One of the genres I feel Thailand lakorns are lacking in is that of suspense and mystery. There are a few (2019’s The Stranded), and the genre is growing, but it can’t compare to South Korea dramas or especially Japan’s doramas. So I want to take a closer look at the mystery/suspense/thriller genre and my pick today is SPEC: Birth (2010).
Synopsis: The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has set up a special department named Mishou (Unidentified Crimes Unit) for hard to crack cases without evidence, witnesses, or involving special organizations. These cases are beyond the scope of Keizoku (First Investigative Division’s Unsolved Crimes Unit).
The section chief for Mishou is Kotaro Nonomura (Raita Ryu). He is a senior in age with a dignified look, so usually nobody blames him even though his answers are evasive. Saya Toma (Erika Toda) is a young woman with an IQ of 201. With her amazing intellect she became part of the faculty at the Department of Science at Kyoto University without schooling. Takeru Sebumi (Ryo Kase) is an excellant career detective. He was picked for the Metropolitan Police Department’s SIT unit and became platoon leader by the young age of 27. He is also highly skilled with guns and the martial arts.
Saya Toma & Takeru Sebumi work on cases for Mishou first by postulating the “SPEC” of the unknown criminals. They then deduce the criminal’s unknown “SPEC” and use this information to trap the criminals(Source: mydramalist.com)
The soundtrack of SPEC is my favorite, the characters are weird, yet compelling, in particular our female lead. This series spawned a whole host of special episodes, movies etc. Even this dorama is a sequel of Keizoku (1999), which was just as awful, horrifying and beautiful as well. Honestly this is one of my favorite dramas of all time. 😍 Most of the sequels, movies, special episodes, though? Eh… 🤨