Turnaround Tonosaman 1st Trial
Mayoi loves a kids show called “Oedo Senshi Tonosaman.” Saburou Niboshi is a super popular actor who plays the leading character “Tonosaman.” One day, he is arrested for the charge of murder. Takeshi Ibukuro, who plays the villain “Kaijin Akudaikaan” in the same action show was brutally murdered. The rookie lawyer Ryuichi Naruhodou accepts Mayoi’s pledge and offers to defend Niboshi at his murder trial. One of the security staff assigned to the popular show’s filming studio provides a testimony. The murder took place at the filming studio. The security staff’s name is Obachan. Her testimony suggests that Niboshi is the only person who could have possibly executed the crime, given the situation. The prosecutor is Reiji Mitsurugi, a.k.a. The prodigy. He ruthlessly crashes Naruhodou’s argument and claims a guilty verdict on Niboshi. Naruhodou scrambles to find someone else who could have also possibly done it, but that was only to buy time…
The rookie lawyer, Ryuichi Naruhodou, decides to run to the Ayasato Law Office, in place of his late mentor Chihiro Ayasato. He struggles to find a case to work on. Meanwhile, Chihiro’s younger sister, Mayoi, finds that her favorite action show’s leading actor was arrested for murder charge. The victim is another actor who is cast for the villain of the same action show. Mayoi can’t accept the news that a kids’ hero killed the bad guy in the real world, and decides on her own that she is going to save the hero in the pickle…meaning that she is going to have Naruhodou defend him in the trial. Mayoi and Naruhodou pay a visit to the kids hero, Tonosaman’s actor, Saburou Niboshi in the jail cell.
Actor Niboshi might scare you off with his rough look, but, he has a good heart. He’s genuinely worried about this incident can wreak havoc on kids who watch the show. Both Mayoi and Naruhodou are struck by Niboshi’s humanity and believe in his innocence. Niboshi explains that on the day of the incident, he was by himself in the staff room of the filming studio, sleeping, after the lunch. He had overslept, and arrived at the rehearsal later than the scheduled time. As he entered the Studio Number 1, he found the other actor, Takeshi Ibukuro, dead and cold in his Akudaikaan costume. A spear was deeply inserted the Ibukuro’s chest. The spear is called “Tonosaman Spear” and is actually a prop frequently used by Tonosaman performed by Niboshi. When arrested, Niboshi was quite disturbed and confused with the situation.
Naruhodou and Mayoi sets out to find some leads. First, they try the Tonosaman show’s filming studio, called Outo Studio. They meet one of the security staff named Kaoru Ooba, and, the detective, Keisuke Itonokogiri. The detective is confident that Niboshi is the murderer. The police side’s prosecutor is again, the genius prosecutor Reiji Mitsurugi. The security staff (she goes by her nickname “Obachan”) spots a kid sneaking into the studio, and demands Naruhodou and Itonokogiri to go catch the boy. The young intruder Kyuuta Ootaki runs off the scene but drops one of his belongings. It’s a photo album. Tons of Tonosaman victory scenes are filed in the album. Naruhodou can’t collect any effective evidence or comment this day that may help him fighting the case against Mitsurugi.
The day of trial arrives. Naruhodou still has no clue. The official report states that the estimated time of death of the victim is 2:30 p.m. and the body was found at 5 p.m. Mitsurugi stated his initial evaluation. Then, Obachan stands at the witness stand. She testifies that she was on the duty at the front gate during 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. that day, and she saw Niboshi walking by to the direction of the filming studio at around 2 p.m. She comments that the photograph of that scene has already been handed to the detective, Itonokogiri. Several security cameras are equipped at the front gate, and, the sensors embedded in these cameras automatically snap a shot of whatever or whoever passes through the gate. On the snap shot, an image of Tonosaman is captured; he seems to carry that spear in his hand, and drags one of his feet.
“Objection!” Naruhodou claims that anyone could be inside the Tonosaman character suits. Niboshi is not the only suspect. But, Obachan fights back saying that it got to be Niboshi, because, in the morning that day, Niboshi fell and twisted his ankle, during the action scene practice. Not only he injured himself, but, he demonstrates the important prop, Tonosaman Spear, snapped from the middle, due to the accident. Obachan testifies that she duct-taped the spear, because at the scene, only three people were present – Niboshi, Ibukuro, and Obachan herself. She reaffirms that the person wearing the Tonosaman costume and dragging his feet must be Niboshi.
Later, Naruhodou notices that the photo shows a number counter, which says, number 2. This means that Tonosaman was the second person who passed through the gate that, Naruhodou asks Obachan about the other person who went through that gate before Niboshi did. She replies that she has deleted all unsuspicious images from the database. It turns out that the first visitor that day was Kyuuta, the die-hard fan of Tonosaman show. Kyuuta is a kid. The murder weapon, Tonosaman Spear, weighs 15 kilograms. It is not kind of tool that a kid like Kyuuta can wield at his will. The prosecutor Mitsurugi quickly wins the debate against Naruhodou and nulls any possibility that suggest another individual who might have been able to execute the killing. Naruhodou pours all his energy to find other suspects…
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