Summer 2022 Dramas

Kyoso no Bannin

Kyoso no Bannin
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 11 July – 12 September 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Mystery
Episodes: 11
Original Work: Kyoso no Bannin by Shinkawa Hotate
Scriptwriters: Ushio Kentaro (No Side Game, Black Pean, Chiisana Kyojin), Kanda Yu (Itoshii Uso, Radiation House Series, Ukiwa), Anabuki Ichiro (Jashin no Tenbin, Chou no Rikigaku, Dr DMAT), Tatenai Kenta
Directors: Aizawa Hideyuki, Moriwaki Tomonobu
Theme Song: GLOW by idom
Cast: Sakaguchi Kentaro, Anne, Koike Eiko, Okura Koji, Kato Seishiro, Kohinata Fumiyo, Kuroba Mario, Onishi Ayaka, Ishikawa Moka, Terajima Shinobu, Yamamoto Koji (guest star), Harumi Shiho (guest star), Akapen Takigawa (guest star), Hamatsu Takayuki (guest star), Takeda Kohei (guest star), Nomura Masumi (guest star), Okada Yoshinori (guest star), Yoshizawa Hisashi (guest star), Sakata Tadashi (guest star), Rokkaku Shinji (guest star), Matobu Sei (guest star), Hagiwara Minori (guest star)
Synopsis: Koshobu Tsutomu (Sakaguchi Kentaro) passed the bar exam at the age of 20. After graduating at the top of his cohort at Tokyo University’s law faculty, he could have got a job at any company or government office. But he chose to work at the Fair Trade Commission. Koshobu seemed to have a fixation about working for the Fair Trade Commission and he was fired up with a sense of mission that is somewhat crazed – “I’ve to fight even if I’m weak”. While he has a unique perspective and insights unlike other officers, he is considered an oddball by the people around him because he works quite differently from them. One day, a former detective Shirokuma Kaede (Anne) joins the team. Kaede failed to capture a criminal who was right in front of her. Because this incident was viewed as a problem, she was ordered to transfer to the Fair Trade Commission. Much to her surprise, the Fair Trade Commission is described as a weak agency and looked down on by other government agencies. As it does not have the police’s enforcement power of search warrants or right to make arrests, there are all sorts of hurdles in investigations. Kaede is disappointed by the actual state of affairs. Although Koshobu and Kaede have totally different personalities and ways of thinking, she gradually begins to understand his mentality of boldly taking on big enemies as they team up to tackle difficult cases.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/kyosonobannin
Twitter: twitter.com/kyoso_fujitv
Preview: Kyoso no Bannin CM

Maho no Rinobe

Maho no Rinobe
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, 18 July – 19 September 2022
Episodes: 10
Station: Fuji TV
Original Work: Maho no Rinobe by Hoshizaki Maki
Scriptwriter: Ueda Makoto (Grappler Baki wa BL dewa nai ka to Kangaetsuzuketa Otome no Kiroku, Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku, Streetwise in Wonderland Series)
Directors: Ruto Toichiro, Honda Ryuichi
Theme Song: Chi no Kate by Yorushika
Cast: Haru, Mamiya Shotaro, Kaneko Daichi, Yoshino Hokuto, Sumire, Honda Chikara, Yamashita Kohei, YOU, Kondo Yoshimasa, Harada Taizo, Endo Kenichi, Nakayama Miho (guest star), Terawaki Yasufumi (guest star), Mizuno Miki (guest star), Nomaguchi Toru (guest star), Triendl Reina (guest star), Sakoda Takaya (guest star), Terajima Susumu (guest star), Asano Yuko (guest star), Watanabe Makiko (guest star), Saeki Daichi (guest star), Iwamatsu Ryo (guest star), Murakawa Eri (guest star)
Synopsis: Shingyoji Kome (Haru) joins Marufuku Builders. She had been the sales ace at a major home improvement company until she was forced to quit as a result of a huge blunder just before she turned 30. Marufuku Builders is run by Fukuyama Kuranosuke (Endo Kenichi) who scouted Kome. Kuranosuke’s eldest son Fukuyama Gennosuke (Mamiya Shotaro), a twice divorced single father of a 7-year-old boy, quit his job as a salaryman and started work in sales at Marufuku Builders. However, he has yet to make a sale due to his lack of aggressiveness which comes from his good nature. Kome is teamed up with Gennosuke and has to double as his trainer. While they make an odd pair in sales, they are two persons with low esteem who truly need to change their own personal lives. Despite being polar opposites, Kome and Gennosuke also have points in common. They work together to solve the troubles and problems that clients and their families do not even realise through home renovation proposals.
Website: www.ktv.jp/mahorino
Twitter: twitter.com/mahorino8
Preview: Maho no Rinobe Teaser

Anata no Butsu ga, Koko ni

Anata no Butsu ga, Koko ni
Date: From 10.45 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays, 22 August 2022
Station: NHK
Episodes: 24
Scriptwriter: Sakurai Tsuyoshi (4-punkan no Marigold, Fuwaku no Scrum, Bakumatsu Gurume Bushi Meshi Series)
Directors: Bonkobara Makoto, Nagikawa Yoshiro, Sahara Yuki
Cast: Nimura Sawa, Sano Masaya, Maida Nono, Okabe Takashi, Tsuda Kenjiro, Yuchami, Kimura Midoriko
Synopsis: Women working in the nightlife business started losing their means of livelihood with the repeated declarations of a state of emergency since April 2020. On the other hand, e-commerce grew rapidly as a result of the order to stay at home. The package delivery and transport industries had to handle an unprecedented amount of goods while small and medium-sized transport companies were consigned to make home deliveries. 29-year-old hostess Yamazaki Ako (Nimura Sawa) from Amagasaki City in Hyogo Prefecture made a living with her quick wits and animated conversation. But her life changed drastically due to the pandemic and she lost her job. As a single mother of a 10-year-old daughter Miyu (Maida Nono), her only hope is to change jobs and become a delivery driver … …
Website: www.nhk.jp/p/ts/4VZRPGKL15
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas
Preview: Anata no Butsu ga, Koko ni CM

