Summer 2014 Dramas

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Petero no Souretsu
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 7 July 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Kamiyama Yumiko (Namonaki Doku, Ooku ~ Arikoto . Iemitsu-hen, Tsumi to Batsu)
Original Work: Petero no Souretsu by Miyabe Miyuki
Cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Hasegawa Kyoko, Kuninaka Ryoko, Muro Tsuyoshi, Takahashi Issei, Aoyama Noriko, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Okamoto Rei, Emi Kurara, Shimizu Fumika, Fuji Manami, Shima Kaori, Shiba Toshio, Honda Hirotaro, Mine Ryuta, Muroi Shigeru, Nagatsuka Kyoko, Hira Mikijiro
Synopsis: Sugimura Saburo (Koizumi Kotaro) is an ordinary salaryman married to Nahoko (Kuninaka Ryoko), the daughter of the chairman (Hira Mikijiro) of Imada business group. It has been two years since he first became involved in various cases at the request of his father-in-law. On the way back from an interview one day, Sugimura encounters a bus hijack by an old person with a gun. The darkness of this country Japan and human nature lurks behind the true motive for the case … …
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/petero2014
Related: Namonaki Doku
Preview: Petero no Souretsu CM

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Hero 2014
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 14 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yasushi (Doctors Series, Galileo Series, Hero)
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Kitagawa Keiko, Sugimoto Tetta, Hamada Gaku, Masana Bokuzo, Yoshida Yo, Tanaka Yoji, Katsuya, Matsushige Yutaka, Yashima Norito, Kohinata Fumiyo, Kadono Takuzo, Katsumura Masanobu (guest star), Tanihara Shosuke (guest star), Otsuka Nene (guest star), Nukumizu Yoichi (guest star)
Synopsis: Kuriu Kohei (Kimura Takuya) has returned to the Josai branch of the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office which is now headed by Deputy Public Prosecutor Ushimaru Yutaka (Kadono Takuzo). Kuriu’s new assistant is the dignified, beautiful but coarse Asagi Chika (Kitagawa Keiko).
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/HERO
Preview: Hero 2014 Teaser

Asunaro

Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 15 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Noriko (Gekiryuu, Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan, Dr Koto Shinryoujo 2006), Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Yo nimo Kimyona Monogatari)
Original Work: Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi by Shigematsu Kiyoshi
Cast: Yanagiba Toshiro, Goriki Ayame, Kazama Shunsuke, Takahata Mitsuki, Ouchida Yuhei, Iitoyo Marie, Kikuchi Momoko, Nishida Toshiyuki (guest star), Moriguchi Yoko, Honkon, Sorimachi Takashi
Synopsis: One day, Fujimaki Daisuke (Yanagiba Toshiro), a dull middle-aged salaryman who works for a trading company, is ordered to “temporarily transfer” to Asunaro University’s cheering squad instead of getting laid off, on the grounds that the cheering squad of company president’s alma mater is on the verge of being dissolved. At an assembly where the old boys are gathered, the secretary general announces that Fujimaki will be accepted and made the head of the cheering squad. He is thrown into the squad. As he gets antiquated customs “Always have your school uniform on”, “Reply ‘Ossu'”, “A senior’s word is the law” drilled into him by old boy Saito Yuichi (Sorimachi Takashi), he becomes hooked on the depth of the philosophy of supporting people in a visceral way.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/asunaro337
Preview: Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi CM

GTO (remake) Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 8 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Yamaoka Junpei (Honey Trap, Power Game, GTO (remake) Series)
Original Work: GTO by Fujisawa Toru
Cast: AKIRA, Higa Manami, Yamamoto Yusuke, Ono Takehiko, Kazami Shingo, Maruyama Tomomi, Mabuchi Erika, Anami Atsuko, Fujisawa Ayano, Tayama Ryosei, Shirota Yu, Kuroki Hitomi, Matsuoka Mayu, Kikuchi Fuma, Miyoshi Ayaka, Ryusei Ryo, Koshiba Fuka, Katayose Ryota, Sano Reo, Kizaki Yuria, Matsuura Miyabi, Matsui Airi
Synopsis: Onizuka Eikichi (AKIRA) goes from Meishu Academy in Kichijoji to his alma mater Tsujido High School in his hometown of Shonan. Tsujido High School has gone under the umbrella of Meishu Academy and Onizuka is dispatched on a temporary basis. This time, various difficult problems such as a pregnant female high school student, a truant student who makes light of life, a male stalker and radical images happen to him. Onizuka’s unknown past is also finally revealed as he meets people who know about his past again … …
Website: www.ktv.jp/gto
Related: GTO (remake)
Preview: GTO (remake) Season 2 Teaser

Scarlet

Tokyo Scarlet ~ Keishichou NS Kakari
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 15 July 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Iwashita Yuko (Keiji no Manazashi, Kamo, Kyoto e Iku, Sousa Chizu no Onna), Sakurai Takeharu (Aibou Series, Ataru Series), Irie Shingo (Toranaide Kudasai)
Cast: Mizukawa Asami, Namase Katsuhisa, Sugawara Daikichi, Kimura Midoriko, Nakamura Masatoshi
Synopsis: The governor of Tokyo is aggravated by an article in an English language magazine which regards it as a problem that there are few female top officials in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police especially its star, the Criminal Investigations Department. In order to erase this negative image overseas, a veteran female detective Demachi Izumi (Kimura Midoriko) is made the head of the First Investigative Division’s new section, and the NS Section is born. However … …
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/to-sca
Preview: Tokyo Scarlet CM

Seijo

Seijo
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 19 August 2014
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Omori Mika (Tokyo Bandwagon, Last Dinner, Hungry)
Cast: Hirosue Ryoko, Nagayama Kento, Renbutsu Misako, Aoyagi Sho, Tsutsui Mariko, Tabata Tomoko, Tanaka Yoji, Nakada Yoshiko, Kishibe Ittoku, Hamano Kenta, Morioka Yutaka, Otani Ryosuke, Ando Tamae
Synopsis: During the summer when Nakamura Haruki (Nagayama Kento) was 17, his private tutor Ozawa Maria (Hirosue Ryoko), who was then a university student, left him with this last message, “I’ll be your girlfriend after you qualify for university and become an adult.” Then she suddenly disappeared from his life. He still dreams of her sometimes. Even now. 10 years later, they are reunited; she as a serial murder suspect and he as a lawyer. Although Haruki’s feelings waver between love and contempt, when their bonds are established again, a heartrending, maddening love story begins. Is Maria a wicked woman or a saint?
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama10/seijo
Preview: Seijo CM

owakon

Owakon TV
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Tuesdays, 1 July 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Shimoyama Kento
Original Work: Chocolate TV by Mizuno Munenori
Cast: Chiba Shinichi (Sonny), Koizumi Kotaro, Katase Nana, Ichikawa Yui, Fukuda Saki, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Tomiura Satoshi, Endo Yuya, Anan Kenji (guest star), Jinbo Satoshi (guest star), Ueshima Ryuhei (guest star), Ishida Ayumi (guest star), Motomiya Yasukaze (guest star), Kongouchi Takeshi (guest star)
Synopsis: Small and medium subcontractor production companies currently support the TV industry. Chocolate TV is one such company with 20 employees. It undertakes various productions such as varieties, documentaries and dramas. The height of glory of the TV industry is already a thing of the past. Like any ordinary company, they have to be careful of key networks and sponsors as well as struggle to keep alive amidst the meager budgets and tough viewership ratings race. Chocolate TV’s president Aramaki Genjiro (Chiba Shinichi) worked in the industry as a variety programme director and built the company in one generation. The programmes he takes on all have issues. Each time, his employees would unite, devote themselves to producing a programme and ride out the hardships of the TV world.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/owakon
Preview: Owakon TV CM

Again

Again!!
Date: From 1.11 a.m., Wednesdays, 23 July 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Takayama Naoya (Doubles ~ Futari no Keiji, Tokumei Tantei Season 1, Seinaru Kaibutsutachi)
Original Work: Again!! by Kubo Mitsuro
Cast: Fujii Ryusei, Hayami Akari, Kojima Fujiko, Kusumi Koharu, Okano Maya, Okayasu Tabito, Watanabe Yutaro, Kamiyama Tomohiro, Miyazato Shun, Tsutsumishita Atsushi, Hamano Kenta, Kondo Yoshimasa, Asada Miyoko
Synopsis: Imamura Kinichiro (Fujii Ryusei) ends high school life with not a single thing; not even friends or memories. After the graduation ceremony, he for some reason goes back in time to the morning of the enrollment ceremony three years ago and has a second chance at high school life. Contrary to Kinichiro’s expectations about the tedium of repeating the three years, the head of the cheering squad, Usami Yoshiko (Hayami Akari), calls out to him and he sets out on a completely new high school life.
Website: www.drama-again.com

Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari Season 9
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Fukasawa Masaki (Machi Isha Jumbo, Nobunaga no Chef, GTO (remake)), Manabe Chiaki (Aibou Season 12, Sousa Chizu Onna, Honboshi), Takigawa Akiyo (Shin Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari series), Tokunaga Tomihiko (Team, Aibou Season 7 – 12)
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Hara Sachie, Nakagoshi Noriko
Synopsis: The members (Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Taguchi Hiromasa, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru) of the First Investigative Division’s Ninth Section each have personal problems and troubles as individuals before they are police officers. Although these overly individualistic members may even oppose each other in investigations, what unites them is their strong sense of justice. They appear uncoordinated in their actions, but each of them will channel all energies to the arrest of criminals and grapple with difficult cases.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/9gakari

Wakamonotachi

Wakamonotachi 2014
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Muto Shogo (Kazoku Game, Joker, Densha Otoko)
Original Work: Remake of Wakamonotachi 1966
Cast: Tsumabuki Satoshi, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari, Emoto Tasuku, Nomura Shuhei, Aoi Yu, Hashimoto Ai, Yoshioka Hidetaka, Nagasawa Masami, Hirosue Ryoko (guest star)
Synopsis: The parents of five siblings (Tsumabuki Satoshi, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari, Emoto Tasuku, Nomura Shuhei) died when they were young and they banded together to survive. They sometimes have big quarrels and heated discussions about the contradictions in the world and ideals. Although times have changed, the worries and problems of the young today develop from universal issues such as academic qualifications, employment, restructuring, love and marriage.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/wakamono
Preview: Wakamonotachi 2014 Teaser

