Upcoming Summer 2018 Dramas

Zettai Reido Season 3*UPDATED*
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, July 2018
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Hamada Shuya (Yake ni Ben no Tatsu ga Gakkou de Hoeru, Chef, Zettai Reido Series)
Genre: Detective
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Ueto Aya, Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa, Emoto Tokio, Hirata Mitsuru, Ito Atsushi
Synopsis: Izawa Norito (Sawamura Ikki) is a former elite detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’ Public Security Department. He transferred from this department to be the director of the General Affairs Department’s Documents Division after some incident occurred. It is the place where troublemakers are gathered to get rid of them. The Documents Division is actually a cover for these drifters (Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa, Emoto Tokio, Hirata Mitsuru) to proceed with missions for an important project which is being conducted in secret. This project involves aggregating data such as the personal information on Japanese citizens, surveillance camera footage nationwide as well as email and phone data. It is analysed and compared with data on crimes that took place in the past 15 years to find dangerous people with a high probability of committing grave offenses, primarily murders before these happen.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/zettaireido
Related: Zettai Reido Season 3

Last Chance
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, July 2018
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Maekawa Yoichi (Shizumanu Taiyo, Lady Joker, Marks no Yama)
Original Work: Last Chance Saisei Ukeoinin by Egami Go
Genre: Corporate
Cast: Nakamura Toru, Kippei Shiina, Wada Masato, Otani Ryohei, Katsumura Masanobu, Mizuno Miki, Hasegawa Kyoko, Honda Hirotaro, Ishii Masanori, Machida Keita, Shimada Kyusaku, Mickey Curtis, Ryu Raita (guest star)
Synopsis: Kashimura Tetsuo (Nakamura Toru) has worked at the investment department of a major bank in Tokyo for many years. Life is smooth sailing until a merger with another bank affiliated with a conglomerate is announced. After taking a good look at his life, Kashimura decides to change jobs. He is recruited by Yamamoto Tomoya (Otani Ryohei), the CEO of an investment fund, who appoints him to be the CFO of Delicious Food, a restaurant franchise company, and turn around the business.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/lastchance

Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2018
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Yajima Koichi (Aino Kekkon Soudanjo, Busujima Yuriko no Seseragi Nikki)
Original Work: Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu by Kashiwagi Haruko
Cast: Yoshioka Riho, Iura Arata, Tanaka Kei, Endo Kenichi (guest star)
Synopsis: Seeking a life of stability, the very average 22-year-old Yoshitsune Emiru (Yoshioka Riho) becomes a civil servant right after graduation. However, she is bewildered to be assigned without warning to the role of a case worker who supports people on welfare. These people have trouble making a living for some reason and receive welfare benefits. As Emiru comes face to face with those who live in poverty, she struggles to set them on their feet with the support of senior case worker Handa Akinobu (Iura Arata), who is her mentor.
Website: www.ktv.jp/kbss

Gibo to Musume no Blues
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2018
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Morishita Yoshiko (Onna Naotora, Watashi o Hanasanaide, Tenno no Ryoriban)
Original Work: Gibo to Musume no Blues by Sakurazawa Rin
Genre: Family
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Takenouchi Yutaka
Synopsis: Iwaki Akiko (Ayase Haruka) is a career woman who gets married to Miyamoto Ryoichi (Takenouchi Yutaka), a man with an 8-year-old daughter. She tries to be a mother and works hard on household chores and child-raising. There are no major incidents here, just ordinary joy and sorrow, and the occasional small miracles.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/gibomusu_blues

Takane no Hana
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Nojima Shinji (Kareshi o Loan de Kaimashita, Papakatsu, Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii)
Genre: Romance
Cast: Ishihara Satomi, Mineta Kazunobu
Synopsis: The eldest daughter of the distinguished head family of the famous Tsukishima style of flower arrangement, 29-year-old Tsukishima Momo has everything – beauty, talent, career and wealth. She is engaged to the man she deeply loves. However, she discovers her fiance has been two-timing her and cancels their marriage on the day of the wedding. A shattered Momo has a crisis of confidence all at once. That is when Kazama Naoto (Mineta Kazunobu) happens to show up. The owner of a bicycle shop, he is an ordinary man who has nothing, and she is a woman out of his league. In spite of this, the two of them fall in love.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/takanenohana

