Air Dates: July 12 to September 6, 2016 Tuesdays at 10:00 pm on Fuji-TV, rating: 7.98%
This drama also goes by the name "On: Special Agent Hinako Todo"
Haru as Hinako Todo, rookie detective
Yu Yokoyama as Yasuhisa Shoji, senior detective
Atsuro Watabe as Iwao Atsuta, department's supervisor
Jun Kaname as Keiichiro Kurashima, detective
Kento Hayashi as Tamotsu Nakajima, doctor
Mieko Harada as Taeko Ishigami, medical examiner
Tsutomu Takahashi as Keizo Kataoka, detective
Saku Momose as Ryoshin Shimizu, detective
Ryo Sato as Maki Tsukioka, traffic officer
Shiji Saito as Takeshi Miki, investigator
Guest Star.... Nozomi Sasaki as Tsuya Sato
Guest Star.... Nozomi Sasaki as Tsuya Sato
Wrong on that thinking but would imagine most who watched the third episode also thought it wouldn't have wrapped up so quickly. Briefly, Hinako's team was after a villain dressed in a raincoat who had murdered four women and had cut off some of their body parts. Everyone thought it was a male criminal but thanks the deductions of Dr. Nakajima the culprit was now known to be a female though they didn't have a clue who it could be. Their previous suspect was named Nagayama but he too had been killed, now the murderer was up to five killings.
As we found out near the end of the previous episode Tsuya was the female murderer. She owned a tea/cleaning shop and had gotten to know Hinako a bit as her best friend had been stalked which had led the elite team to suspect Nagayama. Tsuya had tricked Hinako by offering a ride to the hospital to visit the young girl Haruka who had noticed the killer in the haunted house. If this all sounds confusing it's why I recommended reading the recap for episode three first.
Tsuya had put a sleeping drug in Hinako's tea, instead of the hospital she had brought her to the cellar of the tea shop. There was Sawa who had been abducted earlier in the day, Tsuya was planning on using her skin for her 'perfect female'. That 'perfect female' was on a mannequin as Tsuya was making a costume of perfect body parts, a costume she would somehow be wearing. That kind of didn't make too much sense, how could she possibly fit into something like that?
Hinako though was able to untie herself, she always carried a small knife with her. Usually it was in her purse but for some reason she had it in her pocket and it just may have saved her life. Then again it may not have come down to that as Hinako's partners were finally able to deduce who the culprit was. Also Kurashima had gone with her once to the tea shop so it was not much a problem finding out the area of it.
As Hinako and Tsuya were grappling in the floor her fellow detective Shoji along with Nakajima arrived on the scene and were able to prevent any major injuries. Hinako had been cut but it wasn't too serious though she still needed to spend the night at the hospital. For once Shoji was bale to contain his violence towards a criminal, perhaps because the murderer was a woman. Tsuya was arrested and confessed to all of the murders and she quietly slipped away from the episode but wondering if that's the last we'll see of her.
A lot happened in that first fifteen minutes, guess I should be glad it wrapped up somewhat quickly or this recap may have been the longest one on record. For the first time in this series there was a lull period and it lasted about ten minutes, it happened right after the arrest of Tsuya. Hinako spent the night in the hospital and when she awoke Nakajima was there, so far we're not sure what their relationship will turn out to be. Both are curious about the actions of others and don't seem to have much interest in romance but an untrue rumor went around Hinako's office that they were dating.
After that things got a bit more interesting and while not much happened in this episode it's set up some plots for the rest of the series. One is about the suicides in the first two episodes where three murderers killed themselves. All three had a brain tumor which wasn't discovered until their autopsy, the theory is that perhaps someone could be planting these tumors in people's brains. Sounds a bit far fetched and though there's never been any cases like this the medical examiner Ishigami thinks that it's a possibility.
She may not be wrong as it appears that it could be happening. We really haven't seen much of Dr. Hayasaka until the end of this episode, he owns the clinic where Nakajima works. He tells Nakajima that they're ready to move on to the next stage, Nakajima looks confused when he tells him that. That's what has been set up for the next few episodes and perhaps the rest of the series, what exactly is Hayasaka secretly doing to people's brains and is Nakajima involved? We also learned towards the end that all of the suicide victims were once patients at his clinic, now he's a prime suspect but it's still crazy to think someone could plant a tumor in a brain.
One other thing was that the suicides had all been videotaped, the police have already seen them. But they don't have the only copies as the videos were sent to a TV station which aired the three suicides. But on the telecast there was a video of a fourth suicide who the detectives didn't know about, the video was of a doctor in his office. Somehow they were able to track the location down but the team is at a loss what connections the doctor had with the suicides if he had any at all.
Like I mentioned all of these suicides are somehow related to the activities at the Hayasaka clinic, that doctor could have been involved with them. Also wonder if Tsuya has anything to do with the clinic or whether she was just a deranged person. Forgot to tell you but she at one time had been a model, not a hugely popular one but she had a stalker. The stalker had thrown acid on to her back leaving her entire back scarred and she was unable to continue as a model. Maybe it's my thinking but have a feeling so much of what has happened is a result of the activities at Hayasaka's clinic, could Nakajima also be involved?
In the final seconds as the credits were rolling looks like the team will have another murder to solve as we see a teen schoolgirl lying on her back dead. She has some candies in her mouth, the exact thing that had happened to Shoji's sister who was killed five years before.
Little slow in the middle but once again another fine watch. While I won't say it's confusing it's not always easy to follow, there's been a lot of things that you need to remember from the first three episodes. The series has set itself up nicely for the remaining five episodes as there's another murder to solve along with trying to figure out the details of the suicides and what part Hayasaka is playing in all of these murders.
Been watching five dramas and have been skipping around watching them, two episodes of this show, two of that show and so on. However really am enjoying this quite interesting and creepy series so think I'll watch the remaining shows before finishing off the other series. So there should be a few more recaps in the upcoming week, so far would highly recommend it.