ST

ST ~ Aka to Shiro no Sousa File
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 16 July 2014
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Yusuke (Honey Trap, Mirai Nikki, Lady ~ Saigo no Hanzai Profile)
Original Work: ST ~ Keishichou Kagaku Tokusou-han by Konno Bin
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Okada Masaki, Shida Mirai, Ashina Sei, Kubota Masataka, Hayashi Kento, Tanaka Tetsushi, Seto Asaka, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: Akagi Samon (Fujiwara Tatsuya) and Yurine Tomohisa (Okada Masaki) of the Scientific Task Force, or ST for short, solve difficult crimes together.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/st
Related: ST ~ Keishichou Kagaku Tokusou-han
Preview: ST ~ Aka to Shiro no Sousa File CM

Kodoku no Gurume Season 4
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Taguchi Yoshihiro (Kodoku no Gurume Series)
Original Work: Kodoku no Gurume by Kusumi Masayuki
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Inokashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka), who is an imported goods dealer, visits various towns on business. After business meetings, he will stop by shops that he is interested in and looks forward to meals above all else. This summer, he visits Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture for business.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kodokunogurume4

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Nobunaga no Chef Season 2
Date: From 7.58 p.m., Thursdays, 10 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Fukusawa Masaki (Machi Isha Jumbo, GTO (remake), Akuto)
Original Work: Nobunaga no Chef by Nishimura Mitsuru
Cast: Tamamori Yuta, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Shida Mirai, Gori, Ashina Sei, Ichikawa Sarunosuke, Cunning Takeyama, Kitaro, Masana Bokuzo, Inagaki Goro (guest star), Sasaki Nozomi, Takashima Masanobu, Saito Yuki, Sasano Takashi, David Ito
Synopsis: French chef Ken (Tamamori Yuta), who went back in time to the Sengoku period and became the personal chef of Oda Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro), has regained a part of his lost memory. He learnt the way to return to the present with the help of Akechi Mitsuhide (Inagaki Goro) but did not go back and chose to live as Nobunaga’s chef. Nobunaga’s biggest and strongest enemy, the warlord Takeda Shingen (Takashima Masanobu) and Nobunaga’s official wife Nouhime (Saito Yuki) appear, heralding ups and downs in the relationship of trust between Nobunaga and Ken. And will Mitsuhide cause the Honnoji Incident?
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/nobunaga
Related: Nobunaga no Chef Season 1

Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara Uradoshin
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 26 June 2014
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Ozaki Masaya (Doubles ~ Futari no Keiji, Ume-chan Sensei, Shiroi Haru)
Original Work: Yoshiwara Uradoshin by Saeki Yasuhide
Cast: Koide Keisuke, Kanjiya Shihori, Kondo Masaomi, Nono Sumika, Yamauchi Takaya, Minagawa Sarutoki, Kyono Kotomi, Hayashi Ryuzo, Hirata Kaoru, Okina Megumi (guest star), Tomita Yasuko (guest star), Takahashi Yumiko (guest star), Yanagisawa Shingo (guest star), Kurotani Tomoka (guest star)
Synopsis: Kamimori Mikijiro (Koide Keisuke), a low-ranking samurai of Bungo Oka domain, learns about the cruel treatment that his childhood friend Teijo (Kanjiya Shihori), who grew up in the same tenement house, has been receiving at the hands of the family she married into and the two of them run away. They flee their pursuers and after three years wandering in the northern provinces, Mikijiro and Teijo drift to Edo where Edo’s largest pleasure quarters, the Yoshiwara red light district, is. At the Yoshiwara red light district, the Shirobe Club, a band of watchmen led by Shirobei (Kondo Masaomi), have been orchestrating solutions for the various incidents that occur in the pleasure quarters. Mikijiro is hired as a bodyguard while Teijo teaches the prostitutes to read and write. Because Mikijiro now works for the club, the two of them are finally able to find a way out of their nomadic life and days of uncertainty. They have successes and failures against the dark shadows which envelope the women of Yoshiwara.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/jidaigeki/yoshiwara

Dousousei

Dousousei ~ Hito wa, Sando, Koi o Suru
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 10 July 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Tabuchi Kumiko (Go ~ Himetachi no Sengoku, Atsuhime)
Original Work: Dousousei ~ Hito wa, Sando, Koi o Suru by Saimon Fumi
Cast: Iura Arata, Inamori Izumi, Itaya Yuka, Matsuoka Masahiro, Ichikawa Miwako, Takachi Noboru, Okamoto Rei, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Miura Rieko, Ichige Yoshie, MATSU, Emoto Akira (guest star), Ebihara Yuri
Synopsis: Yanagi Kenta (Iura Arata) and Kamakura Akehi (Inamori Izumi) as well as Hirono Kaoruko (Itaya Yuka) and Sakurai Ryosuke (Matsuoka Masahiro) meet again at the first class reunion in 25 years. Back when the four of them met at 15, it was the most beautiful time of their lives because life held enormous possibilities. As if in an effort to make up for lost time, they are rapidly drawn to each other. Kenta begins to realise Akehi’s importance to him while Akehi, a mother of three, also starts to defy her violent husband (MATSU). Meanwhile, Ryosuke and Kaoruko surrender to their mutual passions, but a gap in their feelings arises little by little … … They want to take off with the true love they have found in adulthood. A reality that will not be allowed. The four of them are now 40 years old. They are no longer young, but there is still time for them to start over again. They single-mindedly and earnestly live for this moment, but … …
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/dousousei2014
Preview: Dousousei CM

Zero

Zero no Shinjitsu ~ Kansatsui Matsumoto Mao
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Oishi Shizuka (Glass no Ie, Otenki no Onesan, Cleopatrana Onnatachi)
Cast: Takei Emi, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Wada Masato, Denden, Rokkaku Seiji, Omi Toshinori, Aoyagi Sho, Mizusawa Erena, Miyazaki Karen, Hashizume Isao, Maya Miki
Synopsis: New medical examiner Matsumoto Mao (Takei Emi) has joined the Chuo Medical Examiner’s Office. A beautiful, talented doctor without any relatives, she is proud of her IQ which exceeds 150. She went to America at the age of 10, skipped three grades and studied forensic medicine. An oddball whose only interests are the autopsies and dissections of dead bodies, she also has no friends. As she faces numerous dead bodies each day, she is challenged to find out the cause of death of the mother who abandoned her.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/zeroshin
Preview: Zero no Shinjitsu CM

Hirugao

Hirugao ~ Heijitsu Gogo 3-ji no Koibitotachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Inoue Yumiko (Chi no Shio, Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu, Pandora Series)
Cast: Ueto Aya, Kichise Michiko, Saito Takumi, Ito Ayumi, Kinami Haruka, Kinoshita Houka, Fuchikami Yasushi, Suzuki Kosuke, Takahata Atsuko, Kitamura Kazuki
Synopsis: Housewife Sasamoto Sawa (Ueto Aya) works as a part-time supermarket cashier. One afternoon, she unconsciously pickpockets a lipstick at the supermarket. Takigawa Rikako (Kichise Michiko) sees a part of this. What she proposes is Sawa’s assistance in setting up an alibi for her affair in exchange for her silence on that matter. Sawa obeys the demands of Rikako in order to protect her “happiness” even though she is falling apart emotionally. In the process, she meets high school teacher Kitano Yuichiro (Saito Takumi) and gradually cannot stop thinking about him. Before long, she crosses a line which she should not.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/hirugaoa
Preview: Hirugao Teaser

Shibaken

Juui-san, Jiken desuyo
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 3 July 2014
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Tanabe Mitsuru (Dinner, Bunshin, Control ~ Hanzai Shinri Sousa
Cast: Jinnai Takanori, Yoshimoto Miyu, Nogiwa Yoko, Shaku Yumiko (guest star), Honda Miu (guest star)
Synopsis: Shiba Kentaro (Jinnai Takanori) is a compassionate vet in an old Tokyo neighbourhood. He does not only treat pets but also interferes in the problems of pet owners and struggles to be of help.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/shibaken/

Sailor Fuku to Uchuujin ~ Chikyuu ni Nokotta Saigo no 11-nin
Date: From 12.59 a.m., Fridays, 27 June 2014
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Kokami Shoji (Senryokugai Sousakan, Kazoku, Kashimasu)
Cast: Kadowaki Mugi, Kiriyama Ren, Sudo Risa, Sasai Eisuke, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Nishio Mari, Nagaoka Takuya, Oshima Yoko
Synopsis: High school girl Minase Kibou (Kadowaki Mugi) grew up in great comfort. But one day, she suddenly gets mixed up in a crisis of survival for Planet Earth. Kibou wakes up to find herself wearing a sailor suit and lying in a white room. She is in a spaceship?! Planet Earth was hit by a meteorite. All life perished except for 11 people who were saved by an alien. Those on board the spaceship include a man who claims to be a member of the Earth Defence Guard (Kiriyama Ren), a pilot who cannot speak, a pregnant woman (Nishio Mari) near full term and an elementary school student. They are faced with the choice of leaving earth and living with aliens or escaping the spaceship and building a new city on Planet Earth. Who is friend and foe? Does justice exist?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/monthly/program/20140626

