19 May 2013

スペシャリスト Specialist

Title: スペシャリスト Supesharisuto (Specialist)
English Title: Specialist (The Specialist)
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2013
Episode: 01
  • 草彅剛 Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
  • 南果歩 Minami Kaho
  • 芦名星 Ashina Sei
  • 平岡祐太 Hiraoka Yuta
  • 佐戸井けん太 Satoi Kenta
  • 中丸新将 Nakamaru Shinso
  • 大杉漣 Osugi Ren
  • 江波杏子 Enami Kyoko
  • 宮武美桜 Miyatake Mio
  • 斎藤工 Saito Takumi
  • 徳井優 Tokui Yū
  • 紺野まひる Konno Mahiru
  • 春田純一 Haruta Junichi
  • 伊藤洋三郎 Ito Yozaburo

Takuma Yoshito was accused of attempted murder, and he was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. He is known as Prisoner #244 while in prison, and he studied other prisoners extensively while inside. He became an excellent criminal profiler, who is called a specialist in Japan.

Ten years into serving his sentence, the victim of the crime he didn't commit has regained consciousness and he declared that Yoshito is innocent. Yoshito is then released from prison and he became a free man.

Yoshito used to work in the Public Relations department of the Kyoto Prefectural Police before his arrest. The higher-ups are worried that Yoshito is a ticking time bomb for being a victim of miscarried justice, and they gave him a job to keep an eye on him.

Yoshito is part of the newly established Special Investigation Task Force. The team is composed of chief clerk Inokuma Sachio who was from the Forensics department, Anekoji Chinami who was from the First Investigation division, Matsubara Yuiko who was from Second Investigation division, and Horikawa Kohei who was from the Security department.

They work on a case where the police initially speculated that the victim committed suicide, but further investigation concluded that the victim was murdered.

The team then works on four cases of murder where the victims seem to be unrelated to each other and the culprit utilized different ways of committing the crime.

Specialist is about a brilliant man who became an excellent criminal profiler, also called a specialist in Japan, because of special circumstances.

Takuma Yoshito was falsely arrested and while serving his sentence, he used the time he was in prison by learning about the criminal's psyche from other prisoners. When he later became a police detective, he used this acquired knowledge to solve cases and arrest criminals.

Specialist talks about different kinds of criminals. They tend to get lumped together, but criminals have various reasons for committing crimes. Some criminals do it unintentionally, some criminals do it to protect something or someone, some criminals do it to exact revenge, and a small number of criminals actually derive pleasure from killing someone.

According to Takuma Yoshito though, criminals are relieved when they get arrested, and I wonder if that is true for all.

Anekoji Chinami: If it's alright to not do anything, then it's also alright to do anything, right?

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