Anonymous ~ Keishichou “Yubisatsujin” Taisaku Shitsu*UPDATED*
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, 25 January 2021
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Komine Hiroyuki (Suits Series, Kaseifu no Mitazono Series, Himo Men), Tamada Shinya (Densetsu no Okaasan, 40-man km Kanata no Koi, Joker x Face)
Director: Oikawa Takuro
Cast: Katori Shingo, Sekimizu Nagisa, Megumi, Shimizu Hiroya, Yamamoto Koji, Shim Eun-kyung (guest star), Katsumura Masanobu
Synopsis: Social media problems are rife in society. In response to pressure from the public, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department creates a special unit commonly called Yubitai on a trial basis. Led by Koshigaya Shinjiro (Katsumura Masanobu), Yubitai analyses social media information that will be used for investigations and gives a helping hand to people with the aim of rooting out defamation and abuse. Despite this lofty ideal, the creation of this unit is actually mere posturing. The members that have been assembled for the team including detective Banjo Wataru (Katori Shingo) and his partner Usui Sakura (Sekimizu Nagisa) are all idiosyncratic officers who have been sidelined. They figure out who the anonymous criminals are which guides them in solving cases of cyber bullying.
Ao no SP (School Police) ~ Gakkounai Keisatsu Shimada Ryuhei
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 12 January 2021
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriters: Oishi Tetsuya (Yoru ga Dorehodo Kurakutemo, Shitsuji Saionji no Meisuiri Series, Kirawareru Yuuki), Yamaoka Junpei (Perfect Crime, Daisy Luck, Seigi no Se), Ojima Soichiro (Ore no Sensei)
Directors: Kunimoto Masahiro, Shirakawa Takeshi, Takahashi Takashi
Theme Song: Oikaze by SHE’S
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Maki Yoko, Yamada Yuki, Izumisawa Yuki, Takuma Seiko, Shibuya Kento, Chisun, Kodama Norikatsu, Kanazawa Masami, Otoo Takuma, Ishii Masanori, Suga Kenta, Endo Yuya, Asumi Rio, Minemura Rie, Masu Takeshi, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Takahashi Katsumi
Synopsis: Tokyo has decided to introduce the first school police in junior high schools in Japan as a trial. Detective Shimada Ryuhei (Fujiwara Tatsuya) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigation Division volunteers for this role. He is assigned to Akamine Junior High, a public junior high school. From the outside, it seems like any junior high school but all sorts of incidents are uncovered after the school police is deployed such as social media issues, suspected drug use among students, hidden cameras, sexual harassment. Shimada shows no mercy in arresting both teachers and students if they go against the law. This results in frequent clashes with Asamura Ryoko (Maki Yoko), a Japanese language teacher who is also the form teacher of Class 3/1. Although Shimada’s methods are considered drastic, this gradually leads to various changes in the school and the hearts of students.
Oh! My Boss! Koi wa Bessatsu de
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 12 January 2021
Genre: Love comedy
Scriptwriter: Tanabe Shigenori (Meitantei Akechi Goro, Tokusatsu Gagaga, In Hand)
Director: Matsumoto Akiko
Theme Song: Luv Bias by Kis-My-Ft2
Cast: Kamishiraishi Mone, Nanao, Tamamori Yuta, Mamiya Shotaro, Kubota Sayu, Miki, Akiyama Yuzuki, Ota Yuri, Takahashi Maryjun, Nadagi Takashi, Hashizume Jun, Yamanouchi Suzu, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Takahashi Hitomi, Kurashina Kana, Santamaria Yusuke
Synopsis: Like her name Nami suggests, Suzuki Nami (Kamishiraishi Mone) wants ordinary happiness – work and romance in moderation. She was born and grew up in a town in the countryside and has no particular dreams or things that she wants to do. Following after a childhood friend Kenya who is her crush and lives in Tokyo, Nami ends up getting a job in a big publishing company. However, she is assigned not to the equipment management department but to a fashion magazine’s editorial department instead. She finds herself caught in a hellish life under the very capable, caustic and cold Horai Reiko (Nanao) who is the youngest chief editor to date. However, as Nami observes the way Reiko works, her own attitude towards doing her job begins to change. In addition, she unexpectedly makes the acquaintance of the handsome photographer Junnosuke (Tamamori Yuta), who is the son of a wealthy family, and gets an outrageous suggestion from him. Nami would have been fine with a decent job and romance but she discovers what is truly important to her and starts to have dreams and live positively.
Preview: Oh! My Boss! Koi wa Bessatsu de CM
Toshi no Sakon
Date: From 1.28 a.m., Wednesdays, 16 December 2020
Original Work: Toshi no Sakon by Nakama Atsuki
Scriptwriters: Nejime Saeki (Jigoku no Girlfriend, Minshuu no Teki, Shinya Shokudo ~ Tokyo Stories Season 1), Matsui Kana(Biblia Koshodo no Jiken Techou, Saigo no Bangohan, Ito-kun A to E)
Directors: Hiroki Ryuichi, Inaba Hirofumi
Ending Theme: To-Ke-Te by Han-Kun
Cast: Aoi Wakana, Takezai Terunosuke, Matsumoto Wakana, Onodera Akira, Yoshino Hokuto, Kawai Aoba, Kohinata Seiichi, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Tokui Yu
Synopsis: 24-year-old Murakami Maiko (Aoi Wakana) is a very sheltered girl who has never had a relationship with a guy. She goes to a matchmaking session with a 44-year-old divorced man Hanasato Harumi (Takezai Terunosuke) who is recommended by her father Genichiro (Fukikoshi Mitsuru). Although Maiko is less than thrilled, she discovers that he is a charming man with an air of maturity. On the other hand, Harumi had intended to meet Maiko once before he turned her down since she is the daughter of the CEO of an important client, but she turns out to be more than he had imagined. Maiko confounds him the whole time but he is attracted to her straightforward, pure and dignified nature. He accepts the completed marriage registration form from her on their third date. They get married despite their 20-year age gap, and their life as newly weds begins.