Akita

Last Doctor ~ Kansatsui Akita no Kenshi Houkoku
Date: From 7.58 p.m., Fridays, 11 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Ozaki Masaya (Black President, Doubles ~ Futari no Keiji, Ume-chan Sensei), Takeda Yuki (Kakushou, Doku, Boku to Star no 99-nichi)
Cast: Terawaki Yasufumi, Aibu Saki, YOU, Makita Sports, Watanabe Shu, Watanabe Ikkei, Toda Keiko, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: Yoshizaki Kaoruko (Aibu Saki), who had been a clinician at a university hospital, takes up a post at a medical examiner’s office after she is told by her professor to try to get experience. However, everyone from the supervising doctor Akita Shinya (Terawaki Yasufumi), director Yanagida Shuhei (Ito Shiro) and assistant Yamashita Mieko (Toda Keiko) are all individualistic characters. This does not bode well for the future. Meanwhile, Akita and Kaoruko are put in charge of the dead body of a popular model who fell to her death. The police consider it to be a suicide, but Akita is drawn to a subtle point … …
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/official/last_dr.akita
Preview: Last Doctor CM

kazokugari

Kazokugari
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 4 July 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Oishi Shizuka (Glass no Ie, Otenki Oneesan, Cleopatrana Onnatachi), Izumisawa Yoko (Tokubo, Ando Lloyd, Apoyan)
Original Work: Kazokugari by Tendo Arata
Cast: Matsuyuki Yasuko, Ito Atsushi, Kitayama Hiromitsu, Mizuno Miki, Shinoda Mariko, Hiraoka Yuta, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Inoue Makio, Akiyama Natsuko, Asada Miyoko, Zaizen Naomi (guest star), Endo Kenichi
Synopsis: High school teacher Sudo Shunsuke (Ito Atsushi) feels a strong resistance to starting a family with his girlfriend. Assistant Inspector Mamihara Koki’s (Endo Kenichi) heart aches at the end of a journey of a mother and child. Child psychology officer Hisaki Yuko (Matsuyuki Yasuko) who works at a counseling centre for children worries about an abused girl. The case of an assault by a high school girl results in a fateful encounter of the three of them. Bound by tragedy, the eyes of each of the people caught in this torrent are opened to life.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/kazokugari
Preview: Kazokugari CM

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Tokumei Tantei Season 2
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 4 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Takayama Naoya (Keibuho Yabe Kenzo Series, Doubles ~ Futari no Keiji, Tokumei Tantei Season 1), Kamo Yoshinobu (Tokumei Tantei Season 1, Quartet, Keishichou Keizoku Sousa-han)
Cast: Takahashi Katsunori, Katase Nana, Moritsugu Koji, Yamaguchi Daiichi, Hara Mikie, Tayama Ryosei, Shiba Toshio
Synopsis: An unnamed detective (Takahashi Katsunori) has his base in an old multi-tenant building with strip clubs at a corner of one of the streets along the Chuo train line. He is a troubleshooter who through the beautiful lawyer Saejima Kyoko (Katase Nana) receives jobs from a succession of beautiful women for the sake of money. This bourbon and jazz loving, unsentimental and tough investigator uses foul language, hates being tied down more than anything, and leads a life free of mobile phones, emails and the internet. Even though he gets cheated, covered in cuts and bruises and stomped on by authority, he never gives up and solely seeks the truth for his clients. He is extremely kind to females and because of that, he frequently gets into unnecessary trouble with women who do not pay.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tokumeitantei
Related: Tokumei Tantei Season 1

Aoi Honoo

Aoi Honoo
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 18 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yuichi (Watashi no Kiraina Tantei, Tenma-san ga Yuku, Yuusha Yoshihiko Series)
Original Work: Aoi Honoo by Shimamoto Kazuhiko
Cast: Yagira Yuya, Yasuda Ken, Muro Tsuyoshi, Nakamura Tomoya, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kuroshima Yuina, Urai Kenji, Sato Jiro, Omizu Yosuke, Adachi Osamu, Kawakubo Takuji, Endo Kaname, Uechi Haruna, Kitaro, Hamada Gaku, Kojima Haruna
Synopsis: It is the beginning of the 1980s in Osaka. First-year art college student Honoo Moyuru (Yagira Yuya) is passionate and ambitious about becoming a manga writer. He has misplaced confidence in his own ability, but also an interest in anime and searches for the path he should take. He reaches a decision just before the summer break. It is to bring his manga manuscript to Tokyo publishers. This is the start of a youth of excruciating anguish for Honoo.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/official/aoihonoo
Preview: Aoi Honoo CM

Osoroshi

Osoroshi ~ Mishimaya Henchou Hyakumonogatari Kotohajime
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Saturdays, 30 August 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriters: Kaneko Shuusuke (Death Note, Gamera Trilogy), Era Itaru (Garo Series)
Original Work: Osoroshi ~ Mishimaya Henchou Hyakumonogatari Kotohajime by Miyabe Miyuki
Cast: Haru, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Toyohara Kosuke, Sato Eriko, Kojima Hijiri, Murakami Jun, Maro Akaji, Kato Kazuko, Sano Shiro
Synopsis: During the Edo period, 17-year-old Ochika (Haru) built an emotional wall against others after a murder occurred in her family which runs an inn the post town of Kawasaki. Her fiance was killed by a man who was raised as if he were her own sibling. Ochika left her family home. She now stays at Mishimaya, the bag shop which her uncle, Ihei, opened in Edo’s Kanda Mishima-cho, and works silently every day. One day, Ihei summons Ochika to ‘Kokubyaku no Aida’ where he always welcomes his rival in the game of go. He instructs her to listen to the 100 odd horror tales from the people who come to visit, and then leaves. Ochika slowly begins to open her heart to their curious tales … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/osoroshi

