April 21st, 2016
I’ve been using the Japanese title for a lot of these J-dramas but I think I’m going to switch to the English translation, after all, nobody really knows what Seishun Tantei Haruya actually means, do they?
Based on a Japanese light novel named “Endo Kurejitto ni Saiteki na Natsu”, published in 2007 by Eiichi Fukuda, it explores college age kids trying to get by while solving mysteries along the way. What could be better?
So let’s take a look at this 10-episode 2015 series and see how mysterious it is.
April 7th, 2016
I mentioned this series in passing a bit ago so it had to be the next thing we sat down to watch. It is, like the vast majority of Japanese dramas we watch, a detective series with something weird thrown in for good measure. doS Deka, also known as Ms. Sadistic Detective, aired in the first half of 2015.
March 17th, 2016
This is a series my wife has wanted to see since it came out 4 years ago. It has a cat in it so of course, she wanted to find it, but at the time, no one had fansubbed the series and it eventually fell off our radar until I stumbled upon it recently and there we go again.
So was Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri worth waiting 4 years to see? Let’s find out.
March 3rd, 2016
I love City Hunter. I have always loved City Hunter. My wife and I sat down and watched all 140 episodes of the original 4 series, plus all of the movies in one go. After 1991, it seemed City Hunter was over as the long-running manga series ended, but it came back in 2001 as a spin-off series called Angel Heart. This resulted in a 2006 anime series that ran 50 episodes, upon which this J-drama is based. So is it as good as I was hoping? Let’s find out.
February 11th, 2016
Okitegami Kyoko no Bibouroku checked all of the boxes for me. Japanese detective drama with that one really weird element to set it apart and make it different. This time, the main character, Okitegami Kyoko is a brilliant detective, she has suffered a trauma that causes her memories to reset every time she falls asleep so that every morning, she doesn’t remember anything that has come before. She only takes cases she can finish quickly because once she sleeps, she has to start all over.
February 7th, 2016
Most J-drama series aren’t that long to begin with, you usually get 6-8 episodes and it’s gone, but some are much, much shorter. Teddy Go! is one such series that I came across that sounded cute and was only four half-hour episodes. Of course, the question is, can a short series actually be good? Only one way to tell and that’s to jump into Teddy Go! and see!
June 7th, 2015
Just finished reviewing the series for this and jumped straight into the first special. There is a second one that came out at the beginning of 2013, I’ll have to get that one reviewed as well. Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de is, for those not in the know, a story about a super-rich heiress who is also a detective. She’s just not very good at her job but luckily, her butler is an amazing detective in his own right and solves all of her cases by the end of dinner.
So without further ado, here’s my take on the Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Special.
May 5th, 2015
I recently reviewed another J-drama, Fugoh Keiji, which I panned. It was about a super-rich detective that used her family’s money to solve cases. Then I pulled this one out of the pile, about a super-rich detective that uses her family’s wealth to solve cases. Is this going to be history repeating itself or can this series about crimes being solved after dinner prove that it’s not the hook but the execution that really matters?
Therefore, let’s call the butler, get a glass of wine and see how this 10-episode detective series plays out.
April 30th, 2015
Kindaichi is a weird bird. The manga has been ongoing with 66 volumes since 1992 and the animated series ran 148 episodes from 1997-2007. It’s been out there a long time, with several live action J-drama series before this most recent one. However, it is still a runner up to Japan’s favorite kid detective show, Detective Conan, which currently clocks in with 84 volumes of an ongoing manga, close to 800 episodes of the anime series that’s run from 1996 to present, 15 movies and more. At the end of 2014 though, they put on a new 9 episode J-drama called Kindaichi Case Files Neo, neo meaning new. This is the perfect jumping on point for people unfamiliar with the character so let’s take a look at this new series and see how it rates.
April 23rd, 2015
As if I don’t have enough to watch, I went looking for what some people considered the “best” detective J-dramas and came across this series from 2005. Since it was available and sounded interesting, I grabbed it and after having it sit in my massive “to watch” list for a while, finally got into it. It’s about the granddaughter of an incredibly rich man who becomes a police detective at a station that considers her a rich little girl, but this girl has some skills.
It might be an older series but we can’t let that stop us as we look at this 10-episode series called Fugoh Keiji.