(I think the image is too large. orz LJ doesn't have the option to customize the image size anymore. Sorry.)
I couldn't resist waiting for the subs so I ended up watching it last night.
The first episode was intense! I honestly didn't expect it to be that dark especially the first fifteen minutes. It got me glued to the screen. I'm glad to know that it got 14.2% ratings for its time slot (apparently it's the highest rated renzoku at the moment. source). A lot of things happened in the episode as it was fast-paced. I'll leave out the details for later. The general summary can be read HERE @ jdramas weblog.
Ueno Juri. Jurippe~ Her acting was amazing. She was great. This is really far from her usual image. Even far from Ruka in Last Friends. You wouldn't be able to keep your eyes off her. Oh, how I missed watching her. I hope that this role will open more opportunities for her future roles especially in movies.
The supporting cast are great. Juri and Odagiri Joe displayed great chemistry and tension, in my opinion. It honestly wasn't what I expected from them when the cast was first announced. Kuriyama Chiaki, I feel that she can do or will do a lot more in the next few episodes. I do think that Nakamura Aoi might be a weak link here. Let's hope I'm wrong.
I thought that the way they used colors for the drama was fascinating. I didn't feel that the flashback scenes were boring either. I found the confrontation scene a bit weird though. I thought that the direction in that part was a bit over the top. But, the way she handled her revenge was unpredictable. I was actually expecting this drama to be a little similar to Guilty~ Akuma Keiyakushita Onna~ but it was a lot more similar to Maou. I guess it shouldn't be surprising as this shares the same time slot as Maou had in 2008.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the lines won't be disappointing once it gets subbed and I hope that the flow of the next few episodes will be very consistent if not, better.
I'll write a more detailed (a.k.a. spoiler-filled) post when the subs are out. Hopefully, it'll be out soon! :D