Upcoming Fall 2015 Dramas


Asa ga Kita
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 28 September 2015
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Omori Mika (Seijo, Tokyo Bandwagon, Last Dinner)
Original Work: Tosa Horikawa by Furukawa Chieko
Cast: Haru, Miyazaki Aoi, Tamaki Hiroshi, Terajima Shinobu, Masu Takeshi, Hayashi Yoichi, Kondo Masaomi, Fubuki Jun, Emoto tasuku, Tatsumi Takuro, Manda Hisako, Yamauchi Takaya, Miyake Hiroki, Nono Sumika
Synopsis: Imai Asa (Haru) was born the second daughter of a wealthy Kyoto merchant in the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. A tomboy with a love of sumo, she is a marked contrast to her elder sister, Hatsu (Miyazaki Aoi) who applied herself diligently to accomplishments such as the koto and needlework. Asa has been promised in marriage to Shiraoka Shinjiro (Tamaki Hiroshi), the second son of a leading Osaka moneychanger. However, when she is old enough to understand things, she vehemently protests against marriage. Asa unexpectedly finds herself attracted to her fiancee Shinjiro and becomes conscious of love. They get married. But the operations of the money exchange business have become outdated in the Meiji era and fall into dire straits. Her husband is not the type to make money and only amuses himself with artistic pursuits such as the shamisen. When the business is finally about to go under, Shinjiro brings the conversation around to coal mining which appears to be the future. These words ignite Asa’s spirit and she heads for Kyushu alone. What awaits her are male coalminers who only drink alcohol and do not work. On the other hand, Hatsu marries into the family with the most historic money exchange business in Osaka, However, they end up bankrupt. Hatsu vanishes just like she has skipped town. Asa finally finds her and offers financial assistance. However, her sister and husband (Emoto Tasuku) refuse this offer and make a fresh start on their own. Asa struggles as a business woman. It is not easy for her to be recognised in a male-dominated world and hardship continues. In the middle of this, her friendship with Godai Tomoatsu, who is committed to Osaka’s development, deepens. She takes on the running of a bank and champions the aspirations of many people. She also cultivates the first female bank employees in Japan. Even Shinjiro, who had devoted himself to “supporting” her, is motivated to take action after watching and getting a sense of the significance of work. With the passage of time, the final task which Asa and Shinjiro take on is the establishment Japan’s first girls college in consideration of the connection between education for girls and the progress of society.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/asagakita

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TV Tokyo 2015 ~ Jama ~ Shufu ga Ochita Hametsu no Michi

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 2 September 2015
Scriptwriter: Kaneko Arisa (Zainin no Uso, Papadol, Tightrope no Onna)
Original Work: Jyama by Okuda Hideo
Cast: Ishida Hikari, Nakamura Shido, Takuma Takayuki, Yajima Kenichi, Tokui Yu, Horibe Keisuke, Hotaru Yukijiro, Achiwa Satomi, Ozawa Kazuyoshi, Tanaka Kotaro, Yashiba Toshihiro, Sakakibara Rumi, Oshima Yoko, Moriwaki Eriko, Shimizu Yuki
Synopsis: Housewife Oikawa Kyoko (Ishida Hikari) lives with her husband, Shigenori (Takuma Takayuki), and their two children. She has been leading an ordinary but happy life while working part-time at a supermarket. One night, a fire breaks out at Shigenori’s workplace, Syntech’s Honjo branch office. Kyoko gets a phone call about her husband suffering burns while on night shift, and meets him at the hospital. She is relieved that the burns are minor injuries. Shigenori, who was the first person to discover the fire, gives a statement about witnessing a suspicious individual, and the police begin the investigation as an arson attack. Kudo Kazumasa (Yajima Kenichi), the head of Honjo Police Precinct’s Criminal Affairs Division, instructs his men to include the possibility of this case being an act of retaliation due to of previous trouble that Syntech had with a political organisation. Continue reading

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Fuji TV Drama Special 2015 ~ Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi


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From 9.00 p.m., 29 August 2015

Doko Made mo Tsuitekuru
Story: Suzuki Shota (Tamamori Yuta) cannot fit into his job and returns to his hometown from Tokyo. Shota’s childhood friend Hayase Tomomi (Tanimura Mitsuki), who has feelings for him, is delighted about his homecoming, but baffling phenomenon keeps happening around Shota. A figure can be seen in a place where no one should be present, Tomomi’s present of a mug suddenly shatters … … One day, when Shota comes back to his parents’ home, there are cones of salt placed by the entrance and room for good luck. His mother (Ito Ran) falters when he asks for the reason. Even after that, the mysterious events continue, and each time, a woman dressed in white appears … … Who is this lady? Then, Shota’s past is made known … …
Cast: Tamamori Yuta, Tanimura Mitsuki, Ito Ran

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Upcoming Winter 2016 Dramas

Nietzsche-sensei ~ Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita*UPDATED*
Date: January 2016
Station: Hulu
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yuichi (Watashi no Kiraina Tantei, Aoi Honoo, Yuusha Yoshihiko Series)
Original Work: Nietzsche-sensei ~ Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita by Matsu Koma
Genre: Workplace comedy
Cast: Mamiya Shotaro, Urai Kenji
Synopsis: Matsukoma-kun (Urai Kenji), a veteran part-timer and jobless university graduate, finds himself stressed and twisted around by Nietzsche-sensei (Mamiya Shotaro) his new colleague at the convenience store. Also known as Nii Tomoharu, Nietzsche-sensei is a university student studying Buddhism and has a peculiar way of serving customers.
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