Unicorn ni Notte

Unicorn ni Notte
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 5 July – 6 September 2002
Station: TBS
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Okita Haruka (Radiation House Series, Night Doctor, Keiji Yugami)
Directors: Aoyama Takahiro, Tanazawa Takayoshi, Izumi Masahide
Theme Song: Shiwakuchana Kumo o Daite by DISH
Cast: Nagano Mei, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Sugino Yosuke, Bando Ryohei, Maehara Kou, Ishikawa Ren, Aoyama Thelma, Yamaguchi Takaya, Takeyama Ruka, Hirosue Ryoko, Iida Kisuke (guest star), Riju Go (guest star)
Synopsis: Narukawa Sana (Nagano Mei) is the CEO of Dream Pony, a start-up working on an education app that she founded at the age of 23 with Suzaki Ko (Sugino Yosuke). Her rather wild dream was to turn it into a unicorn within 10 years and make it an app that people all over the world can use. At the time it was launched, Dream Pony had a growth spurt, but as the company enters its third year in business without developing the next service, she has been feeling anxious about the slowdown in its turnover and technology. One day, 48-year-old salaryman Kotori Satoshi (Nishijima Hidetoshi), who worked at a more traditional type of company and is one generation older than Sana, gets hired as her subordinate. At first, Sana cannot stand Kotori. However, she gets friendlier after being helped by his wise advice and philosophy based on his extensive experience. Kotori’s arrival also triggers a change in Suzaki who can no longer hold back the feelings that he has kept to himself for a long time. Work has always come first for Sana, and she does not care about romance and is oblivious to Suzaki’s feelings for her. Sana suddenly finds herself caught in a triangle in both work and love.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/unicorn_ni_notte_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/unicorn_tbs
Preview: Unicorn ni Notte CM

Prism

Prism
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 12 July – 13 September 2022
Station: NHK
Episodes: 9
Scriptwriter: Asano Taeko (Koi Nante Honki de Yatte Dousuru no?, Digital Tattoo, Gomen Aishiteru)
Directors: Funatani Junya, Tanada Yuki, Kanazawa Tomoya, Nishitani Shinichi
Cast: Sugisaki Hana, Fujiwara Kisetsu, Kanichiro, Ishii Anna, Yoshida Eisaku, Okada Yoshinori, Kirishima Reika, Wakamura Mayumi, Ono Rina, Yajima Kenichi, Moriyama Mirai
Synopsis: Maeshima Satsuki (Sugisaki Hana) works part time at a garden centre in Tokyo. While her aspiration is to be a voice talent, she is on the verge of giving up. Satsuki has never been serious in what she does. It is the same with romance. However, she meets Morishita Riku (Fujiwara Kisetsu) who is a garden designer. After a terrarium that she made captured his attention, Satsuki ends up helping out with a garden project he has undertaken. Before long, the two of them become a couple. Then the gardener Shiraishi Yuma (Moriyama Mirai) joins the project and Riku is greatly shaken. Satsuki is unaware of their reunion. The feelings of the three of them intertwine as they focus on completing the garden. Satsuki eventually makes a choice.
Website: www.nhk.jp/p/ts/VW95PNPX88
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

Papa to Musume no Nanokakan

Papa to Musume no Nanokakan (2022)
Date: From 12.58 a.m., Wednesdays, 27 July – 13 September 2022
Station: TBS & Paravi
Episodes: 8
Genre: Love comedy
Original Work: Papa to Musume no Nanokakan by Igarashi Takahisa
Scriptwriter: Arai Shuko (Dear Patient, Nodoka no Niwa, Tsubaki Bunguten)
Directors: Shimada Kouya, Matsuda Ayato
Cast: Iinuma Ai, Nagao Kento, Oguri Yui, Matsumoto Leo, Mizuma Long, Takagi Hitomi, Hada Michiko, Mashima Hidekazu
Synopsis: 17-year-old high school student Kawahara Kome (Iinuma Ai) hates her father Kyoichiro (Mashima Hidekazu), a dull salaryman who is sort of stubborn. She has been avoiding him for a few years and their relationship is strained. One day, father and daughter ironically end up switching bodies and personalities after getting involved in an accident. Kome has feelings for the sincere, conscientious and polite Osugi Kenta (Nagao Kento), the soccer team’s star striker and the most popular person in school whom girls adore. But Kenta is not very accustomed and experienced with them. All he cares about is soccer. Kome wants to get together with Kenta, Kyoichiro does not want his daughter to be taken by Kenta while Kenta may just be attracted to Kyoichiro’s personality rather than Kome’s as a bizarre love triangle develops.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/papamusu_tbs
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drama_streamtbs
Preview: Papa to Musume no Nanonakan CM

