Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 11 July 2016
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Kuwamura Sayaka (Koinaka, Keibuho Sugiyama Shintaro)
Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Kiritani Mirei, Yamazaki Kento, Miura Shohei, Nomura Shuhei, Nanao, Ohara Sakurako, Sano Hinako, Iitoyo Marie, Yoshida Kotaro, Hamano Kenta
Synopsis: Sakurai Misaki (Kiritani Mirei) is a patissier who dreams of having her own business in the future and has prioritised work to the extent that she has forgotten how to kiss. But one day, she is suddenly dismissed and has difficulty finding a new job. At that moment, Misaki meets Shibasaki Chiaki (Miura Shohei), her first love in high school. Learning about her situation, Chiaki invites her to live-in and work at the seaside restaurant that he runs in Shonan. Chiaki has two younger brothers. Second brother Kanata (Yamazaki Kento) is a talented chef while third brother Toma (Nomura Shuhei) is a waiter at the restaurant. Misaki ends up spending one summer with the three handsome siblings.
Preview: Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto CM
Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 12 July 2016
Scriptwriters: Lee Jeong Mi, Watanabe Mako (Akutotachi wa Senri o Hashiru, Omotesando Koukou Gasshoubu!), Inoue Seiji
Original Work: Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru by Kitagawa Miyuki
Cast: Takei Emi, Takizawa Hideaki, Nakamura Aoi, Mizusawa Erena, Triendl Reina, Nakamura Hayato, Yokosawa Natsuko, Wada Akari, Genking, Takigawa Eiji, Judai Satoshi, Hashimoto Manami, Takahashi Mitsuomi, Kanno Misuzu, Matsudaira Ken
Synopsis: Kurihara Mia (Takei Emi) works for the public relations department of a company. She falls in love with her company’s vice president Miyoshi Kairi (Takizawa Hideaki) after he helps her locate her missing engagement ring during a business trip. Mia does not realise who he is until he comes to the public relations department as part of training. She finds herself having to work with Miyoshi as his trainer. He is severe at times and yet gentle at others. Mia’s heart is captured by him little by little. But Miyoshi already has a wife … …
Preview: Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru CM
ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 12 July 2016
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Furuya Kazunao (Sumika Sumire, Ouroboros, S ~ Saigo no Keikan)
Original Work: ON Ryoki Hanzai Sousahan Todo Hinako by Naito Ryo
Genre: Criminal mystery
Cast: Haru, Yokoyama Yu, Kaname Jun, Takahashi Tsutomu, Momose Saku, Saito Ryo, Ito Mamiko, Hayashi Kento, Okunuki Kaoru, Mitsuishi Ken, Harada Mieko, Watabe Atsuro, Yamanaka Takashi (guest star), Miura Takahiro (guest star), Mamiya Shotaro (guest star), Sasaki Nozomi (guest star)
Synopsis: Todo Hinako (Haru) is a rookie detective who has been assigned to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division. She never forgets case information once she has illustrated it. One day, Hinako goes to the scene where the body of a man who died an unnatural, gruesome death has been found. He was a suspect in an unsolved murder case. It is presumed from the situation at the scene that the man committed suicide, but inconceivable that he did that to himself. Moreover, it is the same method used in the murder case that he was suspected of committing. Is it truly suicide or murder? With the support of individualistic members such as her competent senior, a geeky forensics officer and a female medical examiner called the god of death, Hinako investigates a series of baffling, bizarre murder cases. There is a darkness in her heart and she has an interest in the psychology of murderers. Her destiny is set in motion by her encounters with various criminals.
Preview: ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Teaser
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Tuesdays, 28 June 2016
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Adachi Naoko (Underwear, She, Shitsuren Chocolatier)
Original Work: Furenaba Ochin by Oda Yua
Cast: Hasegawa Kyoko, Narita Ryo, Toda Naho, Tsurumi Shingo, Sugawara Daikichi, Furuhata Seika, Yamaguchi Mayu, Shinoda Ryoya, Shimoda Shota, Jyonmyon Pe, Yamamoto Hiroshi
Synopsis: Kamijo Natsu (Hasegawa Kyoko) wavers between being a mother and a woman. She has devoted her life to her family and her femininity has now vanished. In an attempt to get Natsu to regain a little of her femininity, her husband Yoshiyuki (Tsurumi Shingo) asks his young subordinate Saeki Ryu (Narita Ryo) to seduce her. However, this is the start of a forbidden romance. Natsu ends up falling in love with this man in spite of her superficial husband … …
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Tuesdays, 30 August 2016
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Sugihara Noriaki (Mega Bank Saishuu Kessen)
Original Work: Mamagoto by Matsuda Hiroko
Cast: Ando Sakura, Koyama Harutomo, Usuda Asami, Negishi Toshie, Sugimoto Tetta
Synopsis: Onchi Eiko (Ando Sakura), the proprietress of a bar, is trapped in a sad, hidden past. One day, an old friend Shigeko (Usuda Asami) shows up with her 5-year-old son Daiji (Koyama Harutomo) in tow. Shigeko entrusts him to Eiko and disappears after she leaves a farewell letter. As Eiko looks at the innocent Daiji, she is reminded of her own past. The two of them who have no one to turn to, begin life together as fake mother and son in this peculiar and yet heartrending story.
