Fall 2010 Dramas

Date: From 9.00 p.m. Mondays, 18 October 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Takenouchi Yutaka, Ueto Aya, Matsuda Shota, Kitano Kii, Itaya Yuka, Kawaguchi Haruna, Chisun, Kiriyama Akito, Kitagawa Hiromi, Sugimoto Tetta, Harada Mieko, Inagaki Goro
Synopsis: Okada Kengo (Takenouchi Yutaka), a seemingly ordinary aquarium employee well-liked by everyone, has a secret that he would sacrifice everything to protect. Makihara Risa (Ueto Aya) works in the sex trade in order to repay her older brother, Shuichi’s (Inagaki Goro) debt. In despair of her life, she tries to commit suicide but is stopped by Kengo, and proposes marriage for some reason. They enter into a contract marriage solely for their vested interests. However, their hearts soften. The moment Kengo becomes aware of their true love for each other, he is torn by the reality that he has made and at the mercy of love.
Website: wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/nagareboshi

Freeter, Ie o Kau
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Tuesdays, 19 October 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Ninomiya Kazunari, Karina, Igawa Haruka, Maruyama Ryuhei, Inoue Masahiro, Okamoto Rei, Yoko Wataru, Hyunri, Otomo Kohei, Washio Machiko, Mashima Hidekazu, Kojima Kazuya, Tanaka Sotaro, Yamamoto Ryuji, Shima Daisuke, Sakaguchi Ryoko, Takenaka Naoto, Asano Atsuko
Synopsis: Take Seiji (Ninomiya Kazunari) is a 25-year-old freeter with no dreams, savings and is good-for-nothing. He had failed his entrance exams the first time and entered a third-rate university a year later. After graduation, he found work at a mid-size components company, but could not become accustomed to the corporate culture and left the company in three months. Reemployment did not go his way, so he took a part-time job for the time being. However, when interpersonal relationship become a little bit bothersome, he would immediately quit and move to another part-time job. As a result, he is always fighting with his father, Seiichi (Takenaka Naoto). He retreats into his own room because he hates seeing his father. Then one day, when he is both out of work and savings, he learns that his mother, Sumiko (Asano Atsuko), is suffering from depression, and is shocked. Harsh reality surges in … Is he to be the family’s breadwinner now? Thinking he is good-for-nothing and blaming himself for not being able to take care of even food expenses, Seiji takes up higher-paying part-time manual labour at a civil engineering site where he encounters the vivacious, cheerful Chiba Manami (Karina) and his superiors. At first, he has a bias against his job, regarding it only as a temporary position, and keeps his distance from the people at the work place. But his exchanges with his colleagues and Manami, who live for civil engineering, gradually deepen. In the midst of this he is reminded of the meaning of “life” and “work, and finds hope to revive his family.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/ie-wo-kau

Guilty, Akuma to Keiyakushita Onna
Date: From 10.00 p.m. Tuesdays, 12 October 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kanno Miho, Tamaki Hiroshi, Kichise Michiko, Mikami Kensei, Takizawa Saori, Rikiya, Yokoyama Megumi, Yoshida Kotaro, Karasawa Toshiaki
Synopsis: A pet groomer at a salon in Shirokane, Nogami Meiko (Kanno Miho) has a lot of celebrity dog-lovers as customers. She cheerfully serves customers with care, and her skills are tried and trusted. The salon’s owner, Kotomi, has strong faith in her, and she is also admired by her colleagues. Meiko leads a quiet and fulfilling life. However, there is another side to her. She has a plan for revenge that she must accomplish. In truth, when she was 19, she received a jail sentence for the murder of her older sister’s husband and son, and spent 12 years in prison. At that time, it was even featured by the mass media, and reported that her older sister’s affair was the reason. However, there was also another side to this case. Approximately one year after Meiko completed her jail term, suspicious incidents start to occur to the people around her. All the men who get close to her, go down the path of destruction. Just as she is on the verge of executing her plan, she meets a man called Mashima Takuro (Tamaki Hiroshi). She acts mysteriously in front of him. For some reason, he makes her feel better. Is he the only miscalculation to her? Or a reckoning?
Website: guilty.ktv.jp

Second Virgin
Date: From 10.00 p.m. Tuesdays, 12 October 2010
Station: NHK
Cast: Suzuki Kyoka, Fukada Kyoko, Hasegawa Hiroki, Tamaru Maki, Danta Yasunori, Kusabue Mitsuko
Synopsis: Nakamura Rui (Suzuki Kyoka), is a career woman who has sealed herself off from love ever since her divorce 20 years ago, meets Suzuki Kou (Hasegawa Hiroki), a married man 17 years her junior. She falls madly in love with him and they begin an affair. She even becomes friends with his wife, Marie (Fukada Kyoko).
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/secondvirgin

