Symptoms like sneezes and having itchy eyes have appeared a few days ago. I don’t want to admit to it, but it’s like, “Did I get it this year too…?” Especially yesterday during the day, out on location at a place surrounded by trees, I had the misfortune of being all too aware of the pollen in the air, but I safely got the “all up” for the The Mystery will be solved after Dinner special!
Compared to the drama serial the special only took the short time of about three weeks, so it feels like it was over in no time at all, and I just don’t quite have the feeling yet that it’s over. By the way, until I experienced this sequel to The Mystery, I thought watching other series and sequels, “Even though some time must have passed between the series and its sequel, and some of the staff will have been replaced, isn’t it great that the set, the atmosphere of the work, and the acting by the actors are just like with the previous work?”, and I admired it as if it was something that didn’t concern me.
Even for such things as a “Series 2” or a “XYZ Returns”, that I’d normally watch without a second thought, I imagined that the staff and actors would surely have a new share of troubles to create such a new work, to which I’d usually think, “Wow, that’s great, I couldn’t possibly do that.”
So when I heard there would be a sequel to The Mystery, my first question was, “The director and staff aren’t going to be changed, are they?”, (more a petition dressed up as a question) to which the producer answered, “All those working on it are the same”. I don’t have to tell you how relieved I was. Thanks to the forethought of the producer, the director and staff formed almost the same crew, with which we smoothly started the imagined “sequel” in a space of less then one month since that fortunous drama serial. If we film the same work with the same crew from morning to evening, then won’t it lose its freshness and seem similar?
Given that it’s a sequel, so not everything can be the same, which means that it’ll have to be renewed in some manner, then what is the right way to make that happen? Those were the worries I was harbouring before we started, but once we did start, it was precisely because it was the same crew that what we realized, what we reimagined, had on the contrary much that was fresh (in the abstract), and I experienced that it went to completion quite naturally.
“So that’s how you go about making a sequel.” It was an eye-opener. It may be one of those cases where fear is your biggest enemy. Therefore as filming continued all my worries disappeared, and I enjoyed being on the set every day.
We went with the crew on location in Okinawa too this time, and the staff and the Kunitachi Station cast were able to bond even more. The Okinawa schedule was tight, but we had a dinner party with the staff one time, and I was glad that we could have a deeper conversation than the usual filming set talk.
We may have been there for filming, but I got to see the beautiful sea too, I made power stone bracelets together with the female staff, and the sōki soba at the airport was great, so it didn’t feel like I was there for work.