The spring lineup of drama series contains more than the usual share of comic-book adaptations, which is good news since comics tend to have more interesting story-lines than do dramas written directly for the screen.
“Kochira Hon Ikegami-sho (This Is Hon Ikegami Police Station),” (TBS, Monday, 8 p.m.): The story, which first started appearing in the comic book Evening in 1999, is centered on a small neighborhood police station in Tokyo’s Ota Ward. This is the second time the comic has been adapted for TV. The first series was aired last summer and was a ratings hit. Unlike most police series, the tone of “Hon Ikegami” is warm and neighborly rather than hard-boiled. Masanobu Takashima plays an easygoing policeman who lives with his mother and his daughter. This week, in Episode 2, the precinct has been hit by a wave of purse-snatchings, and the pattern indicates that the criminal is doing it just for kicks.
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