Love a Good Mystery? Check Out This Japanese Drama With Matsuzaka Tori!

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  • Well-known Japanese actor Matsuzaka Tori (松坂桃李) hits our screens again, this time as the star of the mystery drama entitled Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito (視覚探偵日暮旅人), translated to Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi in English. Get ready to see the actor play the part of investigator Higurashi Tabito who is tempting to unriddle his convoluted past. The series started airing on January 22, 2017 and is set to run for ten episodes. This touching story of a grown man who has taken a child under his wing together with his co-detective and friends offers excitement, emotion and a good dose of mystery!

    Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito Synopsis

    Somewhere in Japan, there is a one-of-a-kind investigation firm that solves mystery after mystery. Higurashi Tabito is a detective who has lost four of his five senses, leaving him with just his sight. In spite of this, he is an excellent detective with an unbelievable talent. Tabito’s lack of senses is made up with his ability to sees things in colors and shapes, including pain, scent, taste, temperature and weight. An integral part of the detective firm, people come from far and wide to make use of Tabito’s supernatural skills to help solve mysteries.

    In the first episode, Tabito and his detective partner Yukiji (雪路), are asked by yakuza member Maruyama (丸山) to find the culprit who broke into their safe. Tabito uses his vision to identify Maruyama’s mistress, which he works out by the gang members’ distressed expressions and the high heel footprints in the room. The mistress escapes and the yakuza chase her.

    Meanwhile, nursery school teacher Yamakawa Yoko (山川陽子) is worrying about Tabito’s motherless child, Tei (灯衣), played by Sumida Moeno (住田萌乃), who is struggling to fit in at school. Yoko is also on a mission to find out more about her first love Ta-kun, who she cannot recall no matter how hard she tries. After finding a record of the time capsule they buried when she was a preschooler she hopes this will help her to find more clues. Although Tabito has been warned that he’ll go blind if he continues using his sight, he offers to help find the time capsule. At the same time, Kamekichi (亀吉), acted by KAT-TUN’s Ueda Tatsuya (上田竜也), the man who Yukiji hired as a helper, gets himself into a mishap with the yakuza. Yoko and Tei get wrapped up in the troublesome story and go missing leaving Tabito to desperately hunt them down.

    Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito Characters

    Higurashi Tabito: Played by Matsuzaka Tori, the star of the show was kidnapped as a child but was safely returned. He now has the ability to see the emotions and scent of the things around him. Although this talent helps him to solve endless mysteries as a detective, he has been told that he’ll go blind if he continues to use his sight. He lost his four of five senses when he was abducted. Tabito is a gentle character but with a mysterious aura.

    Yamakawa Yoko: The preschool teacher at Nozomi Nursery School is played by Tabe Mikako (多部未華子). With a strong sense of justice, Yoko wants to offer her help to Tabito and Tei. She lives a peaceful life but regrets just one thing – stealing her first love’s keychain.

    Yukiji Masahiko (雪路雅彦): Hamada Gaku (濱田岳) stars as Masahiko, Tabito’s co-detective. He is the second son of Diet lawmaker Yukiji Teruyuki (雪路照之). Although he has a bad mouth, Masahiko is caring and tries his best to reduce Tabito’s workload to prevent him from going blind. Physically strong, he is admired by the gangsters in their community.

    Momoshiro Tei (百代灯衣): Played by Sumida Moeno, Momoshiro Tei lives with Tabito and Yukiji. She has a strong heart and is not afraid of adults. She loves Tabito as her father figure but regards Yoko as a rival.

    Enoki Wataru (榎木渡): Actor Kitaoji Kinya (北大路欣也) performs as Tabito’s physician who runs his own clinic, the Enoki Clinic. Kinya has cared for Tabito since he was five years old and has been aware of his condition ever since. Although he supports Tabito’s detective work, he worries for his health.

    Kamekichi: KAT-TUN’s Ueda Tatsuya plays Kamekichi, the investigation firm’s helper who was hired by Yukiji. He gets himself into trouble with the yakuza in the first episode. Kamekichi didn’t appear in the special episode of Shikaku Tantei Higurashi so is a surprise character for the series, much to the appreciation of KAT-TUN fans!

    Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito Special Episode

    Before the airing of the drama series, a special episode was released on November 20, 2015. In the special episode, Yoko’s keyholder goes missing and Tabito offers to help look for it and eventually finds it in a pond in the park.

    Matsuzaka Tori’s Entertainment Career

    Matsuzaka Tori is a 28-year-old from Kanagawa (神奈川), Japan. He was born on October 17, 1988. He’s both an actor and a model in Japan, managed by Topcoat entertainment agency. He first appeared in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (侍戦隊シンケンジャー) as Shiba Takeru (志葉丈瑠) and his career took off from then. Other than Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, he has also appeared in dramas including Kamen Rider Decade (仮面ライダーディケイド), Clone Baby (クローンベイビー), GOLD, Asuko March! (アスコーマーチ), as well as films such as Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu (今日、恋をはじめます), Tsunagu (ツナグ) and Gatchaman (ガッチャマン).

    I first learned about Matsuzaka Tori when I watched Asuko March, also starring Takei Emi (武井咲), but didn’t warm to his character so lost interest quickly. On watching Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito for the first time I was instantly hooked to the mysterious character Tori played. As a big fan of KAT-TUN’s Ueda Tatsuya this is an extra bonus for enjoying the mysteries found in Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito. With many more mysteries to be resolved, you’re bound to fall in love with this character as quickly as me as the story unfolds!

    Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito Website *Japanese only