Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou

Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (2013)

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Biblia Second-hand Bookstore has been quietly open for business in some corner of Kamakura. Its owner is Shinokawa Shioriko, a young, pretty but introverted girl who is extremely shy around strangers and cannot interact well with people she meets for the first time. However, when it comes to knowledge of old books, no one can to compare to her. Talking about books makes Shioriko forget her shyness. In fact, she becomes eloquent read moreand passionate. She unravels the mysteries and secrets associated with many old books with her vast knowledge and keen eye

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    Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files

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Jul 3, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I've literally just finished watching the final episode, and can definitely say that this is something I'll be coming back to again and again.

For a start, the entire drama is something quite unique. It's a mystery series, yes. But instead of the chilling tension of a gruesome murder, each episode fills you with warmth and endearment as you slowly uncover a beautiful, heartbreaking secret through the soft worn pages of that read more person's favourite book.

Some of the episodes do include a crime, but emphasis doesn't usually fall on it. Instead, the reasons they committed those crimes are the true mystery Shinokawa (the beautiful bookshop detective) seeks to solve. She is one of the most interesting characters I feel I've watched in a drama to date, and although I started off a little unsure of her (seemingly) emotionless character, you learn the reason she is like this as the series moves along.

Biblia Koshodou isn't a perfect drama, but one thing I love is that its "faults" seem to make it even more charming. For example, some of the plots are way, way over the top - you wouldn't try to injure others or end your marriage for a book. However, to me it feels as though this "overexaggeration" is the writers' way of trying to illustrate just *how much* they love books. You can see this in the incredible detail and research they put into each episode, each one being based off a real book and its history.

Also, the music sometimes seems very out of place; autotune and synthesisers in a drama about a quiet, beautiful girl who owns a bookshop? However, I feel this "mismatch" stops the drama becoming over-sentimental and cliched, which I eventually realised and respected the writers for.

Overall, a beautiful, heartwarming drama that I can guarantee you'll want to watch over again and again. Grab a hot chocolate, turn down the lights, and enjoy. :)
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Mar 9, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I was intrigued from the onset with the bookstore. The actors, scenery, and pace is very watchable and soothing. This drama uses the unspoken dialogue as the dialogue. Thus the actors are filling in the spaces with their stories, lives and secrets. The bookstore business I the US is fading art yet this drama critically illustrates its importance in the lives of others. If you love books, mystery/treasure hunting and the voluminous read more quiet of a bookstore this is worth the watch.
Why watch? I confess, I own a bookstore ;) and yes we have all these kinds of characters enter our store&life;.
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    ilovemassu Jun 12, 2017 - edited

    i watched this in two days. that was one hell of interesting drama.
    i just wish there's more hint of romance in between.
    and i want a second season.
    this is a must watch for books lover.

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    claudya87 Apr 13, 2017

    A cute series to watch on a rainy had a Sherlock Holmes atmosphere.

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    naccu Dec 13, 2016

    Biblia means books in greek!! Was this intentional, or...??

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    chibiladychoi Sep 3, 2016 - edited

    would like to put this on my PTW, but upon checking its Ayame should I continue? Gahd, I hate her in Asuko March!

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      usagi Dec 5, 2016

      I'm not a fan, but I thought she was quite well cast in this one and really enjoyed the drama as a whole. Her character is this unique kind of understated, elusive old soul who lives outside mainstream culture. Very different type of drama than her usual. It's a mix of light mystery and family drama with a splash of tasteful nerdy stories about notable Japanese literature.

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    chibiladychoi Sep 3, 2016

    would like to put this on my PTW, but upon checking its Ayame should I continue? Gahd, I hate her in Asuko March!

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    TokkiLily Mar 11, 2016 - edited

    I want to watch this but ayame's acting puts me off.

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      Railise Apr 24, 2016

      You might want to give it a try; she's completely different in this than in the other roles I've seen her play (which I've liked, but that's beside the point). It's possible you'll be pleasantly surprised. :) And the show is just delightful.

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      TokkiLily Apr 24, 2016

      yeah I think I'll give it a try but it's on my ptw list for now ^^

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    Pixiemage7 Sep 24, 2015

    this made me more appreciative of books...

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    heeymilly Jan 6, 2015

    I hope there will be second season (2)

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    meloindex Sep 3, 2014

    2nd season. sums up my feelings for this drama

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    frost May 15, 2014

    Really good drama to watch, and I love how serene the atmosphere is

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    ELFfreak Dec 17, 2013
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    Cheer Oct 27, 2013

    This is obviously one of the best dramas this year. I found it quite smooth, different and captivating despite the episodic pattern.
    Pretty well-done.
    Also, Fujinami was such an awesome character LOL

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    Sawatdeedrama Oct 4, 2013

    Is this drama worth watching? :)

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      R1N7B Oct 5, 2013

      It is worth the time if you're tired of watching the usual kdrama romcoms or kdramas. Please bear in mind that most jdramas have a relatively SLOW pace with the story.

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      lily_b Nov 25, 2013

      It depends on what you like, but I think the reviews are pretty accurate. If the reviews sound like something you'd be interested in, then yes, it's worth watching!

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    blackswindler Aug 29, 2013

    I hope there will be second season. I know that some people can be bored watching it but for me it was more absorbing than any other action or detective movie or drama. Maybe because I love reading books:]

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    lontongstroong Aug 10, 2013

    Informative show with superb directing (leading to generally good acting) and cinematography. The soundtrack is also very enjoyable


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    Jan 14, 2013 to Mar 25, 2013
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 632 users)
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