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  • Title: ホカベン
  • Title (romaji): Hokaben
  • Also known as: Case Files of a Rookie Lawyer
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Law, human drama
  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership rating: 8.1 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: NTV
  • Broadcast period: 2008-Apr-16 to 2008-Jun
  • Air time: Wednesday 22:00
  • Theme song: Namida wo Todokete by Tortoise Matsumoto


Domoto Akari is a rookie attorney, so-called "Hokaben," a hot lawyer just out of the oven. Sugisaki Tadashi is her boss at the big law firm, but he has lost his passion for work, and is as cool as ice. These two meet as the only two attorneys at the Pro Bono (For Public Good) section, which the firm created to fulfill their social service obligation.

The law will protect the weak---rookie attorney Akari still believes in the idealistic dream.

The law will not protect the weak, and it can even be a weapon to kill people---experienced Sugisaki has seen the limit of the law.

Clients after clients looking for saviors come to them for help, but the realities in front of them are too harsh to face. Will they give up or will they face the reality and fight? --NTV

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01 The law doesn't protect anyone! The lawyer's ideal and reality 08.8 ??.? ??.?
02 The one and only law that saves the mother and child 09.3 ??.? ??.?
03 What the juvenile law tries to protect 07.4 ??.? ??.?
04 Accused for the miss in the law case!? The trap of the indebted man 06.3 ??.? ??.?
05 I will uncover the truth!! The accidental death of the young boy 07.8 ??.? ??.?
06 Murder by bullying!? Save the future of the young boy 08.4 ??.? ??.?
07 The decision on the brutal criminal defense... A big trial 08.4 ??.? ??.?
08 Protect the smiling face of the mother! The medical malpractice lawsuit 07.0 ??.? ??.?
09 An attorney defending an attorney! I am going to resign 09.6 ??.? ??.?
10 I believe in the justice of the law 08.9 ??.? ??.?
Average -- 08.1 ??.? ??.?

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

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Winter 2008 NTV Summer 2008
SAITOU san Wednesday 22:00 Seigi no Mikata