Preview: Toshi no Sakon CM
Uchi no Musume wa, Kareshi ga Dekinai!!
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 13 January 2021
Genre: Love comedy
Scriptwriter: Kitagawa Eriko (Hanbun Aoi, Orange Days, Sora kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi)
Directors: Nagumo Seiichi, Uchida Hidemi
Theme Song: Sora to Ao by Irie Reo
Cast: Kanno Miho, Hamabe Minami, Okada Kenshi, Kawakami Yohei, Arita Teppei, Sawamura Ikki, Fukuhara Haruka, Nakagawa Daisuke, Higashi Keisuke, Daichi Nobunaga, Nagami Rea, Nakamura Masatoshi
Synopsis: Minase Aoi (Kanno Miho) is a single mother in her 40s who is called the queen of romance novels. She recently bought an apartment and now lives with her daughter. Her 20-year-old daughter Sora (Hamabe Minami) cannot get a boyfriend and in Aoi’s opinion, the reason is obviously because she is hardcore manga fan. Aoi frets that her daughter is too immersed in the world of manga and will never leave the house. Sora wants to be in love but with the constant stream of new mangas being published, she has to prepare to cosplay at comic conventions. Life as a fan is rather busy. She is more worried about her mother who is girlish and reckless despite her age. Since her mother does not know much about the ways of the world, she feels that she cannot leave her like this. Then something prompts both Aoi and her daughter to have their romances.
Preview: Uchi no Musume wa, Kareshi ga Dekinai!! CM
Imawa no Kuni no Arisu Season 1
Date: From 10 December 2020
Network: Netflix Japan
Original Work: Imawa no Kuni no Arisu by Aso Haro
Scriptwriters: Watabe Yoshiki, Kuramitsu Yasuko (Scandal Senmon Bengoshi Queen, Tourist, Keiji Yugami), Sato Shinsuke
Cast: Yamazaki Kento, Tsuchiya Tao, Murakami Nijiro, Morinaga Yuki, Machida Keita, Miyoshi Ayaka, Sakurada Dori, Asahina Aya, Yanagi Shuntaro, Watanabe Yutaro, Misaki Ayame, Yoshida Mizuki, Abe Tsuyoshi, Kaneko Nobuaki, Aoyagi Sho, Naka Riisa
Synopsis: Arisu Ryohei (Yamazaki Kento) is unemployed and frustrated with daily life which he finds unbearable. One day, while he is hanging around Tokyo with his two friends Chota (Morinaga Yuki) and Karube (Machida Keita), a mysterious light radiates. When they realise it, all signs of life around them have vanished. However, a game begins one after another in an empty Tokyo where one wrong move will cause them their lives. Arisu and his friends have to fight tooth and nail in the face of challenges that defy logic. They encounter Usagi Yuzuha (Tsuchiya Tao) in the game … …
Preview: Imawa no Kuni no Arisu CM
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Thursdays, 7 January 2021
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Yoshimoto Masahiro (Keiji 7-nin Seasons 3 – 6, Onna no Naka ni Iru Tanin, Kageri Yuku Natsu), Kanda Yu (Alive, Inochi Urimasu, Black Pean), Masaike Yosuke (Rental-san Nanmo Shinai Hito, Miki Clinic de Kanpai o, Shiyakusho), Honda Takaaki (Rental-san Nanmo Shinai Hito, Watashi Danna o Share Shiteta, Haru)
Directors: Shibata Keisuke, Paul Young, Nishikawa Tatsuro
Theme Song: Shuukan Umaku Iku Youbi by Johnny’s WEST
Cast: Kiriyama Akito, Izumi Rika, Nakamura Reia, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Morita Kanro, Hirata Mitsuru, Aijima Kazuyuki (guest star), Hasegawa Tomoharu (guest star), Maro Akaji (guest star), Maruyama Tomomi (guest star), Satsukawa Aimi (guest star), Itao Itsuji (guest star), Takeda Rena (guest star), Yamada Jundai (guest star), Matsushita Yuki (guest star)
Synopsis: Sarukawa Kenta (Kiriyama Akito), an employee at a mid-sized beverage manufacturer based in Osaka, is in charge of a large number of big clients due to his work behind the scenes as sales support. In recognition of his efforts, he is transferred to the Tokyo branch office’s sales promotion unit. However, there are many tough and outspoken clients and in addition, his colleagues in the unit are very close and secretive. Under the influence of his boss Tanioka Kazuhiko (Hirata Mitsuru) who loves extremely spicy food, Sarukawa starts to become aware of the fiery hot cuisine that he extols.
Preview: Gekikarado CM
Ojisama to Neko
Date: From 12.58 a.m., Thursdays, 7 January 2021
Station: TV Tokyo & Paravi
Original Work: Ojisama to Neko by Sakurai Umi
Scriptwriters: Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Arimura Kasumi no Satsukyu, Byplayers Series), Date-san (40-man km Kanata no Koi, Love Distance, Peanut Butter Sandwich)
Directors: Tsubakimoto Keijiro, Soejima Masahiro
Cast: Kusakari Masao, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Koseki Yuta, Takeda Rena, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Takahashi Hitomi, Masu Takeshi
Synopsis: Kanda Fuyuki (Kusakari Masao) is a world-renowned pianist who has been in low spirits ever since his wife passed away. One day, he meets an ugly unwanted cat called Fukumaru (voiced by Kamiki Ryunosuke) in a pet shop. Although Kanda is not good with animals, he is immediately drawn to Fukumaru and tells the shop staff that he would like to have this cat. Life with Fukumaru is full of surprises but Kanda gradually begins to regain his smile. This is a heartwarming tale of a cat that was resigned to not being loved and the lonely old man who adopted him.