Hapimari ~ Happy Marriage!?
Date: From 22 June 2016 (updated on Wednesdays)
Network: Amazon Prime
Scriptwriter: Asano Taeko (Dakara Kouya, Utsukushiki Wana, Ten no Hakobune)
Original Work: Hapimari ~ Happy Marriage!? by Enjoji Maki
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Seino Nana, Shirasu Jin, Shinoda Mariko, Nukimizu Yoichi, Kondo Yoshimasa, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Washio Machiko, Fujiwara Norika (guest star), Ono Takehiko
Synopsis: Takanashi Chiwa (Seino Nana) is an office lady who works part-time at a club because she is in debt. One day, she gets into a quarrel with a wealthy and handsome customer who came to the club and is fired. The next day, a depressed Chiwa is summoned by her boss and finds the rude man from the day before down there. This man’s name is Mamiya Hokuto (Dean Fujioka). Hokuto suddenly proposes a contract marriage with Chiwa. Although Chiwa is initially resistant to the idea, she has no choice but to accept. The two of them overcome all sorts of troubles to become a real couple.
Preview: Hapimari ~ Happy Marriage!? CM
Uchuu no Shigoto
Date: From 8 September 2016
Station: Amazon Prime
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yuichi (Yuusha Yoshihiko Series)
Genre: Sci-fi comedy
Cast: Muro Tsuyoshi, Suda Masaki, Kaku Kento, Nishino Nanase, Iketani Nobue, Hashimoto Jun, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Sato Jiro
Synopsis: Aliens who have learnt about the earth’s rich environment attempt an invasion. Six ordinary men and women (Muro Tsuyoshi, Suda Masaki, Kaku Kento, Nishino Nanase, Iketani Nobue, Hashimoto Jun) with no unity and no sense of responsibility, are suddenly drafted and appointed as the earth defence force to stop the aliens. They hold back the alien invasion with the space pit that was built in a month. Their method is persuasion. And if that fails, they will use their secret weapon.
Preview: Uchuu no Shigoto Introduction
Yamikin Ushijima-kun Season 3
Date: From 12.50 a.m., Wednesdays, 20 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Fukuma Masahiro (Sengyoushufu Tantei, Yamikin Ushijima-kun Series)
Original Work: Yamikin Ushijima-kun by Manabe Shohei
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Ayano Go, Mitsumune Kaoru, Nakamura Tomoya, Sasaki Kokone, Honda Chikara, Hisamatsu Ikumi, Koseta Mayu, Konno Ayuri, Sasaki Mai, Usui Saryu, Kizaki Jessica, Koda Lili, Mouton Ito, Makita Sports, Takahashi Maryjun, Sakimoto Hiromi, Yabe Kyosuke
Synopsis: Mayumi (Mitsumune Kaoru), who works for a publishing company, happens to meet a mysterious man who calls himself Shindo (Nakamura Tomoya). Told by a fortune teller that she will have a “destined meeting”, she pays attention to this. But what awaits her is ironically an encounter with Ushijima Kaoru (Yamada Takayuki), the boss of Cowcow Finance, is known as a legendary black market lender. Cowcow Finance lends money at an illegally high interest rate of 5% every 10 days and relentlessly corners bad debtors.
Preview: Yamikin Ushijima-kun Season 3 CM
Related: Yamikin Ushijima-kun Season 2
Keiji 7-nin Season 2
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 13 July 2016
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriters: Mano Katsunari (Keiji 7-nin Season 1, ST Aka to Shiro no Sousa File, Shinzanmono), Oishi Tetsuya (Keiji 7-nin Season 1, Scapegoat, Keiji no Manazashi), Morishita Tadashi (Saikyou no Futari, Kakushou, Taburakashi)
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Takashima Masahiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Suzuki Kosuke, Kurashina Kana, Tsukamoto Takashi, Yoshida Kotaro, Kitaoji Kinya
Synopsis: Called the “graveyard of detectives”, the Twelfth Section is ridiculed as the “banishment room where hardened detectives who cannot be fired are sent”. Amagi Yu’s (Higashiyama Noriyuki) transfer to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s mobile investigation unit; Katagiri Masatoshi’s (Yoshida Kotaro) promotion from former section chief to head the Criminal Affairs Division; Yamashita Takumi’s (Kataoka Ainosuke) move to the mysterious unit called the Future Crime Prediction Centre; and forensic science professor Domoto Shuntaro’s (Kitaoji Kinya) appearance lead to changes in the environment.
Preview: Keiji 7-nin Season 2 CM
Related: Keiji 7-nin Season 1
Ie Uru Onna
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 13 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Oishi Shizuka (Contrail, Second Love, Kazokugari)
Cast: Kitagawa Keiko, Imoto Ayako, Usuda Asami, Chiba Yudai, Kudo Asuka, Nakamura Toru, Araki Yuko, Kajihara Zen, Suzuki Hiroki, Honda Chikara, Ryo (guest star), Nakano Yuta (guest star), Haida Shoko (guest star), Tomosaka Rie (guest star), Yamada Maho (guest star), Watanabe Tetsu (guest star), Kato Kazuko (guest star), Kino Hana (guest star), Tonesaku Toshihide (guest star), Ono Yuriko (guest star), Sakurai Atsuko (guest star)
Synopsis: With the Tokyo Olympics just four years away, there is fierce buying and selling of houses in Tokyo. Sagenya Machi (Kitagawa Keiko) is a super saleswoman. There is no house that she cannot sell if it falls into her hands. Machi pokes her nose into the problems of clients and their families. At times she offends them, but solves the problems in unconventional ways and sells the houses that are the biggest purchase in their lives.
