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Genre Costume Drama
Created by Yuma Ando
Written by Shogo Muto
Directed by Yuichi Sato (ep. 1-2,5,8,11), Junichi Ishikawa (ep3-4,7,10), Kazuyuki Iwata (ep. 6,9)
Starring Teppei Koike
Suzuka Ohgo
Naohito Fujiki
Muga Tsukaji
Miki Maya
Daisuke Miyagawa
Akina Minami
Shige Uchida
Tamaki Matsuda
Narumi Konno
Opening theme "Atarashii Hibi" by
Every Little Thing
Composer(s) Yugo Kanno
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 11 + 2 special
Producer(s) Hideki Inada, Yukiko Yanagawa
Running time 45 minutes (approx.)
Original release 8 July – 16 September 2008
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Shibatora (シバトラ?) was an 11-episode TV series broadcast in Japan in 2008, starring Teppei Koike as the main protagonist and Suzuka Ohgo as the heroine. The central character is nicknamed "Shibatora" and he forms "Team Shibatora" to investigate crimes. The series is based on the manga created by Shin Kibayashi. The series consists of many twists, combining dark themes with comedic moments.


Taketora Shibata (aka "Shibatora") is just a quiet, ordinary junior-high student. He looks so vulnerable that bullies try to rip him off on the streets. However, he is actually a police detective and an expert swordsman in kendo. Shibata has a special ability to see the "reaper's hands" around people whose life is in danger. One day, the Shibatora team is assigned on an undercover operation. Shibata's covers include a high school student, a maid cafe waitress and a delinquent sentenced to a juvenile detention center... With the cooperation from his various friends, he gets to the bottom of many crimes that occur.


Team Shibatora[edit]

A juvenile police detective whose famous traits are his baby face and ability to see the reaper's hands. Following the ideals of his father, he believes in and tries to understand the feelings of underage criminals. Hakuto nicknames him "Shibatora", a combination of his first and last name.
Mizuki Hosho came from a loving family. However, everything changed when her mother died, and her father began to mistreat and abuse her. She wants nothing but to live a happy life with the people close to her.
A good friend of Shibatora who always supports and backs him up. He is the owner of Sabbath Sabbath, his own clothing store, and also provides room and board for Taketora, Hakuto, and eventually, Mizuki. He seems to have a thug image, and has connections to Helter Skelter, a neighborhood gang.
An expert hacker who was released from jail recently. He, along with Kojiro, supports Shibata in his cases behind the scenes. Because of his weight, Kojiro nicknames him "Pig" and often makes jokes at his expense. However, Hakuto becomes the heart behind "Team Shibatora" and proves himself useful by hacking into various databases. Hakuto also manages his own cafe after convincing Kojiro to let him open it in a corner of Sabbath Sabbath.
The Director of the Juvenile Safety Division, and Shibata's boss. She often uses illegal undercover operations to accomplish her goals and is known as the "Wild Dog" of the police. She seems to share some past with Kojiro Fujiki.
Ayukawa is a female officer in the traffic division. She and her two friends adore Shibata, and later they go to great lengths to make sure his job is kept safe. She eventually becomes Hakuto's object of affection.

Other characters[edit]

Shinjo is a lazy and rebellious detective. He has a strong dislike for Shibata due to his conflicting ideals, as well as his boss, Sakura Chiba, for abandoning his partner while he was in an illegal undercover operation. As a result, he often tries to interfere with their operations. Unlike his manga counterpart, he is portrayed more as comic relief in the drama.
Nanbara is a fan of Shinjo, praising him for everything he does. Though at first Shinjo seems to enjoy it, he eventually becomes more and more irritated with him.
Kusonoki was accused of stealing when he was young, and was subsequently expelled from the prestigious school he was attending. He believes he was judged unfairly, and since his family did not believe in him and shunned him since the incident, it caused him to despise adults and in particular, the police. He is currently a student in the class which Shibata is investigating, making him one of the suspects of the "Onigami" case.
Kato's parents abandoned him in their apartment when he was young, only giving him 10,000 yen a month to support himself. Despite hoping for their return for years, Kato has neither seen nor heard from them since then, aside from the monthly money. He came to believe that adults were selfish and greedy, and could not be trusted. Kato was a student in the same class to which Shibata was assigned while undercover, and is one of the suspects of the "Onigami" case.
Kanazawa was a student in the same class to which Shibata was assigned while undercover. Along with the other students, he is one of the suspects of the "Onigami" case.
Machida portrays herself as a strong and tough woman. However, her mother ignores her out of her own insecurities, and deep down, Rika is feeling the pain of neglect. Shibata later discovers that Rika became involved in drugs because of it. She was also one of the suspects of the "Onigami" case.
Mura does not have a father. However, he came to see his teacher, Mizoguchi, as his surrogate father. After a scandalous incident, Mizoguchi suddenly vanished from the school, and Mura was blamed for the crime. Feeling betrayed, he sought vengeance against Mizoguchi. He is one of the suspects of the "Onigami" case.
Mizoguchi is a former teacher at the high school which Shibata was investigating. While he was there, he treated Mura like a son and taught him boxing as a way to straighten him out. He becomes a victim of the "Onigami" case.
Ochiai was once Shibata's friend, but their differences drove them apart in the end. After being imprisoned for the murder of Shibata's father and Sakura Chiba's sister, he was released for good behavior. However, the imprisonment changed him for the worse, making him the ruthless villain he is today. He is behind many of the crimes Shibata investigates.
Ino was Ochiai's prison mate, who was the primary cause of Ochiai's changes. He was sent to jail for murdering three of his dojo classmates.
Tokiwa is a female officer in a high-ranking position. She follows Sakura Chiba's ideals in doing whatever it takes to reach her goals even more ruthlessly than Sakura Chiba herself.

