* Title (English): Triangle
* Genre: Mystery, suspense
* Episodes: 11
* Theme song: Sayonara wa Iwanai by Oda Kazumasa
The series starts with the murder of a 10-year-old girl in 1984. 15 years later, after the case goes unsolved and passes the statute of limitations, a doctor named Goda Ryoji suddenly quits from his hospital and eventually becomes a detective. In 2008, he meets Sachi, a traveling artist in Paris, and shortly after Goda's return to Japan, he becomes involved in the expired murder case when another detective receives an anonymous phone call.
* Eguchi Yosuke as Goda Ryoji
* Inagaki Goro as Kuroki Shun
* Hirosue Ryoko as Sachi
* Aibu Saki as Goda Yui
* Sakai Masato as Shimano Takaya
* Tanihara Shosuke as Tomioka Yasushi
* Sasaki Kuranosuke as Akimoto Ryo
* Kohinata Fumiyo as Maruyama Keita
* Osugi Ren as Katsuragi Hitoshi
* Fubuki Jun as Katsuragi Kiyoko
* Kitaoji Kinya as Kuroki Shinzo
Episode 2: A letter from the past
Ryoji appears at Sachi’s exhibition. Her expression hardens when she sees him. Ryoji was the one who had told Kiyoko about the class reunion and induced her to make Sachi attend. “What’s your purpose?” Sachi questions Ryoji and he discloses that he is probing into her identity. Sachi was adopted by the Katsuragi family after Sachie was murdered. The psychologically unstable Kiyoko assumes that Sachi is Sachie and Sachi had no choice but to continue acting at Sachie. Confronted with these facts, Sachi doesn’t know why Ryoji is checking on her and is unnerved.
Then Shun visits Sachi and tells her that Ryoji has been relentlessly investigating the case that happened 25 years ago. “Don’t you think it’s strange?” Shun asks her and Sachi’s suspicions deepen. Venting her feelings on Ryoji, Sachi tells him cryptically, “Thank you for killing Katsuragi Sachie.”
Thk you for killing her
Sachi: That detective who visited me suspects you of that case 25 years ago too.
Ryoji: Ah … I killed Katsuragi Sachie.
Sachi: You killed her?
Ryoji: So what if I did?
Sachi: You want to know what I’m thinking, don’t you?
(Ryoji is silent)
Sachi: Thank you. Thank you for killing Katsuragi Sachie-san.
Maruyama’s investigation into Horigome’s case casts doubt on Ryoji. The stolen items were cash and Tomioka’s manuscript which had been in Horigome’s custody. Ryoji, who had met Horigome just before the case happened and asked to be allowed to read the manuscript, arouses Maruyama’s suspicion.
However, the truth of the matter is in an unlikely form. Horigome had planned a fake robbery in an attempt to hide the fact that the company’s money had been used to repay his loans. Grilled by Ryoji, Horigome says he had lied about the theft of the manuscript to cast doubt on Ryoji and he confesses that he didn’t have the manuscript right from the start.
At that moment, Shimano Takaya, the president of Shimano Corporation, appears at Sachi’s exhibition, saying that he wants to buy a painting at a high price. Shimano approaches Sachi and tells her that it is his interest to uncover budding artists but he has actually been making Sachi’s friend, Kimoto Machiko, report on Sachi for a long time.
Shimano goes to Sachi’s home together with Machiko and finds that Sachi has been injured by a panicky Kiyoko. She says Kiyoko had become violent while searching for a letter written by her daughter just before the incident 25 years ago. The letter was a message that Sachie had composed to her grown-up self for a lesson at school just before the incident. Shimano learns that Kiyoko started searching for the letter because she had received a call from an unidentified man and suspects that it maybe the work of Ryoji.
Days later, Shimano’s secretary visits West Ota precinct and gives a message to Ryoji. “I wish you will stop checking on Sachi.” Who is Shimano? Ryoji goes to Shimano Corporation together with Shun. Shimano, who had anticipated their appearance, welcomes them with the words, “I’ve been waiting.”
