Let’s Get Divorced Season 1 Review – Another failed attempt by Netflix at a Japanese rom-com

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9—| Rating – 1.5/5


Unlike Korean dramas, Japanese TV Shows are a rather new genre that Netflix is slowly tapping into. While some shows like Alice in Borderland and Kimi No Todoke are among the well-rated J-dramas on the network, other recent ventures like Sanctuary fail fans.

Let’s Get Divorced (Rikon Shiyou Yo) is a romance drama that follows the married life of a couple that cannot get divorced. Taishi Shoji is a third-generation politician who, after the death of his father gets forced into politics.

After his affair was brought to light, Taishi and his wife Yui’s relationship is in shambles. Now, the two pretend to be a happily married couple for Yui’s fans when they sit down for a weekly live stream. The show starts off slow and makes you wish for it to pick up the pace.

However, that never happens and this one ends at the same pace that it started with. The show feels like a headless chicken with no sense of direction in terms of its story. Let’s Get Divorced tries to display the complicated relationship between a married couple and how characters make flawed decisions that lead to terrible consequences.

The idea of the plot looked interesting from the trailer however, the show is set in a political background that was poorly executed. While Taishi and Yui, both had unique endings, I wished for Yui’s character to give Kyoji a second chance.

It would have been better if Yui ended up with Taishi or Kyoji instead of how things ended with the show’s finale. The OST is well made and the theme song grows on you. Since this story was a long-drawn 10-episode show, it feels very slow-paced. Instead, shorter, crisp 5-6 episodes would be better for such a story.

The characters lack communication and it seems like this one is following the same old tricks of letting characters have conflicts due to simple misunderstandings that could be avoided. If Yui knew about Taishi’s feelings about her romancing her co-actors as well as her mistrust because of her profession, their relationship could have been saved.

It looks like Yui is something along the lines of ace/aro space but Taishi is very sexual – these topics are just not explored unfortunately. If the sexuality of the main leads was to be explored, this one would have made for a very interesting J-drama.

With all these things considered, Let’s Get Divorced is a slow-paced Japanese drama that fails to make a lasting impact but overall has a pretty average story that die-hard fans may like. General audiences though should probably steer clear of this one.

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