Fall 2022 Dramas

Mai Agare!

Mai Agare!
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, 3 October 2022
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Kuwahara Ryoko (Kokoro no Kizu o Iyasu to iu Koto, Kanojo ga Joubutsu Dekinai Riyuu)
Directors: Tanaka Tadashi, Noda Yusuke, Kotani Takayoshi, Oshima Keisuke, Matsuki Kensuke
Theme Song: I Love You by back number
Cast: Fukuhara Haruka, Takahashi Katsunori, Nagasaku Hiromi, Yokoyama Yu, Takahata Atsuko, Akaso Eiji, Yamashita Mizuki, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu, Kuwabata Rie, Furutachi Kanji, Matayoshi Naoki, Matsuo Satoru, Takuma Seiko, Aikawa Sho, Suzuki Kosuke, Nagahama Neru, Meguro Ren, Yamazaki Hirona, Hama Shogo, Daigo Kotaro, Sano Hiroki, Kikkawa Koji
Synopsis: Iwakura Mai (Fukuhara Haruka) lives with her parents Kota (Takahashi Katsunori) and Megumi (Nagasaku Hiromi) and older brother Haruto (Yokoyama Yu). Her father Kota runs a small factory in Higashi Osaka, a district that is known for its craftsmen. Mai is shy and withdrawn. But when she visits her grandmother Shoko (Takahata Atsuko) who lives on Nagasaki’s Goto Islands which has a rich natural environment, she is entranced by the Baramon kites that catch the wind and soar high in the sky. Wanting to fly high in the sky like these kites, Mai’s longing swells into a dream to become a pilot. Even though she works hard, the path to getting there is tougher than she had imagined. As Mai deepens her ties with the people living in her two hometowns of Higashi Osaka and Goto, her dream eventually takes a new form. She gathers enthusiastic friends to build a small electric plane that can fly to and from the islands. Her dream becomes a wing that carries everyone’s dreams and takes off
Website: www.nhk.or.jp/maiagare
Twitter: twitter.com/asadora_bk_nhk

PICU Shouni Shuuchu Chiryoshitsu
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 10 October 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Medical
Scriptwriter: Kuramitsu Yasuko (Ukiwa, Imawa no Kuni no Alice Season 1, Alive)
Director: Hirano Shin
Cast: Yoshizawa Ryo, Yasuda Ken, Ikuta Erika, Takasugi Mahiro, Kanno Rio, Komoto Masahiro, Nakao Akiyoshi, Kimura Fumino, Takanashi Rin
Synopsis: Born and raised in Hokkaido, 27-year-old Shikota Takeshiro (Yoshizawa Ryo) lives with his mother. This fine young man is good at cooking and doing all household chores but he can be clumsy in important situations. Takeshiro desires stability and became a paediatrician thinking that any medical specialisation will be fine if there is a hospital he can commute to from home. One day, he gets transferred to the newly established Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where he works. He meets Ueno Hajime (Yasuda Ken), a pioneer in paediatric treatment who pushed to put in place paediatric intensive care units all over Japan. Ueno has come all the way from Tokyo to accomplish his “last big task” – setting up the country’s leading paediatric intensive care unit which will use medically-equipped jet planes against vast nature and accept any child no matter what their condition is. Such planes can cross over mountains quickly and surmount the overland transportation challenge in Hokkaido. This encounter with the resolute Ueno will greatly change Takeshiro’s life as a paediatrician. However, the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is not ready to accept emergency cases due to a severe staff shortage. Takeshiro, the simple immature crybaby, will have to deal with the reality of a harsh workplace which can make the difference between a child’s life and death.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/PICU
Twitter: twitter.com/PICU_cx

Elpis ~ Kibou, Arui wa Wazawai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, 24 October 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Aya (Long Goodbye, Carnation)
Director: One Hitoshi
Cast: Nagasawa Masami, Maeda Gordon, Miura Toko, Miura Takahiro, Kondo Koen, Ikezu Shoko, Kajihara Zen, Kataoka Shojiro, Yamaji Kazuhiro, Okabe Takashi, Rokkaku Seiji, Tsutsui Mariko, Suzuki Ryohei
Synopsis: Asakawa Ena (Nagasawa Masami), a TV presenter with Taiyo Television, aspires to report the news and is a subcaster for the prime-time news programme. However, she gradually becomes exhausted due to the demanding job of handling several programmes. Just as her popularity is beginning to decline, Ena gets photographed kissing someone on the street by a weekly magazine. She is dropped from the news programme and made the host of a segment of Friday Bonbon, a late-night informational programme that is mocked as the graveyard for producers. A young rookie director Kishimoto Takuro (Maeda Gordon), who is in charge of the entertainment news on Friday Bonbon, unexpectedly learns about a man on death row who has allegedly been wrongly convicted for the serial murder of teenage girls and brings the case to Ena. As she pursues the truth with Takuro and ace reporter Saito Shoichi (Suzuki Ryohei), they find hope but trouble also befalls the trio, the people around them and the organisation that they belong to. What lies beyond the chaos that they brought about by opening the Pandora’s box?
Website: www.ktv.jp/elpis
Twitter: twitter.com/elpis_ktv

