Category: Spring 2012


Things were finally looking up for Nishikido Ryo-kun in episode six of Papadol! (パパドル!), as the tension with his agency was reduced and his struggle to gain acceptance from his new wife’s three kids was finally complete, with Mei (Kawashima Umika) apparently caving in.

Happy Family

In fact, it looked like he had no more barriers in his way (unless that paparazzi guy found out what was going on and leaked it – which I’m sure will eventually get an episode or two). Then this fellow walked in:

The Rival

As we found out at the end of the previous episode, that’s Haruka’s (Yuka) former husband and the biological father to the three children. Now this, I wasn’t expecting. I suppose I should have thought of it (I’m a writer – I should be able to come up with plots like this), but the possibility slipped my mind.

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This is the final episode of Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou (私立バカレア高校), and if you missed any of the earlier episodes, this review contains spoilers starting right after this sentence.

TatsuyaEpisode 12

At the end of episode 11, the boys had started the ultimate battle for the school while the girls assembled for the announcement that they would be returning to their old school. At the assembly, Fumie (Shimazaki Haruka) was allowed to speak, and began by saying something that she’s lucky Tatsuya (Morimoto Shintaro) wasn’t around to hear:

I Hate This School

Hating the school is, of course, a no-no on the boys’ side. But what is she up to? She can’t possibly mean that, right?

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So, we come to the conclusion of Kagi no Kakatta Heya (鍵のかかった部屋). This episode resolves the case the previous episode introduced, so if you haven’t seen episode 10 already, be aware that this review will contain spoilers from that episode, pretty much right away. As far as the contents of this episode go, though, I won’t give away anything that occurs in the latter part, and in particular nothing that leads directly to the case’s conclusion.

Opening to the Final EpisodeOpening to the Final Episode 2

At the end of episode 10, Enomoto (Ohno Satoshi) was arrested on suspicion of committing the crime, because the victim – the president of Bay Leaf – accused had caused legal trouble for him years ago. The scene where he gets hauled away was a wonderful cliffhanger, and led us to wonder how Serizawa (Sato Koichi) and Aoto (Toda Erika) would get on without him.

He left them in this locked roomWhere is he now?

No dice, though. Right after they took a few minutes to detail what had happened in the case so far, Enomoto gets released. Since this is almost the first thing that happens in the episode, I hope you will forgive me for not considering it a spoiler. So much for the tension there, though, as Enomoto is back at in the lead in barely the blink of an eye.

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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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Papadol! (パパドル!) is a drama in which Nishikido Ryo of Kanjani8 plays himself as an idol who falls in love with a divorced woman with three children.

Nishikido and Family

He struggles to gain acceptance from the children while simultaneously facing an ultimatum from his agency to either divorce or retire. In the previous episode, though, it seemed as if the agency/Kanjani 8 side of the conflict was resolved, but I’m still not happy with how that episode went. Nishikido-kun has two of the three children on his side now . . .

Team Nishikido

. . . so the only conflict left for the series to focus on, until something new develops, is his relationship with the eldest daughter, Mei (Kawashima Umika).

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