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A Japanese live-action series. Osawa Eriko returns home after having worked in America for several years. Back in Japan she becomes the boss of a division that is filled with misfit detectives. This series ran in 2009 and consists of eleven episodes. The second season was released two years later.

Has nothing to do with the Starz series Boss.


This series provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: There are quite a number of them.
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  • A God Am I: The villain in episode 2 refers to himself as 'God'.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Osawa ends up in this kind of situation a couple of times.
  • Asshole Victim: Quite plenty.
  • Badass Grandpa: The killer in Season 2's episode 4, who's also a Handicapped Badass.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Masaki Shougo towards Manami-chan.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Kimoto Mami. Will take a taxi instead of walk for ten seconds.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Iwai Zenji is one of the rarer gay examples.
  • Catchphrase: "We have a case". So much that it is noted when she doesn't say it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Yamamura's lame-looking "bulletproof" helmet actually works!
    • Hanagata's iron plate in Season 2's Episode 2, used by Iwai two episodes later to protect himself from a stab.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The villain of Season 1's Episode 1, whom Osawa seeks advice from regarding a complex bomb in that season's last episode.
  • The Chessmaster: Osawa has quite a few tricks up her sleeve.
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  • Cool Old Guy: Oyama Genzo, who keeps his calm all the time. Even though he was targeted with an explosion and then kidnapped.
  • Cop Show
  • Date Peepers: In Season 2, Episode 8.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Katagiri Takuma, who has good reasons for this. He finally gets over it in Season 1's episode 8.
  • Drowning Pit
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Osawa playing a thief named "Heisuke-san".
  • Everybody Is Single: Except for the boss. Though that relationship has its own issues. They finally break up at the end of Season 1.
    • Katagiri manages to find a girlfriend in Season 2. He has to break up with her too.
  • Evil Counterpart: Kogure (in Season 2's Episode 7) to Hanagata, Numata to Osawa.
  • Faking the Dead: Nodate in the last episode.
  • Five-Man Band: Osawa's subordinates:
  • Gold Digger: Yamamura Keisuke is so gullible that he falls victim to this as well as other types of money scams many times.
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  • Handsome Lech: Nodate Shinjiro
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Kimoto claims to be this.
  • Henpecked Husband: Chief Tanba is hinted to be one.
  • I Love the Dead: The second Angel Killer.
  • Keet: Hanagata Ippei.
  • Knife Nut: Some of the villains, like the one in Season 1's episode 2.
  • Morality Pet: Manami-chan to the killer of Season 2's Episode 9.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Takakura, the Big Bad of Season 1, is actually manipulated by a secret organization ran by Morioka, Osawa and Nodate's old friend. Then it turns out that even Morioka is manipulated as well, by Rika's old man.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment
  • The Mole: Nodate pretends to be this. It turns out to be another cop.
  • Only Sane Man: Osawa seems to be this, but only because all the others are so weird.
  • Pet the Dog: The villain of Season 2's Episode 9 is probably the most prominent example so far, as he takes care of a little girl whose Abusive Parents are among the ones he killed.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Numata Yoshimi.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Some of the villains.
  • Shooting Gallery: The body parts that the different detectives aim at tells you a lot about their personal issues.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Katagiri has no choice but to break up with his girlfriend as he is a detective, and her father is found out to be a murderer's accomplice.
  • Title Drop: The detectives call Osawa "Boss".
  • Trickster Mentor: Nodate.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Morioka and Rika's father, who believe they are doing what's best for their country.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Masaki Shougo. While he has no qualms killing Manami's mother, who had nothing to do with his tragic past, he has a sort-of brotherly love for the little girl, who reminds him of his dead little sister.

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