Winter 2012 Dramas

Stepfather Step
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 9 January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya, Konishi Manami, Sudo Risa, Hirayama Aya, Ito Shiro, Watanabe Ikkei, Shibuya Tatsuki, Shibuya Itsuki
Synopsis: One day, two cheeky twins (Shibuya Tatsuki, Shibuya Itsuki) of elementary school age who have been abandoned by their parents, catch the weak point of a professional thief (Kamikawa Takaya) and make him become their father instead of calling the police. This solitary thief has been living a quiet, solitary life, but now starts to live with the twins as a family of three in order to fool society.

Lucky Seven
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 16 January 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Eita, Naka Riisa, Kadono Takuzo, Tanihara Shosuke, Fukiishi Kazue, Kaneda Akio, Iriki Mari, Koyama Koichiro, Okae Kumiko, Oizumi Yo, Matsushita Nanako
Synopsis: Tokita Shuntaro (Matsumoto Jun) becomes a detective at a small detective agency in Tokyo’s Kita Shinagawa as a result of some incident. A detective should be level-headed, but Shuntaro gets too emotionally involved with his clients and investigation targets, which spell frequent trouble for this passionate rookie. In contrast, the cool Nitta Teru (Eita), who works in the same agency, is not impressed with Shuntaro’s tendency to step over the line, and the two are always at odds. Asahi Junpei (Oizumi Yo), their senior, has been a detective for a while. He regards himself as their older brother and serves as a buffer between the two. The agency of seven people initially starts off hard on the trail of small case(s), but they soon develop into a major event.

Strawberry Night
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 January 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Takeuchi Yuko, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Koide Keisuke, Ukaji Takashi, Maruyama Ryuhei, Tezuka Satomi, Owada Baku, Tsugawa Masahiko, Watanabe Ikkei, Endo Kenichi, Takashima Masahiro, Namase Katsuhisa, Takeda Tetsuya
Synopsis: Assistant Inspector Himekawa Reiko (Takeuchi Yuko) rose from the non-career track to become the only female section chief in the Tenth Homicide Section of the Metropolitan Police’s First Investigative Division. Director Hashizume (Watanabe Ikkei) has been keeping tabs on her because of her daring investigation methods. Team Himekawa is made up of dutiful subordinates Kikuta Kazuo (Nishijima Hidetoshi) and Ishikura Tatsumo (Ukaji Takashi), the diligent but withdrawn Hayama Noriyuki (Koide Keisuke) and newcomer Yuda Kohei (Maruyama Ryuhei). They proceed with investigations while fighting against Teams Kusaka (Endo Kenichi) and Katsumata (Takeda Tetsuya). Although Reiko has personal problems and past trauma, she does not bring this to the workplace. She tackles cases head-on and closes in on the truth with her sharp instincts.

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 January 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Mukai Osamu, Takimoto Miori, Kuninaka Ryoko, Tsukamoto Takashi, Miura Shohei, Suzuki Sawa, Katagiri Hairi, Ishiguro Hideo, Tayama Ryosei, Hayashi Tantan, Yamashita Rio, Hashimoto Jun, Katahira Nagisa, Osugi Ren, Inagaki Goro, Kawabata Kaname
Synopsis: Yamate Eisuke (Mukai Osamu), who is nearly 30, transforms from an aspiring musician to the successor of his family’s French restaurant after the sudden death of his mother. The ex-bassist of the rock band ‘Rock Head’, he gives up his dream and struggles to open his own joint with his former music associates, Sumiyoshi Kenta (Tsukamoto Takashi), Hiratsuka Taku (Miura Shohei) and Fujisawa Tsuyoshi (Kawabata Kaname). He also finds himself in a love triangle, wavering between Tachibana Mariya (Kuninaka Ryoko), a 32-year-old bank employee, and Okusu Chie (Takimoto Miori), a 20-year-old university student. Chie, who comes from a family of farmers, adores vegetables and delicious food. She initially has a bad first impression of Eisuke, but becomes captivated by him, the instant she eats his food and gradually starts to care for him. Mariya loves Eisuke, but gets a shock when he quits music and starts a restaurant. He hardly has time to see her, and she begins to grow conscious of the gap between them.

