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Erin

Charleston

Erin

Charleston
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HERO
10 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 6, 2016
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
I'm not good with watching dramas that are younger (or older) than at least 2007, I don't know why but none of them seemed to pique my interest. Until I found this drama through my new-found love of Kimura Takuya... because of "Mr. Brain", of course! It was great to see Abe Hiroshi, Kadono Takuzo, Otsuka Nene, Takahashi Katsumi, and so many others in this series as well; the entire guest cast for each episode was fantastic. Kimura Takuya portrayed his character very well, it seems that he does the "air head but secretly a genius" role very well, I think. The script was very well written, the witty banter and the rapport between the cast was fantastically played out as if we were just watching a live camera feed from a prosecutor's office. If you were like me, and don't give "older" dramas a chance, then I feel sorry for you, because you're definitely missing out on this gem!!

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Detective Ballerino
9 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 17, 2016
1 of 1 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This drama/film was.... intense.

Intensely stupid.
Intensely hilarious.
Intensely dramatic.
Intensely suspenseful.
Intensely heart wrenching.
Intensely heart warming, too!

Seriously one of the greatest, funniest, absolute best performances in a drama/film I have seen in a long while! It's not an easy story to follow, but it is. I mean... there is no way I guessed the plot line, story, or even the ending! I seriously, seriously, seriously recommend this to any and everyone! It's a fantastic show!
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HERO 2
8 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 8, 2016
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
I have to admit, I've marathon watched this series from 2001 till now (the 2014 sequel) since the beginning of this week and I can't remember stopping for anything except mini-breaks (food, bathroom, sleep...)

This series is really good, it all blends in with where the last episode or special left off so you don't really feel like your missing anything; however, if you miss a special or an episode (or whole series) it's like coming in blindfolded! The casting of this series was different than the first, minus a few people here and there, so it was a little hard to get used to; but I liked how it focused on everyone individually and sincerely without focusing solely on one person as a main character, but it seemed to focus on the whole of the prosecution office. You'll know what I mean if you watch this series!

The script is well written, I do have to admit (again...) that I did like the absence of a romance in this sequel; I liked Kimura Takuya's (Kuryu Kohei) romance with Matsu Takako (Amamiya Maiko) in the original, don't get me wrong, but I like that this drama seemed to focus more so on the law/crime/justice genre than pure romance. It's hard to find good dramas that don't have overly cheesy, over-bearing, love triangles, or what have you. Also, don't get me wrong (again.. heehee..!) I do like romance dramas or movies, but that's not why I chose to watch this series. I chose to watch this series (from the original in 2001 up until the new movie in 2015) because of the cast, the stories, the script, the directing, the talent, the unique qualities of each actor/actress, and so on...

Anyways, some law terms are hard to follow and some episodes do move fast, but that's why God invited pause and rewind and fast forward, right? I'm not saying to do that ALL the time you don't understand, but I am saying this is a very interesting drama to lose time and yourself in, should you give it the chance. I watched this on pure faith that I wouldn't be bored since I loved Kimura Takuya in "Mr. Brain", and I was glad to find that I was right! Please, don't let the negatives out-weigh the positives for this series... definitely give it a try!

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Hero
9 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 9, 2016
Completed 1
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
I finished this entire series (from 2001 until this 2015 film) in about a week and two days! I'm so proud of myself! :D

Anyways... this movie is fantastic! I love the storyline and the script was very well written, it was nice to see some old faces and some new faces mixed in to the story and the cast; in the past series and specials and movie I liked Kimura Takuya most, but from this film it was hard to select just one actor or actress I liked more. It did move fast in some scenes, but otherwise it was pretty normal for the "Hero" series in general. It made me wish there was another drama or film, too! This series and the cast interact so well with each other it's hard not to want to watch more!

