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Series cast summary:
Naohito Fujiki ...  Fujiki Kojiro 11 episodes, 2008
Teppei Koike ...  Shibata Taketora 11 episodes, 2008
Narumi Konno Narumi Konno ...  Miyagi Mei 11 episodes, 2008
Tamaki Matsuda Tamaki Matsuda ...  Manabe Yuna 11 episodes, 2008
Miki Maya ...  Chiba Sakura 11 episodes, 2008
Akina Minami Akina Minami ...  Ayukawa Tamaki 11 episodes, 2008
Daisuke Miyagawa ...  Shinjo Toru 11 episodes, 2008
Suzuka Ohgo ...  Hosho Mizuki 11 episodes, 2008
Muga Tsukaji Muga Tsukaji ...  Hakuto Shinsuke 11 episodes, 2008
Shige Uchida Shige Uchida ...  Nanbara Kantaro 11 episodes, 2008
Naoki Kawano Naoki Kawano ...  Kusunoki Yuji 8 episodes, 2008
Ryô Hashizume Ryô Hashizume ...  Ochiai Takeo 7 episodes, 2008
Masahiro Kuranuki Masahiro Kuranuki ...  Mori Bunmei 7 episodes, 2008
Ryosuke Miura Ryosuke Miura ...  Kanazawa Takeshi 7 episodes, 2008
Haruka Suenaga Haruka Suenaga ...  Machida Rika 7 episodes, 2008
Shunsuke Daitô Shunsuke Daitô ...  Kato Gakuto 6 episodes, 2008
Sôtarô ...  Uzaki Tei 6 episodes, 2008
Ryôhei Suzuki ...  Mura Hiromi 5 episodes, 2008


To the average person on the street, Shibata Taketora looks like a unassuming teenager who's small and vulnerable enough for bullies to see as an easy target. But he's actually a police detective (not to mention a kendo expert) with a baby-face he makes good use of, whether going undercover at a juvenile detention center or high school, or just investigating crimes in his own way. Taketora has a supernatural ability to see the "hands of death" around people whose life is nearing the end, especially if they stay on the same course. It's a heavy weight for him, as he also has the gift of empathy and deeply cares about the people involved in his cases. Along with his offbeat group of friends, this unusual cop gets to the heart of the matter as he tackles his cases-and tries to save lives on the edge. Written by

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Detective that looks like a teenager goes undercover
9 November 2013 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Based on a comic by Yuuma Ando, and Masashi Asaki, Shibatora is a story about an undercover detective Taketora Shibata, who's unusually youthful looks allows him to go undercover in a teenager related crimes.

Taketora Shibata ( Teppei Koike ) who used to work in a police box in Tokyo gets transferred to the youth division of police department. He is a police officer, but has the youthful appearance of a teenager. Due to this special attribute, his boss Sakura Chiba ( Miki Maya ) frequently sends him on a an under cover assignment that's related to youth crime. She sends him on these assignment knowing that it's illegal to perform this type of investigation. He has an unusual ability to see the grim reaper's hands on people who's going to die within 24 hours. Crime usually involves disenfranchised youth, and about adults that takes advantage of their situation. Delinquent youth gang called Helter Skelter often appears as part of the crime, along with criminal named Onigami, and Takeo Ochiai ( Ryo Hashizume ) who've killed Taketora's father, and also shot and killed ( accidentally ) Chiba's younger sister.

The story might be difficult to follow for those who are not familiar with the comic's characters, and the plot of the original comic. There's unusually many characters that appears in this short TV series ( 11 episodes, and two 2 hour TV movies ) that makes following the story somewhat difficult. The story goes into the social issues that surrounds youth living in the modern day Tokyo. Teppei Koike who played a doctor in "The Team Medical Dragon" takes the lead role as Taketora Shibata. He's a member of a music duo WaT, and is a singer / song writer when he's away from acting. He puts in a convincing performance as the detective who has sincere interest in protecting under aged youth that gets involved in crimes. But many of the supporting casts seems to lack experience, and delivers somewhat weak performance that makes inflections to the story hard to follow.

One of a kind TV series that can only be made possible with the youthful appearance, and talent of Teppei Koike. If your a fan of his, or familiar with the original comic, this series is for you.

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