The new season begins with a special case that leads the duo to the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong. It’s the first time for ‘Aibou’ to expand its setting to a foreign location since they went to London in the second season. Mizutani commented that it perfectly suits inspector Sugishita Ukyo, since Hong Kong used to be a British colony and Ukyo is interested in everything British. His new partner is called ‘Kai Toru’. He’s played by Narimiya Hiroki and is going to breath new life into the series. More details about him can be found here and here, but we will have to wait until the first episode to find out how they end up as partners. Edit Translation
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Aibou is a legendary show in Japan. Compare it with German Tatort, a show made to be enjoyed during leisure time while you are full with food and slightly drowsy. This kind of shows run for decades because they have winning formulas uniquely suited to their time slot.
For Aibou the formula includes the charismatic main character, his hot unruly partner, comic relief supporting characters, and elaborate cases that run the gamut from the classic closed room whodunits Agatha Christie style to the more innovative stories. Don't expect to guess the murderer, though, you would definitely fail. The show has not been running this long for no reason, after all.
This particular season is more known in the international fandom because the hot unruly partner is played by devastatingly gorgeous Narimiya Hiroki who is, I dare say, 'pimped out' here to the maximum. There is not a single episode where he doesn't wear a tight waistcoat over half-unbuttoned shirt with rolled-up sleeves. And if an occasion requires going outside, you may be rest assured that he would be sporting some new expensive coat in the military style. The contrast with the other characters make it all too obvious what Narimiya's role in this show really is.
This drama may be old-fashioned but it is quite solid and would make for a great dinner companion if it were available with dubbing.