There are some series that are just unique. Cold Case, a 2016 Japanese drama, is actually a re-imagining of an American TV series of the same name that ran from 2003 to 2010. The Japanese series is also sponsored by Warner Brothers, which I was quite surprised by. I never watched the American series, so I have nothing to go by, so let’s look at the overseas version and judge it by its own merits.
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There’s something I don’t understand about some J-dramas. For most, they will run the series and then, if it was popular, a special a year or two later. But for some that I’ve seen recently, specifically Higanbana and this one, they ran the specials first, and then, years later, we got a series out of it, with the entire cast returning. Either there’s a part in their contracts that they have to come back, or that’s some dedication among the producers. Either way, here’s my look at the original special that brought us Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi.
Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi is a 2017 J-drama detective series that ran 9 episodes. It tells the story of a “disabled” detective that solves crimes using his mysterious visual gifts. As such, it checks off all of the boxes for detective series that I enjoy. So let’s see if it actually delivered on its promises.
This just looked weird, that’s why I figured that it might be interesting to watch. Based on a manga by Robiko, this J-drama series ran 9 episodes in 2010. But like so many things that look interesting, you have to wonder if it can actually meet with it’s potential. And so, let’s take a look at this series and see if it’s scary in a good way, or in a very bad way.
Every once in a while, I stumble across an older J-drama that looks interesting, so I pick it up and check it out. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong, but it’s always an interesting experience.
This time, I take a look at Houkago wa Mystery Totomo ni, roughly translated as “Along With After School Mysteries”. It’s a 9-episode half-hour series from 2012, based on the book of the same name by Tokuya Higashigawa, published in 2011.
This 10-episode series comes from a novel called Himura Hideo Series by Arisu Arisugawa, first published in March, 1992 by Kodansha. Clearly, it’s self-referential because the writer of the novel is also part of the series. But lots of J-dramas come from books and manga and they don’t always translate well to screen, so let’s see how Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa fared.
Wow, this one was a long time coming, wasn’t it? We have had it sitting in our “to be watched” pile for a very long time, although certainly not since 1999, and finally got around to sitting down to see it. Keizoku is seen as a “groundbreaking” police drama in Japan and for good reason. But how does it measure up to some of my favorite shows of the past? Let’s find out.
It was time to dive into my very deep pile of J-dramas that I’ve had sitting around forever, with no time to actually watch them. Higanbana, or Whispers From a Crime Scene, is a 2016 series which ran 10 episodes on NTV. It’s another one of those quirky cop dramas that seem to show up on Japanese television all the time, so what the heck, let’s give this one a shot?
So did Higanbana turn out to be any good? You’re not going to find out unless you click below!
My first reaction to this series was “Dead Like Me with giant pink rabbits” and that pretty much describes what it is. It falls outside of our normal fare but it looked interesting and hey, it was summer, there wasn’t much on TV, so what the heck?
That said though, I could tell right off the bat that I’d enjoy it and, spoiler alert, I did. So what is it that made this 9-episode 2016 supernatural comedy fun? Read on to find out.
I have a massive pile of J-drama that I need to get time to watch. At least as TV slows down over Christmas, I might be able to get through the stack and see and review a couple of series. But last night, having some time, I dug through the pile and came up with Corpse Party, a 2015 movie, directed by Masafumi Yamada and starring Ikoma Rina, Ikeoka Ryōsuke and Maeda Nozomi. It’s based on a series of horror video games in Japan and has also received the anime and live action TV treatment. So the format was right, but is the movie actually any good?