The Black Chapter

Thrill ! The Black Chapter (黒の章) and The Red Chapter (赤の章) was an NHK drama broadcast in February and March 2017. Both ‘chapters’ are parallel stories with detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as a central protagonist and two other characters who often interfere: Shinnosuke Shirai the lawyer (Koji Yamamoto) and Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) an accountant who works for the general affairs department of the Police.

Whereas The Black Chapter deals with the adventures of both Togawa and Shinnosuke with Hitomi in the background, The Red Chapter focuses on Togawa and Hitomi. Each chapter has 4 episodes with a runtime of approximately 48′ per episode.

Togawa: he is a determined detective, quick to act and he won’t back down when beating up criminals becomes necessary. Lawyer Shinnosuke often gets in the way and proves to be a hindrance more often than not. On the contrary, Hitomi is a helper and without her Togawa wouldn’t be able to solve difficult and sometimes mysterious cases.

Hitomi: she is not a detective, her job is to check if the members of the police, whatever their position, make proper use of public money. She’d love to be one though and she definitely could: smart and nosy she’s fast thinking and knows how criminals act and play to fool people as her own father was a conman.

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The Red Chapter 04

The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, an NHK drama which was broadcast in February and March 2017. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve difficult murder cases.

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, 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 the series is a must watch for those who want to see Nana Komatsu dealing with comedy, impersonating a truly offbeat character.

In this final episode of The Red Chapter the team has to deal with a group of terrorists. As usual Hitomi found all the answers but then she was captured by the baddies, will Togawa have the brains and the guts to come and rescue her?

Below is a series of screencaps plus the full episode (SD version – 640×480)


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The Red Chapter 03

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!

Below is a series of screencaps plus the full episode (SD version – 640×480)


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The Red Chapter 02

The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, a drama produced by NHK. The four episodes were broadcast in winter 2015 between February 22 and March 15. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve difficult and intriguing murder cases.

Hitomi is not a detective, though she truly wishes to become one. She is a clerk in the general affairs section of the Metropolitan Police and her job is to check the receipts sent by agents while in mission to make sure the taxpayers’ money is properly used. She often ‘borrows’ the small black notebook on which Togawa writes down the details of his investigations. Smart Hitomi thinks fast and she knows all the tricks used by criminals because her own father, who abandoned her when she was a teen, was a mighty conman.  

Below you will get galleries of quality video captures and a low res* subbed version of episode two in which Hitomi puts herself at risk. (*640×480)


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The Red Chapter 01

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.

Hitomi is not a detective, she is a clerk in the general affairs section of the police. Her job is to check the receipts sent by agents. She makes sure the taxpayers’ money is properly used. Inquiring to the point of being nosy, she often ‘borrows’ the small black notebook on which Togawa writes down the details of his investigations. Smart Hitomi thinks fast and she knows all the tricks of the trade because her own father, who abandoned her when she was a teen, was a thief and a mighty conman.  

Though a film like Maniac Hero and a few scenes from Kurosaki Kun are testimonies of her talent for comedy The Red Chapter offers much much more. Funny situations and dialogues, making faces, wacky attitudes, Hitomi, on top of being smart and inquiring , is definitely not your average ‘detective’. 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.

It is just a drama but her perf makes one think she could do wonders in a full fledged comedy. Highly recommended and a must-watch for her fans. Below you will get galleries of quality video captures and a low res* subbed version of episode one. *352×288


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