This week’s episode:
Of guilt trip down memory lane and a dark, dark past
This week we slowed down the pacing in order to allow our protagonist, Kisaragi Toko come to terms with her father’s past and eventually regain some self-confidence. It is a very much needed episode to show us Toko’s character growth. We all know she’s been a timid rookie cop in the first two episodes, especially ep2 during the abandoned hospital scene. Combine that with the revelation of her father’s action being the indirect cause of the 17 year old case’s failure, that spawned the ongoing case, we now have a very conflicted and guilt-ridden Toko.
The episode focused almost entirely on her and I’ve nothing to complain about it because this has to happen at some point. She can’t be a timid rookie forever right? Well if anything, I’d love to see more of the other 1st Division members. They appeared lesser than previous episodes. However, we got to see a lot of Takano-Toko interaction so that’s fine with me because I love their chemistry. In fact, the chemistry between these two is immensely addictive and I think my fondness towards this pair has just increased by 10-fold after this episode.
Toko spent about 2/3 of the episode being depressed and absent-minded. She felt responsible on behalf of her father over the case, knowing how much Masato had suffered and his mother’s whereabout still unknown to this very day. In some ways, she’s sympathizing what has become of Masato/Toremi. This could also be seen in the phone call when she actually voiced out her concern for Toremi that continuing this crime would do nothing but more harm towards himself.
Besides Toko’s slump, another highlight of the episode was none other than Takano-Toko scenes. Takano’s cold and abrupt pissed-off-mode was really something lol Aoki Munetaka totally nailed it. Toko received a lecture from him and there was a brief silent period between the two as Takano continued investigating on his own and Toko was like an abandoned child.
To give the final push, Chief Kamiya also played an important role here. He gave Toko a pep talk and from there, we found out Takano once had a rookie partner too like Toko but ended up dead. So now we know why Takano acted the way he had. Toko finally made up her mind when she told Takano with more conviction that she will definitely catch Toremi.
Despite the slower paced and non-climax episode, we still see a crucial development of the case itself. We’re now almost certain Toremi is indeed Masato and he’s taking revenge on the people who destroyed his life. However, the police is still having a hard time locating him.
Any favorite scenes?
- Toko’s dream. That was real slick!
- The flashback of the kidnapping. Disturbing indeed and WOWOW never fails to deliver in that sense.
- The entire sequence of Takano abruptly leaving the station, lecturing Toko and their argument.
- Chief Kamiya’s pep talk scene. Very warm and ‘fatherly’.
- Takano and Toko make up scene. I seriously love this part so much, you can see how much it means for both of them, Toko especially. Takano was just being tsundere haha
Our protagonist, Toko experienced mixed feelings about her father whom she had looked up to since she was a child. 17 years ago, because of curiosity, her father opted to check the restaurant and accidentally stumbled into one of the kidnappers. Hence the entire case collapsed as the kidnappers were enraged that police was involved. In the end, they couldn’t save the hostages as planned and though the kid, Masato was found days later, the mother was still missing, whose fate remained unknown.
Toko felt guilty for what her father did and despite Chief Kamiya telling her not to think too much about it and that it wasn’t her father’s fault, it didn’t make her feel any better.
It got even worse after she read the case file and recounted the events that unfolded. We were shown glimpses of flashbacks, another very good directing from WOWOW.
It really set the mood as we sympathize with the horrendous event little Masato had to go through.
Rushed to the meeting room and everybody was giving cold glances.
The members of 1st division were cranky about how it was because of her father that this case happened now and such.
Everything seemed slightly off and it’s foretelling that it’s most probably a nightmare Toko was having but it was still funny to watch everyone acting weird. Notice that policewoman whose eyes were literally locked at Birukawa? LOL
To finish the final blow, Takano went up to her and said
“Isn’t it better for you to just quit?”
THE RETURN OF THE TOMATO JUICE!!!
That sequence was kinda slick to be honest, I really didn’t see it coming at first because everything looked so normal when she woke up, until they started saying harsh things to her, I realized it must be a dream because there was no way her own mates would do that. She then decided to take off her father’s watch and not wear it.
The members of 1st Division were very supportive, they took her out for breakfast, a change of scenery as they recounted the case. Toko is like the baby of 1st Division. She’s the youngest and only girl so I guess everyone treats her like a little sister and even though they sometimes tease her, they’re still protective towards her.
It was revealed that Yaginuma Takaaki committed suicide 11 years ago and left a suicide note. Back at the station, Toremi once again called.
This time he asked whether the police would fulfill their promise of announcing to the press that both Izawa and Abe were murderers. Toko lied that they needed more time. The night before, Hayase already told her that they were not going to go through with it because they had not found enough evidence.
