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Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa DVD (Japanese Drama)

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Title Name :Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa (literal title)
Version : Japanese
Number of Discs : 3 DVDs
Episodes : 1 -10 End
Starring : Kubota Masataka/Saito Takumi/Yuka/Yamamoto Mizuki/Hasegawa Kyoko
Subtitles : Chinese / English (On/Off)
Screen Format : All code, Region Free

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If you're looking for a good mystery thriller... this probably isn't it (especially if you're a fan of that genre). But if you like mysteries and thrillers but you're also a fan of slice of life and bromance, this is perfect. I'm a fan of Kubota so once I heard he was acting in this I just had to watch it. 

First of all, the story as a mystery thriller isn't innovative at all. It's like Sherlock and Watson in Japan. It's nothing new. The twists in each case aren't even shocking. The big concluding case isn't that interesting either. Sometimes there are let downs as well but the way the two characters interact with each other are great. The title of the show is 'Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa' but honestly if you're going to play out two of these interesting characters under a law enforcement - they should've had more interesting cases. Or perhaps I just expected more from a crim. professor and a mystery writer engaging in the law enforcement. Nonetheless, the drama had it's format and it kind of knew that it was being cliche at some point so they let sub characters play out the all time (I have solved the case! - Marker) that is often indicated by the main lead. Due to its awareness it did well in a comedic sense and showed character development. 

They're great actors in my opinion. The reason why I continued watching was because of the acting. The interaction between the two leads are really enjoyable. Even the sub characters were enjoyable. They bring the characters to life. It felt like they had been friends for such a long time they are practically a couple. They also did so well to portray the characters that you feel like they're really passionate about problem solving and mysteries. You also have to keep in mind that this is a Japanese drama. Sometimes things seem over the top but that's just the feel a Japanese drama has. Also, they do so well in making it feel like that's just how it is. So to say, even with the large exclamations from time to time, it felt normal. Thus, they did a great job. 

Japanese soundtracks never disappoint in my opinion. They always know how to create a setting. The soundtrack here were great. It felt comedic yet intense at the same time. It was exactly how the drama was portrayed. There weren't any variations to the soundtrack though so the same one would play every so often. It was like a cue to things getting serious or the marker to knowing that the case has been solved. 

Rewatch value is 7 /10 because once you know the reveal it isn't exactly as interesting the second time. BUT, I'd deff. rewatch for the scenes with the two leads. They're just too adorable together. I even watched the SP's because I wanted more of them regardless of what they were going to encounter. 

Overall, it's 7.5 /10 because I was expecting more mysteries and thrillers. I wanted something shocking and new. I wanted to be surprised but all I got was cute bromance - which isn't bad at all but I wanted bromance and mind blowing cases.

Alternative Titles:

臨床犯罪学者 火村英生の推理; Clinical Criminologist Hideo Himura's Inference; Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa;