Upcoming Spring 2023 Dramas

Ranman
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, April 2023
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Osada Ikue (Gunjo Ryouiki, Sugu Shinun Dakara)
Directors: Watanabe Yoshio, Tsuda Atsuko
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Hamabe Minami, Shison Jun, Sakuma Yui, Kasamatsu Sho, Nakamura Riho, Shimazaki Wakako, Terawaki Yasufumi, Hirosue Ryoko, Matsuzaka Keiko
Synopsis: A long-awaited baby boy was born at the end of the Edo Period in 1862 to a wealthy merchant family that runs a brewing business in Kochi Prefecture. He would later become the gifted botanist Makino Mantaro (Kamiki Ryunosuke). Raised by his grandmother Taki (Matsuzaka Keiko) after his parents passed away when he was young, Mantaro loves plants for some reason and adults consider him a curious child. When he is older, Mantaro goes up to Tokyo for the National Industrial Exposition in Ueno. He gets to meet natural historians whom he admires and see precious plants from every region of the country as well as rare plants from overseas. This experience ignites his passion for botany and desire to identify all plants in Japan. Mantaro starts working as an assistant at Tokyo Imperial University’s Department of Botany where he immerses in research. He discovers one new species after another and gives them scientific names. In addition, he falls head over heels in love with Sueko (Hamabe Minami) whose mother runs a confectionary store. They get married and enjoy a happy life blessed with children. However, Mantaro has to deal with harassment by a group of professors who are jealous of his achievements. He also has to go through a rough time including being underpaid because he has no academic qualifications. Despite these challenges, he never loses his passion and single-mindedly presses on for the sake of the plants he loves and his dream of compiling a picture book of plans unique to Japan.
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Fall 2022 Dramas

Mai Agare!

Mai Agare!
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 3 October 2022
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Kuwahara Ryoko (Kokoro no Kizu o Iyasu to iu Koto, Kanojo ga Joubutsu Dekinai Riyuu)
Directors: Tanaka Tadashi, Noda Yusuke, Kotani Takayoshi, Oshima Keisuke, Matsuki Kensuke
Theme Song: I Love You by back number
Cast: Fukuhara Haruka, Takahashi Katsunori, Nagasaku Hiromi, Yokoyama Yu, Takahata Atsuko, Akaso Eiji, Yamashita Mizuki, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu, Kuwabata Rie, Furutachi Kanji, Matayoshi Naoki, Matsuo Satoru, Takuma Seiko, Aikawa Sho, Suzuki Kosuke, Nagahama Neru, Meguro Ren, Yamazaki Hirona, Hama Shogo, Daigo Kotaro, Sano Hiroki, Kikkawa Koji
Synopsis: Iwakura Mai (Fukuhara Haruka) lives with her parents Kota (Takahashi Katsunori) and Megumi (Nagasaku Hiromi) and older brother Haruto (Yokoyama Yu). Her father Kota runs a small factory in Higashi Osaka, a district that is known for its craftsmen. Mai is shy and withdrawn. But when she visits her grandmother Shoko (Takahata Atsuko) who lives on Nagasaki’s Goto Islands which has a rich natural environment, she is entranced by the Baramon kites that catch the wind and soar high in the sky. Wanting to fly high in the sky like these kites, Mai’s longing swells into a dream to become a pilot. Even though she works hard, the path to getting there is tougher than she had imagined. As Mai deepens her ties with the people living in her two hometowns of Higashi Osaka and Goto, her dream eventually takes a new form. She gathers enthusiastic friends to build a small electric plane that can fly to and from the islands. Her dream becomes a wing that carries everyone’s dreams and takes off
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/maiagare
Twitter: twitter.com/asadora_bk_nhk
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First Love Hatsukoi CM

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Atom no Ko

Atom no Ko

Official Website
www.tbs.co.jp/atomnoko_tbs

Twitter
twitter.com/atom_no_ko_tbs

Broadcast
From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 16 October 2022

