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Ouroboros Vol.1 Cover

Ouroboros (ウロボロス) is a manga by artist Kanzaki Yuya first published in 2009. It was adapted to TV dorama by TBS in 2015.


"Ouroboros" is an ancient symbol that depicts a snake eating its own tail - meaning infinity. Based on a popular comic, a clumsy detective and a cool gang stand up to true evil. Ikuo and Tatsuya grew up in a children's orphanage together. When their favorite teacher, Yuiko, is murdered, a policeman wearing a gold watch covers up the incident. Ikuo and Tatsuya promise each other to avenge their teacher someday. Twenty years later, Ikuo is a detective in Shinjuku second police station investigating various cases with elite detective - Mizuki, while smart and handsome Tatsuya has become one of the top members of a gang group.


Ouroboros promotional poster

The manga was adapted to TV in 2015, main-casting Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun. It aired from January 16th to March 20th and had an average viewership rating of 10.4%.

Main Cast

Main Staff

Furuya Kazunao
Ishii Yasuharu, Yamamuro Daisuke, Ikeda Katsuhiko
Kimura Hideakira
Sano Ayumi


Episode Japanese title English title Airing date Director Rating
01 Kindokei no otoko
The men of the Kintokei 2015.01.16 Ishii Yasuharu 11.5%
02 Omurice no himitsu
Secret of the omelet rice 2015.01.23 12.0%
03 Yakusoku da yo, Ikuo
It's a promise, Ikuo 2015.01.30 10.4%
04 Yuiko-sensei no himitsu
Yuiko-sensei's secret 2015.02.06 Yamamuro Daisuke 9.8%
05 Kimi wa boku ga mamoru
You'll protect me 2015.02.20 10.1%
06 Zettai zetsumei
Desperate situation 2015.02.20 Ishii Yasuharu 9.2%
07 Nande da yo, Yuiko-sensei
Why did you do it, Yuiko-sensei? 2015.02.27 10.6%
08 Mahoroba no Himitsu
The secret of Mahoroba 2015.03.06 Ikeda Katsuhiko 9.6%
09 Kintokei no shoutai
The Kintokei's true nature 2015.03.13 Ishii Yasuharu 9.4%
10 Tadaima
I'm back 2015.03.20 11.3%


Theme song
BOX Cover


The dorama was released in a compiled box in both DVD and Blu-ray formats. It was released on August 5th, 2015.

Home-media Releases
Format Release date Catalog Number Price Oricon Charts
DVD 2015.08.05 TCED-2632 ¥22,990 #12 / 2 weeks
Blu-ray TCBD-0463 ¥29,040 #17 / 2 weeks


  • 84th Television Drama Academy Awards: Drama Song - "Sakura" by ARASHI
  • 84th Television Drama Academy Awards: Special Award - Talk Topic: Ouroboros

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