Kateikyoushi no Torako

Kateikyoushi no Torako
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 20 July – 21 September 2022
Station: NTV
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Yukawa Kazuhiko (35-sai no Shojo, Douki no Sakura, Kahogo no Kahoko)
Directors: Ito Akinori, Iwamoto Hitoshi
Theme Song: Akane by Moriyama Naotaro
Cast: Hashimoto Ai, Nakamura Aoi, Mimura Rie, Itaya Yuka, Suzuki Honami, Kato Yuzuna, Akutsu Keito, Hosoda Kanata, Yajima Kenichi, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Maruyama Tomomi, Shio Kenji, Nagami Rea
Synopsis: 26-year-old Nezu Torako (Hashimoto Ai), a mysterious private tutor, has great ambitions and dislikes spending money needlessly. To achieve her goals, Torako takes private tutoring jobs for the children of influential people to build connections and save up money. She changes her appearance to match the three children (Kato Yuzuna, Akutsu Keito, Hosoda Kanata) that she currently teaches. What the mothers of different ages and standards of living – Nakamura Maki (Mimura Rie), Shimoyama Tomoyo (Itaya Yuka), Uehara Satomi (Suzuki Honami) have in common is the ardent wish for their children to qualify for the schools of their choice. On the other hand, these children have serious problems that they cannot tell their parents. Torako’s question to them is, “What would you like to learn?” She never preaches or say difficult things. She merely shows the children the realities of the world. In the process, they learn the right way to use money and figure out their own paths just a little. Torako’s childhood friend Fukuda (Nakamura Aoi), who grew up with her at an orphanage and is the only person aware of her past, takes personal care of her and supports her work.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/torako
Twitter: twitter.com/torako_nt

Teppachi

Teppachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 6 July – 14 September 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Episodes: 11
Scriptwriters: Honda Takaaki (Lion no Oyatsu, Gekikarado, Rental Nanmo Shinai Hito), Seki Erika (Gossip, Gosaigyou, Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan), Morohashi Hayato
Directors: Ishikawa Junichi, Nemoto Kazumasa
Theme Song: Chikara no Kagiri by GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE
Cast: Machida Keita, Sano Hayato, Shiraishi Mai, Kitamura Kazuki, Sato Kanta, Tokito Yuki, Ichinose Hayate, Sakaguchi Ryotaro, Ikeda Eikichi, Fujioka Maito, Kudo Asuka, Kiriyama Ren, Kubota Yuki, Yuki Kosei, Mizusawa Rintaro
Synopsis: During his high school days, Kokusho Hiroshi (Machida Keita) was the rugby club’s ace who attracted national attention. However, he sustained injuries owing to his self-centred and aggressive style of playing. He was criticised by his teammates and remained isolated until he stepped aside. After graduating from high school, he lived a carefree life without a regular job. Then one day, he has a brush with the law because of a fight that gets him sacked from his job at a construction site and evicted from the apartment that he had been living in for falling behind on the payment of his rent. Hiroshi is at his wits end when a man calls out that he will introduce the perfect job that comes with a fully equipped dorm and three meals a day for someone like him who is proud of his physical strength. It is to work for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force which defends the country’s peace and security. “With a name like that, weren’t you born to become a member of the Self-Defense Force?” Hiroshi initially refuses but makes a half-hearted decision to become a trainee. Despite the gruelling training, this turns out to be his true calling.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/teppachi
Twitter: twitter.com/teppachi_8
Preview: Teppachi CM

Roppongi Class

Roppongi Class
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 7 July – 29 September 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Episodes: 13
Original Work: Itaewon Class by Cho Kwang-jin
Scriptwriter: Tokuo Koji (Koi wa Deep ni, Watashi no Kaseifu Nagisa-san, Miss Jikocho)
Directors: Tamura Naoki, Kinoshita Naomi
Theme Song: Baby’s Alright by Alexandros
Cast: Takeuchi Ryoma, Araki Yuko, Hirate Yurina, Saotome Taichi, Suzuki Oji, Inamori Iizumi, Ogata Naoto, Mitsuishi Ken, Nakao Akiyoshi, Yamoto Yuma, Sato Honami, Kondo Koen, Tanaka Michiko, Kagawa Teruyuki
Synopsis: Miyabe Arata (Takeuchi Ryoma) opens a bar Nidaime Miyabe in Roppongi. He has been in the depths of despair after Nagaya Ryuga (Saotome Taichi), the heir of Nagaya Holdings, a behemoth in Japan’s food service industry, caused an accident that completely changed his life. It is now his life’s goal to make this heir as well as Nagaya Shigeru (Kagawa Teruyuki), the chairman of Nagaya Holdings, who used his tremendous power to cover up the accident for his son’s sake, prostrate and pay for what they have done. Arata keeps pressing on while sticking to what his father Shinji (Mitsuishi Ken) had taught him – live with conviction. His first love Kusunoki Yuka (Araki Yuko) is torn between her feelings for him and Nagaya Holdings. She feels indebted to the company for giving her a university scholarship and job. Asamiya Aoi (Hirate Yurina), who is a popular influencer, falls in love with Arata after meeting him. Even though she is disgusted with the world and feels that everything is bothersome, she joins Nidaime Miyabe as a manager to help fulfil his dream.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/roppongi_class
Twitter: twitter.com/roppongi_class