Tightrope no Onna
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 24 January 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Ikewaki Chizuru, Takaoka Saki, Honda Hirotaro, Ishida Takuya, Sasano Takashi, Kyo Nobuo
Synopsis: Tokura Yuri (Ikewaki Chizuru) grew up in a mansion in Ashiya City in Hyogo prefecture. Hating her father, Ryuji, who married his lover, Kyoko (Takaoka Saki), after her mother’s death, she runs away from home. Unable to make a career as a professional pianist, she earns a living playing the piano at a hotel in Tokyo. However, she is actually pretending to be independent. Even though she does not use the allowance from her father, she lives in an apartment in his name. Then, one day, she suddenly receives news of his death … … He has left behind her step-mother and a factory that has gone bankrupt. And so, Yuri assumes the post of president and works towards rebuilding the debt-ridden tyre factory while clashing with Kyoko.

Honjitsu wa Taian Nari
Date: From 10.55 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 January 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Yuka, Asano Yuko, Ishiguro Ken, Kurokawa Tomoka, Tanimura Mitsuki, Hoshino Mari, Tanaka Naoki, Okada Yoshinori, Shiraishi Miho, Kato Seijiro, Daichi Yasuo, Oshima Mai
Synopsis: On the morning of a very auspicious day, a threatening letter arrives at the venue where five wedding ceremonies are to be held. “Call off every wedding ceremony today or else receive punishment from heaven.” Takako (Yuka), who has had a failed marriage and is now a wedding planner, searches for the culprit as she runs about to ensure that the five ceremonies proceed without a hitch. Suspects emerge one after another. The secrets deep down in the hearts of the bridal couples, their families and guests are gradually revealed.

Teen Court ~ 10-dai Saiban
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 January 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Seto Koji, Murakawa Eri, Mori Ken, Konno Hiroki, Owada Kensuke, Azuma Mikihisa, Maeda Beverly
Synopsis: The teen court is a judicial system where teenagers preside as public prosecutors, defence attorneys, baliffs and members of the jury to try offenders of their own age. Nyakoji Misato (Goriki Ayame), a second-year high school student, participates in the court as a public prosecutor. Misato is an ordinary high school girl who is usually surprisingly laid back and aspires to be a fashion magazine model, but displays her genius when she is a public prosecutor. She pairs up with fellow youth to reinvestigate cases that are not convincing to her. Misato always investigates cases through the eyes of the suspects, unveiling the hidden truth with deductions and ideas that adults cannot see.

Kazoku Hakkei ~ Nanase, Telepathy Girl’s Ballad
Date: From 12.55 a.m., Tuesdays, 19 January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Kinami Haruka
Synopsis: Hita Nanase (Kinami Haruka) is a telepath who can read people’s thoughts. She moves from house to house as a housekeeper while she covers up so that other people will not know of her ability. Although Nanase worries about her annoying ability, she unintentionally reads the minds of the family members at the houses she works at and brings out the true inner feelings hidden in the hearts of couples, parents and children which are in contrast to what they say.

Dirty Mama!
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 January 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Nagasaku Hiromi, Karina, Kamiji Yusuke, Sato Jiro, Nomaguchi Toru, Hayashi Yasufumi, Kato Toranosuke, Fukumoto Sachiko, Yasuda Ken, Yashima Norito
Synopsis: Maruoka Takako (Nagasaku Hiromi), a single mother with a 11 month-old baby son, Hashizo, is attentive to her child. On the other hand, she is a dirty cop with the highest arrest rate who is willing to bribe and divulge information if it benefits her. She ends up bringing her child to work because she is on the waiting list for the public childcare facility and the private ones are too expensive. Takako battles with Hashizo’s irresponsible father who makes no attempt to recognise his son, fellow male detectives who only think of self-protection and despicable criminals while hiding her loneliness.

Suugaku Joshi Gakuen
Date: From 12.59 a.m., Wednesdays, 11 January 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, Sakurada Dori, Mano Erina, Tsugunaga Momoko, Sudo Masa, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Fukuda Kanon, Tamura Megumi
Synopsis: Due to a procedural error, a male student (Sakurada Dori) who has completely no interest in mathematics, finds himself transferred to a mathematics academy where classmates and rivals (Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, Mano Erina, Tsugunaga Momoko, Sudo Masa, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Fukuda Kanon, Tamura Megumi) are battling it out in a mathematics olympiad until the strongest contenders are left … …