Kimi no Hana ni Naru

Kimi no Hana ni Naru
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 18 October 2022
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Erika (Koisenu Futari, 30-sai made Dotei da to Mahotsukai ni Narerurashii, Heaven? Gokuraku Restaurant)
Directors: Tsuboi Toshio, Kato Naoki, Miyazaki Yohei
Cast: Honda Tsubasa, Takahashi Fumiya, Miyase Ryubi, Tsuna Keito, Hachimura Rintaro, Mori Shuto, NOA, Yamashita Koki, Shida Sara, Kikuta Tatsuhiro, Kawazu Asuka, Kimura Masaya, Takatsuka Hiromu, Tajima Shogo, Fujimaki Kyosuke, Matsuda Jin, Kinami Haruka, Miyano Mamoru, Uchida Yuki, Takenaka Naoto, Natsuki Mari
Synopsis: As her name suggests, 30-year-old Nakamachi Asuka (Honda Tsubasa) constantly shines brightly. She fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. But something caused a setback and turned her into a social recluse. After three years spent bunking in at her older sister’s house and being out of work, Asuka is suddenly thrust into the role of a live-in dormitory matron to a handsome seven-member boy group 8LOOM (Takahashi Fumiya, Miyase Ryubi, Tsuna Keito, Hachimura Rintaro, Mori Shuto, NOA, Yamashita Koki) who want to become top artistes. This also leads to an unexpected reunion with a former student Sagami Dan (Takahashi Fumiya) whose dream she had supported. Asuka is busy cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry for them every day. Dan soon declares that he will take her to a world she has never seen. Asuka’s heart skips a beat each time he shines on stage. As she watches Dan strive for his dream as the group’s leader, this rekindles the passion she had at the time she was a teacher and she begins confronting her own setback.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/kiminohananinaru_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/kimihana_tbs
Preview: Kimi no Hana ni Naru Teaser

Subete Wasurete Shimau kara

Subete Wasurete Shimau kara*NEW*
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Wednesdays, 14 September 2022
Network: Disney+
Genre: Romance mystery
Original Work: Subete Wasurete Shimau kara by Moegara
Scriptwriter: Oe Takamasa (Kinniku Man, Koi no Tsuki)
Directors: Sode Yukiko, Okita Shuichi
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Chara, Kudo Kankuro, Oshima Yuko, Sakai Miki, Watanabe Daichi, Aoki Yuzu, Narumi Yui, Mieharu, Watanabe Ikkei
Synopsis: Why has his girlfriend F of five years vanished all of a sudden after a quarrel over a trivial matter on Halloween night? When she remains out of touch for about three weeks, mystery writer M (Abe Hiroshi) starts searching for her at the urging of the people around him. However, the girlfriend that people talk about is completely different from what he knows about her, and her shocking secret gradually comes to light.
Website: disneyplus.disney.co.jp/program/subete.html
Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPlusJP
Preview: Subete Wasurete Shimau kara CM


Kaidanshita no Gogh
Date: From 12.58 a.m., Wednesdays, 20 September 2022
Station: TBS
Scriptwriter: Kato Noriko
Director: Komaki Sakura
Cast: Sumire, Kamio Fuju, Asai Daichi, Tanabe Momoko, Ishikawa Ruka, Takahashi Nao, Akiya Ikuho, Tanaka Ryuzo, Minami, Riju Go
Synopsis: 30-year-old Kaburagi Miyako (Sumire) works for a major cosmetics manufacturer. She is popular, in the prime of her career and draws a high annual income of over 10 million yen. Miyako has dreamed of becoming an artist ever since she came across a painting. Wanting to make this dream a reality, she sets her sights on Tokyo University of Arts and makes the foolhardy decision to balance work and her dream. Miyako enrols at a preparatory school for art where she meets the extraordinarily talented Taira Shintaro (Kamio Fuju) who is six years her junior. Miyako is amazed by his work by the disparity in talent and his work in a world that is significantly different to hers. However, Shintaro has been trying to get into art university for six years, and he has a fierce personality.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/kaidanshita_no_gogh_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_streamtbs
Preview: Kaidanshita no Gogh CM

