[Discussion] Mr. Brain

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Apr 12th, '09, 23:17

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* Title: MR. BRAIN
* Format: Renzoku
* Genre: Comedy, mystery
* Broadcast network: TBS
* Broadcast period: 2009-May-23 start
* Air time: Saturday 20:00

Synopsis
SMAP's Takuya Kimura is taking on yet another new challenge. After playing characters such as a race car driver, a public prosecutor, and even Prime Minister, he will be now playing the part of a neuroscientist named Ryusuke Tsukumo, working for the National Research Institute of Police Science (part of the National Police Agency). He is generally incapable of reading the atmosphere of a situation, but when it comes to science, he is well respected. Whenever something catches his interest, he thoroughly sticks to it and never gives up, chasing down the criminals with certainty. This series combines the exciting elements from mystery, suspense, and comedy dramas.

Cast
* Kimura Takuya as Tsukumo Ryusuke
* Ayase Haruka as Yuri Kazune
* Mizushima Hiro as Hayashida Toranosuke
* Hiraizumi Sei as Funaki Junpei
* Shitara Osamu as Kanda Junichi
* Yamazaki Shigenori as Ouchi Koichi
* Isaka Shunya (井坂俊哉) as Namikoshi Katsumi
* Hayashi Yasufumi as Iwabuchi Kiyoshi
* Kobayashi Katsuya as Seta Ippei (小林克也)
* Tanaka Yuji (田中裕二) as Natsume Mitsuo
* Tortoise Matsumoto (トータス松本) as Nanba Jotaro
* Daichi Mao as Sasa Miharu
* Kagawa Teruyuki as Tanbara Tomomi

Production Credits
* Screenwriter: Makita Mitsuharu
* Producers: Ishimaru Akihiko, Iyoda Hidenori (伊與田英徳)
* Director: Fukuzawa Katsuo

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Apr 12th, '09, 23:22

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Kimutaku , Hiro & Ayase !! seriously a great mix :D

The drama will start on Sat. May 23 though, and many groups had already confirmed that it will be subbed..

English subs
(Soft) GiriGiri Fansubs (announced April 3, 2009)
(Hard) TimeLesSub (announced April 06, 2009)

(FrenchHard) Kehai-fansub (proposed April 2, 2009)

can't wait for the preview!!

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Post by lilswtangel » Apr 12th, '09, 23:39

this is one drama I'm TOTALLY looking forward to watching! Incredible casting! <3
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Post by kes4 » Apr 13th, '09, 04:08

That sounds like fun, I'm looking forward to watching it.

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Post by Issy » Apr 13th, '09, 09:53

Another Hiro drama :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: goes on to watch list for sure. been missing Hiro alot since mei-chan. :wub:
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Post by sahansah » Apr 13th, '09, 10:34

Yup definately a drama to see especially with one of my fav actors Kimura and the very hot Ayase and then we have the sweet newly-wed Hiro.

This drama is <3
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Post by MisS Lonliah » Apr 13th, '09, 23:08

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his current hairstyle suits the neuroscientist exactly ^^

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Post by sahansah » Apr 13th, '09, 23:23

I forgot that Ayase and Kimura were in the hero special together!

The premise of this drama is giving me the Galileo vibes. Liking Kimuras look and Ayase is looking very focused and dedicated as expected of Mr. Brains assistant.
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Post by Jazzl » Apr 14th, '09, 00:01

lol, what a weird hairstyle
want to see it ;;

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Post by katdiva » Apr 14th, '09, 00:23

I love Haruka and I love Kimura... I Think this should be an AWESOME show! The professional level of the cast is very high, with awesome talent.

I can't wait!! I liked them together alot in Hero SP!
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Post by atskv9 » Apr 14th, '09, 04:01

Looking forward to Kimura's KY situations in this drama :lol

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Post by joykimlee » Apr 14th, '09, 14:53

Super lookin fwd to Mr. Brain. Plot sounds like Galileo. Pics look like Hero Special. Glad it's gona b comedy + mystey.

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Post by annie_chan » Apr 15th, '09, 12:35

:)) another legendary rating drama is coming up!

Ayase Haruka is a really good actress. I love her to bits. Her dramas have good ratings.
Hiro should be able to attract rating from teenage girls
KimuTaku will get the rest of Japan to rate for him :P (well, at least 50%).