Preview: Ie Uru Onna CM
Shihei ~ Death Cash
Date: From 12.10 a.m., Thursdays, 14 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Kaiki
Genre: Horror suspense
Cast: Matsui Jurina, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Kiyohara Kaya, Kawaei Rina, Hayama Shono, Nakamura Yurika, Nishida Mai, Shison Jun, Yamada Yuki, Yoshioka Riho, Kakei Toshio
Synopsis: University student Minami Yuka (Matsui Jurina) hears about “death cash” from her younger sister (Kiyohara Kaya) who loves horror stories. It is said that people who are eager for money will receive cursed money all of a sudden. Once this death cash is used, the portrait of Fukusawa Yukichi who appears on the 10,000 yen banknote will be discoloured black and the user will meet a cruel death. What Yuka does not yet know is that this is not merely an urban legend. One day, Yuka’s friend, Tachibana Ikumi (Nishida Mai) suddenly dies suspiciously. There is a large amount of 10,000 yen banknotes surrounding the body and the two eyes of Fukusawa Yukichi have all been stained black. After that, the people around Yuka are struck by the curse of death cash. As one friend after another meets baffling deaths, Yuka together with detective Iwamoto Takeshi (Totsugi Shigeyuki), who has misgivings about the series of incidents, start to notice some pattern.
Preview: Death Cash CM
Onnatachi no Tokusou Saizensen
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 21 July 2016
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Fukasawa Masaki (Doctor Car, Keishichou Zero-gakkari, ST Aka to Shiro Sousa File)
Cast: Takashima Reiko, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Takahata Atsuko, Watanabe Ikkei, Aijima Kazuyuki, Iida Kisuke, Fuke Norimasa, Masuzawa Nozomu, Konno Narumi, Sugiura Kotono, Izumikawa Miho
Synopsis: Police officers Muromachi Kyoko (Takashima Reiko) and Ichijo Yayoi (Miyazaki Yoshiko) work for the general affairs and public relations sections while former detective Yasaka Misuzu (Takahata Atsuko) is now a cafeteria cook. These three women love gossip. They bring what they happen to have heard within the precinct and get animated chatting about various topics at the cafeteria. As they idly gossip about classified investigation information and analyse cases from a completely different perspective from the investigation task force, they start to find unexpected hints that are connected to solving the cases.
Hajimemashite, Ai Shiteimasu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 14 July 2016
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Yukawa Kazuhiko (Gisei Fuufu, Marumaruzuma, Kaseifu no Mita)
Cast: Ono Machiko, Eguchi Yosuke, Hayami Mokomichi, Sakai Maki, Yo Kimiko, Fuji Tatsuya, Shida Mirai, Tomita Yasuko
Synopsis: Umeda Mina (Ono Machiko) is a pianist whose father is a famous conductor. She has set her sights on winning an international piano competition. However, she has faced countless setbacks and this is her last chance at the age of 35. Mina has been married to her husband Shinji (Eguchi Yosuke) for 10 years, but they do not have children for some reason. One day, a filthy boy with an impassive face breaks into their garden. It turns out that he has been abused and he is put in a home. But several days later, he appears in their garden again. Believing that it is fate that brought him to their house twice, Shinji secretly starts to look up on child adoption … …
Preview: Hajimemashite, Aishiteimasu CM
Eigyou Buchou Kira Natsuko
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 21 July 2016
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Inoue Yumiko (Isan Souzoku, Hirugao, Pandora Series)
Cast: Matsushima Nanako, Matsuda Ryuhei, Harada Taizo, Ito Ayumi, Ishimaru Kanji, Okada Yoshinori, Isao Itsuji, Daigo, Adachi Rika, Shirasu Jin, Takagi Wataru, Takahashi Konosuke, Matsubara Chieko
Synopsis: Career woman Kira Natsuko (Matsushima Nanako) was a successful creative director at an advertising agency. However, she got married to Kotaro (Harada Taizo) just before 40, had a baby and took maternity leave. Three years later, she returns to the workplace. However, the situation has drastically changed and Takagi Keisuke (Matsuda Ryuhei) is now the creative director. The agency is in a slump and there is employee turnover. Natsuko is assigned not to the creative department, but to the sales department against her wishes. She has to face a series of issues that erupt as she struggles to juggle both work and her family. Not wanting to get the help of her mother-in-law (Matsubara Chieko), she hires a babysitter (Ito Ayumi). But the babysitter’s presence ends up causing her happy family to drift apart. At the company, her confidence is shattered and she gets frustrated. Before long, she and her husband become estranged and she faces a crisis at home too.