First Penguin
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 5 October 2022
Station: NTV
Episodes: 10
Scriptwriter: Morishita Yoshiko (Tengoku to Jigoku, Dakara Watashi wa Oshimashita, Gibou to Musume no Blues Series)
Directors: Uchida Hidemi, Ogawa Michihito
Cast: Nao, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Watanabe Daichi, Matsumoto Wakana, First Summer Uika, Toyama Toshiya, Shida Mirai, Nakagoshi Noriko, Kajihara Zen, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Umezawa Tomio, Tsutsumi Shinichi
Synopsis: Iwasaki Nodoka (Nao), a single mother with a young son, has no house, money or job. At her wits end, she considers doing anything to be able to eat. However, she encounters Kataoka Hiroshi (Tsutsumi Shinichi), a fisherman who unexpectedly appeals to her to help revive the port town’s fishing fleet with 10,000 yen. He worries that their catch is declining by the day and feels a growing sense of crisis that there would be no future if this goes on. That is how Nodoka ends up plunging into the unknown world of the fishing industry despite being unable to tell the difference between mackerel and Japanese horse mackerel. She jointly shoulders the dreams of fishermen struggling to live in a corner of the country. Even though these stubborn men and Nodoka clash with each other, she is able to break through old conventions and habits with the boldness of a novice and trigger a revolution in a world of constraints through her suggestion to directly sell fish.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/first-penguin
Twitter: twitter.com/ntv_penguin

Shinai Naru Boku e Satsui o Komete
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 5 October 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Suspense
Episodes: 9
Original Work: Shinai Naru Boku e Satsui o Komete by Inoryu Hajime
Scriptwriter: Okada Michitaka (Trace, Priceless)
Director: Matsuyama Hiroaki
Cast: Yamada Ryosuke, Kawaei Rina, Kadowaki Mugi, Onoe Matsuya, Saotome Taichi, Takashima Masahiro, Sakurai Yuki, Sano Shiro, Endo Kenichi
Synopsis: Second year university student Urashima Eiji (Yamada Ryosuke) looks like a carefree young man but he has been subject to bullying and vicious harassment since he was a boy because his biological father was a serial murderer. He tries to hide the fact that he is the son of a bloodthirsty killer. One day, a grotesque murder occurs that is remarkably similar to the crimes committed and methods used by his father. Eiji had a complete memory lapse when that murder took place. After examining various contexts, he realises that he has a split personality and is consumed with fear and anxiety that his other self may have committed the crime. Eiji decides to set off on a “journey of self discovery” in order to get to the bottom of the truth, and comes upon a young woman in a stupor. Forced to work at a date club run by an organised crime group called Skull, Nami (Kawaei Rina) had partly given up on life until she finally made a close friend who gave her a reason to smile and disregard the reality of her unhappy life. However, this close friend recently lost her life in an incident. After meeting Eiji, Nami resolves to search for the murderer.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/shinainarubokue
Twitter: twitter.com/shinboku_cx

The Travel Nurse*UPDATED*
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 20 October 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Genre: Medical
Scriptwriter: Nakazono Miho (Doctor X Series, 7-nin no Hisho, Haken no Hinkaku Series)
Directors: Kanai Hiro, Katayama Osamu, Yamada Hayato
Cast: Okada Masaki, Nakai Kiichi, Nanao, Adachi Yumi, Tsunematsu Yuri, Izumisawa Yuki, Miyamoto Mayu, Noro Kayo, Iketani Nobue, Yoshida Ulongta, Maehara Mizuki, Yanagiba Toshiro, Asada Miyoko, Terajima Shinobu, Matsudaira Ken
Synopsis: Nasuda Ayumi (Okada Masaki) is a young travel nurse who gives a bad first impression. In fact, he had been an excellent nurse practitioner in the US. He has qualifications to carry out certain medical procedures and assist doctors in surgeries. However, some circumstances trigger his return to Japan where nurse practitioners are relatively unknown and nurses are still expected to do what doctors order. Ayumi ends up working at Amano General Medical Centre where he encounters a mysterious, legendary nurse Kuki Shizuka (Nakai Kiichi) who will become his partner. Shizuka cleans “quietly” just like his name suggests and gets mistaken for a cleaner by the hospital staff including Ayumi. But he is actually a super nurse with boggling skills. Although Shizuka does not defy doctors and is too soft, when it comes to the crunch, he would boldly take decisive action with scathing words. He is quite a “liar” and has a huge secret? With their respective skills and philosophies, Ayumi and Shizuka are different types of unsung nurses who repulse each other but also collaborate to slowly bring about changes in not only the patients but also the healthcare professionals around them.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/the_travelnurse
Twitter: twitter.com/the_travelnurse

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 6 October 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Romance
Scriptwriter: Ubukata Miku
Director: Kazama Hiroki
Cast: Kawaguchi Haruna, Meguro Ren, Suzuka Oji, Sakurada Hiyori, Itagaki Rihito, Kaho, Kazama Shunsuke, Shinohara Ryoko
Synopsis: Eight years ago Aoba Tsumugi (Kawaguchi Haruna) broke up with her boyfriend whom she wanted to love for the rest of her life. It started in the autumn of the second year of high school when she found herself attracted to a voice she happened to hear at the morning assembly. Sakura So (Meguro Ren) stole her heart as he read an essay on stage and Tsumugi realised she was gradually getting interested in him. They became classmates in their third year and grew closer through mutual friends. Tsumugi and So began to date and their relationship deepened because of their common love of music. But one day after their graduation, So disappeared after suddenly telling her it was over without giving her any reason. In the present day, Tsumugi has started to move on with life. However, she coincidentally sees So in a crowd which makes her aware of him once again. Wanting to meet So to talk things out, Tsumugi begins searching for him. That is when she unexpectedly learns that he has practically lost his hearing due to the early onset of bilateral sensorineural hearing loss which makes it increasingly difficult for him to hear … …
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/silent
Twitter: twitter.com/silent_fujitv

Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 20 October 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Romance, suspense
Original Work: Sister by Ayapan
Scriptwriters: Izumisawa Yoko (Rokuhodo Yotsuiro Biyori, Rikokatsu, Guilty), Obayashi Rieko (Junai Dissonance, Rabu Kome no Okite, Edo Moiselle)
Directors: Yamamoto Daisuke, Yuasa Hiroaki
Cast: Yamamoto Maika, Takimoto Miori, Mizobata Junpei, Sato Taiki, Yoshizawa Hisashi, Sakurai Atsuko
Synopsis: Miyoshi Nagisa (Yamamoto Maika) and Saho (Takimoto Miori) are close as sisters and live together. Then one day, Nagisa meets Asakura Yosuke (Mizobata Junpei), her first love from high school when she changes jobs to join a design company and this rekindles her love for him again. This joy is short lived when she learns the shocking truth. Yosuke is her older sister Saho’s fiance! How can that be? Nagisa wavers between her feelings for Yosuke and for the sister she loves. In truth, Saho has certain feelings for Nagisa and her crazy intentions gradually become clear … …
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/sister
Twitter: twitter.com/sister_ytvdrama

Kekkon Surutte, Honto desu ka
Date: From 12.00 a.m., Fridays, 7 October 2022
Network: Amazon Prime
Genre: Love comedy
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Kekkon Surutte, Honto desu ka 365 Days To The Wedding by Wakaki Tamiki
Scriptwriters: Kanome Keiko (Kei x Yaku, Gohoubi Gohan, Hot Mama), Takaishi Akihiko
Directors: Miyawaki Ryo, Kitagawa Hitomi
Cast: Aoi Wakana, Sato Kanta, Matsumura Sayuri, Naito Shuichi, Takai Keisuke, Oribe Yoshinari, Mihara Ui, Murata Hirona, Morita Kanro, Yokoyama Yui, Tokunaga Eri, Matobu Sei, Sugimoto Tetta, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Namase Katsuhisa
Synopsis: Honjoji Rika (Aoi Wakana) and Ohara Takuya (Sato Kanta) are colleagues who work at a travel agency. Rika is uncomfortable around people and loves spending time at home reading maps while Takuya has a carefree nature and cherishes life with his cat. When they find out that singles will be dispatched one year later to the company’s branch in Alaska after it opens, the two of them conspire to fake a marriage in an attempt to avoid going abroad and maintain their peaceful daily lives in Japan. Both Rika and Takuya who have no interest in tying the knot begin to venture into marriage. As they have not had a decent romantic relationship and also do not know how to deal with others, they are naturally hesitant. Then their families and colleagues get involved as well. But at some point, they gradually become conscious of each other.
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/PrimeVideo_JP

Jitenshaya-san no Takahashi-kun
Date: From 12.30 a.m., Fridays, November 2022
Station: TV Tokyo
Genre: Romance
Original Work: Jitenshaya-san no Takahashi-kun by Matsumushi Arare
Scriptwriter: Kitagawa Ayako (Tokyo Love Story (2020), Onna Kudoki Meshi Series, Watashi ni XX Shinasai!)
Directors: Ota Yu, Yaegashi Fuga, Yamashita Hisayoshi
Cast: Suzuki Nobuyuki, Uchida Rio
Synopsis: Hanno Tomoko (Uchida Rio), a reserved 30-year-old woman from Tokyo, currently lives alone in Gifu while she works for a company. Known as Panko, she is uncomfortable socialising with people and has a hard time expressing her opinions clearly. She also agonises about the subtle sexual harassment she has been subjected to by her boss and her struggle to turn down invitations from her colleagues. One day, Tomoko meets Takahashi Ryohei (Suzuki Nobuyuki) when she stops at a nearby bicycle shop for help after discovering that the bicycle chain has come off her bicycle. He runs the bicycle shop and is handsome, but has the appearance of a delinquent. Tomoko feels fearful of the slightly forceful Ryohei but gradually becomes attracted to him.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/takahashikun
Twitter: twitter.com/tx_takahashikun

