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|1. ||What happens when a dorama goes bad [Rating: 5/10]|
Ichiro (Kato Haruhiko) is an energetic young detective who is determined to protect even the smallest of pets from criminals. When a sadistic murder of what seems to be a happy family occurs in Ichiro's district, he is determined to uncover the killer's identity and bring him to justice. There are forces at work that are determined to see that the murder ends as a mystery including the ruling elite of the police force, Chinese mafia, and even corruption near the top of Japan's political structure. Ichiro is joined by Beppu (Tsugawa Masahiko), an elderly and experienced detective, and Michi (Kikukawa Rei), a beautiful elite detective.
Keiji Ichiro never really seemed to click from the beginning. They were trying to mix over-the-top comedy with gritty action sequences, but there never really was a spark of life. Kikukawa Rei is gorgeous and can act, but she never really got a chance to prove it here, and Kato Haruhiko did his best, but...
Then there's episodes 7, 8, and 9 where it became obvious that the original plot was scrapped and a new ending was hastily rewritten to put as much of the plot in studio sets where the budget can be regulated rather than the more risky location filming of earlier in the series. The pacing suddenly seemed to be similar to that of an American soap opera rather than a prime-time dorama. Few of the plot threads set up through the first six episodes survived the apparent rewrite. And there were subplots that seemed to be added that did nothing more than take up time (such as a meaningless trip to Hokkaido for one of the characters that was entirely related in a talking-heads sequence, and an equally meaningless collapse from overwork).
This may be what happens when an expensive show gets only a 5.2 rating.
I would have rated it a 7 for the first six episodes, but the final three just sent the rating plummeting. Oh, well.
|Reviewed by Old-Ant on 15 August 2005|
|2. ||Keiji Ichiro [Rating: ?/10]|
I am still watching. Not a bad drama so far seems like it has more potential than it has delivered so far. Cast seems o.k. the actor who plays Ichiro (Kato Haruhiko) seems talented, as do the supporting cast. The theme song does not really seem like it fits well with the drama which is pretty rare from my experience.
|Reviewed by Doramafan113 on 26 June 2005|
|3. ||Waste of Time [Rating: 4/10]|
This is one of the worst dramas I've seen. I only give it a 4 because I'm sure there has to be worse ones, but I just haven't seen them yet, thank God. With the exception of a couple of people, mainly Hosaka Naoki, the acting was horrible. The plot started off okay, but soon took a huge nosedive.
|Reviewed by Shani on 15 September 2005|
|4. ||Had potential... [Rating: 6/10]|
This drama had potential to be good but pretty much failed. It was not bad just not very exciting. The story was kind of loose and the charachters did not develope. There were a few parts that are funny and a few parts you want to root for people but that's about it.
|Reviewed by MonsterZero-65 on 6 June 2008|
|5. ||Bit of a time waste. [Rating: 5/10]|
Could have been good but it simply was not. I tried to like it and it had moments but it never connected. It is kind of a waste of time but if you have time to kill and have seen everything else go for it and make up your own mind.
|Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 18 August 2010|
|6. ||Only in your dreams [Rating: 6/10]|
The outcast cop image of the main character doesn't quite work in this one.
|Reviewed by shari on 21 December 2006|