The scientific criminal investigation team, White Lab, is a new unit established within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division because of the need to swiftly capture criminals of violent crimes with hard evidence. It possesses the knowledge of the crime lab and the investigative authority of First Investigative Division. The core members of the White Lab are former scientist Ichinose Satoshi who solves difficult cases with unique investigation methods; Honda Masayuki who goes by the nickname “human lie detector”; and former crime lab ace Okunuki Toru. Each of them have different personalities as well as areas of speciality, but respect each other and work together to crack cases.
Cast & Credits
This show is amazing. Each mystery is compelling and interesting, and I kept finding myself yelling &quot;OOOOOOOH MAN&quot; at multiple points during episodes. The plot of the show as a whole is pretty simple but each mystery has multiple layers of complexity and makes you not want to look away. This also allows you to dive in at any point in the show because there isn't necessarily an ongoing story, but I still really recommend that you start at the beginning because then you can watch each character's growth throughout the show.
Really really great show. It's probably my new favorite drama.
(And Yamane is my favorite character, lol. I'm a liiiiittle biased.)
I don't know why this drama has not spread like wildfire and continued with a special or a second series. I feel like it left off in a good spot, but I wish it continued on more with the story of White Labo. It was fantastic how they all worked together despite their extremely different personalities. I feel like the way they did not intrude too much on each other's personal lives was a bit much, but given this is a Japanese drama I'm not really surprised.
Each character filled in their quirks perfectly. Like who they acted as was who they truly were. I didn't even notice a Hey! Say! Jump member in the cast until I caught sight of the groups name in the credits after like... the fourth or fifth episode! This show told wonderful stories, one right after the other, and had me crying at the SECOND episode! It was nice that they took an episode out for each character to feel like "THE" main character, too.
This drama is wonderful. Thrilling and heartwarming and exciting and adventure packed until the last moment of the last episode. If you're just getting started with Japanese dramas, this may be a good show to watch but I don't think I would if I was just 'dipping my toes into the Japanese drama fandom', so to speak. This is more of an intermediate-level-type drama; meaning, once you get a few crime/detective dramas under your belt, then watch this drama. But, then again, I can't tell people what to do... this is all just an opinion. And I hope it helps you decide whether or not you want to watch this amazing show!!