the wicked”, being assisted by a journalist and a hacker, usually turns out good; possibly not something that will have a profound meaning or move you deeply, but the entertainment value in shows with a basic premise like this, is pretty much more than average.
Well, Kaito Yamaneko not only has its entertainment value pegged on a high level, it also holds the quality of presenting powerful, emotional scenes amidst all the action and the humour.
Kame owns Yamaneko already; it feels like this role was tailor-made for him and I got a feeling he relishes playing that part and pulling off all those theatrical moves.
Yamaneko is eccentric, wacky with an affinity for never being able to stand to one place, constantly moving, teasing others and having fun while facing dangerous situations. He also loves quoting from Nitobe’s Bushido, a book he seems to carry at all times.
His past on why he was captured and tortured is one of the big mysteries, along with what happened to him through the 3 years after he escaped and took the Phantom Thief ID. (and the question of did he/did he not do that in the end of the episode. I choose to side with Mao’s belief on that!)
Hideo Katsumura (Hiroki Narimiya) is a well-mannered journalist, that has the misfortune (or fortune!) of covering Yamaneko’s notorious adventures- his reports catch Yamaneko’s attention who grants him access to his hideout with his two partners, allowing him to monitor him for his future features. He has a romantic interest to Sakura Kirishima, (Nanao) a rookie at the police force who has it out for Yamaneko as she thinks he killed her father.
Mao Takasugi (Hirose Suzu) is the last one to join Yamaneko’s crusade; she’s a genius hacker that starts a rival to his goals of exposing a corrupted company, as she works for her father’s best interests, acquiring him data he needs in order to scam people.
Yamaneko uncovers the real reason she works for her father and she becomes an ally after a very emotionally intense confrontation -there’s an amazing scene near the end of the episode, where both Kame and Hirose are brilliantly presenting their characters’ deep heart scars and it showcases that the show is willing to deal with darker themes.
Sakura’s superior, Sugo Shekimoto (Sasaki Kuranosuke) a sleazy policeman has connections to Todo Kenichiro, (Kitamura Yukiya) an ex news reporter that plans to run for governor and both of them will probably carry out the villain label.
Overall, the first episode featured a stylish mix of action, mystery, humour, depth and captivated my interest from the first to the last-minute! I was glad to find out that it scored quite high on the ratings (14,3%), very much deservedly so!
Onwards to episode 2 then, can’t freaking wait to hear that neko-theme again!
[disclaimer – this post was written by a watching-masha-winning-right-now kipzizz for dramajjang.co only; + huge thanks to mottofreaky @twitter!)