Fall 2011 Dramas


Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 17 October 2011
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Karina, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Oshima Yuko, Tanaka Kei, Kurashina Kana, Nakao Akiyoshi, Kagami Seira, Nakamura Ryu, Goriki Ayame, Katsumura Masanobu, Hagiwara Masato, Inamori Izumi
Synopsis: Fujii Megumi (Karina) works in an events lighting company in an all-male environment. Comfortable with being treated like a guy, she does not have the slightest interest in fashion and tries to be brave in front of men. She wants to have a true love, but cannot forget Hasegawa Yu (Tanaka Kei), the “boyfriend” she had once dated for 3 days who is also her colleague at work. Megumi’s high school junior, Ogura Saki (Yoshitaka Yuriko), has failed in her job hunt and works part time at a cabaret club behind her parents back. The proud, strong-minded Saki is very popular with men and has no lack of boyfriends, but has never known true love. Then, one day, she has a casual encounter with Megumi’s company president, the married Shiraishi Takumi (Hagiwara Masato), and experiences her first love. Hanzawa Mako (Oshima Yuko), Megumi and Saki’s high school junior, is earnest and level-headed, but timid when it comes to love. Although she is always going around in circles, she has experienced true love unlike the other two. She now has a serious crush on Kizaki Toshiya (Nakamura Ryu), a senior at the company she works in. These women who cannot fall in love, start living together through a strange turn of events … …
Website: wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/wataren


Nazotoki wa Dinner no Atode
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 18 October 2011
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Kitagawa Keiko, Shiina Kippei, Nomaguchi Toru, Nakamura Yasuhi, Okamoto Anri, Tanaka Konatsu, Ito Shiro (guest star), Shaku Yumiko (guest star)
Synopsis: Kageyama (Sakurai Sho) is the butler and chauffeur of Hosho Reiko (Kitagawa Keiko), the only daughter of the chairman of the famous Hosho Group. Hiding her true identity as a well-off girl, Reiko works as a rookie detective at a police precinct. Every time she faces a case that is difficult to crack, she would tell Kageyama the details of the case while sharing a lavish dinner at her mansion. Kageyama would typically cut into her wild deductions with caustic words just barely short of an insult like “Excuse me, my lady … … Are you blind?” He would easily solve the riddle over dinner, and quickly reach the truth of the case.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/nazotoki


Hunter ~ Sono Onnatachi, Shoukinkasegi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 11 October 2011
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Kiritani Mirei, Horiuchi Keiko, Toda Keiko, Tanihara Shosuke, Koizumi Kotaro, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Kawashima Ririka, Hara Mikie, Saito Megumi, Saeki Daichi, Emoto Akira
Synopsis: On a return flight to Japan, cabin attendant Isaka Rei (Yonekura Ryoko) arrests a thief at Narita Airport’s International Terminal, and receives a reward of 1 million yen. However, she is half-forced to resign from her job as a cabin attendant because of this roundup. Furthermore, her younger sister, Akane (Yamaguchi Sayaka), has made her a guarantor and disappeared, leaving her 10-year-old daughter, Haru (Kawashima Ririka) behind. Rei starts to live with a reluctant Haru at ‘Akinai’, the small eating house that Akane has been running. There is a firsthand account of Akane meeting a ‘Akinai’ customer on the day she went missing. Rei brings the photograph of the man whom Akane met to Tsukishima Police Precinct, and learns that there is a 1 million yen bounty because he is a wanted criminal. The lack of motivation of the attending detective, Gondo Takeshi (Tanihara Shosuke) of the precinct’s Community Safety Division, spurs her to decide that she has to arrest this criminal who has some sort of connection to her sister. And so, Rei becomes a bounty hunter together with the ladies who gather at ‘Akinai’.
Website: www.ktv.jp/hunter


Kare, Otto, Otoko Tomodachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 1 November 2011
Station: NHK
Cast: Maki Yoko, Kimura Tae, Kaho, Nagatsuka Kyozo, Takahata Atsuko, Yusuke Santamaria, Miura Takahiro, Tokui Yoshimi, Kataoka Reiko
Synopsis: Haruko (Maki Yoko), an events producer, is the second of the Inuyama family’s three daughters. She turns down a proposal from the man she has been cohabiting with, causing their relationship to turn awkward. Her older sister, Asako (Kimura Tae), is hides her husband’s domestic violence while her younger sister, Ikuko (Kaho), cannot instinctively understand love. Haruko is at a critical point in her career and love life, but she scrambles about for the sake of her sisters. The three of them are helped by the family ties and eventually break out of their shell.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama10/kare