Preview: Eigyou Buchou Kira Natsuko CM
Yisan Sozoku Bengoshi Kakizaki Shinichi
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 7 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Hayashi Makoto (Doctor Chousahan, Doctor X Seasons 2 – 3, Strawberry Night Series)
Cast: Mikami Hiroshi, Morikawa Aoi, Sakai Wakana, Toyohara Kosuke, Okina Megumi (guest star), Sasai Eisuke (guest star), Izumiya Shigeru (guest star)
Synopsis: Unconventional, intriguing Kakizaki Shinichi (Mikami Hiroshi) was once a brilliant lawyer, but he was punished and lost credibility after violating the Attorney Act in a case. Saddled with a huge debt, Kakizaki has difficulty regaining the confidence of his clients. Then he unexpectedly gets a request to handle a wealthy old man’s inheritance issue. Kakizaki is rewarded handsomely without appearing to court and this taste of success encourages him to become a lawyer specialising in inheritance.
Date: From 3 June 2016
Station: Netflix Japan
Scriptwriters: Kato Masato (Fushigina Misaki no Monogatari, Sougen no Isu, Kokou no Mesu), Takahashi Miyuki (Monster, Ai to Makoto)
Original Work: Hibana by Matayoshi Naoki
Cast: Hayashi Kento, Namioka Kazuki, Kadowaki Mugi, Yoshii Masao, Murata Hideaki, Nahana, Yamamoto Sayaka, Sometani Shota, Taguchi Tomorow, Kobayashi Kaoru, Watanabe Tetsu, Nukumizu Yoichi, Takahashi Maryjun, Imada Koji, Yamamoto Hiroshi, Miyazaki Tomu, Tokunaga Eri, Tokui Yu, Shimada Kyusaku, Imai Hana, Shimabukuro Seina, Fukuda Tenkyu, Oshinari Shugo, Murasugi Seminosuke, Takeda Rina
Synopsis: Struggling entertainer Tokunaga (Hayashi Kento) has an electrifying encounter with a senior entertainer Kamiya (Namioka Kazuki), at a fireworks festival in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, and asks to be his disciple. Kamiya is a genius with a human touch. He agrees on condition that Tokunaga writes his biography. Opening his heart to Tokunaga, Kamiya meets him frequently and tries to impart his own unique stand-up comedy philosophy. However, the path that the two of them will take is decidedly different. This is the story of the friendship and struggles between two performers trying to make it in the competitive world of show business.
Preview: Hibana CM
Denshichi Torimonochou Season 2
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 15 July 2017
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriters: Moriwaki Kyoko (Watashi o Mitsukete, Ginnikan, Last Dinner), Yamamoto Mutsumi (Kounodori, Yae no Zakura), Morishita Tadashi (Ishikawa Goemon, Saikyou no Futari, Kaze no Toge)
Original Work: Denshichi Torimonochou by Jinde Tatsuro
Cast: Nakamura Baijaku, Tanaka Misako, Tokushige Satoshi, Katono Taiko, Bengal, Koshiba Fuka, Kazami Shingo, Otsuka Chihiro, Matsudaira Ken
Synopsis: Denshichi (Nakamura Baijaku) of Kuromoncho is a subordinate of a police constable. He punishes widespread evil in the backstreets of Edo with a purple truncheon entrusted to him by the inspector Toyama Saemon (Matsudaira Ken), who is the magistrate of Kitamachi. Denshichi condemns the crimes rather than the criminals and is sympathetic and kind.
Yassan ~ Tsukiji Hatsu! Oishi Jikenbo
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 22 July 2016
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Oshima Satomi (Hanamoyu, Koisuru Hae Onna, Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi)
Original Work: Yassan Series by Hara Koichi
Cast: Ihara Tsuyoshi, Emoto Tasuku, Yamamoto Maika, Kamiji Yusuke, Itaya Yuka, Satomi Kotaro, Sasaki Nozomi (guest star)
Synopsis: Penniless, homeless Yasu (Ihara Tsuyoshi) of Ginza is a profusely foul-mouthed, but caring, dignified man whom everyone knows and likes as Yassan. Respected by merchants at Tsukiji market and even the chefs of high-end hotels, he has unerring taste buds and knowledge of food. One day, a young man Takao (Emoto Tasuku), who had been employed at an IT company but drifted, begs to be his disciple. Together with Takao, Yassan punishes the pack of hyenas that desecrate food behind the scenes as his past is revealed little by little.
Preview: Yassan CM
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Fridays, 26 August 2016
Station: BS Sky Perfect
Scriptwriter: Fukihara Kota
Original Work: Yowamushi Pedal by Watanabe Wataru
Cast: Ogoe Yuki, Kimura Tatsunari, Fukazawa Taiga, Gomoto Naoya, Tomotsune Yuki, Baba Ryoma, Kujirai Kosuke, Yashima Ryo, Teruma, Hirai Hiroki, Asato Yuya, Sakurai Minami, Takigawa Eiji, Suzuki Hiroki, Kitamura Ryo, Miyazaki Shuto, Aoki Soramu, Akimoto Ryutaro, Ueda Keisuke, Murata Mitsu
Synopsis: Onoda Sakamichi (Ogoe Yuki) is an Akihabara-loving nerd who has just entered high school in Chiba Prefecture. He tries to join the school’s anime-manga club in order to make friends. However, Sakamichi meets classmates Imaizumi Shunsuke (Kimura Tatsunari) and Naruko Shokichi (Fukazawa Taiga). Finding joy in cycling, he joins the bicycle racing club. Led by the captain, Kinjo Shingo (Gomoto Naoya), a third-year student, the members of the club are aiming to top the inter-high school meet. A novice at bicycle racing, Sakamichi experiences cycling with Imaizumi and Naruko, overcoming a welcome race for first-year students and a four-day 1,000 km endurance training camp that unleashes the makings of a cyclist who is good at riding uphill. Who will be chosen as members for the inter-high school meet?
