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Saturday, February 17, 2024

"Abunai Deka" drama: Episode 41 of 51(!!!!) recap(season five, episode six)


 Air Dates: October 5, 1986 until September 27,1987 on NTV, Sunday nights at 9:00 pm
Director: Toru Murakawa, this episode's rating was 21.8%
Subs were once again done by GEO9875, this was one huge project to do so will give a huge thumbs up for doing the subs and hope the recaps gives the series it's proper justice. 

Main Cast:  The first two get the most screen time by far but the other four main characters are also very key to this drama. The setting is the Minato Police Station in the Naka ward of Yokohama and the station is part of the Kanagawa prefectural police. If you enjoy J-Pop songs then this show has some superb tunes, most know I'm a fan but do prefer the music from the 80's. Plus there's no beating the hairdos of women from that era! This series also goes by the name of....

 Hiroshi Tachi as Toshiki Takayama.... You'll see him referred to as Taka often in the screenshots. He's about a 35 year old man who is an investigator of serious crimes and the gangsters go out of their way to avoid him! Takayama has a bit of a 'cool persona' about him and is an ace with guns, he's the partner of Oshita but seems they didn't start working closely together until the first episode. While both are aces with guns their methods also get them in hot water with their superiors but the pair usually come out on top at the end as far as solving cases go.

Kyohei Shibata as Yuji Oshita.... About the same age as Takayama but looks younger. During the first episode Oshita blurted out he's got a bit of a shady past and it surprised many he became a sergeant. He knows how to pick a lock and some other methods criminals use, sure we'll find out more as time goes on. Like his new partner Takayama he is quite adept using all guns, unlike his partner Oshita isn't much of a 'people person' as Takayama is the one who often interviews witnesses, criminals or others. 

Atsuko Asana as Kaoru Mayama.... Member of the Juvenile Division which shares the same office as the Investigative Unit which Takayama and Oshita are a part of. Karou has gone out to crime scenes with the detectives but they never let her get in on the real action. However she is a tough woman who used to be a regular officer and knows how to use a gun well. Beginning with the fourth season she became goofier than ever which has been annoying.

Toru Nakamura as Toru Machida.... Not a rookie but hasn't been an inspector for all that long. Machida is the best fighter in the unit and also the women swoon over him but he does have a girlfriend which he said in the first show.... that may have been a lie.

Shizuo Chujo as Takuzo Kondo.... Chief of the Investigation Unit, smart man but seems to be more concerned on what he'll be having for lunch! But at one time Kondo was feared by the Yokohama gangsters and has been on the force for thirty years. Five years ago before coming chief Kondo had killed a Yakuza thug which is one reason he's so feared.

  In the third season the roles of Yoshi and Tanaka have become much larger, will add them in for season four. In the two screenshots below Yoshi is on the left, Tanaka is right next to him.


Previous recaps: There's 51 episodes but they were divided into six seasons, there was no break between them. Season one was episode one to nine, second season was ten through eighteen and this third ran from the nineteenth until the 26th episode. Season four has been completed which is episodes 27 through 35. So now were down to the last two seasons which each have eight episodes.

Episode 23 .... Episode 24 .... Episode 25 .... Episode 26 .... Episode 27 .... Episode 28

Episode 29 .... Episode 30 .... Episode 31 .... Episode 32 .... Episode 33 .... Episode 34

 Think that 21.8% rating for this episode is the highest to date though it does get topped a few more times. Been kind of strange how the ratings go up and down, the odd number shows get very high ratings while the even numbered ones get much lower and why would that be? After today there's two more episodes to go in season five, there's eight in the sixth and final season which I hope to complete by mid-March as there's a bunch of other dramas I want to dig into. Bit of a slowish start to this show(actually it wasn't) but the pace did pick up, not too much action until the end though the intensity was way up there and think this is the first show that dealt with a Bomber.

