Special Crime Investigation: Midsummer Murder

Special Crime Investigation is an academic study of contemporary methods in the criminal justice investigation of specific and often serious offenses like murder, homicide, suicide, rape, burglary, kidnapping, petit larceny, fraud, kidnapping and other intentional crimes. This field is related to the science of criminology. The discipline seeks to identify and describe criminal behaviors as well as the motives they employ in committing crimes.

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There are two classifications of crimes, specifically categorized as Special Crime: Misdemeanors and Felonies. Misdemeanors are lesser included crimes that normally receive lesser sentences than felonies. Misdemeanors include DUI (Driving under the influence), petty theft, shoplifting, marijuana possession, trespassing, theft, vandalism, fraud and other non-felony crimes. Felonies, on the other hand, are considered the most serious types of crimes. These include murder, manslaughter, arson, assault, child pornography, trafficking, racketeering, fraud and other serious offenses.

A Special Crime Investigation class seeks to prepare students for careers in the criminal investigation field. Students learn the fundamental principles, processes, theories and ethical standards associated with this field. They learn about the most relevant facts, the investigative tools used and how to gather and use the necessary evidence in order to convict perpetrators. They learn how to use forensic science, interviewing techniques and how to preserve and track all types of evidence. The entire course consists of reading and study related to the area of criminal investigation.

Special Crime Investigation is a Japanese spin-off of the popular anime series known as Japan Animation Project. The series follows the story of a Special Forces unit that was activated by the mysterious agency known as “Special Forces”. The unit’s mission is to gather the relevant information regarding a series of brutal murders that took place in October of 2021 in Tokyo.

The protagonist, Special Forces Inspector Shikimi, is assigned to the case by the interim head of the local police department. A former detective and bodyguard, Shikimi has been promoted to the role of lead investigator after the case became complicated. His new assignment takes him to Tokyo, where he finds himself in the center of one of the most ruthless and sensational murders in Japan’s history. His only lead is the existence of a witness, Ritsu Tainaka, who claims to have details of the crime.

Apparently, Ritsu was framed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for the murder of a certain individual. Tainaka hired several private detectives to get to the bottom of the matter, but unfortunately, they were not successful. They failed to uncover any concrete evidence implicating the Tokyo Mayor and his top aides in Gross Negligence Manslaughter and they were only able to piece together some inconsistent and contradictory witness statements. As a result, the interim head ordered for an investigation into the murder that resulted to the uncovering of the mayor’s affair with a Japanese porn actress.

Shikimi soon discovers that the leading public prosecutor in charge of the case is unfit to continue in her post. She assigns the case to Shikomi who was previously working as a private detective. Surprisingly, the investigation turns out to be more complex than he originally thought it to be. As a result, the case is reassigned to Special Crime Detective Inspector Takeo Maru who is tasked to perform the pertinent and important fact-finding activities in order to present the case fully before the courts.

Special Crime Investigation: Midsummer Murder is written and illustrated by Junji Itimoto who is best known for his work in other anime series such as Lupin the Third: The Woman Who Vanished, Haunt of Solitude, and Bleach. Although it is not exactly a horror or suspense story, it will provide readers with a taste of what is in store for them in the first episode. The story is written in chronological order and introduces the main characters for the first time. If you are new to the world of Japanese fiction, I recommend that you start with the first episode. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

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