Move through Fantasy and Reality while watching Asian Drama!
Description: With the progress made in forensic science, the number of cases of arrested criminals proven innocent because of new DNA tests have been increasing. The police always expect to swiftly solve cases. As crime scene detectives try to measure up to those expectations, they occasionally jump to wrong conclusions. Thus, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police?s First Investigative Division set up the Evidence Verification Section and gave it the important task of validating cases that have been closed within a limited time in order to prevent wrongful convictions from happening as a result of out of control investigators at crime scenes. But its actual job is to correct typographical errors and omissions and stamp investigation reports with the words ?verification completed?, and then send it over to public prosecutors. The members of the section headed by a veteran detective who worked his way up and has lost passion for his work, are a little idiosyncratic and somewhat difficult. It is merely a titular section meant to call the attention of the public to the fairness of the police. Deputy Inspector Shinkai Akira (Mizuki Arisa), a career elite who has been sidelined as a result of some incident, is assigned to be the new leader of the Evidence Verification Section. A sharp-minded female who gives the impression of an eccentric person, Akira breaks away from the bureaucratic work and genuinely starts to validate evidence, demonstrating her ability to take action and sense of justice in order to rally her disillusioned subordinates. Discovering new facts from small doubts in the reports, she overturns cases that should have been solved and finds the true criminals.
Llovin' the Deka Season, and Answer is my favourite!
The most consistent thing about Japanese dramas is that the Detective (Deka) genre never fails to impress me.
This season has got to be a god sent for deka-lovers, like me. Now to be fair, I would say that I’m not into over-using technology to an exaggeration e.g. CSI-types, but I tend to be very critical on complete rational plots and integration of human emotions.
Now, to give my appreciation for this season, I will talk a little about all the deka dramas I’ve given a shot. Answer, Kagi no Kakatta Heya, Ataru, Toshi Densetsu no Onna.
While, Kagi, Ataru, Toshi would fall under the quirky types (think Monk), with a pretty unique cast, I would say Kagi has the more technical/physics factor and fun cast, while Ataru borders on exaggeration with decent cast but good plots, and Toshi ... a little too underwhelming in terms of main character likability or even cases.
Finally onto my pick, ANSWER. This would rank as the BEST of most deka dramas I’ve seen. Somehow the cast just grows on you for just being real, nothing over the top.
Cases : 10/10. The investigative questions, deductions and plan of actions are just SOO rational that it gives you a realism. Now I usually get an itchy bump making me rethink parts of a case that seems flawed, but Answer truly throws a huge mess of leads and ties the whole chunk (even loose ends / off tangent investigations) into a very neat picture. The meticulousness in the plot is truly impressive in my opinion and the flow of thoughts just falls perfectly into place.
Story : 10/10. Realistic flaws in people leading to crimes or hiding facts, and how the layers are slowly peeled off to reveal the truths is great! The one thing I love about ANSWER is that is almost non-existent foreshadowing. You don’t start off with much bias against anyone, and all parties to a case is developed appropriately.
Cast : 8.5/10. If anything, I do find that the recurring cast don’t leave a very strong impression, other than the few main characters, which thankfully, are likable. Not exactly a huge issue but… with all the content ongoing, I’m tempted to just let this slide. Don’t expect too much humour though, realistic is the theme.
Music : 8/10. Nothing amazing, suitable background tunes, pretty nice ending. An OK from me.
Overall, if you are a detective fan, I’d strongly recommend ANSWER. There’s always a certain "completeness satisfaction" that I get at the end of each episode. Call it a nice warm fuzzy feeling. Who can fault that ^^ ?
My pick for the season!!.