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Fragile フラジャイル Episode 1 Review / First Glance


Keichiiro Kishi (Tomoya Nagase) is a brilliant pathologist that never makes a wrong diagnosis, won’t sugar-coat his words if he stumbles upon something he dislikes, and always looks dapper. His small-team consists of Hisashi Morii, (Shuhei Nomura) a pathologist technician and Chihiro Miyazaki (Emi Takei) who quit the neurologist department to join him, because he’s awesome like this.

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The first episode got off to a very promising start! I expected some sort of heavier mood, mostly focused on medical stuff and the patients’ backgrounds but for a medical drama, that was pretty uplifting.

Huge credit for that must be given to Tomoya Nagase of course, who (no surprise there! he is a very fine actor among his other gifts) already won me over with his quirky, cranky, caustic portrayal as Keiichiro.

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He avoids seeing patients, doesn’t want to be recognized throughout the hospital so he wears only his suit, gets easily into verbal fights with others and he seems to be surrounded by an irritable kind of air- but, while he comes off as an abrasive person, he is very honorable at his work, and understands completely the gravity of having to deal with human lives.

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That’s the quality that won over Miyazaki, a rookie neurologist with a deep empathy for the patients but a lack of determination to call out her superior when she felt he was not being thorough to examining the patients- seeing Keiichiro standing up and argue about what she could not, was a deciding factor in her wanting to work under his wing.

Hisashi knows Keiichiro for some time after being his technician, and while he sometimes gets annoyed at his constant craving for coffees, (lol) he puts up with his eccentricities since he respects him for being rigorous in his work, having the best interest of patients’ in his heart.

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The premiere had actually two cases that were overlooked from sloppy (well one of them was actually very stubborn in his opinion) doctors and Gotham Kei (yes, I already assigned him a nickname!) fixed their messes with his extensive search mixed with his brilliant mind- the best part is, he doesn’t even want to take the credit (Gotham Kei, I told you!) and just wants to go about his routine, which he seems to be pretty fervent about!

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Madoka Hosoki (Kato Koyuki) and Karou Nakaguma (Kinya Kitajoi) also made a brief appearance as Kei’s med school colleague and mentor respectively.

The ED song is pretty rad performed by TOKIO titled Fragile very much appropriately, already looking to be my new jam.

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Overall, a very good first episode, that it held its weight on the medical front but it allowed us to dive a bit (as much as a first episode can) in the characters’ depth, while also displaying their developing relationship as work-mates and friends.

(Batman, Robin and Batgirl! Bring iiiiit you sloppy docs!)

(Batman, Robin and Batgirl! Bring iiiiit you sloppy docs!)

Onwards to episode 2 then, here’s to Kei and his team breaking down wrong diagnoses saving lives in the process!

[disclaimer – this post was written by a very sleepy kipzizz for only ]

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  1. January 17, 2016 at 1:48 am — Reply

    Thanks for this review. I had forgotten all about this drama. Surprised Nagase’s comebacks haven’t generated much buzz.

    • January 17, 2016 at 1:50 am — Reply

      You’re welcome! ; )

      Hmm, you’re right actually- maybe it is, because it’s a medical drama (?)

  2. January 17, 2016 at 11:26 am — Reply

    Dang, I forgot all about this as well. It’s been quite a while since I’ve watched Tomoya in anything. Time to grab some new ‘blood’ now that I’m finally done with the life consuming, epic rewatch of mine. 🙂

    • January 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm — Reply

      It was a pretty decent first episode, I think you wil like it! (what were you rewatching by the way?)

      • January 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm — Reply

        It does sound like something I’d like, at least on the paper.

        The re-watch was ‘Of Monks and Masters’ – a little know historical drama from Mainland China. A true hidden gem (10 mini movie length episodes of visual grandeur and a plot that slays), probably because there are no subs, LOL! I watched it raw and I don’t speak a lick of Chinese. Not that I was obsessed or anything…There’s a pimp post @ my blog, well actually two… just in case you are dying to know why “the crazy”. XD

        • January 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm — Reply

          You watched it ALL raw? That’s some dedication right there!
          Will make sure to check later then. (got Arsenal to watch right now ; p)

  3. January 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    Thanks! Can’t wait for the review of Never Let Me Go.

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