The opening scene were those first two screenshots above, Takayama was busting a woman named Reiko Hayami for a bank robbery. She wasn't the robber but had a man named Watanabe do the dirty work for her, seems Reiko has such a spell over men who will do anything for her! That robbery netted ten million yen which is a lot but should have been higher for a bank robbery, Watanabe was caught and squealed on Reiko as he thought she ratted him out which was never proven to be true or false. On the way back to the Minato station a call came in to the car Takayama was in, driving was his sometimes partner Yoshi. There was a warning about a mysterious van near Yamashita Park, could they check it out? Which the pair did and in the back of the van were two tied up plus beaten electricians, both were alive and quickly transported to the hospital. When Takayama called the station the young investigator Machida answered and said some odd things, to Takayama something is not right at the Minato precinct and he's on his way! Yoshi can take care of Reiko and at the hospital Takayama had run into the Juvenile Unit investigator Kaoru who was visiting a friend, he said join him as something could be brewing at the station!

 This episode aired on July 19, 1987 so being the middle of Summer it was sweltering! What made it worse is that the AC at the Minato station was on the fritz, a call had been placed to fix it but here it is about 9:00 pm and no one had shown up. And guess who those two electricians that were beaten and left in the back of their van? Of course the repairmen though no one at the station knew about it and to the station chief Kondo's surprise arriving so late at night were the two repairmen and I did have a huge question about that. How did these two men know the van was going to the Minato station, they had no clue about their AC being down! These men were a pair of thugs who were looking for a bomber(!) named Maejima, an hour or so before he had been brought to the station. That was courtesy of Machida who had broken up with his girlfriend and was looking to blow off some steam. He was with Oshita and the two saw Maejima beating some man up on the street, the pair dragged him to the Minato station though at the time none knew who Maejima was. Immediately these two fake repairmen pulled their pistols out and held Kondo's secretary Hitomi as a hostage, bring us Maejima they demanded or she'll soon be history! The entire staff was marched down to the holding cell and locked in, all save for Oshita who was bushed and sleeping in the 'Nap Room'.

 Thought this episode began off a bit slow but was wrong thinking that as so much did take place. So while no one knew who Maejima was or even if he was at the station there was one investigator who did. That was Tanaka for when this commotion began he had been in the interrogation room trying to interview Maejima with no success. Tanaka overheard what the pair of thugs were doing and knew the whole reason for invading the Minato station was to find and kill Maejima, now that he knew who he was interviewing what can this wimpy investigator do? Tanaka quickly switched clothes with Maejima, when the thugs discovered the room they thought Tanaka was the culprit in a case! These goons had never met Maejima so didn't know what he looked like, he was impersonating as Tanaka and that easily fooled the goons. The name of the two thugs are Suzuki, who is in the sixth screenshot above, his partner is Ono. Both had been hired by the man on the left in the screenshot above that one, his name is Hattori and owns a bar, with him is his underling Matsumoto. Suzuki had called Hattori telling him of the difficulties they were having finding Maejima, Suzuki was told to take a hostage and if the police didn't hand Maejima over in an hour then shoot the hostage to death!

 Already as a hostage was Kondo's secretary Hitomi, Suzuki told the Minato staff who were locked in a cell he would kill her in an hour if they couldn't deliver Maejima! The time at this moment is 2:30 am, Hitomi will be killed an hour later if there's no Maejima but there's an even more pressing matter. So much did happen may leave a few minor things out by. Yoshi had returned to the Minato precinct with Reiko after the station had been taken over. Yoshi was dragged to the holding cell and when the thugs had put everyone in there were four suspects there. They were released with three fleeing the station, the fourth was a man named Watanabe and it was the same one who had robbed a bank for Reiko! He was shocked to see Yoshi drag her in however she was able to escape but was nabbed outside the station by Takayama, for now Watanabae will stay to help out Suzuki. The real Maejima had also been put in the same cell as the other investigators as he was thought to be part of their team. He confessed the entire plan to everyone there and Hattori wants to see him killed so he wouldn't squeal to the cops! At 4:20 am that morning a delivery will be made Kanagawa Bank's Minato branch, it will be a delivery of 500 million yen! Maejima is an ace bomber and had installed a bomb to go off in the room below that vault at 4:30 am, that's when Hattori and his crew will sweep in and take the dough!

