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  • Title: Hero
  • Genre: Legal, crime
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV

Season 1

HERO DVD Cover Vol. 5
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 34.03%
  • Broadcast period: 2001-Jan-08 to 2001-Mar-19
  • Air time: Monday 21:00
  • Theme song: Can You Keep a Secret? by Utada Hikaru


Kohei Kuryu is a former juvenile delinquent who drops out of junior high and goes on to earn a high school equivalency diploma. After passing the law board exams, Kuryu becomes a prosecutor. Not your typical prosecutor, which is quickly seen through the clothes that he wears, Kuryu possesses quick instincts and a kind of cleverness that only someone raised on the streets could have.

Maiko Amamiya is a shrewd public prosecutor who has her eyes set on passing the exam to become a deputy prosecutor and tries her best to be noticed by her boss. Kuryu, on the other hand, after earning a reputation for doing top-notch work, is transferred to Amamiya's division, and finally opens his eyes to the possibility of promotion. Unfortunately, his unprecedented work behavior abruptly brings things to a halt.

Although earning a reputation as a bad apple, the influence from Kuryu's strong pursuit of justice slowly begins to change things around him. This drama is filled with it all; love, laughs and lots of emotion. --Fuji TV

User/Viewer Ratings

(7 votes)


Guest Cast

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Episode Information

Episode Subtitle (English) Rating (Kanto)
01 Encounter from hell 33.4%
02 The two now gone 30.8%
03 The crime called love 30.8%
04 What he taught me 30.7%
05 A night alone together 34.9%
06 Her most prized possession 36.1%
07 I'm glad I had the chance to meet you 34.5%
08 A woman who knows the past 36.8%
09 I'll always be with you 34.4%
10 A hint of farewell 35.1%
11 The final incident 36.8%

Source: Video Research, Ltd.


Hero Special
  • Title: Hero
  • Format: Tanpatsu
  • Viewership rating: 30.9%
  • Broadcast date: 2006-Jul-03
  • Air time: Monday 21:00-23:18


Five years after leaving Josai bureau, Kuryu Kohei, who has been working in Sapporo, Hokkaido, is transferred to Nijigaura, Yamaguchi (a fictitious town, its real name is Nijigahama), a quiet place on the seaside where he arrives precisely when the first murder in eleven years has been committed. Soon, Takita Akihiko, the most beloved and influent person of the town, is suspected and Kuryu has to deal with this problem, as the other members are too frightened to take any action.

A special in which the atmosphere of the renzoku series is kept, even though the cast has been almost entirely replaced. The fact that the story is located in the countryside gives the little bit of originality this episode needed. And it is with great pleasure that we meet again several characters of the renzoku series who make an apparition as guests.


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Season 2

  • Format: Renzoku
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 21.9%
  • Broadcast period: 2014-Jul-14 to 2014-Sep-22
  • Air time: Monday 21:00


Kiryuu Kohei has returned to the Josai branch of the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office which is now headed by Deputy Public Prosecutor Ushimaru Yutaka. Kiryuu’s new assistant is the dignified, beautiful but coarse Asagi Chika. --JDrama Weblog


Correlation chart
Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
St. Georges Tavern


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Episode Information

Episode Subtitle (English) Rating
01 Jewel robbery of aging verge beginning of a revival! Kuri students new legend in month 9 13 years 26.5%
02 Mystery of lies and pervert enemy ... two of Kuri students VS hotshot lawyer! 19.0%
03 Prosecutor crisis whereabouts combination of the elimination of truth? Do not apologize absolutely 20.5%
04 18.7%
05 21.0%
06 20.1%
07 19.0%
08 20.5%
09 20.2%
10 22.3%
11 22.9%
Average 21.3%

Source: Video Research, Ltd.



  • On 2007-Sep-08, a HERO movie was released with all the original cast from HERO (2001) involved.
  • On 2009-Nov-28, a remake of the TV Special was aired, including new scenes and footage.
  • On 2015-Jul-18, a new HERO movie was released starring Kimura Takuya, Kitagawa Keiko, Matsu Takako.[1]
  • In imitation of Takuya's role as a rule-breaking prosecutor, law graduates changed their minds about their careers. Being a prosecutor became the hottest job, thereby beating the previous occupation of becoming a lawyer.

External Links

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Fuji TV
Spring 2001
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Spring 2014
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Autumn 2014
Gokuaku Ganbo
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