Upcoming Summer 2023 Dramas

Keibuho Daimajin
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, July 2023
Station: TV Asahi
Genre: Suspense
Original Work: Keibuho Daimajin by Richard Woo
Scriptwriter: Tokunaga Yuichi (Lupin no Musume Series, Good Doctor, Kirawareru Yuuki)
Director: Miike Takashi
Cast: Ikuta Toma
Synopsis: Daiba Jin (Ikuta Toma), the ace of the Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigation Division, is so strong that he is nicknamed “Daimajin” as a pun on his name. A passionate man with a strong sense of justice, Daimajin rushes to a crime scene faster than anyone else. But he has a dark secret. That is, he killed a criminal who could never be punished by law. This matter comes to the attention of the brilliant and heartless Senior Superintendent Saimon Hirayasu uses his knowledge to half compel Daimajin into working as his “slave”. Daimajin is transferred to a special investigations team led by Hirayasu. He has to follow Hirayasu’s instructions and secretly get rid of criminals that the police cannot get their hands on. However, he ends up venturing into a dark side of the police organisation and nation that should never be touched.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/daimajin
Twitter: twitter.com/daimajinEX

Ah Love Hotel ~ Himitsu*UPDATED*
Date: From 11.30 p.m., Fridays, 19 May 2023
Network: WOWOW
Genre: (One situation) Comedy
Episodes: 18
Scriptwriters: Fujimura Kyohei, Matsumoto Yusaku (Kamisama no Ekohiiki), Asao Nozomi, Ninomiya Ryutaro, Uchiyama Takuya, Kondo Keisuke (Konkatsu Tantei), Sakamoto Yugo, Ohku Akiko, Kimura Hikaru, Shimada Takeshi
Cast: Bando Ryota, Ishikawa Ruka, Okayama Amane, Ono Karin, Minagawa Sarutoki, Sakurada Hiyori, Matsumoto Marika, Miura Takahiro, Suzuki Anne, Ishii Anna, Hayashida Yohei, Isomura Hayato, Miura Toko, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Kiryu Mai
Synopsis: –
Website: www.wowow.林田洋平.jp/drama/original/lovehotel
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Date: Summer 2023
Station: WOWOW
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Drop by Shinagawa Hiroshi
Scriptwriter: Shinagawa Hiroshi (Isekai Izakaya Nobu Series)
Director: Shinagawa Hiroshi
Cast: Hosoda Kanata, Itagaki Mizuki, Morinaga Yuki, Hayashi Karasu, Otomo Kazuki    
Synopsis: Deciding to become a delinquent because he is drawn to such manga, Shinano Hiroshi (Hosoda Kanata) transfers from a private school to a public school called Komae Kita Junior High School. What awaits him is a life of delinquency that is harder than he had imagined. On his first day at the new school, Hiroshi gets summoned by Iguchi Tatsuya (Itagaki Mizuki), the leader of a group of delinquents. It does not take long for them to exchange blows but he is thoroughly beaten up by Tatsuya and gets apprehended by the detective Aramaki. As a result, Hiroshi is recognised by Tatsuya, Lupin (Morinaga Yuki), Moriki (Hayashi Karasu) and Wanko (Otomo Kazuki) as one of them. He is good at arguing and bluffing and starts spending his days picking fights with delinquents.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/drop
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow


Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, July 2023
Station: TBS
Genre: Adventure
Scriptwriter: Fukuzawa Katsuo
Director: Fukuzawa Katsuo
Cast: Sakai Masato, Abe Hiroshi, Nikaido Fumi, Matsuzaka Toori, Yakusho Koji
Synopsis: –
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/VIVANT_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/TBS_VIVANT

Kazoku dakara Itoshitan janakute, Itoshita no ga Kazoku datta
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 14 May 2023
Station: NHK BS Premium
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Kazoku dakara Itoshitan janakute, Itoshita no ga Kazoku datta by Kishida Nami
Scriptwriters: Ichinose Hiroko (Omameda Towako to Sannin no Moto Otto), Suzuki Ayako (Soredemo Ai o Chikaimasuka?), Ohku Akiko
Director: Ohku Akiko
Cast: Kawai Yumi, Sakai Maki, Yoshida Aoi, Nishikido Ryo, Miho Jun
Synopsis: Kishimoto Nanami’s (Kawai Yumi) father Kosuke (Nishikido Ryo), who was a business entrepreneur, passes away all of a sudden. Then her mother Hitomi (Sakai Maki) unexpectedly becomes wheelchair bound. But that is not all. Nanami’s younger brother Sota (Yoshida Aoi) has Down’s syndrome while their grandmother Yoshiko (Miho Jun) has been showing symptoms of forgetfulness. This spate of difficulties makes Nanami consider what family means to her.
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

0.5 no Otoko*UPDATED*
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 28 May 2023
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Family
Episodes: 5
Scriptwriters: Maki Ione (Sore o Ai to Machigaeru kara), Okita Shiuchi
Directors: Okita Shiuchi, Tamazawa Kyohei
Cast: Matsuda Ryuhei, Usuda Asami, Shiratori Tamaki, Kato Yahiro, Inowaki Kai, Aoki Yuzu, Shinohara Atsushi, Kiba Katsumi, Nishino Nanase, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis: The Tachibanas have decided to rebuild their old house into a 2-family dwelling. The living space for 40-year-old reclusive Masaharu (Matsuda Ryuhei) becomes the root of trouble between his younger sister Saori (Usuda Asami) and mother Keiko (Fubuki Jun) who are both very particular. His father Osamu (Kiba Katsumi) suggests that he take the opportunity to live independently. However, his mother says she does not want this to be forced onto him. Then Saori keeps selfishly asserting that she wants to get rid of his room to make two entrances. As the siblings cannot reach an agreement, she somehow gets persuaded by the salesman (Inowaki Kai) from the home builder to go for a 2.5-family dwelling instead. When they begin their new life together with her family, Masaharu who is worshipped in the gaming world finds his stress-free life completely upended. He is ordered by his sister to help out in the household chores since he is free while he is rejected by his niece Ema (Shiratori Tamaki) for being gross. A lone misfit as that 0.5 existence, Masaharu gets dragged into family disagreements whether he likes it or not, and tossed out into the outside world. Little by little, he becomes a new person.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/the-0.5
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

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