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|The Adventure of the Blossoming Attorney|
August 13, 1900
|Defense team leader|
|Defense team assistants|
|Time of death||
August 11, 1900; 2:00 PM
|Weapon/cause of death||
Stabbed through lungs after consumption of poison
|Satoru Hosonaga |
Heita Mamemomi! (arrested)
|Ryūnosuke Naruhodō* (allusions) |
Kazuma Asōgi* (allusions)
John Watson* (allusions)
Sherlock Holmes* (allusions)
Iris Watson* (allusions)
|Japanese Supreme Court|
|Coroner's Report |
Crime Scene Photograph
Sōseki's Newspaper Article
Article on a Potent Drug
Plan of the Crime Scene
|Tomorrow, I shall be standing in the Imperial Court. ...For the only time in my life as an attorney.|
Episode 1: The Adventure of the Blossoming Attorney is the first episode of Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo. Susato Mikotoba, under the guise of Ryūtarō Naruhodō, takes the defense attorney's bench to defend her friend, Haori Murasame, who is accused of murdering Jezail Brett.
Susato Mikotoba stands in front of the grave of Kazuma Asōgi. She mentions how Ryūnosuke Naruhodō is a great attorney and how she was sorry to leave him to protect her sick father. But then she mentions that something happened when she came back to Japan. The corpse of Jezail Brett in a beach house is shown. Tomorrow, Susato Mikotoba is going to stand in court as an attorney for the first time, so she prays to Asōgi to lend her his strength.
Before the TrialEdit
- 8:26 AM
The next morning, Yūjin Mikotoba is impressed at his daughter's disguise but fears that her nervousness will give herself away. Then the defendant comes over to ask Susato to protect her. She is Haori Murasame, Susato's best friend and assistant to her father. Murasame is so sure about the "attorney" since they appear very gallant to her but she doesn't know it's really her best friend defending her until Yūjin reveals it. In Japan, women were not allowed to be attorneys yet, and Susato doesn't really have that much skills as one anyway, but she had no choice. She's determined get her best friend free just as the bailiff announces the start of the trial.
- 9:00 AM
In the courtroom, Susato Mikotoba announces herself as Ryūtarō Naruhodō, cousin of Ryūnosuke Naruhodō. After successfully answering a couple of questions, she hears about the secret trial nine months ago where a professor named John H. Watson was murdered for unknown reasons right after Japan signed a treaty with England. The culprit of that case is the victim of this current one and all of the Japanese law know of her name: Jezail Brett. Japan couldn't pass judgement on British Brett under their own laws due to Great Britain calling for the right of consul, they were instructed to escort her to Shanghai, China as there is a consul office of Great Britain there. But the day before she was to be sent there on a steamship, she was murdered.
The prosecutor, Taketsuchi Auchi, then gives the opening statement for today's trial. The incident happened midday on August 11th in a seawater bath on a beach near Tokyo. Jezail Brett was stabbed through her lungs in the back with a small knife. Haori Murasame was the only one in the hut aside from Brett when she was killed, it was then the police arrived and arrested her. Auchi says her violet motive was that she worked under Professor Watson, the man Brett killed.
"Ryūtarō" asks Murasame if there really was the two of them, but she says an inspector was with Brett and there were others there, Murasame was just asked to accompany her, but it is true that only they were in the hut. Auchi says Murasame drove her into the hut since there would never be another chance to murder her before she'd be extradited to Shanghai. Jezail Brett was at that seawater bath because she wanted to remember her final days of Japan there before leaving. Great Britain pressured Japan to cooperate with her, so they sent an inspector with her. Brett continued her research at Teito Yuumei University so its not surprising that Haori Murasame would heavily loath her.
The court accepts a photo of Jezail Brett's corpse in the hut as evidence. The evidence and witnesses' testimonies, one of them is the inspector there who is outstanding in the Teito police force, all seem decisive. Taketsuchi Auchi sees this as a perfect opportunity to exact his revenge on "Ryūtarō Naruhodō". He was humiliated at the trial nine months ago by "his cousin" and his best friend, Kazuma Asōgi, who cut his hair. It marked the end of his "Bakumatsu era", but when he swore revenge, a small piece of hair miraculously appeared on his bald forehead. Today, Auchi vows to butcher the Naruhodō clan.