Iryu Sousa Season 6
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 14 January 2021
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Oishi Tetsuya (Ao no SP, Yoru ga Dorehodo Kurakutemo, Iryu Sousa Seasons 2 – 5)
Directors: Hasegawa Yasushi, Hama Tatsuya, Kanesaki Ryosuke
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya, Kuriyama Chiaki, Nagai Masaru, Miyazaki Karen, Kajihara Zen, Komoto Masahiro, Toda Keiko
Synopsis: Itomura Satoshi (Kamikawa Takaya) is a detective with the Special Investigations Office at the Kyoto Prefectural Police’s First Investigation Division. He pieces together the meaning of the personal effects and things left behind at crime scenes, giving voice to the silent dead bodies. Itomura not only solves cases but also helps give the bereaved families closure. Considered an eccentric by the people around him, he does things his own way and fails to read situations, much to the frustration of his partner Kanzaki Rio (Kuriyama Chiaki).
Related: Iryu Sousa Special 2020
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 21 January 2021
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu (Ane-chan no Koibito, Monroe ga Shinda Hi, Soshite Ikiru)
Director: Fukagawa Yoshihiro
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Kitamura Takumi, Iura Arata, Adachi Yumi, Mashima Hidekazu, Mitsuishi Ken, Nishida Naomi, Izumiya Shigeru, Mizuno Miki, Moto Fuyuki, Hankai Kazuaki, Ikeda Ryo, Mizuno Kumi
Synopsis: Kureno Masora (Takahata Mitsuki) works at a Tokyo university hospital’s emergency centre. One day, she discovers that she has an illness. However, she does not earn much money as a doctor and wants to continue with her job. Masora happens to learn about a clinic in a small village deep in the mountains. Hiding her illness, she decides to work there and ends up living under the same roof as two guys – a surgeon Asagi Saku (Iura Arata) and a nurse Aoyama Taiyo (Kitamura Takumi) who have also arrived from Tokyo. She is a doctor yet she has to come to terms with her new life as a patient. But she gradually endears herself to the villagers and becomes an integral part of the village.
Date: From 10.00 pm., Thursdays, 7 January 2021
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Fantasy romance
Original Work: Familiar Wife by Yang Hee-Seung
Scriptwriter: Hashibe Atsuko (Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekiteiru, Freeter Ie o Kau, Boku no Ikiru Michi Series)
Director: Hijikata Masato
Theme Song: Kimi to Mitai Sekai by Kanjani8
Cast: Okura Tadayoshi, Hirose Alice, Matsushita Kohei, Kawaei Rina, Morita Kanro, Suezawa Seiya, Sano Hinako, Ando Nico, Magy, Nekoze Tsubaki, Okayama Hajime, Takimoto Miori, Katahira Nagisa, Namase Katsuhisa
Synopsis: Kenzaki Motoharu (Okura Tadayoshi) works at a bank. He has been married to Mio (Hirose Alice) for five years and they have two children. At work, he is taken to task about improving his performance by his boss and when he comes back home exhausted, he gets yelled at by Mio. He feels small every day. Back in university, Motoharu was Mio’s home tutor. He found her cheerful, cute and feisty and was drawn to her. They got married and at first, they were head over heels in love. But now he is scared of her outbursts. Motoharu wonders why his colleagues seem happily married but he is the only unlucky one. That is when he happens to meet Egawa Sayaka (Takimoto Miori), a junior in university who was every male student’s dream girl. He regrets his choice. Then one day, a 500 yen coin that Motoharu received from a man who spoke to him on the street causes him to suddenly travel back in time to his university days. If he goes back to the past and changes his choice, will changing his wife also transform his life?
Preview: Shitteru Wife CM
Edo Moiselle ~ Reiwa de Koi, Itashinsu
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 7 January 2021
Genre: Love comedy
Original Work: Edo Moiselle by Edo Kirie
Scriptwriters: Masaike Yosuke (Rental Nanmo Shinai Hito, Shiyakusho, Miss Sherlock), Obayashi Rieko (Nodoka no Niwa, Inochi Urimasu, Karikare)
Directors: Shioguchi Takeshi, Kikiukawa Makoto, Asahina Yoko
Theme Song: Say Your Name by Enjin
Cast: Okada Miyu, Hayama Shono, Yoshitani Ayako, Yamaguchi Mayu, Fujie Moe, Nakamoto Taiga, Morita Kanro, Maeda Goki, Tanaka Naoki
Synopsis: Senka (Okada Miyu) is a high-ranking courtesan who lives in Yoshiwara during the Edo period. She hates unsophisticated and illogical things and talks down to both customers and wealthy people. Senka travels in time from 1860 to present day Tokyo where she meets Kuraji Shunsuke (Hayama Shono). Shunsuke was born to a family with a high social standing, but he immediately quits the company that he joined. He is argumentative, bad at communicating with other people and also bad at love. Although Senka knows that she will have to return to Edo some day, she becomes attached to the people of Tokyo.
Preview: Edo Moiselle CM
Anata Hannin Ja Arimasen
Date: From 1.00 a.m., Fridays, 8 January 2021 (Original date: April 2020)
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Tsuchiya Ryoichi (Keshite Mane Shinaide Kudasai, Sennyuu Sousa Idol), Saijo Mitsutoshi (Omoshiro Nankyoku Ryorinin, Oh My Jump!), Nemoto Shuko, Tomisaka Yu, Fukuda Takuya
Directors: Kitabata Ryuichi, Monma Naoto
Cast: Hibino Meina, Yamazaki Shigenori, Kitano Kii
Synopsis: One day, a teacher by the name of Izumi (Kitano Kii) is found stabbed to death in her wedding dress in the pool on the rooftop of Seishun High School. A classmate confesses to being her killer to Class 3C’s president Hibino Meina (Hibino Meina) and Goshima (Yamazaki Shigenori), the detective in charge of the case. However, Meina detects inconsistencies in the incomprehensible method and motive for murder and has to refute the person, only for another classmate to step forward to confess. Why would her classmates claim to be the criminal?
