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Puzzle [パズル]

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Drama Details
Title:Puzzle
パズル
Telecast:2008-04-18 to 2008-06-20
Season:Spring 2008



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TV Station:TV Asahi
Duration:10 Episodes
Viewership:10.2%
Genre(s):Comedy
Mystery



Synopsis
Misako Ayukawa is an English teacher with ironically poor English skills. She values herself over her students, and money over love. She displays arrogance in front of her students, but acts pleasantly around her peers and family. However, Ayukawa possesses a brilliant mind for solving puzzles. She ends up tackling various cases around the school along with three of her top students.
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Actor/Actress Cast (64)
Ishihara Satomi
石原さとみ
Ayukawa Misako
Yamamoto Yusuke
山本裕典
Imamura Shinichi
Kimura Ryo
木村了
Kanzaki Akira
Nagayama Kento
永山絢斗
Tsukamoto Yoshio
Iwata Sayuri
岩田さゆり
Matsuo Yuko
Sato Chiaki
佐藤千亜妃
Takamura Michiru
Asakura Aki
朝倉あき
Wada Hitomi
Tsujimoto Hiromasa
辻本嘉真
Nagatsuka Kenichi
Kaneko Norihito
金児憲史
Daido Goro
Shiomi Sansei
塩見三省
Kamata Torahiko
Igawa Hisashi
井川比佐志
Aoyagi Ryuzaemon (ep. 1)
Saigo Teruhiko
西郷輝彦
Aoyagi Ryutaro (ep. 1)
Jinbo Satoshi
神保悟志
Aoyagi Ryujiro (ep. 1)
Oginome Keiko
荻野目慶子
Oki Tokie (ep. 1)
Miyaji Masako
宮地雅子
Aoyagi Kanae (ep. 1)
Yamashita Hiroko
山下裕子
Aoyagi Yoshimi (ep. 1)
Wakamura Mayumi
若村麻由美
Miabe Kimiko (ep. 2)
Ikezu Shoko
池津祥子
Amano Hoshiko (ep. 2)
Otsuru Gitan
大鶴義丹
Osawa Takehiko (ep. 2)
Shirosaki Jin
城咲仁
Tamada Kazuhisa (ep. 2)
Kawahara Sabu
河原さぶ
Tsuchida Shogoro (ep. 2)
Kubota Maki
久保田磨希
Shimizu Eiko (ep. 2)
Kurobe Susumu
黒部進
the shinto priest (ep. 2)
Ichikawa Kamejiro
市川亀治郎
Hashimoto Kenji (ep. 3)
Yajima Kenichi
矢島健一
Hasegawa Haruo (ep. 3)
Miho Jun
美保純
Kuroda Kumiko (ep. 3)
Nishio Mari
西尾まり
Hiroka Keiko (ep. 3)
Omiya Taro
近江谷太朗
Iwai Hiroshi (ep. 3)
Kinomi Nana
木の実ナナ
Kurihara Wakaba (ep. 4)
Saito Yosuke
斉藤洋介
Chang Linpao (ep. 4)
Morishita Yoshiyuki
森下能幸
Mizota Kenichi (ep. 4)
Sakamoto Makoto
坂本真
Shimura Eiichi (ep. 4)
Fujimoto Shizuka
藤本静
Koyama Maki (ep. 4)
Yamamoto Yoko
山本陽子
Gondo Yayoi (ep. 5)
Sasano Takashi
笹野高史
Gondo Shoichiro (ep. 5)
Kawamata Shinobu
川俣しのぶ
Gondo Eiko (ep. 5)
Ochi Shizuka
越智静香
Fujishiro Chikako (ep. 5)
Shibuya Kotono
渋谷琴乃
Hirota Rei (ep. 5)
Kusamura Reiko
草村礼子
Gondo Fuyu (ep. 5)
Minekishi Toru
峰岸徹
Kitakata Shoichi (ep. 6)
Anan Kenji
阿南健治
Kanayama Junpei (ep. 6)
Hankai Kazuaki
半海一晃
Yamazaki Makoto (ep. 6)
Dan Jiro
団時朗
Kurokawa Taizo (ep. 6)
Kobayashi Ayako
小林綾子
Kudo Natsuko (ep. 6)
Shoji Yusuke
少路勇介
Nagata Toshikazu (ep. 6)
Kazama Morio
風間杜夫
Konjakute Sannosuke (ep. 7)
Shimizu Koji
清水紘治
Konjakute Ichinosuke (ep. 7)
Hamada Akira
浜田晃
Shinoda Kohei (ep. 7)
Nakanishi Ryota
中西良太
Konjakute Yonnosuke (ep. 7)
Denden
でんでん
Konjakute Ninosuke (ep. 7)
Nakayama Shinobu
中山忍
Ando Tsubaki (ep. 8)
Wakabayashi Shiho
若林志穂
Matsumura Ruri (ep. 8)
Hakamada Yoshihiko
袴田吉彦
Takamine Kyoji (ep. 8)
Koichi Mantaro
小市慢太郎
Soga Nobuo (ep. 8)
Rokkaku Seiji
六角精児
Nishino Shigeru (ep. 8)
Nishida Ken
西田健
Sumida Toru (ep. 8)
Takahashi Kaori
高橋かおり
Kobashi Kyoko (ep. 9)
Hayashi Yasufumi
林泰文
Ichikawa Kitao (ep. 9)
Yana Nobuo
八名信夫
Yamagami Kijuro (ep. 9)
Owada Shinya
大和田伸也
Shimabukuro Tatsuzo (ep. 10)
Sada Mayumi
佐田 真由美
Nishino Erika (ep. 10)
Hashimoto Satoshi
橋本さとし
Etajima Goro (ep. 10)
Nakamura Ikuji
中村育二
Niwa Shuichi (ep. 10)
Tokui Yuu
徳井優
Ishido Takehiko (ep. 10)
  

