TBS's aired the first episode of its "MR.BRAIN" drama series on Saturday, 23 May 2009, 7:56pm time slot. As expected for a drama starring Takuya Kimura, viewership ratings were high, achieving 24.8% in the Kanto region and 25.2% in Kansai. It also broke the viewership records set by the last episode of Rookies last year and claims the position as the highest rating programme shown during that particular timeslot. SMAP's Takuya Kimura is taking on yet another new challenge. After playing characters such as a race car driver, a public prosecutor, and even Prime Minister, he will be now playing the part of a neuroscientist named Ryusuke Tsukumo, working for the National Research Institute of Police Science (part of the National Police Agency).
He is generally incapable of reading the atmosphere of a situation, but when it comes to science, he is well respected. Whenever something catches his interest, he thoroughly sticks to it and never gives up, chasing down the criminals with certainty. This series combines the exciting elements from mystery, suspense, and comedy dramas. Aside from Kimura, the show also features popular stars like Haruka Ayase and Hiro Mizushima. TBS has also been promoting the guest stars in each episode, such as Ebizo Ichikawa and Ryoko Hirosue in this premiere episode. Gackt and Kazuya Kamenashi are among the guests for future episodes.
Despite rumours that the plot of the drama is a copycat version of Suspect X, netizens expressed otherwise after watching the first episode of Mr Brain. They complimented the cast for their excellent performance and expressed that the plot is totally different from Suspect X. This exciting drama will be available soon online at (http://www.mysoju.com/mr-brain/) and i can't wait to watch it :>