Japan probably has the most reliable medical dramas. I always love watching them because I end up learning so much about things I would never actually go study. I chose to watch Fragile partly because I love Japanese medical dramas and also just because I wanted to learn. Fragile is about pathology and how they work. The main lead Miyazaki Chihiro (Takei Emi) started off as a doctor in the hospital until she was charmed by the blunt but honest pathologist, Kishi Keiichitaro (Nagase Tomoya), who hands all the doctors their asses when they screw up. She decides to switch to the pathology department because she’s tired of the politics she has to face as a doctor in the hospital.
The pathology department is the one that deep dives and does diagnosis on patients based off of their blood, tissue, etc., samples. It’s endless studying and scrutinizing through a microscope. I swear only Japan can make looking through a microscope so dramatic, it’s really funny sometimes how intense they try to make it. Chihiro starts as a hard working amateur. Because she transferred as a doctor, she has an attachment to patients and likes to interact with them which is really unusual for pathologists. They normally don’t see the actual patient. Because of her inexperience, Chihiro interacts with patients and learns about them to aid her in performing diagnosis for the patients.
Keiichitaro is very straight-forward and rude pathologist. Some of the things he says to the doctors are really funny. He separated from most of the politics of the hospital and just does and says things he wants and that he knows are beneficial to the patients. He’s basically the bad boy of the hospital. I think his character is pretty okay but I find Nagase Tomoya’s acting a bit forced in this drama which I know is strange considering how experienced he is. It just feels like he’s trying too hard sometimes in the drama. Maybe it’s not his acting that’s bad but that he just doesn’t fit the role.
Every time I watch these kinds of dramas, I become really concerned about the medical world. Are hospitals really like this? I wouldn’t be too surprised but it’s really scary. Apparently for the sake of being able to see as many patients as possible to bring in profit, the quality of check up and treatment is compromised. Anyway I think Fragile is okay so far, not very dramatic or very exciting but still enjoyable nonetheless!