Meiji Kaika: Shinjuro Tanteichou
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 11 December 2020 (Original date: April 2020)
Station: NHK BS Premium
Genre: Period suspense
Original Work: Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonochou by Sakaguchi Ango
Scriptwriters: Komatsu Eriko (Daifugou Doushin, Itsumade mo Shiroi Hane, Hanamoyu), Ito Yasuro (Daifugou Doushin)
Directors: Kasaura Tomochika, Motoki Kazuhiro, Okano Hironobu
Cast: Fukushi Sota, Uchida Rio, Yamoto Yuma, Nakamura Yasuhi, Katsumura Masanobu, Sasai Eisuke, Tsurumi Shingo, Inamori Izumi, Takahashi Katsunori
Synopsis: The early days of the Meiji era was a period of massive change, and there were a high incidence of bizarre cases. The special investigator Yuki Shinjuro (Fukushi Sota), who has a good standing with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, returns to Japan after his travels abroad and is outspoken about the truth of these cases. Izumiyama Toranosuke (Yamoto Yuma), a former student who learned swordsmanship from Katsu Kaishu (Takahashi Katsunori), loves making deductions about difficult cases. He is always treated disparagingly and cries to have the brains and eyes of Kaishu whom he admires. Shinjuro, Toranosuke and Kaishu draw all sorts of people to them including Kaishu’s gutsy wife Tami (Inamori Izumi) who was formerly a geisha; Kano Rie (Uchida Rio), an influential merchant’s daughter who is in love with Shinjuro; Hananoya Inga (Nakamura Yasuhi), a writer of fiction of a style combining a facetious tone with elaborate structure; and the great police superintendent Hayami Seigen (Katsumura Masanobu) who considers Shinjuro a nuisance. As their case-solving progresses, the anxiety as well as love and hate that people have towards the new Meiji era manifests itself. Shinjuro, Rie and Toranosuke tangle with many important people of the period such as Saigo Takamori (Tsurumi Shingo) and Okubo Toshimichi (Sasai Eisuke) through these cases, and grow up.
Ore no Ie no Hanashi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 22 January 2021
Scriptwriter: Kudo Kankuro (Kangoku no Ohimesama, Yutori desu ga Nani ka Series, Gomen ne Seishun!)
Directors: Kaneko Fuminori, Yamamura Daisuke, Fukuda Ryosuke
Cast: Nagase Tomoya, Toda Erika, Nagayama Kento, Eguchi Noriko, Inowaki Kai, Hamura Jinsei, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Miyake Hiroki, Hiraiwa Kami, Akiyama Ryuji, Kiritani Kenta, Nishida Toshiyuki
Synopsis: Nicknamed Blizzard Ju, professional wrestler Miyama Juichi (Nagase Tomoya) used to belong to a large professional wrestling group and even became the Puerto Rico Champion. However, he now scrapes by with a small group due to his injuries and age. One day, he receives a phone call informing him that his father Jusaburo (Nishida Toshiyuki) is in a critical condition. Juichi’s father is the 27th generation head of the Miyama family. A practitioner of Noh which is an important intangible cultural asset, he is also a living national treasure and has over 10,000 disciples across the country. Although Juichi was expected to follow in Jusaburo’s footsteps, he rebelled. After he left home, they did not communicate for more than 20 years. When Juichi visits his father, Jusaburo declares that he is engaged to his female caregiver Shida Sakura (Toda Erika) and intends to leave all his fortune to her. Juichi retires from pro wrestling and returns to his family home to help care for his father.
Preview: Ore no Ie no Hanashi Teaser
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 22 January 2021
Scriptwriter: Yoshizawa Tomoko (Byoushitsu de Nenbutsu o Tonaenaide Kudasai, Kimi ga Kokoro ni Sumitsuita, Damena Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai)
Directors: Masuda Shizuo, Doi Shohei
Cast: Yamaguchi Sayaka, Zaizen Naomi, Sakuraba Nanami, Mikata Ryosuke, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Murakami Shingo, Nemoto Maharu, Nakahara Taeko, Ibu Masato, Yo Kimiko
Synopsis: The former female members of a high school basketball club are gathered for a party to send off their basketball teacher Ando Katsuhito’s (Ibu Masato). Among them are three former captains – 39-year-old Enoki Kana (Yamaguchi Sayaka), 53-year-old Tsuruga Yuko (Zaizen Naomi) and 27-year-old Mishiro Akane (Sakuraba Nanami) – who are noticeably unhappy. As each of them keep suffering unexpected incidents, they say with a touch of self-derision that they were in their prime during high school. One remark from Ando’s wife Yoshie (Yo Kimiko) abruptly changes things. “How about staying in the team’s dorm?” And so the three women end up living under the same roof. With the addition of Ando’s son Yuichi (Mikata Ryosuke) and Kana’s young daughter Tamaki (Nemoto Maharu), they become a pseudo family of six. As Kana, Yuko and Akane strive to change, will they be able to turn their lives around?
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Saturdays, 16 January 2021
Scriptwriter: Matsumoto Kana (Designer Shibui Naoto no Kyuujitsu, Tokyo Danshi Zukan, Cote d’Azur No.10)
Director: Matsumoto Kana
Cast: Kobayashi Satomi, Yakusho Koji, Ishibashi Shizuka, Bengal, Itaya Yuka, Yamanaka Takashi, Mitsuishi Ken, Miura Toko, Motai Masako
Synopsis: There is a signage with the words Pension Metsa inscribed on it in front of a house built in a forest of larch trees in an area for holiday homes in Nagano Prefecture. It is a pension with only one guest room and Tenko (Kobayashi Satomi), the owner of the house, lives on alone. The occasional guests that drop in are generally on their own including long-time friends and people she unexpectedly encounters. As Tenko gets involved with them, she begins to become aware of her own circumstances.