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 17 June 2016
Scriptwriter: Arai Shuko (Higanbana, Mother Game, Shima no Sensei)
Original Work: Suizokukan Girl by Mokumiya Jotaro
Cast: Matsuoka Mayu, Kiritani Kenta, Sawabe Yu, Adachi Rika, Uchida Asahi, Kinoshita Houka, Nishida Naomi, Toda Keiko, Ishimaru Kanji, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: It has been three years since Shima Yuka (Matsuoka Mayu) joined a large trading company. However, she makes many mistakes, is overfriendly and keeps getting into the black books of her boss. Yuka is eventually ordered to transfer to the affiliated Hamakaze Aquarium. Facing living creatures every day is a sharp contrast to the life of an office lady that she is used to and she constantly fumbles. Daily training with her senior Kaji Ryohei (Kiritani Kenta); geeky, taciturn Imada Shuta (Sawabe Yu); sisterly Yoshizaki Kazuko (Nishida Naomi); the cool head of the General Affairs Department Kurano Hisayuki (Ishimaru Kanji) and mysterious aquarium director Utsumi Ryotaro (Ito Shiro) is just like a typhoon. Even the dolphins that she is in charge of are uncooperative. Even so, Yuka runs into the wall with her naturally positive personality and begins to look more like a staff of the aquarium as she learns about the inner workings of her colleagues. However, a job dealing with living creatures is never something that practice and fighting spirit alone can solve … …
Kami no Shita o Motsu Otoko
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 8 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Sakurai Takeharu (Yamegoku, Take Five, Ataru Series)
Genre: Mystery comedy
Cast: Mukai Osamu, Kimura Fumino, Sato Jiro, Hino Shohei, Takuma Shin, Hirosue Ryoko, Kitaro (guest star), Usuda Asami (guest star), Matobu Sei (guest star), Emoto Tokio (guest star), Tokunaga Eri (guest star), Ishibashi Renji (guest star)
Synopsis: Tomonaga Ranmaru (Mukai Osamu), Kamekanbo Hikaru (Kimura Fumino) and Miyazawa Kanji (Sato Jiro), who happened to meet through a strange turn of events, ride in a car to eat and sleep at hot spring inns as they journey across Japan in search of an enigmatic hot spring geisha called Miyabi (Hirosue Ryoko).
Preview: Kami no Shita o Motsu Otoko CM
Gurame! ~ Souri no Ryoriban
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 22 July 2016
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Hishida Shinya
Original Work: Gourmet ~ Daisaishou no Ryorinin by Nishimura Mitsuru
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Takito Kenichi, Takahashi Issei, Shinkawa Yua, Naito Risa, Matsuo Yukimi, Miyake Hiroki, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Prime Minister Ato Ichiro (Kohinata Fumiyo) and his private secretary Koga Seiji (Takito Kenichi) decide to revive the “Prime Minister’s residence chef” and make the first appointment since the time of Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru close to 70 years ago in order to deal with low support ratings. Koga encounters 25-year-old Ichiki Kurumi (Goriki Ayame) waiting on tables at a traditional Japanese restaurant and discovers her gift as a chef. He approaches her about coming to the Prime Minister’s residence as Ato’s chef and she agrees after some hesitation. Kurumi makes meals for international dignitaries at the residence. However, the culinary world is an all-male society, much less to say the traditional Prime Minister’s residence. The head chef Kiyosawa Haruki (Takahashi Issei) treats Kurumi with undisguised hostility and his underlings clash with her repeatedly as she starts to contribute to Japanese politics and diplomacy.