Seinaru Kaibutsutachi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 19 January 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Okada Masaki, Nakatani Miki, Kato Ai, Hasegawa Hiroki, Suzuki Anne, Omasa Aya, Watanabe Ikkei, Katsumura Masanobu, Hirata Mitsuru, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Shiba Kengo (Okada Masaki) is a young surgeon with a strong sense of justice and dedication to his work, but bad at ingratiating himself with his superiors. One day, he is suddenly ordered to transfer out from his university hospital to Okubo Memorial Hospital which is known to be in financial difficulty. Kengo is an important addition to the poor hospital and finds himself involved in emergency surgeries from the first day he arrives. He is taken aback by the imperturbable head nurse Kasugai Yuka (Nakatani Miki) who performs her role without batting an eyelid and the surgeon Mizuhara Ryoji (Katsumura Masanobu) who is always sarcastic when he opens his mouth – the types of colleagues that are not seen at the university hospital, but puts everything he has into his job. Although he has been sidelined from the fast track, he learns the reality of medical care and grows as a doctor as he strips away the masks of doctors, nurses and educators who practice this “sacred vocation”.

Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata ~ Ending Planner
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 12 January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Eikura Nana, Sorimachi Takashi, Maeda Atsuko, Chinen Yuri, Ono Ito, Yamazaki Tsutomu, Otomo Kohei
Synopsis: Ihara Masato (Yamashita Tomohisa) becomes the fifth generation owner of a funeral parlour after his father dies and he takes over the family business which he has always hated. As a purveyor of the police, all this funeral parlour handles are “imperfect” dead bodies. Masato ends up facing these silent dead bodies, which have died of various causes, and the harsh reality of the world, together with a rookie detective Sakamaki Yuki (Eikura Nana) whom he and his siblings (Sorimachi Takashi, Maeda Atsuko, Chinen Yuri, Ono Ito) have become acquainted with in an unexpected way. On occasions when the police dismiss dead bodies as just accidental deaths, Masato tries to find out the truth for the sake of the surviving family even though he knows that he is being meddlesome. As he does so, he starts to face up to his own lifestyle and family … …

Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 12 January 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Koizumi Kyoko, Nakai Kiichi, Sakaguchi Kenji, Uchida Yuki, Kubota Maki, Matsuo Satoru, Satsukawa Aimi, Sakamoto Makoto, Shiramoto Ayana, Orimoto Junkichi, Watanabe Makiko, Moriguchi Hiroko, Asano Kazuyuki, Iijima Naoko
Synopsis: 45-year-old Yoshino Chiaki (Koizumi Kyoko) is a television drama producer. Although she is single, she starts to feel more anxious about her health and future rather than romance. Intending to live with friends after her retirement, she visits the historic town of Kamakura to inspect the place and crosses paths with Nagakura Wahei (Nakai Kiichi). Nagakura is a civil servant who works at Kamakura’s municipal office. He is a widower who has raised his children while approaching a turning point in his life. Chiaki and Nagakura meet at the crossroads of their lives and soon fall in love … …

Deka Kurokawa Suzuki
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Thursdays, 5 January 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Itao Itsuji, Tanabe Seiichi, Tanaka Kei, Tsuruta Mayu
Synopsis: Kurokawa Suzuki (Itao Itsuji) is a detective in a small police precinct of a rural town. He is usually free, but if cases occur, he would take his two subordinates, the incompetent Shiraishi (Tanabe Seiichi) and the earnest Akagi (Tanaka Kei), and rush to the scene. The three of them exhibit no teamwork and work against each other as they take on difficult vicious crimes in the town such as murder in a field of high-grade wasabi.

Renai NEET ~ Wasureta Koi no Hajimekata
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 20 January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Ryo, Nagayama Kento, Ichikawa Mikako, Hashimoto Jun, Honda Tsubasa, Nishiyama Jun, Nagase Tasuku, Moriyama Eiji, Nose Anna, Tanaka Yuji, Muroi Shigeru
Synopsis: 32-year-old Kinoshita Rin (Nakama Yukie) works in the sales promotion department of a publishing company. She is a beauty and a career woman who handles all the work by herself. However, her strained interactions with the people around her causes her to be shunned by her boss who regards her as a subordinate who is “difficult to deal with” as well as subordinates who find her to be an “unsupportive superior”. One day, Rin attends the “divorce ceremony” of a good friend, Watanabe Miho (Ichikawa Mikako), together with Aizawa Nanako (Ryo) and meets the popular dentist Matsumoto Naoya (Sasaki Kuranosuke), flavourist Ota Kota (Tanaka Yuji) who works at a leading food company, and the handsome 24-year-old Makino Shunpei (Nagayama Kento). The six of them start drinking, and the men are totally taken with Rin’s “renai NEET” lifestyle (giving up love with the opposite sex/having no interest in love). One day, Matsumoto invites Rin on a date … …

