Friday, 3 September 2010

Currently watching: Jikou Keisatsu

Since the wait between episodes of Atami No Sousakan was getting too long (this is not a complaint about the fabsubbers' efforts because even a wait of one day would be too long) I decided to dig out this old TV series to fill the gap.

Broadcast in 2006, this show stars Odigiri Joe and Aso Kumiko and was directed by Satoshi Miki and involves the police solving mysterious murders. However, these are crimes that were committed so long ago, they can no longer be brought to trial. They are simply investigating these crimes as a hobby.

It has a great sense of humour, as you'd expect from Satoshi Miki. It's more immediate in appeal than Atami No Sousakan, simply because each crime is solved before the end of the episode. The cast is great, and there's barely a moment when it isn't worth your full attention. I'm halfway through the series so far, but I can't find anything wrong with it.

Perhaps the only down side is how difficult it is to find. Maybe I was typing the wrong things into google, but after much searching, I had to download the series hardsubbed into French from here and then use the soft subs from d-addicts. Luckily, they sync up fine. To make the subs readable, of course, you have to change the settings so that the words have a dark background. For example in VLC player, that's Settings > Preferences > Video > Subtitles/OCD > Text renderer > Font effect. A bit of a pain, but worth it. Oh yes. [edit: actually, I just noticed they're up on My Asian Cinema, so you can save yourself a bit of work]

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