Naruhodou the rookie lawyer takes up the challenge of performing the defense lawyer of Mayoi, who is accused of having killed her sister Chihiro Ayasato. With the court in session, Naruhodou points out a contradiction he found in the testimony presented by the detective Itonokogiri. But, his logic is quickly refuted through a counter-argument by Mitsurugi, the genius prosecutor. The witness is summoned to the court. Umeyo Shouchiku testifies and Naruhodou debunks her lies. Mitsurugi again ruins this finding, and Naruhodou finds himself in a tight spot to need to prove why he considers Umeyo’s testimony is contradicting with the fact. Naruhodou doesn’t give up. He pulls out an evidence that no one else in the court – even Mitsurugi – is unaware of. “Take that!” He bellows. He finds the breakthrough that changes everything, or so it seems…
Chihiro Ayasato was brutally murdered by someone. Her younger sister, Mayoi Ayasato, is under arrest for the charge of the murder. Mayoi appointed a lawyer named Hoshikage to defend her case, only to be turned down. Someone is pulling strings from behind. The freshman lawyer Naruhodou decides to step up and to defend Mayoi. On the day of the trial, Naruhodou comes face to face with the star prosecutor, Reiji Mitsurugi, in court. This is not their first encounter, in fact, this is their reunion. The court is in session. After the initial statement, the detective Keisuke Itonokogiri offers a testimony. He testifies that Chihiro has died instantly after being hit by the Thinker-inspired table clock, and that Chihiro wrote the murderer’s name on the back of the receipt, using her own blood. This dying message is the crucial evidence he identified Mayoi as the culprit.
“Objection”! Naruhodou points out that the autopsy report says Chihiro died instantly. There is no way she wrote the bloody memo, hence it is a contradiction. Mitsurugi argues that the autopsy technically reads as “almost instant death” therefore it was indeed possible that Chihiro wrote that memo. Next, a witness, Umeyo Syouchiku is brought in to the stand. Umeyo says she watched the murder scene from her hotel room. She testifies that Mayoi hit Chihiro with that table clock, and it was 8:50 pm. She claims that she remembers because the clock announced that exact time when the sculpture’s neck is bent by the impact of the hit. Mayoi shouts that it is impossible, the table clock couldn’t have produced any time announcement.
Naruhodou quicklky reacts to Mayoi’s comment, and insists that the clock mechanism had already been removed from the statue. Mitsurugi argues back that the mechanism simply fell out of the statue, triggered by a physical impact upon the hit. This leads Naruhodou to recall that conversation between Chihiro and Mayoi was already recorded on Mayoi’s cell phone. He proves that the table clock in question had already been gutted out before the murder took place. Umeyo seems to already know the contents of the conversation. Naruhodou shouts. “Take this!” He throws down the wiretap he had recovered from her hotel room. He submits it as the key evidence. Umeyo appeals that she had indeed wiretapped Chisato’s phone per request, but, she didn’t kill Chisato, and her petty crime has nothing to do with the murder.
At this point, Mitsurugi requests to the presiding judge a temporary recess of the court until the following day, as several unexpected information have surfaced. The presiding judge accepts this request, and, orders both defense attorney and prosecutor sides to further investigate the case fully before they come back to the court. The court is now in recess. Shortly after Naruhodou returns to the office, the lawyer who ditched Mayoi, Hoshikage, visits him. He explains that he is inspired by Naruhodou’s fighting spirit that he demonstrated at the court. Hoshikage pulls out a photo, and suggest to dig deeper into the information on Masaru Konaka, the president of Kona Culture. The man in the photo appears to be Konaka himself, wearing the same cuff button that Naruhodou has picked up at Umeyo’s hotel room.
Kona Culture is a legitimate information gathering company, but that’s only on the surface. On the flip side, this organization sells collected information for a high price, especially the kind that people don’t want others to know. Threat is outright illegal, but, Konaka is connected to bigwigs in the political, defense, and judicial industries. In fact, he’s got dirt on all kinds of important people, which makes him a criminal on loose. It is possible that Chihiro has been after Konaka. After she was murdered, some of her work files are found missing, all the files that starts with the letter “K.” Naruhodou suspects that Konaka stole the files that report his dirty business. Naruhodou goes to the Bando Hotel, and figures out that Konaka spent time with Umeyo at the hotel room. It is highly likely that Konaka ordered Umeyo to wiretap Chihiro’s phone. Naruhodou visits Konaka in person, of course Konaka does not admit that he was with Umeyo, nor that he has ordered her a wiretapping job. Naruhodou starts thinking that Chihiro’s murderer is Konaka himself. To his surprise, Konaka comes back and accuses Naruhodou as the murder suspect…!
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