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J-Drama: 相棒11 (Partners 11)


(NOTE: ENCORE airing begins on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 — airs Tuesday nights from 9:00p ~ 10:00p)

ENCORE is also aired on:
Early Wednesday mornings, anytime from 1a through 3a
Wednesday mornings from 6:00a ~ 7:00a
Wednesdays from 12:00p ~ 1:00p
Wednesdays from 5:00p ~ 6:00p
Wednesdays from 8:00p ~ 9:00p




The first preview for Partners 11 aired last night. Looks like it's official—from the looks of the previews, Ukyo has a new partner for Season 11... I don't know what to think about this!

UTB 18.2 Thursday Drama: PARTNERS XI

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Starts on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Airs on UTB Channel 18.2 on Thursdays from 9:00p ~ 10:00p
(Following the end of Partners X)

With English subtitles

Also aired on:
Early Friday mornings, anytime from 1a through 3a
Friday mornings from 6:00a ~ 7:00a
Fridays from 12:00p ~ 1:00p
Fridays from 5:00p ~ 6:00p
Fridays from 8:00p ~ 9:00p

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Released in 2000, The Partners is a super-popular drama series, in which the theater version was produced twice with the same cast as the television version responding to the strong demand of the fans. Ukyo Sugishita (played by Yutaka Mizutani) is a detective, who tackles criminals with strong belief of his own while turning his back on an elite path despite his smartness. His assistant is Kaoru Kameyama (Yasufumi Terawaki), a detective with good nature, hot-blooded, yet a bit too simple character. Kameyama always grumbles on about working with Sugishita, who is called “the strangest person of the police department’, but in fact, he likes his boss very much. Beyond its category as a ‘police drama’, the storyline of The Partners goes in a tough, manly manner having these two characters in a center, but it is accepted widely by any genders / ages as it gives refreshing impressions to viewers. Other interesting characters are Miwako Okudera, an article writer and Kaoru’s partner who is hesitatant to marry him even though they live together, and Tamaki Miyabe, an owner of a small restaurant and Ukyo’s ex-wife, who still looks after her ex-husband. The sensitive relationship between the males and females are one of the highlights of the drama. Their witty conversations also color each episode. —DramaWiki

In Hong Kong Hotel room. Toru Kai (Hiroki Narimiya) who just became a detective wakes up with a gunshot. While he looks out the window, Toru speaks to girlfriend Etsuko (Sei Matobu). After Etsuko sleeps again, Toru remembers last night’s bitter memory again... At the same time, Ukyo Sugishita (Yutaka Mizutani), who is in Hong Kong too, was on his way back from London. He came to Hong Kong for sightseeing. How do they end up meeting, Toru and Ukyo, in the Hong Kong? How is Ukyo involved in the incident at the council's house? Finally, this is the beginning of a new season of Partners! —UTB

Detective Tooru Kai (Hiroki Narimiya) has a pure desire to become a detective. He graduated from college and became a policeman. Detective Tooru Kai originally wanted to become detective working with the most heinous crimes, but became a detective with #1 investigation unit after a recommendation from the chief of police. —AsianWiki

Drama Information
Number of Episodes: 19
Genre: Police drama
Originally aired: 10/10/2012 ~ 3/20/2013 on TV Asahi in Japan

Cast
Mizutani Yutaka
Narimiya Hiroki
Matobu Sei
Ishizaka Koji

Complete cast information (as well as listing of other guest stars and production credits) is available at the DramaWiki website.

Awards
16th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jan-Mar 2013): Best Supporting Actor - Narimiya Hiroki

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I loved the opening episode for Season 11! Great stuff. There's so much to comment on that I'll just hit what I enjoyed most.

Loved how the writers are making the Ukyo & Toru connection come about. Ukyo's on vacation in Hong Kong, while Toru is there, too, with his girlfriend/significant other (in either case, they seem to be living together back in Japan).

