Year in Review – My Best Dramas for 2016

Best 2016 Dramas I Watched!

Best 2016 Dramas I Watched!


I always enjoy doing these end of the year posts. Why? My list never looks the same as everyone else. As I watch so many different genres and dramas from all the Asian countries, my list never looks the same. Another thing I notice is that I rarely like the popular ones. I think at my age, I get bored very easily with some of the drama tropes and romances. It’s a rarity that they even make it to my list! This year, for the first time ever, I watched more than double the number of Japanese dramas than Korean, I hardly watched any Thai lakorns and the Chinese dramas this year (that I’ve watched), didn’t bubble to the top! Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 8/9 – Final Review-part 2

Final Episode

Final Episode


After the Detective Kataoka (Tsutomu Takahashi) is slashed by this new and crazy character, Makabe Towa (Sei Ashina). Besides the blue eye contacts, this woman is super NUTS. The ambulance arrives at the hospital and it is nice to know that he will live. At the hotel, the other detectives are canvassing the scene for clues. From reviewing the CCTV, it was shown that Sato Toyoru (Nozomi Sasaki) had taken the elevator to the 2nd floor. So, the big question is “Who was on Toto/Shoji’s floor?” They see the video of the floor with Makabe who hasn’t been identified yet. Did I saw that Shoji is now missing? That he is. The detectives know that the unidentified person was responsible for Fujikawa’s murder as it is his cell phone that was found in the room. Chief Atsuta notices that Makabe is saying something to Todo. Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 8/9 – Final Review-part 1

Episode 8

Episode 8


How much do I dislike Shoji? Let me count the ways. As we are winding down and getting closer to the end, there is one thing that comes crystal clear. Shoji really thinks his attitude and police image is untainted. And also a new mysterious person enters into the fray and I have no idea who she is. To finish this up, I will first review episode 8 and then finish up with episode 9. Sorry for taking so long. It’s not because I didn’t like this drama; loved it. But real life in the last 4 months has been trying and disheartening culminating, with a death of a loved one. (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 7

Episode 7 AID

Episode 7
AID


AID, a new euphemism for what we thought to be good is twisted and turned ugly in this episode. We have a new case that is takes low to a new level and can I dislike Shoji more? Yes, I can. As the mysteries continues, we still have 2 more episodes to go to find out who is the puppet master behind Shoji’s man on the street and who actually killed him. Let’s continue on with episode 7! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 6

Episode 6

Episode 6


So, Nakajima( Kento Hayashi) is locked up in a special facility for genius crazies and old folks be ruthless!! What else can happen in this episode to surprise me? Let’s see! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 5

Episode 5

Episode 5


Just WOW! What else can you say about an episode with such an ending? Okay, most of us knew something was going on at the Hayasaka Mental Clinic but to see who the TRUE mastermind was? Even I was floored!! Let’s get this show on the road! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 4

Episode 4


Talk about revealing the dark side of a character? Well, we knew one for sure but though the dark side of Nakajima I was expecting, just how dark it was is really, really surprising! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 3


My first words after the end of this episode was simply: WOW! There is no other way to describe it. Just imagine an episode which exceeds the sheer brutality of the movie Silence of the Lambs (circa 1991) which is the first analogy I can come up with to give you an idea what this episode was all about. Again, this drama is not for everyone! As a matter of fact, it should come with a warning message before every episodes! Forget drama content ratings! This episode alone was way up there in the hemisphere when it comes to the macabre! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Episode 2

Just when I thought this drama couldn’t get any darker, I get a complete surprise with just the opening scenes!! Not only are the stories dark but now I have some serious questions about our lead, Todo Hinako!! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1) Continue reading

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016) Drama Information and Episode 1

ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (2016)


There is only one time that you will see me recap a drama; and that is Japanese dramas! No, they are never the popular ones! They are usually the ones that no one is talking and definitely no one is watching. It is my hope that interest in these dramas are stimulated by my enthusiasm in writing about them. ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako (On: Special Agent Todo Hinako) is definitely the one for this Summer season 2016. Read on. Continue reading