Bitter Blood

Bitter Blood (2014)

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A rookie detective, Sahara Natsuki, is assigned to the Investigation Division of Ginza police station, and there, he has a reunion with his father and veteran detective, Akimura Shimao, who he has become estranged from after his parents' divorce. They happen to become partners with each other, and while opposing his father, Natsuki begins to learn more about how to be a detective from his father.

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    Partners by Blood

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Jun 29, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
If you are looking for a comedic story that doesn't take itself seriously, then I think you would enjoy Bitter Blood {Partners by Blood}.

I enjoyed it for the fact that the two lead males on screen chemistry with each other as father and son was comfortable and effortless. They just seem to ALWAYS be in sync with each other regardless if it was for comedic timing or emotional timing. Takeru Sato read more and Atsuro Watabe were great. Their acting never seemed over the top and you felt like this was just normal everyday interaction between them in every episode.

The supporting cast's acting was well done but at some times it was a bit over the top but with the atmosphere of the drama. I didn't mind because it added to the fun and craziness of the episodes. Not too many dramas can be emotional and silly at the same time so I commend the cast for an enjoyable show.

The episodes are a give and take when it comes to story lines. Some episodes that featured the story line for certain supporting characters were well written and the others were worth a side glance of " Really???" but again , I have to say the acting of all those involved made you forgive those episodes and look past the faults.

The main theme song is very catchy. Now that can be a good or bad thing. I do believe if this drama was any longer, it would become like that song from Boys Over Flowers, Almost Paradise. ANNOYING. That's how catchy it You will like it until you hate it. So far I still like it:)

It's a good possibility that I will rewatch this at some time considering that I rarely rewatch shows. Also I am under the impression that this drama may have a part 2 because at the end of the finale episode in small red writing, it said "to be continued".. Hmmmmm I hope it does.
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Dec 28, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
This is a Fast , Funny and Sweet series unlike Korean series its very short and sweet
The casting is so good I loved each and everyone of them
They have done a great job in this drama
this is my first Japanese serial and I loved it
It's full of Fun not even a single part is boring though less romance you won't really need anything
The hidden love between the read more father and the son is very realistic and sweet
the only disappointing thing for me is the Drama got over so soon I couldn't get enough of it
Overall its GREAT !!
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- Not so serious detective drama
- Light cases
- Weak team
- Charming lead actors (Watabe Atsuro, Sato Takeru, Tamaki Hiroshi)
Recommended by blueribbon
The perfect combination of crime/detective drama and comedy. Both series show funny characters that prefer to do their job their own unique way.
Recommended by claudya87

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    AiLin 15 days ago

    Absolutly awesome. It is more comedy than detective genre, but still one of the best dramas I have ever seen and I will definitely watch it again. I love all cast especially Sato Takeru and Kuroki Keiji from Exile!!!

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    Subnick Jul 2, 2017

    I expected much more from this drama. This definitely has no Mystery or Detective genre, all was just the bad acting Comedy with no remarkable character. The end was the most cliche and predictable as possible.

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    MeganWu Jun 26, 2017

    I kept on rewatching it over and over again. It's such a good drama.

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    Asianstan Apr 21, 2017

    I want to watch this again. So, I'm going to watch it lmao

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    claudya87 Apr 15, 2017

    It was hilarious

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    fanitha Apr 7, 2017 - edited

    I don't think there's much of mystery, crime or detective in this drama. This drama is totally comedy and family. Watch it but don't expect too much from it, Sato's acting was very good as always but this was definitely not the detective drama I was expecting.

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      MeganWu Jun 26, 2017

      It's not a detective drama, it's a police kind of drama :)

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      fanitha Jun 27, 2017

      to be fair one of the genres this drama is labeled with is "detective"

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    chibiladychoi Mar 30, 2017

    It is a drama fit for watching on a Father's Day. Every episode talks about father-son/daughter relationship so everyone can relate to it. And dang! How come Sato Takeru became so hot like that?!

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    UltimateFangirl Mar 17, 2017

    this was awesome!!! the chemistry was just!! lit lit lit!

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    Brook Jan 30, 2017 - edited

    tbh, this drama is incredibly good! seriously, it is SO GOOD. it is more on the lighthearted side, which is a nice break if you watched too much hearbreaking stuff... but still, it mixes the fun, thrill and family/friendship very well! :) not awkward at all, every character plays their important part and are very likeable. the actors are great and the chemistry between the father and son couldn't have been better! i am saying all of this after only 4 episodes, so i will give and update after i finished the series ^_^

    okay... so i JUST finished the series! and i must say... this is one of the best jdramas i have watched yet! my only complaint being -> WHY IS IT SO DAMN SHORT?? (the struggle with jdramas) >_>.. also it kind of didn't answer some questions.... i need another season~!! other than that it was brilliant. the acting was on point!

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    Diefenbaker Dec 27, 2016 - edited

    I just finished episode eight. *snicker*

    This show gets funnier with each episode and I am loving it.

    I watched it because of Sato Takeru *swoon* and ended up enjoying it so much. The chemistry between him and Watabe Atsuro is fantastic. Their comedic timing is great.

    I cannot wait to finish this.

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    foreverwitchy Oct 28, 2016 - edited

    such a fun drama,
    the father-son chemistry between the two leads is fantastic.
    I really want a season 2!

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    HAMEX Jul 20, 2016

    It was fun and funny drama, both leads are cute, I like the OST too, Sato Takeru in a suit all the time was a double combo visual bonus! (because I like a guy in suit XD)

    It's not a serious show even though the theme is criminal-investigation-detective, the cases were just for fun, no suspense at all.

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    d-lite May 26, 2016

    loved the show even that it wasn't complicated like i expected, it was light and have some humor in it so it was enjoyable to watch....

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    zahra Mar 15, 2016

    Lots of cliche... But still want more of it.
    I loved it so much and loved sato takeru more than before.
    I want a 2nd season... is it possible?

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    SamuraiSx Feb 25, 2016

    goshhhhh I loved it soooo much !!!! :DDDD


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    Apr 15, 2014 to Jun 24, 2014
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    54 min.


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    8.5 (scored by 2,014 users)
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