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Post by Issy » Apr 15th, '09, 13:32

annie_chan wrote:Hiro should be able to attract rating from teenage girls
and from some older obachans too. :P
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Post by poonk » Apr 15th, '09, 15:17

Ooh, something to look forward to this spring! I agree with those picking up on the Galileo-vibe, which popped into my head too upon reading the synopsis. Since I loved that drama, I just hope this is similarly entertaining. And besides Kimura, having Mizushima Hiro co-star is like icing on the cake. I'm marking my calendar right now.

P.S. I rather like Kimura's longer, somewhat-disheveled hair in the pics.

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Post by pass19 » Apr 15th, '09, 16:38

Can't wait to watch it!!!!!

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Post by annie_chan » Apr 15th, '09, 19:13

Issy wrote:
annie_chan wrote:Hiro should be able to attract rating from teenage girls
and from some older obachans too. :P
Well, I dont mind being called obachan :P but that job'd better be left for KimuTaku. After all, he's topped AnAn for 15 years. And his name ensures you a good drama. He is smart in choosing his role ^^

I am sooo excited :w00t:

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Post by hideko » Apr 15th, '09, 19:23

This looks entertaining. :D Definitely on my list. And here I thought the line up this spring didn't look as interesting as last season - now that it's starting, I'm proving myself wrong.

Also - Kimura's hair. All I can say is "Wow. That's hair." Not sure about my opinion on it yet. XD; We'll see how it looks moving.

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Post by Issy » Apr 15th, '09, 20:31

annie_chan wrote:
Issy wrote:
annie_chan wrote:Hiro should be able to attract rating from teenage girls
and from some older obachans too. :P
Well, I dont mind being called obachan :P but that job'd better be left for KimuTaku. After all, he's topped AnAn for 15 years. And his name ensures you a good drama. He is smart in choosing his role ^^

I am sooo excited :w00t:
:lol :lol :lol , sorry dear, but i really was talking about myself being an obachan when it comes to baby hiro (yes, that's what i call him :P ). sorry if it was not clear enough. i really did not mean you.
and to all, sorry if this was abit :offtopic:
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Post by MisS Lonliah » Apr 15th, '09, 22:01

hideko wrote: Also - Kimura's hair. All I can say is "Wow. That's hair." Not sure about my opinion on it yet. XD; We'll see how it looks moving.
you can see it 'moving' here :P
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he looks so adorable with all the hairstyles he had so far, ne! XD

Guys, any reason behind having his dramas starting in the middle of the season (this one and CHANGE?)

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Post by tkah » Apr 15th, '09, 22:58

Is it just me or is Kimura Takuya looking a little run down in those pics? I love him to death but he looks tired in those pictures. Will watch anything he is in regardless. He is my Hero. He will always be my favorite

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Apr 15th, '09, 23:19

tkah wrote:Is it just me or is Kimura Takuya looking a little run down in those pics?
hmm the second answer maybe XD

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Post by lunas » Apr 16th, '09, 00:28

I'm also curious to know why CHANGE and this start in the middle of the season.

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Post by citrone » Apr 16th, '09, 12:59

Great cast.....

Also it brings great expectaions, right! :cheers:

Cant't wait...

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Post by MitsukaiKuroi » Apr 16th, '09, 23:33

This look like it might be interesting... A bit like Galileo.

I can not wait to watch it! (^_^)

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Post by totemokakkoii » Apr 18th, '09, 03:31

i am a big big big galileo fan.. i hope this drama has its own style and uniqueness. and not try to follow the success footsteps of galileo... (if not, i will be pissed.. haha)
with ayase and hiro, i shall give this a chance, although kimutaku is not really my cup of tea..

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Post by Kakijun » Apr 18th, '09, 03:57

Yay! Kimura Takuya! I really like his dramas.

Not Ayase though... For some reason I hate the way she looks.

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Post by scherzando » Apr 21st, '09, 04:19

Ooh I love Galileo, it's in a league of its own and I hope (and believe) that Mr.Brain will not be anything like it. I trust KimuTaku's dorama decisions.. Well, except when he did Karei Naru Ichizoku. Seriously, he should have done other dorama that year and not that soap opera. *sigh* Especially since he only does one dorama a year, his fans (*cough* me *cough*) sure have high expectations.

@Kakijun: For some reason I don't like her either! Hahaha.. I don't know why, I just don't. But I hope she'll grow on me so I'll be able to enjoy this dorama to the fullest. :P

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Post by citrone » Apr 21st, '09, 09:02

I think this show will be similar to US show MONK rather than gelileo. But most probably Mr. Brain! would not be sooo tidy :)

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Post by Jaja » Apr 24th, '09, 03:16

OMG a new drama series of Takuya, I'm so looking forward on this.