Chaser Game
Date: From 12.30 a.m., Fridays, 9 September 2022
Station: TV Tokyo
Original Work: Chaser Game by Matsuyama Hiroshi
Scriptwriters: Asada Atsushi (Men to Chihiro no Heiko Sekai, Aoki Vampire no Nayami, Kafka no Tokyo Zetsubou Nikki), Ota Yu
Directors: Ota Yu, Yamaguchi Masayuki, Mitsuoka Katsuya
Cast: Watanabe Keisuke, Higashi Keisuke, Ugaki Misato, Hamano Kenta, Kagei Hina, Wakabayashi Yuma, Kataoka Ainosuke
Synopsis: Shindo Tatsuya (Watanabe Keisuke) has been working hard in his role as a game creator at Dynamic Dream, a game development company. It is a job that he dreamed of holding since he was in junior high school. Now in his ninth year with the company, Tatsuya gets promoted to a middle management position and takes over a project for a new game title that is being developed. He is full of enthusiasm but all his team members (Higashi Keisuke, Hamano Kenta, Kagei Hina) have quirks and this project is taking longer than usual. The game is due to be released soon but the problems are endless. Tatsuya looks for possible causes and it turns out that someone is hindering the project. Will he and his team be able to successfully complete it?
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/chasergame
Twitter: twitter.com/ChaserGame_tx

Koi to Dangan
Date: From 12.59 a.m., Fridays, 28 October 2022
Station: MBS
Genre: Romance
Original Work: Koi to Dangan by Mino Nozomi
Scriptwriter: Date Sorami (Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu Series, Takeuchi Ryoma no Satsukyuu)
Directors: Smith, Tsubakimoto Keijiro, Totsuka Hiroto,
Cast: Furukawa Yuta, Baba Fumika, Kuroba Mario, Nakamura Shizuka, Kimura Keito, Hashimoto Manami, Osumi Kenya, Yamanaka Jutaro, Nanase Ko, Arai Myra, Nakao Yuka
Synopsis: Strong-minded Yuri (Baba Fumika) is a university student looking for a man who will love her just as she is. One day, she gets tangled up with a shady group at a party that she is attending with a friend. She gets forced to consume illegal drugs but is saved in the nick of time by Oya Toshiomi (Furukawa Yuta), the young leader of the Oya-gumi. He hands her a name card with the characters of the Oya-gumi written on it to serve as her shield in the future. Yuri hesitantly tells herself to do nothing more than thank him as she visits the gang to convey her gratitude but unexpectedly finds Toshiomi with a gentle smile. He is drawn to her pluckiness while his kind, gentlemanly demeanour makes her heart flutter. Following a shooting incident at the Oya-gumi, Yuri is ready to become his lover. However, their love is forbidden. The appearance of a hostess Choko (Nakamura Shizuka) who is infatuated with Toshiomi; Yuri’s childhood friend Jin (Kimura Keito) who is a detective that deals with yakuza groups; Toshiomi’s father (Osumi Kenya) who heads the Oya-gumi; and a mafia boss Semirio (Kuroba Mario) causes more turbulence. Their love deepens with each phase they overcome. But the courtship of a man who lives staking his life may be too fierce and crazy.
Website: www.mbs.jp/koitodangan
Twitter: twitter.com/dramatokku_mbs

Kurosagi (2022)
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 21 October 2022
Station: TBS
Original Work: Kurosagi by Natsuhara Takeshi
Scriptwriter: Shinozaki Eriko (Solomon no Gishou, Influence, Saka no Tochuu no Ie )
Directors: Tanaka Kenta, Ishii Yasuharu, Hirano Shunichi
Cast: Hirano Sho, Kuroshima Yuina, Inowaki Kai, Nakamura Yuri, Uno Shohei, Tokito Yuki, Yamamoto Koji, Bando Yajuro, Funanoshi Eiichiro (guest star), Miura Tomokazu
Synopsis: When Kurosaki Koshiro (Hirano Sho) was 15 years old, his father became a victim of fraud and tried to kill the entire family including himself. As the only one who survived, he decides to take revenge, choosing to become a “kurosagi” who swindles other swindlers. Kurosaki targets professional swindlers known as “shirosagi” who cheat people like his father and steal their money. He seems to be a friendly, ordinary young man who treats everyone equally. But he leads a lonely life, trusting and relying on no one as a result of his past. Believing that the law does not protect people, Kurosaki channels his fury and makes it his purpose in life to rid the world of “shirosagi” in order to get to Mikimoto, the one who conned his father, someday.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/kurosagi_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/kurosagi2022tbs


Date: From 11.00 p.m., Fridays, 7 October 2022
Network: WOWOW
Episodes: 11
Original Work: Time Bokan Series Yatterman
Scriptwriters: Kiyasu Kohei (Murai no Koi, Denei Shojo Series), Naito Eisuke, Oshio Satoshi, Sato Midori
Directors: Naito Eisuke, Yoko Hatsuki
Cast: Ikeda Eliza, Yamazaki Hirona, Yamoto Yuma, Kaneko Daichi, Ichinose Wataru, Tanaka Shunsuke
Synopsis: Dorokawa Nao (Ikeda Eliza) who later became Doronjo has been exploited as if she were a fighting tool in a poor and harsh environment. She cuts a beautifully lonely figure who struggles to live despite the circumstances she has been placed in. The only way she can demonstrate her worth is on the battleground of real intense physical fights with fellow combatants. A series of devastating tragedies befalls her. What led Doronjo to turn to evil?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/doronjo
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow 