Junai Dissonance

Junai Dissonance
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 14 July – 22 September 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 11
Scriptwriters: Tamada Shinya (Anonymous, Densetsu no Okaasan, Joker x Face), Obayashi Rieko (Rabu Kome no Okite, Edo Moiselle, Nodoka no Niwa), Kuramitsu Yasuko (Ukiwa, Alive, Scandal Senmon Bengoshi Queen)
Directors: Kimura Mahito, Hijikata Masato, Kikukawa Makoto
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Yoshikawa Ai, Higa Manami, Takahashi Yuto, Kakei Miwako, Wada Masato, Hata Mei, Fujiwara Taiyu, Jinbo Satoshi, Tezuka Toru, Mashima Hidekazu, Tomita Yasuko, Mitsuishi Ken, Sato Ryuta
Synopsis: Nitta Masaki (Nakajima Yuto) arrives at a high school as a music teacher to replace its former teacher Kosaka Yukino (Kakei Miwako) whose disappearance has caused an upheaval. The night before his first day of work, Masaki was playing the piano at the school’s music room when he encountered a student Izumi Sae (Yoshikawa Ai). He becomes the assistant form teacher of her class. Masaki appears to be a fine young man who understands students but he is actually a calculating person with an inferiority complex from being compared to his older brother all his life. The missing person case soon brings Masaki and Sae closer to together. Although he begins to realise that he has developed special feelings for her at some point, he refuses to acknowledge that what he feels is love. Meanwhile, Sae has no doubt that she loves him. The two of them eventually part ways without facing up to their true feelings. However five years later, they unexpectedly meet each other again. Sae is an adult now and there does not seem to be any obstacles between them except for one thing. Masaki has a wife. What Masaki and Sae had before was a pure love that never crossed the line. Their reunion creates a dissonance that gradually strains their relationships with the people around them and starts to head toward ruin.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/lovedisso_fuji
Twitter: twitter.com/lovedisso_fuji
Preview: Junai Dissonance CM

Octo

Octo ~ Kanjou Sousakan Shinno Akari
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 7 July – 8 September 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Detective
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriters: Miura Hayato (Kei x Yaku, Scandal Senmon Bengoshi Queen, Chinmoku Hotei), Hashimoto Natsu (Gossip)
Directors: Nakakuki Tsuyoshi, Matsunaga Yoichi, Hayashi Masaki
Theme Song: Kasane Iro by I Don’t Like Mondays
Cast: Iitoyo Marie, Asaka Kodai, Yamanaka Takashi, Nishida Koki, Hibi Mikoto, Matsui Rena, Toyomoto Akinaga, Usuda Asami, Funakoshi Eiichiro
Synopsis: 28-year-old Shinno Akari (Iitoyo Marie) is a detective with Higashi Kanagawa Police Precinct’s Violent Crimes Unit. She has the special ability to see the feelings of a person whom she makes eye contact with as colours. It appears that she gained this ability after her parents were murdered 15 years ago. The colours of feelings do not lie and she uses this to figure out the real criminal in the interrogation room. Akari gets paired with Detective Kazehaya Ryo (Asaka Kodai) who is all too transparent with his feelings. He was one of the elite at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department until an incident led to his transfer to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police. They work together to reveal the truth behind baffling cases.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/8octo
Twitter: twitter.com/8octo_ytv
Preview: Octo CM

GOS

Game of Spy
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Fridays, 24 June 2022
Network: Amazon Prime Japan
Genre: Action
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriters: Tokunaga Yuichi (Lupin no Musume Series, Good Doctor, Kirawareru Yuuki), Wasano Kenichi
Director: Oikawa Takuro
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Lauren Tsai, Ueno Yukio, Denden, Matsudaira Ken, Tanaka Min, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: Hashiba Takeru (Higashiyama Noriyuki) is the team leader of the Global Operation Service, a top-secret spy agency set up by the Ministry of Justice’s Public Security Intelligence Agency to protect Japan which is being targeted by criminals worldwide. One of the country’s best spies, he has headed off national crises on countless occasions. Hashiba favours harsh places of scorching heat, high altitude, extreme cold and fells opponents with a unique combat style that fuses kari silat and sword fighting.
Website: www.amazon.co.jp/GAME-OF-SPY
Twitter: twitter.com/PrimeVideo_JP
Preview: Game of Spy CM

Ishiko to Haneo

Ishiko to Haneo ~ Sonna Koto de Uttaemasu?
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 15 July – 16 September 2022 (Original date: 8 July)
Station: TBS
Genre: Legal
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Nishida Masafumi (Totone-chan, Jikken Keiji Totori)
Directors: Tsukahara Ayuko, Yamamoto Takeyoshi
Theme Song: Ningen Gokko by RADWIMPS
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Nakamura Tomoya, Akaso Eiji, Oideyasu Oda, Sada Masashi, Koseki Yuta (guest star)
Synopsis: Called Ishiko because she is obstinate, 28-year-old Ishida Shoko (Arimura Kasumi) graduated at the top of her class at Tokyo University’s law faculty but has failed the bar exam four times. Although she tells the people around her that it is not that she cannot become a lawyer but that she ought not to, Ishiko gave up on the bar exam out of fear that she would fail again. She has been working as a paralegal at her father Ushio Wataro’s (Sada Masashi) law firm. 34-year-old Haneoka Yoshio (Nakamura Tomoya), a high school graduate who dropped out of university in the US after six months and spent several years wandering around the country, passed the bar exam on his first try thanks to his photographic memory. He professes to be Haneo with a personality as light as a feather and brands himself an unconventional talented lawyer. In reality, he lacks the ability to respond to situations and his train of thought grinds to a halt when the unexpected happens. The two of them with their own inferiority complexes are thrown together when Haneo makes the acquaintance of Ishiko’s father and comes to the law firm.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/ishikotohaneo_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/ishihane_tbs
Preview: Ishiko to Haneo CM

