Tuesday, April 21, 2009

VOICE notes: ep.s 8-11 (the ending! i'll miss these students and their investigations~)


this post has been a long time coming!!
can u believe it?? i finished VOICE on april 4, but no time to talk about it till now. and by the end of this week, his new drama will start already!! EHHH!! and i'm nowhere close to finishing uploading all the scaps i got for Voice. -__- well, it might be a couple wks be4 the 1st ep. of majo is subbed and i can watch it anyway, though...

without further ado~
let's do this!!

1st of all, some VOICE goodies i want to share with everyone. =)

^_^ u can download the VOICE OST here!! (in fact, i'm listening to it right now. i love the simple but meaningful titles of the tracks!! and it's in eng. too! yey.)

the VOICE cast signed this page (of the VOICE book?) can u tell which signature is toma's?? that silly guy, the way he wrote it!! =P look at the comments below for the answer. i guessed right!!

i tried to find some MVs for VOICE, but yappari, there's only 1. haha. and i thought there was too few made for H&C!! well, maybe cuz youtube is deleting more and more toma videos more and more quickly, too. but after all, i don't think a lot of ppl have watched/finished VOICE, so.... anyway, here it is, it's one about eita and aki's relationship (no spoilers):

2nd of all, i want to thank you (again) all the ppl
who made it possible for me to watch this drama!
ARIGATOU GOZAIMASHTA~~ to sarujin and everyone at GiriGiri fansubs for subbing this drama. the subs were excellent, and i really appreciated the extra "notes of doom"!! ^_^ to TimeLesSubs for hardsubbing (though i ended up only watching 1 ep. hardsubbed)! to Kasey Sanada at jdramas, who uploaded episodes for us!!

minna-chan~ thank you so much for everything u do for us! ♥♥♥

3rd of all, i wish the ratings for VOICE was better. the last episode only got 13.6%. and the average was 14.5. oh well...at least it did better than Maou and Honey and Clover! Maou's average rating was only 11.4 (though the last ep. got 14%), and H&C's average was only 8.9! i suppose if u're not a toma or eita fan, it could be a little boring/not that interesting to watch...but actually, VOICE did pretty well (comparatively speaking?), since i checked out the average rating of other spring dramas, and most were 10 or below!! even ohno's drama's average was just 10.8! it would be so cool if Majo Saiban can get higher average, though!! like 16% or more.

4th of all, just in case any of u were wondering, these are the babelfish translations of the episodes titles. most of them are short and simple, so most of them make sense.

oh, also, did u know that "koe" = voice/come here/LOVE!!! =D since the whole title of the drama is so long, and they mostly refer to it as VOICE, i only call it that, but the whole title (or title + tagline) is: KOE -Inochi Naki Mono no Koe-. which means, of course, voices of the lifeless (people).

1 medicine to save lost lives
2 having eggs, the man who gets a shock
3 As for cause of death of mother of 15 years ago
4 Close friend on the dissection stand
5 The scoop photograph which is not visible
6 The inpatient who is expected
7 Time sale of life per seat
8 The flame which cannot be turned off under any condition
9 Death of the man who could read (predict) the rain
10 Last large game
11 When dividing (seperating/going seperate ways), my tomorrow

umm....i should say some things about what i liked about this drama and why i'll miss it.
well, i learned a lot from watching VOICE! =) i learned about a lot of different syndromes and diseases that are life-threatening (it might come in handy some day!). i learned more about japanese food/culture (thanks to girigiri's notes of doom!). though i already know that life is precious and short, but watching this drama, i'm reminded anew that u should always treasure your loved ones, live life to the fullest, and also be a kind person and try to help others. i really enjoyed seeing how these 5 students help the grieving family members and also help each other get through various obstacles. i really love seeing this group of friends' camaraderie and solving cases together...ah~ i love dramas that concentrate on friendship. :D and they could barely squeeze in any special love story (daiki & aki's love story is way too subtle!!), but that's ok. i liked how mostly every episode is focused on a different family...actually, it's a drama mainly about friendship/family ne~ and how truly important friends and family members are to us, how they will always love us, support us, be with us through thick and thin. *__* ah...i just realized this now~~ VOICE really is a meaningful drama ne. (and it made me wanna cry at the end of nearly every episode~)

oh, i should mention what toma said about VOICE ending. he was really moved by the ending and he was really happy to be able to "study" every day while filming. and of course, he wants all the viewers to know that if they liked each episode, it is enough 2 make him very happy. =) and he thanked Ryousuke and he thanked Voice! (also, the last days (week?) of filming for Voice were really tiring, filming went till late at night, so toma was really tired after filming wrapped up!! and he so he slept a lot afterwards~)

NOW~ on to my notes (comments/thoughts)!!
there are only some spoilers, but i will warn u right be4 the section that has spoilers.

