Start Date: July 13, 2016.... aired Wednesday nights at 24:10 on TBS
Jurina Matsui as Yuka Minami
Shigeyuki Totsugi as Takeshi Wakamoto
Rina Kawaei as Erina Hayashi(died in ep. four)
Kaya Kiyohara as Koyume Minami
Riho Yoshioka as Kazue Hagninomo(died in ep. three)
Shono Hayama as Gen Haitani(died in ep. five)
Shono Hayama as Gen Haitani(died in ep. five)
Yurika Nakamura as Mari Ueno
Toshio Kakei as Taichiro Zaitsu
.... plus many others who have or will get killed off after one episode....
Zero death cash killings in the previous episode and none this time around.... that is until the final minute. That sixth episode ended off with two mini cliffhangers, let's get to the first one which dealt with Yuka's younger sister Koyume. Off the beaten track for a second but she's played by Kaya Kiyohara who I had never heard of. She could truly be the twin sister of Nana Owada from AKB, at times I can't believe it's not Nana and thought perhaps she had used an alias for this series. Don't have any pics now but will post some in the final two recaps for this drama for a comparison.
That's a screenshot of Koyume at the top. At the conclusion of the sixth episode Koyume had found some notes in their almost empty money jar and thought Yuka had left it there. That wasn't the case but is hasn't been established either if it was death cash. On her way to the store Koyume was almost run over by a car, she manged to avoid getting hurt but injured her arm and is at the hospital. Those mysterious notes were brought only this one tome, were they really death cash?
When Yuka heard the news she naturally thought the worst and rushed off to the hospital, luckily the injury isn't serious but for some reason they won't release Koyume and more about that coming up. Meanwhile Yuka's ally at the police station is in some very deep hot water. That's detective Wakamoto who had been the only one to believe Yuka's story about the death cash and has been working with her to find out about the curse.
Wakamoto's main suspect in the curse is the professor of the killed students who is Zaitsu. Wakamoto had broken into his apartment and has found a link to Zaitsu and the killings but what kind of link he couldn't figure out. For his action though he was suspended from the case by Iori who is his new supervisor. The second minor cliffhanger involved Zaitsu and one of the remaining students who is still alive, Mari. Yuka had noticed them together at the end of the previous episode but what was the reason for it, could they possibly be having an affair?
Probably not too surprising the pair are having having an affair as that kind of relationship seems to happen quite often in dramas. The two had met up at Mari's father's funeral which happened about a year prior to the current events and since then they've been a pair. Mari seems to be very level headed and isn't as interested in money as her friends so it was shocking to see her fall so easily for him.
But unknown to her it's mainly one sided as Mari is part of Zaitsu's experiment on the death cash curse. He tricks her into thinking he has a heart disease and needs an operation quickly to continue living. His problem is he needs 10 million yen for the operation, why doesn't a college professor have access to that kind of money or insurance? Mari tries many ways to raise the money and even came close to appearing in an adult film but was somehow stopped by her estranged mother.
Mari pleads with her mother to lend her the money but to no avail as she laughs in her face. In most cases the options at this point would be zero except there's death cash. That's what Mari was banking on and it worked as she was alone in her apartment when the mats began to tremble. When they stopped Mari peered under them and you guessed it, 10 million yen was there! Everyone thinks there's a way out to avoid the death cash curse and Mari thought she had a plan too. If she gives the money to Zaitsu for his operation she wouldn't be the one spending it so she should be safe.
Mari quickly gathers the money and heads off to Zaitsu's place with the great news. On her way she runs into Yuka who has a knack for appearing out of nowhere. Yuka pleads with Mari not to go to Zaitsu's apartment but her pleading fell upon deaf ears as Mari pushed Yuka away and was able to hop into a cab before Yuka could stop her.
Zaitsu didn't appear to be too surprised that Mari was able to get the money, after all he tricked he into thinking he needed an operation. This investigating Zaitsu is doing on death cash is for his thesis, one thing he was able to deduce from all of the killings was that you didn't need to spend the cash to be cursed. Just being associated with the money was enough, even though Mari didn't spend any of it just the fact that she received it was enough to curse her.
But she did spend the cash in a non obvious way as she spent it on her love for Zaitsu. Mari took out a pen to have Zaitsu write something in her notebook but right at that moment the curse went into action. The pen cover had fallen to the floor which started a strange chain reaction of things falling. Those objects fell onto Zaitsu, as he stumbled down he fell into Mari and by accident the pen he was holding stabbed her in the throat. Out of the seven students who had gone onto the camping trip with Zaitsu Yuka is now the only one still alive.
Zaitsu is an evil man but in his defense the killing was an accident though he was the reason the Mari had obtained the death cash. Doesn't happen until the start of the next episode but Zaitsu is arrested for the killing but they can't pin any of the other previous deaths on him or at least not yet.
Not many left in the cast now, shame Mari is now gone as I really liked her but you knew it was coming sooner or later. While the killings have decreased the suspense and intrigue have really increased which doesn't let up through the next episode. The recap for that is in the following post and here's many more screenshots for you to enjoy. Not as much Jurina in this episode but that was okay as Yurika who played Mari is a real looker to me.