Ishi no Mayu ep2 [review and recap]

***I’m not sure if everybody likes to read a wall of text so I decided to separate this post into 2 parts – a summarized review (with spoilers of course because that’s inevitable) and a more lengthy detailed recap of the episode. This way, you can avoid having to go through long winding recap and opt to read the shorter review instead.

(it turned out longer than I had aimed for)

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Personally, I thought the show already had a promising start but I sure didn’t expect everything else to escalate this much in episode 2. It got my heart pounding like shit especially during the hospital scene. That was friggin intense I thought I was watching a horror movie instead of a cop show (except for some Toko’s scenes coz she was all scared and shit that it felt a bit funny). They stepped up the pacing in this episode. Toremi is getting more and more uncontrollable. He’s hungry for revenge and he means it. He’s toying with the cops who are beginning to feel even greater pressure from all the taunting. He’s always a step, if not, two steps ahead of them which obviously puts a strain on the police’s spirit.

If I were to pick a favorite highlight from this episode, it’d most definitely be the abandoned hospital scene. Seriously, I have to applaud the director because he managed to deliver such an unsettling and horror-ish vibe with a very fitting background music (the BGM so far really helps to intensify the disturbing ambience). I have to give it to Aoki Munetaka in this ep. He was really awesome in that particular hospital scene. So friggin cool and kakkoi!

Toko on the other hand had such a timid feminine side of hers that I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kimura Fumino actually scream like that in any of her roles (at least from what I’ve seen). She really resembled a frightened little kitten following her brother around in the hospital. I’m surprised she didn’t accidentally fire a shot when she was startled several times. Like are you sure you want her to hold a live firearm in that condition? No wonder she mentioned it’s her ‘girliest’ character up to date. Who else wanted to stifle a laughter whenever Toko carelessly kicked stuffs on the floor or gasped and cowered in fear behind Takano? It’s like making you sit on your edge but her rookie actions made you wanna laugh at the same time. She’s timid, scared for her life and though I wanted to sort of feel sorry for her having to go through such horrific events as a rookie cop, I ended up laughing at some point.
The second victim. I actually pity this guy more than the first victim. At least, the first victim was just assaulted facially and then suffocated with mortar. This 2nd victim suffered even more. Now we know what he used the sledge hammer we saw in first episode for. Kudos to WOWOW’s makeup artists making it look so ghastly. At least it’s not half-assed like other dramas, they went all out with this. The moment Takano found him, followed by Toko’s scream, I knew this was going to be hard to swallow and it sure was. If I didn’t notice wrongly, I think Toremi crushed his legs and left his face fed to wild mice and on top of that, trapped him immobile with mortar. HE WAS STILL ALIVE (BARELY) WHEN THEY FOUND HIM. The part where Takano was trying to break the mortar apart and asked him to hang on…ugh…just sad. As for Toko, I like the part where she nearly wanted to smash that phone Toremi left behind to the ground out of frustration before Takano stopped her. That brief burst of anger was what I had been waiting for!

Overall, this was a very satisfying episode. A significant step up from the already promising pilot. The development was also pacing well. We got a glimpse of Toko’s father’s past unsolved case too. Looks like Toremi was already preparing his 3rd victim at the end. He’s unstoppable and from the trailer for next episode, sounds like Toko is finally stepping up and gaining more confidence to confront Toremi. Again, I really wanna say how much I LOVE the background music. It’s TOP NOTCH in this particular episode. Seriously, if they ever release the OST, I don’t mind paying for it. IT IS THAT GOOD.



After the message was left by Toremi last night, they had a meeting the next morning. The Head of Division 1 was giving them all a scolding as they let Toremi approached them and humiliated them to this extent. Tension is rising and they’re feeling the heat. From a clue left by Toremi in the picture, the victim’s identity is now known – Izawa Yoshikuni.

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In the middle of the meeting, Toremi called again. He asked for Kisaragi. For some reason, he is fond of using Kisaragi now as a negotiator. From the way Kisaragi talked to him here, we’re beginning to see a bit more confidence from her.

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Again, in order to delay the conversation, she reasoned why Toremi chose to deliver them pictures of the evidence (to identify the victim) instead of just leaving that particular evidence at the crime scene. First reason being that evidence might have been contaminated with something that will give away Toremi’s identity for example fingerprints or blood type. Secondly, to delay the time. Toremi took the opportunity to fill in the missing parts as the police was still trying to identity the victim. But Toko couldn’t figure out what those missing parts were.

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Toremi’s a smart criminal. Even though the police found his whereabouts (phone signal tracing) and began heading over, Toremi hung up and left. THOUGH SERIOUSLY WHY DIDN’T ANY OF THE COPS STOP HIM? HE WAS WEARING ALL BLACK, HE LOOKED SUSPICIOUS AS HELL. He left another hint saying there will be a second victim.

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The first victim’s family came and they found that he had a history of bad drinking habit. He’d get into fights with people but had since turned over a new leaf. Well, too late I guess.

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At the first victim’s recycle shop, they found a letter containing a polaroid picture of what seemed to be human bones. The letter accompanying it seemed to have been written by Toremi to lure Izawa out as he seemed to know what the picture means. They started questioning around the neighborhood and from witness accounts, there was a white van-like vehicle in front of the shop.
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That night they had dinner at the same diner as they discussed about the case. The owner of the shop asked Toko about her watch as it looked like something a parent would wear (huge and all). So she explained she’s wearing it as an amulet and that it’s convenient as it can glow in the dark.