"Cross-Examining Hosonaga and Natsume"Edit
The inspector turned out to be Satoru Hosonaga who was wearing the same outfit he was wearing at the time of the incident. The other witness was the author Sōseki Natsume who got famous due to the success of his book, I Am A Cat, he's even got his own reporter following him. Natsume was invited to a lecture at Teito Yuumei University that day, he spoke with Yūjin Mikotoba for a newspaper company. A reporter was there giving complete coverage of Natsume who gave "Ryūtarō" one of the newspaper. It was then that Jezail Brett asked to go to the beach as she was continuing her research there. Yūjin was not a witness, he had work to do.
Hosonaga and Natsume testify that they heard a scream from behind. The ran to the hut and saw the two women. Brett was dead and the knife Haori Murasame was holding had blood on it as if she was stabbed multiple times. Taketsuchi Auchi then adds a fountain pen Brett was holding her hand when she died, and it had the initials H.M. Mursame is looking pretty guilty right now but Susato is not giving up. With the shout of her first "Objection!", she says the coroner's report clearly says she was only stabbed once contrary to Hosonaga's testimony. What's more, if she was only stabbed once it would be impossible for the blade to be stained with blood if it was about to be stabbed again, so Susato suggests that Murasame was just pulling out the blade. Auchi counters this by saying Murasame was probably going to stab her again even if that didn't kill Brett, the blood doesn't matter. The judge notes that the fact that the murder weapon was just in Murasame's hands is enough to make her the killer. Auchi asks why she would pull the knife out of Brett in the first place, so Susato says it was to actually save the victim, but everyone else finds that ridiculous.
Satoru Hosonaga requests a testimony on forensic medicine. He says if the knife was so deep that if it was removed blood would gush out of Jezail Brett's body, so there was no reason remove the knife. Susato can't believe it, but Yūjin, Murasame, and Hosonaga studied health so they know what they're talking about. The judge warns "Ryūtarō" if "he" cannot find anything to prove Murasame's innocence she will be guilty immediately. Upon reading the newspaper Sōseki Natsume gave her, Susato finds out that a drug was stolen from Yuumei University, Yūjin was surprised, Murasame didn't tell him about that. When Susato presents that to Hosonaga, she says if that particular stolen drug was coated on the blade it would take minutes for Brett to die, therefore Murasame would remove it swiftly to prevent the poison. Prosecutor Auchi argues that this drug has no relevance to the case unless Murasame suspected the poison was there. So Susato notes that the coroner's report says that Brett's pupils were contracted instead of enlarged which is a result of the poison's effect.
Taketsuchi Auchi mocks Yūjin Mikotoba for not noticing the poison was gone. Haori Murasame suddenly takes the stand a takes the blame for not telling the professor about it. She noticed it after his conversation with Natsume but she afraid she would fail him for a classified drug get stolen. She thinks the thief was Jezail Brett and that's why she was with her during the incident. But Brett denied stealing the poison and collapsed when she stood up. She didn't know how that knife got there but her pupils were tiny. So she tried to pull out the knife and apologizes for not saying any of this early. The judge shows great courage for her confession, but Auchi won't have it. He suddenly shows the court a photograph inside the hut with the knife in Murasame's hand and Brett body! Susato points out that whoever to this picture must also be a witness, but Auchi admits that this picture reached the Teito Police Force via express mail just yesterday with no name attached. Yūjin suggests that this is the moment where Murasame pulled out the knife. After looking at the newspaper again, Susato notices the picture on it has the same weird tree like marking as the new photograph, it was a crack in the camera. She announces that whoever took the newspaper photo took this one. Sōseki Natsume announces that his name is Heita Mamemomi and he works for the Taikoku News. Susato realizes that the photographer was the reporter that's following Natsume. The judge calls for recess while the bailiffs get Mamemomi, he also wants the Yuumei University medical department to test the bloody knife for poison.
- 10:41 AM
Haori Murasame once again apologizes for not telling Yūjin about the missing poison, saying she should get capital punishment. Susato Mikotoba feels the same way about herself and she kind of suspected her as the actual killer. But she knew a defense attorney should always believe in her client no matter what, especially if it's her best friend. Murasame doesn't understand how Jezail Brett was stabbed with just the two of them in there. Yūjin gives Susato a reagent that the police are using to detect the poison. Murasame blames Brett for having information about the poison in the newspaper as she introduced Natmsume to the drug during his conversation with Yūjin. The bailiff announces that the journalist was found and the trial will now reconvene.
