In a near-future Tokyo, a Japanese investigator and US peacekeeper reluctantly join forces to solve a series of bizarre murders.
It's 2033 and Tokyo, partially occupied by China, is in a state of fear, distrust, and drone-enforced surveillance. When Detective Miyako Koreda is paired with Lieutenant Emma Higashi of the US Peacekeeping force, Miyako is annoyed by the obviously American-backed PR stunt. But as the city is ailed by a rise in gruesome crimes, Miyako and her new partner must quickly learn to trust each other as they race against the clock to investigate each case —which range from a missing shipment of dangerous weapons to a faceless body on the subway platform — all while dealing with frequent blackouts, local gangs, and underground resistance forces.
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2.1 The Spiked Cocktail
Emma and Miyako race to solve a bizarre poisoning as the Nakajima-kai’s influence in Tokyo spreads.
2.2 The Absent Artifacts
An old case returns when an invisibility cloak is used to steal swords. Meanwhile, Emma hunts for Santiago’s killer.
2.3 The Acid Detail
Detectives Liu and Wong are back to help solve a series of grisly murders. Miyako takes her first job for the resistance.
2.4 Blood in the Water
Emma and Miyako take a relaxing hot spring vacation. Unfortunately, murder isn’t confined to Tokyo.
2.5 The Scarred Youth
In the midst of solving the murders of two young runaways, Miyako takes on a dangerous assignment from the resistance.
2.6 The Memory of Love
WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU. After a mysterious death, Emma and Miyako stumble into the strange world of memory recording.
2.7 Assassination Market
Assassins pick up hits from message poles in Tokyo’s night markets. It looks like Emma isn’t the only one after Charles Yardley.
2.8 The Masked Dancer
A dancer is viciously murdered during a festival. Meanwhile, things are getting complicated for the resistance and the Nakajima-kai.
2.9 The Driven Bullets
Someone is killing off Nakajima-kai members with mini-drones. Emma suspects she knows who’s responsible.