Homeru Hito Homerareru Hito
Date: From 10.45 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays, 12 June 2023
Original Work: Homeru Hito Homerareru Hito by Takeda Nozomu
Scriptwriter: Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Saisho wa Paa, Byplayers Series, Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi)
Directors: Okada Ken, Kasaura Tomochika, Tanaka Kenji, Kaji Genichiro
Cast: Morikawa Aoi, Kawasaki Takaya, Noro Kayo, Hayama Shono, Masana Bokuzo, Sekiguchi Mandy, Kanno Rio, Sano Hiroki, Mimura Akari, Shimizu Michiko, Ibu Masato, Hamada Mari, Takemori Sento, Dronzu Ishimoto, Asagaya Shimai
Synopsis: 25-year-old Ichikawa Eiko (Morikawa Aoi) works for the general affairs department. She normally does not get much appreciation even if she does her job properly. But when she makes a slight mistake, she gets thoroughly scolded. A senior colleague Bando Hajime (Kawasaki Takaya) suddenly starts trying to compliment and cheer her up after hearing her dejectedly mutter that she wants to be praised. However, his choice of words are quite unusual such as likening her enthusiasm to the Nebuta Festival. Eiko thought she would not feel happy but strangely enough, his strange compliments start to comfort her and their communication inspires all sorts of miracles in the general affairs department and across the company.
Watashi no Ichiban Saiakuna Tomodachi
Date: From 10.45 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays, 21 August 2023
Scriptwriters: Hyodo Ruri, Fukino Tsuyoshi
Directors: Hashizume Shinichiro, Kotani Takayoshi, Kudo Takashi
Cast: Makita Aju, Takaishi Akari
Synopsis: Kasamatsu Hotaru (Makita Aju), a fourth-year university student, has been failing terribly in her job hunt. She has a natural enemy”. That person is Kagiya Miharu (Takaishi Akari) who attended elementary, junior high and high school with her and still lives near her house now. Miharu would have a sound argument for a fight in class and even overcome various accidents with originality and ingenuity. She always basked in a bright spotlight in front of Hotaru. Miharu was the person Hotaru wished she could be. Assuming Miharu’s personality as her own at the recruitment exam, she submits the application form which surprisingly gets through. Not knowing how to react, Hotaru continues to lie with a smile at the next interview, and the next one … … Three years go by. Hotaru has been working hard at a well-known major company after successfully obtaining a job offer. Then one day, she bumps into Miharu, the person whose application form she “borrowed”, on the street. Will the two of them be able to forgive each other?
18 / 40 ~ Futari nara Yume mo Koi mo
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, July 2023
Scriptwriters: Tatsui Yukari (Anata ni wa Watasanai, Mama to Papa ga Ikiru Riyu, Strawberry Night Series), Kimura Ryoko (Risou no Kareshi)
Directors: Fukuda Ryosuke, Matsuki Aya
Cast: Fukuhara Haruka, Fukada Kyoko, Suzuka Oji, Uesugi Shuhei, Deguchi Natsuki, Nagasawa Itsuki, Yagi Yusei, Arashi Lina
Synopsis: 18-year-old Nakagawa Arisu (Fukuhara Haruka) is an ordinary third-year high school student. As a result of her beloved mother’s influence, Arisu dreams of becoming a museum curator who is active overseas. She has been living with her father who is a firefighter, after her mother suddenly died of an illness when Arisu was 11 years old. Arisu is set to go on to study arts at a university, but her life completely changes due to her unexpected pregnancy. Meanwhile, Naruse Toko (Fukada Kyoko), a capable art specialist at a company that deals in contemporary art, is about to turn 40. She is devoted to her work and has not been in a romantic relationship in 10 years. The lives of these two women with different lifestyles and circumstances start to change significantly after a chance encounter.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, July 2023
Station: Fuji TV
Original Work: Barakamon by Yoshino Satsuki
Scriptwriter: Aso Kumiko (#Izakaya Shinkansen, Lunch Gokon Tantei, Double Fantasy)
Director: Kono Keita
Cast: Sugino Yosuke
Synopsis: Handa Seishu (Sugino Yosuke), a proud calligrapher who was born and raised in the city, is the heir to his father who heads a calligraphy school. He has made a name for himself as a young rising star and praised by the public. But when he experiences a setback, he ends up living alone on the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. Just when Seishu thought that he can spend a peaceful time in solitude to practice his calligraphy, he finds himself thrown off by life alone in the unfamiliar countryside and socialising with free-spirited, individualistic islanders who visit him uninvited. Although he is often bewildered by island life and the unique customs, he grows as a person and a calligrapher little by little with the help and encouragement of the islanders despite the various troubles he gets tangled up in.