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Drama Reviews (5)
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1. Satomi Fans Will Enjoy, Others Questionable [Rating: 5/10]
For someone who has watched Trick 1-3, this drama just wasn't up to par. This drama lacked a solid plot, the characters were very shallow, and there was too much randomness going around. In fact, if you watched any episode in a random order, the story would still be the same. Its the same repetitive story of her following students to get a treasure/prize after solving a word puzzle every time but faces someone always trying to kill everyone off. I would recommend watching Trick if this is your type of drama, but for all others please stay away because this drama is really a puzzle to watch.
Reviewed by kumakun on 17 October 2008
2. Because I'm Loyal [Rating: 7/10]
Okay, so here's the thing. Contrary to my better judgement, I enjoyed this show because I adore Ishihara Satomi. If she wasn't in this one, I might have been bored out of my mind.

That being said, although this was a poor rip-off of Trick, there were still some good moments. If you love Satomi-chan, then watch it. If not, pass by without a glance.
Reviewed by Wynter on 20 November 2011
3. Makes me want to watch Trick [Rating: 7/10]
I actually like that all 7 eps I have seen so far have the same plot. It's a light mystery, and I can usually solve it as I go along. The actors are fun. The main problem is that it is sooo unbelievable. The characters aren't detectives or anything, yet they find themselves in mysteries every single weekend.
Reviewed by jarjarwang on 14 July 2008
4. It gets boring [Rating: 4/10]
It's the same old routine in each episode. There's nothing to look forward to towards the end. You don't even know anything about the characters' backgrounds. No depth at all and after seeing the same things over and over again, you just get bored.
Reviewed by doublemask on 26 December 2008
5. Silly and repetitive [Rating: 2/10]
I was interested bcoz of the actors but each episode follows the same old routine which gets tiring real fast. I just watched so I could finish it.. although it was more a waste of time U_U
Reviewed by sezling on 31 July 2008

Comments From Users (48)
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1. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 4/10]
Poor dorama about an English teacher and three of her students that, incomprehensibly, end up solving misteries with murders involved. I don't know how I finished watching this one. All episodes are exactly the same, only the last one changes slightly (slightly!!!) the last minute (credits XD). I couldn't stop thinking: "How the hell do they end up surrounded by corpses? They don't worry about them but they are not surprised at all either!". All misteries involved kanji mixing and English readings, so it seems almost everyone in Japan has treasures and follows the same way to leave clues all around. Absolutely none of the characters are developed at all, they are totally plain and never think: "Another murder, again??". Even most of the people around the mistery is dispensable, and each case lacks depth. And the three girls were SO annoying!!! Poor imitation of TRICK, it was OK to see Ayukawa's changes but she was quite annoying, and I really want to see Kimura Ryo in another role, not only the good looking student with great kendo skills. Don't waste your time with this one, unless you need to enter into brainless mode or you want to test your kanji knowledge (while being in brainless mode, btw). I'm giving it a 5 because production was decent at least.
2. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 5/10]
So-So... I would have given a higher rating if Puzzle wasnt a complete worst version of Trick. Some of the episodes are plain stupid (e.g.: the last one) and even the better ones dont get even close to be as good as the stories from Trick. Since its one plot per episode... things goes really fast.. and sometimes it makes the episodes unbearable to watch (bodies beeing discovered almost at the same time.. lack of time to explain the reasons behind the crimes most of the times its all about revenge, wich makes the plots really predictable).
Nah... if u r looking for some mistery doramas go watch the Trick series... if u've already watched.... well.. dont expect to much of puzzle (its not worth it).
3. Comments by Susan [Rating: 9/10]
I really enjoyed this drama and its cast. Yamamoto Yusuke was brilliant and cute as always, but Ishihara Satomi really surprised me. She pulled off the role of greedy, two-faced Ayukawa really well. I kept expecting some kind of big arc to begin and take place over the course of the series, but every episode was a one-shot. I really enjoyed that but because of the episodic nature of the show there was absolutely no character development! That and the sometimes too simplistic mysteries were the only disappointing aspects of the series. Otherwise it was really funny and interesting! I hope they make a sequel of some kind!
4. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 8/10]
From the creators of Trick, I have a feeling that this could have the fourth season but due to some reasons it didn't pushed through and so Puzzle was born. From the subplots itself and Ayukawa's nature of being greedy, it was definitely a clone of Trick and the way they relieve how the crime took place reminds me of Mop Girl. It was fun and entertaining but their treasure hunting always ends up to nothing and they accidentally get involved in murder cases. A younger version of Trick although the original is still the best.
5. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 9/10]
Turned out to be very interesting!

Was not expecting anything out of it really but really liked it. It's a good mystery show with some funny moments.

I recommend it for people who like mysteries, especially since every episode is a stand alone.
6. Comments by Chimar [Rating: 1/10]
I have never started a drama and not finished it, but this was my first time. I began the drama because of the cast. Every episode is the same, with different people at different locations. By far one of the worse dramas I have seen.
7. Comments by Eyeyore [Rating: 2/10]
Not trying to find a drama to spit at. 'Puzzle' is trying too hard to be a Kindaichi or Trick wallaby. Get stuck in an enclosed place/island, people in the group get killed, then find the murderer.
8. Comments by highandmighty_ryuude [Rating: 5/10]
POSITIVE : Go nin mai, after the well known TRICK series, TV Asahi retake the same mistery plots in small villages. But Trick was better.

NEGATIVE : Satomi's cuteness couldn't save this drama.
9. Comments by asako77 [Rating: 8/10]
I'm sure many ppl thought this was lame. I liked it though. It was very scooby-doo like but, there was something attractive about its simplicity. It was funny.
10. Comments by tartan [Rating: 8/10]
Umm, definitely C-class drama, but despite that as a mystery lover I really loved this. For people that like to watch dramas solving puzzles and mysteries.
11. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 6/10]
Funny but every episode was pretty much the same thing. That could have been okay, but it wasn't strong enough. Not a total waste of time at least.
12. Comments by Milano [Rating: 7/10]
five years after the well known TRICK series, TV Asahi retake the same mistery plots in small villages. But Trick was better.
13. Comments by desert-raven [Rating: 7/10]
A cute series, though very repetitive....Ishihara Satomi is nice to look at...a very different role from Hanayome to Papa...
14. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 3/10]
Cheesy and stupid. Looks just like any other mediocre comedy detective drama. Ishihara Satomi is very cute, though =P
15. Comments by henrywil [Rating: 7/10]
detective story, bt nt as creative as other detective series i hav watched so far, some of e things r 2 repetitive
16. Comments by polcoming [Rating: 8/10]
Its very good one but I couldnt watch it again my self. I have to bring frind to sit with me. Funny and mysterious
17. Comments by yeoni [Rating: 5/10]
An enjoyable drama, the style of the plot was repetitive though, but it was good fun and quite creepy at times.
18. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 5/10]
I usually like such stories but this was really a weak series. I think it has a low budget and it shows.
19. Comments by room304 [Rating: 1/10]
awful ... dropped it after 5 episodes ... unrealistic storyline AND bad acting, that's just too much
20. Comments by xaxa [Rating: 6/10]
the plot is very similar to Trick series. but too bad it's just not at the level of Trick :/
21. Comments by tagnickname55 [Rating: 7/10]
felt a bit shallow but i found the show to be prety funny, especially the english lessons
22. Comments by hina-sama [Rating: 8/10]
it's a funny dorama. I liked the main character ^^ . Her acting was good in this one ;D
23. Comments by wanderingfish7 [Rating: ?/10]
it is funny, however, the case is a little bit dumb, gave up at the second episode.
24. Comments by natni [Rating: 7/10]
remind me of trick. but not as tricky as trick...i just love ishihara....
25. Comments by mizz_evy [Rating: 7/10]
there is really no story to the drama. but it has good solving cases.
26. Comments by cybilcora [Rating: 8/10]
interesting story line and the mysteries are well played out.
27. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 7/10]
Satomi-chan is great, though drama is a bit mediocre...
28. Comments by monstakarotte [Rating: 6/10]
Hm, quite nice for in between... the teacher was funny
29. Comments by irwinner [Rating: 6/10]
Formulaic, though some of the puzzles are pretty good.
30. Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 7/10]
Enjoyable & Funny, very much in the vein of Trick.

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