Upcoming Winter 2017 Dramas


Seirei no Moribito Season 2 ~ Kanashiki Hakaishin
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Saturdays, 21 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, Kora Kengo
Synopsis: Four years 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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Gekokujo Juken Teaser

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Upcoming 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,
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 no where to go, but thankfully gets a job helping out at a Western restaurant that her father had declared “delicious” in one of his stories about Tokyo. Everyone at the restaurant including the female proprietress and her son 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?
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Retake ~ Toki o Kakeru Omoi


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From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 3 December 2016

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Gin to Kin Teaser

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From 18 November 2016 (updated on Fridays)


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