Spring 2017 Dramas


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
Synopsis: 17-year-old Yatabe Mineko (Arimura Kasumi) grew up in a family of seven in a mountain village in northeastern Ibaraki Prefecture. Tokyo seemed like a different world even though it is 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 CM

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Frankenstein no Koi Teaser 2

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Sakurako-san no Sokka ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru


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From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 23 April 2017

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Upcoming Fall 2017 Dramas

Seirei no Moribito Season
Date: November 2017
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Omori Sumio (64, Nezumi Edo o Hashiru, Akumu-chan)
Original Work: Moribito Series by Uehashi Nahoko
Genre: Period fantasy
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Itagaki Mizuki, Higashide Masahiro, Kikkawa Koji, Nakagawa Akinori, Kikawada Masaya, Murakawa Eri, Watanabe Ikkei, Furuya Kenji, Mera Yoshikazu, Takeda Tetsuya, Kamiji Yusuke, Kora Kengo, Hanafusa Mari, Hayashiya Shozo, Toman, Kaga Takeshi
Synopsis: Balsa (Ayase Haruka) and the crown prince Chagum (Itagaki Mizuki) travel together again. The young boy who survived because he was protected by Balsa, has gone through suffering and grown into a splendid crown prince. Balsa starts to expose the conspiracy that lies hidden deep in the bowels of her beautiful homeland of the Kingdom of Kambal. And then, Chagum stands up to the attack of the Talsh Empire which has targeted the New Yogo Empire. A natural disaster occurs that shakes the land. Gold birds flutter in the sky … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/moribito
Related: Seirei no Moribito Season 2 ~ Kanashiki Hakaishin

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Tokyo Vampire Hotel Teaser

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Sakurako-san no Sokka ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru Teaser

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Upcoming Summer 2017 Dramas

MAGI Tenshou Shonen Shisetsu to Sekai Teikoku
Date: Summer 2017
Station: Amazon Prime
Scriptwriter: Kamata Toshio (Nigeru Onna, Last Dinner, Keiji Teinen)
Original Work: Tenshou Shonen Shisetsu to Sekai Teikoku by Wakakuwa Midori
Genre: Adventure
Cast: –
Synopsis: During the Tenshou era, a small delegation of Japanese youths are officially sent for a meeting between Japan and the West for the first time and they have an audience with the Roman emperor at the Vatican, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. However, what awaits them upon their return to Japan after their spectacular mission is the prohibition of Christianity by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
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