~Kate's VOICE notes: episodes #8-11

[ah, sorry, as usual, i underestimated the amount of time it would take to write this!! i'll post the rest tomorrow! so! please enjoy these cute toma screencaps for now. see u tomorrow~

this is a funny coincidence~ as i'm posting this, i'm listening to the SEINFELD episode where jerry thought a pony remark he made caused the death of his family member. lol. u'll have to watch the ep. to understand why. and they even talked about how each time some1 dies, it makes u think of your own mortality. u feel that u need to do more with yr life, but then u're not sure what u're supposed to do to make it more meaningful... and in the end, u'll end up continuing to waste yr life like be4. xD ah, i just love Seinfeld's silliness!!]

[10:2o something pm: i'm done posting!! yatta!! sorry, it's quite long, of course! also, HAPPY EARTH DAY!! ^_^ sorry, a so late in posting, partly cuz i got sidetracked, took me a while to choose a new profile pic & to find this lowkey countdown clock 2 countdown the time left until my 2014 tokyo trip. *_* (if any of u want a countdown clock like it, go here: http://www.hashemian.com/tools/javascript-countdown.htm)

these end of the drama posts of mine are always super long! but those of u who have been coming here a long time already know that. haha. it's partly to share my thoughts with u and partly a chance for me to get all these feelings out in the open and also my way to remember what the drama meant to me. sou des.]

....................................EPISODE 8:

[it's amazing how expressive toma's eyes are, even when he's covered with the mask, he can still express so much thru his eyes!! and still look so CUTE!! ~_~]

-this is the only ep. i watched w/hardsubs this time, cuz didn't wanna wait so long 4 them...i miss the nice fonts and cool "floating" location texts!! haha. especially the song's cool lyrics' text at the ending of each episode.

-i like ryosuke's cool grey sweatshirts!! he wears alot of grey and white, but the puffy red/blue jackets R colorful & BRIGHT! it's a nice combination. but really, he wears them so much, sometimes, i wish he had a third, less puffy and bright jacket, just for a change.

-daiki's funny/cartoon-y bird voice!! lol. i love it!! :D

-poor teppei....it makes u think...YOU will die 1 day. it's scary!!
and u have no control over yr body if u have some disease...u feel so helpless. sometimes there's even nothing that will treat it... i actually had some minor health problems at the same time i was watching Voice! (no worries, i'm ok now!) if only all ppl at the hospital could be so nice/caring/sympathetic as ryosuke-kun or natsumi, or his professor!! though at least i did meet 1 nice doctor and 1 super super kind nurse. anyway...so i could kinda relate to how weak/scared/sad teppei felt!! =[

i didn't really think about it, but forensic doctors can, just like regular doctors and nurses, easily get infected by people who have diseases. well...it's a good thing they get paid a lot for their stressful/dangerous job, right? haha.

-it was nice of ryosuke to think ahead...he really wanted the best medical care 4 him!! what a good friend! and every1 was caring about/rooting 4 teppei =) ah~ i love seeing them all come together to support him like this. teppei's lucky to have such good friends!! ~_~ (I WANT TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE THIS!! :P)

i remember saying VOICE reminded me a lot of hachikuro cuz it's also about a group of college students. but i ended up liking VOICE a lot more than H&C, cuz H&C was all focused on LOVE and many problems the students had. it was depressing and also at times the story moves along quite SLOW, and u feel so lost/unsure along with the characters in the drama... but VOICE is different, it barely had any love story and it focused on the problems of the family members of the deceased, mostly. and it moved along quite fast (i know they have different formats, but still...H&C was so draggy sometimes). also, i liked these main characters a lot more than the main characters in H&C. i especially didn't like morita. =/ partly cuz he kept bullying takemoto and in general cuz he's always causing trouble and is really irresponsible!!

