Nakai will play the protagonist ‘Ataru’, a man with autism who is also a savant, possessing special abilities in specific areas. This mystery drama will tell the story of Ataru, who solves cases using his extraordinary memory and deductive skills.

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  • Jan 7, 2013 1 of 11 episodes seen
    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  10
    • Story  9
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  9
    • Rewatch Value  8
    This show is brilliant, I’ll be watching the rest ASAP. Nakai betrays his character with autism brilliantly, very realistic. I loved the fact that the detectives spend so long chasing after him as he wonders around picking up clues around him. Using his unique and basic ways to relay these findings maiko slowly understands his “riddles” which helps to solve the case.
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  • May 8, 2012 1 of 11 episodes seen
    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  8
    • Story  8
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  7
    • Rewatch Value  8
    Every episode is really amazing to watch, it kind of remind me of Mr. Brain, which is one of my favorite drama of all time. Plus the story line is very unique and entertainment, love the fact that even if its a criminal investigation has comedy involve. Really love how Nakai Masahiro plays his character. Awesome to watch!
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  • its kind of the same storyline about weird people resolving crimes plus both have comedy involve! Both are really entertainment.
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  • Similarities: The main actress, the lame jokes, the nudity and of the comedy police-investigation genre. Differences: Ataru is one-case one-episode drama while Atami no Sousakan is one case throughout the whole drama.
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  • falconnie 12 days ago
    SPEC everywhere.. Toma Saya everywhere xD
    btw, I really love this drama.. and of course Chiaki Kuriyama forever
    Mission accomplished
    1 ❤
  • lainiwaku Jan 1, 2014
    i freak myself when i realize i do same hand gesture as ataru when i try to remember something O.O
  • yuurei Oct 15, 2013
    All the Spec referenceeeeesss~

    I already loved the drama, but that really made my day XD
    1 ❤
  • Lyrical Aug 9, 2013
    Is there Romance too?
    1 ❤
  • _Muffty_ Jun 18, 2013
    hai update shimashita^^
    2 ❤
  • darkness323 Apr 12, 2013
    I just thought I should mention this to all the Ataru fans out there: The first special has been posted on DramaCrazy with subs~ :D
    2 ❤
    • eragon92 Apr 13, 2013
      Yeah, I already watched it. The only bad thing that the 2nd half/episode of the special isn't up :(
    • darkness323 Apr 14, 2013
      Yeah I watched it too and I was kinda disappointed that it was like 80% flash back... but I guess that's where the second episode of the special will make up for that.
    • eragon92 Apr 14, 2013
      yeah, unfortunately though I haven't been able to find the 2nd episode anywhere subbed. I found it raw so that'll have to suffice for now.
      1 ❤
  • destiny29 Feb 11, 2013
    i loved this drama <3 .. loved it when he said 'curry soup kudasai' ^^
    4 ❤
  • anjhelie_o929 Feb 11, 2013
    just finished watching this ..
    great drama ?
    can't wait to watch the Special (:
  • steciLovesDramas Jan 6, 2013
    i'm so happy!!! they made a special episode (it aired today) XD
    • aha Mar 12, 2013
      By any chance do you know where is this special available online w/ english subs? I know i can watch it @gooddrama , but as you can see from the comments the quality of subtitles is horrible
    • steciLovesDramas Mar 12, 2013
      i actually haven't seen it... i commented when it came out and totally forgot about it O.O
      1 ❤
  • Angel88 Sep 8, 2012
    i loved it
    5 ❤
  • zu_ai_grusz Aug 4, 2012
    I thought the premise was quite promising, but after getting thru the 1st episode, I wasn't charmed and it failed to convince me. There was just too much lacking and I've been spoiled by recent dramas I've completed that were really of high caliber.
    • crystal200 Aug 7, 2012
      I'm curious, what do you think was lacking in this drama?