Byplayers Season 3 ~ Meiwakiyaku no Mori no 100-kakan
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 9 January 2021
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Byplayers Series, Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi)), Miyamoto Takeshi (Byplayers Series, Prison Hotel)
Directors: Matsui Daigo, Asano Atsuya, Morishita Toshiyuki, Tomita Kazunari
Cast: Taguchi Tomorow, Matsushige Yutaka, Mitsuishi Ken, Endo Kenichi, Abe Ryohei, Ando Tamae, Ishimaru Kenjiro, Uno Shohei, Emoto Tokio, Okura Koji, Ozawa Hitoshi, Omi Toshinori, Katsumura Masanobu, Kato Ryo, Kaneko Daichi, Kita Kana, Kondo Yoshimasa, Sasaki Nozomi, Shishido Miwako, Shida Mirai, Sugino Yosuke, Daigo Kotaro, Takasugi Mahiro, Takito Kenichi, Tanaka Yoji, Tsuda Kanji, Terajima Shinobu, Hasegawa Kyoko, Hamada Gaku, Hayashi Yasufumi, Harada Ryuji, Fuse Eri, Horiuchi Keiko, Mizuki Arisa, Mukai Osamu, Murata Takehiro, Motomiya Yasukaze, Morishita Yoshiyuki, Ryo, Rokkaku Seiji, Watanabe Ikkei, Iketani Nobue, Ukaji Takashi, Okada Koki, Ogi Shigemitsu, Sugata Shun, Takahata Atsuko, Tomita Miyu, Namioka Kazuki, Nishimura Masahiko, Hamano Kenta, Honda Hirotaro, Honda Miu, Masu Takeshi, Yoshida Yo, Yoshine Kyoko, Riju Go, Aijima Kazuyuki, Inaba Yu, Inoue Hajime, Ibu Masato, Okayama Amane, Onoue Hiroyuki, Kinoshita Houka, Komoto Masahiro, Konno Hiroki, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Tanaka Min, Tamaoki Reo, Nomaguchi Toru, Hashimoto Jun, Hayami Mokomochi, Honda Chikara, Maeda Atsuko, Maeno Tomoya, Matsuo Takashi, Mizuma Ron, Musaka Naomasa, Megumi
Synopsis: Set in Byplaywood, a large film studio surrounded by forest and far from the city, 100 days of turmoil ensues as a result of the clustering of various TV stations’ drama series and movies at the same time in this remote studio. It is a story of the battle for ratings between studios, clashes between young, mid-career, and lead actors, as well as the touching friendships and bonds.
Related: Byplayers Season 2
Cold Case Season 3 ~ Shinjitsu no Tobira
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 5 December 2020
Original Work: Cold Case by Warner Bros
Scriptwriters: Sakai Masaaki (Aogeba Toutoshi, Hamon (Yakubyougami Series)), Nogi Moegi, Yoshida Yasuhiro (Konoudori Season 2, Plage, Cold Case Series), Hourai Ryuta (Heisei Sasameyuki, Cold Case Series), Zeze Takahisa (Cold Case Series, Zainin no Uso, Kanata no Ko), Takimoto Tomoyuki (Talio, Hokuto, Tenshi to Akuma)
Directors: Hatano Takafumi, Uchikata Akira, Morishita Toshiyuki
Genre: Crime suspense
Cast: Yoshida Yo, Nagayama Kento, Takito Kenichi, Mitsuishi Ken, Miura Tomokazu, Eguchi Yosuke (guest star), Ogata Naoto (guest star), Toda Naho (guest star), Inowaki Kai (guest star), Yokota Eiji (guest star), Kurosawa Asuka (guest star), Yamamoto Mirai (guest star), Okabe Takashi (guest star), Matsukado Yohei (guest star), Watanabe Dai (guest star), Riju Go (guest star), Arimura Kasumi (guest star), Iwata Takanori (guest star), Izumisawa Yuki (guest star), Nimura Sawa (guest star), Matsubara Chieko (guest star), Wakabayashi Go (guest star), Nakamura Toru (guest star), Otoo Takuma (guest star), Matsuzawa Takumi (guest star), Oda Risa (guest star), Kokubo Toshihito (guest star), Yamaguchi Sayaka (guest star), Kubota Sayu (guest star), Akaso Eiji (guest star), Kuroki Haru (guest star), Takasugi Mahiro (guest star), Suruga Taro (guest star), Nakajima Hiroko (guest star), Yamaji Kazuhiro (guest star), Maya Kyoko (guest star), Takehara Pistol (guest star), Tamaoki Reo (guest star), Hamada Megumi (guest star), Umegaki Yoshiaki (guest star), Miyazawa Kazufumi (guest star), Mizuno Miki (guest star), Houwei (guest star), Cho Tamiyasu (guest star), Nakayama Shinobu (guest star), Nashimoto Kenjiro (guest star), Guts Ishimatsu (guest star), Murata Takehiro (guest star), Daichi Yasuo (guest star), Tomita Yasuko (guest star), Kita Kana (guest star), Nakajima Hiroki (guest star), Nakata Kurumi (guest star), Hirata Kaoru (guest star), Nishio Mari (guest star), Kanno Misuzu (guest star)
Synopsis: Inspector Ishikawa Yuri (Yoshida Yo) leads the team (Nagayama Kento, Takito Kenichi, Mitsuishi Ken) from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police’s First Investigative Division to crack unsolved cases.
