Summer 2018 Dramas

ZR3

Zettai Reido Season 3 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 9 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, Yokoyama Yu, Honda Tsubasa, Emoto Tokio, Magy, Tanaka Michiko, Hirata Mitsuru, Ito Atsushi, Ueto Aya (guest star), Takei Sou (guest star), Kurotani Tomoka (guest star)
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 Documentation Division after some incident occurred. It is the place where troublemakers are gathered to get rid of them. The Documentation 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 2

Last Chance

Last Chance
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, 16 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), Ikeda Narushi, Arai Atsushi, Nakagawa Chika, Saeki Daichi, Watanabe Ao, Iwamatsu Ryo
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
Preview: Last Chance CM

Hoshikuzu Revengers*NEW*
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Mondays, 23 July 2018
Network: AbemaTV and Nagoya TV
Scriptwriters: Yamaoka Junpei (Daisy Luck, Kaseifu no Mitazono Series, Seigi no Se), Nishi Kosuke (Mozu Series, Napoleon no Mura, Hero (2015)), Miura Kisa
Cast: Shinkawa Yua, Ikoma Rina, Morinaga Yuki, Shiono Akihisa, Hanazawa Masato, Naito Shuichiro, Honda Kyoya, Shimizu Naoya, Mitsuishi Ken, Fuchikami Yasushi, Sano Hinako, Matsuda Ruka, Yukawa Reina, Funky Kato (guest star)
Synopsis: Kusunoki Haru (Shinkawa Yua) gets talked into trying her hand at running an entertainment agency by a CEO who is an acquaintance. However, she loses everything after it goes bankrupt. All she has left is a struggling five-member (Morinaga Yuki, Shiono Akihisa, Hanazawa Masato, Naito Shuichiro, Honda Kyoya) male idol group which belongs to the agency. In a sudden reversal, Haru goes from a winner whom everyone envies to someone mocked by the people around her. She plots her own comeback and achieves a breakthrough in the entertainment industry as the producer of the group.
Website: drama-hoshikuzu.abema.tv

Alien Bros

Tokyo Alien Brothers
Date: From 12.59 a.m., Tuesdays, 24 July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Kataoka Sho
Original Work: Tokyo Alien Brothers by Shinzo Keigo
Cast: Inoo Kei, Totsuka Shota, Tsunematsu Yuri, Ohgo Suzuka, Owada Kensuke, Inori Kirara, Yoshida Madoka, Wakabayashi Jiei, Kohinata Setsu, Guama, Yamada Maho, Harihara Shigeru, Serizawa Tateto, Suzuki Hiroshi, Nakatani Ryu, Mizusawa Shingo, Yo Kimiko
Synopsis: Fuyunosuke (Inoo Kei) looks like a university student who lives in Tokyo. One day, an extraterrestrial being suddenly appears in front of him. This is his older brother (Totsuka Shota). The two of them are actually aliens. Fuyunosuke gives his brother the name Natsutaro. Their objective is to conduct a field survey for an “Earth relocation plan”. To find out if Earth is a hospitable planet for their species, Fuyunosuke’s mission is to learn about human beings and let Natsutaro get a job and girlfriend. This is the beginning of their tour of Tokyo and account of their interactions with humans.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/alienbros

KBSS

Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 17 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, Kawaei Rina, Yamada Yuki, Kozono Ryo, Minakami Kyoka, Azama Mew, Tani Maria, Suzuki Ameri, Uchiba Katsunori, Tokunaga Eri, 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

GtM

Gibo to Musume no Blues
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 10 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, Sato Takeru, Kamishiraishi Moka, Yokomizo Naho, Kawamura Yosuke, Hashimoto Mami, Marin, Muramoto Daisuke, Okuyama Yoshie, Asari Yosuke, Asano Kazuyuki, Aso Yumi
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 Miyuki (Yokomizo Naho). 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
Related: Gibo to Musume no Blues CM

Kakugo

Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi
Date: From 1.35 a.m., Wednesdays, 27 June 2018 (followed by movie)
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Lee Jyonhi (Hotel Concierge, Mayonaka no Panya-san)
Original Work: Kakugo wa Ii ka Soko no Joshi by Shiiba Nana
Genre: School
Cast: Nakagawa Taishi, Kentaro, Kai Shoma, Wakabayashi Jiei, Tsunematsu Yuri, Sugino Yosuke
Synopsis: Furuya Towa (Nakagawa Taishi) has always been surrounded by girls since childhood and is the guy most loved in school. Girls fuss over him and he believes he is popular. But he has never had a girlfriend. In school, Towa forms an alliance of virgins together with childhood friends Niimi Ritsu (Kentaro), Sawada Ichiya (Kai Shoma) and Kuze Ryusei (Wakabayashi Jiei), and they fool around. Then one day, Towa is mocked as an exceptionally handsome but “ornamental guy”. He confesses to the school’s most beautiful girl Misono Miwa on impulse. But sadly, she refuses him. However, Towa does not give up and strives to win his first girlfriend.
Website: www.mbs.jp/kakugo

