Catching up with ‘Juyo Sankounin Tantei’: Episode 2 Recap [Japanese Drama]

Tamamori Yuta’s detective-comedy series, Juyo Sankounin Tantei – 重要参考人探偵 – is getting to be a bit on the serious side. Among the younger generations of Johnny’s, it’s always Tamamori Yuta that I’m curious about. Maybe because I had some pretty good impressions of him as an actor, plus he is always cast with Shida Mirai (remember Nobunaga no Shiifu?).

Episode 2 of Juyo Sankounin Tantei is especially interesting since they have two guest stars which are, in fact, a double reunion: Shida and Tamamori’s co-star in Pin To Kona, Nakayama Yuma.

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Furukawa Yuki’s Fujinuma Satoru lead role in ‘Erased – Boku dake ga Inai Machi’ ought to be anticipated!

It was back in March 2017 when Netflix announced the TV series LA adaptation of Erased, starring Furukawa Yuki.

The anime version also referred to as Boku dake ga Inai Machi (based on Sanbe Kei’s manga) can only be described as mindblowing. The time travel, supernatural crime-mystery-thriller is one of 2016’s most sensational anime. A movie version was released in 2016, starring Fujiwara Tatsuya and Arimura Kasumi.

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First Impressions + Ep1 Recap: Juyo Sankounin Tantei – 重要参考人探偵 [Japanese Drama]

It seems Tamamori Yuta is heavily investing his future by acting in doramas. His previous projects including the two-season historical-drama Nobunaga no Shiifu, kabuki-themed Pin to Kona, and thriller Reverse are well-received by drama fans. In Juyo Sankounin Tantei, he plays a fashion model cum amateur sleuth who investigates murder cases. 


The premise is that he is cursed with the bad luck of being on murder scenes for no apparent reason. Asian investigation/procedural dramas, in my opinion, remain a level below some canned US-based detective shows when it comes to ‘explaining’ criminal phenomenon.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Aug 7-29] Donten ni Warau’s casting buzz; Masaki Suda’s Drowning Love has a trailer!

I find FUNimation’s synopsis of Donten ni Warau to be just exactly right, for both fans and the uninitiated.

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji Era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumoh line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement—but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

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You see, I watched this anime when I was very much into the supernatural genre and I really had a great time watching the episodes. I’m not much of a manga reader, so my timeline is quite different from those who became loyal to Donten via the original source. What I like most about it is the interaction between the Kumoh brothers – they have such distinct personalities. Even the supporting characters can be quite fascinating – the Yamainu Squad and of course, Shirasu Kinjo.

When the casting of Sota Fukushi as Tenka Kumoh was announced, it was such a disappointment! [ Read Kaye casting news here

I dunno really why they could cast such an incompetent actor to play such an intriguing lead, but hey, it’s a done deal. Johnny’s Yuma Nakayama & Kirato Wakayama are to play the two other brothers. Nakayama is just Ok for me, have seen him in a few shows (Pin to Kona, being one of them). The casting of Yuki Furukawa is great news, though his role may be quite limited…

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Japan’s Best Actors – The Hottest List [Top 15; 2016 Edition]

During our first rankings, it was Satoshi Tsumabuki who ruled! Aside from winning Best Actor at the Japan Academy for Villain, Tsumabuki dominated the casting buzz – with back to back roles, including lead roles for My Back Page (with Kenichi Matsuyama), Smuggler and Fly With the Gold. A year later, it was Ryuhei Matsuda’s turn  – he also won Best Actor and had a string of amazing films. On our third year, it was Shota Sometani who dominated the rankings.

Sometani went on to top the rankings 2 years in a row, with Yuya Yagira closing in at 2nd place… This year is very different!


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Casting News + Scoop! [Jan 11-13] Tao Tsuchiya + Shono Hayama; Litchi Hikari Club; a ‘Hint’ of BL in Mubansou (Ikematsu + Saito) and the return of #deadfisheyes on TV shows!

It seems that the likes of Sosuke Ikematsu and Takumi Saito are hard to be typecast because they are just talented and can easily play any characters. Just the same, Ikematsu has been doing a lot of movies where his roles are that of matured (beyond his years), bold, daring type of young men, while Takumi Saito has been doing some rom-com drama shows and even action movies. But Saito, before getting such roles in For Love’s Sake and Ace Attorney, used to play characters in some BL movies. So it is not entirely surprising that there might be some ‘hint’ of BL in their latest film – A Cappella (Mubansou) – 無伴奏 with Riko Narumi.

On the other hand, Tao Tsuchiya and her Mare co-star Shono Hayama are certainly two of Japan’s most sought-after young actors. Teaming up with Ryoma Takeuchi, the trio are the main cast in Yell For The Blue Sky (Aozora Yell) -青空エール.

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The buzz surrounding Litchi Hikari Club remains very high since the movie is about to be released soon in Japan – February 2016. People have been asking me about the ‘intense, intimate’ scenes between the actors and while it would be a big “boo boo” to reveal it all. I can certainly say something about the scenes, without spoiling everyone.

Lastly, the return of #deadfisheyes on TV shows (and movies) are quite alarming this 2016 – Kasumi Arimura (with Kengo Kora in Itsuka Kono Koi wo Omoidashite Kitto Naite Shimau).

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Blow by Blow account: Litchi Hikari Club releases new movie photos!

In our interview with director Eisuke Naito, he explained: 

When I saw “Litchi Hikari Club” on the stage, most females in the audience were really enjoying boy’s love (BL) scenes. So I am sure that they want to see BL scenes on the big screen too. So, I tried to shoot a film that they will be happy with. “Boy’s love” is popular and a completely established genre here in Japan and there are lots of manga about the theme. On the other hand, Japanese audience can react quite negatively to violence. Usually, we don’t enjoy violent scenes like American audience. Some people take violence too seriously and that might be considered as being conservative. I added a few scenes to say “You can laugh!” to mix up with the violence. 

There were, at least, 8 new photos from the movie that showcase some of the highlights of Litchi Hikari Club [ read film review here ] – the mechanical robot, the first captive girl, and the relationships between the members of the club, in particular Zera, Tamiya and Jaibo.

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