      I think it's great; interesting characters, Ataru is quite a complex character in this, interesting cases, a good mixture of comedy & depth, complexity in human emotions for the people who were involved in each case. And the acting from Nakai is superb.
      5 ❤
    • zu_ai_grusz Aug 7, 2012
      Maybe it was the style of directing that scenes feel disconnected. Maybe it was the characterization of a savant brought onto a criminal investigation scenario that failed to convince me. A pretty female trying to prove her niche as an authentic detective was too bland. The writing and the dialogue feels ordinary given such a premise and genre. And maybe at the basic level, it was the acting itself that didn't impress me. I was commenting on my 1st episode watch since I've stop from there. If there was any improvement in later episodes, I can't speak for it as it did not develop any pull for me to keep watching.
    • crystal200 Aug 9, 2012
      if you've only watched the first episode, then you've only barely scratched the surface of this drama.
      Yes the idea of a savant being involved in police investigations is unconvincing, just about everyone who has watched the drama feel the same way, that's why it's 'fiction'. But for me, what really makes this drama work is not really the concept, but the main characters & their chemistry, and if you had watched more then you would've come to understand the complexity of Ataru's character. Some of the cases are were also very interesting.
      I think the cast did a good job portraying their characters in the ways they were written. Nakai's acting in particular is just superb, portraying a person who has Savant syndrome without any prior knowledge or understanding of the disease whatsoever, yet he was able portray such characteristics so convincingly.
      1 ❤
    • crystal200 Aug 9, 2012
      personally, I think you should give this drama another go and watch the rest of it, I think the writing does improve further into the series with more interesting cases and improved chemistry between the main characters. the whole premise with Ataru's character and his past and relationship with his parents was very well written. The complexity of his character and the bond he has with his parents is really one of the main aspects of this drama that draws you in. However the writers deliberately piece together his past slowly little by little until it was fully explored in later episodes.

      Of course it's up to you whether you want to watch the rest of the drama or not...I'm just recommending you to continue with the drama because I think things do become more interesting in later episodes and the writing eventually becomes more substantial.
    • zu_ai_grusz Aug 9, 2012
      I appreciate your passion for recommending this drama. You know there are times when you have a particular reason and expectations for selecting a drama to watch. That's exactly what happened to me when I picked up Ataru. I had certain expectations and it wasn't met watching its 1st episode. I got an inkling of the back story they might try to build regarding his family history from the initial episode. I'm neither demeaning Nakai's acting but I personally did not find it anything noteworthy, it's not like there was any nuanced to him acting a savant character (FYI, this is also my 1st exposure to Nakai's acting). I could probably get back to this drama later on like some of those I've also put on-hold.
    • crystal200 Aug 12, 2012
      I personally have seen other actors portraying characters who have Savant syndrome and I have to say, Nakai's portrayal of this particular actor is really one of the most convincing I have seen, this is why I am so impressed with his acting in this. When I watch the drama, I don't see a actor portraying Ataru, I see Ataru himself.
      If you compare Nakai's acting to his other previous roles (that is if you get the chance to watch his other dramas), then anyone with the degree of familiarity of his acting roles, would probably agree that Ataru is without a doubt one of his most remarkable & commendable roles.
      Some of his other acting roles were rather bland in comparison to be perfectly honest.

      Ok, I do hope you will change your mind & watch the rest of the drama...but again, it's your choice.
      7 ❤
  • MinBrin Jul 4, 2012
    If you are into deka dramas, please watch closely. There are some nods to other dramas in this show.
    • MinBrin Jul 4, 2012
      Look in the background of episode 7. Do you recognize the chief with the cracker jar, woman detective with dirty hair, and the tall male detective? Did you watch Keizoku or Keizoku:SPEC? XD
      1 ❤
    • MinBrin Jul 4, 2012
      Episode 10- 8 min 20 sec (Who is that in the background XD)
      1 ❤
    • SayItAintSoJoe Dec 31, 2012
      yeah, i recognized those. It was awesome!
    • darkangel662008 Oct 21, 2013
      I haven't saw the episode 7..But I recognized the episode 10...bwahahaha!!! I was shocked when I saw the back of those 2...Saya and Sebumi picking up paper scattered by Saya :)
  • sunflower63 Jun 18, 2012
    this drama is so cool and Nakai is excellent as always!
    2 ❤
  • Saintrat May 7, 2012
    Love it! Love it!! Love it!!! ^_^
    5 ❤
  • Dastanael Apr 29, 2012
    I am truly longing to watch it but currently watching another drama this one is next on my list anyways. xD





  • Main Title: Ataru
  • Native title: あたる

General Details

  • CountryJapan
  • Aired: April 15, 2012 to June 24, 2012
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • # of Episodes 11
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
  • Genres: Crime, Detective, Mystery


  • Score: 7.96 (scored by 520 users)
  • Ranked: #228
  • Popularity: #507
  • Members: 1,294
  • Favorites: 0
4.0 stars - based on 520 votes

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