Strangers 6
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Fridays, 27 January 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Karasawa Toshiaki, Oh Ji-ho, Bowie Lam, Kikawada Masaya, Kim Hyo Jin, Liu Xuan, Kitamura Kazuki, Kanno Misuzu, Morita Suzuka
Synopsis: In the year 201X, South Korea, China and Japan create a joint economic zone in a Chinese city in which companies from the three countries have business operations. However, this is little more than cosmetic. According to the key intelligence agencies of the three countries, a large-scale natural disaster centred around the city is predicted to occur within three months, and as a consequence, strike more than 80% of the establishments. Because the damage and economic turmoil is expected to be beyond all imagination if this natural disaster strikes, each country devotes efforts to gather intelligence and draw up countermeasures. In the midst of this, it is learnt that one method will prevent most of the damage. It involves installing a special device underground at a certain location in the city. However, the most advanced science and technology as well as huge amounts of money are required. Convinced that this is the only way to save the joint economic zone, the governments of the three countries decide to formulate a cooperative framework and work quickly on the project. Then, someone plans the assassination of person(s) involved and attempts to sabotage the project. A covert team called Strangers 6 is formed to fight against the unknown enemy. Its members include Kaito Satoru (Karasawa Toshiaki) and Tachibana Kenji (Kikawada Masaya) of Japan’s Security Police, Park Tae-hyeon (Oh Ji-ho) and An Ji Hye (Kim Hyo Jin) of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, and Fang Hai Lian (Bowie Lam) and Zhang Li (Liu Xuan) of China’s Public Safety Bureau.

13-sai no Hello Work
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 13 January 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Yokoyama Yu, Kiritani Mirei, Tanaka Taketo, Mitsuishi Ken, Furuta Arata, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis: 35-year-old Kogure Teppei (Matsuoka Masahiro) of Shibaura Police Precinct’s Community Safety Division has longed to be a detective with the First Investigative Division since junior high school. His dream was to take charge of the investigations of violent crimes, but that has still not been fulfilled and he finds himself dissatisfied with his current circumstance. One day, Kogure runs into a karaoke bar and gives in to despair after finding no hope of changing occupations, and being dumped by his girlfriend too. He drowns his sorrows in drink and drifts off to sleep. The next morning when he wakes up, he discovers that he has gone back 22 years to the bubble economy of the 1990s! He cannot believe the situation that he has landed in. However, he encounters his optimistic 13-year-old self (Tanaka Taketo) and begins to consider starting his life over again through retraining … …

Shirato Osamu no Jikenbo
Date: From 12.20 a.m., Fridays, 27 January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Chiba Yudai, Hongo Kanata, Nakamura Shizuka, Tachiki Fumihiko, Terajima Susumu (guest star), Tano Asami, Suwa Taro, Onishi Takeshi
Synopsis: Shirato Osamu (Chiba Yudai), who is into his second year as a jobless university graduate, is very soft-hearted and timid. He is ignored by girls who treat him just like air. However, his life undergoes a sudden change when he meets his childhood friend Kurosaki Hitoshi (Hongo Kanata) again. Shirato, for some reason, becomes popular because of cases, and keeps getting embroiled in troublesome situations. He would honestly wish to put his own job hunt over solving cases, but how can he abandon the cases that he has accepted?!

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 7 January 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Tsutsumi Shinichi, Koizumi Kyoko, Ikematsu Sosuke, Nishida Naomi, Tsukaji Muga, Furuta Arata, Tokui Yu, Hirata Mitsuru, Koyama Shigeru
Synopsis: In the year Showa 37 (1962), in Bingo City of Hiroshima prefecture, Yasu (Tsutsumi Shinichi) delights in the birth of his long-awaited eldest son, Akira. However, that joy is shattered by the death of his wife, Misako, in a sudden tragic accident. Yasu raises his son despite his inexperience and worries. He also has to struggle to overcome his grief at being abandoned by his father as a kid as well as regret regarding Misako’s death.

