Title: Mr. Brain
Broadcast dates: 5/23/09 - 7/11/09
Number of episodes: 8
Genre: Detective, Comedy
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Ayase Haruka, Mizushima Hiro, Kagawa Teruyuki
Plot: Tsukumo Ryusuke (Takuya) has recently moved into the Institute of Police Science (IPS) as their resident "brain scientist." Even though his methods of assisting the police are quite unorthodox, he somehow manages to become one of the most beloved scientists in the IPS.
What is good: Absolutely every bit of it is good
What is bad: It was a little annoying that the last few cases ended up being 2-parters, therefore leaving us with cliffhangers instead of solving the case during the episode...but that can be a good things sometimes.
Letter rating: A+
Overall: I originally downloaded this series because Gackt, my very favorite Japanese rock star, guest starred in the second episode. To show how amazingly awesome Mr. Brain is, I watched that second episode before ever watching the first episode AND I watched it raw, despite barely knowing the Japanese language, and I absolutely fell in love with the characters. Despite barely knowing what anyone was saying, the acting and the characters themselves were so likeable and eccentric that I knew I had to watch it subtitled. Adding to that, once I watched the first episode subtitled, I had to get my husband to watch it with me because I knew he would love the show as well. Out of all the series I've watched and loved, this one is now my absolute favorite and new series will have to try really hard to do better.
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