One Night Morning

One Night Morning
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Fridays, 5 August – 23 September 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Omnibus
Episodes: 8
Original Work: One Night Morning by Okunoyama Kenichi
Scriptwriter: Hiruta Naomi (Onna no Kigen no Naoshikata, Shiro demo Kuro demo Nai Sekai de Panda wa Warau)
Director: Kakimoto Kensaku
Cast: Uesugi Shuhei, Imo Haruka, Mochizuki Ayumu, Ito Marika, Shuntaro, Asakawa Nana, Kawai Yumi, Fujiwara Itsuki, Maeda Oshiro, Ikeda Akana, Kawashima Umika, Mizusawa Rintaro, Ishibashi Natsumi, Mizuma Ron, Yuzu Aoki, Kakei Miwako
Synopsis: A story of eight different couples with fleeting, delicate relationships and their “simple breakfast” as if to make up for what is lacking in body and soul after spending a night together, including a man (Uesugi Shuhei) who is reunited with a former high school classmate (Imo Haruka) whom he continues to have feelings for; a university student’s (Mochizuki Ayumu) first date with a girl (Ito Marika) whom he met through a matchmaking app; sex friends (Ishibashi Natsumi, Mizuma Ron) who have been carrying on with their rather businesslike relationship.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/onenight
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Nice Flight

Nice Flight!
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 22 July – 14 September 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Eto Rin (Watashitachi Douka Shiteiru, Gisou Furin, Survival Wedding)
Directors: Horai Tadaaki, Kinouchi Kento
Cast: Tamamori Yuta, Nakamura Anne, Onoe Ukon, Abe Ryohei, Tamashiro Tina, Kurokawa Tomoka, Kichise Michiko
Synopsis: Kurata Sui (Tamamori Yuta) is a first officer at an airline. He took his first flight in junior high school, on the only overseas trip that his parents, who had been working nonstop, brought him on. This experience inspired him to want to become a pilot and make people all over the world happy. Sui passed the test to become a pilot on his second try and became a first officer after going through gruelling training. One day, he and the captain are battling bad weather during a flight when the calm voice of a female air traffic controller over the radio guides them and they manage to land the aircraft at Haneda Airport safely. He falls in love without knowing her name or what she looks like. This female air traffic controller Shibuya Mayu (Nakamura Anne) is always calm, precise and polite even when handling emergency situations. While she is often appreciated by pilots, she cuts short unnecessary conversation because she has difficulty expressing her feelings and things do not go well despite the effort she makes. Mayu feels uncomfortable around people and has no idea how to close the distance with them. This has been to the detriment of her relationships which have never lasted long. What will happen when she and Sui, who have only heard each other’s voices, now meet in person?
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/niceflight
Twitter: twitter.com/niceflight_ex

Occult no Mori

Occult no Mori e Yokoso
Date: From 11.30 p.m., Fridays, 22 July – 26 August 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Horror
Episodes: 6
Scriptwriter: –
Director: Shiraishi Koji
Cast: Hotta Mayu, Iijima Hiroki, Kakei Miwako, Uno Shohei, Shiraishi Koji
Synopsis: Horror movie director Kuroishi Koji (Shiraishi Koji) brings his assistant director Ichikawa Miho (Hotta Mayu) to cover a house deep in the mountains. A beautiful but psychologically disturbed woman Miyoshi Maria (Kakei Miwako), who says she is a fan of Kuroishi’s movies, lives there. She desperately appeals to him that the incident she experienced is exactly the content of his movies. Kuroishi’s camera starts to capture unexpected phenomenon in her house. The situation heads in a more frightening, baffling and dangerous direction at blistering speed. As fear looms in the woods, they are rescued by a “super volunteer” Eno Shohei (Uno Shohei) and joined by a handsome medium Nanashi (Iijima Hiroki) all while the camera continues to roll and record the terrifying events. The filming team’s adventure begins in order to save Maria and create their masterpiece.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/okamori
Twitter: twitter.com/okamori_jp

Pandora no Kajitsu Season 2

Pandora no Kajitsu Season 2 ~ Kagaku Hanzai Sousa File
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Saturdays, 25 June – 30 July 2022
Station: Hulu
Genre: Investigative
Episodes: 6
Original Work: SCIS Kagaku Hanzai Sousa-han ~ Tensai Kagakusha Mogami Yukiko no Chousen by Nakamura Hiraku
Scriptwriters: Fukuda Teppei (Red Eyes, In Hand), Seki Hisayo (Iribito, 3 Kin), Doi Shoki
Directors: Hasumi Eiichiro, Nagano Shinya
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Kishii Yukino, Sato Ryuta, Yoshimoto Miyu, Nishimura Kazuhiko, Motokariya Yuika, Ando Masanobu, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Ikeuchi Mansaku, Yuge Tomohisa, Fukami Motoki, Itao Itsuji, Ishino Mako, Santamaria Yusuke
Synopsis: Police bureaucrat Kohiruimaki Yuichi (Dean Fujioka), talented scientist Mogami Yukiko (Kishii Yukino) and veteran detective Hasebe Tsutomu (Santamaria Yusuke) from the Scientific Crime Investigation Unit face completely new cases involving genome editing, cloning, the science of immortality and cryonics created by cutting edge science. Pulling the strings behind the scenes is multinational technology company called Lyden Group, a plan that is a state secret and the forbidden concept of immortality. With the arrival of this new enemy in the form of Lyden Group, the Scientific Crime Investigation Unit has to prepare for the ultimate battle. The scheme of Sawada Katsuya (Hirayama Hiroyuki), the senior manager of the group’s Japanese branch, and shadiness of Tsubaki Bunji, an adviser formerly from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare are exposed. Kohiruimaki’s junior Saegusa Masuo (Sato Ryuta) at the ministry also stands up to the corruption happening at a national level. What is the real aim of Body Hacker’s enigmatic Carl Kahn (Ando Masanobu) who has been maneuvering in secret?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/pandora/season2
Twitter: twitter.com/pandorano_ntv
Preview: Pandora no Kajitsu Season 2 CM
Related: Pandora no Kajitsu Season 1 ~ Kagaku Hanzai Sousa File