Bitter Sugar
Date: From 10.55 p.m., Tuesdays, 18 October 2011
Station: NHK
Cast: Ryo, Wakui Emi, Suzuki Sawa, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Oshinari Shugo, Inoue Waka, Arakawa Chika, Togi Hideki, Toyohara Kosuke
Synopsis: The bitter and sweet experiences in love, marriage, divorce and work that three 39-year-old women (Ryo, Wakui Emi, Suzuki Sawa) go through.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/bittersugar

Shinya Shokudo Season 2
Date: From 12.55 a.m., Tuesdays, 18 October 2011
Station: TBS
Cast: Kobayashi Kaoru, Ayata Toshiki, Fuwa Mansaku, Matsushige Yutaka, Mitsuishi Ken
Synopsis: Shinya Shokudo operates from midnight to seven in the morning. Its fierce looking owner (Kobayashi Kaoru) wields a kitchen knife and except for the menu of pork miso soup set, beer, sake and shochu, he makes whatever else he can. Frequent customers Kosuzu (Ayata Toshiki), Tadashi-san (Fuwa Mansaku), Komichi (Uno Shohei), Miki (Sudo Risa), Rumi (Kobayashi Asako) and Kana (Yoshimoto Nahoko) gather tonight.
Website: www.mbs.jp/meshiya

Aibou Season 10
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 19 October 2011 (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, Katagiri Ryuji, Ono Ryo, Jinbo Satoshi, Shimizu Seigi, Kubota Ryukichi
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/aibou
Related: Aibou Season 9


Kaseifu no Mita
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 12 October 2011
Station: NTV
Cast: Matsushima Nanako, Hasegawa Hiroki, Aibu Saki, Kutsuna Shiori, Shirakawa Yumi
Synopsis: Mita Akari (Matsushima Nanako), a stony-faced, taciturn, mysterious housekeeper who is like a robot, is sent to the Asuda family which suddenly lost their mother in an accident. Akari can do everything and give a customer satisfaction level of 120%. She cooks like a pro, does the work of housewives such as sewing and laundry, is good at all sports and can even give private tutoring for the university entrance exams. However, she is rumoured to choose her own jobs and never make friends with the families she serves. She arrives one morning after the 49th day of the mother’s death and begins to live with the father, Keiichi (Hasegawa Hiroki), and four children (Kutsuna Shiori). Before long, problems within the family are revealed and the Asudas are on the brink of breaking up. She confronts the issues, and saves the family through her flawless work and cold, drastic measures. In the process, she starts to regain the feelings she had lost … …
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/kaseifu

Ousama no Ie
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 12 October 2011
Station: BS Asahi
Cast: Ichimura Masachika, Okada Nana, Kaname Jun, Satsukawa Aimi, Harukawa Kyosuke, Yoshikawa Reo, Ishikura Saburo
Synopsis: Hirai Yosuke (Ichimura Masachika), a newscaster, is called the ‘king’ in his industry and his remarks even move share prices. However, he is an extremely stubborn old man at home. Once he speaks, he will stand by his opinions and hates to compromise. Although his family regards him as difficult to deal with, he is a good-hearted man who will not allow the weak to be bullied.
Website: www.bs-asahi.co.jp/king

Date: From 12.59 a.m., Wednesdays, 5 October 2011
Station: NTV
Cast: Saito Takumi, Kaneko Nobuaki, Watabe Gota, Hayashi Kento, Kubota Masataka, KENCHI, Shiina Kippei, Watanabe Dai, Yabe Kyosuke, Taguchi Tomorowo
Synopsis: Misaki Gen (Hayashi Kento) has given up his life ambition to be a boxing champion because of an injured fist. One day, he encounters Azuma Ryo (Saito Takumi), the boss of Tenrokai. Gen is instantly taken with Ryo who radiates extraordinary aura, and immediately knocks on the door of Tenrokai. He also develops an attachment to Hiko (Taguchi Tomorowo), a senior who is introduced to him by Ryo. In the midst of this, the Yokomizo-gumi, which is influential in these parts, starts snooping around Ryo. Besides the confrontational Yokomizo-gumi, there is also the Oiwa-gumi, which is probing the situation. These three groups have been maintaining the power balance, but it is gradually upset … … Little by little, the pasts of Ryo, Tom (Kaneko Nobuaki) and Jerry (Watabe Gota) is revealed. Their way of life is to do whatever it takes to make dreams and ambitions a reality. Only those who have experienced a sheer hell that no one knows are joined together by a bond. When cornered, what will these men who have thrown themselves into the world of violence choose, and how will they live?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/QP

Kasouken no Onna Season 11
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 20 October 2011 (for two seasons)
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Sawaguchi Yasuko, Naito Takashi, Ono Takehiko, Okuda Erika, Takahashi Mitsuiomi, Kato Takako, Tanaka Ken, Wakamura Mayumi
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kasouken
Related: Kasouken no Onna Season 10


Runaway ~ Aisuru Kimi no Tame ni
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 27 October 2011
Station: TBS
Cast: Ichihara Hayato, Tsukamoto Takashi, Ueda Tatsuya, Suda Masaki, Fukuda Saki, Watari Tetsuya, Ryu Raita
Synopsis: Four young people have been arrested for crimes they did not commit. One of them is Katsuragi Ataru (Ichihara Hayato) who has been wrongly accused of murder and put behind bars in a Kita Kyushu prison. However, when he learns that his daughter with Sasaoka Yuki (Fukuda Saki) is in a critical condition because of an incurable heart ailment, he decides to break out of the jail. He is joined by three buddies – Kawashima Ryunosuke (Tsukamoto Takashi), a gangster serving a 10-year sentence for a murder; Takimoto Kuya (Ueda Tatsuya), a former host sentenced to 4 years for violation of the stimulant drugs control act and obstructing officers from performing their duty; and Kagami Shun (Suda Masaki), an ex-dispatch rider sentenced to 3 years for violating the stimulant drugs control act too. Although their motives and backgrounds are different, all of them are innocent and there are reasons why they cannot wait till their release. They have to get out of this prison as soon as they can. So they band together and begin to plan their escape in order to accomplish their goals. Bound for Tokyo – 1,000 km away from Kyushu – they have to overcome frequent challenges for the sake of their families and loved ones … …
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/runaway2011


Doctors ~ Saikyou no Meii
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 27 October 2011
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Takashima Masanobu, Higa Manami, Kurokawa Tomoka, Takizawa Saori, Atsushi, Ito Ran, Nogiwa Yoko
Synopsis: Dogami General Hospital is operating in the red. Its doctors take joy rides in their luxury foreign cars, and spend their time drinking and playing each day; indifferent to the deaths of patients. Its nurses have no motivation. The surgeon, Sagara Kosuke (Sawamura Ikki), arrives at this hospital, having spent a year off work after resigning from a university hospital. Sagara who was found on an online registry of doctors, tells the hospital director, Dogami Tamaki (Nogiwa Yoko), that she can give him a raise after observing his performance. Although she remains distrustful, she decides to hire him. Sagara treats patients with smiles and kind words. At the same time, he also has a ruthless side. The death of his beloved wife has spurred him to use any means including threats, deception and pressure for the sake of the medical treatment he believes in. While going around the hospital on an inspection, Sagara comes to the operating theatre. Dogami General Hospital’s ace surgeon Moriyama Suguru (Takashima Masanobu) is operating on a patient with pancreatic cancer. But the patient’s condition suddenly deteriorates during the surgery. While Moriyama and the attending doctor Minagawa Kazue (Ito Ran) are flustered, Sagara appears inside the operating theatre?!
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/doctors


