Move through Fantasy and Reality while watching Asian Drama!
Description: Based on a popular novel series by Akagawa Jiro. Also known in English as ?Calico Cat Holmes,? the series has had dozens of books released, with a total of more than 26 million copies in print. Aiba plays Katayama Yoshitaro, the son of a famous police detective. He followed his father?s dying wish and became a detective as well, but with his inability to look at blood and his fears of heights, ghosts, and women, he failed to succeed in his work. But one day, he meets a Calico cat named Holmes who can understand human speech and has extraordinary powers of deduction. The two form a duo, working together to solve difficult cases.
Miki-Neko Holmes no Suiri First Impressions *may contain spoilers*
If I would rate my fondness among Arashi members, Aiba would be last. But that doesn’t stop me from watching Miki-Neko Holmes no Suiri. The fact that the ever versatile, Naohito Fujiki is here, and that Okura Tadayoshi has a supporting role is enough for me to start.
Miki Neko Holmes no Suiri (Calico Cat Holmes) injected the much-needed humor from this year’s line-up of Police Spring Dramas (Locked Room and ATARU). It’s great that this is not just about solving mysteries, but it also has humor and light moments to keep it from dragging. This drama is based from an award-winning manga novel, since I’ve never read the manga, I can’t make comparisons. But there should be a line between manga scenes vs live-action scenes, or the drama will look weird or trying hard.
Here are some of the odd moments that can be amusing or annoying depending on one’s perspective:
- The Katayama family motto: "One family, One Detective". So, the family decided to put their hopes to Yoshitaro (Aiba). Hiroshi (Fujiki) and Harumi (Aya) decided to pursue their own dream and leave everything to Aiba despite the fact that they know about his fear of blood, heights, and women.
-For someone who has a sister, Yoshitaro’s fear of women is a bit weird.
- Considering the fact that Hiroshi and Harumi don’t have any plans of becoming a detective, they can be total pushovers and busybodies when it comes in investigating cases. They actually have a "family discussion" to help Yoshi-bo in solving his cases. They even go to lengths of going to the crime scenes, which should be restricted to police only.
-Yoshitaro ALWAYS tries to resign each episode and brother and sister would even go to the station to talk to his superior that he must not quit.
- The Calico cat- Holmes- was surprisingly not just a cat, the cat actually transforms to a fat man, pink-wearing janitor.
As for the cases they solved, they were pretty much ‘average’, cases that doesn’t really makes you tick, it’s so easy to figure out who is the culprit is. The cat happens to be the smartest character in the series, it makes me frustrated that why he can’t just tell Yoshitaro who the suspect is instead of dropping hints.
Lastly, my main interest in this drama is the Katayama family affair. If it wasn’t for the existence of the family that makes this drama livelier than the cases they solved, I won’t even think of watching the second episode.
I gladly recommend this to every mystery-solving lover, just be patient with Aiba’s acting, I’m sure he’ll improve..