Network
TBS

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Upcoming Winter 2024 Dramas

Hikaru Kimi e*UPDATED*
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Sundays, January – December 2024
Station: NHK
Genre: Period
Scriptwriter: Oishi Shizuka (Shiranakute Ii Koto, Ie Uru Onna Series, Dairenai)
Directors: Nakashima Yuki, Sasaki Yoshiharu
Cast: Yoshitaka Yuriko, Emoto Tasuku
Synopsis: Born in the later half of the 10th century to Fujiwara Tametoki, a poet who excelled in waka, Mahiro (Yoshitaka Yuriko) lost her mother at a young age but she grew up with the love of her father and younger brother. While Tametoki was by no means a high-ranking aristocrat, he came from a distinguished family. Mahiro had such a flair for literature that she could remember Chinese classics and waka just by listening to lectures for her brother. One day, she had an encounter with the future Fujiwara Michinaga (Emoto Tasuku), who would become the most powerful man in the land. At that time, he was still hiding in his brothers’ shadows. As they grew up, Mahiro and Michinaga became attracted to each other. However, the status between the two families and a secret related to her mother’s death cast a pall on their relationship. Mahiro decided to forget about Michinaga and marry Fujiwara Nobutaka who was about as old as her father. Although Mahiro bore Nobutaka a daughter, he passed away after one year. Meanwhile, Michinaga schemed to marry his daughters to the emperor and become the grandfather of the next emperor. Learning about this complicated relationship between the emperor, aristocrats, empress and princesses from gossip, fuelled Mahiro’s imagination. She began to write The Tale of Genji. The popular story eventually reached Michinaga’s ears. He invited her to enter the imperial court as a court lady to teach his daughter and suppress his rival. Mahiro decided to do so in order to bring up her daughter. With Michinaga’s support, she continued to write The Tale of Genji which fascinated even the emperor, and she was named after Murasaki no Ue, the heroine of her story.
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Upcoming Fall 2023 Dramas

Boogie Woogie*UPDATED*
Date: From Fall 2023
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Adachi Shin (Hirowareta Otoko, Nusumareta Kao, Itsuka de Tiffany de Choshoku o)
Directors: Fukui Mitsuhiro, Futami Daisuke, Izunami Takamasa
Cast: Shuri
Synopsis: The poster girl of a small public bath in an Osaka neighbourhood around the end of the Taisho period, Hanada Suzuko loves singing and dancing. Wanting to make everyone smile through song and dance, she decides to join a newly established musical theatre troupe in Dotonbori. Suzuko practices hard and stands out with her outstanding singing talent. In 1938, she moves up to Tokyo where an encounter with a popular songwriter dramatically alters her destiny. Under his guidance, she becomes popular as the Queen of Swing. But when World War II begins, Suzuko’s situation drastically changes. The songs she had sung are considered the enemy’s music and her singing and dancing are severely restricted. Adding to her troubles, her younger brother is sent to the warfront and their mother dies of illness. Suzuko falls in love with a young man and they make a commitment to get married. But his family is dead set against their union. By the time the war ends after Japan’s surrender, Suzuko is pregnant with his child. However, he falls ill and she cannot see him. In the final month of her pregnancy, she receives word of his passing. Several days later, Suzuko gives birth to a baby girl. She raises their child on her own while singing on stage. Tokyo Boogie Woogie is born at this time. Bright and natural Suzuko shows her charm, singing with all she has got. This singing voice resounds across the country which has been blighted by the war. She becomes known as the Queen of Boogie and rapidly rises to be a huge star.
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Ryojin no Ono

Ryojin no Ono

Official Website
www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/ryojin

Twitter
twitter.com/drama_wowow

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 13 November 2022

Episodes
6

Network
WOWOW

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Me no Doku Sugiru Shokuba no Futari CM

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Boyfriend Kourin CM

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