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  • Title: ギフト
  • Title (English): Gift
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership ratings: 17.85
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 1997-Apr-16 to 1997-Jun-25
  • Theme song: Tokyo Joe by Bryan Ferry


Naomi, a middle-aged woman (Muroi Shigeru), goes to a house to meet her boyfriend with whom she had planned to skip the country, along with 50 billion yen in cash. When she gets to the house, there is no boyfriend, no money and a trail of blood leading to a closet. Opening the closet causes this nude, blood covered body (Kimura Takuya) to come falling out. She gets the young man into a hospital to revive him in hopes he can tell her where the boyfriend and the money went, but the guy from the closet has lost his memory. She gives him a new identity, calling him Yukio, and then employs him as a courier at her company to keep track of him in case he ever recovers his memory. As he works for Naomi, Yukio slowly discovers who he was and what has led him to the man he is now.


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Viewership Ratings

  • Ep 1: 23.0%
  • Ep 2: 18.7%
  • Ep 3: 15.5%
  • Ep 4: 17.8%
  • Ep 5: 16.6%
  • Ep 6: 15.9%
  • Ep 7: 15.6%
  • Ep 8: 16.9%
  • Ep 9: 19.0%
  • Ep 10: 16.5%
  • Ep 11: 20.9%


  • Kimura Takuya's use of a butterfly knife from this drama prompted a spate of copycat attacks by disaffected teenagers. The series was forbidden to broadcast and forced to prune down before it got the green light. At the beginning of 1998, it caused several victims, one of whom was a school teacher stabbed to death. The adolescent murderer admitted imitating Takuya's behavior in "Gift". The media blamed him for this butterfly knife hysteria. The series was forbidden to rebroadcast forever, and videos of the series disappeared from shop shelves.

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