- 11:30 AM
With the trial back in session, Taketsuchi Auchi announces that no poison was found on the knife, much to Susato's horror, though she wonders if there was another way the poison could've entered Brett's body. Heita Mamemomi introduces himself as a bunya, a news journalist, who follows his own philosophy called Mamemomism. He is immediately obsessed with writing down whatever's happening in court that he can use for a scoop and interviews "Ryūtarō Naruhodō", Yūjin, and Auchi until the judge makes him confirm that he took the photo. Contrary to what Yūjin thought, Mamemomi didn't go back to Taikoku News headquarters, instead he tried to interview Jezail Brett. He was mad that Japan couldn't arrest that British woman, so he "interviewed" her to tattle to the press.
Heita Mamemomi testifies that he watched through a gap between the reed screens of the shack. Haori Murasame came in, had a heated argument with Brett, then stabbed her. Being a reporter, he parted the reed wall and took a photograph of the scene. The judge admits Mamemomi is a true witness that can make him deliver the guilty verdict. Yūjin, on the other hand, doesn't see why he didn't produce an article with the evidence. During the cross-examination, Mamemomi explains, with a plan of the shack, that Brett was in the middle of the back. After the argument Murasame went behind her and stabbed her. Mamemomi claims he didn't enter the shack nor meet Brett but the fountain pen Brett was holding had the initials H.M. which can stand for Heita Mamemomi, not Haori Murasame. He claims he only uses pencil but his right hand is stained with blue ink. What's more, the pen has the symbol of the Taikoku News that matches Mamemomi's armband. Mamemomi admits her interview Jezail Brett but just a few minutes before she was killed. The judge demands that he testifies about the interview, Mamemomi agrees to but only if Sōseki Natsume can be with him as he suspects he's hiding something.
With Natsume back on the stand Mamemomi testifies that Brett refused an interview. So he left, then saw the murder through the gap. That's when Natsume and Satoru Hosonaga came in. Hosonaga felt a pulse through Brett so he went to Yūjin Mikotoba for help. Mamemomi then claims that Natsume asked a question to Brett but didn't testify about it, so he'll expose it right here and now. Auchi and the judge are very surprised that the victim actually regained consciousness. Natsume admits that he asked Brett who killed her, and she pointed behind her towards Haori Murasame! But Natsume feels that the girl was simply in the way, vaguely to the back of the wall. Auchi says Brett's consciousness was fading, her finger was shaking and no one else was in the hut but Murasame. The judge is about to end the trial but "Ryūtarō Naruhodō" points out that Brett was pointing to the back because the one who stabbed her was outside. For proof, Susato shows the first crime scene photo and reveals that the reeds on the back wall are uneven enough for a knife to get through.
Then she immediately accuses Heita Mamemomi as the culprit. Auchi argues that victim was lying in the middle of the shack but "Ryūtarō" notes that Murasame said she was sitting all the way in the back when she came in, and the uneven reeds are right by her seat. Susato concluded that Jezail Brett stood up when stabbed and then fell. Although it seems like she won, Mamemoni suddenly insults the court's system. He reminds everyone about the stolen poison and that was the true cause of death due its effects being in the coroner's report, the stabbing doesn't matter. The judge asks how the poison got into her and Yūjin says she most likely drank it because the crime scene photo shows a bottle and wine glass on the sand.
Heita Mamemomi gives his testimony on why he couldn't have put the poison in Brett's drink. First he admits he stabbed her, but points out that if she drank the poison she wouldn't have needed a stabbing. He was just enraged by that argument with her and Haori Murasame, he had to pass judgement on a murderer walking free. He demands the Japanese court to deal with the murderous Murasame before the assaulting him. Susato can't believe this despite how far she's gotten, she wonders how Naruhodō and Asōgi would do. When pressing about John Watson's murder Murasame suddenly comes to the stand claiming Mamemomi's testimony as a complete lie.