Yamikin Ushijima-kun
Date: From 12.55 a.m. Tuesdays, 12 October 2010
Station: TBS
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Katase Nana, Yabe Kyosuke, Sakimoto Hiromi, Yokoyama Miyuki, Kasumi Risa, Kizaki Jessica, Saijo Ruri, Tokui Yu
Synopsis: Ushijima Kaoru (Yamada Takayuki) makes a living as a loan shark who lends money above the legal interest rate, and is businesslike in the collection of debts from his debtors.
Website: www.mbs.jp/ushijima

Aibou Season 9
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Wednesdays, 20 October 2010 (for two seasons)
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Masudo Ikue, Kishibe Ittoku, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Otani Ryosuke, Yamanaka Takashi, Rokkaku Seiji, Yamanishi Atsushi, Ono Ryo, Jinbo Satoshi, Shimizu Masayoshi
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/aibou
Related: Aibou Season 8

Ogon no Buta ~ Kaikei Kensachou Tokubetsu Chousaka
Date: From 10.00 p.m. Wednesdays, 20 October 2010
Station: NTV
Cast: Shinohara Ryoko, Okada Masaki, Oizumi Yo, Kiritani Kenta, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Kondo Yoshimasa, Yazawa Shin, Nose Anna, Yamazaki Daisuke, Motai Masako, Namase Katsuhisa, Utsui Ken
Synopsis: Shinko, a female investigator (Shinohara Ryoko) with the Board of Audit’s Special Investigations Division punishes scoundrels who cheat and waste the taxes that the common people have slogged to pay. A somewhat reckless and daring character, she does not overlook the injustice of influential persons and presses on in her pursuit. Unlike the elite rookie, Kudo (Okada Masaki), who is a graduate of Tokyo University and comes from a family of government officials, Shinko used to be a swindler, possesses no academic qualifications and also has personality problems, but in a strange turn of events, had been scouted to work at the division, which investigates whether taxes are properly used.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/buta

Kyoto Chiken no Onna Season 6
Date: From 8.00 p.m. Thursdays, 14 October 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Natori Yuko, Terajima Susumu, Masuoka Toru, Watanabe Ikkei, Kanie Keizo, Arima Ineko, Wakisawa Kana, Kobayashi Kinako
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kyoto
Related: Kyoto Chiken no Onna Season 5

Nasake no Onna ~ Kokuzeikyoku Sasatsukan
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Thursdays, 21 October 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Yanagiba Toshiro, Tsukamoto Takashi, Iijima Naoko, Suzuki Kosuke, Koichi Mantaro, Yuki Jutta, Saito Megumi, Seto Koji, Shikanuma Yuki, Katsumura Masanobu, Izumiya Shigeru, Takeda Tetsuya
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/nasake

Wataru Sekken wa Oni Bakkari Season 10
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Thursdays, 14 October 2010 (for four seasons)
Station: TBS
Cast: Izumi Pinko, Nagayama Aiko, Nadaka Yoshiko, Nomura Mami, Fujita Tomoko, Utsui Ken
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/oni

Iryu 3 Team Medical Dragon
Date: From 10.00 p.m. Thursdays, 14 October 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Sakaguchi Kenji, Inamori Izumi, Koike Teppei, Abe Sadao, Tanimura Mitsuki, Endo Kenichi, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Natsuki Mari, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Kishibe Ittoku
Synopsis: Asada Ryutaro (Sakaguchi Kenji) rallies Team Medical Dragon again in order to resuscitate a faltering Meishin University Hospital. Hospital management is being rationalised in addition to the shortage of surgeons in the Japanese medical community and because of the advancements in medical devices which have made robotic surgery possible, the significance of surgeons are being called into question. Meanwhile, Japan’s medical industry advances into overseas markets to make wealthy individuals such as the Chinese come to Japan as patients for medical tourism.
Website: wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/iryu3

Face Maker
Date: From 11.58 p.m. Thursdays, 7 October 2010
Station: NTV
Cast: Nagai Masaru, Hinata Chiho
Synopsis: Kirishima Shun (Nagai Masaru) is a gifted plastic surgeon whom people call the ‘Face Maker’. He had been the only Japanese who performed plastic surgery for the ‘Federal Witness Protection Programme’ at the US Federal Security Services. He takes no fees from his patients. In return, what he receives as payoff for the surgery are their previous faces …
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/face