Hagetaka (2018)
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, July 2018
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Furuya Kazunao (Ashita no Yakusoku, Sumika Sumire, Ouroboros)
Original Work: Hagetaka by Mayama Jin
Genre: Corporate
Cast: Ayano Go
Synopsis: It is the year 1997 after the bubble economy burst. Fund manager Washizu Masahiko (Ayano Go) emerges overnight in Japan which is mired in a lost decade. He is fiercely criticised as a “vulture” for taking over companies, but buys out a series of big banks with non-performing loans and well-known corporations in financial difficulty.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hagetaka

Good Doctor*NEW*
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 12 July 2018
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Tokunaga Yuichi (Kuragehime, Keiji Yugami, Bokutachi ga Yarimashita)
Original Work: Good Doctor by Park Jae-Bum
Genre: Medical
Cast: Yamazaki Kento
Synopsis: Shindo Minato (Yamazaki Kento) was born with autism spectrum disorder and savant syndrome. Despite his problems communicating, he has an astounding memory. Minato’s older brother realised his gift and encouraged him to become a doctor in the future. Minato meets with the town’s doctor Shiga Akira because of an incident with his brother. He decides that he wants to be a pediatric surgeon and begins to visit Shiga’s clinic frequently. Surprised that Minato could memorise all the human organs at the age of seven, Shiga commits to helping Minato’s fulfil his dream. After Minato graduates top of his medical faculty and passes the national exam for medical practitioners, Shiga who is now the director of a large hospital, calls him to work as a resident at the hospital’s pediatric surgery department. Minato takes the plunge into this world. Although he faces prejudice and opposition from the people around him, he is there for the children and grows up in the process.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/gooddoctor


Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, July 2018
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: –
Genre: School
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Ishii Anna, Sakuma Yui, Yamamoto Maika, Asahina Aya, Otomo Karen, Yanai Yumena, Shida Sara, Ihara Rikka, Adachi Kana, Hotta Mayu, Fukuchi Momoko, Ishizaki Natsumi, Sakanoue Akane, Mizoguchi Megumi, Moriya Kotori, Sasou Yuki, Odagiri Joe
Synopsis: Moved by a performance by Fukui Chuo High School’s JETS cheerleading team which she saw as a child, Fujitani Wakaba (Tsuchiya Tao) dreamed of joining the same team in the future. But at some point, she comes to think of it as impossible for her and enrolls in a neighbouring town’s Fukui Nishi High School which is mediocre in both studies and sports. Even so, she cannot completely cut off her feelings for cheerleading. One day, Kiryu Shiori (Ishii Anna), a pretty student transfers from Tokyo to Fukui Nishi High School. The assertive Shiori is fired up to defeat the JETS after her mistake caused her team to lose the Tokyo cheerleading championship. She unexpectedly says to Wakaba, “Do the cheerleading dance with me!”. These words rekindle Wakaba’s feelings. They take set up a cheerleading team and pursue the impossible dream to “Defeat JETS. Conquer Japan!”
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/cheerdan_tbs


Double Fantasy
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 16 June 2018
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriters: Aso Kumiko (Tokyo Alice, Hito wa Mitame ga 100%, Cain and Abel), Minorikawa Osamu
Original Work: Double Fantasy by Murayama Yuka
Genre: Romance
Cast: Mizukawa Asami, Tanaka Kei, Mashima Hidekazu, Yanagi Shuntaro, Shinohara Yukiko, Takigawa Yumi, Murakami Hiroaki, Makita Sports, Okayama Hajime, Ikeda Ryo, Awashima Zuimaro, Nagano Satomi
Synopsis: Popular scriptwriter Takato Natsu (Mizukasa Asami) lives in a house in the suburbs with her husband Shogo (Mashima Hidekazu), a former TV station director, who takes care of the housework. But she comes to dislike his involvement in her work. She is also tired of being encouraged by her mother Kiyoko (Takigawa Yumi) to go for fertility treatment and frequently complains to her close friend Okajima Kyoko (Shinohara Yukiko) about her family. Meanwhile, Natsu is invited by the charismatic theatre director Shizawa Ichirota (Murakami Hiroaki) to his new play and they end up spending the night together. Driven by instinct, she leaves home but is surprisingly neglected by Shizawa. Just when Natsu is feeling lonely, Iwai Ryosuke (Tanaka Kei), who was her ex-boyfriend during university days, shows up. Despite their good time together, she continues to have desires which have not been satisfied. Then, she gets wooed by an up-and-coming actor Obayashi Kazuya (Yanagi Shuntaro) whom she had met in an unexpected way. Will Natsu be happy or lonely?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/wf

