Nyokei Kazoku

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Nyokei Kazoku


  • Title: 女系家族
  • Title (romaji): Nyokei Kazoku
  • Also known as: Matrilineal Family
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Mystery, Suspense
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership ratings: 13.85%
  • Broadcast network: TBS
  • Broadcast period: 2005-Jul-07 to 2005-Sep-15
  • Air time: Thursday 22:00
  • Theme song: Ai No Shi (Love Song) by Imai Miki


Bitter is the appropriate adjective for all the characters in Nyokei Kazoku. The story is lead by 35-year Yajima Fujiyo, the eldest daughter of a wealthy matrilineal family. Due to a short-term illness, Yoshizo passed away, leaving behind three daughters who all dislike each other, and a multi-billion yen estate. During the review of the will, a mistress named Fumino is revealed, who the family didn't know about. Fumino has an ally within the Yajima corporation - business associate Ono Uichi. Uichi is handling the estate but definitely does not deserve such trust, being involved in all sorts of backroom financial shenanigans. Hovering in the background is Yoshizaburo Umemura, the head of a Japanese traditional dance school. Umemura is covering his financial bets by going after both Fujiyo and Fumino. --- re-written by groink

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Episode Titles[edit]

  • Ep 01: Confrontation!
  • Ep 02: Disharmony
  • Ep 03: Heartless
  • Ep 04: The New Reality
  • Ep 05: Miscarriage
  • Ep 06: Scene of Carnage
  • Ep 07: Filthy
  • Ep 08: Underhanded Dealings
  • Ep 09: The Reverse Faces of Men

Episode Ratings[edit]

  • Ep 01: 18.1%
  • Ep 02: 15.4%
  • Ep 03: 12.0%
  • Ep 04: 12.1%
  • Ep 05: 11.3%
  • Ep 06: 12.1%
  • Ep 07: 13.2%
  • Ep 08: 12.7%
  • Ep 09: 12.4%
  • Ep 10: 16.4%
  • Ep 11: 16.5%


  • The English translation of the series' name is Matrilineal Family. The background of this series verifies the translation. The Yajima family name has been carried over for five generations through the female side. Yoshizo married into the Yajima family. When his wife passed away, he retained a brother-in-law status within the family. So that he wouldn't lose control of his inheritence, he was not allowed to re-marry, which is why he instead chose to have a mistress (Fumino) instead. Also, Ryokichi married into the Yajima family by way of Chizu. Because he is the first male to enter the immediate family, he is entitled to become president of the Yajima corporation.
  • Matrilineal families are very uncommon in western society, but is somewhat common in Eastern Asia. This is necessary in the situation where a rich family consists only of daughters.
  • For males, it is believed that on the 49th day the destination of the deceased would be decided. By having the special service, the surviving family hopes to eliminate all evil deeds the deceased may have committed during his lifetime, of which may cause him to be sent to the evil worlds, like hell or the animal world. For women, it is the 35th day. (episode 5)

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