KindaichiN

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo)
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 19 July 2014
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Takahashi Yuya (35-sai no Koukousei, Perfect Blue, Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri)
Original Work: Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo by Amagi Seimaru
Cast: Yamada Ryonosuke, Kawaguchi Haruna, Arioka Daiki, Asari Yosuke, Okamoto Azusa, Okayama Amane, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Miyashita Junichi, Nakagawa Taishi, Owada Kensuke, Kamishiraishi Moka, Hagiwara Riku, Kojima Ayame, Nakajima Hiroki, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu
Synopsis: High school student Kindaichi Hajime (Yamada Ryunosuke) solves a variety of difficult cases that he gets entangled in with the deductive powers inherited from his grandfather, the famous detective Kindaichi Kosuke.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/kindaichi2014
Preview: Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) CM

Fuyou

Fuyou no Hito ~ Fuji Sanchou no Tsuma
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 26 July 2014
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Kaneko Arisa (Tightrope no Onna, Haken no Oscar, Ushi ni Negai o)
Original Work: Fuyou no Hito by Nitta Jiro
Cast: Matsushita Nao, Sato Ryuta, Miura Takahiro, Katsumura Masanobu, Kariya Shunsuke, Yokouchi Tadashi, Matsushita Akira, Ichige Yoshie, Hirata Mitsuru, Yo Kimiko
Synopsis: In 1895 (Meiji 28), Nonaka Itaru (Sato Ryuta), a commoner who accomplished what was believed to be impossible by climbing Mt Fuji in midwinter, had built a private hut on the mountain’s summit. He headed there to stay alone in the winter so that he could observe the weather even though it might be at the cost of his own life. His wife Chiyoko (Matsushita Nao) was convinced that her husband would certainly die if he was alone. In order to join him, she hid this plan from the people around her, deceived her mother-in-law (Yo Kimiko) and did everything possible to finally carry it out. On the summit of Mt Fuji in midwinter – a feat no one had yet achieved, husband and wife battled the cold and altitude sickness as they began their observations … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/fuyo

Suikyuu Yankees
Date: From 11.10 p.m., Saturdays, 12 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Tokunaga Yuichi (Umi no Ue no Shinryojo, Keiji 110 kg Series, Tokyo Toy Box), Asakura Keiji (Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu)
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Yamazaki Kento, Takagi Yuya, Ohara Sakurako, Chiba Yudai, Mamiya Shotaro, Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo, Yamoto Yuma, Shinkawa Yua, Kakei Miwako, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Omasa Aya, Sano Hinako, Ikezu Shoko, Minagawa Sarutoki, Kurashina Kana (guest star), Kitamura Yukiya, Morimoto Leo
Synopsis: Inaba Naoya (Nakajima Yuto) has returned to Japan after living overseas, and transferred to Kasumino Technical High School. It is a school attended by some of the area’s silliest fellows and is on the verge of being closed. He feels strongly that “a delinquent is the strongest hero” from early experience, and has romanticised notions about delinquents. Although Naoya spent time abroad, he has been influenced by Japanese manga on delinquents and has grown into a youth with fighting spirit and chivalry. He has returned to Japan in order to spend the third year of high school in the country. Kasumino Technical High School once had the delinquents he wanted to be like in his childhood. However, these delinquents have now disappeared from Japan and in their place are mild delinquents. Naoya is dejected but comes across water polo. The district he has moved to is known as the “water polo town”. Learning that water polo is no-holds barred aquatic martial arts, he challenges the formidable Kitajima Torao (Takagi Yuya) of rival school, Suiran High School. However, he is defeated. Naoya promises himself that he will beat Torao in water polo and come out tops.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/suikyuyankees

Kinkyori0

Kinkyori Renai Season Zero
Date: From 12.50 a.m., Sundays, 20 July 2014
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Matsuda Yuko (Hanasaki Mai ga Damattenai Season 1, Ghost Mama Sousasen, Misaki Number One)
Original Work: Kinkyori Renai by Mikimoto Rin
Cast: Abe Aran, Ishibashi Anna, Kishi Yuta, Adachi Rika, Takahashi Fu, Tajima Shogo, Nagatsuma Reo, Yamachi Mari, Matsukawa Akari, Kuji Akiko, Nagayama Takashi, Yamashita Tomohisa (guest star)
Synopsis: In high school, Sakurai Haruka (Abe Aran), Mirei (Ishibashi Anna) and Kanata (Kishi Yuta) are good friends whom everyone envies. The three of them believed their relationship would remain like this forever. Then Haruka’s stepsister Ririko (Adachi Rika) suddenly returns from overseas. After several years away, she has become beautiful to the extent that classmates call her “goddess”. Although Haruka has often built walls around other people, Ririko deliberately gets close to him. One night, she barges in all of a sudden and starts to cry against his chest. “I have no where to go. You’ll let me stay here, right?” Haruka is baffled by his pushy stepsister, Mirei secretly loves Haruka and Kanata has become aware of Mirei. The distance between Haruka, Mirei and Kanata who had taken it for granted that they would always be close, starts to change little by little.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/kinkyori
Preview: Kinkyori Renai Season Zero CM

