Best TV Shows to Watch on Rakuten Viki: Signal

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Signal is a Japanese TV show that was produced by Fuji TV, which is one of the major TV operators in Japan. The original Signal was actually a Korean drama, so this is a Japanese remake. I have never watched the Korean version, but I would imagine that one is good as well.

I was a really big fan of Signal because it has a different plot compared to most other police/time travel shows. The main storyline revolves around a police unit that investigates long unsolved crimes, but it also has a time travel element. Unlike other time traveling shows though, no character actually is able to go back in time; instead, there is a radio which allows one police officer from 1998 to communicate with another from 2018.

Using the radio, the two police officers try to change the past, which will also affect the future. Still, it is a delicate balance they have to strike, and they end up changing many things they didn’t intend to. Also, there is an overarching villain who exists both in 1998 and 2018, so both police officers have to contend with them. It definitely sounds confusing if you have not watched it before, but it all ties together well in the show.

It does take time though before the entire show begins to come together, and you might be confused for a significant portion of the show (but hopefully still entertained). After 1 episode, I had no clue what was going on, and I was considering whether or not to continue watching; however, after watching the entire thing (it is 10 episodes in total), I can highly recommend the show. Once again, this is another great Japanese TV show!

Signal 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


One response to “Best TV Shows to Watch on Rakuten Viki: Signal”

  1. […] Signal (A crime/detective drama involving time travel) […]


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