In the latest installment, Aizawa Kousaku (Yamashita Tomohisa) who had left the emergency centre at Shohoku, is working as a neurosurgeon now and busy with operations every day. Shiraishi Megumi (Aragaki Yui) continues to work as a flight doctor at Shohoku which is facing a manpower crunch and is already the staff leader of the flight doctors team. Hiyama Mihoko (Toda Erika) left Shohoku and becomes a gynaecologist at a perinatal medical centre while Saejima Haruka (Higa Manami) is doing well as a flight nurse. Last but not least, Fujikawa Kazuo (Asari Yousuke) is working as an emergency centre doctor specialising in plastic surgery and supports Shiraishi's team as well.
Yamashita revealed that he was very happy to be able to do this drama again after 7 years and the realisation sank in as soon as they filmed the titleback clip and was hit by the winds from the helicopter. In addition, they had met people who actually became flight doctors and nurses after watching their dramas so there is an additional level of responsibility he feels now as he acts in this latest sequel.
On the other hand, the actresses lamented how the gap of 7 years had taken a toll on them. Toda revealed that when she filmed a scene of her alighting from the helicopter and had to go around it and start running, she felt like age had caught up on her as her knee joints were creaking. Aragaki also complained how she was breathless when she was running towards the helicopter so she had started doing warm-ups and more exercise to avoid showing this on screen. Yamashita then echoed their views that the filming is very tough on them mentally and physically this time but this will probably make them stronger at the end of the filming process.
Higa also made a surprise revelation that Aragaki is actually afraid of heights and that she actually looks quite cute when she looks terrified and tries to suppress her fear. Toda also chipped in to say that Aragaki would grab onto her when they are riding the helicopter but Toda was shocked to see how much Aragaki's palms were wet with sweat. Upon hearing this, Aragaki sheepishly admitted that she does rely a lot of them to cope with her fear during those helicopter scenes.
Ever since the last drama series ended, Asari had organised gatherings for the Code Blue Club members. However, as Shiina is a new addition to the cast line-up this time, he "complained" that he hasn't been invited to the Code Blue Club gatherings yet which made Asari feel sorry about this and promised to include him next time.
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