Kenji Onijima Heihachiro
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Fridays, 22 October 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Hamada Masatoshi, Uchida Yuki, Hamada Gaku, Nishiyama Maki, Matsushige Yutaka, Nishimura Masahiko, Hamada Tatsuomi, Kazami Shingo, Tayama Ryosei, Hosokawa Shigeki, Ishibashi Ryo, Furuya Ikko, Matsukata Hiroki
Synopsis: Onijima Heihachiro (Hamada Masatoshi) is a new public prosecutor working at the District Public Prosecutor’s Office. Six years ago, his older sister was embroiled in a political scandal and committed suicide. This event spurred him to become a public prosecutor at the age of 44. Backed by his considerable social experience, he pursues the truth with the sensibilities of the common people. He is guided by his emotions rather than the law, persisting in carrying out what he thinks is right and not succumbing to unreasonable pressure. He begins with a small embezzlement case and ends up involved in a confrontation with politicians from the ruling party.
Website: onijima.asahi.co.jp

Keizoku 2 SPEC ~ Keishichou Kouanbu Kouan Daigo-ka Mishou Jiken Tokubetsu Taisaku-gakari Jikenbo
Date: From 10.00 p.m. Fridays, 8 October 2010
Station: TBS
Cast: Toda Erika, Kase Ryo, Fukuda Saki, Tanaka Tetsushi, Tokui Yu, Shirota Yu, Okada Koki, Matsuzawa Kazuyuki, Yasuda Ken, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Kippei Shiina (cameo appearance), Ryu Raita, Kamikawa Takaya (guest star), Sano Shiro (guest star), Okada Yoshinori (guest star)
Synopsis: Nonomura Kotaro (Ryu Raita) is the head of the Unidentified Crimes Unit which was set up within the Public Security Division as a result of intensified investigations by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. This is in addition to the First Investigative Division’s Unsolved Crimes Unit. He has two subordinates who were transferred to the unit for causing trouble. They are problematic but not mediocre. One of them is Toma Saya (Toda Erika), who is exceptionally smart and qualified for Kyoto University’s Faculty of science even though she did not attend regular and cram school. She has an IQ of 201 and an inability to read the atmosphere in social situations. Because Saya is very smart, she treats superiors disparagingly. Furthermore, people think she is a geek but she is unexpectedly feisty. She sustained serious injuries to her left arm in a fight with a criminal during her first year at Unidentified Crimes and has had her arm in a plaster cast ever since. The other is Sebumi Takeru (Kase Ryo), the star performer of the Metropolitan Police who was singled out to be the platoon leader of the Special Investigation Team at the young age of 27. He has the best firearms technique at the Metropolitan Police and is even an assistant instructor in karate. However, he was transferred to Unidentified Crimes for some reason.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/spec2010

Date: From 11.15 p.m. Fridays, 15 October 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Shida Mirai, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Motokariya Yuika, Hashimoto Satoshi, Ikezu Shoko, Masu Takeshi, Hayashi Tantan, Ryusei Ryo, Horiuchi Keiko, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Ishida Hikari
Synopsis: In the summer of 2007, Sugita Heisuke (Sasaki Kuranosuke), who works at an electronics manufacturer, passes his days as he typically does. In the house, his daughter, Monami (Shida Mirai) and wife, Naoko (Ishida Hikari), were hurriedly preparing to visit Naoko’s family home in Nagano. Heisuke sends them off. However, several hours later, an incident occurs and this mundane everyday life vanishes. A news flash on the television screen breaks the news that the bus carrying Naoko and Monami had plunged off a cliff. When Heisuke rushes to an acute care hospital in Nagano, his wife and daughter are unconscious and have been placed in the intensive care unit. Naoko’s external injuries are bad but she miraculously survives. And Monami, whom Naoko had risked to protect, has very few external injuries but sustained brain damage. There is a high chance that she will not regain consciousness. Before long, Naoko momentarily comes to. However, she passes away in front of Heisuke. Right after that, Monami awakens but facial expressions and speech have disappeared from his beloved daughter … A funeral ceremony for Naoko is soon held. Heisuke, who has tried to endure the shock of her death, pours out his tears after the ceremony. Naoko was precious to him. At that moment, Monami recovers her speech. “Dear, I’m here.” Heisuke is filled with joy, However, in the next instant, Monami utters the unexpected, “I’m not Monami. I’m Naoko.” Heisuke cannot not believe it. His wife’s soul is dwelling in Monami’s body!
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/himitsu

