ESC to close 3.82 (by 248 users)strawberry night
  • 2012
  • TV
  • Japan

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romanized strawberry night
aka sutoroberii naito

Based On

based on book
title strawberry night
author Honda Tetsuya (誉田哲也)


genres crime, mystery, suspense


language Japanese


country Japan
type real
format TV
network Fuji TV (フジテレビ)


date 10 Jan, 2012 - 20 Mar, 2012
episodes 11
duration 54 minutes
air day Tuesday
at 21:00 - 21:54
status released


avg. score 3.82 of 5 by 248 users
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rating 948
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strawberry night
2010 TV jp
strawberry night
2013 film jp


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Himekawa Reiko
Kikuta Kazuo
Hayama Noriyuki
Hashizume Shunsuke
Yuda Kouhei
Ishikura Tamotsu


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22 Mar, 2012
There are many dramas about detectives solving crimes. There even are quite a few with female detectives, even those with female leads. Strawberry Night isn't anything new in that sense. Still, it's among the best of that genre I've seen so far.

Strawberry Night doesn't strictly follow the pattern of covering one crime per episode. The crimes vary in length and all have their own titles - probably because the drama seems to be based on a series of novels. I liked that it was less predictable like that, simply because you couldn't really estimate how much longer it would take to solve the crime.

I think the cases were interesting and really touching but I actually had trouble following them a little because I watched it without subtitles. There are quite a few things I didn't get, so I suppose I'm not really in a position to say how well-written they really were. I enjoyed them though and the conclusion often turned out to be really surprising.

Still, what made the drama for me weren't the cases but the detectives solving them. I absolutely love Himekawa as the heroine. I think it's great that they didn't just write her as a badass woman. No matter how rude or unfeminine she acted, she naturally kept some typical female traits and still managed to earn her subordinate's respect. She solved crime through intuition and stubbornness.

Apart from that I really really liked her relationship to Kikuta. It wasn't really going anywhere but since it's a crime drama I didn't really expect it either. Their interactions alone were nice to watch and felt really heart-breaking at times.

I also liked Himekawa's bantering with all her other fellow detectives. I actually mainly looked forward to the drama because I wanted to see more of the characters when I watched the special. It's nice that once in a while there's a crime drama were I find both the cases and the people solving them great to watch.
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21 Feb, 2012
Both are about the female chief of a division of the police, her subordinates, and all the cases they have to solve together.


Movie Final For 'Strawberry Night' Announced komorebi 2 posts 11 Apr, 2012 by nanuklein
It has been announced on yesterday's last episode that Takeuchi Yuuko's popular drama 'strawberry night', that has been airing since January, will get a mov...
Gigantic Premiere Of Takeuchi Yuuko's New Series 'Strawberry Night' komorebi 2 posts 11 Apr, 2012 by nanuklein
Yesterday, Takeuchi Yuuko attended a special premiere event for her upcoming drama series 'strawberry night'. The show is based on a mystery novel series of...


reyascapes 22 Oct, 2016
First saw the SP (which I absolutely fell in love with) so I continued on to the drama. Thoroughly enjoyed this detective series. I think what made it great was its fantastic set of characters, with the lead at the heart, surrounded by a solid team. Even the side characters were great, including Kusaka, Ioka, and the love to hate dirty Gantetsu. This show has a good balance of humor, tension, and emotion.

Don't get me started with Himekawa and Kikuta's relationship and chemistry. They shared a quiet sort of fondness and respect for each other and I think it was perfectly expressed and nuanced through small yet affecting moments during the show and I can go on and on but I won't.

My only gripe, albeit very trivial, was Yuko's 'emotional' scenes. I don't know if her approach was a conscious decision (acting-wise), considering the character's past, but. I guess I felt slightly uncomfortable during her emotional scenes because it felt awkward and forced and at times disconnected. But again, very trivial gripe. She's incredible nonetheless.
cintaamonyet 04 Sep, 2015
Loved the drama! The soundtrack definitely complimented on the show as well.
hidde 01 Jan, 2014
In the end, I watched the series first =p

It indeed has some weakness for a mystery drama, but I really like the vibe of this series.
sleepingstar 05 Jun, 2012
Good series. stories were mostly really good I think. Final will be interesting one to see for sure :)..
skloy 05 May, 2012
ahhh i wanna watch the movie! i want to see more himekawa and kikuta!!!! and ioka too he's so funny!
hidde 13 Apr, 2012
@zaharisa okay, I'll watch the tv film first. :)
zaharisa 11 Apr, 2012
@hidde- doesn't really matter, but the movie was better anyway.
nanuklein 11 Apr, 2012
Hmm, I expected more mystery I guess. After having watched the TV film, I expected it to take a titbit of a different turn. Also, the ending was awfully abrupt and that in a negative sense. Like there's unsolved things with unsolved endings in some films or dramas, but they don't come off as such a thorn in the eye like it did in the series Strawberry Night.
The TV film made this series look more promising, but yeah..just average in my eyes.