Upcoming Fall 2017 Dramas

Warotenka
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 2 October 2017
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Tomoko (Iyana Onna, Gakkou no Kaidan, Kaeru no Ojousama)
Cast: Aoi Wakana, Matsuzaka Tori, Hamada Gaku, Takahashi Issei, Endo Kenichi, Suzuki Honami, Takeshita Keiko, Chiba Yudai, Hotta Mayu, Tokunaga Eri
Synopsis: In the late Meiji era, Fujioka Ten (Aoi Wakana) was born into a family that runs a long-established drug wholesale business in Kyoto. She laughs easily by nature and would burst into laughter at the pranks of her siblings Shinichi (Chiba Yudai) and Rin (Hotta Mayu) who love playing practical jokes, at the expense of important business discussions. Ten is taught by their strict father Gihei (Endo Kenichi) not to smile in front of people. So she sulkily spends time at home without cracking a smile. Then one day, she meets Kitamura Tokichi (Matsuzaka Tori), the son of a rice dealer in Osaka Semba, and this transforms her life. Tokichi loves traditional performing arts and teaches her that laughter is the medicine that gives people the power to be happy. Ten falls in love with him. Shrugging off the opposition of her parents, she gets married to Tokichi. However, he ultimately ruins his family business through neglect because of his deepening love for traditional performing arts. This prompts Ten to suggest making a business out of comedy. And so the couple who are little more than amateurs, begin their great adventure to make not only the people of Osaka but also Japan laugh.
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Upcoming Summer 2017 Dramas

Kanna-san!
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2017
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Magy (Busu no Hitomi ni Koi Shiteru)
Original Work: Kanna-san! by Fukaya Kahoru
Genre: Family
Cast: Watanabe Naomi
Synopsis: Suzuki Kanna (Watanabe Naomi) has a handsome, free-spirited husband with an Oedipus complex and a 4-year-old son. But one day, she happens to discover her “loving” husband’s affair and is furious. She wishes that she can chase this low-life out but … … besides contending with his infidelity, she has to face the attacks of her overprotective mother-in-law, large amounts of work from an unreasonable boss and bring up her son who is a spoilt crybaby. However, Kanna is a positive, happy and fashionable superwoman who can overcome any difficulty with love and courage.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/kannasaaan

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Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otousan

Hikari_Otousan

Official Website
hikarinootosan.jp

Broadcast
From 1.28 a.m., Wednesdays, 19 April 2017

Station
TBS

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Hiyokko

Hiyokko

Official Website
www.nhk.or.jp/hiyokko

Broadcast
From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 3 April 2017

Station
NHK

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Kono Yo ni Tayasui Shigoto wa Nai

Tayasui

Official Website
www.nhk.or.jp/dsp/tayasui

Broadcast
From 11.00 p.m., Thursdays, 6 April 2017

Station
NHK BS Premium

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Spring 2017 Dramas

Hiyokko

Hiyokko
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 3 April 2017
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu (Kibougaoka no Hitobito, Kiseki no Hito, Dokonjo Gaeru)
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Sawamura Ikki, Kimura Yoshino, Furuya Ikkou, Mineta Kazunobu, Sakuma Yui, Izumisawa Yuki, Hada Michiko, Shibata Rie, Toyama Toshiya, Matsuo Satoru, Miyamoto Nobuko, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Yatsui Ichiro, Sato Megumi, Isomura Hayato, Ryusei Ryo, Wakui Emi, Matsumoto Honoka, Fujino Ryoko, Kojima Fujiko, Yagi Yuki, Shiraishi Kayoko, Takeuchi Ryoma, Shishido Kavka, Asaka Kodai, Okayama Amane, Miyake Yuji, Mitsuishi Ken, Ikuta Tomoko, Shiraishi Miho, Furutachi Yutaro, Saito Satoru, Ito Sairi, Shimazaki Haruka
Synopsis: 17-year-old Yatabe Mineko (Arimura Kasumi) grew up in a family of six in a mountain village in northeastern Ibaraki Prefecture. Tokyo seems like a different world even though it is also in Kanto because of the poor access to transportation. Her father Minoru (Sawamura Ikki) has gone to Tokyo to work in order to earn money for her elder brother’s university tuition fees. Once Mineko graduates from high school, she wants to help out in the farm work and give her grandfather Shigeru (Furuya Ikkou) and mother Miyoko (Kimura Yoshino) an easier life. However, her life completely changes when her father does not come back for the New Year. Mineko asks her family to let her go to Tokyo to find him and promises to send money home. In the autumn of 1964, she and two childhood friends Tokiko (Sakuma Yui) and Mitsuo (Izumisawa Yuki) are hired to start working at a small factory in Tokyo’s working class neighbourhood. The wages are low and the working hours are long. After work each day, Mineko searches for her father and gets disheartened at times. Then companies go bankrupt due to the recession after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the factory is shut down. Mineko has nowhere to go, but thankfully gets a job helping out at the Western restaurant ‘Suzufuritei’ that her father had declared “delicious” in one of his stories about Tokyo. Everyone (Yatsui Ichiro, Sato Megumi, Isomura Hayato) at the restaurant including the female proprietress Makino Suzuko (Miyamoto Nobuko) and her son Shogo (Sasaki Kuranosuke) who is the chef, works her hard, but are soft-hearted and start to become like family. Mineko overcomes challenges and starts to lay down roots in Tokyo as she experiences many meetings and farewells amid the laughter and tears with regulars, people of the shopping street, friends and colleagues. Will she be able to find her father?
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/hiyokko
Preview: Hiyokko Introduction

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