Keiji 7-nin S4

Keiji 7-nin Season 4
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 July 2018
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Terada Toshio (Doctor X Seasons 2 – 5, Mayonaka no Panya-san, Kumo no Kaidan)
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Tanabe Seiichi, Kurashina Kana, Shirasu Jin, Tsukamoto Takashi, Yoshida Kotaro, Kitaoji Kinya
Genre: Detective
Synopsis: Amagi Yu (Higashiyama Noriyuki) and Katagiri Masatoshi (Yoshida Kotaro) have become subordinate and boss in the Criminal Documents Unit while Mizuta Tamaki (Kurashina Kana) and Aoyama Arata (Tsukamoto Takashi) remain detectives in the Twelfth Section under the instructions of Katagiri. Together with professor of forensic medicine Domoto Shuntaro (Kitaoji Kinya), veteran senior detective Ebisawa Yoshiki in the Twelfth Section and newbie Nonomura Takumi (Shirasu Jin) who is Amagi’s subordinate, the seven of them take on old unsolved cases.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/keiji7_04
Related: Keiji 7-nin Season 2

Takane

Takane no Hana
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 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, Yoshine Kyoko, Chiba Yudai, Miura Takahiro, Fueki Yuko, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Yoshida Oolongta, Takahashi Hikaru, Jogo Mitsuyoshi, Tate Hibiki, Tabata Shima, Nishihara Aki, Shoji Terue, Shoji Hanae, Toake Yukiyo, Masu Takeshi, Toda Naho, Kohinata Fumiyo
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
Preview: Takane no Hana CM

Iryu Sousa S5

Iryu Sousa Season 5
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 12 July 2018
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriters: Oishi Tetsuya (Shitsuji Saionji no Meisuiri, Kirawareru Yuuki, Iryu Sousa Seasons 2 – 4), Manabe Chiaki (Shitsuji Saionji no Meisuiri, Tokusou 9, Dekin no Onna)
Genre: Detective
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya, Kuriyama Chiaki, Nagai Masaru, Miyazaki Karen, Kajihara Zen, Komoto Masahiro, Toda Keiko
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/iryu_2018
Related: Iryu Sousa Season 2

Hagetaka

Hagetaka (2018)
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 19 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, Watabe Atsuro, Sawajiri Erika, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Kinami Haruka, Horiuchi Keiko, Sakura Emma, Korenaga Hitomi, Sugimoto Tetta, Mitsuishi Ken, Kobayashi Kaoru
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

Gd Doc

Good Doctor
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, Ueno Juri, Fujiki Naohito, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Nakamura Yuri, Hamano Kenta, Itao Itsuji, Emoto Akira, Inoue Sonoko
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 (Emoto 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
Preview: Good Doctor CM

Rinko

Buchou Kazehana Rinko no Koi
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 5 July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Tsubota Fumi (Kounodori Series, Onna Michi, Heat)
Original Work: Kaichou Shima Kosaku Tokubetsu-hen Buchou Kazehana Rinko no Koi by Hirokane Kenshi
Genre: Romance
Cast: Ryou, Ryusei Ryo, Ryusei Ryo, Kurokawa Mei, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Ando Tamae, Morita Junpei, Cunning Takeyama, Kaneda Akio, Maruyama Tomomi, Hirayama Hiroyuki
Synopsis: Career woman Kazehana Rinko (Ryou) manages the North American department at the international headquarters of Tekotto, the large electronics manufacturer, where Shima Kousaku serves as the chairman. She has been put in charge of an important internal project and risen to become a possible candidate for the executive officer role at an exceptionally young age. Her relationship with her boyfriend Takazawa Kotaro (Hirayama Hiroyuki) is also going smoothly. Rinko has pretty much the perfect work-life balance. However, things change when rival colleagues who are unhappy with her success, scheme to bring her down and her relationship with Kotaro also begins to deteriorate.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/rinko