 Up until now the two main characters Takayama and Oshita hadn't been seen that much but of course they will be the heroes at the end! Takayama was outside the Minato station with Kaoru and the recaptured Reiko. Also there was Oshita as Takayama had secretly entered the building via the 'Nap Room' window and found his partner snoozing. There was also a hidden room in the back of the station the thugs weren't aware of, Takayama, Oshita and Kaoru had been going in and out of it to observe the action. They knew the goons couldn't be jumped or else Hitomi would be a goner so needed a full proof plan, they didn't come up with one but in the end things still worked out. Meanwhile it's getting close to 3:30 am and Maejima still hasn't been found, Suzuki dragged Hitomi down to the cell and told the chief Kondo she has only a few minutes to live! If you ask me too much attention was placed on killing Maejima by the ringleader Hattori and his henchmen, at this time they should have been concentrating more about the 500 million yen bank heist. 

 Of course Takayama and Oshita knew Hitomi only had a few minutes to live, they had no ingenious plan to save her so raided the station. Which did work as the Suzuki, Ono and Watanabe were caught by surprise. Watanabe was quickly captured and that's Kaoru holding a gun to his head above. In the screenshot below that is Ono who had fled to the station's roof, he was gunned down easily by Oshita. But Ono did live and may not have if it wasn't for Oshita as Hattori had told Suzuki to shoot him dead once Maejima was found. Fleeing to a different section of the roof was Suzuki who had Takayama on his tail and it's a losing battle when you're in a shoot out with Takayama! Who shot the pistol out of Suzuki's hand and with no alternatives was going to jump down three stories. Takayama knew he wouldn't survive but why take the chance so shot Suzuki in the leg for the third time(!), he was too disabled to move so is that the end of the case? Not by a long shot as Maejima's bomb was set to go off in thirty minutes and he said no one but him could disable it plus Hattori and his aide Matsumoto would be there to take the dough, it's off to the bank with no time to spare!!!!

 Maejima would always give his bombs a female name, this one he dubbed Marilyn. When the trio of Takayama, Oshita and Maejima reached the back it was 4:22 am, the money had already been delivered and the bomb would be exploding in eight minutes! But before the bomb could be worked on Maejima had been handcuffed to a pipe, that's so Takayama and Oshita were free to look for the arriving Hattori. Who surprised the investigators and with his partner Matsumoto held them at gun point while marching them up the stairs and out of the building, that way they wouldn't be blown to smithereens! However Takayama noticed a fire extinguisher in the stairwell, grabbed and fired it at the pair of crooks blinding them, he left Oshita to cuff them and dashed back to Maejima. By now there was only three minutes to go until the bomb went off, time went so slow as every second seemed to last for ten. 

 The bomb was on an overhead pipe in a room below the main bank vault, very carefully Takayama was able to unscrew it from it's spot and hand it down to Maejima. Oshita by this time had joined his partner and watched as Maejima went to work, there was less than thirty seconds to go until it exploded! Of course being a TV drama the bomb was disabled with only one second to spare, whew!!!! So that ended this case and back at the Minato station all were blaming Oshita and Machida for this almost fatal incident, if they didn't arrest Maejima none of this would have happened. Which is true but then again if Maejima wasn't arrested Hattori would have pulled off a huge bank heist. So ends this recap and it was such a struggle writing up the pair today as I am a bit burnt out from dramas but the pace should pick up for the final ten episodes. Plenty more screenshots below of the action, should have the next pair of recaps within the week.

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