Numazaki Kyota is a TV director leading a group into the deep forest one day to search for people who have commited suicide. That’s pretty creepy if you ask me. But he’s doing a documentary I think. He stumbled into a female body and was wondering if she had commited suicide.
At the hospital, we’re introduced to Dr Seiichiro Hino who has a dialysis patient. The patient’s daughter asked him to perform surgery on her and donate her kidney for her mother but Hino adamantly refused. One day, two patients came in the emergency ward and both were found to have similar surgery scars for organ transplants. After some questioning, the patients confessed to having been involved in some organ trading.
Numazaki has a dark past. He once covered a stalker case and the article he wrote led to the death of the victim girl. He had since been burdened by the guilt and left him building up a wall around him.
His ex-girlfriend who also works in the same company still tries to advice him every now and then.
They revealed that Dr Hino is involved.
I didn’t expect Hino to be quickly exposed already as the prime suspect but I think this is done on purpose to perhaps, let us think, he is involved. Well, we know he IS involved in some ways or another, but there might be something larger behind all this façade. I won’t be surprised if some big shot politician or figure is behind, they always do that with crimes like this…hmmm reminds me of Ouroboros.
Numazaki and Shiori met at the forest where the woman was found. Numazaki asked why Shiori didn’t think twice and ordered an autopsy immediately. Shiori told him he suspected it was probably murder and not suicide because of the shoes. Both of them have the same thought and most likely will work together to pursue the truth behind this in the next episode.
I think the pacing of the first episode is quite fast with a number of things already revealed. Firstly, we have Numazaki’s troubled past. It may have spawned the easily agitated and aloof character he is bearing now but mostly, it makes him more attentive to cases like these. He has no need to investigate further but bearing the guilt from the mistakes he had done before that cost a life, it may have pushed him to save innocent lives now.
Secondly, we have Hino as the suspect and he has been rather tight-lipped when questioned by police. I hope the secret behind this won’t be dull. 4 more episodes to go. The background music especially the one with oriental elements is nice and it complements the sorrowful atmosphere of this show.I also quite like the colours, slightly dark but they kept it vibrant. Sometimes, I’m really tired of the dull blue-ish ones you see on most of the dramas. Here, they use tints and that’s nice. Well, I guess WOWOW dramas in general have slightly higher budget in terms of production perhaps. Some shots really look like they can easily be a movie instead of a drama.