Preview: Cold Case Season 3 CM
Related: Cold Case Season 2 ~ Shinjitsu no Tobira
Red Eyes ~ Kanshi Sousa-han
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 23 January 2021
Scriptwriters: Sakai Masaaki (Aogeba Toutoushi, Yakubyougami Series, Smoking Gun), Fukuda Teppei (In Hand), Manabe Yukiko ( Renzoku Satsujinki Kaeru Otoko, Bouncer)
Directors: Mizuno Kaku, Naganuma Makoto
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Matsushita Nao, Shuri, Shishido Kavka, Matsumura Hokuto, Kimura Yuichi
Synopsis: The Kanagawa Prefectural Police’s Investigation Support Analysis Centre is a unit which tackles criminal investigations by using big data collated such as footage from some 5 million surveillance cameras nationwide. Fushimi Kyosuke (Kamenashi Kazuya) a former detective with the Prefectural Police’s First Investigation Division, is a special investigator whose fiancee Miho (Ono Yuriko) was murdered by a serial killer. The other members of the unit are civilians including a former university professor in criminal psychology Yamazaki Tatsujiro (Kimura Yuichi) who is an expert in profiling, a single mother Minatogawa Yumiko (Shishido Kavka) who used to be with the Self Defence Forces, and a young genius hacker Komaki Kaname (Matsumura Hokuto). They seems like a dream team but all of the members are former criminals with dark pasts.
Mokomi Kanojo ga Chotto Hen dakedo
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Saturdays, 23 January 2021
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Hashibe Atsuko (Ghost Writer, Freeter Ie o Kau, Boku Series)
Directors: Takezono Hajime, Tsunehiro Jota, Kamada Toshiaki
Theme Song: Ame Nochi Hare by GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE
Cast: Koshiba Fuka, Kudo Asuka, Kato Seishiro, Tanabe Seiichi, Tomita Yasuko, Hashizume Isao, Mizusawa Erena, Naito Risa
Synopsis: Shimizu Mokomi (Koshiba Fuka) possesses delicate senses which allow her to understand the feelings of objects such as stuffed toys, stones and plants. As a result of this uncanny ability, she has been treated as a weirdo and scolded. Mokomi stopped going to school when she was in fifth grade in elementary school and tried to live with as little interaction with other people as possible. She eventually graduated from high school through a correspondence course. It was only when Mokomi was 20 that she followed her mother Chikako’s suggestion and began a part-time job checking for defective products at a factory. On her 22nd birthday, she suddenly declared that she did not want to go to the factory. However, something makes Mokomi decide to step out into the wide world. As she begins to venture out, this also affects her seemingly peaceful family which is actually splintered. They start throwing their honest opinions at each other and come to terms with themselves in this story about the rebirth of Mokomi and her family (Kudo Asuka, Tanabe Seiichi, Tomita Yasuko).
Kakenai!? ~ Kyakuhonka Yoshimaru Keisuke Sujigaki no Nai Seikatsu
Date: From 11.30 p.m., Saturdays, 16 January 2021
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yasushi (Doctors ~ Saikyou no Meii Series, Good Partner, Galileo Series)
Directors: Toyoshima Keisuke, Yuki Saito
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Kichise Michiko, Kikuchi Fuma, Ono Takehiko, Umezawa Masayo, Yamada Anna, Yunho, Hamano Kenta, Okada Masaki (guest star), Nagai Mijika, Koike Teppei, Kitamura Yukiya
Synopsis: Yoshimaru Keisuke (Ikuta Toma) has liked watching television dramas since he was a child and wanted to become a scriptwriter. However, he was not successful in competitions. He eventually gave up on his dream and found a job at a real estate company. That is how he met Nami (Kichise Michiko), a single mother who was searching for an apartment. They fell in love and got married. Nami won a newcomer of the year award for a novel that she wrote while she was pregnant and became a popular writer. This reignited Keisuke’s forgotten dream. When he was 32, he finally won a competition. He quit his job to concentrate on writing scripts but he barely had projects and ended up taking care of the children (Yamada Anna, Yunho) and housework. Five years later, he has not made progress as a scriptwriter, and yet he is somehow content with his current life. One day, Keisuke suddenly gets the chance of a lifetime to write the screenplay for a prime time drama series after the main scriptwriter pulls out without warning. Although Nami worries whether Keisuke will be able to write well, she grows more supportive as she watches him try to do his best.
Preview: Kakenai!? CM
Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu
Date: From 11.30 p.m., Saturdays, 16 January 2021
Original Work: Koko wa Ima kara Rinri desu by Amase Shiori
Scriptwriter: Takaha Aya
Directors: Watanabe Tetsuya, Ono Michi, Ono Yohei
Cast: Yamada Yuki, Kayashima Mizuki, Ikeda Yuto, Watanabe Ao, Ikeda Akana, Kawano Kaisei, Uragami Seishu, Kiryu Sakura, Itagaki Rihito, Inukai Naoki, Sugita Rairu, Nakata Seina, Tamura Kentaro, Umefune Ariei, Igita Natsuha, Fujimatsu Shoko, Kawashima Junya, Mikami Ichiro, Hizuki Hana, Yamashina Keita, Kimura Hanayo, Furuya Ryuta, Songha
Synopsis: There is a high school where students can take an elective course in ethics. Despite their innocent looks, the students that attend the class have serious problems of their own such as self-harm, bullying, drugs, non-consensual sex, and seem weighed down by their troubles. Takayanagi (Yamada Yuki), the mysterious teacher in charge of this elective course, offers words on ethics and philosophy to them. When applied to the students of today, these words written in what seems like a boring ethics textbook, help them deal with their own problems and get through life.
Sono Onna, Jiruba
Date: From 11.40 p.m, Saturdays, 9 January 2021
Station: Fuji TV
Original Work: Sono Onna, Jiruba by Arima Shinobu
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Noriko (Dying Eye, Mistresses, Henshin)
Directors: Murakami Makito, Nemoto Kazumasa
Cast: Ikewaki Chizuru, Eguchi Noriko, Matobu Sei, Yamazaki Shigenori, Nakao Mie, Hisamoto Masami, Kusamura Reiko, Nakata Yoshiko, Shinagawa Toru, Kusabue Mitsuko
Synopsis: 40-year-old Usui Arata (Ikewaki Chizuru) works for a large department store but is mocked for being an abandoned old woman and demoted to its logistics warehouse. She has no boyfriend, savings or security in old age. Driven out from her workplace because of restructuring, Arata is on the verge of giving up on her dreams, work and marriage. However, at that moment, she happens to come across a place that will significantly change her life. It is the legendary Bar Old Jack & Rose which has a poster recruiting hostesses. The condition is that applicants have to be over 40. Arata decides to take the plunge and work here in a bid to change her life. She soon gets shocked by the difference in values. The average age of the hostesses at Bar Old Jack & Rose which started right after the war, is over 70. The customers visit for its food and hospitality. Taking the name Arara, she blossoms and begins to recover the important things that she had forgotten, as the youngest hostess in a space brimming with the vitality and energy of mature women.
