Thursdays, 8.00 – 8.54 p.m. from 14 October 2010
Kyoto district public prosecutor Tsurumaru Aya celebrates her 50th birthday and is in good spirits. Then, her mother-in-law, Keiko, suddenly arrives from Tokyo. Aya acts firmly with all violent criminals, but she is no match for Keiko and grows irritated. Meanwhile, the dead body of Iijima Yasushi, who runs a landscape gardening business, is discovered. It appears from the situation at the crime scene that his death had been disguised as an accident by a bolt of lightning, and suspicions of murder grow. Before long, Hayashi Mineo, a Japanese artist active in China, emerges in the investigation. Aya, who visits Mineo, takes note of his damp shoes …
Natori Yuko as Tsurumaru Aya
Kyoto district’s famous public prosecutor. With “housewife instincts” as her weapon, her female perspective guides the settlement of difficult cases. She runs out of control without thinking of the trouble to those around her and occasionally gets hurt. Her daily routine is idle gossip with housewives at the market and shopping district, and there are also times when she discovers clues to solve cases in those conversations. In her personal life, she lives in Kyoto together with her daughter, Rin, a university student while her husband Shotaro is in Tokyo. Then, Shotaro’s mother, Keiko, suddenly arrives in Kyoto and Aya gets slightly anxious.
Terajima Susumu as Narimasu Seigo
An assistant inspector of Kyoto Prefectural Police’s First Investigative Division. His home is a Zen temple and he is qualified as a priest but it doesn’t mean he has attained enlightenment and is aloof from the world. Because he has absolute confidence in his investigations, he is scornful when the district interferes, and would think, “Show me what you’ve got.” Naturally, his attitude toward Aya is also …
Watanabe Ikkei as Ota Yuichi
A veteran administrative official who is Tsurumaru Aya’s assistant. Because he is the typical sort who fears rocking the boat and is always pushed about by Aya’s recklessness, he is fed up with her. He has wanted to escape from his position as a subordinate but hasn’t succeeded. He has a weakness for women and alcohol. It is impossible to hate him because he is a glib joker.
Masuoka Toru as Ikeuchi Koji
Detective of Chukyo Police Precinct who worked his way up the ranks. He has an established reputation for his investigative ability but has a warped disposition. He speaks to Aya with sarcasm, behaves with feigned politeness and is also always at odds with her. He is a devoted husband and continues to want children, but that wish hasn’t been granted.
Kanie Keizo as Takahashi Junnosuke
Deputy Director of Kyoto district’s Criminal Investigations Division. Aya’s direct superior. He often reprimands the reckless Aya but recognises her ability as a public prosecutor and having known her since she was a newly appointed public prosecutor he understands her the best. He used to have the nickname “King of the Night” but his wife died and he seems to have been tamed after remarriage.
Arima Ineko as Tsurumaru Keiko
Tsurumaru Aya’s mother-in-law. In other words, the mother of Aya’s husband, Shotaro, who is in Tokyo. She usually lives in Tokyo and looks after Shotaro on behalf of the busy Aya. However she suddenly appears before Aya in Kyoto … She is the only person whom Aya is no match for.
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