A popular series of books by the late Shoutarou Ikenami
. Later it was turned into a televised jidai geki
. The main character of the book (and show) is a samurai
lord named Hasegawa Heizou
. Hasegawa is the head of Histuke Touzoku Aratamegata
, a special police force created by the Tokugawa Shogunate
to deal exclusively with arson
") and robberies
") in the city of Edo
Hasegawa is feared by criminals as "Oni-hei," which literally means "Hei(-zou) the demon".
The show has a pretty gritty feel, and is comparable to "Law and Order" or "NYPD Blue."
Hasegawa is currently played by Kichiemon Nakamura, a famous Kabuki actor, who reportedly likes Star Trek.