|Title:||Koushounin wa Utagawanai (交渉人は疑わない)|
|Original work:||Eda Yuuri (Novel)|
|Cast:||Koyasu Takehito x Hirakawa Daisuke (子安武人×平川大輔)|
|Related drama(s):||① Koushounin wa Damaranai|
|Genres:||Action, Comedy, Drama|
|Drama translation:||Disc 1, Disc 2|
Mebuki’s fate seemed to be lead him from one host to another host. After his stint as a host for the investigations of his latest request, he receives another request from a host, Mizorogi Kou, to help him with his female stalker. However, not everything is as it seems. How will Mebuki fulfil Mizorogi’s request? And will Hyoudou ever get what he wants from Mebuki?
Koushounin wa Utagawanai is easily one of the funniest drama I’ve ever listened to. Although I’m not a fan of the plot, I enjoyed the bits of humour everywhere which made my smile like an idiot when I listened to this drama.
Like I’ve said, I didn’t think much of the plot. Here, we basically meet Mizorogi Kou, a “customer” who hired Mebuki to rid his stalker. When Mizorogi meets Hyoudou unexpectedly in Mebuki’s office, it turns out that the two knew each other from before and hated each other. We’ve heard in the prequel that Hyoudou was jailed before, but we never really knew why (and I didn’t really bother to wonder why because, he’s a yakuza). We find out why here and according to Mizorogi, Hyoudou pushed Mizorogi Ren out of a window during a fight. Mebuki’s level-headedness was much appreciated here (hence, no drama in the Sakiya Haruhi style) and he calmly accepted the piece of news before doing his own research on that matter.
The whole story goes like this, Hyoudou lived in the apartments which was taken care of by Mizorogi Ren. Hyoudou was very close to Ren and his mistress, Ayumi, and thought of them as his family. However, Ren got caught up with money problems and resorted to drug dealing. Like all drug dealers, he got addicted to drugs himself and would often get violent when he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms. During one of those days, he was being violent towards Ayumi when Hyoudou tried to stop him, so Ren turned to Hyoudou instead. Ayumi was the one who pushed Ren out of the window because she couldn’t bear to see her loved one falling to such a state. This part is purely my speculations, but I think Hyoudou probably knew about Ayumi’s pregnancy and was trying to protect both her and the baby. Hyoudou took the blame and went to jail, protecting both Ayumi and the unborn baby’s future. Now that’s more like the Hyoudou I know.
Hyoudou’s backstory aside, we soon found out that something’s not quite right with Mizorogi Kou. There were lots of bad rumours about him and even Kio started to suspect Mizorogi of relations to the Uzawa group (which spells trouble). However, Mebuki chose to believe that Mizorogi is turning over a new leaf and sometimes, that belief can do wonders. We got to see this smart and cunning negotiator at work, negotiating his way through the Uzawa group for Mizorogi and his girlfriend, Marisa’s happiness. Hyoudou did some negotiations himself, with the support of his subordinates, and managed to get Mebuki to promise his virginity. Good job, Hyoudou!
While I found Mebuki’s reference to laundry machines when Hakutaku-san was asking for him to become Hyoudou’s support a rather poor attempt at comedy, I loved it when Hyoudou’s subordinates called Mebuki “ane-san!”. That, along with the other minor jokes throughout the drama made my day when I listened to this.
Characters & Seiyuu
Mebuki Akira was just like how he was in the first drama, but he spouted less law-stuff thank goodness. However, contrary to his usual self, he actually chose to handcuff himself to Mizorogi on impulse; a move which wasn’t well thought-out and was very unlike the Mebuki we knew. However, that resulted in one hot H scene so I’m not complaining. Great job Hirakawa Daisuke for executing his role so well. I love how he can sound so smooth at times, yet be such an uke when he’s with Hyoudou. I’ve never really thought of Hirakawa as one to do comedy, but come to think of it, he does this really well. After hearing him in Love Stage!!, I’m surprised why I never linked him with the genre before.
Hyoudou Juuetsu didn’t have many impactful appearances during this drama imo. Although the Koyasu Takehito aura was always present when Hyoudou spoke, it felt as though it had less of an impact on me. It didn’t feel like I was about to swoon everytime he spoke, neither did I find myself thinking “ah, this is the king of all semes speaking” during the H scenes and so on. Is it usual for fandom to fade after a while?
If you enjoy comedy and stories with yakuza, you definitely can give this a go. But above all, this drama’s value to me is all in Koyasu’s voice which might have just missed the mark in here.