Mitsu no Aji ~ A Taste of Honey
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 13 October 2011
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Eikura Nana, Kanno Miho, ARATA, Mizobata Junpei, Ichikawa Tomohiro, Kimura Fumino, Sano Shiro
Synopsis: Morimoto Naoko (Eikura Nana) is the only daughter of the owner of an olive farm that faces the Seto Inland Sea. She is in love with Ikezawa Masato (ARATA), a doctor who is also her father’s young step-brother. Masato was placed with relatives in Tokyo during his childhood and when he came back to his hometown, Naoko fell in love for the first time. Obsessed with him and willing to sacrifice everything, the passionate Naoko pursues him and qualifies for a prestigious Tokyo medical university. However, the Masato she has not seen in a while has a girlfriend, the beautiful and intelligent Harada Aya (Kanno Miho), who was his schoolmate in university. Aya was born the daughter of the director of a large hospital and can be said to have had a perfect life. Her presence brings anguish to Naoko, and she tries to let go off Masato. On the other hand, Naoko’s appearance causes Aya to experience her first setback and be consumed with a jealousy she had not expected when the man she loves has a change of heart and the three of them get mired in a love triangle.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/mitsunoaji


Himitsu Chouhouin Erika
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Thursdays, 6 October 2011
Station: NTV
Cast: Kuriyama Chiaki, Sugimoto Tetta, Ide Takuya
Synopsis: Takahashi Erika (Kuriyama Chiaki), an ordinary housewife that one might see anywhere, has a secret that she cannot tell anyone. That is that she had once been a secret agent, or more specifically, a spy for the Cabinet Information Research Office. Those days are now behind her, and she has built a happy family with her salaryman husband and son who is of kindergarten age. No one knows that she used to be a spy. However, one day, Tozuka Soichi (Sugimoto Tetta), her former boss from her spy days, visits and beseeches her to help to fix the problems in the private sector. Putting her family first, Erika refuses Tozuka, but he threatens to expose her secret. So she is half compelled to help him!
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/erika


Sengyoushufu Tantei ~ Watashi wa Shadow
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 21 October 2011
Station: TBS
Cast: Fukada Kyoko, Fujiki Naohito, Kiritani Kenta, Furuta Arata, Ashina Sei, Endo Kenichi, Ishida Yuriko, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Asagi Serina (Fukada Kyoko) is a housewife who loves her husband, Takefumi (Fujiki Naohito), to the extent that she would not mind being his shadow. However, his response to her excessive devotion is to attempt to avoid her “burdensome”, “gross” expression of love. Because Takefumi’s heart is not with her, every day is a day from hell … … With a wife’s naivety, she refuses to suspect her husband of infidelity, and initially gets frustrated. One day, with the help of her good friend, Motoko (Ashina Sei), Serina goes out for a meal with the men at the publishing company where Motoko works. The moment a man in the group makes a move on her, it is captured on film by the sleuth Jinnai Haruki (Kiritani Kenta). Not wanting her husband to see the photograph, Serina starts working at Jinnai’s detective agency as an assistant. This ordinary, bumbling housewife grows stronger and improves her self-confidence through the skills she hones. Serina wants to support and help her husband instead of flaunting her new self to him because he is having a hard time. Aware of the problem that happened to her husband because of her over positivity, she sets about trying to solve it.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/syuhutan


11-nin mo Iru!
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 21 October 2011
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Mitsuura Yasuko, Kato Seijiro, Hoshino Gen, Arimura Kasumi, Tanabe Seiichi, Kanai Miki, Hiraoka Takuma, Akaishi Nana, Fukushima Hokuto, Fukushima Kaito, Nomura Masumi, Hirosue Ryoko
Synopsis: Sanada Minoru (Tanabe Seiichi), is an artistically-inclined cameraman who cannot support his family. His wife, Megumi (Mitsuura Yasuko), has set up a cafe, but no customers come. And yet they have eight children. Their eldest son, Kazuo (Kamiki Ryunosuke), is working his way through high school to support the family by delivering newspapers and part-timing at the petrol kiosk. Minoru says Kazuo has the “oldest child syndrome”. Kazuo considers it his duty as the eldest son to devote himself to the family even if it is at his own expense and always shoulders everything by himself. That is why he is frustrated all the time. Naturally, he is on bad terms with his happy-go-lucky father. He is also the one who goes to ask for a loan. However, the uncle who is his one and only hope, has been left with a huge debt after his company’s president ran away. At his wits end, Kazuo cuts school and starts on a new part-time job … … A week later, his absence from school is exposed and the family holds a meeting at home. There are 1, 2, 3 … … 11 people around the dining table!? Who is the eleventh person in the ten member Sanada family?!?!
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/11nin


