Upcoming Fall 2018 Dramas

Manpuku
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 1 October 2018
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yasushi (Doctors Series, Good Partner, Galileo Series)
Cast: Ando Sakura, Hasegawa Hiroki, Matsushita Nao, Kaname Jun, Uchida Yuki, Otani Ryohei, Matsuzaka Keiko, Kiritani Kenta, Seto Koji, Kishii Yukino, Hashimoto Manami, Matsui Rena, Kureshiro Kumi, Hamano Kenta, Fujiyama Senjiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakao Akira, Hashizume Isao
Synopsis: The youngest of three sisters (Uchida Yuki, Matsushita Nao), Imai Fukuko (Ando Sakura) grew up in a poor family but received a lot of love. She is a born optimist and loves eating. Because her father died early, she starts to work as a hotel’s telephone switchboard operator to support the family after graduating from a school for girls. Some incident leads to her encounter with her future husband Tachibana Manpei (Hasegawa Hiroki). The two of the eventually get married but Fukuko keeps getting pushed around by Manpei who develops businesses with unconventional ideas. At first, she only tolerates this, but she soon supports him and begins to grow into a strong woman. And then, the couple produce a great invention of the century which changes global food culture.
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NHK Drama Special 2018 ~ Mangan

Mangan

Official Website
www.nhk.or.jp/dsp/mangan

Original Work
Mangan by Yonezawa Honobu

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Summer 2018 Dramas

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Zettai Reido Season 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 9 July 2018
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Hamada Shuya (Yake ni Ben no Tatsu ga Gakkou de Hoeru, Chef, Zettai Reido Series)
Genre: Detective
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa, Emoto Tokio, Magy, Tanaka Michiko, Hirata Mitsuru, Ito Atsushi, Ueto Aya (guest star), Takei Sou (guest star), Kurotani Tomoka (guest star)
Synopsis: Izawa Norito (Sawamura Ikki) is a former elite detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’ Public Security Department. He transferred from this department to be the director of the General Affairs Department’s Documentation Division after some incident occurred. It is the place where troublemakers are gathered to get rid of them. The Documentation Division is actually a cover for these drifters (Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa, Emoto Tokio, Hirata Mitsuru) to proceed with missions for an important project which is being conducted in secret. This project involves aggregating data such as the personal information on Japanese citizens, surveillance camera footage nationwide as well as email and phone data. It is analysed and compared with data on crimes that took place in the past 15 years to find dangerous people with a high probability of committing grave offenses, primarily murders before these happen.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/zettaireido
Related: Zettai Reido Season 2

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Upcoming 2018 Dramas

Poison Daughter, Holy Mother*NEW*
Date: 2018
Network: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Shimizu Yukako (Reverse, Fukigenna Kajitsu (2016), Onna Sore o Yurusanai)
Original Work: Poison Daughter, Holy Mother by Minato Kanae
Genre: Mystery
Cast: –
Synopsis: Actress Fujiyoshi Yumika has been troubled by her mother Yoshika since young. She regards her mother who tries to control her the way she wants, as a toxic parent. Yumika runs to Tokyo in an act of rebellion but she is unable to break free. Yoshika’s machinations cause her to split up with a man and lose important work. Learning about this, Yumika accuses her mother on a talk show and this generates tremendous response. Meanwhile, the people who know Yoshika, regard her as a caring mother and certainly not a toxic parent. Yoshika reflects on her own life after hearing what Yumika said, and decides to let go of her daughter. But … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/poison

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Himo Men

Himo Men

Official Website
www.tv-asahi.co.jp/himomen

Broadcast
From 11.15 p.m., Saturdays, 28 July 2018

Network
TV Asahi

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Toumeina Yurikago

Yurikago

Official Website
www.nhk.or.jp/drama10/yurikago

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 20 July 2018

Network
NHK

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NHK Drama Special 2018 ~ Yunagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni

Sakura

Date: From 7.30 p.m., 6 August 2018
Scriptwriter: Morishita Tadashi (Iryu Sousa Seasons 4 – 5, Ishikawa Goemon, Saikyou no Futari)
Original Work: Yunagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni by Kouno Fumiyo
Cast: Tokiwa Takako, Kawaei Rina, Koshiba Fuuka, Taira Yuna, Kudo Asuka, Asari Yosuke, Tanihara Shosuke, Kashiwabara Shuji, Sagawa Mitsuo, Kimura Midoriko, Hashizume Isao  
Synopsis: 46-year-old Ishikawa Nanami (Tokiwa Takako) is at the crossroads of life. An editor who works for a publisher, she lives with her 79-year-old father Akira (Hashizume Isao), and cannot seem to take the plunge and marry her boyfriend. A constant source of worry is the editorial department’s restructuring and Akira’s suspected dementia. Continue reading

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Eerie Mienai Kao

Eerie

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

Broadcast
From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 4 August 2018

Network
WOWOW

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NHK BS Premium Drama Special 2018 ~ Haruko no Ningyo

Haruko

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 4 August 2018
Scriptwriter: Tomikawa Motofumi
Original Work: Haruko no Ningyo by Hayasaka Akira
Cast: Bando Ryota, Ashida Mana, Omi Toshinori, Nishimura Kazuhiko, Nakanishi Miho, Yamamoto Kei, Tanaka Yuko
Synopsis: In the early days of the Showa era in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture a newborn baby is abandoned with a doll under the eaves of a merchant house along the pilgrimage route in Shikoku. It seems to be a pilgrim struggling to make a living. This baby girl is named Haruko and brought by Tomita Shizuko (Tanaka Yuko) and Katsuji (Omi Toshinori) as the younger sister of their son Ryosuke who is three years apart. Continue reading

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