Title: Keiji Ballerino
AKA: Inspector Ballerino/Detective Ballerino
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Air date: 1 January 2016
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Takashima Masahiro and Nagasaku Hiromi.
Usushima Kurumi (Nakajima Yuto) dreamt of becoming a ballerino, but due to his age and stature, he decided to become a detective, when he became awestruck by a police officer saving a life. On his first day at the job, he is assigned to partner up with a senior detective, Washio Takao (Takashima Masahiro). Even though Kurumi isn’t a ballerino by occupation, he keeps his posture straight and gesture on point, which annoys the ruff and stern partner. The two initially have different views on life and work, they soon find middle ground, as they are assigned a case, where assailants attack certain doctors, but are unable to remember what had happened during the offense.
This leads them to seek help from a therapist Shimpei Azusa (Nagasaku Hiromi) that specializes in hypnosis, and soon they find themselves in the world of hypnosis and past lives…
I know the summary is confusing, which the special is by the way, but if you go with the flow, the drama kind of has a decent pace. Though there is a fine line between the ridiculousness and the seriousness, it has a very good storyline. I don’t favor re-birth and past lives stories, but I didn’t mind this one. I did get confused, because there really are many things happening in 1,5 hours, but it’s alright, as it does ‘hold your hand’ during it all. Acting wise, great: Nakajima is a superb actor, I mean he was believable, from beginning till end…
So, do I recommend it? Yeah, if you are interested in a different kind of journey, this is most definitely an interesting watch…
☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars
♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts