MR BRAIN

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This is Takuya Kimura’s latest renzoku drama for 2009 (TBS, 2009).   It is very short–just eight episodes.  It is not really a renzoku drama in the real sense of the word since the episodes don’t have to be seen in chronological order.  There is not much continuity except for the transition from Ep 5-6 which stars Nakama Yukie.  Each episode has a famous guest star–from Gackt to Kazuya Kamenashi of Kat-Tun, Koyuki, etc.  Takuya plays Tsukumo Ryusuke, a former “hosto” turned neuroscientist after he experiences an accident which alters his brain.  Tsukumo’s kanji is the japanese kanji  for numbers “9-10-9”. He works at the IPS (Institute of Policy Science–Kakeiken) which researches criminal methods to advance investigation of crimes.   I started watching it in May after it premiered on May 28, Saturday, 7:40-8:40 Japan time.  It’s first episode garnered a 34% rating, which is rare for a Staurday drama. It is a comedy, mystery type of drama.  Tsukumo is a weird scientist who wears his pajama’s under his business suit and wears a blue denim lab gown in contrast to the regular white gown.   He looks at everyone close up and eats a lot of bananas for potassium which perks up and energizes people.  He also eats a lot of carbs for breakfast which he said is good for the brain.   HIs assistant is Ayase Haruka, a young pretty star who has a crush on him.  Another supporting actor is neophyte detective Hayashida (Rinda to Tsukumo) played by Mizoguzhi Hiroyuki.   Mr Brain is interesting; but I wish Takuya would take a break from playing non-conventional roles to go into the more romantic genre where he falls in love again.  His most recent dramas, that is Karei Naru Ichizoku in 2007, then Change in 2008 and then now Mr Brain doesn’t put him in a more romantic role unlike his earlier films.  I thought he may be choosing roles that would fit his age in his mid-30s.  However, these days, a lot of guys in their mid-30s just start dating and falling in love so it is not too old for him to be playing these roles.  I am really grateful to Giri Giri fansubs because theur subs facilitated my understanding of the drama, which is a little difficult to undertsand becasue of scientific terms related to neuroscience.  But the drama is very educational and advances new theories about brain behavior in neuroscince.  I also found the instructional anime inserts in the drama–so very cute Japanese.

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