Date: From 9.00 p.m. Saturdays, 16 October 2010
Station: NTV
Cast: Sato Takeru, Maeda Atsuko, Renbutsu Misako, Kaku Kento, Ikematsu Sosuke, Emoto Tokio, Takahata Mitsuki, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Tanaka Yuji, Matsuoka Rinako, Mitsuishi Ken, Shiraishi Kayoko, Ono Takehiko, Yakushimaru Hiroko
Synopsis: Fukai Heita (Sato Takeru) is an ordinary third-year high school student with a kind heart but no interest in love. He has found out the secret of a mysterious transfer student (Maeda Atsuko). She looks like a girl but is actually a robot called Q10! However, he begins to fall in love with “her” while causing trouble in school …
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/Q10

Saka no Ue no Kumo (Part 2)
Date: From 8.00 p.m. Sundays, 5 December 2010
Station: NHK
Cast: Motoki Masahiro, Abe Hiroshi, Kagawa Teruyuki, Ito Shiro, Takeshita Keiko, Matsu Takako, Kanno Miho, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Nishida Toshiyuki, Kunimura Jun, Takahashi Hideki, Tsutsumi Daijiro, Matoba Koji, Watari Tetsuya, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Tachi Hiroshi, Ishizaki Koji, Yonekura Masakane, Takenaka Naoto, Emori Toru, Onoe Kikunosuke, Kato Go
Synopsis: Russia, which is pressing south, starts to build extensive fortifications in Lushun in China’s Liaoning province. Saneyuki (Motoki Masahiro) infiltrates Lushun in order to get information and is reunited with his brother, Yoshifuru (Abe Hiroshi), for the first time in years. At Lushun, the Akiyama brothers see the massive military might of Russia with their own eyes. Japan thinks that it cannot avoid conflict with Russia, and explores an alliance with England. Not wanting Russia to expand its influence in Asia, England forms an alliance with Japan in 1902. A mighty swell of changing times is about to swallow the young people of this small island nation …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/sakanoue
Related: Saka no Ue no Kumo

Perfect Report
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Sundays, 17 October 2010
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Matsuyuki Yasuko, Koide Keisuke, Aibu Saki, Endo Yuya, Konayagi Yu, Kaname Jun, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: 38-year-old Aoyama Kana (Matsuyuki Yasuko) is a tv reporter with a digital cable television channel CPTV. On the surface, she is a beautiful and intelligent single woman who prides herself on her interview skills which are the best within the station. But inside, she is a rigid, stubborn person who has a one-track mind once she starts doing one thing. She is a top-notch media person but the worst organisation person. Treated as a burden by the company because in the 15 years since she joined the station, she has continued to pursue an unsolved case which she had covered when she was a new recruit no matter where she is transferred to, she is kicked out of the elite city news desk and appointed to lead a ragtag bunch of reporters named the “reserve reporter unit”.
Website: wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/PERFECTREPORT

Juui Doolittle
Date: From 9.00 p.m. Sundays, 17 October 2010
Station: TBS
Cast: Oguri Shun, Inoue Mao, Narimiya Hiroki, Fujisawa Ema (cameo appearance), Kasahara Hideyuki, Suda Masaki, Ishizaka Koji, Kunimura Jun
Synopsis: Known by the nickname ‘Doolittle’, Tottori Kenichi (Oguri Shun) has a reputation for being a competent, rogue veterinarian. His pet phrase is “veterinary care is a business”. He speaks with sarcasm and is strict with both money and pet owners. However, he does not only save “silent animals” that cannot tell of the pain of illnesses and injuries, and whose masters lack knowledge and caution, but also heals the hearts of those troubled owners. Hanabishi Masaru (Narimiya Hiroki) is ‘Doolittle’s’ rival. An amiable veterinarian with a completely different mindset and veterinary care principles.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/jyuui-dolittle

Marks no Yama
Date: From 10.00 p.m. Sundays, 17 October 2010
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya, Ishiguro Ken, Kora Kengo, Konishi Manami, Kohinata Fumiyo, Toda Naho, Osugi Ren, Suzuki Anju, Sano Shiro, Ishibashi Renji, Komoto Masahiro, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Katsurayama Shingo, Hotaru Yukijiro, Shimada Kyusaku, Ikeda Narushi, Ito Yuko, Ogi Shigemitsu, Aijima Kazuyuki, Kokubu Sachiko, Yamazaki Hajime, Yajima Kenichi, Masu Takeshi
Synopsis: The seed of crime which was planted in the depths of the mountains of the Southern Alps, suddenly germinates 20 years later and comes into bloom as a murder in distant Tokyo. Assistant Inspector Goda Yuichiro (Kamikawa Takaya), who is in charge of the case, is baffled that he cannot investigate as he wishes because of pressure from the top brass, and starts to sense a huge, encroaching darkness behind the case. A second murder occurs despite the frustration of the detectives, and before long, the case spills over to the prosecutor’s office. Can Goda and his men stop the crimes of this psychopath killer called Marks (Kora Kengo)?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/marks