Kocchi Muite yo, Mukai-kun
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, July 2023
Original Work: Kocchi Muite yo, Mukai-kun by Nemu Yoko
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Mako (Muchaburi!: Watashi ga Shachou ni Naru nante, Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomademo, Monro ga Shinda Hi)
Directors: Kusano Shogo, Shigeyama Yoshinori
Cast: Akaso Eiji, Ikuta Erika, Okayama Amane, Fujiwara Sakura, Zaizen Naomi
Synopsis: 33-year-old Mukai Satoru (Akaso Eiji) is a capable employee of a t-shirt manufacturer in Tokyo. Despite his good looks and personality which naturally draws people to him, he has not had a girlfriend or been in a romantic relationship in 10 years. Satoru suddenly becomes conscious of his single status when his friend becomes a father and his younger sister (Fujiwara Sakura) gets married. Thinking that he has more leeway in his work now, he should be able to have a new romance if he wants to. Even though he is friendly with many women, Satoru’s all-out attempt to find love for the first time in a long while fails miserably. Could his thinking and the thinking of the women he knows be out of sync? Could his methods be wrong? His determination to find love, leads him on a quest to figure out his mistakes.
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, July 2023
Station: TV Asahi
Original Work: Hayabusa Shobodan by Ikeido Jun
Scriptwriter: Kosaka Takafumi (Mahiru no Akuma, Genkai Danchi, Mutsuu)
Directors: Tsunehiro Jota, Yamamoto Daisuke
Cast: Nakamura Tomoya, Kawaguchi Haruna
Synopsis: Mystery writer Mishima Taro (Nakamura Tomoya) won the Akechi Shogoro Prize five years ago. However, he is currently in a slump. He has lost confidence after a reduction in the first-run print each time he releases a new book as well as the harsh online reviews of his work. One day, Taro visits the Hayabusa district, a mountainous settlement, to determine the state of the house that he had inherited from his late father. He is captivated by the lush nature of his father’s hometown and decides to move to this area. Just when he thought that he would be able to live a peaceful life free from the stress of the city, he gets embroiled in a series of arson cases after, joining the local volunteer firefighting team to protect Hayabusa, and even encounters mysterious incidents including the suspicious deaths of residents. As Taro begins to search for the truth, what emerges is a huge conspiracy lurking in the village.
Kono Subarashiki Sekai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, July 2023
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Karasuma Maruta
Directors: Hirano Shin, Yamauchi Daisuke
Theme Song: what’s your message？ by Oda Kazumasa
Cast: Wakamura Mayumi, Kimura Yoshino, Sawamura Ikki, Makita Sports
Synopsis: Housewife Hamaoka Taeko (Wakamura Mayumi) lives with her husband Yoichi (Makita Sports) but there is no more love between them. She is preoccupied with bringing up their son Akira as well as her part-time job at a supermarket, and has no hobbies. Both Yoichi and Akira disdainfully think she knows nothing about society. One day, Taeko is approached by Saijo Hayato from the famous actress Wakana Kinuyo’s management agency. He wants her to impersonate Kinuyo, had disappeared overseas after a weekly magazine’s expose, and attend a press conference to address the scandal because her face and also voice are strikingly similar to Kinuyo’s. Taeko’s immediate reaction is to turn down this outrageous request. But the big paycheck she would get for standing in for Kinuyo is never far from her mind. She eventually succumbs to Saijo’s persuasion and the monetary reward and meets Higa Riko (Kimura Yoshino), the CEO of Kinuyo’s agency, as well as Kinuyo’s husband Mizuta Natsuo (Sawamura Ikki) on the day of the press conference. Now she has to keep her masquerade a secret from her family while playing the actress feared as a diabolical woman by the people around her.