Kaito Royale
Date: From 12.20 a.m., Fridays, 28 October 2011
Station: TBS
Cast: Matsuzaka Toori, Omasa Aya, Fukushi Seiji, Aiba Hiroki, Kikuta Daisuke, Nagase Tasuku, Takezai Terunosuke, Chansung
Synopsis: Thieves lurk at a high society party hosted by a jeweller. Their target is an alexandrite ring called “Alexander’s tear” and said to be the the best jewel among jewels. Kamimura Rei (Matsuzaka Toori) has been recruited by Nishizaki, the butler of a mysterious woman called Kitaba Yoko, to steal the ring. Katagiri Karen (Omasa Aya) and Kishihara Taiga (Fukushi Seiji) have each been recruited for the same purpose too, and they plot to get close to the target. Rei, who prefers to play the lone wolf, had accepted the job because Nishizaki had hinted at knowing something about lost memory. Neither Rei, Karen, Taiga nor another thief are aware of each other. And so, this leads to an all out demonstration of their ability to cheat and steal what has been stolen. The tragic history of the ring which had caused its owner to die and a shadowy evil organisation pose challenges to them.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/kaito_royale


Youkai Ningen Bemu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 22 October 2011
Station: NTV
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Anne, Suzuki Fuku, Kitamura Kazuki, Emoto Akira (guest star), Hori Chiemi, Ishibashi Anna, Sugisaki Hana, Hirota Reona, Agata Morio
Synopsis: Bem (Kamenashi Kazuya), Bella (Anne) and Bello (Suzuki Fuku) are ugly monsters that are neither human nor animals, but they are peace-loving, righteous heroes who feel compelled to help humans in trouble. Because they are monsters, they are feared and detested by humans, and on top of that, pursued by the police. However, a friendship develops between them and a detective (Kitamura Kazuki) by mere accident. Through their contact with humans, Bem, Bella and Bello’s earnest wish to become human grow increasingly stronger. They battle evil for the sake of mankind, in the belief that they will be able to become humans one day … …
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/bem


Saka no Ue no Kumo (Part 3)
Date: From 8.00 p.m. Sundays, 4 December 2011
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: In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War breaks out. After the Japanese navy had sunk the Lushun fleet that Russia had stationed in the Far East, they devised a strategy to welcome the Baltic fleet with shots, but the combined fleet fails to block Lushun’s port. The battle enters a stalemate. Oyama Iwao (Yonekura Masakane), Commander in Chief of the Manchurian Army, Kodama Gentaro (Takahashi Hideki), the Chief of Staff, and the others go to the battleship ‘Mikasa’, the flagship of Togo Heihachiro’s (Watari Tetsuya) combined fleet. A joint operational meeting by the heads of the army and navy gets underway. Akiyama Saneyuki (Motoki Masahiro) makes the case that they should shell the Russian fleet from the 203 Highlands in Lushun’s northwest. However, the army places great importance on Lushun’s fortification strategy. The Third Army led by Nogi Maresuke (Emoto Akira) begins an all-out attack. Meanwhile, Akiyama Yoshifuru’s (Abe Hiroshi) calvary unit proceeds in the search for the enemy’s position, and reports that Russia is gathering a massive army in Liaoyang. In October, the Baltic fleet finally departs Russia. Nogi, who had twice suffered heroic defeat in his offensives, is finally headed for the top of the 203 Highlands on his third assault but is defeated. Kodama temporarily takes command and at the end of the deadly combat, the 203 Highlands falls. In February 1905, the combined fleet which had returned home to prepare for the decisive battle with the Baltic fleet, leaves Sasebo once again. On that same day, all military commanders are convened at the general headquarters of the Japanese Manchurian Army to prepare for the big climatic battle with a Russian army led by Aleksei Nikolaevich Kuropatkin.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/sakanoue
Related: Saka no Ue no Kumo (Part 2)