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Kadowaki theorized that Izawa was involved in some kind of incident in the past, most likely murder. Then Toremi might be related to the victims’ and took revenge. They think the human bones in the picture might belong to the person Izawa killed in the past.

Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_13.10_[2015.08.26_16.16.58]Why Shinbashi? They still have no idea. They’re trying to look around Izawa’s related people as they believe that might be the second target. However Takano said he had a feeling that Toremi himself will reveal the 2nd victim himself.

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Did she think Toremi would appear at the station lol…

Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_15.13_[2015.08.26_16.19.33]That night, Toko sent a mail to her mother.

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This is the first time I saw someone sleep in this posture, one hand at the back XDD

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The next morning,Toko was told to prepare for Toremi’s call again. If he does call and ask for her again, they’ll move to another room instead of the meeting place. Though I didn’t think the location really matters I’m glad either way to see a different scene I guess.

Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_16.49_[2015.08.26_16.21.10] During the meeting, Toremi called again. As usual, he asked for Kisaragi.

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He knew about Kisaragi being a Sergeant and her father was a cop.

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Toko asked about the 2nd victim but Toremi demanded a promise from her before revealing the location of the victim. He wants the police to announce in a press conference that both Izawa and the next victim were both murderers.

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After Toremi pushed them, Toko had no choice but to agree. Toremi didn’t pinpoint a direct hint on the location but instead let them hear whispers of the next victim asking for help. Halfway though, he hung up. Toremi you’re such an ***hole.

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So the police were left with no choice but to scramble all over the place. Based on the tracking signal, they pinpointed several locations.

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Takano and Toko arrived at an abandoned hospital. This is the climax of the episode. The entire sequence was gripping (except some of Toko’s scenes).

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The facial expression Toko gave when she saw Takano pulled out his gun was evident enough that she’s still very much a rookie cop, probably never had to pull out her gun before. So they moved in slowly and cautiously.

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Takano was leading and Toko followed behind closely. Toko was making careless mistakes like kicking things clumsily on the ground that caused unnecessary noise and cowering in fear several times.

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Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_27.05_[2015.08.26_16.30.15]After some time, they finally found the victim. Legs crushed, body encased in mortar, face and neck bitten by mice. I really felt like laughing when Toko screamed the second time (sorry but it was funny) when she got terrified of mice running around the place that Takano had to shout at her to calm down.

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Weak knees…weak knees

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As Takano squat down to see the victim’s face (I like the part where he tried to shoo away the mice) then suddenly, the victim gasped for air. He was still alive. Takano asked Toko to get the ambulance.

Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_28.34_[2015.08.26_16.32.41] By then the other normal cops arrived and Toko asked them to get support. Takano shouted for Toko to grab something and helped him break the mortar. Suddenly, Toko heard something vibrating. Like a phone.

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She found a mobile phone. It was Toremi. He asked whether the victim is still alive or not. He taunted again that he’s someone who should die.

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Toko shouted at him that he’s not human to which Toremi laughed it off and said “Maybe”. He continued that “There are things in this world that can never be forgiven.” Toko replied by saying “I’ll never forgive you!” With that he hung up.

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Out of frustration, Toko almost smashed the phone down to the ground before Takano stopped her. Yes, show more angst Toko! You need to step up your game and not let Toremi devour you!
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The victim didn’t make it. At the hospital, Takano talked a bit with Hayase. He wondered if this case is a bit too much for Toko to handle seeing how she reacted at the hospital. He was afraid that she might make some irreversible mistake down the line. Hayase then said “Then guide her so she won’t make any mistake.”

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Besides Takano, I really like Hayase in this too. There’s something about his character that seemed so umm…fatherly-like perhaps?

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Later Toko questioned why Toremi knew she would answer the phone at the hospital. So they went back to the hospital and suspected Toremi was monitoring from a roof on top. They found a piece of polaroid and some kind of paper.

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Back at the station, they found the 2nd victim’s identity and realized he was a witness to a kidnapping case 17 years ago. A pair of mother and child were kidnapped. It turned out that Chief Kamiya was working on that case and his partner was Toko’s father. The case didn’t end well.

Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_43.13_[2015.08.26_16.38.17]See that Hayao Miyazaki look-alike???

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During the day when the kidnappers were supposed to meet up with the kidnapped victim’s father, Kamiya and Toko’s father decided to check the restaurant from which that father came out from before leaving in haste.

Ishi no Mayu ep02 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_42.41_[2015.08.26_16.37.52]That was when Toko’s father got stabbed.

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The case remained unsolved and although they found the son, alive, they still had no idea what happened to the mother of the child until today.

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Later that night, Toremi was seen entering a house and held someone hostage. Probably his third victim already.

A bit of discussion:
So we know Toko’s father didn’t actually die 17 years ago when he was stabbed. That’s because Toko told Toremi on the phone earlier that her father died 10 years ago. So what exactly did he die of later…that’s one thing bugging me.


Looks like Toko will gain more confidence as she vowed to catch Toremi no matter what it takes. Just an extra information. This drama is based on a novel by Asami Kazushi and it’s the first series out of 4. Toko has been described to have child-like image and as a rookie cop, she’s being mentored by Takano. So basically, the first series, this drama, will eventually show Toko’s character development and growth as a person and a cop after having to deal with this case.

At this point, I’m actually crossing my fingers for another WOWOW production of this series in the future. I really love the vibe and direction they’re heading for here.

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