The format of the story has hardly changed:
1. Shomuni employees do something for their own interests 2. Company runs into trouble 3. Shomuni employees save the company inadvertently 4. Shomuni employees find out that they did not get what they originally set out to do.
This time, though, the storylines have gotten tired, and Shomuni fans must have obtained a feeling that the entire ordeal of "Shomuni" should finally come to an end. There are recycled plotlines and too-similar plot-twists in two of the episodes, and one can almost guess the ending from the start of the show.
Worse, Himukai Rie, the part-time fortune teller, is given a very disappointingly peripheral role compared to the first two episodes, and it appears that the scriptwriters have run out of ideas.
One would miss Ito Toshihito's presence in Shomuni 1 and Shomuni 2, as the new person who replaces him, Okano, is not as charismatic or as good an actor as the former.
Thankfully though, the entire Shomuni saga ended with Shomuni Forever (telecast in 1 Janurary 2003). By that time, it had only generated 14.2% of the television ratings, compared to the average rating of 16.3% for this series with a peak of 23.1%.
Source: Video Research, Ltd.
|Spring 2013||Fuji TV||Autumn 2013|
|Kazoku Game||Wednesday 22:00||TBA|
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