10 August 2014

アウトバーン Out Burn

  • アウトバーン Auto Bān (Out Burn)
  • アウトバーン~マル暴の女刑事・八神瑛子~ Auto Bān (Out Burn) ~ Marubo no Onna Keiji Yagani Eiko ~
English Title:
  • Out Burn
  • Out Burn: Marubo Female Detective Yagami Eiko
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2014
Episode: 01
  • 米倉涼子 Yonekura Ryoko
  • 渡部篤郎 Watabe Atsuro
  • 斎藤工 Saito Takumi
  • 青柳翔 Aoyagi Sho
  • 寺島進 Terajima Susumu
  • 西村雅彦 Nishimura Masahiko
  • 陣内孝則 Jinnai Takanori
  • 戸田恵子 Toda Keiko
  • 宮川一朗太 Miyagawa Ichirota
  • 西田敏行 Nishida Toshiyuki
  • 岩下志麻 Iwashita Shima
  • 山崎静代 Yamasaki Shizuyo

The Organized Crime Control (OCC) division of the police department handles all cases that deal with gangster groups, foreign criminal organizations, drug smuggling groups, and weapons smuggling groups. It is also called Marubo.

Detective Yagami Eiko is part of the Marubo division of the of the  Ueno Central Police Station. She thinks only the results matter, and she doesn't choose any means at all for the sake of justice.

Eiko often lends money to colleagues and acquaintances. She doesn't charge any interest and she is often lenient when it comes to payment period. However, she requires in return that people provide her valuable information.

She is informed by a colleague that a young woman's dead body with fatal stab wounds was recently found on the street. Eiko takes on the case because the young woman happens to be the only daughter of a powerful mob boss.

Out Burn is about a female detective who would use any means necessary for the sake of justice. Yagami Eiko is only concerned about getting results, such as solving cases and apprehending criminals.

Eiko doesn't really care if she is following the correct procedures during investigations. Hence, she would wiretap other people's conversations, and she would sometimes break into the culprit's apartment to look for evidence.

I don't agree with Eiko as I think that the means or the process are as important as the ends or the result, but I can't really argue against the fact that she gets the work done. I suppose I should give her credit where credit is due.

At the risk of being too technical about it though, I wonder if she can actually use in courts whatever information or evidence she gets illegally. In most parts of the world, any illegally obtained proof are not permissible in court and you can't use it to make a case against the criminal.

Anyway, Eiko manages to solve the murder cases she works on in the drama, but there's another case presented at the end that I found intriguing. I think there's another related production on the way, and I hope there is or else there's a lot of unanswered questions.

Around three years ago, Eiko's husband Yagima Masaya died in apparent suicide. He is also a police detective so the police conducted an internal investigation but they ruled out that there's no foul play and Masaya had killed himself.

Eiko didn't know that she was pregnant at the time, and she had a miscarriage when she found out that her husband had died due to extreme shock. She doesn't think her husband would ever commit suicide, and she entreats the police to investigate the matter again but they wouldn't listen.

Although Eiko seems to have moved on from the past, she is actually secretly investigating the incident on her own. She is compiling information on all the police detectives who worked on her husband's case, and that's where Out Burn ended. Abruptly, if I may add.

アウトバーン Out Burn