Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko

Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (2016)

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Kamenashi plays Yamaneko the eccentric and mysterious 'Phantom Thief' who steals from the corrupted rich and while exposing their misdeeds. Along for the ride is: Hideo Katsumura a magazine reporter who (at Yamaneko's request) is writing a feature on the 'Phantom Thief', and, Mao Takasugi is a bullied schoolgirl who is secretly a genius hacker.

  • Native title:

    怪盗探偵山猫
  • Also Known as:

    Mysterious Thief Detective Yamaneko; Kaito Yamaneko; Yamaneko the Phantom Thief;

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YesPurpleTea
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Mar 29, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
In my opinion, Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko is a truly excellent drama! I thoroughly enjoyed every episode the characters and acting being a high point. The story didn't go in the direction I was expecting - that's for sure, but nevertheless if you want comedy perfectly matched with drama, action, and suspense with real edged-of-your-seat and knot-in-your-throat moments you'll enjoy this!

The Story:
Firstly I've got to say DON'T READ SPOILERS! Don't scroll read more down to the comments or look for screenshots! You'll thank me later! Some of the best moments come from the crazy twists this drama throws at you. That's partly why the story didn't go in the direction I was expecting.
Episode to episode it's not as over-arching-plot driven as most mysteries. Some may call some KTY episodes 'filler' as it's focus is rarely it's over arching plot. It's focus is instead on it's fantastic characters. You will fall in love with every one of them I guarantee it. No character is cheaply written, every character has real heart behind them and when the mystery does pick up speed in episode 8 you really care about who these people are and what's happening to them.

The Acting:
The acting is phenomenal. Kamenashi really gives it his all and clearly had a blast playing Yamaneko. He goes from goofy comedy, to heat wrenching drama, to back-flippin' action with ease and is supported by a fantastic cast. Narimya perfectly plays the put-upon and abused Katsumura and later in the series really pulls out all the stops. Hirose went way beyond my expectations almost immediately. Sasaki's comic timing is perfect, Otsuka and Nanao also made me love them, and Ikeuchi was perfect. In fact, all these actors and the other supporting/guest actors were so perfectly cast it's astounding!

The Music:
It's certainly not your average jdrama score. The way the orchestral theme music came in every time, either comically or seriously, was perfect and really sets you up for this slightly bizarre drama. The rest of the music throughout the episode is also brilliantly scored, the composer really outdid himself! UNLOCK by KAT-TUN, apart from being one of their best singles (imo), fits nicely into this drama and is never misplaced only ever coming in at the end and never drowns anything out.

Rewatch Value:
While this drama was coming out I was watching every episode two or three times! It's hilarious, cute, and Kame is a lovely bit of eye-candy when he's not acting like a doofus (and sometimes when he is). However as with any mystery once you know then ending and all the twists - watching it from episode one again is a completely different experience. So it's hard to say this is completely rewatchable but I certainly will come back to it in a month or so as it is quite episodic.

Other thoughts:
The ending has been a problem for some people and I can see where they are coming from. When I first watched it I was a bit taken aback. It's not that things are left hanging (though there is room for a sequel). As I said, you really end up loving these characters and to see what happens to them... it's not unsatisfying it's just unexpected. Once I had finally digested the events of the last three episodes I actually think I ended up respecting the show more. As with any show that has twists, things don't always go the way you were expecting.
Speaking of expectations - this drama had far more comedy than I was first l thought it would!

Overall:
This drama really packs a punch. From episode one to ten I was 100% on board loving every second. As a Kame fan I must admit that I sometimes do the very bad thing of skipping every scene Kame is not in. However, with this series I had literally no desire to do that. Every character is well acted and the story is very compelling. I highly recommend this series to anyone be they a Kame fan or not!
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Kristal
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Apr 4, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Don't watch this dorama or you'll get feels and you'll die.
...
Wait, let me try this again.

Absolutely watch this dorama if you're looking for a different kind of crime series.

I am no expert on the matter, but I believe crime series are mostly about heists and police running about trying to catch the bad guys. In here, of course, you will find all that - Yamaneko is a ''criminal'' read more after all, - but you will also find a bit of mystery, quite a bit of sass, a lot of friendship, and loads of comedy. What you will also find is a variety of amazingly well constructed characters that will make you fall in love with them as the series progresses.

