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    I. Introduction

    Based on novel of the same title by Fumie Kondo, Influence is a 2021 Japanese thriller drama starring - Hashimoto Kanna, Aoi Wakana, Yoshikawa Ai & more, directed by Mizuta Naruhide &, Paul Young. It was aired from March 20th to April 17, 2021 through WOWOW in Japan & it is available on Rakuten Viki as of right now.

    II. Synopsis

    Yuri (Kanna Hashimoto) goes to a female novelist and tells her that she and two of her friends committed three murders. Yuri asks the novelist to write a story about them.

    Back when Yuri was a high school student, she lived in an apartment complex in the province. She was aware that her classmate Satoko (Ai Yoshikawa) was sexually assaulted by Satoko's grandfather, but Yuri could not do anything about that and they became estranged. This hurt Yuri emotionally.

    Maho (Wakana Aoi), from Tokyo, transferred to Yuri's high school. Maho took everything seriously and this led her to not get along with the other students, but she became close with Yuri. They lived in the same apartment complex. One day, Maho was about to be attacked by someone holding a knife. Yuri tried to help Maho and this led to Yuri stabbing the attacker. The next day, Satoko was arrested.

    III. Trailer

    IV. Episodes

    V. Reception

    The drama has been given the favorable scores of 7.3 on IMDB, 8.0 on Mydramalist &, 9.3 on Rakuten Viki.