Best TV Shows to Watch on Rakuten Viki: Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa

Photo Credit: (

Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa is a Japanese show on Rakuten Viki. Even though it is a little hard to tell from the name, it is very similar to another Japanese take on Sherlock Holmes.

Personally, I thought this was just as good, if not better than Miss Sherlock. Considering I have already posted about Sherlock and Miss Sherlock, it should be obvious that I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes’ shows. It is just such a classic story line that if it is told well, it will always catch my attention.

In the show, the main two characters are Hideo Himura, a criminologist who also works as a college professor. I think his character is very interesting because he also has dark tendencies, but he tries to funnel all his energy into his detective work. Also, his dark side is partly complemented by the energy and good hearted nature of Arisugawa, who is his sidekick (basically Watson to his Sherlock).

Arisugawa is a mystery writer who helps to control Himura and make sure that he is always using talents for good. They have a great relationship, and the rest of the characters are good as well. There is a Moriarty like character who you will see if you watch the show, and even though it is not developed until later in the show, she plays a big role. Everything begins to pick up in episodes 6-10.

If you are a mystery fan, this is definitely a show you should watch. If you are trying to learn Japanese like me, it is also a great show to watch. The best way to watch the show would be to use a Roku or another streaming device to get the Rakuten Viki channel.

Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa Recommendation Rating: 4

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


5 responses to “Best TV Shows to Watch on Rakuten Viki: Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa”

  1. […] example of a great show that is on Rakuten Viki is my previously recommended Criminolgist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa. Still, I have watched many shows on Viki, and they all seem to be high quality; also, they have a […]


  2. […] Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa (Similar to Sherlock Holmes, with a slightly different plot/characters) […]


  3. […] previous posts, I mentioned both Pretty Proofreader and Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa as two shows that I enjoyed watching. The female lead in Unnatural Death is Satomi Ishihara, who […]


  4. […] you are a mystery drama fan and have already enjoyed watching other Japanese shows such as “Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa” and “Miss Sherlock“, I think IQ246 is another good one to […]


  5. […] In addition to Matsumoto though, the rest of the cast in 99.9 Criminal Lawyer are also very entertaining. Each of the characters have their unique personalities and roles, and they go together very well. Each of the episodes is a combination of a mystery/detective show with a legal show, so it would be good for fans of both categories. Although it is somewhat similar to Suits Japan, it also has some similarities with Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa. […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: