December 27th, 2016
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?
June 7th, 2016
Oh look, another weird-ass detective story, what a surprise! This time I take a look at the 2016 supernatural murder mystery Stranger that aired on TV Asahi on March 27. Even though I’m not a fan of the supernatural, it looked interesting enough to t ake a gander so let’s see how it turned out.
May 31st, 2016
Sometimes something about a movie just appeals to you for some reason and other times, you know exactly why you’re watching. In this case, it is the latter and we wanted to see this movie specifically because it starred Hiroshi Abe, probably my favorite male Japanese actor. I’d watch this guy gargle. So we have a detective film, based on a book by Keigo Higashino, whose books also gave rise to things like Galileo and Shinzanmono, which this movie is related to, how could we possibly go wrong? Therefore, let’s take a look at The Wings of the Kirin.
May 19th, 2016
The Japanese really have a thing for locked room mysteries that I just don’t understand. Sure, they’re a staple of murder mysteries, but this borders on obsession. So here we have another mystery series that is entirely made up of locked room mysteries.
Or is it? Let’s see what we can make of The Perfect Insider.
May 5th, 2016
Known in Japanese as “Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyoya e Yokoso”, the description of this show was really not at all what it turned out to be. It sounded very similar to Psych, one of my favorite American shows, but in the end, it wasn’t that at all. It was something better.
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.