As this point, the police were pretty sure that Toremi was probably Masato already. This was in line with the novel because the readers mentioned that the identity was revealed halfway through.
But to catch Toremi is another matter because Masato’s whereabout is unknown at present. Toremi told them his plan was going to continue as planned, there will be a 3rd victim. It is not over. Initially the cops thought Abe and Izawa were the only ones involved, after Toremi’s hint, it was clear that his revenge was still going to continue.
There was a part where Toko asked Toremi to stop already as committing more murders will only make things worse for himself. Toremi snapped back “Don’t act like you know what I’d been through.”
Toko felt even more guilty after that.
Seeing that it had come to this, they decided to investigate the kidnap case further. Takano and Toko went to Masato’s former high school.
Seeing Toko being absent-minded, Takano was slightly annoyed already. He asked her to conduct the questioning at Masato’s aunt’s house.
After that they went to Masato’s relative who he had stayed with before moving to Tokyo. The aunt didn’t have his contact number or even knew where exactly he is now. However, 3 months ago he did come back once.
Takano and Toko gathered some of his stuffs in the room and analyzed them. Two items were of interest: a notebook and a tape. It seemed that Masato had written in the notebook that he would kill those who did this to him and the mother and there were 3 people.
As for the tape, it was a brief recording of Takaaki saying how he felt miserable and that he would end up like Wakako too, then it stopped abruptly. Takano asked Toko’s opinion about who and when this tape was recorded. Toko guessed it should be Takaaki himself and when he was drunk before committing suicide. Takano then asked why did he do it, Toko replied “I don’t know.”
“When you were listening, didn’t you feel anything?” Takano asked.
‘I did. I thought ‘it must have been painful’. How do I say it… I felt loneliness.”
Takano then got up abruptly and left. He told Toko to go back on her own with the car while he returned with train.
He said she was being absent-minded and not really investigating properly. She only saw and listened to things she wanted to without really analyzing the matter at hand. He continued she was letting emotion got to her and affecting her judgment.
Toko said it was because of her father’s mistake that this happened now but Takano snapped back, “Mistake? No, it wasn’t a mistake. How was that a mistake? If it were me, I’d do the same thing. Your father was acting according to a cop’s instincts.”
So Toko had to ride the bus. I think this is a good wake up call for her. A very much needed one. Takano was right anyway.
So back at the crime lab, the tape was being analyzed. They suspected the tape’s content was being tampered with. The last line especially, when Takaaki said “Me too, eventually like Wakako…” foreshadowing his suicide, was edited. So someone wanted to make it look like Takaaki committed suicide.
Another important clue was found. The bandaid paper Takano found on the rooftop at the abandoned hospital carried fingerprint that matched the notebook found at Masato’s room. So now they were convinced Toremi was Masato.
LOL this scene. Birukawa was teasing her when Chief Kamiya called for her.
“Did you do something again?”
Then Toko got sort of angry and shoved the documents at him and stormed off without a word HAHA poor BIrukawa.
A little fatherly-prep talk and a revelation about Takano’s past. 2 years ago, he also had a partner who’s a rookie just like Toko. One day, his rookie acted on his own and got himself killed. Ah…so that’s why Takano was harsh towards Toko.
He then asked Toko the same question Takano asked her on the first episode.
“Do you have any pride as a cop?”
“I respect my father and I think there is pride in this job as police.”
“Then, do you have the resolution as a cop?”
I really like the sequence after this when they showed the members of 1st Division working on the case. Especially Kadowaki’s scene when he slapped his own face as he looked at the board filled with the case’s information. It really showed that one has to be fully prepared in this job, hence the resolution or preparedness for anything.
LOVE THIS SCENE
The background music and the camera following her down the stairs to the front door.
She wore the watch again ^^
Takano went back to Shizuoka station to investigate the old case file. Toko appeared and joined him.
Yeah, the MAKE UP scene.
“I think Yaginuma Takaaki’s suicide is suspicious too.” – Toko
“I see.” – Takano
Takano why u so tsundere!
“I will definitely catch Toremi.”
“Of course.” – Takano
The officer there told Toko he knew her father. He was under his care 17 years ago when he was a rookie. He explained how her father in his own way managed to calm him down while they were on a stakeout.
LOL at her face when he said that.
They went to the place Takaaki fell to his death. There were wall dirt on his clothes and they reasoned if Takaaki was just jumping down on his own, he wouldn’t have those dirt on his clothes. So he must have been pushed by force.
Well, I hope it’s not some lame CG. WOWOW better get a professional to do it properly instead of a half-assed one we’ve seen so many times.