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Fugou Keiji: Balance: Unlimited - Anything Can Be Bought [message #393209] Fri, 10 April 2020 14:35 Go to next message
Dave Baranyi is currently offline  Dave Baranyi
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“Fugou Keiji: Balance: Unlimited” is a new Noitama series based upon a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, who also wrote the novels behind “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and Paprika”. “Fugou Keiji”, aka “The Millionaire Detective”, is an “Odd Couple”/”Buddy Cop Story” about an ultra-rich young detective who uses his wealth to buy his way into an oddball Police division so that he can solve crimes his in his own manner, which means using his unlimited wealth. He gets partnered with a straight-laced young cop who has been transferred to the oddball division because he is too uptight.

The first episode was dumb, flashy and funny – sort of a “Meitantei Conan” for adults. The rich guy (think a slimmer Roger from “Big O”) has a don’t-give-a-shit attitude like you would find in a video game. The put-upon young cop is a staple straight-man from Japanese comedy. The overall feeling is one of cynical fun. This is neither particularly original nor profound in any manner, but it looks like it could be some pleasant brain-dead fun for Isolation Time. I’ll keep watching it for a while and my initial rating is B.

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Re: Fugou Keiji: Balance: Unlimited - Anything Can Be Bought [message #393446 is a reply to message #393209] Sat, 18 April 2020 23:57 Go to previous message
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On 2020-04-10 12:35 p.m., anthony.baranyi@bell.net wrote:
> “Fugou Keiji: Balance: Unlimited” is a new Noitama series based upon a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, who also wrote the novels behind “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and Paprika”. “Fugou Keiji”, aka “The Millionaire Detective”, is an “Odd Couple”/”Buddy Cop Story” about an ultra-rich young detective who uses his wealth to buy his way into an oddball Police division so that he can solve crimes his in his own manner, which means using his unlimited wealth. He gets partnered with a straight-laced young cop who has been transferred to the oddball division because he is too uptight.
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> The first episode was dumb, flashy and funny – sort of a “Meitantei Conan” for adults. The rich guy (think a slimmer Roger from “Big O”) has a don’t-give-a-shit attitude like you would find in a video game. The put-upon young cop is a staple straight-man from Japanese comedy. The overall feeling is one of cynical fun. This is neither particularly original nor profound in any manner, but it looks like it could be some pleasant brain-dead fun for Isolation Time. I’ll keep watching it for a while and my initial rating is B.
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> Dave Baranyi
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That idea sounds really influenced by American cop shows.
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