Saturday, 27 April 2013

Currently watching: Sennyu Tantei Tokage

Hmm, this is the fourth murder mystery in a row that I'm writing about. I'll have to make an effort and watch something different tonight.

In this drama, the police are taking drastic measures against crime, and are hiring private detectives to operate outside the usual laws that the police have to follow. This is where our hero, nicknamed Tokage, comes in. An ex-cop whose partner died in an operation went wrong, is asked to go undercover in various cases. He's accompanied by an assistant, a rookie who is keen but naive.

Matsuda Shota is fine as the cop, even though he's playing it exactly as he did in Liar Game. Well, if it's not broken, don't fix it, I suppose. Renbutsu Misako is also good as his assistant, adding a bit of humour without seeming obvious or distracting. And the minor characters are well defined, too, including two officers who do not appreciate Tokage's efforts, and some very cynical but pragmatic managers.

This is my subtitles project for the season, and it's certainly different from Biblia Koshoudou... There's a complete lack of literary references, and instead it's mostly smart one-liners and threats. It's full of energy and excitement: A lot of fun.

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