Saisho wa Paa
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 28 October 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriters: Akimoto Yasushi (Shinhannin Flag, Hyouchakusha, Kyouen NG), Okazaki Satoko (Konintodoke ni Han o Oshita dake desu ga, Kaseifu no Mitazono Seasons 3 – 5), Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Byplayers Series, Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi)
Directors: Nemoto Kazumasa, Higurashi Ken
Cast: Jesse Lewis, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kaki Haruka, Motoi Shunsuke, Aoki Yuzu, Sakoda Takaya, Hashimoto Jun, Koyabu Kazutoyo
Synopsis: 26-year-old Tonegawa Gota (Jesse Lewis), the eldest son of a famous politician, has never truly been dedicated to anything and merely followed the rules imposed by his father since young. But this time, he goes against the wishes of his father who wants him to become a politician, and decides to enroll in a training school for comedians. At the school, he meets the fierce looking Sawamura Ginpei (Ichikawa Ennosuke) who seems to have lived in the underworld until now and is a man of many mysteries. They become an unusual comedy duo and work hard to become professional entertainers.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/paa
Twitter: twitter.com/saisho_ha_paa

Saihate kara, Toho 5-hun
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 1 October 2022
Station: BS TV Tokyo
Original Work: Saihate kara, Toho 5-hun by Itoi Nozo
Scriptwriter: Kawasaki Izumi (Hankei 5 metres, Haru to Ao no Obentobako, Jimi ni Sugoi! Series)
Directors: Ouchi Takahiro, Shoji Hiroshi, Soyama Satoshi
Cast: Okada Yui, Yanagi Shuntaro, Takezai Terunosuke, Uchiyama Rina
Synopsis: Unable to live or die due to certain circumstances, Koda Sumomo (Okada Yui) visits Auberge Gilda which is a five-minute walk from Cape Shide, a famous suicide spot. She listens to its owner Shiraishi Yuko (Uchiyama Rina) and ends up working with the employee Koreeda Ibuki (Takezai Terunosuke) and chef Omori Zen (Yanagi Shuntaro) for three months. Guests with all sorts of circumstances come to this auberge at the farthest reaches, including an actress being criticised for reports of an affair, and a man faced with divorce on the day he reached the mandatory retirement age. Through their stay at Auberge Gilda, they become aware of life and are revitalised. Seeing this with her own eyes, Sumomo also has a change of heart. However, she learns about Yuko’s secret … …
Website: www.bs-tvtokyo.co.jp/saihatekara
Twitter: twitter.com/saihate_BS7ch

Inori no Karte ~ Kenshuui no Nazotoki Shinsatsu Kiroku*UPDATED*
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 8 October 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Medical mystery
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Inori no Karte Series by Chinen Mikito
Scriptwriter: Nemoto Nonji (Hakozume, Kansatsui Asagao Series, Fruits Takuhaibin)
Directors: Kariyama Shunsuke, Ikeda Chihiro
Cast: Tamamori Yuta, Ikeda Eliza, Yamoto Yuma, Hamatsu Takayuki, Hori Miona, YU, Toyoshima Hana, Harada Taizo, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Shiina Kippei
Synopsis: 25-year-old Suwano Ryota (Tamamori Yuta), a first-year medical intern at a university hospital, excels at reading the situation and people’s moods at each of the departments he trains at. His father died from an illness and his mother remarried when he was 11 years old. Even though Ryota’s stepfather doted on him, Ryota would always study his expression to avoid getting on the wrong side and found it suffocating. He believes this experience shaped his personality. Despite being lacking in knowledge and techniques and also unsure about his aptitude as a doctor, Ryota does his best by deciphering patients’ medical records and exercising his special skill so that they open up to him. He grows as a doctor under the guidance of his instructor and friendly rivalry with fellow interns while sincerely engaging patients and unravelling the mysteries of their hearts.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/inorinokarte
Twitter: twitter.com/inorinokartentv

Hitotsubashi Kiriko no Hanzai Nikki
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 8 October 2022
Station: NHK
Episodes: 5
Original Work: Hitotsubashi Kiriko no Hanzai Nikki by Harada Hika
Scriptwriter: Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Byplayers Series, Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi)
Directors: Kasaura Tomochika, Mayuzumi Rintaro, Kaji Genichiro
Cast: Matsuzaka Keiko, Iwata Takanori, Nagasawa Itsuki, Katagiri Hairi, Uzaki Ryudo, Kimura Tae, Yuki Saori, Kusakari Masao
Synopsis: Hitotsubashi Kiriko (Matsuzaka Keiko) is on the verge of misery. It has not been easy living on her pension and working part-time but the death of a close friend who was her only hope, suddenly made daily life feel empty. At this rate, she will end up dying alone. As the difficulty of carrying on living wrenches Kiriko’s heart, she is captivated by the remarks of someone she saw on TV. “I wanted to go to jail so that things would be easier,” said a person who was arrested. Kiriko sets prison as her “final residence” and begins her search for a way to get arrested without causing trouble to people.
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

