Upcoming Winter 2020 Dramas

Zettai Reido Season 4
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 6 January 2020
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Hamada Hideya (Voice, Zettai Reido Series, Naomi to Kanako)
Genre: Detective
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa
Synopsis: Izawa Norito (Sawamura Ikki), whose wife and daughter were ruthlessly murdered, is the leader of the Mihan team. This team analyses big data such as the personal information on Japanese citizens – email and phone records, financial institutions’ deposit and withdrawal records – and surveillance camera footage nationwide. It then investigates dangerous people identified as future criminals and sets out to prevent such grave offences, primarily murders before these happen. One day, explosives are placed in multiple places including Shibuya, Shinjuku and Kasumigaseki, triggering the highest alert level. The Prime Minister’s official residence declares a state of emergency. As the Special Assault Team and the bomb disposal unit are mobilised, Odagiri Yui (Honda Tsubasa) and Yamauchi Toru (Yokoyama Yu) from the Mihan team join the investigation. While searching for the explosives, Yui enters a room and finds Izawa standing in front of a woman who has been shot dead. He is in tears and holding a gun in his hand. Yui is so shocked that she is unable to make a sound. Did Izawa cross the line as a detective and kill the woman because of his anger at the criminal? The story rewinds to several months before the incident takes place … …
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/zettaireido
Preview: Zettai Reido Season 4 Teaser
Related: Zettai Reido Season 3

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Fall 2019 Dramas

Scarlet

Scarlet
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 30 September 2019
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Mizuhashi Fumie (Haha ni Naru, Hayami-sensei Kekkon Surutte Hontou desu ka?, Sharehouse no Koibito)
Cast: Toda Erika, Kitamura Kazuki, Tomita Yasuko, Sakuraba Nanami, Fukuda Mayuko, Sato Ryuta, Oshima Yuko, Hayashi Kento, Zaizen Naomi, Magy, Mizuno Miki, Mizobata Junpei, Kimoto Takehiro, Hano Aki, Mitsubayashi Kyoko, Nishikawa Takanori, Matsushita Kohei, Issey Ogata, Kuroshima Yuina, Ito Kentaro
Synopsis: Shortly after the end of the war, Kawahara Kimiko (Toda Erika) moves to Shigaraki, a pottery town in Shiga Prefecture, from Osaka. The eldest of three girls, she is a hardworking person who has supported her family (Sakuraba Nanami, Fukuda Mayuko, Kitamura Kazuki, Tomita Yasuko) since she was a child. Having grown up around Shigaraki ware, Kimiko eventually plunges into the male-dominated world of ceramics where she proceeds to blaze a trail as a pioneering female ceramic artist. She falls in love and gets married to her husband who is also a ceramic artist. United by their aspiration to be the ideal creative couple, they strive to create unique Shigaraki ware with their own kiln. She becomes a mother of two children and also cultivates many disciples.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/scarlet
Preview: Scarlet Introduction

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Akuma no Bengonin CM

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Upcoming Spring 2020 Dramas

Eru
Date: Spring 2020
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Hayashi Koji (Headhunter, Sniffer Series, Cold Case Season 1)
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Nikaido Fumi, Karasawa Toshiaki, Kikuchi Momoko, Sakumoto Takara, Kazama Morio, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Nakamura Aoi, Moriyama Naotaro
Synopsis: In 1909, a long-awaited baby boy was born to a family (Karasawa Toshiaki, Kikuchi Momoko) which has run a dry goods store for generations in Fukushima Prefecture. He would later become the talented composer Koyama Yuichi (Kubota Masataka) who wrote many famous songs. Although Yuichi was brought up as the heir of the business, he was rather dreamy and considered a child with no redeeming traits by the people around him. However, when he encountered music, it sparked joy and unleashed his gift in composing music through self-study. As a youth, Yuichi secretly put his name down for an overseas songwriting competition. This would change his destiny. He won runner-up for the song he entered for the competition. As a result, he got to know Sekiuchi Oto (Nikaido Fumi), a female student who wanted to be a singer. Despite the long distance between them – Fukushima and Toyohashi – they tied the knot. When Yuichi and Oto came to Tokyo, they met all sorts of people and weathered a dark period to produce a number of hit songs. However, war broke out and Yuichi had to compose wartime songs at the army’s request. It pained him that young men died in battle after singing the songs he had written. After the war, the country began to recover amid the chaos. The couple made a new era of music in an attempt to encourage the wounded through the power of music.
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Zettai Reido Season 4 Teaser

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NHK BS Premium Drama Special ~ W no Higeki (2019)

W no Higeki (2019)

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 23 November 2019
Scriptwriter: Ikeda Natsuko (Zekkyou, Shinhannin, Miyazawa Kenji no Shokutaku)
Original Work: W no Higeki by Natsuki Shizuko
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Nakayama Miho, Mimura Rie, Tsurumi Shingo, Okamoto Kenichi, Matsumoto Gaku, Owada Shinya, Natsuki Mari, Yoshida Eisaku, Watanabe Ikkei
Synopsis: Watsuji Yohei (Owada Shinya), the chairman of Watsuji Pharmaceutical, runs the company single-handedly and is willing to make ruthless decisions for its sake. He is murdered on the night of his birthday party held at the Watsuji’s family villa. Continue reading

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Upcoming Fall 2020 Dramas

Ochoyan*NEW*
Date: Fall 2020
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Yatsu Hiroyuki (Miss Jikocho, Kaseifu no Mitazono Series, Rikuou)
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Sugisaki Hana
Synopsis: Takei Chiyo (Sugisaki Hana) was born to a poor family in Osaka Prefecture’s Minami Kawachi district at the of the Meiji era. Her mother passed away when she was still a child, and she lived with her father and younger brother. Although Chiyo could not be put through elementary school, she has the gift of the gab and quick wit. At the age of 9, she starts working as a servant in Dotonbori and comes across the theatre world which immediately captivates her. Chiyo’s desire to become an actress grows stronger by the day. She eventually runs away and heads to Kyoto where she throws herself into acting.
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Hikinukiya ~ Headhunter no Ryuugi

Hikinukiya

Official Website
www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/hikinukiya

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 16 November 2019

Network
WOWOW

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Chou no Rikigaku ~ Satsujin Bunsekihan Season 3

Chou no Rikigaku

Official Website
www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/rikigaku

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 17 November 2019

Network
WOWOW

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Motokare Mania

Motokare Mania

Official Website
www.fujitv.co.jp/motokaremania

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 October 2019

Network
Fuji TV

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