Speaking of the characters... don't fall in love with the characters or you'll get feels and you'll die. Or, as some people may put it, every character is so real and so genuine you will definitely get attached to them and, when time comes to say goodbye, you'll feel like you've lost a dear friend. That's what the characters do to you, and that's, no doubt, thanks to the great performance given by the stellar cast, especially Kamenashi Kazuya and Narimiya Hiroki.

Kamenashi absolutely slays it as Yamaneko, going from comedy to action to drama in a split second and in the most realistic way. I've seen some of his previous work, and I have to say he manages to surprise me more and more with each role he gets. Narimiya was, to put it in Yamaneko's words ''fantastic!'' He can hold his own against Kamenashi, and really goes all out as Katsumura, especially in later episodes.

As for the rest of the cast, each of them was phenomenal in their role. If I have to be completely honest, I would have liked for Rikako-san and Mao's relationship to be explored more, because they were both strong people who needed each other, and I found that beautiful. Maybe in the (probable?) next season, who knows. The police officers were great as well - and I especially appreciated Sakura's clumsiness and awkwardness when it comes to her senpai. lol

I liked the music a lot! The main theme is great, and I keep whistling and mumbling it to myself from time to time. The ending theme, which I believe is from Kame's boyband, is good, but not that memorable, in my opinion. Maybe it's because we never got to actually hear it, but it was always played in the background, so I never really paid attention to it.

The rewatch value is somewhat high because this series is enjoyable even after the ''mystery'' component is gone. The characters and the comedy stay with you and compel you to watch the episodes again, to laugh with them once more, just for a bit...

Overall, I am very pleased with this roller coaster of a dorama. Nya~!
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If you liked the high energy zaniness of Yamaneko's ensemble cast, you might enjoy the cartoon like energy of the sitcom After School. Although the plots are polar opposites, the energy levels are similar. After School follows the antics of a high school club of hot dudes that draws random "missions" from a box. Their club president, a shy girl tricked into the role, helps them complete their tasks. They might have to dress as a dog for a day, get on TV, or sleep with someone.
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It has Kamenashi Kazuya. Its hilarious and comical. Its kamenashi's latest drama and he has given another memorable performance.
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    zinnia 9 days ago

    Absolutely love this drama!!!

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    Patricia 30 days ago

    My favorite ♥
    This one NEEDS a second season!

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    Anis Syafira Dec 10, 2016

    I love this drama so muchhhhh !! I want moreeee !!! where is my season 2 ?!

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    ElenaMontero Dec 5, 2016

    i'm still waiting for the announcement of a special episode but it seems like we're out of luck........

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    Mica Nov 14, 2016

    The random moment when Maki Hirokita walked by and they made a reference to Nobuta wo Produce was GREAT!~~ From the cat sounds and symbols, to the random gag performances by Kazuya Kamenashi and Hiroki Narimiya, I love the humour in this show! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Jazz Sep 26, 2016

    Fantastic! ~~~♥

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    kawaiimomo Sep 25, 2016 - edited

    Where can I watch this online?

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    naccu Sep 24, 2016 - edited

    Where's my second season? I NEED ANOTHER SEASON! Is there gonna be one?
    The ending is not really an ending!!!!! #meow

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    veronicaruiz Aug 22, 2016 - edited
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    kitamu Jun 7, 2016

    definitely have to say that one of my favorite parts of this drama was the relationship between yamaneko and mao-chan... to me, he was very fatherly (in his own sense) to her or even like an older brother. i wonder if their actors have a similar relationship behind the camera

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    PortgasDAce May 22, 2016

    This was 'fantastic!' Highly enjoyed it all the way through. Especially those last few episodes were they were filled with twists and turns. Amazing cast and acting what had me intrigued as well as literally laughing out loud through the series. Going to miss this one! Had some great quotes too!

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    Selty Apr 29, 2016 - edited

    I felt so much anger and hate from the ep 8 bcs of the plot twist, that i can't even sleeeeppp !! but the drama is FANTASTIC-myyeeeonnn.

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Jan 16, 2016 to Mar 19, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Saturday
  • Network:

    NTV
  • Duration:

    54 min.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 923 users)
  • Ranked:

    #337
  • Popularity:

    #507

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