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‘Sherlock’ offers a new interpretation of the iconic detective

Here’s a series both familiar and foreign — literally.

Sherlock Holmes is one of the great iconic characters in literature, and has been adapted countless times, with varying results. One of the most interesting interpretations debuted earlier this year on HBO, and now it’s coming to the network’s streaming channel, HBO Go, this weekend.

Starting Sept. 1, audiences will be able to check out the newest international HBO series. Co-produced with Hulu in Japan, “Miss Sherlock” is a re-imagining of the classic Sherlock stories. Set in present day Tokyo, the series focuses on a gender-bent take on the mythos.

Sara Shelly Futaba, nicknamed “Sherlock,” is an investigation consultant to the police department who solves bizarre and difficult cases. Her assistant is Dr. Wato Tachibana, called “Wato-san,” a surgeon recently returned from a volunteer doctors’ mission in Syria.

Throughout the series, the pair solves mystery after mystery with Miss Sherlock’s extraordinary observation and reasoning skills.

It’s entertaining and in Japanese, with English subtitles.


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