Imawa no Kuni no Arisu
Network: Netflix Japan
Original Work: Imawa no Kuni no Arisu by Aso Haro
Scriptwriters: Watabe Yoshiki, Kuramitsu Yasuko (Scandal Senmon Bengoshi Queen, Tourist, Keiji Yugami), Sato Shinsuke
Cast: Yamazaki Kento, Tsuchiya Tao
Synopsis: Arisu Ryohei (Yamazaki Kento) is unemployed and frustrated with daily life which he finds unbearable. One day, while he is hanging around Tokyo with his two friends, a mysterious light radiates. When they realise it, all signs of life around them have vanished. However, a game begins one after another in an empty Tokyo where one wrong move will cause them their lives. Arisu and his friends have to fight tooth and nail in the face of challenges that defy logic. They encounter Usagi Yuzuha (Tsuchiya Tao) in the game … …
Imawa no Kuni no Arisu
From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 28 May 2020
31 May: TV Asahi and NTV will resume filming for spring dramas in June. As a result, dramas slated for summer will likely be rescheduled.
4 May: Japan’s extension of the state of emergency to 31 May is throwing up questions about filming and whether many of the spring dramas will even be aired.
20 April: The majority of the dramas lined up for spring have been hit by broadcast/filming delays due to the Covid-19 situation. Here’s the list to date:
Fuji TV – Ryu no Michi, Suits Season 2, Unsung Cinderella
NHK – Dear Patient, Kirin ga Kuru, Meiji Kaika: Shinjuro Tanteichou, Yell
NTV – Bishoku Tantei Akechi Goro, Guilty, Haken no Hinkaku 2020, Miman Keisatsu
TBS – Hanzawa Naoki Season 2, MIU404, Watashi no Kaseifu Nagisa-san
TV Asahi – BG Season 2, Kaseifu no Mitazono Season 4, M Ai Subeki Hito ga Ite, Tokusou 9 Season 3
TV Tokyo – Anata Hannin Ja Arimasen, Onna Tomodachi, Rasen, Rental Nanmo Shinai Hito
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 30 March 2020
Scriptwriters: Shimizu Yukako (Watashi Teiji de Kaerimasu, Poison Daughter Holy Mother, Reverse), Shimada Ureha (Zenryoku Shissou Series, Babysitter Gin!, Sumika Sumire), Yoshida Teruyuki
Directors: Yoshida Teruyuki, Matsuzono Takehiro
Theme Song: Hoshikage no Yell by GReeeeN
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Nikaido Fumi, Karasawa Toshiaki, Kikuchi Momoko, Sakumoto Takara, Kazama Morio, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Nakamura Aoi, Moriyama Naotaro, Matsui Rena, Mori Nana, Shibasaki Kou, Hirata Mitsuru, Sugawara Daikichi, Yoshihara Mitsuo, Aijima Kazuyuki, Matsuo Satoru, Horiuchi Keiko, Mochizuki Ayumu, Hotta Mayu, Tanaka Taketo, Mitsuishi Ken, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Furuta Arata, Noda Yojiro, Kayano, Nomaguchi Toru, Naka Riisa, Miura Takahiro
Synopsis: In 1909, a long-awaited baby boy was born to a family (Karasawa Toshiaki, Kikuchi Momoko) which has run a kimono shop 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.
From 11.30 p.m., 30 May & 6 June 2020
Story: Two sisters (Hirose Alice, Hirose Suzu) are close and have been living together. They seem to have been leading ordinary lives but they have actually another side that they hide from everyone else. What are their secret worries?
Cast: Hirose Alice, Hirose Suzu, Abe Sadao
Original Work: Kareinaru Ichizoku by Yamasaki Toyoko
Scriptwriter: Maekawa Yoichi (Kirin ga Kuru, Shizumanu Taiyo, Lady Joker)
Cast: Nakai Kiichi
Synopsis: Manpyo Daisuke (Nakai Kiichi) is the owner and president of Hanshin Bank which is ranked in tenth place in terms of volume of deposits at a time when Japan is enjoying rapid economic growth. He heads the Manpyo group of companies which consist of Hanshin Steel, Manpyo Real Estate, Manpyo Trading and Manpyo Warehouses. The family has gained wealth and power through family connections in Kansai’s business circles. When Daisuke hears about movement towards reorganising the city’s banks from his eldest daughter’s husband who is an elite Ministry of Finance official, he swings into action with a plan to prevent Hanshin Bank from being absorbed by a higher ranked bank and fight for survival. Behind the scenes, a love-hate drama unfurls within the family from discord between father and son to wife and mistress.
My Love, My Baker
Date: Summer 2020
Network: dTV & Hikari TV
Original Work: My Bakery by Rakuda
Scriptwriters: Aso Kumiko (Lunch no Gokon Tantei, Gosaigyo, Yami no Bansosha Series), Hatano Miyako (Sousa Chizu no Onna, Kaito Royale), Yoshida Oolongta
Directors: Furumaya Tomoyuki, Ninomiya Takashi
Theme Song: Otomegokoro by Ozaki Yuka
Cast: Motokariya Yuika, Iijima Hiroki, Takezai Terunosuke, Komiya Arisa, Nobukawa Seijun, Narumi Yui
Synopsis: Koiwa Mimiko (Motokariya Yuika) is the cheerful, hardworking manager of Bakery Mimiy which she inherited from her parents. Although the bakery is short-handed, she overcomes the situation with innate strength. One day, Kita Kaoru (Iijima Hiroki), a taciturn young man six years her junior, joins the bakery as a new part-timer. He is put in charge of the finishing touches and becomes valuable support to Mimiko and indispensable to the bakery. However, Kita, who is the former chef of a Michelin three star French restaurant, appears to have some secret … …
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 28 September 2020
Scriptwriter: Yatsu Hiroyuki (Miss Jikocho, Kaseifu no Mitazono Series, Rikuou)
Directors: Nagikawa Yoshiro, Bonkobara Makoto
Cast: Sugisaki Hana, Tortoise Matsumoto, Miyazawa Emma, Shinohara Ryoko, Nagura Jun, Ishino Yoko, Narita Ryo, Hoshida Hidetoshi, Nakamura Ganjiro, Igawa Haruka, Wakamura Mayumi
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 Teruo (Tortoise Matsumoto) 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.