Picks up following the 2015 drama special of the same name. This drama follows the relationship between Tabito Higurashi and Yoko Yamakawa. Various mysteries like the tragedy that struck Tabito Higurashi 20 years ago are revealed.
*Based on the novel "Tantei Higurashi Tabito no Sagashimono" by Kozaburo Yamaguchi.
Cast & Credits
I think what I loved most, besides the compelling plot that threaded through and built up with each episode, was the characters and their relationships. Each was so lovable and unique, even if some were technically stock characters. The casting was perfect in my opinion, and some of the best performances from many of the actors I've yet seen. And Sumida Moeno who played the amazing little Tei-chan was truly incredible in her first main role. The main characters, guest roles, and even the villains and purely comedic characters were multifaceted and had depth, and many of them had really emotionally satisfying character arcs. The relationships were fascinating, enjoyable, and dynamic, and I love how perfectly they fit into certain expected relationships while being totally unexpected at the same time. I also loved some of the societal issues they spoke to in subtle ways, both directly and indirectly; both through satire and serious, idiosyncratic character creation that I felt was a perfect connection between the original novel's author, the screenwriter, and the actors.
Also, the comedy was pitch perfect...in my eyes, at least! The combination of satire, gags, utter wittiness, physical comedy, riffing between actors, timing, and *even* post-production perfection had me rolling. I don't know if everyone would love it, as I grew up with Japanese humor and have realized more recently by way of international comments that sometimes I probably don't have the best awareness if everything is translating cross-culturally, or multi-lingually as well as I assume at first. Then I realize what I am taking for granted as normal or what is untranslatable or whatever, and realize what I think is hilarious may not be to more people than I think. But I *think* a lot of the basic humor would translate...and I even think a bunch of very subtle touches can be appreciated by international audiences, although there probably are many subtleties that might not, that I felt really added to the multilayered brilliance. Again, I may not be the best judge of this. I should probably mention that if you don't enjoy the quick juxtaposition of humor and very serious or even moments of dark drama (as I've noticed quite a few people saying they really don't like that aspect of many J-dramas), you might find parts of this a bit jarring.
As a J-drama genre, this is definitely a comedy and not a dark crime, detective, or police drama (I'm speaking of specific genres, as this includes all of those elements). So if you're a fan of those, don't expect those tonally, if that makes any sense. But I think anyone who enjoys those elements will appreciate the story. As for the mystery, while each of the early episodes has an episodic element, it also has the overall mystery of Tabito's backstory woven through in such a compelling way that not only isn't very predictable, but has a perfectly balanced sinister edge to it than never quite goes into truly disturbing territory and yet creates a unique kind of suspense.
As for his strange condition/ability, I don't want to throw in any potential spoilers, but I'll just say that it's best to suspend disbelief. Each episodic 'case' is satisfying and none are throw-aways. There is that awesome emotive quality to many of them that J-dramas in this genre do so well...touching without being maudlin. Main characters are developed through their interaction with the cases and their personal conflict also builds too. Lastly, for those who care, the romance element is really well done. It's paced just right and feels genuine. For those who are more of K-drama watchers, this is not like your typical K-drama crime comedy-romance (which I also enjoy), so don't expect that.
The music was perfect, imo, with the exception of the very short opening song. The composer got every mood just right, from the lovely string and piano themes to the jarring, discordant guitar when we get hints of the darkness roiling beneath the surface of the storyline. The songs are also great and not melodramatic. Rewatch value...I would definitely watch this again, it was so enjoyable, and I'm not a big rewatcher! But the mystery element is strong enough that a second watch would definitely not have anywhere near the same effect. Anyway, hope more people will take a chance on this drama! If you don't enjoy it as much as me, I imagine you'll find at least something enjoyable in it.
Higurashi Tabito (Matsuzaka Tori) is a researcher who has lost four of his five senses due to a past incident and relies solely on his vision to find things. He lives in his research agency along with his friend and manager Yukiji Masahiko (Hamada Gaku) and his 6-year-old daughter, Momoshiro Tei (Sumida Moeno), who is not related by blood. Tabito is able to locate any item that a person is looking for. Your method of investigation is quite strange. It seems that your eyes can see things that are invisible to an ordinary person. Kindergarten teacher Yamakawa Yoko (Tabe Mikako) whom I found to be super kawaii in the drama, takes care of her pupil Tei in a delayed change but Tei's father does not come. She is surprised by Tei who silently folds origami paper by herself and speaks as an adult. Tei finally declares that he can not wait and intends to go home on his own. Yoko panics and runs after her. In the process, she drops the charm of his pretentious key holder she wears around her waist. Tei is going to a unit in a building in Kinshicho. When Yoko enters the room, a man is deeply asleep on a sofa. This man is Tabito. Tei tells her, "This is my dad. Do not wake him up." She starts a microwave meal while listening to rock by herself. Listening to Tei that she has no mother, Yoko is annoyed that Tabito leaves his daughter to his own devices and forces him to wake up. Tabito awakens, but can not follow Yoko's words as he speaks quickly. However, he only notices the support hook at his waist. The next day, Yoko is summoned by Tei and finds Tabito and Yukiji squatting on the road. Tabito says he will find the key holder immediately. She is surprised. "As you know I lost a key chain?" Tabito explains that he can see "patterns of emotion." When he does not answer Yoko's questions and walks away quickly, she murmurs if he can not hear her. Yoko is told by Yukiji that Tabito does not even know the sense of smell, taste and touch.He perceives everything with his eyes and sure enough Tabito locates the charm of Yoko's keyholder on the lake Yoko does not believe in Tabito's ability, she is worried about Tei and Tabito. She leaves the office and intrudes on her affairs, and witnesses her Yokiji tells Yoko that Tabito has used his eyes to get his hands on his head, but he has not been able to use his eyes. Her and asks her to keep her distance. A downcast Yoko leaves the office. However, Tei will later disappear while out on a mission alone. Tabito immediately notices when he wakes up and tries to use his eyes ...
A very good fantasy drama, cool drama, great fun with fluffy and cute characters, has a story of romance and fantasy cool. Very clean and pleasant soundtrack, a drama generally coherent, clean, following the good old Japanese way of being.