August 24th, 2017
Every once in a while, I stumble across a Japanese movie that I say “what the heck”. Such is the case with “I Am A Hero”, a 2016 zombie movie from director Shinsuke Sato, based on a horror manga series by Kengo Hanazawa.
Now I’m not the biggest zombie fan in the world, but something about how it was described sounded different enough to me, particularly one element, that I decided to give it a go. This is a good thing and a bad thing because that element never actually happened in the movie. But I’ll talk more about that below the fold.
August 10th, 2017
Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatte Iru, or Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation, or if you want to get technical about it, “A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet”, is a 10-episode 2017 J-drama based on a series of light novels by Shiori Ota and illustrated by Tetsuo.
So can this show stand up to scrutiny? Is it really, really similar to another show from America? Read on and find out!
June 27th, 2017
There are shows that sound great on the surface, but once you sit down to watch them, they just don’t sit right with you. This is one of those series. Tenshi to Akuma, or in English, Angels and Demons, was a 2015 series that aired on TV Asahi between April and June, running 9 episodes. But while it has everything I’d normally like in a series like this, I really had a problem with the way things turned out and that’s a shame.
So here we go, with my take on what might have been a really good show, had they not gone sideways.
June 25th, 2017
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.
June 11th, 2017
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.
June 4th, 2017
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.
May 27th, 2017
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.
May 14th, 2017
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.
March 14th, 2017
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.
March 11th, 2017
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.