Shikkou!! ~ Inu to Watashi to Shikkoukan
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, July 2023
Station: TV Asahi
Original Work: Shikkoukan Monogatari by Ogawa Junpei
Scriptwriter: Omori Mika (Seiten o Tsuke, Mikaiketsu no Onna Series, Asa ga Kita)
Directors: Tamura Naoki, Hoshino Kazunari, Takahashi Takashi
Cast: Ito Sairi, Nakajima Kento, Kasamatsu Sho, First Summer Uika, Rokkaku Seiji, Sugawara Daikichi, Komai Ren, Kaito Sora, Nakagawa Kureha, Moro Morooka, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Watanabe Ikkei, Katsumura Masanobu, Oda Yuji
Synopsis: Yoshino Hikari (Ito Sairi) became an enforcement officer by chance. She had quit working at a credit union and got her dream job working with pets after moving to Tokyo on a whim. However, the company goes into administration and declares bankruptcy one day. Hikari suddenly loses her job. But Obara Itsuki (Oda Yuji), the enforcement officer responsible for enforcing the process of seizing and confiscating assets, money, goods and property, recognises some ability that she has and this opens up a new path for her as an enforcement assistant. Obara who is really bad with dogs, had honed in on her ability to be extremely well liked by them. And so, Hikari and Obara form a tenuous partnership that no one could have imagined.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, July 2023
Original Work: Trillion Game by Inagaki Riichiro
Scriptwriter: Habara Daisuke (Chimudondon, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Godan)
Director: Murao Yoshiaki
Cast: Meguro Ren, Sano Hayato
Synopsis: With his exceptional communication skills and ability to win the hearts and minds of people, Tennoji Haru (Meguro Ren) is popular with men and women of all ages. He appears to be an easygoing person but is actually a calculative, dangerous and tremendously ambitious man who will not stop at bad things. Haru abruptly withdraws midway through a ceremony for prospective employees by the long-established Dragon Bank, the country’s largest IT company. Together with his former junior high school classmate Taira Manabu (Sano Hayato), a computer geek with remarkable programming skills who failed to get a job at Dragon Bank, they set up a company called Trillion Game without any start-up capital or business plan. Scheming to swallow up Dragon Bank and earn a trillion dollars which will allow them to obtain everything in the world, Haru and Manabu seek out talent necessary for the company’s growth. Despite the obstacles thrown in their way by the well-capitalised Dragon Bank, they bounce back using their wit, bluffs and proven skills.
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Fridays, 2 June 2023
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, Tanabe Ririka, Nakamura Riho, Satsukawa Aimi, Sway, Sata Masaki, Namioka Kazuki, Miura Masaki, Fukami Motoki
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.
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, July 2023
Station: TV Asahi
Original Work: Keibuho Daimajin by Richard Woo
Scriptwriter: Tokunaga Yuichi (Lupin no Musume Series, Good Doctor, Kirawareru Yuuki)
Director: Miike Takashi
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Mukai Osamu, Tsuchiya Tao
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 Hirayasu Saimon (Mukai Osamu) 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.
Ah Love Hotel ~ Himitsu
Date: From 11.30 p.m., Fridays, 19 May 2023
Genre: (One situation) Comedy
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, Seto Koji, Takiuchi Kumi, Mimura Akari, Sako Yoshi, Mitsuishi Ken, Kaneko Daichi, Katayama Yuki, Nakamura Mukau, Sakurai Kento, Otaka Akira, Serizawa Tateto, Narushima Toko, Ino Masayuki, Nakamura Yurika, Sakaguchi Ryotaro, Ono Rina, Maeda Oshiro, Kato Ryo, Okada Yui, Morisaki Win, Sato Ryo, Takaishi Akari, Hayashi Kento, Itagaki Rihito, Sakai Maki, Okada Yoshinori, Kitamura Yui, Yamasaki Ryutaro, Yamawaki Tatsuya, Inagawa Miyoko, Takai Keisuke, Leroytaro, Nakai Chisato
Synopsis: What secrets await in a love hotel – the ultimate secret room?
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 24 June 2023
Original Work: Yasashii Neko by Nakajima Ryoko
Scriptwriter: Yajima Koichi (Kaze yo Arashi yo, Haruka no Hikari, Kenkou de Bunkatekina Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu)
Directors: Yanagawa Tsuyoshi, Ando Daisuke
Cast: Yuka, Ito Aoi, Yo Kimiko, Takito Kenichi, Yoshioka Hidetaka, Aso Yumi, Yamada Maho, Ikezu Shoko, Ishikawa Ren, Minamide Ryoka
Synopsis: Single mother Miyuki (Yuka), who is a nursery school teacher, visits Tohoku to do volunteer work in the area devastated by the earthquake. This is where she encounters a Sri Lankan man called Kumar (Omila Shakthi). One year later, the two of them meet again by fate. They are gradually drawn to each other and the forthright and charming Kumar quickly hits it off with Miyuki’s daughter Maya (Ito Aoi) too. The three of them soon start living together like a family. Miyuki and Kumar promise to marry but this happiness is short-lived. Right after they register their marriage and officially become husband and wife, Kumar gets questioned by police who place him in an immigration facility. He is to be forcibly repatriated to his home country of Sri Lanka for overstaying. Miyuki and Kumar feel bleak that their marriage is suspected to be a sham at an oral hearing. In addition, her meetings with him at the immigration facility are through an acrylic board and limited to 30 minutes. She and Maya feel angry about this unfair treatment and frustrated that they cannot help but they pin their hopes on a lawyer Megumi Koichiro (Takito Kenichi). In order to help Kumar, Miyuki has to file a lawsuit to get the decision overturned and obtain special permission for him to remain in Japan. All she wants is for the three of them to live as a family. And so, she takes on the country in battle … …
Saikyou no Kyoushi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, July 2023
Director: Suzuki Yuma
Cast: Matsuoka Mayu, Ashida Mana
Synopsis: Kujo Rina (Matsuoka Mayu) is a chemistry teacher as well as the form teacher of Class 3D at Horai High School. She has given up on being there for her students and feels a sense of relief on the day of the graduation ceremony as she sends them off after one year. That is when Rina is shoved from the fourth floor by someone among her students. The last thing she saw was the culprit’s school uniform sleeve. Just as she is thinking to herself that she wants to live, she goes back in time to the classroom on the first day of the school term. Now standing at her desk, Rina sees 30 suspects who will try to kill her a year later. Preparing to meet her fate, she starts education that will overturn everything in the classroom and life to truly get to know her students and find out the truth. One of these students is Ugumori Kanau (Ashida Mana), a serious model student who is being targeted by the whole class and stopped attending school midway through the first term.