Preview: Gurame! CM
Date: From 23 July 2016 (updated on Saturdays)
Scriptwriter: Moto Azabu Factory
Original Work: Crow’s Blood by Akimoto Yasushi
Genre: Horror suspense
Cast: Watanabe Mayu, Miyawaki Sakura, Miura Takahiro, Kashiwagi Yuki, Iriyama Anna, Kizaki Yuria, Kato Rena, Mukaichi Mion, Yokoyama Yui, Matsui Jurina, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Kaku Tomohiro, Maiko, Bessho Tetsuya, Sometani Shota, Lily Franky, Dan Mitsu
Synopsis: Isozaki Kaoru (Watanabe Mayu) is an ordinary third-year high school student who attends a girls school. An expressionless transfer student Togawa Maki (Miyawaki Sakura) whose background is a mystery comes to Kaoru’s class. One day, Maki’s nose bleeds black blood all of a sudden, startling her classmates. Why is her blood black and who exactly is she? Anyone who gets close to Maki in an attempt to solve this mystery gets involved in queer cases. Then the mysterious black blood infection spreads within the school … …
Preview: Crow’s Blood CM
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 16 July 2016
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Nemoto Nonji (Night Hero Naoto, Hatsukoi Geinin, Yowakutemo Katemasu), Shimizu Masashi
Original Work: Otoko Meshi by Fukuzawa Tetsuzo
Cast: Namase Katsuhisa, Emoto Tokio, Uchida Rio, Takahata Yuta, Tozuka Junki, Kinoshita Takayuki, Kimoto Takehiro, Miura Masaki
Synopsis: University student Wakamizu Ryota (Emoto Tokio), who is the middle of job hunting, gets caught up in a sudden gang dispute. Ryota’s life is saved by Yanagiba Ryuichi (Namase Katsuhisa), the boss of Yanagiba-gumi, and Ryota for some reason ends up harbouring Yanagiba in his own home. Ignoring Ryota who wants him to leave immediately, Yanagiba uses the leftover food in the fridge and starts to prepare a meal without asking. However, the meal is surprisingly delicious despite the leftovers that did not seem possible to combine. This is the beginning of a bizarre communal life connected by meals for a gangster and a university student.
Preview: Otoko Meshi Teaser
Date: From 12.52 a.m., Saturdays, 9 July 2016
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Ohashi Rieko (Kari Kare, Kuro no Onna Kyoushi, Shima Shima), Miura Naoyuki
Original Work: Koekoi by Doruru
Cast: Nagano Mei, Ryusei Ryo, Sakurai Takahiro, Ochiai Motoki, Otomo Karen, Sakurada Dori, Mizutani Kaho, Shiraishi Shunya, Morio Yumi, Karata Erika
Synopsis: Yoshioka Yuiko (Nagano Mei) is in bed with a cold soon after she enters high school. She receives a phone call from her class prefect Matsubara-kun (voice by Sakurai Takahiro). His kind voice over the phone makes her heart pound. But when she attends school the next day and tries to meet Matsubara-kun, she discovers a mysterious guy who wears a paper bag over his head. This is the start of Yuiko’s slightly peculiar, heart-thumping high school life.
Preview: Koekoi CM
Toki o Kakeru Shojo
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 9 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Watabe Ryohei (Tokyo Sentimental, Yume o Ataeru)
Original Work: Toki o Kakeru Shojo by Tsutsui Yasutaka
Cast: Kuroshima Yuina, Kikuchi Fuma, Takeuchi Ryoma, Yoshimoto Miyu, Nekoze Tsubaki, Nonami Maho, Aran Kei, Taguchi Hiromasa, Komatsu Kazushige, Yui P, Takahashi Katsumi, Furuhata Seika, Miura Toko, Yagi Rikako, Ishii Momoka, Igarashi Hinata, Kato Shigeaki, Takahata Atsuko
Synopsis: Yoshiyama Mihane (Kuroshima Yuina) is a third-year high school student who has not found her dream even though she is going to sit for the entrance exams next year. One day after school, she suddenly acquires the ability to freely travel through time after smelling a lavender scent while cleaning the science lab. After that, bizarre incidents happen over again every day. And then a researcher Ken Sogoru (Kikuchi Fuma), who developed a drug for time travel, comes from the future and assumes the identity of Mihane’s childhood friend, Fukamachi Shohei. Mihane falls for him, but starts to forget the fleeting days of romance.
Preview: Toki o Kakeru Shojo CM
Kibougaoka no Hitobito
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 16 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu (Kiseki no Hito, Boku no Tsuma to Kekkon Shite Kudasai, Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi Series)
Original Work: Kibougaoka no Hitobito by Shigematsu Kiyoshi
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Wakui Emi, Sakurada Hiyori, Ninomiya Keita, Ito Kazue, Rokkaku Seiji, Miyakawa Ichirota, Nakajima Hiroko, Yatsui Ichiro, Iwamoto Masuyo, Hiraizumi Sei, Terawaki Yasufumi
Synopsis: Tajima (Sawamura Ikki) lives happily with his wife Keiko (Wakui Emi), their daughter Mika (Sakurada Hiyori) and son Ryota (Ninomiya Keita) in Tokyo. But one day, Keiko is found to have end-stage cancer and she passes away in a mere three months. Keiko was the sunshine of the family. Now that she is gone, there is a gaping hole in their hearts. Tajima tries to live as if nothing has changed and force smiles, but he soon realises that it is impossible. Then one day, he suggests to his children that they go to Kibougaoka, the town where Keiko grew up, and make a trip down memory lane. They end up making their way to Keiko’s vacant old house. Tajima instinctively asks if they would like to live there and Mika and Ryota agree. And so, the Tajimas begin a new life at Kibougaoka, but … …
Preview: Kibougaoka no Hitobito CM
Kenja no Ai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 20 August 2016
Original Work: Kenja no Ai by Yamada Eimi
Genre: Love and revenge
Cast: Nakayama Miho, Takaoka Saki, Ryusei Ryo, Asari Yosuke, Kusamura Reiko, Asaka Mayumi, Enoki Takaaki, Tanabe Seiichi, Asami Himeka, Uehara Miku, Kawashima Ririka, Kobayashi Rino, Uchida Kenshi
Synopsis: Takanaka Mayuko (Nakayama Miho) is an editor of a literary magazine. She has been having secret rendezvous with Sawamura Naomi (Ryusei Ryo) without the knowledge of his parents, Yuri (Takaoka Saki) and Ryoichi (Tanabe Seiichi). Naomi is dependent on Mayuko and keeps seeking her. This is precisely Mayuko’s “revenge” of two decades … … 13-year-old Mayuko lived happily with her parents (Asaka Mayumi, Enoki Takaaki) and Sawamura Ryoichi, a teenage boy she liked who stayed in a detached house on the grounds of their family estate. But her first love was stolen by Asakura Yuri, a new neighbour with whom she became fast friends. Little did Mayuko realise that Yuri wanted everything that was hers. One winter soon after they had become working adults, Yuri suddenly confessed that she was carrying Ryoichi’s child and the couple got married. Mayuko was there to witness Yuri’s childbirth and give a name to the boy at Yuri’s insistence. She called him Naomi.