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Yowakutemo Katemasu
6 people found this review helpful
by Erin
Mar 13, 2016
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Definitely a wonderful drama! And not just because of the acting or the writing or the talent... Although that was half of it. The spirit of this story is amazing! I definitely cried during the last few episodes, my heart was beating like crazy, and I was white-knuckle watching each game! Of course, this is a definite watch if you like Ninomiya Kazunari or baseball, but the other actors were amazing as well! I don't want to say one actor over-shadowed another, but there were times when it may have happened. Seriously, this is a must watch drama!
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Risou no Musuko
4 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 21, 2016
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
To be honest... this was the most surreal, bizarre, interesting, hilarious, scary, nerve-wracking, heart wrenching, heart breaking drama that I have watched this month! And that's saying a lot! The casting was amazing; everyone's personal skill, unique personalities and characteristics came out perfectly and they all balanced and acted off of each other very well! The story, plot line, surprise moments, twists and turns, and especially the entire script was amazing! I never once guessed the unexpected ending, and there were a few moments where I hated/disliked a couple of the characters, but throughout each episode that definitely goes away. There were parts in a few episodes where I had to pause and rewind just to re-watch a certain moment because I couldn't stop laughing! Nakajima Yuto was completely unrecognizable in this drama; I don't know if it was the glasses, the hair, or the way he portrayed his character (aka Kobayashi Kouji) but it was superbly done! Also, this is definitely one of Yamada Ryosuke's best shows; he shows the full extent of his skill, I believe at least. This is one of the oddest shows I've watched, but I wasn't bored and never once wanted to stop in the middle of the series. I'm so glad I finished this show! It will definitely be a re-watch in the future! I seriously suggest that a lot more people watch this show!

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May 27, 2016
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Before I get started in the review, I have just one thing to say! Yes, I did watch this show because Kaname Jun was a lead actor; yes he does appear in every episode; however, I suggest that you not let him become the ONE AND ONLY reason you are watching this drama.

The story is absolutely heart wrenching, sad, upsetting, thoughtful, unique, ingenious, kind, silly, happy, and filled with a lot of genuine honesty from a family, from friends, and from coworkers that you don't really see a lot of from this genre/type of drama. To be honest, I was a little hesitant in watching (even if Kaname Jun is acting as a main character) this series because it seemed more of a comedic take on family life while being a detective. But, once I started watching the first episode, I realized that I was wrong. This show sincerely and seriously takes on the aspect of being a working detective and head of the house hold; it shows, in true honesty, just how hard balancing two jobs (detective and father/husband) can really be. So, to me, this show is very much true to life.

Each actor played their character with respect, honesty, kindness, and sincerity; and I'm not saying you don't see that anymore, but even down to the child actors I felt that their skill and talent was close to perfect for each story and case that arrived. I'm very glad that I decided to watch this show and I definitely hope a lot more people give this drama series a chance!

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Shiawase ni Narou yo
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 26, 2016
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Let me start off this review by just saying this: I do not watch romance dramas. I've never been a fan of the over cheesy, overly dramatic, exaggerated love triangle stories. HOWEVER...!!!

This story had a lot more depth to it than I thought! Yes, love was present throughout the show, however: it did not preside or take control over the entire show. There were a lot more human emotions involved in the making of this story that made me like this show a lot more than I believed I would.

At first, I watched this show for two people, and that reason only. AKA: Katori Shingo and Fujiki Naohito. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the cast was amazing as well; there were a few people who I really liked and a few people who I really hated, but just their character (not the actual person)! Throughout this show, the ever present emotions of love, anger, trust, betrayal, lies, sadness, silliness, jealousy, greed, despair, and happiness seemed to always be present through each episode; from beginning to end. To me, watching this show was almost as if I was reading it as a book or watching it as a play; I was so immersed with Katori Shingo's character that I kept wanting to watch more and more, he was really fantastic in this drama! I do suggest that a lot more people watch this show (be careful if you are not a romance fan though)! It's a fantastic script with a very well written story!

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Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 22, 2016
1 of 1 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This had the potential to be so much more! I watched this special/film mostly for the cast but the story turned out to be amazing as well! I wish they did (or would) put this story in to a drama or a sequel film! This show has the potential to get a lot of love from a lot of people! From the cast to the story, it was all very uniquely well done and I would love to see more! I really liked the idea of a detective story like this film! I definitely recommend that more people watch this show! It made me laugh, made me cry, made me sad, mad, and angry, too. A lot of emotions all wrapped in to one! This story was fantastic!

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Hidarime Tantei EYE
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 17, 2016
1 of 1 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Am I the only one who thinks the detective genre/series is a great fit for Yamada Ryosuke? I mean.... "Tantei Gakuen Q" and then the "Kindaichi" series, too. Also, Yokoyama Yu is always a fantastic actor! His talent to submerge himself in to his acting is amazing! This special/film was the prequel story before the series, so I don't want to say too much.

It did move fast in some areas of the film, but it also didn't go so fast that you would miss something or not understand something. The story, itself, progressed rather quickly, I thought. But, that also could be my imagination because ever since I pressed play on this story I have been completely sucked in!