Survival Wedding
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Eto Rin (Nodame Cantabile, Slow Dance)
Original Work: Survival Wedding by Ohashi Kosuke
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Haru, Iseya Yusuke
Synopsis: 29-year-old Kuroki Sayaka (Haru) works for a publishing company. She is going to get married to her dear boyfriend when she turns 30 in three months. However, on the night that Sayaka happily resigns from her company, she discovers his affair! Furthermore, he lashes out at her in the most improbable way to call off their engagement!!! Her wedding has come to naught, and she has also quit her job. The person who finds her up is Usami Hiroto (Iseya Yusuke), the charismatic editor of a popular magazine. He is a narcissistic eccentric who makes scathing remarks. Sayaka is given unprecedented terms for reemployment: 1) look for a marriage partner as Usami says and get married within six months, and 2) write for the magazine about her search for a marriage partner until she weds. Will Sayaka be able to apply the brand marketing strategies of international brands as romance techniques to raise her value as a woman and successfully get married in six month?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/survival-wedding

Genkai Danchi

Genkai Danchi
Date: From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 2 June 2018
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Kosaka Takafumi (Mahiru no Akuma, Hi no Ko, Doctor X Seasons 4 – 5)
Genre: Suspense
Cast: Sano Shiro, Adachi Rika, Sakoda Takaya, Asaka Mayumi, Yamazaki Shigenori, Watanabe Uta, Yamaya Hatsuo, Enami Kyoko
Synopsis: In the past, public housing complexes were desirable addresses for people who called them “dream new towns”. It was a place where people lived in close quarters, had light-hearted conversations with neighbours and occasionally helped each other. These complexes exist today. However, the attitudes of its residents have greatly changed. Having lost interest in what kind of people live next door to them, their relationships with their surroundings are tenuous at best. 62-year-old Terauchi Seiji (Sano Shiro) and his young granddaughter Honoka (Watanabe Uta) move to Ayamecho Complex, a public housing complex which was built in the suburbs of Tokyo in the 1970s. This is the place where he spent a happy childhood. Terauchi does perfect housework and showers an inordinate amount of love on Honoka as he takes care of his elderly father (Yamaya Hatsuo). He looks like the perfect old man but slowly begins to show lunacy.
Website: tokai-tv.com/genkaidanchi

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, July 2018
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu (Shiro to Kiiro, Hiyokko, Kibougaoka no Hitobito)
Original Work: Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni by Kouno Fumiyo
Cast: Matsumoto Honoka, Matsuzaka Toori, Ito Sairi, Tsuchimura Kaho, Kubota Sayu, Ono Machiko, Taguchi Tomorow, Ito Ran
Synopsis: 18-year-old Urano Suzu (Matsumoto Honoka) marries Hojo Shusaku (Matsuzaka Toori) and moves from Eba City to Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture in the middle of the Pacific War. As Japan slides into a war it cannot get out of, the townspeople go on with their “ordinary” lives. Supplies are short, and family and friends get sent to the battlefield. Suzu and the Hojo family (Ono Machiko, Taguchi Tomorow, Ito Ran) battle such anxieties as they try to live positively.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/konoseka_tbs


Fuhatsudan ~ Black Money o Ayatsuru Otoko
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 10 June 2018
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Tanaka Shinichi (Keishichou Ikimono-gakari, Shachoushitsu no Fuyu, Medical Team Lady Da Vinci no Shindan)
Original Work: Fuhatsudan by Aiba Hideo
Genre: Suspense
Cast: Shiina Kippei, Kuroki Meisa, Horibe Keisuke, Miura Takahiro, Iriyama Anna, Asaka Manato, David Ito, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Katsurayama Shingo, Yamaguchi Miyako, Watanabe Tetsu, Tsukayama Masane, Takuma Shin, Harada Tomoyo, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: A large electric appliance manufacturer Mita Denki Sangyo discloses improper accounting of 150 billion yen in a press conference. A financial consultant Koga Ryo (Shiina Kippei) manipulates its flustered CEO. Kobori Yumiko (Kuroki Meisa), the director of the Second Investigative Division, suspects window dressing and feels something is wrong that the company avoided delisting on the stock exchange. Meanwhile, the head of Mita Denki Sangyo’s Management Audit Department commits suicide and Koga secretly meets with the company’s advisor Higashida Shozo (Takuma Shin) right after that. Yumiko begins to suspect that the suicide was murder. The man in question is smiling warmly at his common-law wife Murata Sachiko (Harada Tomoyo). Who exactly is he?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/fuhatsudan