Preview: Sono Onna, Jiruba CM
Keihan Ensen Monogatari ~ Kominka Minpaku Kizunaya e Yokoso*NEW*
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Sundays, 10 January 2021
Station: BS TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Ishida Akira, Aso Kumiko (Lunch Gokon Tantei, Gosaigyou, Yami no Bansosha Series), Mitsuru Yu
Directors: Chimura Toshimitsu, Nagao Kumiko, Tanaka Kenji
Cast: Konishi Sakurako, Nakamura Shunsuke, Niitsu Chise, Dan Mitsu, Okada Yoshinori, Ken, Nakagawa Tsuyoshi, Hashiyasume Atsuko, Terada Minori, Hotaru Yukijiro, Nakamura Shizuka, Tanimura Mitsuki, Sugiura Taiyo
Synopsis: 24-year-old Imachi Jun (Konishi Sakurako) is a new writer who scored a big hit with her debut work. Because it sold well, she is unable to write her next book because of the pressure she feels. To escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Jun heads to Cable Hachimagu Sanjo Station on Keihan Railway which runs between Osaka and Kyoto. She meets a former chef Kuga Sosuke (Nakamura Shunsuke) and an elementary student Kinomiya Kokoro (Niitsu Chise), and is taken to their residence Kizunaya which takes lodgers and ends up staying long-term. As Jun lives at Kizunaya and interacts with Sosuke, Kokoro and the guests who come to stay, she gradually becomes emotionally stronger and gains the confidence to write her second book.
Preview: Keihan Ensen Monogatari CM
Seiten o Tsuke
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Sundays, 14 February 2021
Scriptwriter: Omori Mika (Mikaiketsu no Onna Series, Kono Koe o Kimi ni, Asa ga Kita)
Cast: Yoshizawa Ryo, Kobayashi Kaoru, Wakui Emi, Murakawa Eri, Fujino Ryoko, Kora Kengo, Narumi Riko, Tanabe Seiichi, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Hashimoto Ai, Okada Kenshi, Hiraizumi Sei, Asaka Mayumi, Takenaka Naoto, Watanabe Ikkei, Tsuda Kanji, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Tsutsumi Shinichi, Kimura Yoshino, Hirata Mitsuru, Tamaki Hiroshi, Yoshi Ikuzo, Watanabe Daichi, Kamishiraishi Mone, Minemura Rie, Mimura Rie, Kawaei Rina, Kishitani Goro, Otani Ryohei, Satoi Kenta, Nakamura Yasuhi, Kaname Jun, Koike Teppei, Tezuka Satomi, Tezuka Mai, Sakou Yoshi, Itabashi Shunya, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Fujiwara Kisetsu, Hara Hideko, Morley Robertson
Synopsis: Shibusawa Eiichi (Yoshizawa Ryo), the man whose face will be on Japan’s new 10,000 yen bill, is known as the father of Japanese capitalism. He was involved in the founding of almost 500 companies, and at the same time some 600 social welfare organisations. Shibusawa lived in a time of turbulent change. He began as an advocate of anti-foreign sentiment, but recognising the momentum of history he came to embrace Western ideas. Born to a farming family (Kobayashi Kaoru, Wakui Emi, Murakawa Eri, Fujino Ryoko) in a rural area, Shibusawa became a vassal of the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi). But with the demise of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868, he found himself unemployed. Shibusawa ended up serving the new Meiji government despite himself. After waging a great battle in the political arena, he eventually resigned at the age of 33 and became a civilian. As an industrialist, he kicked off towering reforms, founding what was needed and laying the foundation for modern Japan – banking, insurance, paper manufacturing, railway, shipping, gas and electricity. Guided by the teachings of Confucius, which he had learned since young, Shibusawa was able to rise above adversity no matter how the situation changed. In his later years, he focused his energy on serving public interest and was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tengoku to Jigoku ~ Saikona Futari
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 17 January 2021
Scriptwriter: Morishita Yoshiko (Dakara Watashi wa Oshimashita, Gibo to Musume no Blues Series, Tenno no Ryoriban)
Directors: Hirakawa Yuichiro, Aoyama Takahiro, Matsumoto Aya
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Takahashi Issei, Emoto Tasuku, Mizobata Junpei, Nakamura Yuri, Sakoda Takaya, Hayashi Yasufumi, Nomaguchi Toru, Yoshimi Kazutoyo, Baba Toru, Tani Kyosuke, Kishii Yukino, Kiba Katsumi, Kitamura Kazuki
Synopsis: 35-year-old Mochizuki Ayako (Ayase Haruka) is a detective who is a hard working, righteous and ambitious. She is the type who irks bosses and the people around her with her personality and focus on how things “should be done”. One day, she finds evidence proving that a man is a suspect in a murder case. It is her big chance to arrest him. Unfortunately Ayako swops bodies with Hidaka Haruto (Takahashi Issei), a chemistry researcher and shrewd entrepreneur, whose smart, nice guy persona belies his true psychotic, murderous nature. Ayako lives with the easygoing Watanabe Riku (Emoto Tasuku) who survives on part-time work and is a complete leech. Even so, he is the only one that she can lean on. Will he be able to detect the changes in Ayako? Furthermore, Ayako has to contend with a senior detective Kawahara Mitsuo (Kitamura Kazuki) who can be called her nemesis. He is very capable and will do anything in order to get results. Now that Ayako and Hidaka have switched places, they are filled with anxiety every day over the possibility of a momentary error of judgement as their status, personality, use of words and behaviour are complete opposites. Over time, their values are shaken to the core. They are also in for an unanticipated truth and romance.
