Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is a murder mystery with a large cast, and its premiere is keen to introduce you to a lot of major players so that it can spend the rest of its run putting the pieces together. Fortunately, it’s easy to follow—while you may not remember everyone’s names, their designs and major gimmicks will stick in your head, which is really all the show needs at this point.
Well, this is a premiere that hits the ground running. By the end of the episode there’s been a kidnapping, a ransom demand, and not one but two pretty brutal fight scenes. Also monsters or spirits are somehow involved, but apparently that’s a kettle of fish for a whole ‘nother episode.
Jean Otus and his younger sister live in an apartment building she manages as part of their family’s business, while Jean goes out to work as a federal inspector. On hearing the announcement that his department will soon close down, he goes on one last business trip to check the records in a branch office of ACCA, the organisation running essential services for the 13 districts it covers in the Dowa Kingdom.