Bitter Blood (2014 TV series)

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Bitter Blood
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Also known asPartners by Blood
GenreDrama, mystery, comedy
Created byShusuke Shizukui
Based onBitā Buraddo (novel)
Written byShota Koyama, Hiroyuki Komine
Directed byHiro Kanai, Masaki Tanimura
StarringTakeru Satoh, Atsuro Watabe
Opening themeDo You Ever Shine? by Mayday
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes11
Producer(s)Toshiyuki Nakano
Running time54 minutes
Production company(s)Fuji Television
Original networkFuji Television
Original release15 April (2014-04-15) –
24 June 2014 (2014-06-24)
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Bitter Blood (ビター・ブラッド, Bitā Buraddo), also known as Partners by Blood, is a Japanese television drama based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Shusuke Shizukui. The series was broadcast by Fuji Television from 15 April to 24 June 2014.[1]


Natsuki Sawara (Takeru Satoh) is a rookie detective who was assigned to the Ginza Police Station, where he finds himself partnered with his estranged father Akimura Shimao (Atsuro Watabe).[2] Natsuki is a caring emotional type, who tries to do the right thing, while his father (referred to as Gentle-san because he is always drinking Gentle coffee) is lackadaisical about his job, and largely focused on fashion. The two are generally opposite type of characters, and to heighten the friction, Natsuki holds the fact his father, Akimua abandoned his family (including his sister, Sahara Suzu Hirose) when they were young against them, they work well together in cases, successfully solving a number co crimes. The team includes judo expert Hitomi Maeda (Shiori Kutsuna), who Natsuki is attracted to, but soon finds out she is in fact attracted to his father, who is oblivious to this.

Maeda is also connected to Akiumura with her father. Her father and Akimura were working together, when he was killed by a mysterious serial killer (Kaizuka Takehisa, played by Oikawa Mitsuhiro), who kills people while listening to opera. The serial killer reappears, and the three try to arrest him.

The three work together in the investigative team at the Ginza police station, with a slightly unusual team, including Hisashi Koga "the Bachelor", Toshifumi Inaki the "chaser", and their boss, Kaoru Togashi.



  1. ^ "Bitter Blood" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. Archived from the original on 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  2. ^ ""Bitter Blood" between father-son detectives". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 April 2015.

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