Japanese Style

Japanese Style*UPDATED*
Date: From 11.30 p.m., Saturdays, 22 October 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Kaneko Shigeki (Konto ga Hajimaru, Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai, Momikeshite Fuyu Series)
Director: Fukagawa Yoshihiro
Cast: Nakano Taiga, Ichikawa Mikako, Kaname Jun, Kazma, Ishizaki Hwie, Dan Rei, Emoto Akira, Miyazawa Miho, Matsukawa Naruki
Synopsis: 30-year-old Kakioka Tetsuro (Nakano Taiga) returns home for the first time in 10 years to save his family’s traditional inn Niji no Ya after he hears that his father has been hospitalised. But he is lost for words when he sees that it has completely changed. The dignity and service of the inn, which boasts a 100-year heritage, has totally vanished. It has transformed into a haunt where employees who are not easy to deal with linger around. There is Terakado Lucy Kazuko (Ichikawa Mikako), a flamenco dancer who says a stream of offensive things; Kageshima Shunsaku (Kaname Jun), a germaphobe manager who hates hot springs; Asatsuki Momoyo (Dan Rei), the head waitress who is a single mother devoted to her son Ringoro (Ishizaki Hwie) and fortune-telling; Ringoro, a boyish employee who loves his mother and unicycle; Uno Kanata (Kazma), a chef who has a UNO addiction; and Umekoshi Hifuji (Emoto Akira), an old-timer who has clung on to the inn for 40 years. Not knowing that such formidable enemies are waiting for him, Tetsuro is told to leave when he arrives at the inn. Despite his attempts to enter using various means, he bounces off the impregnable defences and breaks down crying at the entrance, and a mysterious big man show up. Will Tetsuro be able to enter the inn and will the day come when the employees will accept him?
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/japanese_style
Twitter: twitter.com/JPN_style_ex

First Love Hatsukoi
Date: From 24 November 2022
Network: Netflix Japan
Genre: Romance
Inspiration: First Love & Hatsukoi by Utada Hikaru
Scriptwriter: Kanchiku Yuri
Director: Kanchiku Yuri
Cast: Mitsushima Hikari, Sato Takeru, Kaho, Minami, Nakao Akiyoshi, Araki Towa, Aoi Yamada, Hamada Gaku, Mukai Osamu, Iura Arata, Koizumi Kyoko
Synopsis: A couple meet their first love in the late 1990’s, grow up in the 2000’s, and ultimately lead up to the present day as they discover what had made their relationship unforgettable even though more than 20 years have passed. Noguchi Yae (Mitsushima Hikari) wants to be a flight attendant but is thwarted by fate due to an unexpected accident. Namiki Harumichi (Sato Takeru) became a pilot with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force but is no longer pursuing that career path.
Website: –

Atom no Ko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, October 2022
Station: TBS
Genre: Corporate
Scriptwriter: Kamimori Marie (Yangotonaki Ichizoku, Kono Koi Atatamemasu ka, Kioku)
Directors: Okamoto Shingo, Yamamuro Daisuke, Ouchi Maiko, Tago Yoshiaki
Cast: Yamazaki Kento, Matsushita Kohei, Kishii Yukino, Okabe Dai, Baba Toru, Yanagi Shuntaro, Rokkaku Shinji, Hyunri, Iinuma Ai, Toda Naho, Minagawa Sarutoki, Tsukaji Muga, Denden, Kazama Morio, Odagiri Joe
Synopsis: Young talented game developer Azumi Nayuta (Yamazaki Kento) creates games independently without going through large companies and distributors. Called the game industry’s Banksy because he goes by the name John Doe and no one knows what he looks like, he has been living quietly after leaving game development in the wake of a certain incident. One company is searching for Nayuta. This company is Atom, a traditional toy manufacturer which faces a crisis as the impact of price competition from overseas pushes it out of business. In a bid to turn things around and mount a comeback, Atom plans to change course and make game development a new line of business. With no funds or knowledge of the industry, they scramble to contact Nayuta as their last hope. He teams up with Atom to overcome adversity and take on new challenges.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/atomnoko_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/atom_no_ko_tbs

