Upcoming Fall 2017 Dramas

Warotenka*UPDATED*
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 2 October 2017
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Tomoko (Iyana Onna, Gakkou no Kaidan, Kaeru no Ojousama)
Cast: Aoi Wakana, Matsuzaka Tori, Hamada Gaku, Takahashi Issei, Endo Kenichi, Suzuki Honami, Takeshita Keiko, Chiba Yudai, Hotta Mayu, Tokunaga Eri, Suzuki Kyoka, Hirose Alice, Ohno Takuro, Maeno Tomoya, Fujii Takashi, Edamoto Moe, Hyodo Daiki, Arai Miu, Suzuki Fuku, Maeda Oushiro
Synopsis: In the late Meiji era, Fujioka Ten (Aoi Wakana) was born into a family that runs a long-established drug wholesale business in Kyoto. She laughs easily by nature and would burst into laughter at the pranks of her siblings Shinichi (Chiba Yudai) and Rin (Hotta Mayu) who love playing practical jokes, at the expense of important business discussions. Ten is taught by their strict father Gihei (Endo Kenichi) not to smile in front of people. So she sulkily spends time at home without cracking a smile. Then one day, she meets Kitamura Tokichi (Matsuzaka Tori), the son of a rice dealer in Osaka Semba, and this transforms her life. Tokichi loves traditional performing arts and teaches her that laughter is the medicine that gives people the power to be happy. Ten falls in love with him. Shrugging off the opposition of her parents, she gets married to Tokichi. However, he ultimately ruins his family business through neglect because of his deepening love for traditional performing arts. This prompts Ten to suggest making a business out of comedy. And so the couple who are little more than amateurs, begin their great adventure to make not only the people of Osaka but also Japan laugh.
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TBA
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, October 2017
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Kurosawa Hisako (Arechi no Koi, Kaiki Daisakusen)
Genre: Political
Cast: Shinohara Ryoko, Takahashi Issei, Ishida Yuriko
Synopsis: Sato Tomoko (Shinohara Ryoko) leads an ordinary life with her husband and young child. One day, she defies the rules at the company where she works part-time to supplement the household income, and is fired. Tomoko is in her 40s, a high school dropout and has no qualifications. How is she to get a job? She happens to find out about the huge pay and high winning rate of members of the city, town and village councils through a TV programme. Equating huge pay with family happiness, the foolhardy Tomoko quickly decides to run for the city council. Her rival in the election race is Todo Makoto (Takahashi Issei), who comes from a long line of politicians. Hirata Kazumi (Ishida Yuriko), a former star political journalist at a newspaper and a friend whose child attends the same nursery school, is inspired by Tomoko’s energy and ability to unify people, and becomes her supporter.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/mon9oct2017

Seirei no Moribito Season 3
Date: November 2017
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Omori Sumio (64, Nezumi Edo o Hashiru, Akumu-chan)
Original Work: Moribito Series by Uehashi Nahoko
Genre: Period fantasy
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Itagaki Mizuki, Higashide Masahiro, Kikkawa Koji, Nakagawa Akinori, Kikawada Masaya, Murakawa Eri, Watanabe Ikkei, Furuya Kenji, Mera Yoshikazu, Takeda Tetsuya, Kamiji Yusuke, Kora Kengo, Hanafusa Mari, Hayashiya Shozo, Toman, Kaga Takeshi
Synopsis: Balsa (Ayase Haruka) and the crown prince Chagum (Itagaki Mizuki) travel together again. The young boy who survived because he was protected by Balsa, has gone through suffering and grown into a splendid crown prince. Balsa starts to expose the conspiracy that lies hidden deep in the bowels of her beautiful homeland of the Kingdom of Kambal. And then, Chagum stands up to the attack of the Talsh Empire which has targeted the New Yogo Empire. A natural disaster occurs that shakes the land. Gold birds flutter in the sky … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/moribito
Related: Seirei no Moribito Season 2 ~ Kanashiki Hakaishin

Saki ni Umareta dake no Boku
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, October 2017
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yasushi (Good Partner, Doctors Series, Hero Series)
Genre: School
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Aoi Yu, Tabe Mikako, Seto Koji, Morikawa Aoi, Kinami Haruka, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Takashima Masanobu, Kinoshita Houka, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Akiyama Natsuko, Matsumoto Marika, Kazama Morio, Igawa Haruka
Synopsis: 35-year-old Narumi Ryosuke (Sakurai Sho) is an elite salaryman who works for a general trading company. One day, he is ordered to go over to a private high school, which the company operates, as its principal just as he is on the verge of advancing in his career. Despite his bewilderment and confusion, Narumi’s initial conclusion is to first cut costs to turn the school profitable. Then he will gather many candidates for the entrance examination. To do that, he will have to raise the level of the current students. Which means he must change the attitudes of the teachers (Seto Koji, Kinoshita Houka, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Akiyama Natsuko, Morikawa Aoi, Kinami Haruka). Naturally, none of the teachers including Mashiba Chihiro (Aoi Yu) will listen to the young Narumi who knows nothing about the classroom. He frets that what is common sense in school is not common sense in society as stress starts to build up … …
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/sakiboku

Kataomoi
Date: Fall 2017
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Noriko (Chushingura no Koi, Manmakoto, Henshin)
Original Work: Kataomoi by Higashino Keigo
Genre: Mystery
Cast: Nakatani Miki
Synopsis: One day, Hiura Mizuki (Nakatani Miki), the former female manager of the American football club members in university days, suddenly shows up in front of ace quarterback Nishiwaki Tetsuro and his buddies who are on their way back from a reunion of American football club members. She makes a shocking confession to them, “I killed a person.” Mizuki has a gender identity disorder and now lives as a man. Then ended up murdering someone. Nishiwaki and his buddies feel disturbed but scramble to protect their brilliant youth and friend. How did the incident happen? As they try to get to the truth, distressing facts are gradually revealed. What decision will Mizuki and the team members reach?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/kataomoi

Rikuou
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, October 2017
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Yaitsu Hiroyuki (Suisho no Koudou, Kaseifu no Mitazono, Shitamachi Rocket (TBS))
Original Work: Rikuou by Ikeido Jun
Genre: Corporate
Cast: Yakusho Koji
Synopsis: Miyazawa Koichi (Yakusho Koji) is the fourth generation company president of a socks manufacturer in Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture called Kohazeya which was founded more than 100 years ago. As the annual demand for socks drops, he decides to stake the company’s survival on the development of running shoes that offer the feel of barefoot running by adopting the technology used for making socks. However, this is extremely difficult path for a small company of little more than 20 employees which lacks funds, manpower and development capability as well as the ability to compete against famous global sports brands.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/rikuou_tbs

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