Hayasugiru

Tantei ga Hayasugiru
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 19 July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Uda Manabu (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Series, Borderline, Lucky Seven)
Original Work: Tantei ga Hayasugiru by Inoue Magi
Cast: Takito Kenichi, Hirose Alice, Mizuno Miki, Katahira Nagisa, Kiriyama Ren, Yukie Moe, Jinbo Satoshi, Sato Kanta, Niiyama Chiharu, Minamino Saki, Mizushima Marina
Synopsis: University student Sogawa Ichika (Hirose Alice) inherits 5 trillion yen from her father all of a sudden and attempts are made on her life by his siblings. The avaricious family has struck a deal to let the person who kills Ichika first have all the money to himself or herself and tries all means to take her life. Ichika’s housekeeper Hashida Masako (Mizuno Miki) hires the investigator Chikumagawa Hikaru (Takito Kenichi), who has a perfect record of solving cases before they happen, to protect her.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/tantei

Kongai Renai

Kongai Renai ni Nita Mono
Date: From 22 June 2018 (updated on Fridays)
Network: dTV
Scriptwriter: Nishiogi Yumie (Joshu 7, Tamiou Series, SPEC Series)
Original Work: Kongai Renai ni Nita Mono by Miyagi Ayako
Cast: Kuriyama Chiaki, Adachi Yumi, Eguchi Noriko, Hirai Rio, Tomiyama Eriko
Synopsis: Five 35-year-old women with different backgrounds and personalities – a minor celebrity (Kuriyama Chiaki), an ordinary housewife (Adachi Yumi), a single mother (Eguchi Noriko) whose son is at a rebellious age, a beautiful super elite whom everyone envies (Hirai Rio) and a writer whose popularity is on the wane (Tomiyama Eriko) – happen to meet because they are all fans of the idol group Snow White (Iwaoka Toru, Wada Hayate, Ota Masaki, Mashiko Atsuki, Masaki) which debuted three years ago. They develop friendships and begin to reexamine their own lives.
Website: pc.video.dmkt-sp.jp/ft/s0007035
Preview: Kongai Renai ni Nita Mono CM

Cheerdan

Cheerdan
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 13 July 2018
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Goto Noriko (Innocent Days, Uso no Sensou, Team Batista Series)
Genre: School
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Hirose Suzu, Ishii Anna, Sakuma Yui, Yamamoto Maika, Asahina Aya, Otomo Karen, Yanai Yumena, Shida Sara, Yagi Rikako, Ihara Rikka, Adachi Kana, Hotta Mayu, Fukuchi Momoko, Ishizaki Natsumi, Sakanoue Akane, Mizoguchi Megumi, Moriya Kotori, Sasou Yuki, Honda Chikara, Moriya Kanna, Kihara Masatoshi, Takahashi Kazuya, Konno Mahiru, Matsumoto Wakana, Agawa Sawako, Kinoshita Houka, 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) came to idolise Tomonaga Hikari (Hirose Suzu) and dreamed of joining the same team in the future. But at some point, she comes to think of it as impossible and enrolls in a neighbouring town’s Fukui Nishi High School which is mediocre in both studies and sports. Even so, Wakaba 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
Preview: Cheerdan CM

dele

Dele
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 27 July 2018
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Honda Takayoshi
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Suda Masaki, Aso Kumiko, Asahina Hideki (guest star), Ishibashi Shizuka (guest star), Eguchi Noriko (guest star), Otsuka Akio (guest star), Kom I (guest star), Takahashi Genichiro (guest star), Tsukamoto Shinya (guest star), Noda Yojiro (guest star), Hannya (guest star), Matsumoto Wakana (guest star), Mummy D (guest star), Maro Akaji (guest star), Yajima Kenichi (guest star), Yamada Aina (guest star), Yo Kimiko (guest star), Watanabe Daichi (guest star)
Synopsis: Freelance programmer Sakagami Keiji (Yamada Takayuki) is paralysed in the lower half of his body because of an unknown illness and confined to a wheelchair. He sets up a company called dele.LIFE in partnership with the law firm established by his late father. At the request of clients, Sakagami works together with the freelance jack-of-all-trades Mashiba Yutaro (Suda Masaki) to delete all unfavourable digital records left in their computers and smartphones after they die.
Website: dele.life