Oyaji

Oyaji no Senaka
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 13 July 2014
Station: TBS
Scriptwriters: Okada Yoshikazu (Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi Series, Watashi to iu Unmei ni Tsuite), Sakamoto Yuji (Saikou no Rikon, Woman, Kuramoto Sou (Kaze no Garden, Haikei, Chichiuesama), Kamata Toshio (Last Dinner, Keiji Teinen), Kizara Izumi (Q10, Nobuta o Produce), Hashibe Atsuko (Boku no Ita Jikan, Osozaki Himawari), Yamada Taiichi (Arifureta Kiseki), Ikehata Shunsaku (Ashio kara Kita Onna, Saka no Ue no Kumo), Inoue Yumiko (Pandora Series, 14-sai no Haha), Mitani Koki (Kiyosu Kaigi, Sutekina Kanashibari)
Cast: Tamura Masakazu, Matsu Takako, Kadono Takuzo, Watanabe Dai; Yakusho Koji, Mitsushima Hikari, Yamamoto Mizuki, Asada Miyoko; Nishida Toshiyuki, Kimura Tae, Mitsuishi Ken, Ichikawa Mikako, Hirose Suzu, Osugi Ren, Tayama Ryosei, Kobayashi Nenji; Watase Tsunehiko, Nakamura Kankuro, Tomosaka Rie, Kanno Misuzu; Horikita Maki, Endo Kenichi, Tanimura Mitsuki, Mizobata Junpei; Ono Machiko, Kunimura Jun; Watanabe Ken, Higashide Masahiro, Yo Kimiko, Sasano Takashi; Oizumi Yo, Takahashi Katsumi, Tanaka Tetsushi, Tsukamoto Takashi, Tanaka Kanau; Uchino Masaaki, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Natsukawa Yui, Hisamoto Masami, Okamoto Azusa, Takagi Serai; Kobayashi Takashi, Yoshida Yo, Suda Ryuga, Horiuchi Keiko, Seto Catherine, Akimoto Sayaka, Sakai Wakana, Kinami Haruka, Yashima Norito, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: A 10-part omnibus drama by 10 different scriptwriters on the theme of fathers and their sons and daughters.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/oyajinosenaka
Preview: Oyaji no Senaka Teaser

Tsui

Tsui no Sumika
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 20 July 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Original Work: Tsui no Sumika by Senkawa Tamaki
Cast: Kiritani Mirei, Okada Yoshinori, Kato Toranosuke, Hiraizumi Sei
Synopsis: Asakura Tomoko (Kiritani Mirei) obtained her MBA at an American university and is a rookie reporter for a Tokyo newspaper’s local news desk. Although she is good at numerical expressions, she has not much interest in understanding the feelings of her interview subjects. Furthermore, she has nothing but a lot of pride, and seems to have been branded an unqualified reporter by her superior because of this. In an attempt to overturn this perception, Tomoko decides to do a story on home nursing care based on her memories of her grandfather. However, she gets overwhelmed by the harsh reality and unexpectedly stumbles across a series of unexplained deaths of elderly people receiving such care.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/sumika

SNS2

Soko o Nantoka Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 3 August 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Imai Masako (Bitter Sugar, Soko o Nantoka), Yokota Rie (Otto no Kanojo, Machi Isha Jumbo, Soko o Nantoka)
Original Work: Soko o Nantoka by Aso Mikoto
Cast: Motokariya Yuika, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Megumi, Inoue Yoshio, Watabe Gota, Inoue Waka, Otomo Kohei
Synopsis: Kaise Rakuko (Motokariya Yuika), the completely hopeless rookie, has reached her third year as a lawyer. Her reliable senior Shoji Hiroaki (Ichikawa Ennosuke) has transferred and the handsome, hotshot lawyer Nishibeppu (Inoue Yoshio) comes into Sugawara Kotaro Law Firm which is in a crisis of survival. However, there are bad rumours about Nishibeppu and he seems to have a secret which he cannot disclose for some reason. What is the real reason Nishibeppu has come to the office? Will Rakuko be able to save Sugawara Kotaro Law Firm?
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/drama/sokonan2
Related: Soko o Nantoka

