I took a break from watching animes and tried to watch a couple of different tv series. To be honest, I have no plans on making a tv series review yet, cuz I haven’t found the right series to review on. Then I stumbled into this series.
This will be my first ever tv series review, so please bear with me.
Drama: IQ246: The Cases of a Royal Genius (English title)
Romaji: IQ246 Karei Naru Jikenbo
Japanese: IQ246 華麗なる事件簿
Release Date: October 16 – December 18, 2016
Casts: Yuji Oda, Tao Tsuchiya, Dean Fujioka, Miki Nakatani, Yua Shinkawa, Shuntaro Miyao, Sei Matobu, etc.
Synopsis: Sharaku Homonji (Yuji Oda) is the eldest son of a distinguished family who has studied crime for generations. The eldest son from the Homonji family has tested for an IQ of 246 for generations and Sharaku Homonji possess an IQ of 246.
Soko Wato (Tao Tsuchiya) is a detective. One day, she is assigned to the investigation section #1. Her job there is not to investigate crimes, but to escort Sharaku.
This series was a surprise.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this series. I am not quite familiar with the cast (well, only Tao Tsuchiya & Yua Shinkawa looks kinda familiar). The premise is kinda meh in a way that its not anymore new, I had watched alot of Jdramas with similar general premise. Still, I enjoyed the heck of this series.
What made me continue to watch was the main protagonist itself. He is smart. Genius, to be exact. So his methods in knowing how to solve the case would naturally be different from the norm. And bruh, it was entertaining to watch. Though its kinda disappointing that they really made the detectives look like dumb people, there were moments that I could say that ‘yeah, a normal detective would actually miss that’. “Rather than looking only, you need to observe”, Sharaku keeps on pointing out to other detectives to be mindful and think outside of the box in solving the case. And yeah, at the end of the day, He solves the case.
The general premise is familiar, right?
This series was in a way a tribute/pun to the famous Sherlock Holmes. You still don’t get it? Okay, let me point it out properly.
Sharaku Homonji is the japanese pun name for Sherlock Holmes.
For the story. Its episodic in a way connected with each other. It follows the same formula with other japanese crime-solving dramas. What made this different was not only cuz of the main protagonist, but also because the culprit was known from the very beginning. In every episode, the series starts with the culprit realizing his/her motive for killing, then 13/M helps them create the ‘perfect crime’. This 13/M/Maria T. is the main antagonist. This person wasn’t known in the earlier episodes, but it was kinda bummer that I was able to solve the mystery on who 13/M/Maria T. was. In my opinion, I think prolonging the introduction of 13/M/Maria T. would have been a better idea, to add more suspense. But yeah, I’m cool with what is in the series.
I really really like the characters. Even though the detectives were painted as dumb, there was character growth near the end. Specifically, Tao Tsuchiya’s character, Soko Wato, I kinda dislike her from the very beginning. She acts too dumb, nosy, and likes to over exaggerate her emotions. But she was able to grow as the story progress, even Sharaku warmed up to her in the latter half of the series. I love Tao’s acting since I saw her in Orange, so seeing her in a tv series was a nice change. She was kinda over-the-top in the first episode, but I was able to like her later on.
Dean Fujioka’s Kensei is the best character in the series. Hands Down. Bruh, he is a butler. A FREAKIN’ BUTLER. He literally can do everything. Damn, I want him to be my butler.
Yuji Oda’s Sharaku Homonji was indeed a delight to watch. He is really a splendid actor. He portrayed a genius really really well. I liked him from the very start, and I liked him even more when the series was about to end. I am now curious and I want to watch more of his series/movies.
Overall, this series is a must watch to people who likes crime genre. But this is also recommended to everyone. Its really enjoyable and nice to binge watch.
Damn, my first ever tv series review.
This was awkward.
I tried not to spoil any important stuff about the series, and just pointed out the easy and on-the-surface type of infos.
I do hope you like this entry.
I might write more of tv series features in the future, if ever I feel like it.
That is all.