The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, an NHK drama. The four episodes were broadcast between February 22 and March 15, 2017. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve intriguing murder cases.
In fact, Hitomi is not a detective but an accountant whose job is to check the receipts sent by police officers to the administration in order to make sure the taxpayers’ money is properly used. Smart and Inquiring to the point of being nosy, she often ‘borrows’ the small black notebook on which Togawa writes down the details of his investigations. Hitomi knows all the tricks of the trade because her own father (who abandoned her when she was a teen) was a conman.
Funny situations and dialogues, making faces, wacky attitudes, Hitomi is definitely not your average ‘detective’ and it’s as if Nana Komatsu was given the green light to use her sense of humour and playful side to the max in order to impersonate a truly offbeat character.
Episode 3 surely is the most intriguing chapter of the series. The pair has to investigate missing persons cases in a hotel which is just as mysterious. Eerie!
Series of screencaps plus the full episode (low res – 640×480)