She testifies this is only about the stolen poison not Professor Watson, since Jezail Brett was studying drugs she had to have stolen this one, it would be difficult to take it out of the lab. Murasame told Brett that if she used the poison, the whole government would be involved with whoever was killed by it not just the labs it was from. Yūjin reveals that Mamemomi wrote the article on the stolen poison. He was writing it based what he heard it the shack. Susato reveals that Mamemoni said he saw everything through the gap and published it in the article but not Murasame doing anything to her drink. The only person who could've slipped the poison in was someone who did not know about the side effects due to not being in the lab, Heita Mamemoni. Susato says the stabbing was to kill her before the poison kicks in so he doesn't get caught by that problem.
The judge is fully convinced by this logic and Auchi can't come up with anything. But an angry Mamemoni notes that there is no evidence that he had the poison in the first place. After observing that his fountain pen is empty, Susato announces that the poison was in his pen. They can use the reagent on the pen to test for the poison. Defeated at last, Heita Mamemoni swings his camera around really fast, ranting about how he is better than the empire of Japan, but then Murasame and Susato suddenly appear between him and a throw him up backwards with the "Ryūtarō Toss".
Sure enough, there was a reaction with the reagent and the pen. Mamemoni confesses that he stole the poison from the lab, he pretended to go the washroom and filled it in his pen to save for a big scoop. When he interviewed Jezail Brett, she just laughed, calling him a monkey and insulting his journalism. He got fed up with this horrible woman and remembered the poison he got, so he slipped it into her drink. Mamemoni also claims he found out the truth about John Watson's murder, he thinks there's a shady deal with Britain and Japan. The Taikoku News refused to publish his articles, Mamemoni wanted to bring justice, but Susato reminds him that killing Brett and attempting to frame Murasame makes him no better than Brett.
The judge was quite impressed with "Ryūtarō Naruhodō's" performance as an attorney, just like "his cousin", Ryūnosuke. Taketsuchi Auchi, having been humiliated by "another" Naruhodō, announces that his "Bakumatsu era" has (once again) ended, so he decides to literally cut his shame to pieces in a manner of Seppuku. He recites a death poem and, with crying hesitation, cuts off the hair on his forehead and lets it blow away. The judge proceeds to give Haori Murasame her Not Guilty verdict.
- 2:38 PM
Susato Mikotoba has finally felt the life of Ryūnosuke Naruhodō. Murasame can't stop thanking her and feels like some more tossing, until she sees Yūjin. Sadly this will be the only time she will actually be an attorney, this was overheard by Satoru Hosonaga and Sōseki Natsume who can't believe that the attorney was her. She is glad to see two familiar faces again, but Hosonaga laments that now that Jezail Brett is dead, the world will never know why she murdered John H. Watson. They all wonder if that man was really the partner of Britain's great detective, Sherlock Holmes, and how Iris Watson would react when she finds out her father was killed. Right when Yūjin reveals that he was just faking an illness, Heita Mamemoni suddenly appears. He says Yūjin is in cahoots with Kazuma Asōgi who was supposed to do something in Great Britain before he was killed. But the judge of the trial suddenly appears and flips Mamemoni over for the bailiff to take away. The judge introduces himself to Susato as Seishirou Jigoku, an old friend of her father's. He reveals that he knew that "Ryūtarō Naruhodō" was a girl all along, but right now he needs to discuss something with Yūjin Mikotoba. Natsume claims that Yūjin appeared on the steamship he was on when returning to Japan. He said he was interested in that second incident involving him in Great Britain. Susato says that Holmes refused it to be published to the world.
Back at Asōgi's grave, Susato Mikotoba expresses how it felt to be in Naruhodō's shoes. She mentions that second incident with Sōseki Natsume, saying it may unlock a secret mystery. She wishes to meet Ryūnosuke Naruhodō again.
References to other casesEdit
- This case is like a sequel to The Adventure of the Great Departure.
- Jezail Brett is the second villain to become a victim. The first was Horace Knightley.
- This isn't the first time someone masqueraded as a lawyer.
References to popular cultureEdit
- Taketsuchi Auchi states that his loss to the Naruhodōs marked the end of his Bakumatsu era. Bakumatsu was the final years when Japan was ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate government.
- This is the only time we see Jezail Brett's eyes without her hat or mask covering them.