Preview: Kenja no Ai CM
Non Mama Hakusho
Date: From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 13 August 2016
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Ban Kazuhiko (Tokyo Zenryoku Shojo, Deka Wanko Series, Hunter)
Original Work: Non Mama to Iu Ikikata ~ Kodomo ga Nai Onna wa Dame desu ka? by Kayama Rika
Cast: Suzuki Honami, Kikuchi Momoko, Watanabe Makiko, Minamisawa Nao, Hamada Takahiro, Miura Yutaro, Sakamoto Atsuhiro, Masuda Shuichiro, Konda Yoshimasa, Satoi Kenta, Uchiyama Rina, Takahashi Katsunori
Synopsis: Doi Reiko (Suzuki Honami) is near 50, divorced and childless. She is a manager at a medium-sized advertising agency in Tokyo. In an era when she had to make a choice between work and childbirth, Reiko opted not to have a child and lost track of herself as she raced through her 20s and 30s. However, times have changed. It is now a world where working mothers are promoted. Women like Reiko who are not mothers feel ashamed. In society, new problems such as the discrimination against pregnant women and women who do not have children arise but there are no solutions. In the workplace, Reiko is held back by her superior, under pressure from her juniors, considered a burden by male colleagues and regarded an enemy by female colleagues. Hemmed in on all sides, Reiko works, agonises, fights against loneliness and even falls in love … …
Preview: Non Mama Hakusho CM
Date: From late night, Saturdays, 20 August 2016
Scriptwriter: Ban Kazuhiko (Deka Wanko Series, Hunter)
Original Work: Debusen by Ando Yuma
Genre: School comedy
Cast: Morita Kanro, Ikegami Sarii, Shibasaki Yuina, Fuchino Yuto
Synopsis: Fat, ugly Fukushima Mitsuru (Morita Kanro) has fallen into debt because of his love of cosplay. He encounters the dead body of Fukushima Mitsuko, a female teacher with a name and face just like his while attempting to commit suicide in Mt Fuji’s Jukai. Furthermore, Mitsuko seems rather rich from the things she left behind. So Mitsuru begins a new life dressed as a female high school teacher as if possessed by Mitsuko’s spirit. However, the environment at her workplace is like a painting of a scene in Hell where the worst delinquents run riot, acting as if it is nothing to kill each other. The good-for-nothing Mitsuru looks for the opportunity to escape, but for some reason ends up rehabilitating students due to an accidental misunderstanding … … And then there is another problem that Mitsuru cannot avoid. It is the “female teacher” he appears to be. If he is exposed as a cross-dressing male, no one knows what will happen. And yet, he is a fine man with sexual desires and dirty-minded fantasies every day.
Preview: Debusen CM
HOPE ~ Kitai Zero no Shinnyuu Shain
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 17 July 2016
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Tokunaga Yuichi (Specialist, Umi ni Furu, Tantei no Tantei)
Original Work: Misaeng by Yoon Tae Ho (webtoon) and Jung Yoon Jung (drama)
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Endo Kenichi, Seto Koji, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kiriyama Akito, Magy, Nakamura Yuri, Maruyama Tomomi, Matsuda Kenji, Matsuzawa Kazuyuki, Toyama Toshiya, Sakurada Dori, Yashiba Toshihiro, Kaji Masaki, Watanabe Kunito, Yamauchi Takaya, Asaka Mayumi, Kazama Morio
Synopsis: Ichinose Ayumu (Nakajima Yuto) dreamt of becoming a professional shogi player, but his father passed away when he was a high school student. After graduating from high school, he does not go on to university. He works part-time in order to support the household while pursuing his dream. However, he keeps failing the test to be a professional shogi player. Because under 23 is the age limit for the tests, this is the last chance for Ayumu who is now 22. But on the day before the test, his mother (Asaka Mayumi) collapses from overwork and is hospitalised. Ayumu fails the test again and spends all his time despondently on his part-time job. Worried about him, his mother asks an acquaintance to arrange for her son to take the last stage of an employment test at a general trading company. It is to work as an intern for one month. His performance will be taken into consideration to determine whether he will be employed. Appreciating his mother’s thoughts, Ayumu starts his internship even though he doubts that he will make the cut. But he has insufficient social exposure and academic qualifications and is quickly given negative labels by his boss and peers. Ayumu has no choice but to compete. If he runs away from this, he will truly become a person with nothing.
