Galileo (2007)

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In Galileo, Fukuyama Masaharu plays a genius physicist and university associate professor, Yukawa Manabu, who solves difficult mysteries. Affectionately known as Detective Galileo, Yukawa is brilliant, an all-round sportsman, tall and handsome but eccentric. Yukawa's partner is a rookie cop, Utsumi Kaoru, a hot-blooded woman with a strong sense of justice.

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Nov 21, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I am a sucker for detective dramas so Galileo really filled in the my cravings. Galileo however is slighty different from normal Japanese detective dramas because it involves physics are basically science. Although the cases are very unlikely to happen in real life, I think at least I could learn something from the drama. For people who likes explanation on mysterious happenings, this is for you.

Detective Utsumi and Professor Yukawa read more has good chemistry. Although the slow romantic tension will kill stellar Korean drama watchers, its fine by all means in a japanese drama. Taking away romance and replacing it with more patnership and friendship are almost in 80% japanese drama. I think their relationship was developed enough and for romance suckers, you can have all you want in the 10th episode. Overall, it was a drama worth watching.
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Feb 7, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
When I started watching JDrama in 2007, I really only watched romantic comedy shows for the longest of times. I would search through the Drama Wiki and find any funny shows with great plots to pass the time. I came across Galileo in 2008, but I wasn't interested in watching it because it was a crime-cased show. In 2010, I watched my first crime-based JDrama when I saw Tokyo Dogs. I was read more amazed at how well Japan writes out their crime shows. I was blown away. So I began binging on various other mystery shows like MR BRAIN and Control. Then, I again came across Galileo. This time, after reading the plot again, I face-palmed at my idiocy. I'd been missing out on such an amazing show all this time!

The basic story is about a college physics professor named Manabu Yukawa (Masaharu Fukuyama) who aides the police in solving crimes with supernatural or impossible implications using the science of physics. He's paired up with Kaoru Utsumi (Kou Shibasaki) and they work together to figure out the trick behind various cases that have baffled the police.

At first, it's a rocky relationship. Yukawa is only interested in cases for the physics aspect of it, which doesn't completely help out Utsumi because she's also looking for motive and probable cause. But soon it evolves into a great partnership where both get what they want from the case and we get to witness amazing physics in action. It's actually pretty impressive how much work the writers put into researching and creating these phenomenon, and then doing such a great job of explaining them to the viewers.

The acting is top-notch as well. Fukuyama and Shibasaki have great screen chemistry and you can tell that the two knew how to portray their characters well enough to act as polar opposites. Yukawa is this quiet, loner who is constantly lost in thought. He's charismatic and orderly. He reminds me of a less evil Sosuke Aizen. Meanwhile Utsumi is an ambitious detective looking to make an impact at her department and dole out justice. It's amazing how they're able to work together. They both look mature at times, and then both look childish at time as well. You have to credit the writers for creating such well-balanced characters.

This is the kind of show that one could watch on an annual basis. I've actually got my anime friends into drama because of this show. It's a great gateway show to other dramas out there. Since I've watched this series, I've been searching for shows who can rival its greatness, and thus far, I've found nothing. That's an attest to how great they made this show. This is by far the best mystery show that has ever been made in Japan, hands down!
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    iamsarah Jun 7, 2014

    is there romance?

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    Trayis Feb 7, 2014

    Easily the best mystery drama Japan has ever produced.

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    Cheer Feb 6, 2014

    I enjoyed this drama very much, I liked the way they don't focus on finding the murderer but the main concern was to find the way the crime was committed. Although they used physics as a way to reach their goals, I found the drama quite smooth and easy to follow with lots of intriguing cases.

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    Moko Dec 6, 2013

    I really liked it. It's easy to watch.

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    conanshinichi11 Jul 31, 2013

    Does it have romance?

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      Cheer Nov 25, 2013

      Nope, not really.

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    WowCreations Jan 30, 2013

    is there a sport this man doesn't play!? lol

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    abcbear Dec 16, 2012

    where can i watch it

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    Claire306 May 4, 2012

    The acting could have been better, but it didn't get in the way of the episode. I purely loved this, it was funny, clever, and amusing. A nice, easy watch.

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    Ice_Cream Aug 16, 2011

    Clever interpretations of science to solve paranormal phenomenon makes this drama truly amusing!


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    Oct 15, 2007 to Dec 17, 2007
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 1,150 users)
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