Toru happens to be the son of a very high ranking official in Japan's legal system (National Police?). However, the father dislikes the son, finding him an embarrassment, it seems because he can't be relied upon to cooperate with the corruption plan du jour. His father tells him not to cause any problems about Hong Kong, they have harsh words on the phone, and a further broken relationship.

Now that there has been a crime in the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong, and Ukyo has got wind of it, there is a natural connection there. However, seeing that Toru really can't stand being forced into a murder cover-up, he is already making waves. Together with Ukyo there will be a tsunami! I can see the father perhaps taking steps to get rid of his uncontrollable son—what better way (in Dad's mind) than banish him to the powerless Special Missions "group"? On the other hand, wouldn't Toru's father already be aware of how "dangerous" Ukyo is when it comes to the truth? It will be interesting to see how this all comes about.

My favorite scene was at the very end. When Toru is being stonewalled by his immediate superior and peers, wanting him to ignore the murder and stop stirring up a closed case, Ukyo shows up on their floor, wanting to see Toru. To Toru, Ukyo is just a weird, rather bothersome old guy. But to the supervisor and peers, Ukyo is well-known, respected, and feared. When the supervisor asks Toru, Do you know who that is? How do you know him? Toru is confused. Is he a celebrity? he asks his supervisor?

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Toru's dad is Mineaki Kai, Deputy Commissioner of the National Police Agency [NPA] (isn't this the same place that Kanbe was told to return to?)

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Yes, Season 11 has gotten off to a great start! I could hardly wait for the new season to begin, and my eyes were glued to the screen for the whole hour! I think Toru is a great addition to the cast. He wasn't introduced in an antagonistic manner like Kanbe was in his first season, so I've found him to be a lot more likable than I expected!

In many ways, Toru is like a second Kameyama. With Kame, we were exposed to his private life at home and his relationship with Miwako, but this wasn't the case with Kanbe. I think we saw his apartment only once, in the final episode of Season 10. Just like Kame, Toru has a significant other, and they are living together. Their relationship sort of reminds me of Kame's relationship with Miwako. I'm guessing that Toru's girlfriend will be featured prominently on the show, so it'll be fun to add a new character to the mix. Maybe Toru and his girlfriend will come to Ms. BL's restaurant for drinks after solving a case, just like Kame and Miwako used to do in the old days.

Another reason Toru reminded me of Kame is in their hatred for the "elite" establishment. Both Kame and Toru have a very strong sense of justice that we didn't really see in Kanbe. If Kanbe was asked to cover up the murder mystery at the consulate, he would have no problem doing so. Toru simply can't keep it inside of him—just like Ukyo! That's why I think Ukyo and Toru are going to make a great time. They have a very similar sense of social justice and making sure the truth is exposed at all costs.

Toru's father is an interesting addition to the mix. We're not sure yet if he knows of Ukyo. It was mentioned that he recently returned to this position with the National Police Agency, so maybe he was gone for a number of years and doesn't know of Ukyo. However, Ukyo's been with the force for many years, so I can't imagine someone who holds as high a position as he does not knowing of Ukyo. I can see Toru being sent to Special Missions, too—after all, it would be a way for Toru to stay on the force but not be directly involved with the National Police Agency. If Toru's father makes that decision, though, he must not know Ukyo that well! LOL!

Yes, Toru's father is in the same department as where Kanbe was transferred. I think he may be the replacement for that nasty jerk who basically forced Kanbe to transfer. This may give us a chance to see Kanbe again, too!

OMG, this season has gotten off to a very good start. The case is very interesting, too. It's great to see Ukyo and Toru on the same page about making sure the truth is revealed—no matter what the cost. Such a contrast from how Kanbe used to do things. I'm optimistic about Toru and think he (and his girlfriend) are great additions to the show!

Part 2 airs next week! Can't wait.
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Having watched several other police doramas, don't the NPA and MPD clash w/ each other? Could that be another reason for Toru's father wanting him to quit the MPD?