Kuhaku o Mitashinasai

Kuhaku o Mitashinasai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 25 June – 30 July 2022
Station: NHK
Genre: Suspense
Episodes: 5
Original Work: Kuhaku o Mitashinasai by Hirano Keiichiro
Scriptwriter: Takada Ryo (Boku no Nee-chan, Iki o Hisomete, 60 Gohan Taisakushitsu)
Directors: Shibata Takeshi, Mayuzumi Rintaro
Cast: Emoto Tasuku, Suzuki Anne, Hagiwara Masato, Watanabe Ikkei, Ujiki Tsuyoshi, Fujimori Shingo, Blake Crawford, Fubuki Jun, Abe Sadao
Synopsis: Tsuchiya Tetsuo (Emoto Tasuku) suddenly wakes up one night in his company’s meeting room. When he goes home like usual his wife Chika (Suzuki Anne) seems out of sorts. She is lost for words and frightened. He goes to awaken their 1-year-old son but the boy is clearly 4 years old. A public official eventually comes to visit and tells Tetsuo, “You died three years ago.” There is a lot of news on TV and the internet of the resurrection of people who are supposedly dead all over the world. However, Tetsuo has no memory of his own death. It is said that he fell from the rooftop of his company but he is frustrated that he has no recollection whether it was an accident or suicide. Could he have been murdered by that security guard Saeki (Abe Sadao) who followed him around at every opportunity? Tetsuo pursues the truth as the mystery deepens. However, Chika seems to be hiding something. Each person’s dark side is revealed little by little.
Website: www.nhk.jp/p/ts/P89L596WL7
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas
Preview: Kuhaku o Mitashinasai CM

Hatsukoi no Akuma

Hatsukoi no Akuma
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 16 July – 24 September 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Sakamoto Yuji (Omameda Towako to 3-nin no Moto Otto, Quartet, Saikou no Rikon)
Director: Mizuta Nobuo
Theme Song: Hatsukoi no Akuma by SOIL&”PIMP”SESSIONS
Cast: Hayashi Kento, Nakano Taiga, Matsuoka Mayu, Emoto Tasuku, Ito Hideaki, Yasuda Ken, Tanaka Yuko, Sakuma Yui, Mikata Ryosuke, Seto Catherine, Hagiwara Minori, Nishiyama Jun, Maiguma Katsuya, Matsuo Takashi (guest star), Rokkaku Shinji (guest star)
Synopsis: Detective Shikahama Suzunosuke (Hayashi Kento) at Sakaigawa Police Precinct has been suspended after committing a blunder. He and three others belonging to different units – Mabuchi Haruhi (Nakano Taiga) from the General Affairs Division, Tsumiki Sesuna (Matsuoka Mayu) from the Community Safety Division and Kotori Ruka (Emoto Tasuku) from the Accounting Division – have been brought together. They have neither any sense of justice nor desire for career advancement. All they seek is the truth. Despite having their own troubles, Suzunosuke, Haruhi, Sesuna and Ruka team up to crack tough cases, and in the process, friendships and even romance begin to develop. The quartet are eventually swept up by a greater truth and fate.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/hatsukoinoakuma
Twitter: twitter.com/hatsukoinoakuma

Hotel Next Door

Hotel Next Door
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 10 September 2022
Network: WOWOW
Episodes: 6
Original Work: Hotel by Ishinomori Shotaro
Scriptwriters: Yamaura Masahiro (Two Weeks, Miss Devil, Zenigata Keibu Series), Kawaguchi Kiyoto
Director: Minorikawa Osamu
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Abe Junko, Omi Toshinori, Toyota Maho, Tsubokura Yoshiyuki, Masuoka Toru, Nagai Masaru, Negishi Toshie, Moro Morooka, Yada Akiko, Ikeda Ryo, Asai Daichi, Kashima Riku, Takahashi Yo, Murakami Hiroaki (guest star), Ishibashi Renji, Kato Masaya, Kusabue Mitsuko     
Synopsis: Hailed as the symbol of Japanese luxury hotels since its founding, the venerable Hotel Platon has been the leader in the industry. But business has deteriorated as a result of intensifying competition. Both the number of guests and staff morale have dropped. Saegusa Katsuaki (Dean Fujioka) is brought on board as the hotel’s new general manager. A professional in hotel management, he is rumoured to show up at struggling hotels in the country and overseas, and take on the role of fixing and selling them off. Within a few months of his arrival, he starts to implement improvements after repeatedly turning up at the concierge, restaurant, wedding and other departments unexpectedly. This sparks voices of opposition from the staff and chaos engulfs the hotel. However, Saegusa has a secret and another huge motive … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/hotel
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Double

Double
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 June – 6 August 2022
Network: WOWOW
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Double by Noda Ayako
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Erika (Koisenu Futari, Heaven ~ Gokuraku Restaurant, Dansui!)
Director: Nakagawa Kazuhiro
Cast: Chiba Yudai, Nagayama Kento, Sakuraba Nanami, Horii Arata, Kudo Haruka, Itabashi Shunya, Maeno Tomoya, Mizuma Ron, Nakayama Shinobu, Hashimoto Jun, Kanno Misuzu, Tsuda Kanji
Synopsis: Takarada Takara (Chiba Yudai), a company employee, walks lethargically without an umbrella as the rain falls. He is drawn to watch the theatre company Gekidan Eiyu’s play. Inspired by Kamoshima Yujin’s (Nagayama Kento) performance in the play, Takara quits his job and decides to become an actor. He also joins Gekidan Eiyu and Yujin drills the fundamentals of acting into him. Yujin is the only one who realises Takara’s talent and hopes to make him the greatest actor in the world. At the same time, Yujin himself continues to dream of being the world’s best. The two of them live a strange communal life as they set their sights on becoming successful actors. With Yujin’s support, Takara’s talent eventually blooms and he begins to find stardom. However, this soon changes the relationship between Takara and Yujin.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/double
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Boku no Daisukina Tsuma!