Preview: HOPE ~ Kitai Zero no Shinnyuu Shain CM
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 17 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Izumi Yoshihiro (Death Note, Gokuaku Ganbo, Kurokouchi)
Original Work: Brass Band Kids Rhapsody & Brass Band Kids Odessey by Ishikawa Takako
Cast: Terao Akira, Tabe Mikako, Mackenyu, Murakami Nijiro, Kitamura Takumi, Taiga, Sano Gaku, Ishii Anna, Kentaro, Yamoto Yuma, Minakami Kyoka, Okazaki Sae, Takahata Yuta, Omi Toshinori, Masu Takeshi, Ishizaki Koji
Synopsis: Higuma Koichi (Terao Akira), a former saxophone player who has turned his back on music due to the aftereffects of an accident, becomes the advisor of a small brass band (Ishii Anna, Kentaro, Yamoto Yuma, Minakami Kyoka, Okazaki Sae) at a run-down high school. He has to deal wth problem students (Mackenyu, Murakami Nijiro) who have lost their dreams as well as the opposition of both the teachers and parents to a professional musician entering the classroom. The path is not easy for him. Even so, Higuma rediscovers his dream, confronts the students head-on and starts to coach the band. Despite their bewilderment, the students begin to reciprocate his passion for music.
Preview: Aogeba Toutoshi CM
Juken no Cinderella
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 10 July 2016
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriters: Yamaoka Junpei (Tsuri Baka Nisshi, Sakura, GTO (2014)), Takei Aya (Smoking Gun, Kazoku no Urajijou, Karamazov no Kyoudai), Takeda Juri (Rikon Bengoshi, Lunch no Joou)
Original Work: Juken no Cinderella by Wada Hideki
Cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Kawaguchi Haruna, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Yamada Yuki, Matsuo Satoru, Kawahara Kazuma, Endo Nina, Harada Kana, Kojima Kazuya, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Tomita Yasuko
Synopsis: 38-year-old charismatic Igarashi Toru (Koizumi Kotaro), a former teacher of a famous preparatory school, has been given a year to live. One day, he happens to encounter Endo Maki (Kawaguchi Haruna), who attends a part-time high school while juggling multiple part-time jobs. Wanting to graduate from high school so that she can hold a steady job, Maki appeals to Igarashi to teach her to study for the makeup exam. This fires up Igarashi who has lost pride as a teacher and the passion for teaching. Deciding that he will make Maki qualify for Tokyo University and get back at the world, he starts preparing her to pass the entrance exam a year later.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 4 September 2016
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Kunii Kei
Original Work: Kakuregiku by Renjo Mikihiko
Cast: Mizuki Arisa, Ogawa Tamaki, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Tsutsui Michitaka, Matsubara Chieko
Synopsis: Housewife Ueshima Michiko (Mizuki Arisa) is the heir to a Japanese-style restaurant ‘Hanazumi’ by Lake Hamana. One day, Yahagi Tae (Ogawa Tamaki), a woman who calls herself the lover of Michiko’s husband Shunpei (Maekawa Yasuyuki), suddenly shows up with the completed divorce papers signed by Shunpei. Michiko proposes that Shunpei let her be the proprietress of the restaurant in exchange for the divorce. But she does not know that it has a lot of debt and will go bankrupt. After her divorce, she even has to be work partners with Shunpei and Tae. Michiko’s life battle begins, but she has to face a series of difficult challenges that lie before her.
Soshite, Daremo Inakunatta
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 17 July 2016
Scriptwriter: Hata Takehiko (Dandarin)
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Nikaido Fumi, Tamayama Tetsuji, Inoo Kei, Shison Jun, Konno Hiroki, Endo Kaname, Ono Nonoka, Sakurai Hinako, Mimura, Koichi Mantaro, Jinbo Satoshi, Hiromi, Tsurumi Shingo, Kuroki Hitomi
Synopsis: Todo Shinichi (Fujiwara Tatsuya) is an outstanding system developer who works for a large computer system development company. Blessed with looks, intellect, family, friends and a fiancee Kuramoto Sanae (Nikaido Fumi), his world suddenly comes crashing down when a man with the same name (Endo Kaname) is arrested for violence. Shinichi’s life is taken over in entirety and he starts to get thrust down to the very bottom.
Preview: Soshite, Daremo Inakunatta CM
HOPE ~ Kitai Zero no Shinnyuu Shain
Q: Is this a Japanese remake of a S. Korea drama Misaeng (aired on tvN, 2014)
I might give Nanako’s drama a spin if there’s a loveline between her and Matsuda Ryuhei, but otherwise it sounds meh. Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru has such a bleh cast. Mukai Osamu’s drama looks interesting, might give it a go if a kind subber picks it up.
Are you watching anything lately, Jade?
Will any of this drama be uploaded on this site? I’m planning to watch Juken no Cinderella but I can’t find it anywhere yet.
Boy I am watching 7 of these actively and see about 3 more I would love to watch! Here’s hoping someone subs Crow’s Blood!