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  • Title: ATARU
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 15.4% (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: TBS
  • Broadcast period: 2012-Apr-15 to 2012-Jun-24
  • Air time: Sunday 21:00
  • Theme song: Jiyuu e Michizure by Shiina Ringo


Ataru, who suffers from "savant syndrome," has the power to discover, observe, see through, and deduct microscopic evidence of unsolved cases. Why does he always go to the criminal sites? What explains his strange behavior? His sad past will be revealed as the story unfolds.

An explosion occurs at a chemical factory, leaving one person dead. The investigation team concludes that it is merely an accident, but Ebina Maiko has her doubts. When she goes to the site again, she finds a man who introduces himself as "Chokozai." After blurting out a series of words that Maiko cannot understand, he suddenly falls asleep. Maiko decides to look up the meaning of these words. She is taken aback when she discovers that when put together, these words provide the key to solving the case. -- TBS

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01 The clues related to murder cases as muttered by the strange young man!
For the first time ever, the start of a brand new kind of mystery
02 The murder with absolutely no evidence! Untangle the perfect crime!! 16.9
03 The selfish mind of a man VS the strange mind of a woman 10.9
04 The utmost dangerous situation!! Chokozai’s abduction & the ingenius appraiser’s trap 13.8
05 The invisible man incident that really took place 14.5
06 The unthinkable murderous intent hidden behind the absolute pitch 17.4
07 Farewell to the bond shared by the men!! The murderer detective 13.5
08 Chokozai's true identity and purpose!! 14.7
09 Child Abuse!! But I still love mom 17.1
10 The murder method that was only known by her father 13.5
11 Farewell Chokozai!! And the truth behind her mother’s death 17.4
Average 15.4

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  • Multiple cameos or references from SPEC can be found throughout the series (ep 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9).

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