Kuroshoin no Rokubei
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 22 July 2018
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriter: Makino Keisuke (Shima Shima, Shinzanmono)
Original Work: Kuroshoin no Rokubei by Asada Jiro
Genre: Period
Cast: Kikkawa Koji, Kamiji Yusuke, Ashina Sei, Terajima Susumu, Takeuchi Riki, Chiba Tetsuya, Namioka Kazuki, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Komakine Ryusuke, Maeda Aki, Oshinari Shugo, Kataoka Sennosuke, Kasuya Yoshihiro, Wakamura Mayumi, Ibu Masato, Tanaka Min  
Synopsis: In 1868, negotiations between the shogunate and the new government results in the decision to surrender Edo Castle. As the advance party to ensure the surrender of the castle progresses without a hitch, Kakurai Hayato (Kamiji Yusuke), a timid, low-ranking warrior of Owari who is on the side of the government forces, enters to inspect the castle. However, there is just one problem. There is a retainer of the shogun who refuses to budge. His name is Matooya Rokubei (Kikkawa Koji). He was a member of the guards under the direct control of the shogun. Rokubei silently sits on his heels and moves only to relieve himself. Disputes in the castle are strictly forbidden because of a promise to Saigo Takamori and Katsu Kaishu. So Rokubei cannot be evicted by force. Kakurai learns that this Rokubei is impersonating the real Rokubei. They get increasingly confused. However, Kakurai begins to feel a perplexing empathy for Rokubei who stands with traditional dignity, after spending some time with him.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/kuroshoin
Preview: Kuroshoin no Rokubei Teaser

Zero Ikkaku Senkin Game
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Obara Shinji (Bokura no Yuuki (2017), Psychometrer Eiji Series)
Original Work: Tobaku Haouden Zero by Fukumoto Nobuyuki
Cast: Kato Shigeaki, Koyama Keiichiro, Tegoshi Yuya, Masuda Takahisa
Synopsis: A survival game takes place at Dream Kingdom, an amusement park which is under construction. The challengers risk their lives to win the game and 100 billion yen. Ukai Zero (Kato Shigeaki) joins this bitter survival game. A non-regular teacher at a cram school for junior high school students in town, his true identity is that of an underground hero who saves the vulnerable who are suffering in modern society. He is a genius gambler who hides behind the appearance of a man who never gets ahead in life, but chooses that others do not lose rather than win himself.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/0

Eerie Mienai Kao
Date: Summer 2018
Station: WOWOW
Scriptwriters: Takei Aya (Sakurako-san no Sokka ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, Juken no Cinderella, Smoking Gun)
Original Work: Eerie Mienai Kao by Maekawa Yutaka
Genre: Suspense
Cast: Odagiri Joe, Naka Riisa
Synopsis: Several nights after the wife of university professor Hirokawa Seiji (Odagiri Joe) died of illness, an unknown woman visits their house and asks if his wife is at home. When he hurriedly opens the front door, no one is there. At that moment, the president of the university dies all of a sudden. This is accompanied by a new style of elections open to the students too. The professors become paranoid of each other and anonymous documents containing defamatory statements fly about. A disquieting air begins to hang in the air. Hirokawa has had a close relationship with his wife’s younger sister Mizushima Rei (Naka Risa), who is a popular lecturer in the same university, since his wife was alive. They were together at the moment she died. His guilty conscience begins to stir up a vague sense of uneasiness towards the neighbourhood and the elections. Before long, the body of a person who died a bizarre death is found at a garbage dump nearby … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/dramaw/eerie

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4 Responses to Upcoming Summer 2018 Dramas

  1. keiko1981 says:

    JETS make it into dramaland! ^^

  2. ameithyst says:

    Ah, they’ll make a series for Cheerdan. :O
    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stop myself from comparing Tsuchiya Tao with Hirose Suzu. >_<

  3. fishmeat says:

    it has also been decided that the next getsuku will be zettai reido season 3 ~ just a tip ~

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