Kamisama no Nyobou
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 1 October 2011
Station: NHK
Cast: Tokiwa Takako, Tsutsui Michitaka, MATSU, Akino Yoko, Ishikura Saburo, Nogiwa Yoko, Tsugawa Masahiko
Synopsis: Iue Mumeno (Tokiwa Takako), the second daughter of a prosperous Awaji Island seaman, married Matsushita Konosuke (Tsutsui Michitaka), an Osaka electrician who had no parents, family, wealth or academic education, in 1915. For Mumeno, the marriage was an easy one without a mother-in-law, and she hoped to build their fortune from scratch. Konosuke had resigned from his company early into their marriage and set up his own business but things were not going well. He would not give up until he had succeeded because the secret of success is perseverance. And so, Mumeno helped by frequenting the pawnshop and doing needlework on the side. The couple tasted failure and success and the turmoil of war. Matsushita, who went on to found the Matsushita Group, came to be known as the “god of management” while Mumeno was acknowledged as “another founder” for the support she gave to her husband over the course of her life.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/dodrasp/index.html#d1


Shimei to Tamashi no Limit
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 5 November 2011
Station: NHK
Cast: Ishihara Satomi, Hayami Mokomichi, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Kurashina Kana, Nakao Akira, Nagashima Toshiyuki, Takashima Reiko, Tachi Hiroshi
Synopsis: At a university hospital’s cardiology department, a young houseman, who is confronting the mystery of her father’s death, faces the challenge of a difficult surgery while the hospital is rocked by a bomb threat.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/dodrasp/index.html#d2


Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 19 November 2011
Station: NHK
Cast: Miyazaki Aoi, Ito Atsushi, Noda Hideki, Ethan Landry, Nishida Toshiyuki, Toda Keiko, Tomosaka Rie, Iwamatsu Ryo, Takahashi Yumiko, Kazama Toru, Patrick Harlan, Kabira Jay, Yo Kimiko, Ikewaki Chizuru, Honda Hirotaro, Ibu Masato, Noda Hideki, Fujimura Shiho, Nishida Toshiyuki
Synopsis: Ocho (Miyazaki Aoi) was born as the daughter of a samurai in the early Meiji era. After the death of her parents and adoptive mother, she becomes a maid and lives as an apprentice geisha (maiko). Meanwhile, Ocho learns English because she wishes to make herself useful in the world. She later encounters an American naval officer called Franklin (Ethan Landry) and they marry. However, her husband already has a wife in his home country, and Ocho gives birth to their son (Ito Atsushi, Noda Hideki) alone … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/dodrasp/index.html#d3


Nankyoku Tairiku ~ Kami no Ryouiki ni Idonda Otoko to Inu no Monogatari
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 16 October 2011
Station: TBS
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Sakai Masato, Yamamoto Yusuke, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Okada Yoshinori, Shiga Kotaro, Kawamura Yosuke, Dronz Ishimoto, Terajima Susumu, Ogata Naoto, Shibata Kyohei, Kagawa Teruyuki, Ayase Haruka, Nakama Yukie, Ashida Mana, Watase Tsunehiko, Kimura Tae, Sato Ryuta
Synopsis: In a national project to rebuild the country’s self-confidence, Japan’s first Antarctic winter party set off from Japan on an antacrtic exploration aboard the observation ship ‘Soya’ in 1956. Kuramochi Takeshi (Kimura Takuya), an assistant professor of geophysics at Tokyo University, was the second in command in the party and in charge of geological observation and the dog sled of 19 Sakhalin Huskies. Shouldering the dreams of their fellow countrymen, the party and their dogs braved temperatures of minus 50 degrees Celcius and blizzards with speeds of 100 metres per second in the place they were told to be inaccessible, and built the Showa base. While this took a toll on the dogs, they made it through the winter. However, the party was forced to leave 15 of the Sakhalin Huskies behind in Antarctica. A year later, Kuramochi returned to the South Pole and was reunited with the dog siblings ‘Taro’ and ‘Jiro’ that had miraculously survived the harsh climate … …
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/nankyokutairiku


