Air Dates: July 21st to September 30th on TV Tokyo, Saturdays at 12:52 am
Akari Hayami as Saori Nikkaido
Nijiro Murakami as Riku Tsuneta
Tetsusho Tanaka as Satoru Sayama
The cast list is correct as there's just three characters though there are a few guest stars for each show. Some of this horror drama is actually true such as where it's filmed. TV Tokyo moved their main offices in 2016 and this drama is filmed where their offices used to be which was in Toranomon, they're now in Roppogni. Don't know if the office building looks that abandoned but it does give a creepy atmosphere. Also the site locations are real as the cast traveled to spots where real cursed stories may have happened.
Kind of a so-so episode compared to the first four shows though the ending was fairly decent. In the next recap we do learn the name of an older show but up until now all have remained unnamed. Today's pick out the overflowing boxes of VHS tapes from TV-Tokyo's older shows had to deal with the curse of a samurai soldier from centuries ago and it had been caught on video.
In the older show a reporter had gone to an inn to interview an Idol, it took place 25 years ago. But before the interview could begin there was a commotion in a hallway and when the cameraman went to investigate he saw an old soldier who quickly disappeared. But also caught on video was a man stumbling out of a doorway completely covered in blood. The video went blank then so could the soldier have killed the reporter and cameraman?
That's what Riku was wondering and for once he wants to be in charge of investigating a possible curse. Up until now it's always been Saori and just once she wants to catch a real curse on film, to her that could be the stepping stone to having her own TV show. She's kind of skeptical about the curse Riku has found but after some nudging by the supervisor Sayama she agrees to accompany him.
The pair travel to the old inn where the original footage was taped, it's now been sold and going under renovation. Saori used the inn's renovation to their advantage as she lied to the new owner saying she was doing a TV special on old inns and the two were invited to stay. One of the helpers is an older man named Todoroki and in the very bad quality video from 25 years ago Riku had recognized him from it, he had been warning everyone to flee from the soldier.
Todoroki told the whole story of the samurai soldier to Riku, the soldier's name from centuries ago was Tsudzuranuki and that's a name you will definitely not see often. The soldier who was actually a general had lost a battle and in it most of his army. He was able to escape to a nearby village with his servants and Tsudzuranuki thought they were safe there. That wasn't the case as the villagers quickly turned on him and his staff murdering them all. With his last dying breath Tsudzuranuki mumbled to his killers 'You'll regret it' and they did as every day after a villager was mysteriously killed.
But a legend developed that if the suit of armor Tsudzuranuki was wearing was kept clean and safe then no more deaths would occur. That's what happened so over the centuries there's been a caretaker for it and in present time it's now Todoroki, that was the whole myth he explained to Riku. He left the older man to grab his camera and to bring Saori with him but in Riku's absence only trouble started.
The new boss who we never learned her name came in right after Riku's exit and had some orders for Todoroki. The main one was to dispose of the armor, it was an eyesight to her and the talk about it's legend would scare potential visitors away. Todoroki knew the curse was 100% true but his pleas to keep it fell upon deaf ears, he soon brought it to the forest to destroy it.
While he was traveling there Riku showed up with Saori and were unable to find Todoroki until they heard him scream. That scream was the final noise from Todoroki's mouth but then again we wonder if it was. Todoroki had left the armor deep into the woods, as he was departing there was a sound behind him. Turning around Todoroki saw the suit was now worn by Tsudzuranuki who quickly made mincemeat of Todoroki.
Bottom screenshot shows the pair's supervisor who is Sayama, he's been very mysterious up until now and so far we haven't learned much about him. He does have some secrets about TV-Tokyo and other various things which may not come out until the second half of the series. The new owner of the inn had no idea about Todoroki's death, she was back at the inn preparing a meal for Riku and Saori when there was a noise behind her.
It was the ghost(?) of Tsudzuranuki who now made her his second victim. Saori and Riku had been waiting for the owner who never showed up, as they were going to check on her the lights in the inn suddenly went out. The pair went through the halls seeing what the problem was but they didn't run into anyone, that's understandable as the other two were both dead. It was pitch dark but Riku had his camcorder with them and they duo continued on their hunt for the owner or Todoroki.
No one was to be found but on the camcorder Riku caught that bottom image, it was of the ghost Tsudzuranuki! But not so fast, when the soldier was about to attack the two out of nowhere came Sayama who stuck a talisman on the back of the figure. Whatever was in the suit wasn't dead, when the trio looked at the face of the soldier it wasn't Tsudzuranuki but instead.... Todoroki!?!? They were confused and so was I to an extent.
Perhaps when the soldier killed Todoroki it took over his body as to move around, but then again if that happened how was Tsudzuranuki kill Todoroki in the first place? The other scenario that came to mind was that perhaps the soldier had transformed his face to pass as Todoroki. What really took place at the inn was never explained as the next scene was of Sayama and Riku at a pub. Riku kept looking at the video he had taken, to him there's no doubt the image he caught on tape was of the soldier Tsudzuranuki and with that the 23 minute episode ended.
Kind of a confusing ending but it was still a solid way to end the show off though it didn't quite make up for the sluggish beginning. Check out the next post for the recap for the sixth episode and it may have been the best show to date.