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Post by Kathstandsalone » Apr 30th, '09, 02:03

YAY! Gackt will appear in the 2nd episode.

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Post by HypnoSurf22 » Apr 30th, '09, 02:16

:O kimutaku and haruka ayase together....i cant wait :mrgreen:

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Post by Gokudera » Apr 30th, '09, 09:57

This will definitely be a must-watch. In fact every Kimutaku dorama is a must watch :P
He's one of my favorite actors (& this time with Haruka-chan! yay :mrgreen:). I'm really anticipating it.

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Post by furransu » Apr 30th, '09, 10:21

gackt in 2nd episode?? wow lol

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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 1st, '09, 21:48

here is a short preview:


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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 3rd, '09, 19:24

wow wow wow I was waiting for thisssss
many thanks Nomanymore :-)

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Post by prechuz_azn » May 3rd, '09, 19:49

Really? Kimura Takuya
and Ayase haruka looks really weird =/
In my honest opinion, its always going to be naohito and ayase (couple
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Post by biteme_lestat » May 6th, '09, 05:07

Ohmigod, this looks reeeally awesome! Takuya, Ayase and Hiro...plus Gackt! Can't wait for this to start! :D

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Post by kurooha » May 9th, '09, 12:19

Gackt?? Seems like they are going to get even good guests too~~

Thanks for all the info (and clips)!!!

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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 10th, '09, 21:16

a bit longer CM 40s

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Post by fleng » May 11th, '09, 02:47

nice, Koyuki will be back, ala Jiro and Tomomi Sensei haha.

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Post by doramayuki » May 11th, '09, 13:48

takuya and hiro.... really can't wait to watch
i think each esp there will be a guest star~
the casts really look interesting
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Post by yanaliao » May 14th, '09, 13:19

I can't wait for another Kimura-kun Drama...

Question: Is he limiting his project to 1 series per year? I just thought he could do more... I would love to see more of him! :P

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Post by UnionSagittarius » May 14th, '09, 13:28

Yay,I can't wait for this drama^^So many good actors are gonna be in it :)

And Gackt as a guest?What else could I ask for^^Not to mention Kame's guest appearance in the 3rd episode^^I can't wait for it :D

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Post by mattroilanh_tt » May 15th, '09, 01:56

Kamenashi ( KAT - TUN) will play in Ep 3 ^^

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Post by Kathstandsalone » May 15th, '09, 01:58

I'm more interested in how Gackt will act as to Kame. We all know how Kame acts.

yanaliao: That seems to be the case for TV dramas in the past few years. :)

Anyway, this will be on my watch list. Haven't watched any dramas lately.

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Post by rambutan » May 15th, '09, 02:24

I haven't watched Jp dramas for a while. But this one I will definitely watch.

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Post by raven_frost » May 17th, '09, 01:19

From Japan Times:

Kimutaku plays a neurological scientist, but not just your run-of-the-mill neurological scientist. Ryusuke Tsukumo heads a science- investigation police institute, and he has long, beautiful hair.
In the first episode, however, Tsukumo himself is arrested for allegedly setting off an explosion. During his interrogation, he takes questions from the police and, with his keen intellect and talent for deductive reasoning, turns the questions back on his interrogators, setting up inferences that point to a more likely suspect who is bent on killing as many bureaucrats as he can.

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Post by Jhobbit » May 17th, '09, 03:06

Wow, looking at the people in the cast makes me even more looking forward to this show

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Post by Jaja » May 19th, '09, 08:40

On Saturday it will air the first episode, I'm totally excited to see it.

The plot looks interesting, I hope we will pick some interesting information.

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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 20th, '09, 13:42

More guests announced for "Mr. Brain"

This Saturday, the drama series "MR.BRAIN," starring SMAP's Takuya Kimura, will premiere on TBS. The cast already includes several other popular stars, such as Haruka Ayase and Hiro Mizushima, but during a recent press event it was announced that each episode will also feature big-name guests.
Last week, it was revealed that KAT-TUN's Kazuya Kamenashi is scheduled to appear in the show's third episode. Now, it is known that the first episode will have appearances by Ebizo Ichikawa, Ryoko Hirosue, and others, while the second episode will bring on musician Gackt.
TBS is hoping to draw very high ratings for the series, which airs in the network's Saturday night time slot.