Shylock's Children

Shylock no Kodomotachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 9 October 2022
Station: WOWOW
Genre: Mystery
Episodes: 5
Original Work: Shylock no Kodomotachi by Ikeido Jun
Scriptwriter: Maekawa Yoichi (Kareinaru Ichizoku, Tetsu no Hone (2020), Lady Joker)
Director: Suzuki Kosuke
Cast: Inohara Yoshihiko, Nishino Nanase, Kato Shigeaki, Miura Takahiro, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Hagiwara Masato, Tamayama Tetsuji
Synopsis: Tokyo Daiichi Bank’s Nagahara Branch is a small branch which has dealings mainly with micro, small and medium enterprises. Its staff include deputy section chief Nishiki Masahiro (Inohara Yoshihiko) who has been sidelined from the career track; a serious female employee Kitagawa Airi (Nishino Nanase) who supports her family; the elite branch manager Kujo Kaoru (Maekawa Yasuyuki) who is a strategist; and assistant branch manager Furukawa Kazuo (Hagiwara Masato) who will not shy from harassing subordinates to make sure they perform. Each one of them have their own circumstances and troubles. One day, it is discovered that 1 million yen in cash is missing from Nagahara Branch. Although Airi is suspected to be the culprit, Nishiki who was supposed to pursue the matter suddenly vanishes. The two mysteries of the missing cash and Nishiki’s disappearing act as well as the stories of the branch employees start to intersect. The wrongdoing behind the missing cash and the shocking truth of his disappearance eventually come to light.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/shylock
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

medium ~ Reibai Tantei Jozuka Hisui*UPDATED*
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 16 October 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Mystery
Episodes: 10
Original Work: medium ~ Reibai Tantei Jozuka Hisui by Aizawa Sako
Scriptwriter: Sato Tomoharu
Directors: Sugawara Shintaro, Nagumo Seiichi
Cast: Kiyohara Kaya, Seto Koji, Koshiba Fuka, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Tanaka Michiko
Synopsis: Green-eyed Jozuka Hisui (Kiyohara Kaya) is clairvoyant and leads a lonely life due to her special ability. She is able to identify criminals through hints from the dead but she cannot get anyone to believe her because she has no evidence. This makes Hisui agonise over why she is so useless even though she can discover the truth. How will she mobilise the police and capture the criminals?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/hisui
Twitter: twitter.com/hisui_ntv

Ryojin no Ono

Ryojin no Ono
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 13 November 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Suspense
Episodes: 6
Original Work: Ryojin no Ono by Daimon Takeaki
Scriptwriter: Suzuki Kenichi (Bye Bye Black Bird)
Director: Mori Yoshitaka
Cast: Iura Arata, Shibata Kyohei, Nao, Bando Ryota, Mikami Ai, Nagasawa Itsuki, Namioka Kazuki, Takahashi Maryjun, Uno Shohei, Kuroda Daisuke, Lou Oshiba, Tezuka Satomi, Uchida Chika, Kato Shinsuke, Shida Masayuki, Kawase Yota, Bengal, Takaoka Saki, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis: The daughter of Detective Shibasaki Sachio (Shibata Kyohei) from the First Investigation Division is found stabbed to death. He goes after the truth with Kawasumi Shigekatsu (Iura Arata), a junior detective who respects Shibasaki as his mentor in life and is a close family friend. However, the hard work of the police is in vain and case goes unsolved. 15 years later, Shibasaki is retired and quietly spending the rest of his life looking after his wife Miwako (Fubuki Jun) who is seriously ill. The situation begins to change with the establishment of a unit specialising in re-investigating unsolved cases. Kawasumi also joins them and while the case is reexamined, a man regarded as the criminal emerges. Shibasaki pursues the truth on his own. A single phone call triggers a desire for vengeance and he winds up facing a charge … …
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/ryojin
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

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3 Responses to Fall 2022 Dramas

  1. Jean says:

    Hello Jade! Hope all is well with you. 🙂 Could you please help me with the following tittle that will air on ABC / TV Asahi this fall.


    Kabe Sir Doujin Sakka no Nekoyashiki-kun wa Shouninyokkyuu wo Kojirasete Iru

    Kabe Sir Doujin Sakka no Nekoyashiki-kun wa Shounin Yokkyuu wo Kojirasete Iru

    “Sir” or “Saa” (come come now…). “Shouninyokkyuu” or “Shounin Yokkyuu” Or any other version of the title. Your help would be much appreciated.

    And thank you for pointing out the title of “Mai Agare!” I’ve seen “Maiagare” being used at several places, including by myself.

    • jadefrost says:

      Hi Jean, How are you? I haven’t been watching many dramas for the last two or three seasons and trying to catch up on those that seem interesting. Do you have any recommendations? For the title that you’re referring to, my guess is that it may not be either of the two. I took a quick look at the drama webpage and the term seems to be a contraction of 壁際 and サークル that would most likely make it Kabesa? I’d split the words up Shounin Yokkyuu as you have done in the second version.

      Sometimes it depends on context to figure out how the words should appear. I’m still learning and I guess some Japanese knowledge helps when reading the synopsis. In the case of Mai Agare, it should be read this way as we know the main character’s name is Mai and Agare would most likely mean “rise up”.

  2. Jean says:

    Hello jadeforst! I’m doing fine. For the time being I’ll use “Kabesa Doujin Sakka no Nekoyashiki-kun wa Shounin Yokkyuu wo Kojirasete Iru” I haven’t watched that many dramas lately myself either, I’ve kept myself busy with other things. Thank you for everything you’ve done, and are doing when it comes to subbing and providing great information about dramas. 🙂

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