The first Gyakuten
Ryuichi Naruhodou is a novice lawyer. On the first day of his duty at the court, he is asked to handle a murder case without any prior experience.
His client has been his close friend since the elementary school days. His name is Masashi Yahari. Yahari is accused of murdering his girlfriend, a fashion model named Mika Takabi.
The prosecutor is Fumitake Auchi. He summons a witness, Hoshio Yamano, who testifies that he saw Yahari running off from the murder scene that day. This hits Naruhodou really hard. He didn’t know about the witness. Naruhodou decides to believe his long-time friend’s innocent. He begins counter-testimony and finds a crucial contradiction in one of the evidences, plus, the witness testimony.
Ryuichi Naruhodou, a novice lawyer, rushes in to a local district court. Today is an important day because it marks Naruhodou’s very first day to actually work in the court as a professional lawyer. Naruhodou’s boss and director of the Ayasato Law Firm, Chihiro Ayasato, decided to drop by at the court too, as she is curious to see how this junior member handles the pressure. It turns out that Naruhodou is assigned a murder trial. Naruhodou has no previous experience. It turned out that his client is his close friend from the elementary school. His name is Masashi Yahari. As the trial begins, Naruhodou learns that Yahari is charged with the murder of Mika Takabi, a fashion model, whom Yahari has been dating with. She was killed in her condo. Estimate time of death: between 4 and 5 in the afternoon.
It appears that the murderer hit her on the back of the head with a blunt object. A statue of thinker is considered as the weapon. It is a handmade present to Mika from Yahari. His fingerprint on this weapon led to Yahari’s arrest.
Fumitake Auchi, the prosecutor, points out that Yahari must have done it because Mika recently dumped him. As a matter of fact, the day before the murder, Mika came from her New York trip with a different man. Auchi submits several evidences to support his claim; The statue of Thinker, Mika’s passport, and photos from her travel. The photo shows Mika posing in front of the statue of liberty, holding the statue of thinker in her hand. Auchi claims that Yahari murdered Mika as he thought she cheated on him.
Auchi summons Hoshio Yamano, saying that his testimony is the conclusive evidence of Yahari’s presence at Mika’s condo on the day she was killed. Yamano testifies that he saw Yahari running off from Mika’s unit, while he was on duty as a newspaper salesperson. This is a piece of information that Naruhodou is unaware of. Yamano goes on and describes how he had a doubt about Yahari and eventually peeked into Mika’s unit, then found a woman lying on a floor. No sign of life. Yamano says at this point he was too scared to step inside the room, so, he run to a nearby public telephone and dialed 110 at around 2 p.m. to report to the police.
Naruhodou’s boss, Chihiro, happens to be present at the court. She advises him to find a contradiction somewhere in the witness’ testimony and submitted evidences. The key to a breakthrough is in the evidence.
As the questioning begins, Naruhodou appeals. “The witness’s testimony contradicts with the report!” He points out that Yamano claims to have found Mika’s body on the floor at 2 p.m., which is 2 hours earlier than the estimate time of death on the official report. Yamano, on the other hand, testifies that he heard 2 p.m. chime coming from the clock in her condo, and that made him think it was 2 p.m. Naruhodou figures out that the statue of thinker is in fact, a clock. As he twists the head of the thinker, it announces the time. With this discovery, Naruhodou bellows in defiance. “You are lying, Yamano!” The only way to learn that the statue has a clock mechanism inside is to touch it. This proves that Yamano entered Mika’s unit. Naruhodou speculates that Yamano hit Mika with this statue, and with the impact of the hit, the clock inside announced the time.
Now that the murder charge is on him, Yamano snaps with fury, and, claims that he actually saw Yahari murdering Mika. The presiding judge requests Naruhodou to submit an evidence that the time announcement which Yamano heard is indeed coming from this statue of the thinker. Naruhodou twits its head to hear the time announcement, and realizes that the announced time is two hours behind the real time. This fits with Yamano’s earlier testimony. But, Yamano detests that it doesn’t necessary mean that the clock was wrong on the day of murder. Unless Naruhodou proves that, there is no other crucial evidence to link the murder with Yamano.
This time Yamano seems triumphant. Naruhodou is back in to pickles. But, he determines to believe Yahari’s innocence. He keeps fighting till the end, and at the last moment, he finds the breakthrough, through his “reverse thinking” the moment of “gyakuten”…!
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