Episode 1: Taking drastic measure
There have been a rapid succession of cases in which young women going out late at night in the city of Edo have been raped and murdered. Today, the dead body of a girl called Osayo is found. Watanabe Shogoro, police constable of Minami-machi Magistrate’s Office, has a black look on his face as he casts a sidelong glance at her grief-stricken father, Nikichi, and younger sister, Okinu.
This is no wonder. Recently, all the women in Edo have been wildly excited over Mikagean, a new place for nightlife that only has ladies’ men, and Shogoro’s favourite play has been discontinued due to a slump in audiences. However, Mikagean makes money from fixing the young women who come to the establishment up with men and also engages in the nefarious trade of eliminating women. Furthermore, Osayo’s killer is a man called Shinji of Mikagean.
To avenge his daughter, Nikichi orders a “job” at Sanban-suji but when Okiku of Hanagoten comes to know that it is because he is concerned with appearances, she flatly refuses him. However, suspecting that there is more to this than meets the eye, Okiku makes Genta search Mikagean when he delivers food and they learn that Nozaki Kichiemon, a vessel agent, is behind this. He is also said to run illegal gambling house(s).
At that time, Okinu, who has come to Mikagean in search of Shinji, the person she believes to be her elder sister’s enemy, meets a man called Naosuke in front of the establishment. Without knowing that he is actually Shinji, Okinu gets acquainted with him.
Meanwhile, Nikichi visits Mikagean with a weapon and presses Jiro, the owner, to hand Shinji over but is instead killed by the bodyguard, Onimaru. A gasping Nikichi passes away after he orders a “job” at Sanban-suji once more. This time, Okiku grants Nikichi’s wish and starts work.
Ryoji visits Kichiemon’s gambling house and stabs him in the back of his neck. Genta strangles Onimaru with his wind-up snake. Then Nakamura Mondo runs his short sword through Jiro.
At that moment, Naosuke comes to the Minami-machi Magistrate’s Office to make an appeal. Concealing his murder of Osayo, he reveals the crime. Because he also has Okinu’s petition, it is decided that he will be forgiven and Naosuke is a free man. However, he has no intention to go back to Okinu who is waiting for him. Obtaining confirmation from eyewitness statements that Naosuke killed Osayo, Shogoro decapitates Naosuke with a single stroke.
Nakamura Shunsuke as Naosuke / Shinji
Kobayashi Ryoko as Okinu
Yamada Tatsuo as Surugaya Nikichi
Araki Hirofumi as Jiro
Tamiya Goro as Nozaki Kichiemon
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