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Galileo is a Japanese television drama based on Detective Galileo, a novel by mystery writer Keigo Higashino. It narrates the events and cases encountered by Kaoru Utsumi, a rookie detective, and Manabu Yukawa, a university associate professor, while the two pair up to solve many mysterious cases. Galileo SP was aired on October 4, 2008 on the same day as the release of the film The Devotion of Suspect X. A second series began airing on Fuji TV on April 15, 2013. The second movie, titled Midsummer's Equation, premiered in both Japan and Hong Kong on June 29, 2013.
|Studio :||Fuji Television Network,|
|Crew :||Cinematography, Producer,|
|Cast :||Kou Shibasaki Masaharu Fukuyama Ikkei Watanabe Miki Maya Yuriko Yoshitaka|
|Genre :||Drama Comedy Mystery|
Yawn. Poorly Filmed Snooze Fest.
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
The storyline feels a little thin and moth-eaten in parts but this sequel is plenty of fun.
While it doesn't offer any answers, it both thrills and makes you think.
I first ran into this series without English subtitles. Even without knowing what the characters were saying, the acting was good enough and the plots were formulaic enough, I could get a pretty good idea of what was happening. The emotional cop, the cool scientist; the investigation, the interrogations, the explanations of the mystery with flashbacks and inserts - yeah it was all pretty understandable and entertaining.Then the series was finally posted on Youtube with English subtitles. What a revelation. There's humor like with the professor's assistant and with the cop's best friend, a medical examiner. There's a theme involving the impact and feelings of the victims, but most especially there's the relationship between the rookie cop and the genius professor. She follows her instincts and expresses her feelings, sometimes at the top of her voice. He is in the beginning only interested in the cases for their scientific puzzles, but little by little, he comes to see the emotional and ethical values in them and in the detective.It's a match of opposites. She may not know who Isaac Newton was and he didn't watch cartoons as a kid, but eventually they come together and fill each other's empty spots.Now a second season of the series has come out 6 years after the first one. How long will it take to appear on the internet, preferably with English subtitles, and what will it be like. She can't still be a rookie detective; they can't still be performing this dance of emotion and logic in their relationship; and why is Ko Shibaseki only listed as appearing in 2 of 6 episodes.Curious minds wait with bated breath.
They picked the best for the first episode and that is a shame as it sets such a high standard. Then it seems to went downhill a bit - albeit not a steep curve.The genre is crime. Each episode shows a difficult case that police encounters and needs the help of a physics professor. Most involve some scientific explanation - not necessary physics related. Actually formulaic in some sense but above average. But the last 2 episode seems like the writer ran out of ideas and drop the details of the science. And that's a bit disappointing.As even with shows like Aboui(sp)cop team, it is very consistent quality (but somewhat too consistent). So do you like consistency to a point of almost routinely boring or roller coaster ride that when on the lows, can be really pedestrian ??? But see Gonzo and you can't compare. If Gonzo is a 9 then this is a 7. Most others in the genre are 6 or 5.
The series is about a rookie cop who seeks the help of a genius physicist ("Galileo the Weirdo") from a university to solve mysterious crimes, bordering on the supernatural (e.g. mysteries involving human combustion, poltergeists, ghosts, etc). Of course in the end the eccentric Galileo proves that science tramples superstition.I agree with nomadic_exile that it is much like a "Japanese version of 'NUMB3RS' with a bit of 'manga-style' comic relief on it".If you're a fan of the serious crime/mystery genre like the CSI, and NCIS, have little tolerance for mediocre detectives, and no appreciation for anime humor, then you'll find "Galileo" painful to watch. The rookie cop's powers of deduction is second-rate and her judgment of situations, cases and people is poor and unobjective; you'll wonder how she became a detective. Her senior handler is even worse, jumping to conclusions without much consideration for anything but the convenience of closing the case. The cops' over-dependence on Galileo is frustrating--makes you wonder if they have their own crime lab. Detective Galileo is more believable in his undertakings and character.Nevertheless, eventually you'll get used to it.
Well..what can I say...the concept seems familiar, kinda like Japanese version of "NUMB3RS" with bit of "manga-style" comic relief on it. A rookie detective Utsumi Kaoru(Shibasaki Kou)teams up with a genius physicist and university associate professor Yukawa Manabu(Fukuyama Masaharu)a.k.a Detective Galileo to solve mystery crimes. If you like serious American drama types like CSI then you probably won't like it, but it certainly does have some interesting concepts. This drama is based on Japanese mystery novelist Higashino Keigo's short novel "Tantei Garireo" & "Yochimu". This drama series contents 10 episodes, so it's pretty easy to finish up, unlike "NUMB3RS" that tends to drag too long with repetitive mathematical formulas and crap about "It's all about numbers" line.