Kumokiri Nizaemon Season 1


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Fridays, 8.00 – 8.45 p.m., 4 October 2013

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During the Kyoho period in the reign of Tokugawa Yoshimune, there is a gang of thieves active not just in Edo but also the Tokaido and the Nakasendo, and all across the Kansai region, stealing large sums of money with skillful techniques. They only target the very wealthy and never kill or injure people. They appear with the clouds and disappear like the mist. On the night that the beautiful Ochiyo is to become the bride of a fabric merchant, a large amount of money hidden inside the shop is stolen. The gang disappears without injuring anyone. It was a two-year plan to marry Ochiyo off so that she could bring them in. The leader of this gang is Kumokiri Nizaemon, the greatest bandit of all time. He keeps a rein on his highly-skilled and notorious followers Nanabake no Ochiyo, Kinezumi no Kichigoro, Subashiri no Kumagoro, Ingakozo Rokunosuke and others. The shogunate, which has been given a hard time by Nizaemon on many occasions, appoints Abe Shikibu to be the new chief of the Hitsuke Tozoku Aratamekata, the public security force. Shikibu’s mission is to eradicate the Kumokiri gang and this is the start of a fierce battle of will and pride between Nizaemon and Shikibu. The Hitsuke Tozoku Aratamekata keeps posing a threat to the Kumokiri. The moment the Kumokiri gang set their sights on a wealthy Owari merchant, Shikibu stands in the way. As the Hitsuke Tozoku Aratamekata close in, how will the Kumokiri carry out the theft?

Nakai Kiichi as Kumokiri Nizaemon
The leader of the Kumokiri gang of thieves that observe the rules of “do not kill, do not violate, do not steal from the poor”. They are like the mist with no traces of them. Because they steal with brilliant techniques, they are known as an extraordinary gang.

Uchiyama Rina as Nanabake no Ochiyo
She has been working under Kumokiri Nizaemon ever since she lost her home in a fire at a young age and was picked up. She adores him. She can transform herself into anyone from nobility to daughter of a merchant, and has made a name for being good at infiltrating targets, passing along information and bringing in the gang for heists.

Ibu Masato as Kinezumi no Kichigoro
Kumokiri Nizaemon’s most trusted right-hand man. He is called “small head” by their followers. A competent, calm and collected person. He takes command of the team that executes the thefts under orders from Nizaemon.

Kunimura Jun as Abe Shikibu
The chief of the Hitsuke Tozoku Aratamekata, the public security force which cracks down on felony such as arson and theft. He is passionate about arresting the entire Kumokiri gang to the extent of giving up his personal fortune, and has gained the trust of his subordinates.

Emoto Tasuku as Ingakozo Rokunosuke
He was picked up by Kumokiri Nizaemon just at the point in his childhood when he was alone in the world. Although he is skilled in stealing, he is soft-hearted because of his youth.

Tezuka Toru as Subashiri no Kumagoro
He was given the nickname “striped mullet” because of his speed. His actions are inexplicably quick.

Endo Kumiko as Omon
She works under Kumokiri Nizaemon together with her biological father Jihei.

Kyono Kotomi as Okyo
A former pickpocket and spy for the Hitsuke Tozoku Aratamekata. She becomes a pawn for the constables of the Hitsuke Tozoku Aratamekata.

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