Upcoming Fall 2021 Dramas

Come, Come Everybody
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, second half 2021
Station: NHK
Genre: Comedy
Scriptwriter: Fujimoto Yuki (Mi o Tsukushi Ryouricho Series, Meoto Zenzai, Taira no Kiyomori)
Directors: Adachi Mojiri, Hashizume Shinichiro, Fukagawa Takashi, Matsuoka Kazushi
Cast: Kamishiraishi Mone, Fukatsu Eri, Kawaei Rina, Matsumura Hokuto, Murakami Nijiro, Komoto Masahiro, Hamada Gaku, Nishida Naomi, Washio Machio, Owada Shinya, Ono Karin, Asagoe Goe, Danta Yasunori, Okada Yui, YOU
Synopsis: The first radio broadcast in Japan started in 1925. On that day, a girl named Yasuko is born to a family that owned a Japanese-style confectionary shop at a shopping street in Okayama. She (Kamishiraishi Mone) grows up wishing that the family would continue to be happy forever. But Yasuko loses her husband in the war and has no choice but to leave her daughter Rui and go to America. Rui (Fukatsu Eri) hates her parents and English but is saved by jazz songs and builds a life for herself in Osaka from the 1950s. Rui’s daughter Hinata (Kawaei Rina) in Kyoto from the mid-1960s adores the world of period dramas but finds a place where she can be herself through the English language programme on the radio after going a long way round. As Yasuko, Rui and Hinata listen to English lessons over the radio, it opens the door to their dreams in a story spanning the Showa, Heisei and Reiwa eras.
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Upcoming Spring 2021 Dramas

Okaeri Mone
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 17 May 2021
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Adachi Naoko (Kinou Nani Tabeta?, Sagi Deka, Toumeina Yurikago)
Directors: Ichiki Masae, Kajiwara Toki, Kuwano Tomohiro, Tsuda Yasuko
Cast: Kiyohara Kaya, Uchino Masaaki, Suzuki Kyoka, Makita Aju, Fuji Tatsuya, Takeshita Keiko, Natsuki Mari, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Hamano Kenta, Denden, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Nagase Ren, Tsunematsu Yuri, Maeda Koki, Takada Hyoga, Asano Tadanobu
Synopsis: Nagaura Momone (Kiyohara Kaya) lives with her parents Koji (Uchino Masaaki) and Ayako (Suzuki Kyoka), grandfather Tatsumi (Fuji Tatsuya) and younger sister Michi (Makita Aju) on an island with a rich natural environment in Kesennuma Bay, Miyagi Prefecture. After graduating from high school in the spring of 2014, she moves to the inland city of Tome on her own. However, she fails every university entrance exam. While trying to figure out what to do with her life, Momone begins to work as a trainee forest guide. One day, she reaches a turning point. A famous weather forecaster Asaoka Satoru (Nishijima Hidetoshi) from Tokyo comes to Tome City. As Momone walks in the mountain with him, she is told that weather forecasting can read the future. Inspired by that comment, Momone resolves to become a weather forecaster. She studies hard to obtain the qualifications to become one. However, the pass rate for the exam is only 5%. Momone has never been good in studying and seems disheartened. With the support of Suganami Kotaro (Sakaguchi Kentaro), a young doctor involved in community healthcare, and the locals in Tome City, she finally passes the exam. Momone moves to Tokyo and starts working at a private weather forecasting company. She learns that weather forecasting actually covers a broad range of things and grows in her role. Several years later, in 2019, Momone who has become a full-fledged weather forecaster, sees a major typhoon hammer cities across Japan. Wanting to use the knowledge and skills that she has gained thus far to help her hometown, she decides to head to Kesennuma.
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WOWOW Drama Special 2021 ~ Anno Lyric ~ Sakuragi Anne, Haiku Hajimete Mimashita

Anno Lyric

Date: 27 February & 6 March 2021
Original Work: Sakuragi Anne, Haiku Hajimete Mimashita by Horimoto Yuki
Scriptwriter: Arai Shuko (Dear Patient, Nodoka no Niwa, Wagaya no Himitsu)
Director: Moon Sung Ho
Cast: Hirose Suzu, Miyazawa Hio, Maiguma Katsuya, Ando Nico, Katsura Jakujaku, Akazawa Muck, Yoshida Oolongta, Mao, Itabashi Shunya, Fuse Eri, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Tanabe Seiichi, Natsukawa Yui
Synopsis: Sakuragi Anne (Hirose Suzu) is a student at an arts university. Although she has good eyesight, she deliberately wears spectacles. Anne has no friends due to her gawky personality. She finds a bit of pleasure every day in admiring the “words” put up on a message board in the neighbourhood and anonymously creating rap lyrics. Continue reading

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Deaikei Saito de 70-nin to Jissai ni Atte Sono Hito ni Aisouna Hon o Susume Makutta 1-nenkan no Koto