Giver

Giver Fukushuu no Zouyosha
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 14 July 2018
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Tsugita Jun (Deadstock, Tokyo Vampire Hotel), Komine Hiroyuki (Kaseifu no Mitazono Series, Kaike Renai Sakusen, Bitter Blood)
Original Work: Giver Fukushuu by Hino So
Genre: Mystery
Cast: Yoshizawa Ryo, Morikawa Aoi, Ono Yuriko, Watanabe Shu, Mizuhashi Kenji, Bokumoto Sakiko, Tayama Ryosei
Synopsis: Giba (Yoshizawa Ryo) is a young man who lacks emotions. He takes revenge on other people dispassionately and does a perfect job of it. His clients include a high school girl whose classmate was murdered, a woman who is a victim of a fake marriage and the family of a serial murder victim. Giba does as requested by clients, cornering his targets in the best, brutal way as if gouging their hearts. He has several buddies and they are led by a mysterious girl called Taker (Morikawa Aoi). How did they get started in this line of revenge?
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/giver
Preview: Giver Teaser

Bakabon
Bakabon no Papa Yori Bakana Papa
Date: From 8.15 p.m., Saturdays, 30 June 2018
Station: NHK
Scriptwriters: Komatsu Eriko (Itsumademo Shiroi Hane, Kabukimono Keiji, Hanamoyu), Kou Shuji
Original Work: Bakabon no Papa Yori Bakana Papa by Akatsuka Rieko
Genre: Autobiographical
Cast: Tamayama Tetsuji, Higa Manami, Hasegawa Kyoko, Morikawa Aoi, Baba Toru, Asaka Kodai, Kusabue Mitsuko, Suruga Taro, Magy, Ito Shun, Chiyo Shota, Komakine Ryusuke
Synopsis: Akatsuka Fujio (Tamayama Tetsuji) was a talented gag manga artist who drew manga with his assistants (Suruga Taro, Magy, Ito Shun, Chiyo Shota, Komakine Ryusuke) and editor Yokoi Takashi (Asaka Kodai) as if to amuse himself. However, his personal life was more absurd than his manga world. Fujio was a philanderer whose continuous affairs results in divorce with his wife Tomoko (Hasegawa Kyoko). He then moved out and left her and their daughter Rieko (Sumida Mieno) behind … …
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/dodra/bakabon

Godokumeshi

Gokudo Meshi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 14 July 2018
Station: BS Japan
Scriptwriter: Fukuhara Mitsunori (Makanai-so Series, Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito Series, Ofukousan)
Original Work: Gokudo Meshi by Tsuchiyama Shigeru
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Fukushi Seiji, Konno Hiroki, Tokui Yu, Yanagisawa Shingo, Ozawa Hitoshi
Synopsis: Former salaryman Ozu (Konno Hiroki), habitual thief Hachinohe (Tokui Yu), swindler Sakai (Yanagisawa Shingo), gang member Araki (Ozawa Hitoshi) have been locked up in cell 204, a shared cell in a prison. Hara Ippei (Fukushi Seiji), a man who violated the Swords and Firearms Control Law, arrives. A quiet battle for side dishes unfolds in cell 204 without being detected by the prison guards. The five of them including Ippei engage in a heated contest to tell appetising food stories, talking about the most delicious food they have eaten outside of prison. The winner is the one with the most number of people taken in by the story and can choose one of the side dishes he likes.
Website: www.bs-j.co.jp/gokudomeshi
Preview: Gokudo Meshi CM

DF

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

SW

Survival Wedding
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 14 July 2018
Station: NTV
Scriptwriter: Eto Rin (Nodame Cantabile, Slow Dance)
Original Work: Survival Wedding by Ohashi Kosuke
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Haru, Yoshizawa Ryo, Takahashi Maryjun, Buruzon Chiemi, Maeno Tomoya, Ogoe Yuki, Nao, Ishida Nicole, Tsuihiji Anna, Yamane Kazuma, Kazama Shunsuke, Sudo Risa, Nomaguchi Toru, Namase Katsuhisa, Zaizen Naomi, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Iseya Yusuke
Synopsis: 29-year-old Kuroki Sayaka (Haru) works for a publishing company. She is going to get married to her dear boyfriend Kazuya (Kazama Shunsuke) 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 Sayaka 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 months?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/survival-wedding

Eerie

Eerie Mienai Kao
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 4 August 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, Kuroshima Yuina, Makoto Tsubasa, Tanaka Yoji, Yamada Anna, Nekoze Tsubaki, Kakei Toshio, Issey Ogata
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

