There are shows that sound great on the surface, but once you sit down to watch them, they just don’t sit right with you. This is one of those series. Tenshi to Akuma, or in English, Angels and Demons, was a 2015 series that aired on TV Asahi between April and June, running 9 episodes. But while it has everything I’d normally like in a series like this, I really had a problem with the way things turned out and that’s a shame.
So here we go, with my take on what might have been a really good show, had they not gone sideways.
New police officer Makita Hikari, a promising detective who continually makes mistakes at work, is transferred to the archives, where she researches unsolved cases. She’s teamed up with a scumbag lawyer named Chajima Ryunosuke, who hates people and has no morals. Together, they form an unlikely team that solves the cases that no one else has been able to solve.
On the surface, this is the kind of show I’d usually like. Detective drama with some strange elements. I’ve even seen a lot of cold case series of late that I’ve really enjoyed so I was expecting this to fall into that vein.
The one thing that I immediately disliked was the lawyer. I mean, this is a detective show, but every episode, he wants to do plea deals so that criminals don’t actually get the punishment they deserve. Plus, he doesn’t really care about following the law. He’s an underhanded sleazebag. I kept hoping someone would push him off a bridge or something because I really hated his guts.
Let’s look at the cast. Gouriki Ayame stars as Makita and she’s been in Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou, which is where I first saw her, as well as the Gatchaman movie and Watashi no Kirai na Tantei. Watabe Atsuro is Chajima, the douchebag lawyer and I think the only thing I’ve seen him in was Keizoku.
In the end, the scum sucking lawyer was actually working in opposition to Makita and while he did turn around in the end, I never looked at him like he was honorable or valuable. I really would have liked it if he had changed on his own, because he valued his own partner and wasn’t being commanded to do what he did. And really, if he had dropped the whole plea bargain angle early on because bringing criminals to justice ought to be the whole point of doing what they were doing. It should have been better. I only wish it had been.