Tuesdays, 9.00 – 9.54 p.m. from 12 July 2011
After the Hachioji case, there is a big personnel reshuffle within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and Sakuragi Izumi is transferred to the Special Criminal Investigations Office along with Nagashima Hideo. Shiraishi Shintaro is also in the same team. Izumi goes through training under Takigawa Shinjiro, an ace investigator, but she cannot keep up with him because she fumbles. At that same moment, Asakura Chikako, a representative of a citizens’ group, is on television criticising corporate scandals for the many cases of fatal accidents. The team is instructed to investigate 13 people who have died in these fatal accidents in six months. Takigawa suspects corporate blackmail. There are eyewitness statements from several families of the deceased that the victims had spoken to a suspicious man before the accidents. Analysis of security camera footage determines this man was the same person and his sphere of daily existence. He is soon discovered, but they continue tailing him in order to confirm his identity. While doing so, a purse snatching incident occurs near the man. Izumi attempts to arrest the criminal, but Takigawa tells her not to move, which makes her unhappy … … The man turns out to be a lawyer called Iino Masaya. When the team learns that he is cohabiting with a lady, Fujii Kaori, Izumi is ordered to conceal her identity and establish contact with Kaori.
Ueto Aya as Sakuragi Izumi
A police sergeant with the Special Criminal Investigations Office – Special Criminal Investigations Unit. She has a strong sense of justice and has doubts about something, she cannot let it go if she does not investigate. Because she is slow in her work, she is called “tortise” by her fellow detectives.
Kiritani Kenta as Takigawa Shinjiro
A central figure in the Special Criminal Investigations Office who unites the team and implements operations. He is always calm and collected, and eyes that can command those around him. Because he is Sakuragi Izumi’s mentor, he feels aggravated that she does not act according to his wishes.
Yamaguchi Sayaka as Takamine Ryoko
A senior detective with Special Criminal Investigations Office – Investigation Assisted Analysis Unit’s Information Analysis Section. An expert at criminal profiling, she excels in reading a criminal’s behavioural psychology. She is always concerned about Sakuragi Izumi and keeps an eye on her.
Maruyama Tomomi as Fukazawa Yuki
The head of the First Investigative Division’s Eight Section of the Murder Investigations Division. He has a brilliant mind and a high IQ, and has advanced in his career faster than other non-career officers. He is a cynic who says offensive things and has a glib tongue that can find weak points in the logic of others and talk a person down. He gives wide berth to Takigawa Shinjiro.
Nakahara Takeo as Shiraishi Shintaro
A police sergeant with the Special Criminal Investigations Office – Special Criminal Investigations Unit. He is a detective who feels frustrated with the investigation methods which differ from the past, but has worked his way up by steadily gathering information. A broad-minded man who is able to listen to the opinions of many people.
Sugimoto Tetta as Kurata Ko
The head of the Special Criminal Investigations Office – Investigation Assisted Analysis Unit’s Information Analysis Section. An anomaly who switched over from a forensics examiner to be a detective. He has been taught to use hi-tech equipment and the computer, but he is struggling because he has difficulty remembering.
Kitaoji Kinya as Nagashima Hideo
The head of the First Investigative Division’s Special Criminal Investigations Office. He is a non-career officer and is a skilled detective who has become a living legend. He is popular and respected by his juniors and colleagues. He values Sakuragi Izumi for her simple honesty and persistent efforts, and watches over her.
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Is Ueto Aya a good actress? I haven’t seen any of her dramas (not even Kou Kou Kyoushi, though I’ll have to get to it soon), so I’m just wondering if she’s decent.