What to expect in Tantei no Tantei?
A heroine out to defeat other bad private detectives and on a mission to avenge her little sister’s murder. You want action? You got it. You want suspense? You got it.
Pacing seems to be quite fast, we get a brief background with tons of flashbacks of Keiko’s character, Sasaki Rena and about the murder of her little sister. That was the trigger to our heroine’s mission to find the private detective who most probably gathered information about her little sister for the murderer stalker. Midway through the episode, they also served some action so Keiko got rough and physical. No wonder she needed to prep herself up before filming this. It’s basically an introductory pilot but in a balanced manner to showcase most of the characters – rookie detective Kotoha (Kawaguchi Haruna), boss Yasuomi (Iura Arata), police Kubozuka (Miura Takahiro) and possible villain Abiru Yoshinori (Yusuke Santamaria).
Fighting scenes are acceptable and I didn’t really expect Sasaki to get down and dirty so fast in the first episode. Well they served more that I expected so I take it as a good thing for now. However, there was a part which I find rather unrealistic. The bad guy was using a wooden chair to hit her back with much force and yet, she could walk afterwards with ease. Like…dude, that kind of force would’ve at least fractured some bones, no?? While I’d praise her for pulling the fighting scene quite well, they should at least stick to some details. She could’ve limped a little or something because apart from her facial injuries, it looked as if she was fine everywhere else when that wasn’t the case with how the bad guy slammed her all over.
So what about the performances?
Conflicted and tortured souls are often challenging to truly portray unless you’re really good. Acting cool at the same time is another task not many can pull off. I think Keiko is doing above average for now, though I kind of expected higher but there were some parts which I find a bit ambiguous in how she executed her facial expressions. Well, it’s just a minor personal gripe and it’s not to say she was bad. Actually, quite the contrary. Hopefully, she’ll get into the groove better as she goes along and becomes a character viewers can really empathize and support.
Kawaguchi Haruna is doing good job as the ‘scared for her life’ rookie detective. Initially, I couldn’t care less about her character but afterwards, I find her to be an important balance to Sasaki Rena who is aloof and cold. Having Kotoha around to ease things up makes it slightly less tense, you can say she’s the comic relief. I like Yusuke Santamaria here. He’s just so sly and reminds me of Watabe Atsuro in some ways.