Ending of main characters[edit]

  • Taketora Shibata continues working as a detective for the Safety Juvenile section; however, he is still known by people as a baby face or middle-school student.
  • In the Special, Shibata remained as a detective and occasionally visited underage criminals to try to get them to change.
  • In the specials, Shibata finally moved on from Mizuki's death during the bombing incident and is still working as a detective.
  • Mizuki Hosho was sent to jail for killing Ochiai and actually being the real creator of the Onigami group.
  • In the 1st special, after Mizuki faced the public and confessed about her crimes, she returned to jail, but this time she has a hope and a family to which to return.
  • In the 2nd special, Mizuki was about to be released from prison, unfortunately she died during a bombing incident. She appeared in the end as Shibata's illusion, telling him to move on.
  • Shinsuke Hakuto ends up dating Tamaki, after recovering from his injuries.
  • Kojiro Fujiki and Sakura Chiba moved on from their guilt of the death of their close one and started a new life.
  • Rika Machida was a star in a commercial and living happily with her mother.

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Description
01 Babyfaced Detective's Undercover Operation Shibata finally became a detective as he always wanted, but his first case is finding a missing girl, "Mizuki Hosho". However, Shibata saw the "Reaper's Hands" on her. Can he find her in time?
02 A Promise... I will jump for you Shibata's next undercover mission is in a local high school. His mission is to uncover who the real "Onigami" is among the students. However, Yuji Kusunoki, a student, is planting a bomb and forcing Toru Shinjo to bungee jump off the school roof. Could he be the real "Onigami"?
03 Betrayal - I will never forgive you It turns out that "Onigami" is still not solved. Meanwhile, a student, Hiromi Mura, is having a problem with his old teacher. It is up to Shibata to help Mura and his old teacher, but why does he see the "Reaper's Hands" on Mura?
04 Conclusion - You are a fierce God Shibata and the other students are locked in an abandoned building on a class trip ordered by "Onigami". After a near death experience, it turns out that the real Onigami is none other than Gakuto Kato. But what is his intention?
05 Moe: Maid Cafe Infiltration Shibata now finds himself in another undercover mission as a maid waitress to find a missing girl. Meanwhile, Hakuto sees love in Mary-chan, a fellow waitress. However, as sweet and easy going as she seems, she is actually suffering a lot deep down.
06 Revenge... The last tearful confrontation "Ochiai" is revealed as the one that is pulling the strings behind Mary's decision to suicide. However, he was also responsible for the kidnapping of the missing girls, the death of Shibata's father, and Yuri Chiba, Kujiro's girlfriend and Sakura's sister. Shibata, Kojiro, and Sakura soon find themselves confronting their deepest pain.
07 Devil's Temptation... I will save you by all means Lately, meth is sold widely throughout Japan in the form of a hard candy. Shibata, with help from Mizuki, tries to find out who's behind this. Along the way, they met an old friend, Rika Machida. But it seems that she is working for the one responsible. Rika soon finds herself in danger. Could Ochiai be behind this?
08 Courage... An escape that is impossible to predict Rika and Shibata are trapped in an ocean of trees without food or water after being captured and buried alive. Will they make it out? Will Rika get the chance to face her mother?
09 Prison Infiltration... A surprise scheme Shibata goes undercover into the Juvenile Detention Center to investigate Ochiai's prison connections, but first, he needs to be accepted by the other inmates. Meanwhile, Shibata also runs into Gakuto Kato again.
10 Jailbreak! The team's greatest crisis! It turns out that Kato was only using the name "Onigami" and the original Onigami is still out there. Mizuki is having trouble coping with Ochiai's continued interference with all of their lives. Shibata successfully broke out of prison with Ino, but when he finally makes it to Ochiai's designated meeting place, he finds that Ochiai is already dead.
11 To our hopes for the future... Shibata is accused of being Ochiai's murderer. He must find the real the culprit. However, the clue that is left behind is a feather matching "Team Shibatora"'s cell phone straps, which means the murderer can only be a member from "Team Shibatora". Could it really be someone so close to Shibata? And who's the real onigami?
Special Biggest Emergency in History Special A new Onigami event occurred, the new Onigami intends to use Mizuki as a pawn to prove that the police are wrong. However, Shibata sees the reaper's hand on Mizuki, and what can Shibata do to prevent this.

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