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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 20th, '09, 13:56

Kame as a doctor PLUS a game for MR. BRAIN

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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 20th, '09, 14:06

More interesting previews:


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another important thing about Kimura is that his movie (I Come with the Rain) will be released as follows:
Japan 27 May 2009 (Tokyo) (premiere)
Japan 6 June 2009

:pray: for his success

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Post by lucky_kiss » May 20th, '09, 14:20

rambutan wrote:I haven't watched Jp dramas for a while. But this one I will definitely watch.
yes true I'm gonna give it a try; it's been a while since I watched a J-drama.. :roll
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Post by BxLibra » May 23rd, '09, 13:25

Ok...wow i haven't been on this in a while....anywayz

I just finished watching it about 30 minutes ago...it was so good...didn't understand somethings but none the less it was SOO GOOD!!! Hiro was funny in it and Kimutaku was so gorgeous I just couldn't take my eyes off loved the hair (didn't like the hair in the beginning scene though actually the beginning scene was just weird... you'll see when a Raw copy comes out) anyway it was really good...can't wait for the subs and the second episode...Gackt and Koyuki!!!! :cheers:
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Post by furransu » May 23rd, '09, 18:49

i think this will be a good show.. the guests are full of all stars xD

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Post by Moodilic » May 23rd, '09, 19:29

I've got the first episode but I can't upload it. The upload page won't connect.
We'll have to wait...

Edit1:
Well, I managed to upload the torrent file, but there's no way of downloading it for now.
Let us now if someone finds a temp solution.

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Post by calpisuu » May 23rd, '09, 20:16

didn't like the hair in the beginning scene though actually the beginning scene was just weird... you'll see when a Raw copy comes out
For those who want to see the hair..A 6 minutes clip of episode 1 out:



The ending is kinda lol..XD

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Post by knuts » May 23rd, '09, 21:33

calpisuu wrote:
didn't like the hair in the beginning scene though actually the beginning scene was just weird... you'll see when a Raw copy comes out
For those who want to see the hair..A 6 minutes clip of episode 1 out:



The ending is kinda lol..XD
wow, ep 1 already out?
nice clip
now can't wait to see the whole ep

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Post by zettaiKaren » May 24th, '09, 02:38

First impression of ep. 1 was ok or above average. I watched a low res version so the vidoe/audio left a lot to be desired; my opinion will probably change after watching the 720p version.

For all the talk about the eccentricity of KimuTaku's character, IMHO he's really not very different than the other characters he'd played before (other than the one in Change). In fact, I thought he was overshadowed by Ichikawa Ebizo's character, who is more charismatic and has a bigger screen presence. None of the other characters stands out; Ayase seems to be playing the same type of character she did in Shikaotoko, and Mizushima just played your typical rookie cop.

TBS apparently bet the farm on this so the production values are top notch. First time I'm impressed with an action set piece in a japanese movie/drama; although the CGI was only so so. The ep. was a bit dialog-heavy; my Japanese is very rusty and if it were not for the Japanese subs I'd be completely lost. The score is a little disappointing, coming from the same composer who scored Galileo and Kiina. The plot, while not very creative, is certainly more logical than any of the ones in BOSS. At least there's some substance to go w/ the style in this drama (so far).

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Post by Peggy » May 24th, '09, 02:49

Just cannot download this drama at all...sigh.

Will the site get back to normal soon please??

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Post by knuts » May 24th, '09, 09:16

Peggy wrote:Just cannot download this drama at all...sigh.

Will the site get back to normal soon please??

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you could try to adjust your pc according to instructions in this thread

http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopi ... tm#1192180

but if you ask, you might as well wait until it has properly been fixed, because the dl rate is rather low, since a lot of people cannot get the torrent

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Post by celticmoon » May 25th, '09, 00:12

First episode rating - 24.8%.

I haven't watched the drama yet.. I'm not expecting much, but wow. Kimu Taku still pulls in the big numbers. Considering the generally declining drama ratings in the last few seasons, as well as the timeslot this drama is airing, those numbers are truly amazing. Honestly, I thought the first episode would come in at around 20%, so I was quite surprised.

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Post by Gokudera » May 25th, '09, 07:35

celticmoon wrote:First episode rating - 24.8%.

I haven't watched the drama yet.. I'm not expecting much, but wow. Kimu Taku still pulls in the big numbers. Considering the generally declining drama ratings in the last few seasons, as well as the timeslot this drama is airing, those numbers are truly amazing. Honestly, I thought the first episode would come in at around 20%, so I was quite surprised.
Not to mention Kansai region's rating: 25.2% :mrgreen:

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Post by fifimimi » May 25th, '09, 13:34

OMG, first episode got 24.8%...Congrats!!!

