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Monday, November 28, 2016

Jurina Matsui: "Death Cash" drama episode nine recap and screenshots

 Start Date: July 13, 2016.... aired Wednesday nights at 24:10 on TBS

Main Cast:

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)
Yurika Nakamura as Mari Ueno(died in ep. seven)
Toshio Kakei as Taichiro Zaitsu(died in ep. eight)
.... plus many others who were killed after one or so episodes....

 Down to the final two recaps, going to miss viewing it as it turned out to be one of the better shows for 2016 though the competition wasn't too tough. Every other episode seemed to end off with two cliffhangers and the eighth show was no different, lets get to the first one which was about Professor Zaitsu getting shot and now detective Wakamoto is on the run being the suspect in the murder.

 But besides being on the run Wakamoto is still looking for clues about the death cash curse. We now know there were two villagers that weren't killed when the curse was unleashed, one has been found but the key to the mystery is the still missing person who is presumed dead. The other survivor has informed Wakamoto that the name of the person was Kodera but according to the village of Egibura's death records Kodera died many years ago.
 To Wakamoto the death was a sham and he was out to find out about the other survivor who holds the key to the curse. Eventually a few clues fall into Wakamoto's lap and he was able to deduce who the survivor was, his trusted ally from the station who also had been an officer in Egibura. That officer's name is Takayama, few of these details may be unknown to you and if so then have them all in the previous recaps if you haven't read them.
 Wakamoto does track down Takayama but perhaps he was wishing he didn't as a trap had been set for him and now Wakamoto was tied up as Takayama's prisoner. Takayama explained a bit of the curse, the reason he wasn't killed by it was because he hadn't spent any of the death cash left behind by his former wife Natsuko. She and her two small children had died of starvation, however Takayama had still loved her but was powerless to do anything about her death.

 Cliffhanger #2 naturally involved Yuka who is the only survivor from the camping trip that took place a few months prior and when the death cash was found. Her sister Koyume has a rare disease and the only way for her to live is with an operation and a special drug from America. However all that was going to cost money, 10 million yen to be exact and Yuka didn't have that kind of money.
 That's when death cash always makes an appearance, it somehow knows when a person is in dire need of money and shows up out of the blue. Through the entire show there was no way Yuka would spend the cash if it was delivered to her but she didn't need ten million yen like she does now. You don't need to say a chant or do some magic spell, the cash just suddenly appears in front of you.
 That's what happened in the final scene as Yuka was in Koyume's empty room when the bed started shaking. That went on for a while but suddenly stopped, there was no surprise to Yuka or us what was under the covers. As she stripped them back the bed was loaded with ten thousand yen notes, just enough for her sister's operation. Of course spending it would mean an inescapable death for Yuka but she had no choice and delivered the money to a bank.

 That was the end of Yuka for the show and as a matter of fact that was the final scene. One other note which is that we finally found out some details about the death of Wakamoto's sister. That had taken place ten years ago as she was held hostage by a bank robber whose robbery had gone wrong. He demanded a ransom but Wakamoto wouldn't hear of it and went out to save his sister.
 Wakamoto did find his sister and the criminal but at that moment knowing he wouldn't get the ransom money the robber shot his sister dead. There was nothing Wakamoto could have done and in his fury shot the robber, it's been a personal curse that's hung over him since.
 Seems like a short recap but there weren't too many scenes, mainly the few that were described. Quite a few questions were answered though such as what happened to the second survivor and about the death of Wakamoto's sister. She did resemble Yuka which to many seemed why he's so gung-ho about protecting her. One more episode to go and the next post has the recap for the finale.

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