NHK Drama Special 2016 ~ Yuriko-san no Ehon

Yurikosan

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 30 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Ikehata Shunsaku (Kamogawa Shokudo, Ashio kara Kita Onna, Saka no Ue no Kumo Series)
Original Work: Kieta Yaruta Mitsuyaku Kinkyuuden by Okabe Shin
Cast: Yakushimaru Hiroko, Kagawa Teruyuki, Chiba Tetsuya, Riju Go, Toda Masahiro, Kato Go, Kobayashi Katsuya, Yamamoto Ryuji, Sugata Shun, Mitamura Shuzo, Ogura Ichiro, Kaneda Akio, Sano Shiro, Yoshida Kotaro
Synopsis: Onodera Yuriko (Yakushimaru Hiroko) sets off for Sweden where her husband, Major General Onodera Makoto (Kagawa Teruyuki), is stationed as a military attache in Stockholm during World War II. Called the “god of intelligence”, Makoto is an intelligence officer of the Russian service of the Japanese Army General Staff. Fluent in Russian and German and trusted by the spies of many countries because of his integrity, his office would eventually become the most important Japanese intelligence post in Europe. From the day of her arrival in Stockholm, Yuriko helps her husband’s intelligence activities. Continue reading

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Upcoming Fall 2016 Dramas

Beppin-san*UPDATED*
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 3 October 2016
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Chiho (Gonin no Junko, Tatakau! Shoten Girl, First Class)
Cast: Yoshine Kyoko, Namase Katsuhisa, Kanno Miho, Renbutsu Misako, Kora Kengo, Nagura Jun, Tanimura Mitsuki, Momota Kanako, Tsuchimura Kaho, Ichimura Masachika, Nakamura Tamao, Honda Hirotaro, Yamamura Momiji, Mikura Mana, Nagayama Kento, Hiraoka Yuta, Tanaka Yoji, Ishino Yoko, Soganoya Bundo, Miyata Keiko, Horiuchi Masami, Matsushita Yuya, Taki Yukari
Synopsis: Bando Sumire (Yoshine Kyoko) was born to the wealthy Bando family (Namase Katsuhisa, Kanno Miho, Renbutsu Misako, Nakamura Tamao) as the second of two sisters. She loves embroidery and sewing. Once she gets started, she will be so focused that she loses sight of her surroundings. Because she frequently looks like she is gazing vacantly to a casual onlooker as images fill her mind, the people around her worry about what she is thinking. But Sumire is unconcerned. When she decides on something, she will stand firm and follow through no matter what happens. She marries during the Pacific War and gets pregnant, but her husband Norio (Nagayama Kento) soon goes to war. Sumire gives birth to their daughter while he is absent. To make matters worse, an air raid is launched on Kobe just before the end of the war and she loses both the house she grew up in and wealth. As Sumire waits for Norio to come back from the front, she begins to make children’s clothing with her dressmaking skills. Gathering her classmates from her girl’s school days, Sumire rents a shoe shop’s show window and the specialty clothing shop that she started turns into a big hit that is beyond anyone’s imagination.
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Fuji TV Drama Special 2016 ~ Totsugawa Keibu ‘Akujo’

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 29 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Tago Akihiro (Keiji Yoshinaga Seiichi Series, Yasashii Jikan)
Original Work: Totsugawa Keibu “Akujo” Kinugawa Shinjuu Jiken by Nishimura Kyotaro
Cast: Takashima Masanobu, Koizumi Kotaro, Yamamura Momiji, Komatsu Ayaka, Inoue Harumi, Ozawa Maju, Mabuchi Erika, Shigaki Taro, Kajihara Zen, Furuya Ikkou
Synopsis: Totsugawa Shuzo (Takashima Masanobu), the leader of Team Totsugawa, and detective, Nishimoto Akira (Koizumi Kotaro), from Totsugawa’s team are at the scene where the dead body of popular author Hiraki Akira (Shigaki Taro) was discovered and investigating the murder. The first person who found him is Hasegawa Shin (Kajihara Zen), the chief editor of a magazine. Hasegawa says he had discovered Hiraki when he visited him to fix problems regarding Hiraki’s publication in the magazine. Continue reading

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Crow’s Blood

Crow's Blood

Official Website
hulu-japan.jp/crows-blood

Broadcast
From 23 July 2016 (updated on Saturdays)

Network
Hulu

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Juken no Cinderella

Juken_Cinderella

Official Website
www.nhk.or.jp/pd/juken

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 10 July 2016

Station
NHK BS Premium

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Kibougaoka no Hitobito CM (Kibougaoka Ver.)

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Summer 2016 Dramas

Sukina-Hito

Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 11 July 2016
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Kuwamura Sayaka (Koinaka, Keibuho Sugiyama Shintaro)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Kiritani Mirei, Yamazaki Kento, Miura Shohei, Nomura Shuhei, Nanao, Ohara Sakurako, Sano Hinako, Iitoyo Marie, Yoshida Kotaro, Hamano Kenta
Synopsis: Sakurai Misaki (Kiritani Mirei) is a patissier who dreams of having her own business in the future and has prioritised work to the extent that she has forgotten how to kiss. But one day, she is suddenly dismissed and has difficulty finding a new job. At that moment, Misaki meets Shibasaki Chiaki (Miura Shohei), her first love in high school. Learning about her situation, Chiaki invites her to live-in and work at the seaside restaurant that he runs in Shonan. Chiaki has two younger brothers. Second brother Kanata (Yamazaki Kento) is a talented chef while third brother Toma (Nomura Shuhei) is a waiter at the restaurant. Misaki ends up spending one summer with the three handsome siblings.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/sukinahitogairukoto
Preview: Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto CM

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