If there's one thing Iryu taught us, its that standing in formation is only cool if you have an important purpose in the freaking show.
If you like Hero, Mr Brain is the jdorama for you. Big name stars and huge budget held together by irrelevant plot. There's no need to read on if you enjoyed Hero and Change. KimuTaku is one of the greatest jdorama stars. There is no denying he has been in some of the greatest jdoramas ever; Long Vacation, Love Generation, Pride etc etc. KimuTaku is no actor. Karei naru ichizoku was a good show despite focusing way too much on him and showed that he is not fit for serious shows. Love and honour showed that he cannot hold a candle to Hiroyuki Sanada. His best shows are when his star power is focused and ultilised as the generic nice guy in a strong narrative.
This is what the viewers who gave the first two episodes 20+% look and act like.
Watching Mr Brain made me appreciate Kiina more despite the fact that the solutions to Kiina's problems are easily solved in the first 10 minutes. Maybe it has something to do with Mr Brain's crazy budget and the stupid ways the use it. Not in the service of the story but just to show people that its a big budget show. Like the super unrealistic police science lab thingie filled with 100 peons whose purpose is just to show that they can afford 100 extras.
So if the Japanese police want to catch two criminals, they'll send twice the number?
Or the table touch pcs which can read people's minds, know which programs to pull out and scan and convert a 2D image into a 3D holographic model! Or maybe its the customary 100 armed police in SWAT gear rush a deserted building to capture someone. In samurai movies, its cool for the hero to go in alone to meet the enemy. In modern cop shows, hiding behind 100 other 100 other riot/SWAT cops is cooler. If they ever to do a cop show starring all members of SMAP, I think 1000 police officers with grenade launchers and laser beams would not to sufficient to fulfill it cool quotient!
I'm just going to bag the shit out of this show because its a prime example of how Japanese cannot do a proper big budget cop/action show. *cough* Bloody Monday *cough* Maybe its not that they can't. Maybe its the jdorama system. Maybe its the necessity to fill it up with 50 irrelevant characters that bring nothing to the show when concentrating on a smaller core of characters like most normal budgeted shows do. Maybe its all those stupid facts and unfunny jokes about brain stuff that makes me want to put a nail through the wall with my forehead.
Waste of talent :(
I know it was suppose to be a big deal to have Gackt in ep 2 but ffs since when are guys in Japanese prison allowed to wear make up? I'm pretty sure 99% of women's prison do not even allow. Shows like this make me want to swear off Japanese dorama forever. Thank god for Shiroi Haru. I'd rather watch season 2 of Galileo than Mr Brain. At least its not too bloated with its own self importance.
Don't get too excited, she only has a cameo in ep 1.
I can't believe that the writer who wrote the Trick series also wrote this and Bloody Monday!!!!! It just does not make any fucking sense?!!!! Can someone please explain it to me? How can someone write something as good as Trick churn out Bloody Monday? If this were a hollywood production, they'd be plenty of whispers of studio interference. Mr Brain isn't a bad show, if you can somehow ignore how unnecessarily bloated the show is. Gonzo was a sign of how they can make good jdorama cop shows = good acting + tight script. Mr Brain is anything but. If you watch only 1 cop show this season, make it Rinjo. The saddest thing this season is not the abundance of crap cop shows, its that Shiroi Haru has a 12% average rating while trash like Mr Brain rate in the 20s. If the Japanese don't vote for quality with their remotes, then the stations will keep feeding them the same junk every season.