Quilt no Ie
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 28 January 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Yamazaki Tsutomu, Anne, Miura Takahiro, Sasaki Sumie, Shoji Utae, Midori Mako, Kitamura Soichiro, Ueda Koichi, Orimoto Junkichi, Arai Hirofumi, Negishi Toshie, Yo Kimiko, Matsuzaka Keiko
Synopsis: Lonely old people left behind at a residential complex in Tokyo and a young couple who have moved from the quake-hit zone to the complex in their search of a safe place, start to build small bonds even as they have tussles of will at times and their real intentions contradict at other times.

Risou no Musuko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 14 January 2012
Station: NTV
Cast: Yamada Ryosuke, Sawamura Ikki, Fujigaya Taisuke, Nakajima Yuto, Irie Jingi, Emoto Tokio, Takeda Kohei, Waki Tomohiro, Moromizato Daisuke, Umezawa Masayo, Miyaji Masako, Hagiwara Rie, Kendo Kobayashi, Sudo Risa, Kaneko Nobuaki, Suzuki Anju, Suzuki Kyoka
Synopsis: Suzuki Umi (Suzuki Kyoka) raised her son Daichi (Yamada Ryosuke) singlehandedly while she worked. Daichi is a high school student and mummy’s boy who has been raised as the perfect, obedient son. He loves his mother and is a high achiever who tries desperately to please her while getting rid of the men who come to woo her. One day, Umi starts on a new part-time job. However, it is at the cafeteria of an all-boys high school that is notorious in the area for its troublemakers. Determined to protect his mother from them, Daichi quits the prestigious preparatory school that he has been attending without seeking Umi’s permission and decides to put himself in that school. However, the adorable, high-achieving Daichi is like a meek lamb thrown into a den of wolves.

Fallen Angel
Date: From 2.00 a.m., Saturdays, 14 January 2012
Station: BS Asahi
Cast: Kato Kazuki, Uehara Takuya, Kitamura Takumi, Yasuzawa Chigusa, Nakamura Yasuhi, Chiba Yudai
Synopsis: Aiba Tsubasa (Kato Kazuki) has astounding mathematical powers. He has two younger brothers: Riku (Uehara Takuya), a bright university student, and Kai (Kitamura Takumi), who was born with a weak heart and has no way to be saved except through an organ transplant. In order to help Kai, their mother Takako (Yasuzawa Chigusa), a gifted surgeon, had left Tsubasa and Riku who were still very young and sought refuge with a medical research facility. The facility is a shadowy organisation which studies people with phenomenal powers in specific areas and repeatedly conducts unethical human experiments in an attempt to create scientifically superior humans. As time goes by, Kai has a successful transplant surgery. But because the donor had such remarkable powers of memory that (s)he could not forget things, Kai inherits those memories which are brought back with each passing day to the extent that he is even governed by the donor’s personality. Tsubasa and Riku desperately try to protect their younger brother, who has slipped out of the facility to seek their help. However, lackeys of the organisation have already crept upon them … …!

Taira no Kiyomori
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Sundays, 8 January 2012
Station: NHK
Cast: Matsuyama Kenichi, Nakai Kiichi, Kohinata Fumiyo, Tamaki Hiroshi, Matsuda Shota, Fujiki Naohito, Mikami Hiroshi, ARATA, Kunimura Jun, Yamamoto Koji, Abe Sadao, Nakamura Baijaku, Kamikawa Takaya, Fujimoto Takahiro, Daito Shunsuke, Okada Masaki, Kato Koji, Toyohara Kosuke, Horibe Keisuke, Fujimoto Takahiro, Kaneda Akio, Nakamura Atsuo, Morita Go, Cho Tamiyasu, Ito Shiro, Sato Jiro, Watanabe Tetsu, Omi Toshinori, Satoi Kenta, Fukada Kyoko, Narumi Riko, Kato Ai, Wakui Emi, Takei Emi, Tanaka Reina, Dan Rei, Ryo, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Fukiishi Kazue, Anne, Matsuda Seiko
Synopsis: During the late Heian era, a youth who did not know his birth parents was raised by the Heike (also known as the Taira), a samurai clan of emerging influence. Taira no Kiyomori (Matsuyama Kenichi) was in truth the illegitimate son of Emperor Shirakawa. With his adoptive father, Tadamori (Nakai Kiichi), he got rid of the pirates in the Seto Insland Sea, and was trained to be a samurai. In a period where the samurai were being discriminated by the aristocrats of the upper echelons of society, Kiyomori, who was adept at winning hearts and minds, controlled the pirates. He worked to reform the aristocracy, persisted with the way of life of the samurai and built up the mighty Taira clan (Nakamura Baijaku, Kamikawa Takaya, Fujimoto Takahiro, Daito Shunsuke). Before long, he rose from a senior courtier of the third rank to become the chief minister and the ruler of Japan.

Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 15 January 2012
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Matsushita Nao, Inohara Yoshihiko, Nakamaru Yuichi, Kaname Jun, Morinaga Yuki, Funakoshi Eiichiro, Kotegawa Yuko
Synopsis: Kanai Yuriko (Matsushita Nao) is the daughter of a company executive and full-time housewife who had taken great pains to bring her up. Although she has always dreamt of marriage, she has led a sheltered life and is not able to do any housework. Yuriko marries Kyoichi (Inohara Yoshihiko), the eldest of four brothers (Nakamaru Yuichi, Kaname Jun, Morinaga Yuki), and the two of them should have lived their newlywed life on their own … … or so she had thought. However, the disappearance of her husband’s mother (Kotegawa Yuko) results in her settling down in a household of men. She cannot get used to the family which has a different set of values and background, but her love for the family grows as she lives together with them, and she becomes an integral part of the family.

Unmei no Hito
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 15 January 2012
Station: TBS
Cast: Motoki Masahiro, Matsu Takako, Maki Yoko, Omori Nao, Matsushige Yutaka, Kitamura Yukiya, Endo Yuya, Sugimoto Tetta, Ishibashi Ryo, Hashizume Isao, Hasegawa Hiroki, Harada Taizo, Yanagiba Toshiro, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Emoto Akira, Ibu Masato, Ichikawa Kamejiro, Sasano Takashi, Kitaoji Kinya
Synopsis: The arrogant Yuminari Ryuta (Motoki Masahiro), an ace political journalist who has scored a string of scoops, exposes the secret pact between the US and Japan that was behind the return of Okinawa. By holding up his ideals and beliefs and exposing the deceit, he gets hailed as a hero by the people, but in the next moment he is brought down by public opinion.

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 1 January 2012
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Mitsushima Hikari, Ishida Takuya, Ayano Go, Yamashita Rio, Arai Hirofumi, Hira Takehiro, Kanai Yuta, Tanaka Tetsushi, Tanaka Misato, Tokunaga Eri, Ashina Sei, Maeda Ai, Nikaido Satoshi, Kinoshita Houka, Kobayashi Katsuya
Synopsis: Four siblings live in northeastern China (former Manchuria). The upbeat eldest sister Hatsu (Mitsushima Hikari), her young brothers Shiro and Kinji (Ishida Takuya, Ayano Go), and sister Tomie (Yamashita Rio), who each have their own dreams, and Hayao (Arai Hirofumi), Hatsu’s husband who supports the siblings, have been living peacefully. However, they are forced to flee from the invading Soviet troops and into a harsh refugee life when a battle is lost. After the war, they return to Japan and face the challenge of developing new land for farming in Nasu, Ibaraki prefecture.

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 8 January 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Koizumi Kyoko, Aoi Yu, Koike Eiko, Ando Sakura, Ikewaki Chizuru, Moriyama Mirai, Mizuhashi Kenji, Kase Ryo, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Arai Hirofumi, Tanaka Tetsushi, Kimura Hazuki, Omata Erika, Kimura Manatsu, Kikuchi Asumi, Shibata Kyoka, Matsumoto Marika, Takada Shoko, Kuze Seika, Mizuhashi Kenji, Ikeda Narushi, Yokoyama Kota, Mizuki Kaoru, Shimada Kyusaku, Uchida Chika, Fujii Nanaka, Inowaki Kai, Suwa Taro, Takahashi Hitomi, Abe Sae, Uchikura Kenji, Yamamura Michi, Akahori Masaaki, Ito Ayumi, Tadano Miako
Synopsis: In a rural town 15 years ago, an elementary school girl called Emily (Kimura Hazuki) was taken away by a man and murdered. Emily’s four elementary school chums (Omata Erika, Kimura Manatsu, Kikuchi Asumi), who had been playing with her right up until the incident, were the first to discover her. The murderer was never found and the case went unsolved. Emily’s mother, Adachi Asako (Koizumi Kyoko), had chided them for forgetting the face of the man they had seen. “Find the murderer. If you do not, make amends to my liking,” she had hurled those furious words at them. The four grew up into adults, each embarking on their own path while living in fear of the incident and shock at Asako’s remark. Prisoners of those “amends”, the young ladies Kikuchi Sae (Aoi Yu), Shinohara Maki (Koike Eiko), Takano Akiko (Ando Sakura), Ogawa Yuka (Ikewaki Chizuru) are drawn into a series of tragedies … …