Boku no Daisukina Tsuma!
Date: From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 4 June – 23 July 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 8
Original Work: Boku no Tsuma wa Hattatsu Shougai by Nanato Eri and Kameyama Satoshi
Scriptwriters: Iketani Masao, Hatanaka Miyuki
Directors: Amano Chihiro, Abe Yuichi, Kuraki Yoshinori, Hatanaka Miyuki
Theme Song: Nanto Naku Saiteina Hibi by Momoiro Clover Z
Cast: Momota Kanako, Ochiai Motoki, Tokushige Satoshi, Yuki Moe, Furukawa Tsuyoshi, Hinagata Akiko, Nakada Yoshiko, Ogura Hisahiro
Synopsis: A newly married young couple Kitayama Chika (Momota Kanako) and Satoru (Ochiai Motoki) have moved into their new home. He is an assistant to a veteran manga artist Nomura Manbou (Ogura Hisahiro) while she is an apparel sales personnel on a contract. They are not well-off but they love each other and are happy. One day, Satoru starts to feel that something is not quite right. Chika has been leaving things lying around the house and forgetting appointments. But the situation only escalates when Chika gets fired and finds it troubling that she cannot do her job well. She learns from test results that she has a developmental disorder. After hearing this diagnosis, Chika and Satoru each take unexpected action.
Website: www.tokai-tv.com/io/bokutsuma
Twitter: twitter.com/tokaitv_dodra
Preview: Boku no Daisukina Tsuma! CM

Kojinsa Arimasu

Kojinsa Arimasu
Date: From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 6 August – 24 September 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 8
Original Work: Kojinsa Ari by Higurashi Kinoko
Scriptwriter: Hikawa Kayo (Cecile’s no Mokuromi)
Directors: Yamauchi Daisuke, Kamiya Kaede
Theme Song: Aimaina Futari by JUNNA
Cast: Natsuna, Shinkawa Yua, Shirasu Jin, Baba Toru, Konno Ayaka, Oura Ryuichi, Omizu Yosuke, Tsuruta Mayu
Synopsis: Salaryman Isomori Akira (Shirasu Jin) works for the product planning department of a 100 yen chain of stores and lives with his wife Sonoko (Shinkawa Yua) who is a novelist. Life should have been happy for this couple but their marriage of five years has somehow gone cold. Then one day, Akira has a severe headache and is told his life is in danger when he is brought to the hospital. But when he walks out from the operating theatre, his appearance shocks everyone. Akira has become a woman (Natsuna). He receives a certificate to prove he is the same person but he has to adjust to being female and also starts feeling conscious of men. Despite Sonoko’s bewilderment at Akira’s transformation into a woman, she accepts the changes and they continue to be husband and wife but … …
Website: www.tokai-tv.com/kojinsa
Twitter: twitter.com/tokaitv_dodra
Preview: Kojinsa Arimasu CM

Old Rookie

Old Rookie
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 26 June – 4 September 2022
Station: TBS
Genre: Sports
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Fukuda Yasushi (Kakenai?!, Good Partner, Doctors Series)
Director: Ishii Yasuharu
Cast: Ayano Go, Yoshine Kyoko, Nakagawa Taishi, Okazaki Sae, Masuda Takahisa, Ikuta Erika, Inagaki Kurumi, Izutani Rana, Takahashi Katsumi, Eikura Nana, Sorimachi Takashi
Synopsis: Shinmachi Ryotaro (Ayano Go) is a professional soccer player who devoted his life to the sport and even represented his country. However, an injury caused his performance to slump. After this, he played for the J3 League. But he is suddenly forced to retire as a soccer player and hit with the reality that he has no skills besides soccer. And at the age of 37, it is rather late for Ryotaro to join the workforce. As his two daughters Izumi and Meisa (Inagaki Kurumi, Izutani Rana) are proud of him for being a soccer player, he cannot break the news to them just yet until he can tell them about his second career. Ryotaro comes across a sports management company Victory headed by Takayanagi Masashi (Sorimachi Takashi) and decides to work in this line on account of his wholehearted love and respect for sports even though it involves working behind the scene as a representative and manager of athletes. Even so, he still has difficulty coming to terms with his retirement. It is not easy to change jobs at 37 and he also faces a big hurdle at work. Will Ryotaro choose soccer or his new life?
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/OLDROOKIE_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/oldrookie_tbs 
Preview: Old Rookie CM

Me no Kabe

Me no Kabe
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 19 June – 17 July 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Mystery
Episodes: 5
Original Work: Me no Kabe by Matsumoto Seichou
Scriptwriter: Fukazawa Masaki (Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari Series, ST Aka to Shiro no Sousa File, Nobunaga no Chef Series)
Director: Uchikata Akira
Cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Izumi Rika, Kamiji Yusuke, Yabu Kota, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Oshinari Shugo, Nakajima Hiroko, Iida Kisuke, Komoto Masahiro, Kaneda Akio, Kato Masaya, Jinnai Takanori
Synopsis: In 1990, Hagisaki Tatsuo (Koizumi Kotaro), the head of the accounting division of cash-strapped Ukishima Power Generation Corporation, is scrambling along with department head Sekino (Komoto Masahiro) to negotiate loans. However, just as they are getting a clearer idea on the company’s funds, Sekino is scammed of 2 million yen in money drafts and he also disappears. The management decides to cover up the incident for appearance’s sake. Hagisaki trusted Sekino who is also the benefactor of Hagisaki’s father. Disappointed in the company’s actions, Hagisaki starts to pursues the truth with the help of a news journalist friend Muraki (Kamiji Yusuke). But the more Hagisaki investigates, the murkier the case gets. There are signs of a powerful person and an organisation in the background. He reaches Uesaki Etsuko (Izumi Rika), an enigmatic beauty who appears to hold the key to the mystery.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/menokabe
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Hirowareta Otoko

