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Excessive TV Detective Dramas In Japan — 6 Comments

  1. I don’t have any explanation, but it does seem this phenomena is not confined to Japan. I haven’t paid any attention to US television in years, but at one time it seemed that every series was either a show in the “CSI” franchise, a show in the “Law and Order” franchise or some other “slightly offbeat” detective drama like “Numb3rs.”

    It’s also not confined to drama, lots of anime seem to have a detective character or episode, including this season’s “龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金 (Nanana’s buried treasure)” and of course the “Lone Island Syndrome” parody in “涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)”.

    That said, while crime dramas don’t hold any attraction for me personally, I really liked the take on the detective genre in “氷菓 (Hyouka) “, especially once the mood lightened a bit in the second cour.

    • Yeah, I guess I haven’t really followed American TV in a long time either, so I wonder if there are still a lot on TV these days. I also wonder if these types of shows work well in some countries, and not in others.

  2. Hmm, now that I think about it, most of the dramas I’ve watched have been detective dramas. ジョーカー 許されざる捜査官 is a really good and popular one.

    • Anyone who gets into Jdramas will definitely eventually get into some good detective dramas. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Using these for immersion also resulted in my being able to say “fraud,” “public prosecutor,” “rape,” “murder,” and “crime scene,” in Japanese before “food,” “parents,” “house,” or “drive.” Thanks, Japanese TV :/

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