Biblia Koshodou No Jiken Techou. Manga.
Written by Mikami En and illustrated by Nakano Biblia Koshodou No Jiken Techou begins like most case files do, with a guy looking at a girl. When Goura Daisuke’s grandmother passes away he and his mother decide to sell the book collection to a second-hand bookshop. One book in particular was gifted to her, autographed by the author. Daisuke looks for a shop and comes to a local second-hand book shop for evaluation of the books. According to the manga a beautiful woman named Shinokawa Shioriko a woman with long hair, cute spectacle eyes, surprising shy and an other worldly penchant for books takes care of the bookstore but in the series the looks are changed. Gouriki Ayame who plays Shirokawa Shioriko adapts a different look – cute pixie cut and isn’t four eyed.
Once Daisuke visits this weird bookshop manager his life changes like trees change as spring arrives. Daisuke has a phobia, phobia of books, he can’t stand books and is not really interested in reading one. He has been this way since childhood.
But once he meets Shioriko, he goes from being an unemployed man to being employed at the very shop. His detest in books slowly changes as he takes care of the books. He gets drawn into the world that Shioriko’s words paint as she solves mysteries related to the books. He becomes her help in maintaining the shop and solving the mysteries surrounding the books and those that read them.
Begins the story of a bookshop owner and a book phobic who solve the mysteries together with their accomplices.
Manga is a wonderful read. So how is the TV series?
Biblia Koshodou No Jiken Techou. Series.
From the first episode one is intrigued into watching it further. The actors, the scenery and the wonderful bookstore that’s dream of every bibliophile. Each episode takes a unique case, a beautiful place and lots of drama. A woman’s heart is like an ocean, hiding deep secrets. This series takes it a notch deeper.
The drama is very well done, the characters talk through their expressions.
It’s a mystery series which doesn’t have horrific content, instead its beautiful. The stories unfold in the most unusual way and Shioriko’s explanation of each case, each book and each person brings us to wonder just how does this girl solve it? How does she know the books so well? Who taught her?
In spite of everything Shioriko is still a human. Beneath her quite and shy exterior there’s a bubbling story, which come as a huge twist at the end of the last episode.
There might be a romance building up between the lead characters Shioriko and Daisuke but with Japanese drama you never know! Almost makes you want to own a bookshop.
Watch it for – the rising excitement you would feel as the case begins. To perversely eye the wonderful bookshop that you will wish to have. To get swept into the mystery of the book shop owner’s life which is yet to be solved and needs a second series. :p
Whatever you decide, watch the series of read the manga. Have fun. 🙂
PS. If you can solve the mystery in the last episode, I am all ears!