Preview: Tengoku to Jigoku CM
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 10 January 2021
Station: NHK BS Premium
Original Work: Company by Ibuki Yuki
Scriptwriter: Umeda Mika (Seigi no Se, 37.5°C no Namida, Hanasaki Mai ga Damattenai Series)
Directors: Matsuda Ayato, Tanazawa Takayoshi
Cast: Inohara Yoshihiko, Kurashina Kana, Miyao Shuntaro, Oda Risa, Furukawa Yuta, Kobayashi Mina, Matsuo Tatsuru, Obana Kie, Otani Rena, Fujitani Riko, Kuriyama Ren, Tabata Shima, Iwamatsu Ryo, Sakai Maki, Konishi Manami, Nishimura Masahiko, Kuroki Hitomi
Synopsis: One day, Aoyagi Seiichi (Inohara Yoshihiko) suddenly faces the threat of layoff after his employer Ariake Pharmaceutical goes through a merger. His wife Etsuko (Konishi Manami) and daughter leave home without any warning. What exactly went wrong when he had been living honestly? Aoyagi is given a mission by his boss as a chance to return to the company. Ariake Pharmaceutical has been sponsoring a ballet troupe. His mission is to make the performance of Swan Lake at the end of the year a success. This is a challenge that is near impossible for him. With his wife’s ballet diary as his only clue, Aoyagi faces the world of ballet which is completely foreign to him.
Tokkai ~ Furyou Saiken Tokubetsu Kaishuubu
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 17 January 2021
Original Work: Tokkai Bubble no Kaijin ga Oitsumeta Otokotachi by Kiyotake Hidetoshi
Scriptwriter: Todayama Masashi (Keiji Zero Series, Ishi Tsubute, Shingari)
Directors: Wakamatsu Setsuro, Muratani Yoshinori
Cast: Ito Hideaki, Nakayama Yuma, Hirosue Ryoko, Yajima Kenichi, Hagiwara Masato, Sakurai Yuki, Nakamura Yuri, Miura Masaki, Matsukado Yohei, Ota Rina, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Sasai Eisuke, Watanabe Hiroyuki, Tanaka Ken, Dan Jiro, Sano Shiro, Ogata Naoto, Issey Ogata, Nakamura Toru, Hashizume Isao
Synopsis: In 1996, Shibasaki Akira (Ito Hideaki) who works for the Loan Department of Aoba Bank’s Yotsubashi branch, is seconded to the Home Financing Credit Management Organisation. Besides those transferred from banks just like Shibasaki, the former employees of failed home financing companies have been gathered at this government corporation aimed at collecting the bad debts of these companies that have gone under. Their priority is to collect every single yen which amounts to a staggering 6.78 trillion yen of bad debts. When the bubble economy collapsed, the government injected 685 billion yen in order to manage the bad debts of the failed home financing companies, drawing the wrath of the people. The ones assembled at the frontline have to risk their lives facing off against vicious debtors including real estate tycoons and gangs order to protect taxpayers’ money.
Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni Season 1
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 17 January 2021 (continues on Hulu in March)
Genre: Survival, love mystery
Scriptwriter: Ikeda Natsuko (Zekkyou, Shinhannin, Miyazawa Kenji no Shokutaku)
Director: Sugawara Shintaro
Cast: Takeuchi Ryoma, Nakajo Ayami, Kasamatsu Sho, Iitoyo Marie, Otani Ryohei, Sasano Takashi, Makita Sports, Ando Tamae, Yokomizo Naho, Suzunosuke, Kim Jaehyun, Takito Kenichi
Synopsis: Mamiya Hibiki (Takeuchi Ryoma) works at a car maintenance shop. On the day that he intends to propose to his live-in girlfriend Ogasawara Kurumi (Nakajo Ayami), whom he has dated since high school, a tunnel caves in and he gets trapped. When Mamiya makes it out from the tunnel four days later, the world has completely changed. There is no one around. The transportation network is wrecked and he cannot get mobile signals. A directive for an emergency evacuation is repeated on the radio. There are traces of blood in the streets. It seems that the world has come to an end. Mamiya desperately searches for Kurumi but she is nowhere to be found. He eventually realises that the town has been sealed off as a security zone. Are the few survivors (Kasamatsu Sho, Iitoyo Marie, Otani Ryohei, Sasano Takashi, Makita Sports, Ando Tamae, Yokomizo Naho, Suzunosuke) a bunch who can pull through this hopeless situation together with him?
Preview: Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni Season 1 CM
Miyako ga Kyoto ni Yatte Kita!
Date: From 11.55 p.m., Sundays, 10 January 2021
Station: ABC TV
Scriptwriter: Imai Masako (Soko o Nantoka Series, Bitter Sugar)
Director: Chiba Yukitoshi
Theme Song: I Love My Daughter by BREAKERZ
Cast: Sasaki Kuranosuke, Fujino Ryoko, Yuki Kousei, Matsumoto Wakana, Mitsubayashi Kyoko, Ichikawa Ennosuke
Synopsis: Kakinoki Kukichi (Sasaki Kuranosuke) is a doctor who runs a small clinic in Kyoto. He specialises in making house calls. One day, his only daughter Miyako (Fujino Ryoko), whom he has never been in touch with in the 12 years since his divorce, shows up at the clinic. The last time he saw her was when she was 8 years old. The Miyako standing in front of him has turned 20 and is a lovely young woman. Kukichi cannot hide his shock at her sudden appearance in Kyoto. Regardless of his feelings, Miyako declares that she will be staying here for a while. Although father and daughter feel awkward meeting again after 12 years, they gradually begin to understand each other as they come in contact with the beautiful town and the caring people.
Preview: Miyako ga Kyoto ni Yatte Kita! CM