Upcoming Summer 2016 Dramas

Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 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

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Upcoming Winter 2017 Dramas

Seirei no Moribito Season 2
Date: January 2017 (continues in 2018)
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, Maki Yoko, Emoto Akira, Suzuki Rio, Dean Fujioka, Dan Mitsu, Fukuyama Kohei, Hashimoto Satoshi, Shinagawa Toru, Ibu Masato, Watanabe Eri, Iwasaki Udai, Suzuki Ryohei, Oda Risa, Koichi Mantaro
Synopsis: Four year after her journey with Chagum ended, Balsa (Ayase Haruka) has become an outlaw. Concealing herself in the kingdom of Rota to the west of the New Yogo Empire, she continues to be a bodyguard. One day, Balsa saves a young girl Asura (Suzuki Rio) who is being sold by a human trafficking ring. The girl is the only survivor of a massacre that occurred several days ago. The kingdom of Rota was founded after the people of Taru who believe in Taru Hamaya, the god of devastation, were conquered and they have been persecuted since then. But Asura, the perpetrator of the massacre, has the ability to summon Taru Hamaya. Spies of the royal family are mobilised in an attempt to eliminate her. Balsa teaches Asura that she must not kill people as deadly combat with the Kasharu (Maki Yoko) begins. Meanwhile, in the New Yogo Empire, Chagum (Itagaki Mizuki) who is now the crown prince, has set out on a sea voyage. The Trush Empire to the south is trying to invade the north and wages war against the seafaring kingdom of Sangal as a beachhead. Chagum leads reinforcements, but this is the emperor’s ploy to expel the crown prince. Sangal falls into the hands of the Trush Empire and Chagum ends up becoming a captive … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/moribito
Related: Seirei no Moribito Season 1

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Fuji TV Drama Special 2016 ~ Yo ni mo Kimyouna Monogatari Haru


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From 9.00 p.m., 28 May 2015

Kayoi no Guntai
Story: The Japan that Maejima Keiichiro (Nishijima Hidetoshi) lives in undergoes a global natto boom. New Ibaraki declares independence from Japan and keeps on fighting with government troops. The company that Maejima works for has delivered defective rifles and he is instructed by his boss to apologise to the government troops for causing inconvenience. When Maejima goes to offer his apologies, the battlefield has turned into white-collar salarymen. Maejima is supposed to come back immediately. But when he realises it, he has joined the battle and also starts to feel a sense of worth. A startling outcome awaits him … …
Cast: Nishijima Hidetoshi, Nakamura Yuko, Magy

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TV Asahi Drama Special 2016 ~ Gold Woman

Gold Woman

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 28 May 2016
Scriptwriter: Terada Toshio (Doctor X Seasons 2 – 3, Mayonaka no Panya-san, Kumo no Kaidan)
Original Work: School no Yoru by Ashizaki Sho
Cast: Koyuki, Suzuki Honami, Suruga Taro, Ibu Masato, Rokkaku Seiji, Yano Koji, Megumi, Sugawara Daikichi, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Yamamoto Gaku, Murakami Hiroaki
Synopsis: Teito Bank employee Yoshizawa Tamaki (Koyuki) is on its career track. She has been promoted at an exceptional speed for a female by working furiously and selected to be the head the General Planning Department’s Related Business Unit. Tamaki is ordered by the new president of the bank Kaida Takehiko (Teraizumi Ken) to break up a subsidiary, Teito Business Service, and layoff its 200 employees. Teito Business Service’s cumulative deficit have grown worse in recent years and Kaida is determined to avert losses in his first year in office. Because her senior Yajima Mai (Suzuki Honami) was the one who recommended her for this post, Tamaki must succeed. She walks into Teito Business Service accompanied by her subordinate Saida Tsutomu (Suruga Taro). Continue reading

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TV Asahi Drama Special 2016 ~ Eiko Kyoju no Jikenbo


Date: From 9.00 p.m., 21 May 2016
Scriptwriters: Wada Kiyoto (Shinya Shokudo), Ito Takashi (Itsutsuboshi Tourist, Orthros no Inu)
Original Work: Tokyo Teidai Eiko Kyoju by Kadoi Yoshinobu
Cast: Fujiki Naohito, Tanaka Naoki, Shimizu Fumika, Shiraisu Jin, Ukaji Takashi, Asano Yuko, Takeda Tetsuya
Synopsis: Nanba Haruto (Tanaka Naoki), a detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division, keeps blundering in every investigation. One day, he is summoned by the head of the division, Igarashi Osamu (Takeda Tetsuya). Igarashi wants Nanba to go and apologise to the law professor at his alma mater Teito University who had been asked to supervise a book on 100 years of criminal investigation because production ended up getting halted. Nanba grumbles that he did not become a detective to do this kind of thing as he reluctantly heads to Teito University with a gift. Continue reading

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Upcoming Fall Dramas 2016

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
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 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 her husband 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 speciality clothing shop that she started turns into a big hit that is beyond anyone’s imagination.
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