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he was really an amazing hero,
imanari-san!! even if he knew he was gonna die, he protected the boy's body 4 the sake of his family!!!! i was really touched and cried...of all the ppl who died in VOICE, i think he must be the BEST, MOST HEROIC PERSON, so selfless and brave!! (and most of the others died by accident or they had no choice somehow...but he died in order to save someone. ok, i know the man f/the first ep. did too, but this is still more brave to me...and he must have saved many ppl be4, while he was a fireman.) also, he didn't hate that man for making him get infected with hepatitis. what a really good, hardworking person he is!!

why do good people often have to die before their time like this?? *sigh!*
and it's ironic he would die in a fire, when he used to be a firefighter ne.

..................................EPISODE 9:

[ah~~ he's even cuter when he's determined and serious!! *_*]

-ryosuke: "despite my looks, i'm quite capable (not in a dirty way!)" lol!!
though i expected him to be a lot more flirty, it's still good that sometimes, they have these little moments that show ryosuke's flirty/funny side like this. :P and of course, i love how ryosuke is complimenting himself, saying just cuz he's cute, don't underestimate him. ^_^

-a man mentioned the recession! i really like dramas/movies that connects w/the real world in this way, when they mention real-life events or people...it makes the drama feel more real this way!

-i noticed that ryosuke rarely tears up when every1 else is...he mostly kinda just frowns...is that 2 show...his character is used to hiding his true emotion?? i think that is pretty cool~~ meanwhile, daiki cries WAY TOO MUCH. lol. i think he cries in every episode, pretty much! but eita is awesome in those crying scenes, of course!

-this episode and toma's coming drama, it makes me think, whether if u're a forensic doctor or when u're on a jury...the burden of responsibility to do the right thing instead of basing yr decision on emotions/sympathy...it's tough!! well, i guess a lot of other ppl could have this problem too...police officers, judges, etc...mm...this story was also quite touching, i didn't expect in the end, that daiki could still help out the family and explain how it's actually a good thing that they found out the truth. but of course, he managed to do it anyway, cuz he's daiki!! :D

-toma breaks away f/his role as daiki's sidekick again and gets his own story arc!! yey!! though it seems a little lonely for him to be by himself, facing these things on his own...

his problem is so MAOU-LIKE, right!! his father is hiding something, him saying he "can't run f/the truth"!!! totally made me think of naoto and his father!

[ this is a little off-topic, but the theme of fathers being strict, tough on their kids, and in general, scary, made me think of this jerry seinfeld joke!! lol. this is SO TOTALLY how my dad is!!! xD

"All fathers are intimidating. they're intimidating because they are fathers. once a man has children, for the rest of his life, his attitudet is, 'To hell with the world, i can make my own people. i'll eat whenever i want, i'll wear whatever i want, and i'll create whoever i want.' "]

and another reason this episode reminded me of Maou: that boy is the actor who was
HIDEO f/MAOU!! i only realized after a long while that he appeared. haha. he's a good actor ne. =)

-THE RAIN SCENE, with DAIKI & AKI: i only realized what a big deal it is to share an umbrella after reading the extra notes. haha. it was a sweet scene, but i still don't like how they make everything so subtle, it seems as if their love story is going nowhere or is almost nonexistent! i guess there's just no time to develop their love story, but still....can't we have a little more happening between them?? well...actually, i don't think daiki and aki have much chemistry anyway...but it's the one real love story in the drama, so i wish they coulda done more with it. haih~

...............................EPISODE 10:

[i really love the bangs covering the eyes look... it just looks sooooo cute/cool to me...like in this screencap above. and the one below is just ♥♥!!]

[they argue too much! lol. they'll drive each other crazy if they actually start dating!!!]

[i love his smile~ ah, he only smiles like this for daiki!!! ~_~]

[toma deep in thought. kakkoii ne!!!!!!! ^-^]

[ i'm sorry.... =( ]

(eh...i barely have any notes for this ep.!)

-we see upset/serious toma again...poor ryosuke. =[ makes me think of poor naoto, too!! whenever i see toma upset, i just wish i could give him a hug!! aww...

