Just when I thought this drama couldn’t get any darker, I get a complete surprise with just the opening scenes!! Not only are the stories dark but now I have some serious questions about our lead, Todo Hinako!! (For cast and synopsis information see Episode 1)
What better way to start an episode than with dead bodies!! Frozen corpse were found in a vacant lot by the police as an unknown person runs away. From the results of the autopsy, both men were brothers and were frozen after their murders. In addition, Taeko (Mieko Harada), discusses the inmate Otomo (Takahiro Miura) who seems to have committed suicide in jail the other day at the Tokyo Detention House.
Before long, Atsuta (Watabe Watanabe) and the other detectives visit the old shop as well as the residence of the victims who owned the refrigeration equipment. The store has been closed for around three months ago and is located in Monukenokara. Hinako and Shoji are headed to the scene. There is no indication that anymore has lived in the house for awhile to include the father and three children. The detectives find a large freezer in the backyard and when they opened the door, they find an old man and woman sitting in front of a table set, frozen in their spots. The bodies that were found turn out to be the father,Kozo Sosen (Yukijirō Hotaru) and his eldest daughter, Yumi (Mariko Akama). From the autopsy, there are traces of old abuse to the body of the children and the father has been dead now for two years and was placed in the freezer.
Hinako receives an e-mail from Nakajima profiling this incident. She shares this information with Shoji who examines it and reads about the Sosen family. This gives them insight into who might be the culprit as they both deduce that it had to be a relative. However, while they search the house, Shoji is attacked with stun gun by an unknown man and when the same man appeared in front of Hinako, he claims to be Kenji (Shôtarô Mamiya). It turns out that Kenji was never accepted by the family and Hinako ad Shoji first decided that he was the child of an affair. Kenji confesses to Hinako that he placed the body of his father, Kozo in freezer after his father promised him with his dying breath that if he kept the family together he would accept him as his son. It seems that Kenji was never added to the family register and his one desire was to be recognized and to live with the whole family he loved. As he is speaking, Hinako remembers back to the conversation she had with Taeko on the autopsy report on Yumi. It was revealed that there existed an old Caesarean section scar but there was no indication that Yumi had a child. It was at that moment that she realized that Kenji was Yumi’s son but also the father’s, Kozo Sosen.
As there was no birth registration and Kenji was also rejected by Yumi as an abomination, his ideal family became frozen in death. Once the bodies had been discovered, Kenji decided to start a new family and actually asks Hinako to be his bride. This is minutes before throwing cold water on her and picking up a tank of liquid nitrogen. Hinako actually stands there and goads Kenji on as she reaches into her pocketbook once again. This time, we actually get to see that she was about to pull a knife out but Shoji rushes in and once again beats up a suspect and calls Atsuta to inform him that he has done it again. As he calls, Hinako becomes aware that there is a big scar on the arm of Shoji. According to Atsuta, five years ago, Shoji’s sister was killed by a pervert and when he chased the criminal alone, he was slashed.
After a few days, Hinako visits Nakajima in order to say thank you about the e-mail he sent. Nakajima notices that Hinako is acting strange and smiling and wonders about that. Nakajima comes right out and asks her, “Why you are holding so much of interest about the murderer,” and her response is very strange, “because I want to know myself”. When the camera pans down, we see that once again in the hands of Hinako is knife she was gripping.
Okay, are you weirded out as much as I am right now? At least now we have a better understanding of Shoji who I still am not crazy about, by the way. His continued attitude towards Hinako is very short and continues to be a little nasty; however, nothing prepares you to the fact that what Hinako has is an even darker secret that we haven’t seen yet. Whatever the secret is, it definitely has something to do with her mother. As far as we know, her father died when she was young but am I the only one who is starting to wonder about that father? Was he a convicted killer? Maybe he was murdered himself? Whatever it is, the truth of what is behind Hinako and her weirdness, we still have that to come.
One thing that is coming out in this drama is Nakajima’s attraction to Hinako. With their recent conversation, he is seeing her dark side and he will be the one to bring it out and maybe in the next couple of episodes all will be revealed. I’m sure it will but I still hold that there is something strange with Nakajima; if not him than it has to be his mentor and the head psychologist at the hospital treatment center he works at.
Now, my final words have to be on this case. Talk about a twisted story!! Even though Kenji basically killed his whole family, there has to be a modicum of sympathy for this man-child that never had a chance in life. Born of incest is about the worse situation in life you can imagine; not being accepted or recognized by the family has to be the second worse. I wonder whose idea it was to let this young man know the circumstances of his birth? I think the story of his life could have been way better to never know. What do you think?