Deaikei Saito

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

Broadcast
From 11.30 p.m., Fridays, 26 February & 26 March 2021

Network
WOWOW & WOWOW On Demand

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Winter 2021 Dramas

Haruka no Hikari

Haruka no Hikari
Date: From 7.25 p.m., Mondays, 8 February 2021
Station: ETV
Episodes: 5
Scriptwriter: Yajima Koichi (Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu, Aino Kekkon Soudanjo, Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki)
Directors: Matsubara Hiroshi, Nagasawa Yoshiya
Cast: Kuroshima Yuina, Furutachi Kanji, Issey Ogata (guest star), Shiomi Sansei (guest star), Watanabe Daichi (guest star), Suruga Taro (guest star), Uchida Chika (guest star), Ogawa Tamaki (guest star), Tamaki Sora (guest star), Yamashita Yorie (guest star), Komoto Masahiro (guest star)
Synopsis: Haruka (Kuroshima Yuina) only thinks about lights the whole day. Lighting is more important to her than romance. She works as a salesperson at a shop in Tokyo managed by Nishitani (Furutachi Kanji) that brings in iconic lights. One day, the chef (Issey Ogata) of an established sushi restaurant visits the shop and repeatedly asks them to sell him a light bulb. However, Haruka flatly refuses and tells him, “Coming here demanding only a light bulb is like asking for tapioca at a sushi shop.” The chef leaves in anger but visits the shop again for some reason several days later. In fact, he confesses that his wife recently died all of a sudden and even the light bulb in the restaurant blew. What caught his attention was a pendant light made of brass. It is a piece that the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto created together with his wife. But the chef’s wife Aino died at 55. All sorts of people visit the shop every day and Haruka feels a sense of mission to wholeheartedly serve those who seek light, dispel their anguish and enrich their lives by illuminating their lives.
Website: www.nhk.jp/p/ts/Q3GYZ34PQZ
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas
Preview: Haruka no Hikari CM

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Anno Lyric CM

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Nagoya TV Drama Special 2021 ~ Gochisou ~ Unagi-hen

Gochisou

Date: From 9.55 – 10.25 p.m., 23 February 2021
Scriptwriter: Kanda Yu (Gekikarado, Alibi Kuzushi Uketamawarimasu, Black Pean)
Cast: Takasugi Mahiro, Nomaguchi Toru, Asaka Mayumi, Hiura Ben, Muto Shungo, Sueyoshi Koji
Synopsis: Shinozuka Yuma (Takasugi Mahiro) is a young photographer and has made it his life’s work to take photographs of delicious meals. A food lover who does photography as a hobby as well as to make a living, his subjects are the people who provide the food ingredients and the chefs who turn these ingredients into exquisite dishes. Continue reading

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Fall 2020 Dramas

Ochoyan

Ochoyan*UPDATED*
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 30 November 2020 – 15 May 2021 (Original date: 28 September)
Station: NHK
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 115
Scriptwriter: Yatsu Hiroyuki (Miss Jikocho, Kaseifu no Mitazono Series, Rikuou)
Directors: Nagikawa Yoshiro, Bonkobara Makoto
Theme Song: Nakiwarai no Episode by Hata Motohiro
Cast: Sugisaki Hana, Tortoise Matsumoto, Miyazawa Emma, Shinohara Ryoko, Nagura Jun, Ishino Yoko, Narita Ryo, Hoshida Hidetoshi, Nakamura Ganjiro, Igawa Haruka, Wakamura Mayumi, Katsura Kichiya, Higashino Ayaka, Inoue Takuya, Miyata Keiko, Itao Itsuji, Shigeyama Motohiko, Nishikawa Tadashi, Nishimura Kazuhiko, Yoshikawa Ai, Abe Junko, Emi Kurara, Wakaba Ryuya, Rokkaku Seiji, Shibuya Tengai, Asumi Rio, Soganoya Kantaro, Shibuya Tensho, Otsuka Noriyuki, Okawa Ryotaro, Matsumoto Kiyo, Sakaguchi Ryotaro, Kusumi Kaoru, Doi Shiori, Nimura Sawa, Furuya Chisa, Kura Yuki, Itaya Yuka, Maeda Oshiro, Tsukaji Muga, Fujiyama Senjiro, Namase Katsuhisa
Synopsis: Takei Chiyo (Sugisaki Hana) was born to a poor family in Osaka Prefecture’s Minami Kawachi district after the end of the Meiji era. Her mother passed away when she was still a child, and she lived with her father Teruo (Tortoise Matsumoto) and younger brother Yoshio. Although Chiyo could not attend elementary school, she has the gift of the gab and quick wit. At the age of 9, she starts working as a servant in Dotombori and comes across the theatre world which immediately captivates her. Chiyo’s desire to become an actress grows stronger by the day. She eventually runs away and heads to Kyoto where she throws herself into acting.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/ochoyan
Preview: Ochoyan Introduction

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Seiten o Tsuke

Seiten o Tsuke

Official Website
www.nhk.or.jp/seiten

Broadcast
From 8.00 p.m., Sundays, 14 February 2021

Network
NHK

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Kamisama no Karute

Kamisama no Karte

Official Website
www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kamisama_karte

Broadcast
From 8.00 – 9.54 p.m., Mondays, 15 February – 8 March 2021

Station
TV Tokyo

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