Hirowareta Otoko ~ Lost Man Found
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 26 June – 28 August 2022
Station: NHK BS Premium & Disney+
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Hirowareta Otoko by Matsuo Satoru
Scriptwriter: Adachi Shin (Nusumareta Kao)
Director: Inoue Go
Cast: Nakano Taiga, Ito Sairi, Suzuki Anne, Ise Shima, Kitamura Yukiya, Kaname Jun, Ando Tamae, Maeda Oushiro, Kita Kana, Matsumoto Honoka, Kishii Yukino, Katayama Yuki, Daito Shunsuke, Tsukamoto Shinya, Rokkaku Seiji, Kaho, Matsuo Satoru, Emoto Akira, Bengal, Ayata Toshiki, Suenari Yumi, Igawa Haruka, Kazama Morio, Ishino Mako, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi
Synopsis: Matsudo Satoru’s (Nakano Taiga) dream of becoming an actor took root the moment he watched a play in high school. He moves from Kansai to Omotesando in Tokyo where his childhood friend Sugita (Daito Shunsuke) lives. While Sugita is leading a fulfilling life, Satoru is poor and cannot even get an audition. One day, he picks up a plane ticket that had dropped beneath a vending machine. It bears the name of the CEO of an entertainment agency. This is an unexpected “opportunity” for Satoru who has been a driver for a popular actress and part-timer at a rental video shop at night. Through numerous encounters in his life, he eventually becomes Matsudo Satoru, the actor whose face is often seen on TV and in movies. After acting in a movie that was released across the US, Satoru receives a sudden phone call from the country. Contrary to his expectations of an offer from Hollywood, it is about his older brother Takeshi (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi) who had cut ties … …
Website: www.nhk.jp/p/ts/98XYGJ8N7K
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas
Preview: Hirowareta Otoko CM

Ame ni Kieta Himawari

Ame ni Kieta Himawari
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 24 July – 21 August 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Mystery
Episodes: 5
Original Work: Ame ni Kieta Himawari by Yoshikawa Eri
Scriptwriter: Seki Erika (Gossip, Gosaigyou, Career)
Directors: Hijikata Masato, Iwata Kazuyuki
Cast: Muro Tsuyoshi, Hiraiwa Kami, Konno Hiroki, Yui Ryoko, Horibe Keisuke, Nakagoshi Noriko, Sato Ryuta, Sakata Masanobu, Kaji Masaki, Sakata Tadashi, Komatsu Toshimasa, Yonekura Reai, Oshima Miyu, Sawai Miyu, Umezawa Masayo
Synopsis: One day during a heavy downpour, Ishioka Aoi, a fifth grade elementary school student, vanishes all of a sudden along a road with rice fields where sunflowers bloomed. All she left behind was an umbrella. Assistant Inspector Nara Kenichi (Muro Tsuyoshi) from the Saitama Prefectural Police’s First Investigation Division rushes over to the scene after receiving a report on her disappearance. Aoi’s father Yukinori (Sato Ryuta) is there participating in the search operation. He and his wife Akina (Yui Ryoko) are in the middle of a divorce settlement and he had been living separately from them. However, he came over once he received word. Could Aoi have disappeared because she was kidnapped, involved in an accident or ran away from home due to discord between her parents? The police run into difficulty investigating the case. In the face of the Ishiokas’ heartbreak, Nara is reminded of his own younger sister Mayuko (Hiraiwa Kami). Mayuko built an emotional wall after she was attacked by a thug and this episode spurred Nara to become a detective. Regretting his inability to protect her, he wants to find Aoi at all costs while her family continues to pray for her safety. Amid conflicting information and the family’s frustration, he closes on the truth through persistent investigation.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/himawari
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Uzukawamura Jiken

Uzukawa Mura Jiken
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 28 August – 2 October 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Thriller
Episodes: 6
Original Work: Uzukawa Mura Jiken by Kushiki Riu
Scriptwriter: Wada Kiyoto (Shinjuku Seven, Shinya Shokudo Season 1)
Director: Irie Yu
Cast: Matsuda Ryuhei, Renbutsu Misako, Kudo Asuka, Yamada Anna, Itabashi Shunya, Tomite Ami, Yoshioka Mutsuo, Wada Misa, Usa Takuma, Mashima Hidekazu, Ayata Toshiki, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Ibu Masato   
Synopsis: The doctor Iwamori Akira’s (Matsuda Ryuhei) wife Hitomi (Renbutsu Misako) has gone missing. He visits her hometown of Uzukawa Village together with their daughter Aiko to search for her. While the two of them are staying there, heavy rain hits the surrounding region and the village is cut off. Before long, a young person is murdered. As distrust and disquiet start to hang over the village, the complication of a power struggle between powerful families and the generational divide between angry young people and adults gradually reaches a head. The entire village inches towards a crisis. Will Iwamori be able to come to terms with his family and his own past?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/uzukawamura
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

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