Before anything else, understand something: I don't speak Japanese. And another thing: I watched this episode raw. That means, no subtitles. But you know what? I didn't need a translation. I understood pretty much what was going on and even some of the humor. That's how good this episode was written and directed.

Boss 2 is a direct sequel of the first season. It features the same core cast of characters, the same hi-jinx and antics, the same OP theme (performed by Superfly) and even the same story formula. Implausible plot twists and holes the size of Texas and all. But you know, this isn't a show that's to be taken seriously so I'm willing to suspend my belief for more than the required time if I'm entertained in the end. It takes place two years after the end of Boss Season One. A flashback in the beginning of the episode shows that in the ending scene of Season One, Osawa Eriko (Amami Yuki) got an urgent call about an assassination attempt against a prominent government figure. Her special crimes unit is dispatched to handle the case but the assignment is a failure as the official gets shot. As a consequence, the unit is disbanded. Two years later, Nodate Shinjirou (Takenouchi Yutaka) reorganizes the unit and calls back Eriko, who has been in the U.S. this whole time. The reorganization results in new members being added and/or replacing old ones. Fans of Toda Erika's Kimoto Mami need not despair too much though as the character makes an appearance towards the end of the episode. As for Reiko, I don't know if she's going to be around much for this season as the character has apparently gotten engaged and will likely go domestic.

Meet the characters of Boss 2. If they look a bit weird, that's 'coz they're beating up bad guys.

Oh well, that's it for now. This episode was really funny. Here's to hoping this doesn't change.

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