Shimano, who avoids Ryoji and Shun’s question about his relationship with Sachi with the vague words, “We go back a long way”, discloses Sachi’s past to the two of them. Sachi had been abandoned by her parents soon after she was born and grew up in an orphanage in Osaka without knowing parental love. She wasn’t adopted by the time she turned 10 and was about to resign herself to the fact that she wouldn’t be loved by anyone when Kiyoko visited the orphanage. Sachi was just like Sachie, her murdered daughter, and Kiyoko offered to adopt her.
Shimano: She … was a child abandoned by her parents. There were all sorts of children at the orphanage. But she was the only one abandoned by her parents soon after she was born. She grew up not knowing the names of her parents. Katsuragi Sachie’s mother saved her. The name Sachi and similar age reminded her of her daughter. It didn’t matter if she was someone’s substitute. She would try to live as Katsuragi Sachie. She decided to be an adopted daughter.
Ryoji: A substitute …?
Shimano: Goda-san, I would like you to stop investigating and hanging around her. The case 25 years ago too. You’re giving a hard time.
Ryoji: Why is it a hard time for you?
Shimano: Not me. Her mother’s condition becomes unstable at the mention of her daughter’s murder. I don’t want you to touch the case that happened 25 years ago anymore.
Shimano tells Ryoji not to destroy the happiness that Sachi has finally gained living as Sachie’s substitute and warns him, “Don’t touch the case that happened 25 years ago.”
Meanwhile, Sachi finds the letter written by Sachie in her home. She gets a shock when she reads its contents. Then she receives a phone call from the mysterious man. “Have you found the letter?” Sachi is called out by the man and leaves home with the letter. Ryoji finds Sachi on the street and chases after her. Sachi is about to reach the appointed location when she is suddely attacked by a man holding a knife. Ryoji immediately jumps in Sachi’s path to protect her, and the man’s knife penetrates his body …
Ryoji (young): To my grown-up self. Please help her. Because I don’t know what I should do; because I’m still a child. But I know she’s very troubled. Please help Katsuragi Sachie-san. Please help her.
Episode 1: Who killed the girl?
In January 1984, the decrepit corpse of 10-year-old Katsuragi Sachie is stretched out in a weed-ridden river bed. The hand of the youth standing dazedly beside her is coloured red with blood.
Ryoji’s brother: Do you know what’s a statute of limitation? The statute of limitation for murder cases is 15 years.
Ryoji: 15 years.
Ryoji’s brother: As long as you aren’t found out until the statute of limitation runs out.
Ryoji: Until the statute of limitation runs out.
15 years later in January 1999, on the day that the statute of limitation passes without the arrest of the criminal, 25-year-old Dr Goda Ryoji suddenly quits working at a university hospital and sets off for France.
It is 2008 in France. Ryoji is now working as a detective at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon. He is due back in Japan for training and heads for Paris before returning home.
Masquerading as a tour guide in Paris, Ryoji gets close to Sachi, a young lady from Japan who is travelling alone. He observes her every now and then while she enjoys strolling around the city. Then when they part at sunset on the hills of Montmartre, he tells her, “We’ll meet again”.
Sachi: I’m glad it was you. I had a very good time. Thank you.
Ryoji: We can meet again. We’ll meet again some day.
Sachi: What do you mean?
Ryoji: There’s a legend that those who watch the sunset together at Montmartre will certainly meet again.
Some days later, Kuroki Shun, a detective of Tokyo’s West Ota precinct, is introduced to Ryoji by Maruyama Keita, a senior detective. Ryoji knows that Shun’s father is Kuroki Shinzo, one of the top officials of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
Then Shun receives a phone call from an anonymous male who tells him, “That case isn’t over yet” and the case file number. Shun happens to come across Ryoji, who is about to secretly take some documents out, when he goes into the precinct’s archive to investigate that case. The case file is located at the place where Ryoji was searching for documents. It is the Katsuragi Sachie murder case that happened 25 years ago. The person in charge of that investigation had been Shinzo, who belonged to West Ota precinct at that time.
