Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance

Tsumi to Batsu: A Falsified Romance (2012)

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The original novel revolved around a young man who struggles with himself after killing a pawnbroker, Ochiai’s manga tells the story of a college dropout and hikikomori (shut-in) who plans to kill a high school girl leading an enjo-kousai (compensated dating) group.
Kora plays the role of Tachi Miroku, a dropout and hikikomori who is aiming to become a writer. He lost his father to suicide, while his mother and older sister read morehave high expectations for his future. He ends up deciding to murder a heartless young girl named Baba Hikaru, who is the leader of an enjo-kousai group.

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    罪と罰: A Falsified Romance

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Nov 21, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
It actually boggles my mind that 'psychological' isn't one of the listed genres for this drama, because for me it hit that above any other genre. I want to say right off the bat that this is by no means an easy drama to watch. It's quite heavy, it's not always fast paced, and there are quite a few long-winded speeches (especially by the end). However, this drama really does a fantastic read more job of evaluating the mind of a character, and watching him as he interacts with the world and begins to change.

I saw a lot of people from various places trying to compare this to Death Note, and it is my opinion that if you do that, you will only be disappointed. This isn't a story about some murderer going on a killing spree, it's far more complex than that. That being said, it is quite an amazing story, drawing beautiful parallels between Miroku and his own fictional novel.

The acting from Kora Kengo was top notch. Even if he hadn't been the main character he would have stolen the show. He portrays Miroku's character with such raw emotion that at times I found myself leaning in to my screen, he absolutely absorbs you into the story. Whenever you feel like its gotten slow, Kengo is able to keep you hooked with Miroku. The supporting cast did a fantastic job as well. At some point, you will likely find yourself despising at least one of the characters, and to me, that is the mark of a well developed character.

The music served its purpose, certainly. It always had me getting into the mood of whatever was on screen, though I honestly can't say I paid attention to it the entire time--I was far too absorbed in the story to notice it on some occasions. But this is also not a bad thing.

I don't know how soon I can rewatch this, since it is a really heavy drama and it requires patience and a certain kind of mood, however I liked it so much that I don't doubt I will one day come back to it. That aside, it's only six episodes long. The length per episode makes up for it though, and for once, I found the low episode count to be satisfying. It gives you plenty of time to understand the story, the characters, and everything is tied up successfully. I never felt like it was going by too quickly.

Overall, this was a very interesting drama. It's mostly a character study in my opinion, so you should expect some heavy psychological themes and topics. It's quite dark, lacking in humor and it's definitely not romantic, so if that's right up your alley then I would highly recommend this drama.
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Jun 4, 2014
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
When I started out watching this drama I actually really liked it. The story was gripping, most of the acting was good and it was from the perspective of the criminal which is the type I enjoy most (as I find the psychology behind it really interesting).

However, that being said, after the first two episodes I think the story became a little bit lacking. This drama became way too long and read more could have been completed in about 4 episodes with the same amount of substance and effect. It seemed to me that most of the scenes had become 'fillers' rather than taking the story further. This is the reason I've given it such a low score (whereas up to the end of the second episode I would have given it a strong 7).

That being said, the main storyline is interesting for fans of the psychological genre. If not for the main character, for the character 'Baba Hikaru'. I think that the story could have benefited from delving even more into the psychology of her actions.

I think that the music was the best part of this drama. A lot of dramas often over or underuse suspenseful music, whereas this drama seemed to me to have just the right amount.

It won't be a drama that I rewatch anytime soon but it's okay for those people that don't watch many dramas of this genre.
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Both are well-filmed Japanese dramas based on the classic novels written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. They also share a crime-centric plot with a lot of psychological aspects and a desaturated color palette.
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Similar crime stories, Tanaka Tetsushi in both. Yami no Bansosha is investigation as the main issue while in Tsumi to Batsu it's, still there is an outcast in the foreground.
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    Lhuna-chan Dec 2, 2014 - edited

    Does anybody know the music theme that repeats every episode in the crucial moments? (ofc not the ED) The only thing I found is that Endo Koji was responsible for the music here. It adds so much to the mood of the whole drama.

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      realdeal Apr 25, 2015

      searching for drama ost is almost impossible....XD

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    fadetoblack Sep 20, 2014 - edited

    i was bored, but i liked the ED song...

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    mecchaumai Jun 2, 2014

    I can't find a stream of ep 3 that isn't stupidly out of sync

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    yuurei Mar 24, 2014

    I came back thinking about revisiting this and see that psychological HAS been added as a genre~ yay

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    Akuto Oct 3, 2013

    Damn I was hoping Miroku would've been like Futaro(Zeni Geba). Just murdering everyone in his path, but this was good. I enjoyed it. The acting from Kengo was great. Makes me wanna check out his other stuff.

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    realdeal Aug 7, 2013

    kora kengo acting is great here...

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    Cheer Jun 13, 2013

    This is a different kind of drama; dark, twisted and somehow psychological but it isn't terrifying. It revolves around crime, punishment and the struggle to prove oneself's existence.

    Even though I didn't agree with most of the lead character's choices and doings, I still found him very strong.

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    midwest Apr 17, 2013

    Wow this is good.

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    tiitek Dec 17, 2012

    Wow... dark and twisted ^^ nicee...
    Dostoevsky made in Japan O.O

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    yariru Dec 14, 2012

    Read the manga, the first episode isn't very promising...at least in my opinion. Will pick it up when it finishes airing.

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    makou Dec 12, 2012

    Wou, it's about "Crime and Punishment" interesting~

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    Supermeganerd Dec 11, 2012

    I love this one! So thrilling and interesting :-)

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    ketibachan Apr 18, 2012

    this sounds heavy. i hope the acting won't let me down


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    Apr 29, 2012 to Jun 3, 2012
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    45 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 186 users)
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