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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 07 Review

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) is a half-hour drama centered on cops who are turned into kids by a chemical, but who continue about their daily business anyway, fighting the all-pervasive evil organization “Red Venus.” So far, the kiddie squad has mainly been on the defensive, reacting to the plots Red Venus set up. This time, though, they begin on a stake out observing one of the main Red Venus agents:

Red Venus AgentOn Stakeout

What followed were a lot of scenes in which the kids were a lot more amusing than they have been in the series so far. It all starts with the lead detective (Suzuki Fuku) trying to write a memo and unconsciously filling a page with doodles:

Suzuki FukuDoodling

As we found out in an earlier episode, their transformation into children has also had some effect on their minds, and here even the venerable lead detective is affected. The squad is distraught:

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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 06 Review

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

In the previous episode of Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察), the kiddie squad had to clear their only non-kiddie member – the newbie (played by Katsuji Ryo) and we got the first signs of personality from the hanchou (the team leader played by Marius Yo). That was refreshing, because we hadn’t seen any increased depth to any character since the first episode, and Marius’ character sorely needed it.

This episode begins with the newbie pacing the office unsettled, which soon leads to him swooning about an idol he’s a fan of, much to the contempt of his coworkers,

Newbie Pacing ImpatientlyNewbie Declares His Feelings

As well as the irritation of the lead detective (dekachou),

Suzuki-kun is not amused

Which leads to summary punishment:

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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 05 Review

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) is a half-hour drama centered on cops who are turned into kids by a chemical, but who continue about their daily business anyway, fighting the all-pervasive evil organization “Red Venus.” The previous three episodes have been quite weak, with the novelty of the first episode wearing out quite quickly, but this one takes some steps in the right direction, reviving some hope for the series.

Kodomo Keisatsu Title

The episode begins with one of the kid cops (Nabe-san) meeting an old acquaintance who looks like trouble:

Trouble 1Trouble 2

I will hereafter refer to him as the rough-edged fellow.

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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 04 Review

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) is a half-hour drama centered on cops who are turned into kids by a chemical, but who continue about their daily business anyway, fighting the all-pervasive evil organization “Red Venus.” While I still feel odd about criticizing young actors less than half my age, I am less forgiving toward the writers of this show, who have shown very little inventiveness about how they make use of the talent at their disposal. While the premise alone can keep a viewer interested for an episode, and appreciation of how talented the kids are can maybe carry it for one more, things started to go a bit stale in the third episode, with so much of an already short show taken up by set-piece scenes.

Kodomo Keisatsu Title

At the start of the episode, I was struck by how earnest Suzuki Fuku-kun can look sometimes, and I think that quality probably has a lot to do with his success:

Earnest Suzuki 1Earnest Suzuki 2

Not long after that, Marius Yo-kun walked in, again a bit too stiffly, though he seemed a bit angrier today, which broke the robotic feel he had in previous episodes.

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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 03 Review

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) is a half-hour drama centered on cops who are turned into kids by a chemical, but who continue about their daily business anyway, fighting the all-pervasive evil organization “Red Venus.”

With all but one of the main cast half my age or less, I’m tempted to just post the most adorable screenshots from the episode and leave it at that. For instance:

Big Bullhorn

But at the risk of seeming a bit harsh, I’ll offer some critique. The plot this time was a hostage situation featuring a crazy guy with a rifle:

Crazy Guy with a Rifle and Hostage

That’s good, because it’s reasonably different from previous episodes. Unfortunately, the whole thing is undermined by the use of set scenes that have occurred in every episode so far, which feel like repeated skits.

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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 02 Review

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) is a half-hour drama centered on cops who are turned into kids by a dastardly chemical, but who continue about their daily business anyway. Japan happens to have a wealth of competent young actors and actresses, and they did a good job of pulling off the first episode. The question now is: with the novelty factor wearing off, can they keep it going?

Kodomo Keisatsu

Let me get a few criticisms out-of-the-way. First, the name of the bad guy organization, Red Venus, is really an unfortunate choice because none of the cast can actually pronounce it properly. A pet peeve of mine.

Red Venus

The second issue is with this really annoying pair:

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Kodomo Keisatsu Ep 01 Review

Posted on: April 24th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) literally means “kid cops,” so right away you should have a pretty good idea what it’s about. It’s a half-hour drama, and the premise is that some chemical turned regular adult cops into kids, and they are now carrying on their jobs despite being half their former height and less than half their former apparent age. With an idea like that, there’s automatically a huge cuteness factor and significant surreality, but while that’s usually enough for Japan, it’s not enough for me. Will these kid actors, led by the very busy Suzuki Fuku-kun (鈴木福), be able to pull off a little more than just reading the lines being cute?

Kid Police

Kodomo Keisatsu Cast

I have to admit, I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch this, and definitely didn’t know whether I’d be able to do a review on it. After all, if I didn’t like it, would I really be able to bash actors half my age? Not a chance. Fortunately, as you can guess from the fact that I’m writing this, it wasn’t too bad. I’m not saying it was anything spectacular, but if you consider their ages, it was pretty remarkable what they were able to pull off.

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