-ryosuke kinda "HUGS" aki at the end of this episode!!! eh~~ i'm jealous!! haha. well, he was trying to keep her f/fighting with him, but still. he was holding on to her!! any girl/guy that has close contact w/toma-kun is so lucky neeeeee.

-i was surprised at the ending of this episode!! didn't think that the result of the truth being known would lead to that!! well...but he had to do it. i guess it's still better that the truth is known, for both the widow and ryosuke's dad, despite what will happen afterwards. at least cuz of this, ryosuke and his father will become closer... =)

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-aiya, i'm so bad at guessing this time!!
i thought ryosuke's dad was a murderer at first!! cuz i thought if they knew each other, maybe he had a grudge with him 4 some reason and so he killed him! haha. how completely wrong i was!! aiya....so ryosuke, without knowing it, got his father in trouble, when he didn't really do anything wrong!!! =[ the shock and then the painful/sad look on ryosuke's face when daiki and his dad explained what happened!! he knows he was so wrong in thinking his dad had lied to save himself, while he actually did it to help his friend.

wow, his dad is actually a good person/friend! shocking!! well, we've only seen him be all cold and stern to ryosuke after all. he is a really great actor too...when he was crying in the hallway, in his office, it made me think of naoto's dad crying in the hospital!! eh...so many things remind me of Maou!!

.................................EPISODE 11:

[did u notice that they often have shots where light seems to be shining directly behind toma?? ^_^ he is a sunshine boy, after all!! the light must always shine most brightly near him!! haha.]

[toma's hair was starting to get long~ u can tell in some scenes....]

[toma's cute silly faces. =P]

[i want to have great friends like this~ and have so much fun with them like this~!!! ahhhh~ but most of all, i want to be friends with some1 as cute and fun as ryosuke-kun!!!!!!♥ ]

-it's the end already...i don't have very strong feelings about watching this last episode, but still...i know i'll miss it after i've finished it!! and i really did look forward to this last episode. but half happy, half sad about finally being able to watch it. AND this is the first time i was able to finish watching his drama soon after it ended in japan! =) around less than 2 wks. all the other times, i was at least a month or more late in finishing it!

-"what's gonna happen 2 his ryosuke's dad??" i was thinking that at the end of ep. 10!! whew, his dad will be ok...it won't be so bad.

-NARUSE-SAN!! = that was ohno's name in Maou!! EH!! so many things/ppl in Voice that remind me of Maou recently!!!

-that girl's f/@deep! that girl who is questioned by the police. that actress was in an episode of akihabara@deep!! i was thinking she looks so familiar!! then i realized it's her!! she's quite pretty and a great actress too ne!

-*oh, sorry, forgot about the "my favorite toma moment" parts!* well, my fav toma moment in this episode is definitely when he told daiki "baka, u should remember!" ^_^

-my favorite part in this whole episode is DEFINITELY when ryosuke told daiki he's made up his mind, about what kind of path he'll take from now on. and he gets emotional as he thanks daiki for helping him all this time. =) in general, i always just love the ryosuke/daiki moments the most, already, but this one was really really so touching and sweet to watch!! they really are such good friends ne. but it's funny....the way ryosuke was, looking at him like that, being so serious about it...u feel like it's almost as if ryosuke was gonna confess that he likes daiki!! lol. well, they care about each other so much and have great chemistry, so it just seems like they could be more than friends~~ i get that feeling a lot of the times when daiki and ryosuke are together, don't you?? ;)

-after ryosuke and hanei, only their professor and daiki went up to the rooftop of the building....somehow, i'm happy that ryosuke got to be the first one to go up there while he was feeling sad... :)

-REAL LIFE STUFF: they mentioned President Obama and HANAMI!! ^_^ yey. like i said before, i love it when dramas talk about ppl/things happening in real life. especially cuz really respect and look up to Prez Obama, too! and of course, i would love to go HANAMI if i am ever in tokyo!!

-I'VE NOTICED, IT'S SO COLD SOMETIMES, U CAN SEE THEIR BREATHS! u can see it most clearly at night, the daiki/aki walking alone scene!!

-i love the part where the guys were saying "we'd like 2 be nicer to her, but, ...YOU KNOW!!" and the part they were joking about all of them want to work at his dad's hospital. hahaha! xD ahhh~ they are always teasing aki, but actually, she is kinda like a big sister to them, haha...always yelling at them and they're kinda afraid of her too!! =P

-AGAIN, DAIKI LEANS IN CLOSE TO AKI. aiya...they keep leading us on, and then...nothing really happens. though daiki and aki are a cute couple, but i still think they are better off just being friends than a couple. i mean, their personalities are so completely different and they argue all the time. haha...i don't see how they could get along as a couple...though their last scene together is pretty nice and sweet. and funny, too. =) it could have been more special though...

-i completely forgot about the sushi bet between the professors! haha. let's go eat sushi!!

-i was kinda disappointed that daiki didn't get his own tragic story, like everyone else...mmm... but i guess it wasn't necessary, everyone's problem, he helped them out and was sad when they were sad too... but i mean...everyone had moments of sadness/despair/feeling so helpless, EXCEPT for daiki. i think it would have been nice to see him have some big problem that really hit him hard and made him NOT the guy that solves all the problems, for once!!

now that i think of it, toma's role in this drama was bigger than i imagined! i mean, he had more screentime than i expected. i thought the screentime would be split up somewhat evenly between the 5 of them. ^_^ but daiki and ryosuke had the most screentime, it seemed. and then ryosuke was often with daiki, and he also appeared on his own at the hospital...so he appeared really a lot in all the episodes!! :D i was so happy~ that he was the only character besides daiki that was by himself a lot and had his own storylines, too. ii ne~!

even though ryosuke was not such a special/interesting character like i had hoped he would be...he was still a really good friend and a good person ne! =) he was funny, cheery and cool. but we also got to see his serious/self-conscious side. he really had a lot of problems with his father and his friend dying...he went through a lot, but he tried his best to overcome it all, and he kept on going. but really~ he was always trying to be the happy guy and help out his friends, though he had problems of his own... and of course he is REALLY cute!!

i'll miss u, ryosuke-kun!!!!

- the end-of-the-yr PARTY~
ah, they spent 5 months together!
for me, it's ~3 months that i spent with them.
i laughed, worried, cried, and learned with them... ahhh...everyone, it was a really fun and memorable time, really!! i'm really glad we met~~ ^-^


-finally~ there's actually a case where
someone WAS murdered, but she had a GOOD reason!! still, amazing how they make u feel sorry 4 him still. i got all teary, both feel sorry 4 the victim and him...aiya...AND he WANTED TO DIE, wouldn't call 4 help!! another maou reminder!! =(

-the will he or won't he continue w/forensic medicine question is pretty pointless! of course every1 knows daiki likes it and will continue!! the part where the professor explains how he met daiki as a kid also seemed unnecessary/too long, somehow.

i was surprised, though. i thought daiki would be able to help the professor stay there. but then i guess it's necessary that through this happening, daiki learns that forensic medicine requires more than his imagination, and that things don't always work out like he wants them to...even if he was right. he has to follow the rules and his superior's orders...

- i was more concerned with the "who will ryosuke end up dating (if any1 at all)?" question!!! and i was SO mad when i saw that scene!! GAH!!! when reiko said she will be sad when he's gone. cuz it doesn't seem like she's joking with him this time, and be4 that, there were some moments where it seemed as if she kinda liked him already. damn it!!! I KNEW IT!!!!


even if she was just joking with him then, why was she in a happier mood than usual later, right?? the only explanation is she's happy about ryosuke asking her out for a drink or whatever. ehhhh!!

though i'm glad this is one drama where toma's character finally isn't crying and has no girlf in the end, but i SO wanted him to be with natsumi instead of reiko!! actually, ANYONE but reiko. i'd be happier if he ended up with daiki, really! lol. *sigh* oh well. at least in his last scene, he's walking beside natsumi. and in the long run, maybe she still has a chance, though he's always paying no attention to her. =[

-the last scene was quite nice...daiki saluting aki's plane, and the jetstream trailing behind it...and we get to see a short montage of all of them together, their happy and sad moments. ~_~ ...mm...i wonder what goodies/DVD extras will be in the DVD box...

1 comment:

kate`* said...

ehh!! just noticed the time of this post. 10:07pm!! toma's bday!! haha~