Date: From 10.00 p.m. Sundays, 21 November 2010
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Fukada Kyoko, Tsukamoto Takashi, Kikawada Masaya, Ichikawa Yui, Suzuki Kazuma, Okunuki Kaoru, Ogura Ichiro, Iwamatsu Ryo, Nakamura Ikuji, Sato Hitomi, Morishita Chisato, Sugawara Daikichi, Misaki Yu, Kawahara Sabu, Denden, Hiki Rie, Sato Chiaki, Nakada Yoshiko, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Omi Toshinori, Suzuki Sawa, Negishi Toshie, Shibata Kyohei
Synopsis: Mizuhara Masaya (Tsukamoto Takashi) inadvertently murdered his uncle, who had pressed him to repay debts right after a major earthquake which had taken place the morning after his father’s wake. When he recovers himself, a strange woman is standing beside him. Mizuhara falls under the spell of her beauty and wit, and begins living with this woman who calls herself Shinkai Mifuyu (Fukada Kyoko). The two of them soon come up to Tokyo. And as Mifuyu rises in this world of “beauty”, this gives rise to various incidents and conspiracies at all their destinations. Before long, a lone detective, Kato Wataru (Shibata Kyohei) focuses his suspicions on Mifuyu and Mizuhara …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/genya

Reinoryokusha Odagiri Kyoko no Uso
Date: From 11.00 p.m. Sundays, 10 October 2010
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Ishihara Satomi, Tanihara Shosuke, Oshima Yuko
Synopsis: Odagiri Kyoko (Ishihara Satomi) is a popular psychic on television. Wrapped in a spectacular dress, she enjoys enormous popularity for her overwhelming presence and psychic powers to predict everything. However, Kyoko is a bogus psychic and actually has no psychic powers. The typical Kyoko is extremely plain and exudes no aura but once she wraps herself in the showy ‘Odakyo’ dress, she transforms into the psychic Odagiri Kyoko who speaks her mind and holds nothing back. She has had a perceptiveness since young that is so acute that it is on the contrary a complex. Making inferences based on information she steadily gathers in between television recordings, she dispels the mysteries of paranormal phenomenon which terrify people. Taniguchi Ichiro (Tanihara Shosuke) takes on paranormal phenomenon with Kyoko but detests these supernatural events. He has approached her for some motive but does not attempt to disclose his own identity. For some reason, he is good at undercover investigations and no matter how absurd Kyoko’s requests may be, he will bluff that “there is nothing I cannot do” and perform miracles one after the other.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/odakyo

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11 Responses to Fall 2010 Dramas

  1. lil says:

    Iryu 3 finally !❤
    thanks for a great news

  2. Wendy says:

    wahhhh~ such a good upcoming drama season. thank you so much for translating everything!

  3. arakira says:

    Thanks for your translations and daily updates! I have my hopes up high for this autumn season!! Especially the WOWOW drama looks brilliant but I’m also excited for ARATA and Kase Ryo starring in dramas, Shun & Nari and Takenouchi’s Getsu9 are like the cherries on top😉.

    I got one question: are you sure the inspector for Marks no Yama is called Goda? I think I remember him being called Aida in the movie… but I’m not sure and I also went for your translation at dramawiki.

    • jadefrost says:

      I don’t know whether the inspector is Goda or Aida. It is hard to tell the actual name of a character sometimes because there can be different pronunciations for the name. I’ll only know when I watch it in October. Or get my hands on the trailer from somewhere else since the official site only has it available to those with Japan IPs.

      • arakira says:

        Thanks for your reply, we’ll have to see then. It’s sad that more and more sites use this IP method, I mean why would you have to limit the viewer for a trailer?!?

        Anyway, thanks again for your hard work here, your blog is like my No.1 information site for upcoming drama😄

      • jadefrost says:

        I am looking forward to Marks no Yama so I’m bummed that I can’t watch any previews and interviews. WOWOW didn’t use to do this in the past. I’m not sure why they’ve thought to do so now. But the American tv sites also limit access too come to think of it.

  4. diidi says:

    please, more information about juui dolittle.

  5. luthien says:

    Thank you so much for working so hard to bring us all these info! I always stalk your website, esp during announcements of upcoming dramas… it has been a great source for a couple years now. Thank you.

    Been disheartened to see rumors and confirmations without Inoue Mao in it… until now. The story doesn’t appeal so much, but I’m glad she’s making a comeback.

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