Best Japanese TV Shows to Watch: Dele

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Dele is a Japanese TV show that I thought was pretty similar to the US TV show Person of Interest, which was a show that aired on CBS from 2011-2016. The show is similar not only in the main characters (one of the main characters is in a wheelchair for both series), but also the motivations for why they work in the professions they are in.

In Dele, the two main characters, Keiji and Yutaro, work for a company that specializes in deleting people’s personal data after they die. This mainly involves data that the person wanted to keep while they were alive, but no longer believe they need after they are dead. In each episode, Keiji and Yutaro investigate the cause of the death of the person, and they use the information they have to confirm details about the death and the victim’s life.

One thing I really liked about Dele was the relationship development between Keiji and Yutaro. Yutaro is first hired by Keiji’s sister (who is Keiji’s boss), as Keiji had typically worked alone in the past. Since Keiji has been handicapped for decades, he is used to being isolated in the basement working for the company; however, Yutaro changes Keiji’s outlook on life because of his energy and commitment to justice. Prior to Yutaro coming to work for the company, Keiji did everything by the book and never further examined the victim’s cause of death. With Yutaro’s help though, he learns to use the data he is given for good and to help solve mysteries of the victim’s lives.

There are only eight episodes in the series (so short!) and each episode has its own individual story while also helping to develop of each of the main characters. Dele is worth a watch for mystery/crime/drama fans!

Dele Recommendation Rating: 3.5

This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:

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


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