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Gonzo - Densetsu no Keiji [ゴンゾウ]



Drama Details
Title:Gonzo - Densetsu no Keiji
The Legendary Detective
Telecast:2008-07-02 to 2008-09-10
Season:Summer 2008

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TV Station:TV Asahi
Duration:10 Episodes

Kuroki was once an ace detective, but after being traumatized from a case, he became unable to work and was transferred to another division, where he idles his time away. One day, a particular case pulls him out of his rut and gives him a chance to return as a detective.

Two staff members of the popular "Aibou" series, producer Motohiro Matsumoto and writer Ryota Kosawa, are working together on this series.

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Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Uchino Masaaki
Tsutsui Michitaka
Motokariya Yuika
Takahashi Issei
Yajima Kenichi
Wada Masato
Kobayashi Masahiro
Watabiki Katsuhiko
Otsuka Nene
Maeda Aki

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Drama Reviews (1)
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1. It's like reading a good mystery novel [Rating: 9/10]
Here's a drama that understands the importance of well developed characters, Gonzo unfolds at a good pace dedicating just enough time to back story to make things a lot more interesting. I think there are alot of things jdrama screenwriters can learn from this show, you don't need to be to flashy to make a drama intense, while Gonzo gets off to a bit of a slow start the pressure builds and doesn't let down, its a slow burner with some very good payoffs in the later episodes.

This is the best drama I've seen in awhile, hopefully we'll see more shows like this in the future.
Reviewed by sucigam on 28 September 2008

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1. Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 8/10]
Excellent police drama. Great writing, you get the feeling that the supporting and guest characters are real people, rather than a just means of progressing the plot or filling time. The initial wackiness was reduced, which improved things no end. The fourth episode was superb and the seventh episode was even better, and is one the the best single j-drama episodes I've seen. The plot was a little too neat, and it was easy to guess the culprit, but the characters more than made up for it.
2. Comments by xploring [Rating: 7/10]
Probably 7.5 for me. My main criticism would be the pacing of episode 2-6, too slow (and 2-5 could be skipped altogether without affecting audience's understanding) But episode 7 was great and how the case unfolded in the last few episodes was quite interesting and entertaining. I really like the cameo by Ikewaki Chizuru and Uchino Masaaki was very convincing. There is a realistic feel to the show for the most parts, and the characters feel like real people too.
3. Comments by gopro [Rating: 8/10]
8.5ish- I was not expected the first episode to turn out that way at all. I immediately had to watch the following episode. This drama was filled with watching more than my usual one episode per day. I watched about 2-3 per day. Pretty good show. The perpetrator was quite simple to see. I liked how the story spanned out. Recommend Highly! (Watched Late Fall 09) PS- 50th Drama!! Yay!
4. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 8/10]
In my opinion probably the best scripted drama of 2008 overall and certainly the best mystery drama since Unfair. The character development is very well executed, this drama made me like and dislike most protagonists, meaning they came across a human being with weaknesses, ego problems and hidden agendas, just like real people.
5. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Not on the same level as 'Odoru Daisassousen' or 'Ningen no Shomei' but still very good. There was one major hole in the plot (I felt) and that could have resolved lots of things, but still, good script and good job by all the actors.
6. Comments by nickylynn [Rating: 7/10]
Uchino Massaki has a tendency to overact, but he's fun to watch. I felt some of the episodes were unnecessary. Tsutsui Michitaka was so boring. I think his character could have been so much more interesting. But overall, worth watching.
7. Comments by kazuya_ [Rating: 9/10]
Uchino is brilliant as "Gonzo", a former ace detective whose life is thrown into shambles after a monumental case 3 years ago. Expertly crafted crime / mystery. The best drama of 2008!
8. Comments by snow_san [Rating: 10/10]
Credit writers/casting/actors - Uchino Masaaki (strong performance [w/disorder]), Tsutsui Michitaka. 7th ep. (&on) strong/emotional.
9. Comments by d0npian0 [Rating: 9/10]
Awesome! Starts of as a ridiculous drama about a lazy police officer and turns into a murder mystery with a mentally instable lead.
10. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 6/10]
i dont expect this dorama become so boring, i watched until ep 5 and dropped it
11. Comments by sadacori [Rating: 9/10]
Probably the best mystery drama that I've seen. Definitely a must-see.
12. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 10/10]
Best show of summer 08! Best Japanese cop drama I've seen! Watch it!
13. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 8/10]
One of the better police drama that I have seen.
14. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
wow....it was brilliant....all of it
15. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 7/10]
quite intresting!
16. Comments by toyotaku [Rating: ?/10]
Still watching...
17. Comments by octane [Rating: 8/10]
like the style
18. Comments by Bbbut [Rating: 6/10]
19. Comments by leapyear [Rating: 9/10]
20. Comments by jessiesoon [Rating: 7/10]
21. Comments by lonewolf82 [Rating: 7/10]
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23. Comments by idiot_na [Rating: 7/10]
24. Comments by lawsco [Rating: 6/10]
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28. Comments by jade_frost [Rating: 9/10]
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Users who voted for this drama (2)
1. marspeach
Best mystery /cop drama ever. The acting was top-notch, and the story unfolded like a classic mystery novel.
2. compaqmac321
rank 11
brilliant show
direction (well for a jdrama atleast)
and the ending