Mozu2

Mozu Season 2 ~ Maboroshi no Tsubasa
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 22 June 2014
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Nishi Kosuke (Galileo Season 2, Kagi no Kakatta Heya)
Original Work: Mozu no Sakebu Yoru & Maboroshi no Tsubasa by Osaka Go
Cast: Nishijima Hidetoshi, Maki Yoko, Kagawa Teruyuki, Ito Atsushi, Ikematsu Sosuke, Hasegawa Hiroki, Ishida Yuriko, Kohinata Fumiyo, Aoi Yu, Sano Shiro
Synopsis: Kuraki Naotake (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is the Public Security Division’s ace who lost his beloved wife Chihiro (Ishida Yuriko) in a bombing incident, Osugi Ryota (Kagawa Teruyuki) is the honest to a fault detective who worked his way up the ranks, and Akeboshi Miki (Maki Yoko) is the Public Security officer who holds the key to solve the case. This time, a cross-border conspiracy gets in the way of Kuraki, Osugi and Miki as they challenge more evil. While they fight against an international terrorist organisation, a shocking truth hidden behind peaceful society soon emerges.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/mozu_wowow
Related: Mozu Season 1 ~ Mozu no Sakebu Yoru
Preview: Mozu Season 2 ~ Maboroshi no Tsubasa CM

Henshin

Henshin
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 27 July 2014
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Noriko (Gekiryuu, Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan, Himitsu), Tanabe Mitsuru (Dinner, Bunshin, Control ~ Hanzai Shinri Sousa)
Original Work: Henshin by Higashino Keigo
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Nikado Fumi, Usuda Asami, Watabe Gota, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Makita Sports, Nakao Akiyoshi, Tonesaku Toshihide, Honda Tsubasa, Matsushige Yutaka, Murakami Jun, Ibu Masato
Synopsis: Naruse Junichi (Kamiki Ryunosuke) makes an honest living working at a factory line while dreaming of being an artist. He treasures the little happiness that has developed between him and his girlfriend Megumi (Nikaido Fumi). But on Christmas Eve, he gets involved in a robbery at a jewellery store he had dropped by with the intention of buying an engagement ring, and sustains a serious head injury as a result. Junichi survives because of the world’s first living brain transplant operation. After his discharge from hospital, he develops a sensitive hearing and violence, and eventually his feelings for Megumi start to be different from the past. Although he is left in the dark about the brain transplant, Junichi realises he is obviously about to change and is seized with fear. On the other hand, Megumi’s feelings for Junichi have remained constant and she wishes that he will return to his former self. She tries to pursue the mystery concealed in the surgery but … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/henshin
Preview: Henshin CM

Zainin

Zainin no Uso
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 31 August 2014
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Kaneko Arisa (Tightrope no Onna, Haken no Oscar, Ushi ni Negai o)
Cast: Ito Hideaki, Takito Kenichi, Kimura Yoshino, Nakamura Aoi, Komoto Masahiro, Kataoka Reiko, Mashima Hidekazu, Emoto Tokio, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Okunuki Kaoru, Takenaka Naoto, Yajima Kenichi, Tsuda Kanji, Kitami Toshiyuki, Matsushige Yutaka, Tsutsui Michitaka, Nakadai Tatsuya
Synopsis: Lawyer Kasahara Takuya (Ito Hideaki) comes from behind to win an acquittal for Arimura Hirohito (Emoto Tokio) for whom the death penalty had been sought on charges of serial rape and murder. The families of the victims and the mass media take out their fury on Kasahara who lodged Arimura’s innocence even though he clearly had the murderous intent and committed the crimes. Kasahara coolly declares that they should blame the law since the court ruling was based on law. On the other hand, the lawyer Kusunose Masashi (Takito Kenichi), who was unable to forgive and abandoned the defence of an unremorseful Arimura, has complicated feelings. At that moment, a fatal allergic accident occurs to Aoba Confectionery which is affiliated with Nikkyo Holdings, a massive enterprise led by Haneda Kenzo (Nakadai Tatsuya). Kasahara is asked to defend it and he corners the plaintiff with every possible means. Matsumoto Shogo (Shibukawa Kiyohiko) who has some dirt on Kasahara, shows up and asks for money … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/zainin
Preview: Zainin no Uso CM

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10 Responses to Summer 2014 Dramas

  1. I can’t believe Kimura went ahead with the Hero sequel… after so many letdowns he must be desperate. What next, a Long Vacation sequel?!

    • jadefrost says:

      Neither can I. Kiryuu Kohei 13 years later? Gee … But maybe he and Fuji TV need to do it to learn that this is a different era. Then maybe they will leave the classics alone.

  2. Didine says:

    Same reaction for me. And without the cast that made the show great…Kimura definitely must leave the role of the cool guy, he is too old for that now.

  3. Shenai says:

    Hero??? Just how desperate can they get?
    This is going to be painful, I just know it…
    Good for Matsu Takako and the rest of the original cast that they at least seem to have steered clear of this trainwreck waiting to happen.

    Once again I know why I haven’t been motivated to watch any jdrama in the past year.
    Did I miss anything truly worth watching? I’m not really that picky, I’m just tired of the same old scripts with some different faces over and over again. Where did all the creativity go? Not to mention the fun.

  4. Joe says:

    Question:
    Do you have any information about this drama titled: Bokura wa Minna Shindeiru (http://bokushin.com/) that is airing on broadcast network: TBS
    Bokura wa Minna Shindeiru air date is July 01, 2014 at these times (26:16 – 27:21) and at (26:26 – 27:21)

  5. Genki Jason says:

    There’s just too much to choose from so I’m going to go with the one with the oddest sounding premise: Sailor Fuku to Uchuujin

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