NTV Drama Specials 2011 (April)

Necchu Jidai
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 9 April 2011
Cast: Sato Ryuta, Matsushita Nao, Ichikawa Kamejiro, Koike Eiko, Watanabe Ikkei, Ishino Mako, Sasano Takashi, Ohno Takuro, Hino Yojin, Tsugawa Masahiko, Muroi Shigeru (guest star), Funakoshi Eiichiro
Synopsis: Nagumo Daichi (Sato Ryuta), who grew up on the Ogasawara Islands (also known as Bonin Islands) has such a straightforward, warm personality that he cannot see what is around him when he gets engrossed. It has been his dream to become a teacher ever since he met his elementary school form teacher, Kitano Kodai. However, he has had a hard time passing the teacher’s exam and works as a part-time zoo keeper. He finally passes the exam on his fifth attempt. Assigned to Wakabadai Elementary School, he becomes the form teacher of Class 3/2. Nagumo ends up taking a room at the house of Principal Shirakawa (Funakoshi Eiichiro). His fellow colleagues, Haruka (Matsushita Nao), Keisuke (Ichikawa Kamejiro) and Mari (Koike Eiko) also live at the Shirakawa home. Kitano is a respected senior to Shirakawa. He has employed Nagumo because he feels that there are areas in which Nagumo resembles Kitano. On the other hand, Haruka, who is in charge of Class 3/1, criticises Nagumo for trying to connect with the children through their perspective. She appears to be treating them harshly and keeping them at a distance because of an incident that had happened in the past … …
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/fever/

Detective Conan SP: Kudo Shinichi e no Chousenjou ~ Kechou Densetsu no Nazo
Date: From 7.00 p.m., 15 April 2011
Cast: Mizobata Junpei, Kutsuna Shiori, Otsuka Nene, Akimoto Sayaka, Kusakari Masao, Ibu Masato, Jinnai Takanori
Synopsis: This is a story of the 100 days before high school detective Kudo Shinichi (Mizobata Junpei) becomes Edogawa Conan. He comes to Jugoya Village, which is deep in the mountains, with Mouri Ran (Kutsuna Shiori) and others. Local folklore has it that a large shrike attacks villagers and makes them into sacrifice, impaling its prey on thorns or the tips of branches. The village festival to appease the soul of the large bird is just three days away. Then, a murder likened to the folklore occurs when the millionaire Wakura Isami (Kusakari Masao), who is an acquaintance of Suzuki Sonoko’s (Akimoto Sayaka) father, is being shown around the grounds of Mozu Torisho Shrine. Wakura’s assistant, Kosaka Sho (Tameguchi Yutaro), has been killed in what is regarded to be a sacrifice. The village’s storyteller, Hashi Tomi (Washio Machiko), causes an uproar when she says it is a curse. Wakura’s second son, Ryoji (Sakakibara Tetsuji), is also murdered to look like a sacrifice!
Website: http://www.ytv.co.jp/conan-spdrama/

Young Black Jack
Date: From 9.00 p.m., 23 April 2011
Cast: Okada Masaki, Naka Riisa, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Kaku Kento, Haru, Konno Misako, Nakahara Takeo, Toda Naho, Ichimura Masachika
Synopsis: One Christmas day, 9-year-old Tokio (Ooe Shunsuke) had arranged to meet his mother Mitsuko (Toda Naho) at a shopping mall. At that moment, there is news that the criminal behind a series of bomb attacks in the metropolis has called the police with a warning about the next bomb. It has been rigged at the place where Tokio is waiting for his mother. Mitsuko desperately tries to save Tokio, but does not make it in time and gets caught up in the explosion. The two of them lose consciousness and are taken to Toukei University Hospital. The surgeon, Honma (Ichimura Masachika), operates on Tokio. His severed right hand and leg were stitched, and brown skin was transplanted on the half of his face which was burnt. Tokio miraculously survives. Prevented from seeing his mother until he makes a recovery, Tokio devotes himself to rehabilitation. And half a year later, he is reunited with her. However, she has continued to sleep without ever regaining consciousness. It is a big shock to him, but he is told by Honma, “Your mother may wake up if there are advances in medicine.” And so, he decides to become a doctor and awaken his mother. 15 years later, 24-year-old Tokio (Okada Masaki) is a student in medical school. He is later known as Young Black Jack, the unlicensed doctor who demands huge payment. Tokio lives with his mother, who has continued to be on life support equipment and remained in a state of suspended animation since 15 years ago, in a basement and searches for a method to wake her up. Yuna (Naka Riisa), a medical school student and daughter of the director of Toukei University Hospital, finds a lady who has collapsed on the street with a cardiopulmonary arrest. She tries to give her a cardiac massage. Tokio appears and says, “There is something that has to be done before the cardiac massage.” He saves the lady by applying the appropriate first aid procedures. Seeing the procedure, Yuna mistakes Tokio for a doctor. At that moment, he drops his pocket book and Yuna picks it up. A photograph of a young Tokio and Mitsuko is lodged inside. Several days later, Yuna meets Tokio at the venue where she had sat for the national exam for medical practitioners. She is surprised to learn that he is a medical student and develops an interest in him. After that, Yuna finds out that Tokio has, for some reason, been treating patients unable to go to the hospital even though he has no license. He seeks the return of his pocket book and she tells him, “If you want me to give it back to you, come to my house to get it.” When he goes to take his pocket book from Yuna’s home, a party, which has brought her family members, boyfriend Naoki (Ozawa Yukiyoshi) and Honma together, is being held at the residence to celebrate the end of Yuna’s exams. In the midst of this, Yuna’s younger sister, Nagisa (Haru), suddenly collapses … …
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/ybj/

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