Himo Men

Himo Men
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Saturdays, 28 July 2018
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Mori Hayashi (Nou ni Sumaho ga Umerareta!, Mane no Tenshi, Nocon Kid)
Original Work: Himo Men ~ Himo Kousei Programme by Kounoike Tsuyoshi
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Kawaguchi Haruna, Katsuji Ryo, Okada Yui, Sato Hitomi, YOU, Kaneda Akio, Tahara Kanako, Minamoto Maho, Ohata Shieri
Synopsis: 28-year-old Himonya Sho (Kubota Masataka) gets kicked out of his parents’ home and moves in with his girlfriend Kasuga Yuriko (Kawaguchi Haruna) who works as a nurse. However, he has no regular job and has chosen to survive on her money alone. Sho feels no guilt about being a freeloader and is completely useless as a househusband. At times, he comes up with ideas of becoming an artist or a programmer and pursues these absurd dreams, only to give up in seconds. Only his love for Yuriko is unshakeable. When a crisis hits her life, he will do all in his power to prevent it because a crisis for her equates a crisis for his life as freeloader. Although Yuriko is let down by Sho countless times, she considers the issue of work, love and money and finds answers in her own way. Will she be able to change Sho and attain happiness?
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/himomen

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
Preview: Genkai Danchi CM

Goodbye

Goodbye
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Sundays, 15 July 2018
Station: BS Japan & TV Osaka
Scriptwriter: Date Sorami
Original Work: Goodbye by Dazai Osamu, Goodbye by Hanyu Jun
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Ohno Takuro, Kaho, Satsukawa Aimi, Sato Ryo, Miura Toko, Tanaka Chie, Okina Megumi
Synopsis: Tajimage Shu (Ohno Takuro) happens to meet Bessho Fumiyo (Kaho), a former high school senior, by chance. He is a popular guy with many girlfriends Ririko (Satsukawa Aimi), Haruka (Sato Ryo), Shizuka (Miura Toko), Momoko (Tanaka Chie) and Kasahara (Okina Megumi). But he has to end these relationships out of necessity. After hearing his story, Fumiyo unintentionally mutters that this situation is exactly like Dazai Osamu’s unfinished novel Goodbye. Tajimage is moved by the queer coincidence.
Website: www.tv-osaka.co.jp/good-bye
Preview: Goodbye CM

Katasumi

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 15 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, Murakami Nijiro, Ito Sairi, Tsuchimura Kaho, Doronzu Ishimoto, Kubota Sayu, Arai Miu, Inagaki Kurumi, Nikaido Fumi, Eikura Nana, Furutachi Yutaro, Ono Machiko, Kino Hana, Shiomi Sansei, Taguchi Tomorow, Sendo Nobuko, Ito Ran, Miyamoto Nobuko
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
Preview: Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni CM

Fukuhatsudan

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

Sousa Kaigi Living

Sousa Kaigi wa Living de!
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 15 July 2018
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriters: Takei Aya (Sakurako-san no Sokka ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, Juken no Cinderella, Smoking Gun), Akiyama Ryuhei (Retake, Ishitachi no Renai Jijou), Yokomaku Tomohiro (Oh My Jump!, Otoko no Misao, Smoking Gun)
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Mizuki Arisa, Tanabe Seiichi, Katagiri Jin, Triendl Reina, Matsushita Kohei, Endo Yuya, Ihara Shogo, Yamano Umi, Horibe Keisuke, Washio Machiko, Onodera Akira, Takahashi Hideki
Synopsis: Morikawa Shoko (Mizuki Arisa) is a detective with the Criminal Investigations Department’s Special Unit. She has a strong sense of justice and became a police officer to make the best of her tremendous energy. Once there is a case, she will rush headlong against bad people. But at home, she finds housework bothersome and is hopeless at it. Shoko’s husband Akira (Tanabe Seiichi) is a mystery writer. He is exceptionally smart, genial and sensitive. Born to a sporty family which ironically has served the police generation after generation, Akira went against the wishes of his parents to be a writer. However, his novels are too tedious and quite unpopular while his blog on household matters which he writes without any particular reason is a big hit. So he finds himself in the extremely complicated situation of a “charismatic house husband”. This odd couple solve various cases and mysteries with brain and brawn. Add their son Nao to the mix and information and deductions constantly fly about their living room.
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/pd/sousakaigi

Kuroshoin

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

Zero Ikkaku Senkin Game
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 15 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, Mamiya Shotaro, Koseki Yuta, Kato Ryo, Okayama Amane, Sugino Yosuke, Kobayashi Kendo, Umezawa Tomio, Koike Eiko
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

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4 Responses to 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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