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Friday, May 26, 2017

Keyakizaka46: "Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshita ka?" drama episode eight recap

 Air Dates: July 16 to October 1, 2016 on TV Tokyo, Saturdays at 12:20 am
 Theme song: "Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai" by Keyakizaka46


 The Adults....

Kyusaku Shimada as Tokuyama, their dead homeroom teacher
Noriko Eguchi as Kanzaki, asst. homeroom teacher
Ryo Iwamatsu as the Principal
Hiroki Konno as the janitor Hashibe
Kazuyuki Aijima as teacher Takemura

 Up until the sixth recap had listed about ten of the members in the above info but now will list all of the Keya members who are in the drama. These are screenshots from the opening credits and in the order the cast is listed, words at the bottom are the drama's theme song. Title of the song is above, it's from the group's second single and it really is one superb tune.

 The semi cliffhanger from the previous episode was Yurina revealing to Yuuka that she had found the list so many people have been looking for. There are many names on the list though only one name from the gals homeroom who is their class rep Yuuka. Next to her name was the amount of 20 million yen and there were also monetary amounts next to all of the names.

 Yuuka refuses to talk to Yurina about the list, the mystery of it takes up most of this episode. In the sixth show we met an unnamed security guard who is another person looking for the list. However he's not a real guard and was unable to find the list, shortly after that incident is when Yurina found it in a novel Tokuyama was carrying around.
 In the hallway he meets the twin Tokuyama who is Daishiro. The guard thinks he's the Tokuyama who has the list and starts to pummel Daishiro badly until he gives him the list. Daishiro knows about the list but not what it means and the guard refuses to listen to him. Yurina had been hidden away with Yuuka, to save Daishiro she appears and says she has the list. Yurina proceeds to hand it over but it's a fake list she had ripped out of a school alumni book but the fake guard was satisfied and ended up leaving.

 The other girls start to trickle back to the classroom where the mystery of the list begins to get known more. It appears to be a list of back door admissions which means the students on the list didn't take entrance exams but were admitted through a bribery system run by the principal. Yuuka was the only classmate with her name in the list, she's been the most respected student in class as she's so smart and the class representative.
 Not so respected now as her fellow Keya mates really start to rip into her. Now she's a prime suspect in the killing of Tokuyama and it really hurt many of the students who studied to get into the private school. This grilling went on for a while, Yuuka had some supporters but very few. Eventually she ended up alone in the room with the principal, he wanted the list back but Yuuka refused. He had also told her that Tokuyama had been threatening about the list, that's probably true but don't think he was going to blackmail the principal.

 Risa's snide comments and just her overall sly tactics are really a highlight of the show for me. A suspicious person to the students has been their assistant homeroom teacher Kanzaki. Don't think she's had a hand in the stabbing of Tokuyama but she is hiding a secret that even us viewers don't know about yet. However she did do a very nice thing for Yuuka which was to show her the results of the entrance exams all of the class had taken.
 Yuuka had passed the exams with flying colors so then does that mean the list is full of names the principal is blackmailing? Certainly appears so but the girls have lost that bit of evidence as the principal was able to get the list back though they didn't seem too upset about it. But the key part is that Yuuka is now back in everyone's good graces for now though she's still upset about the whole ordeal, actually she's found out who her true friends are.
 Before he took the list the principal had offered Tokuyama's twin brother an envelope full of money for the list, the brother refused the cash. That's when the principal took the list from Yuuka and ran away but we learn at the end he's not the mastermind behind the blackmail plot.

 Last recap mentioned even more mysteries abound and they do as Yurina thinks that everyone in the school had nothing to do with Tokuyama's murder. It would have been logical to think that the principal killed him to get the list back but as we've seen that wasn't the case. Getting near the end of this episode and Tokuyama's brother has just received a text message from him. It said he had traveled to Awaji Island and was sorry to have missed him.
 With that message the brother takes his leave and is heading back home, unsure if we'll be seeing him again. Also we haven't seen Tokuyama's wife who we met in the third episode, lot of characters have come and gone. The cliffhanger that ended this show involved the principal and the school's janitor Hashibe. Hashibe is berating the principal for losing the list, would have never thought of it but the janitor could be the mastermind behind the blackmailing list and we'll be learning much more about that in the next show as this one came to it's conclusion.

 One other point(s) is that there's still a camera in the room which hasn't been discovered. The gals had found one that Tokuyama had hidden in the AC unit but the real killer is still watching the students every move which has enabled him to stay one step in front of them.
 Will have to say this has been one interesting show, had no expectations coming in but to date would have to recommend this series. Also will say that most dramas starring Idols that I've viewed have been quite good. One reason is that these shows air later at night and those dramas are usually so much better whether Idols are in them or not. Four more episodes to go and hope the quality remains as high as it's been, will be back with the next two recaps in the middle of next week.

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