Yo ni mo Kimyou na Monogatari ~ 20th Anniversary Special . Fall ~ Ninki Sakka Kyouenhen
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 4 October 2010
Cast: Eguchi Yosuke, Ono Satoshi, Hirosue Ryoko, Tamaki Hiroshi, Horikita Maki
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 22 October 2010
Cast: Tanihara Shosuke, Matsushita Nao, Katsurayama Shingo, Ito Yuko, Suzuki Ryohei, Miyaji Mao, Yazawa Shin, Nakamaru Shinsho, Yamaguchi Miyako, Kurobe Susumu, Masu Takeshi, Tokoshima Yoshiko
Synopsis: ‘Tantei Club’ is a members-only investigative bureau for the political circle and VIPs. Its leader, Nikaido Takumi (Tanihara Shosuke), a cool fop who masks his feelings and executes his assignments with indifference, even has the ability to force the prime minister to step down. Urushibara Kozue (Matsushita Nao), a post-graduate law student with a photographic memory moonlights as the assistant of this secret organisation because she is in debt. Nikaido wastes no time in bringing Kozue to a mansion in the countryside. A party is being held to celebrate the birthday of Masaki Technology’s president, Masaki Tojiro (Kurobe Susumu). Nikaido had reported to the estate to take care of a matter which Tojiro had asked, but another incident occurs without his knowing. Tojiro, who should have returned to his room, had disappeared from the locked room in the midst of the lavish party. Everyone in the Masaki family is disturbed … The deputy president, Masaki Takaaki (Masu Takeshi) and Tojiro’s secretary, Narita Shinichi (Katsurayama Shingo) believe it is better not to report it to the police. On the other hand, Tojiro’s eldest son, Tomohiro (Suzuki Ryohei), insists that it is better to do so. While the opinion is divided, Tojiro’s eldest daughter, Ryoko (Tokoshima Yoshiko), who is the only one who has been informed by her father of the existence of the ‘Tantei Club’, reveals that she had made confidential inquiries about Nikaido. Nikaido and Kozue begin their investigation. He proceeds with the investigation dispassionately without saying more than he should while Kozue helps him by using her powers of memory. The two of them find clues through a methodical search and shed light on the mystery of the locked room. However, they get entangled in the self-interests surrounding Masaki Technology …
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 13 November 2010
Cast: Takeuchi Yuko, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Takeda Tetsuya, Kiritani Kenta, Ukaji Takashi, Hayashi Kento, Namase Katsuhisa, Takashima Masahiro, Endo Kenichi, Watanabe Ikkei, Kuninaka Ryoko, Tsugawa Masahiko, Tanimura Mitsuki
Synopsis: Assistant Inspector Himekawa Reiko (Takeuchi Yuko), 29, is the only female section chief in the Tenth Homicide Section of the Metropolitan Police’s First Investigative Division. After graduating from a woman’s university, Reiko rose up the ranks with unusual speed despite being a non-career police officer. She is finds herself subjected to the harassment and jealousy of older colleagues and subordinates, but she has distinguished herself in this male-dominated world by solving difficult cases. The dead body of a man who was brutally murdered, is found wrapped in a plastic sheet in a thick growth of plants near a reservoir. Reiko recognises that this will not be an isolated murder. What is the significance of the mysterious words ‘strawberry night’ that emerge in the investigation? What is the true status of ‘strawberry night’ which appears and disappears on the internet?
Kyuukei no Kouya
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 26 – 27 November 2010
Cast: Tamura Masakazu, Eguchi Yosuke, Ikuta Toma, Higa Manami, Kohinata Fumiyo, Hagiwara Masato, Kimura Tae, Aijima Kazuyuki, Julie Dreyfus, Fubuki Jun, Ibu Masato, Nagashima Toshiyuki, Sano Shiro, Kusakari Masao
Synopsis: In 1945, Nogami Kenichitaro (Tamura Masakazu), a first secretary, is at a neutral country’s foreign mission which had announced his death from tuberculosis in a Swiss hospital just before the end of the war. In fact, Nogami is playing an active role behind the scenes in order to save Japan from destruction. He has abandoned his beloved wife and his nationality to live a solitary life in hiding … Then, a section of the visitors’ book from a Nara temple, which had been burglarised, is discovered near the body of a man who was strangled to death. Suzuki Jiro (Eguchi Yosuke), a former soldier and now an assistant inspector with the Metropolitan Police, and detective Soeda Shoichi (Ikuta Toma) of Setagaya precinct investigate the names that had been written in the visitors’ book, and grow suspicious about one name which bears the same handwriting as Nogami Kumiko’s (Higa Manami) father, Nogami Kenichitaro …
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 17 December 2010
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Yamamoto Koji, Ukaji Takashi, Okunuki Kaoru, Tanaka Kotaro, Uehara Misa, Kokubu Sachiko, Nishio Mari, Isaka Tatsuya, Dan Jiro, Hino Shohei, Kitaro, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Dojima Akari (Nakama Yukie), an illustrator, is the third daughter of Chairman Dojima, the head of a Tokyo construction company. During her childhood, she had an accident which left her crippled and forced her to spend her life in a motorised wheelchair. The sudden suicide of Akari’s father sets off a chain of events. Members of the Dojima family and their servants are killed one after another and an investigation begins. After that, the body of their driver (Kitaro), who had hung himself, is found in the garage … It is concluded that he had committed suicide over his remorse for the series of murders, but the ingenious tricks and the painful motives of the unexpected criminal gradually becomes clear in the process.
Sayonara, Robinson Crusoe
Date: From 12.10 a.m., 30 December 2010
Cast: Tanaka Kei, Renbutsu Misako, Ayano Go, Kikuchi Rinko
Synopsis: Keisuke (Tanaka Kei) works as a garbage collector. In spite of his meager salary, he gives his girlfriend, Miya (Renbutsu Misako), 150,000 yen every month. Miya has a vulnerable mind and a tendency to slit her wrists. She is in debt because she cannot last in her jobs. On the other hand, Hana (Kikuchi Rinko), a nurse, continues to lend money to Nariyuki (Ayano Go), a struggling member of a music band, every time. The actions of Keisuke and Hana, who simply give unconditional love time after time is something that other people will never understand. What are the destinies that await them?
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Looking forward to these specials. Thank you for posting about them.