Chasing down international criminal Jinno has been Takakura Sou’s (Oguri Shun, Hana Yori Dango) life ever since witnessing his father’s death. On a lead that Jinno is in Japan, Takakura and members of the New York police force are part of a joint task force with the Japanese department. After failing to capture him, the American officer in command of the investigation tells Sou not to bother returning. Takakura and a rookie Japanese officer Kudo Maruo (Mizushima Hiro, Zettai Kareshi and Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) then find a woman at the scene of the crime. She’s lost her memory. Takakura is certain that she is tied to Jinno in some manner. Now Sou and Maruo are working together to track down Jinno and help Yuki (Yoshitaka Yuriko, Shiroi Haru and Love Shuffle) regain her memories, whether she likes them or not.
There is great chemistry between the uptight and serious Takakura and the carefree and optimistic Maruo. With the threesome living together for Yuki’s protection, new feelings and old memories force Yuki and Sou to look at each other in a different light. Meanwhile, Maruo is learning from Takakura, despite their different detective styles and becoming a better police officer. And to lighten the mood, Sou must also deal with his overbearing mother, his younger sister and her boyfriend who seems to have practically moved into the family home.
Tokyo DOGS is one of the better police dramas I’ve seen in recent years. Definitely give it a whirl, especially if you like Lethal Weapon or other fun but slightly serious police stories.
Original Air Dates: Oct 19 to Dec 21, 2009
Number of Episodes: 10 episodes
Genre: Police Drama
Broadcast Network: Fuji TV