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 12 February 2012
Station: WOWOW
Cast: Nagasawa Masami, Katsuji Ryo, Usuda Asami, Suzuki Sawa, Tezuka Satomi, Ibu Masato, Sano Shiro
Synopsis: Ujie Mariko (Nagasawa Masami) is studying child welfare in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kobayashi Futaba (Nagasawa Masami) is a university student living in Tokyo. Mariko lives with doubts about the love of her mother, whom she has no resemblance to and little recollection of her love. That mother of hers had died in a fire nine years ago. Finding her mother’s possessions in a relative’s house, Mariko decides to search for the secret of her birth and heads to Tokyo. On the other hand, Futaba spends all her time with her band in Tokyo, and is to make a television appearance. However, Futaba’s mother (Tezuka Satomi) is strongly opposed to her being on television. Futaba is suspicious of her mother’s uncharacteristic behaviour. Meanwhile, Mariko sees the footage of Futaba and is surprised. Mariko and Futaba are so similar in appearance as to be the same person. A shocking truth comes to light during her search for the reason … …

Mousou Sousa ~ Associate Professor Kuwagata Koichi’s Stylishna Seikatsu
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Sundays, 22 January 2012
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Sato Ryuta, Sakuraba Nanami, Kurashina Kana, Kawakita Mayuko, Fujimura Shoko, Taketomi Seika, Masu Takeshi, Baisho Mitsuko
Synopsis: Kuwagata Koichi (Sato Ryuta) is an associate professor at the department of literature of a third-rate university. Society for some reason refers to him as a “great sleuth”, but he does not have the disposition of someone famous. On the surface, he appears cool and collected. But inside, he is extremely intense – his heart would soar if he were praised and he would slump deep into the ground if he were stomped on. He has led the life of a loser because his idiosyncracies attract a succession of cases and small disasters. However, he decides to make a fresh start in life, bidding farewell to his wretched past and entering a stylish life of breezily overcoming crises with his post at the university. He attempts to solve every difficult problem by using his ever-changing wild ideas. His partner is Shinno Hitomi (Sakuraba Nanami), a second-year literature student at the university and the only who knows of the bad ideas that unfold in Kuwagata’s mind.

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8 Responses to Winter 2012 Dramas

  1. junny says:

    Woot! Taira no Kiyomori! Thanks Jade for the synopsis! I’m excited cuz of Fujiki’s participation (along with Tamaki and Kohinata), but bleh on Matsuyama. Really hoping this will be good *fingers crossed*

    • jadefrost says:

      You forgot to mention Fukada Kyoko. That’s a bigger bleh.

      I’ll update with a more detailed synopsis later on. Fujiki🙂 In this role, he ends up a priest because of his involvement with the Empress Tamako.

      • ennie says:

        Not going to lie: I was interested until I got to Fukuda Kyoko being on the list….

      • junny says:

        I am officially grossed out. Fukuda Kyoko double bill (fall drama as well). Bleh x10!

        Looking forward to your detailed synopsis, Jade! Fujiki as a priest… or monk… can life get any better for him? Sigh. I’ve never seen the actress who’ll play Tamako, is she any good?

  2. kath says:

    Ehhhh Matsujun again? Id rather Nino gets a turn in a getsu9, but I suppose the casting and storyline this time seems a lot better than that drama with that super long title

    I guess no Toma this season..although theres hope Toma is casted along side Yamapi in TBS’ ending planner drama… now that would be a double the awesomeness.

  3. eeyore says:

    Looking at the cast and story, some of the series look promising. I hope it can be a good season again just like the current one ^^

    thanks for the synopsis jade!

  4. M.Sk. says:

    thank you for the list!!!! It help me a lot!!!!

    But I can not find Falle Angel to watch. çoç

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