Shun reports the suspicious phone call to his father but Shinzo dismisses it as a mere prank. Not satisfied with that, Shun talks about the case at the Criminal Affairs Division and Ryoji tells him flatly that the statute of limitation has already run out. “The crime is gone,” he says with a smile.
Suspicious of Ryoji’s reaction, Shun starts to investigate his background and learns something unexpected. Ryoji was from the same elementary school as Sachie and he had requested to have his training at West Ota precinct, which had been in charge of the case. Furthermore, he ascertains that Ryoji had been fixated on the case for a long time when he visits Ryoji’s younger sister, Yui.
Ryoji was meeting Tomioka Yasushi, his elementary school classmate who works at a publishing house, at that moment. Tomioka says he has new evidence on the case and had written a manuscript which he has entrusted to Horigome Takuya, their classmate who had been the first person to discover Sachie’s body. Ryoji visits Horigome and asks Horigome to let him read the manuscript but is rejected. Horigome says he’s taking the manuscript to a publisher now and hints that a vital fact has been written. “There’ll be an uproar once this book is released.” But Horigome is attacked by someone right after that and the manuscript is stolen.
West Ota police precinct undertakes the investigation of Horigome’s case but Ryoji hides the fact that he had met Horigome just before the theft happened and tries to join the investigation. Shun, whose suspicions have deepened, listens to Horigome about the theft and learns that Horigome and Ryoji had been elementary school classmates and that Ryoji had expressed unusual interest in Tomioka’s stolen manuscript.
Shun confronts Ryoji with those facts and presses him, asking if he is the criminal who killed Sachie but Ryoji just says, “The statute of limitation has expired. The crime is gone.” Shun contends that even though the statute of limitation for the criminal case has lapsed, it can be pursued as a civil case. “I’ll make you pay for the crime,” he declares.
Shun: That’s my desk. What are you looking for?
(Ryoji jumps up and hides a book behind his back)
Shun: If it’s for the case file on the murder of Katsuragi Sachie, it’s with me. But it doesn’t have the details of the investigation. Or your name. You were Katsuragi Sachie’s classmate.
Shun: The person in charge of the investigation is my father and 25 years later, you’re face-to-face with his son.
Ryoji: What a coincidence.
Shun: Weren’t you the one who killed Katsuragi Sachie?
Ryoji: We don’t know who killed her. The statute of limitation has run out. What’s the point of saying this now? The crime is gone.
Shun: It isn’t!
Ryoji: It’s gone. No one can be charged because of the statute of limitation.
Shun: We can through a civil case!
Leaving Ryoji behind, Shun goes to meet Sachie’s mother, Kiyoko. But Kiyoko gives him an unlikely response. She says that her daughter, who should have been dead 25 years ago, is alive.
Meanwhile, Ryoji attends an elementary school reunion. Tomioka, Akimoto and their classmates are overjoyed to meet again but they are left speechless by one lady’s appearance. “I’m Katsuragi Sachie. I wasn’t killed. I’m alive.” That lady is Sachi …
Yoshizawa: Who exactly is she?
Ryoji: She is … Katsuragi Sachie.
Tomioka: But Katsuragi is already …
Ryoji: She is alive. That Katsuragi Sachie who was in our class 25 years ago. The Katsuragi Sachie who was killed that day … lives on.
Sachi: Yes. I wasn’t killed. I’m alive. I’m … Katsuragi Sachie.
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this drama is really good. one of my favorite detective type drama
they do a good job with the mystery part of the drama,, but they kinda have
poor character development,, still gonna finish it though
Walls are only of use in the absence of ladders
best mystery that I have seen in a while.