It's been so long since a seasonal drama has not only reached 20% but also got the highest viewing rate compared to the long-ongoing series!!!

So happy, cannot wait to start watching this once the subs are out!!
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Post by Peggy » May 25th, '09, 23:09

Thanks for all info.
Finally d/l the first episode. Have yet to watch all of it but loved the opening scenes. Must say Kimura san knows how to be the slightly tattered third grade host. His creased white suit and those shoes..the turned up toes !! also the dirty blonde hair. His whole attitude is spot on.

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Liked the timing of the action as they turned around to each other to see the back view and then repeat and same thing again. If only they had turned at the same time he would never have gone on and been crushed...... Ah but then no Mr. Brain.

Liked the little sort of shrug he gave as if to say 'Oh well we could at least had a drink....Maybe' and he turned the last time. Nice little bit of acting.

I think it will be an interesting drama.

Peg

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Post by yanie » May 26th, '09, 03:07

Actually, I'm more interested in the host Yamato's story rather than the brain scientist's :lol:

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Post by Peggy » May 26th, '09, 04:01

:-(
Yanie ....I know what you mean/ Have not seen him do the Hostman for some time.

I also miss the Pink Poodle. That's one horny dog. But lovable... 8)

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Post by yanie » May 26th, '09, 04:44

Oh btw, upcoming guest stars!!

Ep4: Sato Takeru (role: a pianist who suffers defect of memory)
Ep5: Nakama Yukie (role: a woman with multiple personality)
source: http://www.tbs.co.jp/hot-jyouhou/200905251623.html

Highest rating moment in Ep1 is 28.4%, at 9.16 PM, when Tsukumo solved the case mystery.
source: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20090 ... 46-spn-ent

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Post by rambutan » May 26th, '09, 04:48

BxLibra wrote:Ok...wow i haven't been on this in a while....anywayz

I just finished watching it about 30 minutes ago...it was so good...didn't understand somethings but none the less it was SOO GOOD!!! Hiro was funny in it and Kimutaku was so gorgeous I just couldn't take my eyes off loved the hair (didn't like the hair in the beginning scene though actually the beginning scene was just weird... you'll see when a Raw copy comes out) anyway it was really good...can't wait for the subs and the second episode...Gackt and Koyuki!!!! :cheers:
Thanks, you make me excited now! :-)

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Post by zettaiKaren » May 26th, '09, 14:07

More thoughts on ep. 1 after rewatching it w/ Chinese subs, mainly on the plot.
At first, I thought all the "apparent" plot holes can be explained away by the fact that Ebizo's character and his Yakuza chronies are accomplices. It's apparent the murderer needed assistance in committing the 1st crime; and for the 3rd one he's not even at the scene which means it has to be an inside job amidst all the police presence. Also, the fact that 1). the guy who ended up in jail recognized Ebizo and one of the Yakuza guy when he was abducted, and 2). Ebizo accepted the bribe at the end, seems to substantiate this.

However, after rewatching it, questions arise as to why he has to do it himself. The usual reason is you don't want other people to know, but this is moot as he had help w/ the 1st and 3rd crime. And then there's the MPD who totally ignored the perpetrator of the 3rd crime (although the writer seems to leave the door open for Ebizo's character to return in the finale to tie up all the loose ends).
As a seasoned mystery writer, Makita Mitsuharu's script seems to be a little lacking for such a high calibre show (running out of ideas after Trick and Puzzle?). It's ironic that the most innovative and entertaining mystery drama this season so far is Meitantei no Okite which is actually a spoof on mystery novels (ep. 3 - 6, although they completely changed and ignored the mystery solving part in ep. 5). There's still hope for improvement, although statistically it doesn't bode well for the rest of the series (since the 1st ep. is typically the most creative one).

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Post by fifimimi » May 26th, '09, 22:22

SUGOI!! Sato Takeru...omg this is really amazing!! I mean KimuTaku was already 100points...but to have Gackt, Sato Takeru and also the super amazing Nakama Yukie too!! Why next? Cannot wait!!

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Post by 8thSin » May 27th, '09, 09:54

Ep1 was 2 hours of teh suck...

Setting and plot etc completely implausible, and cheap rushed production. There were so many A-list actors and they were all horrible, especially Kagawa Teruyuki, who's a much better actor than that. So cheesy.

Looks like Gackt is gonna guest star in the next episode though, hopefully it'll get better.

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