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MR. BRAIN
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
Apr 26, 2016
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 9.5
I remember I started watching this drama (the first time) because of Mizushima Hiro, after I had seen him in the movie "Drop" I was attracted to his unique acting skills and personality; much like Satoshi Ohno, it seems as if Mizushima Hiro disappears in to the character he is playing. Although, as soon as I started watching, I became completely distracted by Kimura Takuya. The way he played Tsukumo Ryusuke was amazing! All the quirks, mannerisms, attitudes, behaviors, and personalities he brought to the character himself was fantastic to watch. I absolutely loved the way he laughed out loud, talked about brain science, and how he interacted with the other characters/actors. It was also great to see all the guest actors for each episode! Gackt, Sato Takeru, Kamenashi Kazuya, Sugimoto Tetta, Abe Ryohei, Kimura Tae.... And so much more!! I wish a lot more dramas did this. I also wish Mr. Brain had lots more episodes, a second season, a movie, a special episode... it was way too great of a drama to just end at 8 episodes. Also, since I'm writing this review after I re-watched this drama, I now know who a few of the actors are (Kagawa Teruyuki, Shiho, Shitara Osamu, Ichikawa Ebizo) so it was great to watch them! I would definitely recommend this to someone who is just starting out with foreign/Japanese dramas; or someone who likes to laugh or who likes detective dramas!

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Orthros no Inu
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
Mar 24, 2016
9 of 9 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
I began this drama because of Nishikido Ryo, but completely fell in love with Takizawa Hideaki! The way he acts is amazing; not on par with Nishikido Ryo, but they don't over shadow or compete with each other... in some ways, a complete match and in other ways, completely different. I like their styles of acting very much and plan to follow them from now on; minus the "stalker-ish" way it sounded. I've followed Nishikido from Ryusei no Kizuna; the way he seems in this story, slightly (in a teeny tiny way) reminds me of his character from that story, if you watch this, you may know what I mean but you also may not and/or disagree with me. Also, my time is 4:15am, so I may be speaking nonsense. Anyway... The ending was a complete surprise, yet at some points I came close to guessing what was about to happen. I didn't recognize Haru at all, which was surprising, but she was wonderful in this series; as was Kumada Sea and Sasaki Kuranosuke was positively frightening. The cast in this was iffy to me in a few parts of the series (namely one or two persons specifically, I wont name names) but it's easy to get over if you focus on the story and not the people... which is sort of hard to do since you're watching the story that focuses on peoples lives. Well, either way, this drama was a wonderful story and I've never seen anything like it! Definitely a recommendation!

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Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store
4 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 22, 2016
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
How this drama only has 10 episodes is beyond me! At first, I watched this drama because the synopsis was way too interesting and it pulled me in immediately; but then, after watching the first episode, the cast just blew me away! The acting is spectacular and I never stopped laughing for a moment! I seriously recommend this to anyone who likes to laugh, or who likes Mamiya Shotaro!
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Shiroi Haru
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
May 30, 2016
11 of 11 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Before I begin, let me just say this:

1.) No, this is not all sunshine and rainbows and happy times; prepare tissues and wait for a multitude of emotions.

2.) No, the previous statement does not mean it is a terrifying or scary show; it's just a serious look on a certain way of life.

3.) No, you should definitely not pass this drama up!


Having said all that, let me get straight to the point now. To be honest, I watched this drama only because of Abe Hiroshi; after seeing him in "Hero", I was addicted to his talent, skill, and unique personality (not to mention his height and voice) almost immediately. Also having said that, the more I watched this drama, the more the story drew me in. I recognized a few more actors/actresses (Endo Kenichi, Yoshitaka Yuriko, and David Ito; just to name a few) along with the small comedic and light-hearted moments drew me in to the story as a whole. At times, I was angry at a few characters and I cried with a couple others, while I laughed with another. This story is very unorthodox in the way it is written and played out; I could predict a bit of the ending, but most of it I couldn't even imagine! I did get bored watching at some slow points, but then something happened and I was immediately drawn back in; I even paused to rewind and rewatch a few moments! This is definitely unlike any other drama I've ever seen and I am so glad I watched this story; it is now one of my favorites! I hope a lot of other peoples will give this heart wrenching (and heart breaking), touching and kind, honest and real, sad and happy, not to mention bittersweet, story a chance! I'm sure a lot more people will love it!

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Kyo no Hi wa Sayonara
3 people found this review helpful
by Erin
Mar 18, 2016
1 of 1 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
Ohno Satoshi and Yamada Ryosuke really stood out when they had scenes together; I liked the way Yamada Ryosuke portrayed Harada and Ohno Satoshi proved his skills once again with the way he seemed to fully become Fujioka Kouta! It was good to see some familiar faces in this drama, too! This is a great drama, it seemed to fly past as I watched it; I was completely entranced with the story! Definitely recommend this story... but have tissues!
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