Why I loved Person of Interest

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Since this blog is about our life in Japan I normally wouldn’t mention IRRELEVANT topics but it’s still our blog. Why not? As my favorite show, Person of Interest has ended , I would like to feature it for the first and the last time.

About Person of Interest

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You are being watched. The government has a secret system: a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn’t act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You’ll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up…we’ll find you.

Well, this opening voiceover explains pretty much about the show.  It is one of a few TV dramas (including Japanese) I’ve watched last several years and ended this year (2016).

How I knew the Show

Basically I knew this show because I am a big fan of Christopher Nolan. I like his early works like Memento, Following, etc. I was searching anything related to him one day, then I learned about this show. Person of Interest by Jonathan Nolan. Yes, that’s his brother and also a writer of many films of Christopher as well. Naturally I got interested in checking and started watching it. I got hooked in an instant!

Why I loved the show

When it comes to a TV drama, I’d want lovely characters and this show perfectly did. I think I loved the characters because they remind me of 007 a lot. Mr. Reese (Jim Caviezel) is like a dark hero (very often he wears a balaclava while on missions. What kind hero is he? Hehe) but always as cool as James Bond with some wit and Finch (Michael Emerson) helps Reese out like Q. Other sub characters also add more spices to the show.

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My another favorite part is the surveillance-camera-angle shots inserted mostly after TV commercials. This one little trick makes you believe and drags you into that cyber world. Like the machine exists and is really spying on you every hour of everyday!

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Overall

The series ended at season 5 which is neither long or short but I think it was at the right place. It couldn’t be better. Great job.

Lastly

With full of respect and thanks to the creators. I had so much fun. I’d love to watch it over again.

See you around!


Top 4 Live Action Anime/Manga TV Dramas

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Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada on duty. It’s September, just a few weeks left to autumn. Season changes and also summer dramas come to end. This time I will share 4 live action anime/manga TV dramas.

About Live Action Anime/Manga TV Dramas

There have been many TV dramas based on manga for a long time but mostly love story. You know, love story is fantasy but doesn’t require special visual effect or VFX. Today, just like what’s happening to the films, aside from love story, there are more TV dramas from manga/anime.

 

To tell the truth, not all dramas are well-made. To be frank it’s mostly bad (for me). Here I’m showing you some examples.

Death Note

As mentioned in the previous post. It’s one of the most popular titles and still is. People were surprised to hear it’d be back as a TV drama after a decade of the movie, which supposedly did well. Though creators changed its plot quite a bit. I was against it first but thought “Who wants to see exactly the same story over and over?” Characters seemed different than original but as the story goes they end up turning into quite similar to the original. Including the ending, I guess it’s alright after all. If you don’t care too much about the original, it won’t hurt you to watch.

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Sailor Moon

What? It was made into live action? Well, it’s Sailor Moon. Its TV drama was made in 2004, with all 56 episodes. So it went quite long. This opening song doesn’t look great. It may have been for kids since it shows what time it was aired (7:00AM). They look very cosplay. Very….

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Nube (Jigoku Sensei Nube)

It is a popular manga/anime from the mid 90s. Set in elementary school in the original but it seems to be high school in this drama. Teacher Nube fights to protect his students from Yokai (Japanese creatures) that often come to school. I remember manga was more like horror (kind of). This drama though seems to focus on more comedy part and nothing serious. Another cosplay drama.

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Kodoku no Gurume (The Solitary Gourmet)

This is kinda minor, no, a very minor manga. It’s about daily life of a self-employed guy who likes eating. Basically you see him working for the first 20 minutes. When it’s done he gets hungry usually, and starts looking for a place to eat. The rest is only him eating. Sounds boring but this is the best part of it. The way he eats and comments (in his mind) makes it funny and get viewers hungry. Since this show is aired late night, people call him “the late night terrorist.” Yeah it’s true…..after watching him having Chinese in this trailer, I feel like having Chinese tomorrow. Hehe.

Season 5 is starting in Oct 2015. So looking forward to it!

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Lastly

Some guys say anime is anime because it can’t be live action. I respect challenge though. Movies are OK with certain level, but as you see TV dramas are normally in quite budget, naturally nothing can be great. I wouldn’t blame. Anyway it’s still fun to see how they turn into a live action.


See you around.

 

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