You know something is odd when you like the villain more than the protagonists in a show. Tantei no Tantei began with a promising pilot episode but it has since fizzled. Episode 2 was slow, almost a non-event except for that lame attempt for Sasaki’s life at the harbor. Even so, I find that scene a bit frustrating because it proved how careless she was. Yes, she knew Abiru planted a tracking device in that present and wanted to lure the bad guy out by driving to an isolated place. This is where it got a bit inconsistent with her character.
A smart detective would figure out how be at the upper hand in this kind of situation. She should very well leave the car almost immediately when the bad guy was trying to push her vehicle into the sea. Jumping out of the car would take only 2 seconds! But no, she’d rather waste that crucial moment to fight against the friggin BULLDOZER that obviously had more strength than her puny sedan. At this point, I wasn’t sure what they were aiming for her character anymore.
In the first episode, they tried to portray this beautiful and clever detective who could analyze a situation by quick observation. But in episode 2, it almost felt like that part of her was completely erased especially during that harbor scene. They went with it anyway because viewers might think “oh so suspenseful”. Let’s throw her into the sea trapped inside a car. I couldn’t help but feel that was a bit lame.
At the end of episode 2, the person in charge of the post mortem told her that there was a possibility her sister’s murderer was still alive.
In ep 3, Sasaki attained more information about the bad guy. She also concluded that Abiru might be the detective who worked for her little sister’s murderer by providing information about her whereabouts. And now Abiru was trying to get rid of her.
Kawaguchi Haruna’s character, Kotoha, the newbie assigned under Sasaki, was pleasant to watch in the first episode but again, like her senpai, I have begun to lose interest in as well. She was spending a lot of time being a nuisance more than helping in my opinion. What does she think a detective work is anyway? If she has no resolution to accept the job, she should’ve just quit. She did quit but then decided to stay behind -_-
Watching her being indecisive over the span of 3 episodes was frustrating. In the first episode, I didn’t mind her yet because at least, she provided some comic relief but that has disappeared since (which I feel the writer should still stick with in some ways) rather than having her show that worried and “Oh I don’t know what to do next” face the entire time. What kind of purpose does she serve?
The only connection she had with Sakura (Sasaki’s sister) was being a friend of hers.
Kotoha should just quit for her own good. She’s hopeless.
Turned out Sasaki was fooled by both of the villains that the murderer was still alive. They were under Abiru’s instructions. Kotoha was kidnapped in the process and she woke up in a police station, a fake one of course. And then miraculously Sasaki, still slightly under the influence of drugs, managed to analyze that he was a fake police and overpowered him. (But why couldn’t she make a swift decision during the previous episode’s situation?) This inconsistency is the problem I have with her character. I’m not saying she should be perfect but some of the flaws she showed had been quite appalling.
It’s almost as if in every episode, they were desperate to put in a scene where she could beat others up just for the sake of showing she could do so. I wanted her to kick ass, yes, but not in a manner where things looked a bit cheesy.
I had high expectation for this drama when it came out. I can’t say I like the direction it’s heading to now. Some parts feel very superficial and a bit too try-hard for me. Keiko Kitagawa’s acting is a bit inconsistent (I wonder if she was wrongly cast now) but I also think it’s part of the writer’s fault for her poorly written character. It sometimes feel like they’re not sure themselves what kind of character Sasaki should be. Nothing against Keiko, I like her in Hero 2. Something just felt a bit off with Sasaki here.
At this point, even Yusuke Santamaria’s villain role seems more superior in so many ways despite him not appearing much at all.
I will still continue this show but I’m starting to lose interest already. The suspense is not enough to hold me at the edge of my seats. I’d say for a revenge plot with suspense, Alice no Toge would be better in that sense. Every single episode posed a different revelation and although the whole Alice in Wonderland references were cheesy, the story felt more well written and the cliffhangers were executed very well in every episode. It felt more satisfying.