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Marusa!! [マルサ!!]


Drama Details
Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau
Telecast:2003-04-08 to 2003-06-24
Season:Spring 2003

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:12 Episodes

Within the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau, a.k.a., "Marusa," there is a section called the Third Co-ordination Division. The mission of the members of this division is to detect both complex and shrewd forms of tax evasion, which the bureau is normally unable to uncover through normal tax inspection procedures.

In this drama, "Marusa" investigates a Yakuza boss who's been making tons of money by running an illegal casino; an economic critic who is a famous tax reform crusader; a writer whose books constantly make the best-selling list; and a bank cashier who has the nickname "the professor of tax evasion techniques," although she doesn't actually commit tax evasion herself.

In order to catch those that commit tax fraud, "Marusa" members have the authority to work "undercover." Through various investigation techniques, such as wearing disguises, wire tapping, and breaking into and searching the premises of suspected felons-all of which would normally be considered illegal-"Marusa" tries to bring the wrongdoings of criminals to light.

The key person in this unit is a female inspector by the name of Kaneko Tsuburaya. Always carefully carrying out her mission step-by-step, Kaneko is the most powerful and sexiest heroine ever.
Fuji TV

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Actor/Actress Cast (9)
Esumi Makiko
Tsuburaya Kaneko
円谷 加音子 (35)
Kagawa Teruyuki
Zaitsu Kazuomi
財津 一臣 (37)
Miyake Ken
Tominaga Mitsuru
富永 満   (24)
Ikeda Maki
Hojo Chizu
宝生 千寿 (22)
Nagai Masaru
Takahata Riki
高畑 力 (26)
Sato Jiro
Yasuda Yasuo
安田 靖緒  (33)
Nekoze Tsubaki
Kawase Ryoko
河瀬 両子 (34)
Azuma Mikihisa
Kuramochi Fujio
蔵持 不二夫 (33)
Watari Tetsuya
Kokuryo Chikara
国領 主税  (58)

Related Links (1)
1. Marusa Official Website (SJIS)

Drama Reviews (3)
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1. zeikin.. [Rating: 8/10]
i really would give it an 8.5.. because i enjoyed all the stories tremendously.. right from the start, i was amazed at the lengths these tax evasion officers would go to catch someone.. the undercovers are funny, but convincing.. especially the one with miyake ken and nagai masaru as hosts in a nightclub.. that ep was super funny.. the cast, of course was great, what would you expect from esumi makiko? even though the emphasis was on the investigation, there was still enough development on the characters themselves to add a bit of familiarity into the story.. though the storyline is a little predictable, it's a show worth watching if you would like to learn more about tax evasion stuff.. i finally understand the meaning of [money laundering].. =P love the cast..!! tominaga-kun..
Reviewed by arashinokoto on 16 June 2004
2. great cast, great drama [Rating: 10/10]
^_^ the cast put together was superb. couldnt have imagined a more balanced team to fight tax evasion in tokyo. some members of the team contributed brains while others who couldnt were more than willing to serve their physical attributes in undercover investigations *wink*
the plot may be predictable, but the cast made this movie non-cheesy and really worth watching. hilarious and eye-opening at times.
Reviewed by youhei_mito on 25 November 2004
3. Hilarious Drama. [Rating: 6/10]
Rated this at 6/10 because I tink besides hilarious, I personally dun realli like this story plot. Watched and bought this drama coz of Esumi Makiko and Ken Miyake. I expected a better ending instead of catching their superior to be one of those they would need to catch.
Reviewed by Jewel on 24 May 2005

Comments From Users (12)
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1. Comments by warren.mcclendon [Rating: 9/10]
Hilarious! This is a funny look into the inner workings of the Tokyo Tax office starring the still fines Esumi Makiko. he visual quality is very goo. The pace of the show is very good also. It was really edit very well so you dont get like a gag a minute slap stick routines. Also, most of the people naturally have pretty serious faces so to see them go thru antics to investigate cheaters is even funnier (to see their expressions as some of these things are going on is priceless).
2. Comments by anoneko [Rating: 8/10]
Reminds me of Shomuni but Makiko looks even more gorgeous here in corporate wear and her hair bunned up. Quite interesting to watch the different cases of tax evasion and how they go about catching the culprits red-handed. Worth watching just to see Makiko in her different disguises and get-ups. :)
3. Comments by Jewel [Rating: 6/10]
Rated this at 6/10 because I tink besides hilarious, I personally dun realli like this story plot. Watched and bought this drama coz of Esumi Makiko and Ken Miyake. I expected a better ending instead of catching their superior to be one of those they would need to catch.
4. Comments by youhei_mito [Rating: 9/10]
great drama about tax evasion. :) shows how detailed japanese authorities are when it comes to crime. the cast was absolutely fantastic. couldnt have thought of a more balanced team to fight tax evasion in tokyo
5. Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 8/10]
this show is nice !!! no romance stuffs at times is good ! no draggy stuffs ~~ Makiko Esumi is soooo cool !!! Ken is very cute in the show ... haha ... every episode is a new case ... very interesting !!!!
6. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 8/10]
a 8.5.. great drama with hilarious parts as well as emotional parts.. love the cast as well.. tommy! ^^ i like watching the methods they used.. though the plans could be more explained in the drama..
7. Comments by Nermal [Rating: 7/10]
Hmm.. this wasn`t what I expected at all. It had great parts, bad parts but overall a good cast of actors. It`s not a must see, but it is enjoyable to watc when you have time.
8. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 9/10]
Interesting cases, great acting, and great Esumi Makiko, even though predictable as in the methods, it is still fresh and very entertaining.

A good light-hearted drama.
9. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
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10. Comments by Eyeyore [Rating: 7/10]
7. for the funny disguises.Don't think of the plot logically, the cases aren't logical.
11. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 8/10]
an interesting show!...like esumi's acting
12. Comments by toiling [Rating: 7/10]
Classic Japanese Work-place theme.
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15. Comments by Silvermist [Rating: 9/10]
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Users who voted for this drama (1)
1. anoneko
Really like this show! Reminds me of Shomuni.