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Yes, there is a rivalry between the Metropolitan (Tokyo) Police Department (MPD) and the National Police Agency (NPA). It's been touched upon in this drama, as well. However, it seems like the reason Toru's father wants his son gone is because he knows Toru is a loose cannon and doesn't want to be responsible for any of his son's outbursts down the line.
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After seeing Mrs. Consul General's conversation in the interrogation room, is there possibly another reason for her inviting Toru to dinner?

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It was worth waiting through three dragging parts of this story to get to the ending—how Kaito (Kai Toru) ends up as Ukyo's new partner! Wow. Some really creative writers are in charge of this one and we are the recipients of all their talent. I can't believe after all these years it seems as though the episodes are getting better and better. I never would have guessed how all this would have worked out between Ukyo, Kaito, and his National Police Agency father, the Deputy Commissioner.

It was interesting that Mr. Pill Popper was shocked, as was Kanbe, that Ukyo had requested Kaito be transferred to him, to the "deadwood" department. Having known Ukyo so well, I can imagine Kanbe is wracking his brain trying to understand Ukyo's reasoning. It was funny, too, watching Mr. Contact Lenses and his underlings trying to grasp why/how the highly placed Deputy Commissioner would transfer his own son to Special Missions. Now, Itami and everybody else are nervous about how to treat Kaito, since he is a big shot's son.

So, now we see that the father is sort of an "Onodo-like" official. He appreciates the great abilities Ukyo possesses, but also he has no problem playing the political game to get around the law in certain cases in order to spare someone or some department from public embarrassment and unwanted trouble. I was surprised to see that the father had respect for Ukyo, even asking him to more or less be one of his operatives in a higher position. However, Ukyo's not interested in personal advancement or promotion and refuses to get his own hands dirtied by political schemes. The father tells Ukyo that if he ever needs something to contact him. Well, Ukyo does need something—a partner to lend a hand in doing investigations, and doubtless to alleviate the loneliness of being a solitary person in a solitary "department."

Kaito's personality is interesting. Ukyo sees that Kaito is intelligent, honest, and tenacious towards what is right. But he is too emotional, too much of a hothead. I'm sure Ukyo sees two beneficial things going on here. First, that Kaito will be a good partner for him. Second, that by working with Ukyo and learning from him, Kaito will mature and be a better police officer—which will be beneficial for all and especially for Kaito himself.

Hano no Sato (did the name change?) - What a combination Kaito and Ms. BL are! LOL! She's a ditz who can't wait to dish the dirt to Kaito, and he's equally as eager to hear it about Ukyo.

One thing in the case that cracked me up was in Hong Kong when Kaito identifies the two gun shots as one in G-sharp, the other in F-sharp. His ability is from his days of "forced piano lessons." Too funny.
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Yes, I think that we were given a strong hint – one we were not supposed to miss – that she is actually Kaito's mother (she and Kai met in Austria a little over 20 years ago. And that lonnnnnng hold on her face when she delivered this news). Or else a great fake-out, in a show where things are never quite what they first seem to be.

This episode had a little of everything. I'm looking forward to this season!

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class blockquote Ostadan wrote: class blockquote creidesca wrote:

After seeing Mrs. Consul General's conversation in the interrogation room, is there possibly another reason for her inviting Toru to dinner?
Yes, I think that we were given a strong hint – one we were not supposed to miss – that she is actually Kaito's mother (she and Kai met in Austria a little over 20 years ago. And that lonnnnnng hold on her face when she delivered this news). Or else a great fake-out, in a show where things are never quite what they first seem to be.
I took a look at Toru's birthdate on his police file/record and his birthdate is Showa 58 07/07, so he's born on July 7, 1983? Which would make him about 30yrs old.

That thought did run across my mind. Or just that back then while her husband was the Second Secretary, she pretty much had an affair like she did in the present--with a security officer (Toru's father?). The long hold on her face might have been her recalling the glorious days of her youth? She certainly doesn't have as much pull with Toru's father anymore (like with Nezu), given the excuse he made over the phone to end their conversation.


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