Giri/Haji cancelled: Why has Giri/Haji season 2 been cancelled?September 10, 2020
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Giri/Haji is Japanese for Duty/Shame and the series made its debut on BBC Two back in October 2019. The series was released to those around the rest of the world on Netflix in January 2020. Express.co.uk has investigated why season two of Giri/Haji has been cancelled.
Why has Giri/Haji season 2 been cancelled?
Giri/Haji follows detective Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira) from Tokyo as he makes the journey to London to find his presumed-dead brother Yuto (Yōsuke Kubozuka).
Once in London he meets Sarah Weitzmann (Kelly Macdonald), a Metropolitan Police detective, and they investigate whether Yuto is guilty of murdering the nephew of a Yakuza gang member.
At the time of its release, BBC Controller of Drama Piers Wenger described the series as being “unlike anything we have ever seen before on British TV.”
The eight-episode series was met with critical acclaim and it had a 100 per cent positive review rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The first season was described as being a breath of fresh air, and actor Hira was nominated BAFTA for Best Leading Actor. Will Sharpe, who plays Rodney Yamaguchi won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.
So why then, was such a successful series cancelled after the first season?
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are incredibly proud of Giri/Haji and the recognition that it achieved, however in order to create room for new dramas it will not be returning.
“We are very grateful to Joe [Barton] and the cast and crew for all their hard work on it.”
With this in mind, it seems the BBC is hoping to create even more successful dramas, with greater potential, in future.
A Netflix spokesperson said the series had huge ambition, and many fans were disappointed to hear the news.
Sister Pictures, who collaborated on the series, said they had “so much planned” for the characters for season two.
Fans have taken to social media to express their love for the series, with one saying: “Giri/Haji is an incredible show.
“How had I never heard of it until three days ago? This site should be nothing but Giri/Haji tweets.
“Where are my Kenzo stans? Where are my Rodney heads? I do not think it is an exaggeration to say Giri/Haji is the only good television series ever made.”
Speaking about his BAFTA win, Sharpe said the characters were “beautifully funny and complex”.
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He said: “It was enough for me to have had the opportunity to play the role, and so whether this [speech] clip sees the light of day or not, I have been and will remain incredibly grateful for all of it, so thank you very much.”
His co-star Hira received a lot of praise for his role as the relentless detective. Speaking to the BBC he said it had been a tough shoot to do.
He said: “It wasn’t so tough physically. In Japan, you work 36 hours a day sometimes. But it was demanding in the sense I was breaking out of my comfort zone.”
Hira said he related to his character a lot in different ways, which is what drew him to Kenzo.
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Fans have not taken the news of the cancellation well, and they took to social media to express their disappointment.
One fan said on Twitter: “NOT POSSIBLE … was the best thing on last year @Netflix @JoeBarton_ Please say this decision will be reversed.”
Others said it was a “real shame” and it was “one of the best shows” in recent times.
They will be expecting big things from the BBC in the way of upcoming dramas, as they cited this as the reason for the cancellation.
Giri/Haji season 1 is on Netflix now
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