“There is meaning to life even after the heart stops beating. There are voices that only you can hear.”


Voices of the Dead
Episodes: 11
Genre: Medical, mystery
Year: 2009
Starring: Eita, Ishihara Satomi, Ikuta Toma, Endo Yuya, Sato Yuki

Rating: 8/10

Ever wanted a medical drama without the gore? Something that delves into more than just the physical treatment of people? Then this is the drama for you. I was quite curious about Voice – the synopsis at DramaWiki didn’t really say much. Tsk tsk! So let me clear up the mystery in one succinct word: Voice = autopsies.

Does that help?


Medical student Kaji Daiki is mysteriously put into a Forensic Pathology class, despite having applied for a popular heart surgery class. To Daiki, medicine is useless after the heart stops. But Professor Sagawa challenges Daiki’s view: medicine can apply to the dead, too.

And so Daiki enters the world of autopsies.

Along with fellow students Ryosuke, Aki, Teppei, and Hanei, Daiki must learn to hear the voices of the dead, and convey their final message to their loved ones.

A Medical Drama?

One thing I love about Voice is that there is no gore. No open bodies, no gag-inducing visuals. When the cast conducts an autopsy, all body interactions are done just beyond the screen. Which is kinda cool. I mean, watching people stick their hands into a torso is pretty neat, but this drama is unique in its own approach.

Not showing the actual gritty stuff allows this drama to focus on the more important things. Like the bond between the characters. Or the mystery of how these people died. Or the message trying to be conveyed.

I don’t think this would’ve been possible if we’d seen everything. One minute you’d be going, ‘aww, how sad, he left behind a wife and son’, ‘there’s no way it was suicide’, and then, ‘ooh – is that a spleen? Oh, oh, and that? That’s a huuuuge blood clot!’ See what I mean? It would cause too many distractions, and essentially, this drama isn’t about seeing the medical procedures.

It’s about the five medical students going above and beyond the norm to convey the voices of the dead. Autopsies only reveal so much about a person’s death. Daiki and the others go to the scene of the crime, speak with the dead’s loved ones, trying to find answers. Answers not only to how they died, but why, to help the bereaved accept their death.

The concept reminds me a bit of Saikou no Jinsei Owarikata; only, instead of being set in a funeral parlour, it’s a medical university.

Natural Chemistry Between Actors

It’s not often that you get perfect chemistry between the cast, but that’s exactly what we have in Voice. It helps gel the story together, and makes you all warm and fuzzy inside.

I’d never seen Eita before – heck, never even knew his name! But boy, can he act! Daiki is such a funny character. He’s always questioning why people do things. Every episode you hear him: ‘Doushite? Doushite?’ It’s kinda cute. At first, you think he’s been picky and strange, but then you’re all ‘wait a minute, he’s right!’ Eita makes Daiki such an oddball character.

It’s interesting to see Toma again. Only two years after Hana Kimi, but he looks all grown up! He’s such a wonderful actor. His character Ryosuke has daddy issues – he tries to resist the expectations of his father, who owns a hospital Ryosuke will one day inherit.

Ah, Satomi. So kawaii! ^.^ I enjoy watching her. Her characters are always so different, a lot of which is due to her acting skills. In Voice, she plays an intellectually-driven student, who comes off slightly cold because she doesn’t smile often. But her quibbles with Daiki are such fun!

CSI fan Teppei and ex-gang member Hanei add comedic elements, as well as one of the more serious plotlines in an episode.

Bonus Points

This drama gets extra points for its closing song, Setsuna by GRreeeeN. Love it.

It also gets brownie points for the awesome opening credits. I’ve never seen such a great opening clip, which embodies exactly what the drama is about, and evokes strong emotions in the viewer. Pretty intense for just short credits!

Missing Something

I would’ve given Voice 9/10, but I feel that it’s missing something. Not sure what, exactly, but though I loved every moment of it, and its uber powerful message, it fell just short of true awesomeness ^ ^; 

And I was so sad when it ended; it could easily have stretched into another five or so eps.


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