Tokyo DOGS (2009) – Japanese Drama (J-drama) – Review

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Tokyo DOGS was a decent cop drama. Its like most detective shows where each episode focuses on a case to solve while one big case or mystery (related to a main character) is on-going through the series. In this instance (Oguri Shun) one-half of the crime solving duo has pledged his life and career to finding his father’s killer and is sent from New York to Tokyo on a special investigation. There he teams with another detective (Mizushima Hiro). Together they are mismatched but effective.

Full synopsis

Genre: police, detective, crime, mystery, action

Also starring: Yoshitaka Yuriko (Shiroi Haru)

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Fuji TV “first true police drama

Viewer Reviews

Explosion scene shot in Brooklyn, NY:

This series has a good balance of action and comedy making it an enjoyable policing-drama. The storyline is suspenseful enough for you to keep watching but not over-the-top to make you lose interest. Plus its got a pretty popular cast.

Ending theme song Futatsu no Kuchibiru by EXILE:

aparoo says 4/5

Stream: MySoju, Dramacrazy

Femme Feature: Ayaka (J-pop) — Friday playlist


Friday evening playlist on repeat: Ayaka’s History 2006-2009 — a two disc compilation album from Iida Ayaka (married to popular actor Mizushima Hiro). Its a great album released months after her disease was made public and before she put her career on hold.

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Ayaka's History 2006-2009 cover

“In September, a compilation album titled Ayaka’s History 2006-2009 was released and contained two discs, the first disc comprising all her single tracks and the second disc comprising songs selected by fans. It sold almost 350,000 copies in its first week, the highest for a female artist of 2009, and ranked number one on the charts for two consecutive weeks. About a month and a half after its release, the album reached a million copies shipped, making it the only album by a solo artist to do so in 2009.[11] (Wikipedia)

Track #1, Disc 1:

Compilation video for 14/16 of the single tracks on Disc 1:

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Disc 1 tracklist
(music videos and/or lyrics) purchase page

Ayaka has been battling Grave’s disease since just after her debit in 2006 with fluctuating symptoms and medications.  Symptoms increased over the years and by 2009 she had to step away from the music industry and her career. Luckily, one of her greatest supporters, Hiro (read: HERO — lol), became her husband earlier that year.

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aparoo says amazing person, true talent and an epic story — hope to see the story continue and more great music in the future.