Boku to Star no 99-nichi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 23 October 2011
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kim Tae Hee, Sakuraba Nanami, Asaka Mayumi, Ikuta Tomoko, Ishiguro Hideo, Baisho Mitsuko, Kaname Jun, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Taeyeon
Synopsis: Namiki Kohei (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is a somber, single man in his 40s. He is the type whom the people around him can force impossible demands on and is always made to take care of the three children of his older sister Yukiko (Ikuta Tomoko). Although he sought to be an astronomer, his family situation and finances did not allow him to embark on it and he had to give up his big dream to “discover his own star”. And so, Kohei works part-time at a security company and becomes the personal bodyguard to Han Yuna (Kim Tae Hee), a big South Korean star who has come to Japan for filming. The perfect Yuna is a celebrity adored by all. However, she is actually an ordinary person who loves cheap, everyday Japanese food and feels lonely in the entertainment world that she lives in. Even though Kohei and Yuna cannot completely understand each other’s language, he is deployed to guard her for a period of 99 days. At first, the two of them clash, but the distance between them gradually shrinks, and they find themselves supporting each other’s dreams. Kohei suddenly falls in love with her, a woman who is so close but yet so far. After the end of the 99-day contract, what choices will they make on the 100th day?
Website: wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/99days


Pandora III ~ Kakumei Zenya
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 2 October 2011
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Eguchi Yosuke, Uchino Masaaki, Kamikawa Takaya, Yamamoto Koji, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Itaya Yuka, Fukuda Mayuko, Wakamura Mayumi, Hira Mikijiro, Izumiya Shigeru
Synopsis: A Maritime Self-Defence Force submarine on its way back to Japan disappears. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yuda Kazumichi (Uchino Masaaki) agonises over the position of the government which intends to conceal information, and is consumed by thoughts of suicide. Meanwhile, Suzuki Seiji (Eguchi Yosuke), a neuroscientist, returns to Japan fresh from the success of clinical trials in America to prevent suicide. The two men meet again after 20 years, and Yuda is saved by this unauthorised method of treatment. However, Yuda, who no longer has suicidal thoughts, seems to have become a changed person. In pursuit of remilitarisation, he starts to plan a coup with Kaburagi (Ozawa Yukiyoshi) of the Maritime Self-Defence Force. Japan is suddenly plunged into turmoil. The journalist, Tachikawa (Yamamoto Koji), suspects that the government is hiding something. Has Suzuki created a saviour or a dictator … …?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/pandora3
Related: Pandora


Zouka no Mitsu
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 27 November 2011
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Dan Rei, Tamayama Tetsuji, Kuninaka Ryoko, Tanimura Mitsuki, Kunimura Jun, Tanabe Seiichi
Synopsis: The case starts with the abduction of a young child. It is believed to be a kidnap for ransom, but the kidnapper does not demand one and instead says, “If you want to pay money, you decide on the amount.” Not knowing the kidnapper’s objective, the police are at his mercy. Furthermore, to make a mockery of the police, the delivery of the ransom is arranged at the “scramble” crossing at Shibuya in the daytime. One would have thought that this unprecedented case would probably move toward resolution with the safety of the hostage … … However, that is nothing more than a prologue to the case. There is a 700 million yen kidnap for ransom case behind it, and this is the last case that will unlock all the mysteries. Can Detective Hashiba (Tanabe Seiichi), an expert in kidnappings, corner the beautiful criminal named Ran (Dan Rei)?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/zoukanomitsu


Ore no Sora: Keiji-hen
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Sundays, 16 October 2011
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Shonozaki Ken, Nagai Masaru, Kuninaka Ryoko, Natsuna, Matsushige Yutaka, Osugi Ren
Synopsis: Yasuda Ippei (Shonozaki Ken) is the son of Yasuda Seijiro (Osugi Ren), the head of Yasuda Group, Japan’s biggest business conglomerate. Although he is the son of a distinguished family, he has absolutely no disagreeable areas and is liked by everyone. His academic achievements are exceptional. He completed his entire high school programme in 2 years and qualified for Tokyo University’s Faculty of Law without studying for the exams. In order to establish his own concept of justice, Yasuda leaves his position as the heir to the Yasuda Group to attend the police academy. He becomes a detective at Kyobashi Police Precinct and bravely faces great evil.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/orenosora

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3 Responses to Fall 2011 Dramas

  1. PeachNAY says:

    Hello! just wanted to ask if you guys are going to translate/post the character profiles for 11 nin no iro as well?🙂

  2. can’t believe the casting they’re getting for Nankyoku Tairiku!

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