MR. BRAIN (2009)

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Tsukumo Ryusuke is a quirky, yet brilliant neuroscientist working for the National Research Institute of Police Science. Wielding a unique perspective and psychology, Tsukumo tackles the nation's most baffling crimes and scandals, going head-to-head with the most brilliant and twisted criminal minds. But his eccentricities and poor social timing can also aggravate people and circumstances, further complicating matters. --TBS

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Jun 17, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
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As a fan of mystery/crime dramas i have to say this is one of the best i've ever seen. It's a mixture of CSI meets Criminal Minds. The story is pretty great and the cast is exceptional. Each character have such different personalities that it was fun watching them play off of each other while also coming together as one while eating bananas. They also have the BEST GUEST STARS EVER. The read more drama is well written with both comedy and seriousness. Kimura Takuya did such an amazing job bringing his character to life. His sadistic laugh and awkward social timing is pure genius.
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Apr 18, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
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Wow...this is just such an amazing show. I stumbled across it after watching Satoh Takeru in Bloody Monday since I wanted to see him in something else. At first I was disappointed that he was only going to play a small part in the film. However, I was hooked on the show itself from the first 15-20 minutes in. It takes about that long to figure out what the heck is going read more on (the beginning doesn't seem at all connected to the plotline as given in the notes), but then it takes off from there and never stops. I had seen several of the cast in other shows (besides Takeru), and they have always played some of my favorite roles. The show just has such amazing acting. Bad guys, good guys, side-not-really-all-that-important guys--all of them do an excellent job. The crimes are all deliciously difficult to solve (or at least to prove), and I love the scientific facts that they keep throwing in. Mr. Brain's impact on everyone around him is so wonderfully done. The writer(s) so excellently show him drawing the people around him into his positive look at life and the possibilities of science. And in drawing in the characters around him, Mr. Brain attracts the interest of the show's viewers at the same time. This show is a little more dark/bloody in some areas than most crime dramas that I watch (definitely not for little kids), but they are so well designed. No crime is the same (which often happens in crime shows where there is more than one crime to solve) and neither are they the run of the mill crime (man kills mistress or some other cliche mystery). These are interesting and unique stories that drew my interest anew with each episode. I have already re-watched this show, and I really with a second season had been made. If I have one complaint, it is that the end seems unfinished. It was obviously designed with a sequel in mind and the end is a little bit of a let-down because of it. If they ever finish it, the show would be almost perfect.
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The protagonists of both dramas have somewhat of the same feeling. The drama has to do with crime and investigating. Both protagonists goes out into the field, even though they are not meant to be. For both protagonists, there is a "sidekick", a female character that helps them and is "used" to help solve the cases they are doing. The Female characters dislike the protagonist at first but ends up warming up to them near the end. The dramas both have somewhat of the same plot. If you like one, I recommend watching the other as well.
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    Jessica May 15, 2017 - edited

    Awesome performance from Kumra Takuya as usual.

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      pinoy4ever Jun 14, 2017

      you should watch his fellow SMAP member too they're good. like ATARU and MONSTER dramas, it's a detective genre too

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    KenWong May 3, 2017

    Still loving this show. This is quite good. I really wish they did another Season of it.

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    peacewon Jan 8, 2017 - edited

    A lot of people are upset that this show has mediocre CGI and sets. I just don't think they give a damn. they have a story, an idea and scenario in mind and THAT is the reality they create. I respect that they are not the least bit afraid to make funky, crappy, weird, silly or cringey things. So what if it has little or nothing to do with reality? They are just admitting upfront and in your face the fact that it IS made up!!! It lets me see their most beautiful humanity. I find that Chinese fantasy dramas do the exact same thing with their flying people and their monster fights in wuxia. It is one of the things I totally love about it. Since I have started watching Asian dramas i OFTEN find myself waking up in the middle of the night laughing. not sure what was so funny, but the laughter is sweet.

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    Asianstan Aug 20, 2016

    This drama has amazing story omg i'll watch it tomorrow

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    Kiribechan Aug 20, 2016

    Great show! Enjoyed it a lot!

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    iambulletproof Jul 21, 2016

    im only in the first episode, i do like the story but the technology their showing is a bit disappointing like the hologram and other hi-tech devices. CSI which aired a few years ahead of this did a better job with that because they stick to something believable. could have been better if they did not try too hard to make up those gadgets just look awful. and their head quarters looks hideous. its somewhat confusing if they want to make the series light or serious. i dont know. will watch a few more episode and we'll see

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    Rae Apr 14, 2016

    Best drama ever!

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    KMR Dec 6, 2015

    Jdramas are so weird lol
    This show is full of bananas figuratively and literally LOL

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    irish Nov 22, 2015 - edited
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    reika Nov 7, 2015

    It's 2015, and I'm still hoping for a second season... :(

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    johankj Aug 11, 2015

    Whoo, this series did have many of my favorite actors <3
    Like: Ayase Haruka, Kimura Takuya, Yoshida You & Nakama Yukie <3.
    But this series wasn't that good what i hopped :(
    Can be because i have watched many detective series and now this series is a little wired somehow.
    BUT! i will give it 8/10 (6/10 to story character, but the actors are 10/10! ) .
    --Now then ??
    --S02 or SP ??
    --It ending so weird :s

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    Yojijukugo Jun 21, 2015

    yeah a huge guest cast

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    Iwyn May 19, 2015

    Wow! This drama has so many famous guest roles! :)

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    tiraaa Apr 20, 2015

    A little underwhelmed.... thought it would be amazing, but it was honestly very normal to me, except Kimura's character is super fun. Otherwise.... the solving of cases were average, but there were a couple of case stories that I liked in the middle. But the last case was kind of unbearable... Maybe I was just zoning out too much.

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    1004_blue Apr 14, 2015

    This was my first J-Drama. I went back and watched it recently and remembered why I loved it. <3


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    May 23, 2009 to Jul 11, 2009
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