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
Kaya Kiyohara as Koyume Minami
Riho Yoshioka as Kazue Hagninomo(died in ep. three)
Yurika Nakamura as Mari Ueno
Toshio Kakei as Taichiro Zaitsu
.... plus a few others who have or will get killed off....
Surprised and very glad the SKEvolution team finished subbing this series, had given up all hope and thought it was forgotten about. Forgetting is what happened to me as I viewed the first two episodes at the end of July and didn't recall too much of what happened. However read those two recaps I did way back when which jogged my memory but first watched episodes three and four and remembered what the show was about.
So won't be mentioning too much from the first two shows, you can read the above two posts for more info but think if you just read this and the next post you'll know close to everything. This is Jurina's first leading role in a drama and to me she's done a good job through the first four episodes. Then again don't most Idols do a solid job in horror dramas and films?
Her character's name is Yuka who is a university student. Her group of friends are dwindling quick as in the first two episodes three of them were killed. The mystery is were these deaths murders, accidents or were they possibly the work of a supernatural force? Yuka thinks the latter option is what's happening, naturally there's no one to believe her and especially at the police station.
There is one detective whose name is Wakamoto who believes her story which is that the deaths are the result of receiving Death Cash. Wakamoto was there at the end of the second episode where her friend Kawabe was killed by a javelin, not an official team but they're working together on the deaths.
Three friends down and a possible fourth one as Kazue has come into a small fortune or should we say death cash. Kazue is also a student but is very behind on her tuition plus her family, which consists of her mother and younger brother are extremely poor. She had been working part time as a waitress but was fired over an incident which she wasn't at fault for. Kazue had only 2,145 yen left in her bank account and withdrew 2,000 so she and her family could eat. But much to her surprise the ATM kept spitting out money for her but not yet in huge chunks.
Those huge chunks of cash started appearing soon though as every day the bank envelope she kept in her purse would be refilled with money. Kazue wasn't too smart with the cash though as she started spending it like there was no tomorrow, soon there would be none for her. She bought herself many expensive outfits, her mother some jewelry and lipstick plus the family started eating like royalty.
Yuka had no idea at the time what was going on in Kazue's life as she had stopped attending the university. But a big breakthrough came in the case as she recalled a camping trip her and her friends had taken the previous month. On the trip Ikumi(who died in episode one) had found a slightly burned 10,000 yen note in a tunnel. After their return home is when the deaths started and it always happened to the person who received that sudden windfall of death cash.
Yuka surmised that their deaths were the result of something they bought with the money such as Kawabe dying from a javelin he had purchased. After working out the reason for the deaths Yuka learned from another friend that Kazue was living it up all around town, where had she gotten the money? Of course Yuka knew the answer to that, now she was off to save Kazue from a certain death if it already wasn't too late.
It wasn't too late as Kazue was still alive and she had an evil plan for her mother. Her mother wasn't too old but with the abundance of cash Kazue now had she's about to send her off to a nursing home to live as she is a bit deranged. There was a mysterious incident which no one noticed as when Kazue was pushing her mother in her wheelchair the nuts and bolts to the brakes came off.
Yuka made it just in time or at least before the van came to take Kazue's mother away. They had a talk with Kazue breaking down about how she couldn't stand being poor any more. Yuka is somewhat well off, her mother is currently in Africa but has left her and Yuka's sister plenty of money. As they were talking the nuts and bolts incident comes into play as Kazue's mother starts rolling down a hill. The pair of gals go chasing after her to no avail and looks like she'll be run over by a train.
Out of nowhere Wakamoto jumps out to save the mother, appears the death cash this time was beaten. Only for a few seconds as Kazue picked up the lipstick her mother had dropped. As she was bending down the van to pick up her mother other appeared and ran over Kazue killing her instantly. There was nothing anyone could have done and now the death count is up to four with no end in sight. And with that death this episode came to it's conclusion.
This was really an excellent episode and the next one was just as superb. Enjoying this series so much may put the other two I'm watching on hold for a while as I can see finishing this up by the weekend. Seems most regular length dramas I only end up recapping about half of the series, these shorter length ones though I almost always recap every episode and will this one.
A show is 23 minutes long which leaves no time for filler and to date there has been none. Did a quick check but couldn't find out what the ratings were for this drama but will do a better search soon, however many times the ratings for after midnight shows aren't released. Many more screenshots here for you to enjoy and the next post contains the recap for the fourth show.