Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de

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Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de
Publicity Poster for Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de
Genre Mystery drama
Based on Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de
by Tokuya Higashigawa
Written by Kuroiwa Tsutomu
Directed by Hijikata Masato, Ishikawa Junichi
Starring Sho Sakurai
Keiko Kitagawa
Opening theme Love Me Back by Koda Kumi
Ending theme Meikyu Love Song by Arashi
Composer(s) Yugo Kanno
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (1 special)
Executive producer(s) Hiroaki Narikawa, Misato Sato
Producer(s) Nagai Reiko
Running time 54 minutes
Production company(s) Fuji TV, Kyodo TV
Original network Fuji TV
Original release October 18 (2011-10-18) – December 20, 2011 (2011-12-20)
External links
Official website

Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de (謎解きはディナーのあとで, Lit. The After-Dinner Mysteries) is a Japanese television drama series based on the mystery novel of the same name by Japanese author Tokuya Higashigawa. It premiered on Fuji TV on October 18, 2011.[1] This drama series was subsequently followed two-hour long special episode,[2] then a film sequel.[3]


Reiko is a rich heiress to a zaibatsu, but she chose to work as a detective. She resents her superior, Kazamatsuri, who always seem to be making illogical deductions that causes murder cases to become cold cases. One day, her butler suddenly announces his retirement, and he chooses Kageyama as his replacement. Reiko realizes that Kageyama's deduction skills are very good after Kageyama solved a seemingly unsolvable mystery. After that, whenever Reiko meets an unsolvable case, she would lay out the details of the case for Kageyama, and he would explain to her how that particular case is solved after dinner. After every case, Kageyama also explains to Reikko some universal truth or human nature that led to each crime being committed.


  • Sho Sakurai as Kageyama, Reiko Hosho's new butler. He has a special interest in solving mysteries, and helps his mistress solve seemingly unsolvable cases. However, he often shames her whenever she asks for help or when she makes a wrong deduction. He is seemingly good at everything, and has a wide range of general knowledge. Coupled with his observant nature, Kageyama manages to solve every single case almost in his first try.
  • Keiko Kitagawa as Reiko Hosho, a rich heiress who has begun working undercover as a police detective. As she lacks deductive skills, she is often forced to turn to Kageyama for help. The young Reiko is played by child actress Cocoa Ito.
  • Kippei Shiina as Kyoichiro Kazamatsuri, the head of the Serious Crimes Unit at Kunitachi Police Precinct’s Criminal Affairs Division. A bachelor and quasi career detective, he is also Reiko’s superior. He was promoted to be an inspector at a young age, and is known to show off his status as the son of the millionaire owner of Kazamatsuri Motors. Despite his position, he has a tendency of making ridiculous theories and taking credit for others' more-relevant ideas as if he'd thought them up. However, his ridiculous theories sometimes play an important role in helping Kageyama solve cases.
  • Toru Nomaguchi as Seiichi Namiki, an assistant detective under Kazamatsuri. He has a cool personality, which sharply contrasts him with Kazamatsuri.
  • Katsuo Nakamura as Satoru Yamashige, a crime scene investigator who is an expert in crime scene forensics.
  • Anri Okamoto as Azumi Munemori, a female police inspector. Together with Ejiri, they form a duo that worships Kazamatsuri and can be seen serving him during investigation.
  • Konatsu Tanaka as Yuka Ejiri, a female police inspector.


Episode title Romanized title Translation of title Broadcast date Ratings[4]
Ep. 1
Satsujingenba de ha kutsu wo o-negi kudasai
Please remove your shoes at a crime scene
October 18, 2011
Ep. 2
Koroshi no wain ha ikagadeshou
Would you fancy some deadly wine?
October 25, 2011
Ep. 3
Futamata ha o-ki wo tsuke kudasai
Please be careful of infidelity
November 1, 2011
Ep. 4
Hanayome ha misshitsu no naka de gozaimasu
The bride is inside the locked room
November 8, 2011
Ep. 5
Aribai o goshomou de gozaimasu ka
Do you require an alibi?
November 15, 2011
Ep. 6
Kireina bara ni ha satsui ga gozaimasu
The beautiful roses are murderous
November 22, 2011
Ep. 7
Koroshi no sai ha boushi wo o-wasurenaku
After committing murder please do not forget to take your hat
November 29, 2011
Ep. 8
Satsui no pāti ni youkoso
Welcome to the murderous party
December 6, 2011
Ep. 9
Seiya ni shisha kara no dengon wo douzo
Here is the message from the deceased on this holy night
December 13, 2011
Ep. 10
December 20, 2011
Ratings for Kanto region (average rating: 15.93%)[4]
謎解きはディナーのあとで スペシャル
Nazotoki ha dinā no ato de supesharu
Solve the Mystery after Dinner SP
March 27, 2012


  1. ^ Shiso (September 26, 2011). "Koda Kumi to sing the opening theme for "Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de"". Tokyohive. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Shiso (2012-01-26). "櫻井翔&北川景子の"謎解き"コンビがSPドラマで復活". Oricon. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  3. ^ Shiso (2012-06-04). "『謎解きはディナーのあとで』が映画化 毒舌・櫻井翔&お嬢様・北川景子コンビ再び". Oricon. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Show schedule and ratings". Audience Rating Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

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Preceded by
Zettai Reido
(12/07/2011 - 20/09/2011)
Fuji Television Kakku dramas
Tuesdays 21:00 - 21:54 (JST)
Succeeded by
Strawberry Night
(10/01/2012 - 20/03/2012)