Also known as: "BORDER: Impulse" / "BORDER ~ Kenshikan Higa Mika" / "BORDER Shoudou ~Kenshikan Higa Mika~"
Starring: Haru, Ishimaru Kanji, Kudo Asuko, and more
Original Screenplay by: Kaneshiro Kazuki ('Okusama wa, Toriatsukai Chuui', 'CRISIS', 'BORDER', 'SP')
Broadcast period: October 6th & October 13th, 2017
Synopsis: Set before the events of BORDER, we follow forensic scientist Higa Mika as she struggles to step out of Professor Asakawa Toru's shadow and become an independent scientist. For some reason, it seems that she's stuck being his assistant and can't progress any further, when a female junior high school student gets strangled in the jurisdiction of the Nishihara Police Station.
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10/12 - Added episode 01 (notes available)
10/16 - Added episode 02
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Not every "hai" (yes) or common phrase ("thanks for your hard work / otsukaresama", "thanks for the meal / itadakimasu", "much appreciated / yoroshiku onegaishimasu" and stuff) gets translated if I feel like it's not necessary. Sometimes it just feels weird for me to translate it, because there's no natural counterpart for those in English.
Notes Episode 01:
In this context and the way she said it, it's supposed to mimic a yakuza boss who expresses his appreciation towards one of his men who served time in prison in order to keep the heat from the family. In a normal context, it would be a very polite way for a junior worker to address his senior colleague after a job/day well done. However, some versions of 'otsukaresama' or 'gokurosan' are more common.
The term medical examiner/coroner system in Japan:
In Japan, the equivalent of a coroner's office merely assists with investigations and doesn't conduct an investigation on their own. Members of the office are police detectives with field experience. Investigators typically hold the rank of captain and have studied forensic medicine and investigation techniques at the National Police Academy. Now Higa Mika is not a police detective, but an actual forensic scientist. For a forensic scientist like her to go to a crime scene is pretty much non-existent in Japan. They touch a bit on that in this episode and how, in this fictional Japan, the MPD is setting up a coroner system like in the US (special examiner if you will). In the parent drama 'BORDER', circumstances led to Higa Mika become such a special examiner/coroner.
The difficulty in Japan is that the two professions sound exactly the same, even though their field of work would be vastly different:
検死官 (kenshikan) - a forensic scientist who investigates on-site similar to a coroner system in the US, which is non-existent in Japan
検視官 (kenshikan) - a police detective who has studied forensic medicine, which exists in Japan
PS: The upcoming winter drama "Unnatural" (starring Ishihara Satomi) deals with the same kind of situation and will explore how a coroner system might work in Japan.
480p at jdramacity, 720p-DoA at nyaa.