Heizou Hasegawa, chief officer charged with sustaining safety, suppresses evils that are threatening a peaceful Edo.
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Series cast summary:
Kenji Hamada Kenji Hamada ...  Yuusuke Sakai 1 episode, 2017
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Ofusa 1 episode, 2017
Ken'yû Horiuchi Ken'yû Horiuchi ...  Heizou Hasegawa 1 episode, 2017
Yoshimasa Hosoya ...  Kumehachi 1 episode, 2017
Junko Iwao ...  Hisae 1 episode, 2017
Hidenobu Kiuchi Hidenobu Kiuchi ...  Koyanagi Yasugorou 1 episode, 2017
Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi ...  Chuusuke Sajima 1 episode, 2017
Daisuke Namikawa ...  Tatsuzou Hasegawa 1 episode, 2017
Nobuhiko Okamoto Nobuhiko Okamoto ...  Chuugo Kimura 1 episode, 2017
Romi Pak ...  Omasa 1 episode, 2017
Sayaka Senbongi Sayaka Senbongi ...  Ojun 1 episode, 2017
Hideyuki Tanaka ...  Samanosuke Kishii 1 episode, 2017
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ...  Hikojuu 1 episode, 2017
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Heizou Hasegawa, chief officer charged with sustaining safety, suppresses evils that are threatening a peaceful Edo.

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Thrilling, violent action crime drama, with a dose of humour and nostalgic poetic justice
29 July 2018 | by TYContact1See all my reviews

+ good voice actors deliver touching dialogues between characters + sword fights are tense, e.g. Heizo the inspector/ protaganist fending off an assassin + no out of character behaviour: plot and decisions are driven by characters' consistent personality + promotes social justice, empathy towards inequity prevalent in Edo period society, and leniency / rehabilitation towards redeemable thieves, especially the Robinhood types + flashbacks show how Heizo grew from a bitter, impulsive trouble maker to a wise inspector with iron fists and a warm heart + violent scenes were plot driven, not gratuitous. Some cases are solved by simply tracking and arresting non-violent thieves; murderous criminals meet swift and violent end + social commentary / philosophical remarks, e.g. Heizo laments a female thief's downfall, "women, they have no paat or future; just survive in the present" elevates this series beyond a simple action crime series, because characters prompt viewers to observe the story and case in a humanized way with social context, making the episodes more meaningful

  • opening theme song is jazzy with saxophones, which doesn't complement the period of the series, and took me some time to get used to
  • plot twists are few, since you can predict characters' decisions
  • some episodes include intense sword fights between robbers and police, with gore and dismemberment; there are also cases of sexual assault (hinted, not shown). These episodes are unpleasant, but realistic of the crimes committed in that period


* I enjoy the series because it partly reminds me of Samurai Champloo, the characters are interesting and likeable, Heizo is the 200% chilvarous ideal friend, boss, and husband: he's fun and generous with his friends, fair and kind to his squad, empathetic and respectful towards women, youths and children; his virtues and awareness is almost ahead of his time.

I saw news that season 2 may be released in summer 2019. I look forward to seeing the characters again!


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