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, July 2023
Scriptwriter: Fukuzawa Katsuo
Director: Fukuzawa Katsuo
Cast: Sakai Masato, Abe Hiroshi, Nikaido Fumi, Matsuzaka Toori, Yakusho Koji
Kazoku dakara Itoshitan janakute, Itoshita no ga Kazoku datta
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 14 May 2023
Station: NHK BS Premium
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, Fukuchi Momoko, Okuno Eita, Hayashi Kento, Furutachi Kanji, Yamada Maho, 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.
0.5 no Otoko
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 28 May 2023
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. However, 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. But 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 living 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 household chores 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 hurled into the outside world. Little by little, he becomes a new person.
Preview: 0.5 no Otoko CM
Fixer Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 9 July 2023
Genre: Political suspense
Scriptwriter: Inoue Yumiko (BG Series, Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu Series, Pandora Series)
Directors: Nishiura Masaki
Cast: Karasawa Toshiaki, Machida Keita, Koizumi Kotaro, Kaname Jun, Saito Yuki, Uchida Yuki, Nishida Toshiyuki (guest star), Tomita Yasuko, Uchida Yuki, Ishiguro Ken, Kobayashi Kaoru, Eguchi Noriko, Suzuki Honami
Synopsis: Tokyo governor Yokomiya Saburo’s (Ishiguro Ken) wife Hiroko (Matobu Sei) is attacked by someone and ends up unconscious. Newspaper journalist Watanabe Tatsuya (Machida Keita) who was at the scene gets arrested and charged for attempted murder. There is a hint of a past connection between the public prosecutor Sasaki Yukino (Eguchi Noriko) who is going after Watanabe, and the lawyer Sugitani Nahoko (Suzuki Honami) who takes Watanabe’s case. This prosecutor is also the same person who put Shitara Kenichi (Karasawa Toshiaki) behind bars in the past. Will Shitara be able to save Watanabe from being falsely charged amid the desire of certain persons with power to have Watanabe convicted in connection with the next governor’s race.
Related: Fixer Season 1
Date: August 2023
Genre: Legal suspense
Original Work: Jiken by Ooka Shohei
Scriptwriters: Mita Toshiyuki, Hokimoto Shinya (Konkatsu Tantei, IP ~ Cyber Sousa-han, Koe Girl)
Director: Mizuta Naruhide
Cast: Shiina Kippei
Synopsis: A woman in her 20s is found stabbed to death in a storage area for materials. She ran a local bar and was just scrapping along. A 19-year-old boy is arrested shortly after on suspicion of murder and illegally disposing the dead body. The defence of the youth is placed in the hands of the lawyer Kikuchi Daizaburo (Shiina Kippei), a former judge who is haunted by a certain trial in the past and turned his back on the “truth”. With the young man’s confession in the bag, it is believed to be a simple trial where the sentence will be delivered quickly. However, the situation completely changes when the young man denies any intention to kill after being interrogated by the prosecution during the trial. In the process of investigating the youth, Kikuchi faces the “truth” once again. Surprising facts are soon revealed one by one in the courtroom, causing confusion among the jurors. Is the youth truly the murderer?
Code ~ Negai no Daishou
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 2 July 2023
Genre: Crime suspense
Scriptwriters: Sakai Masaaki (Informa, Kei x Yaku, Yakubyougami Series), Yamada Yoshitatsu (Get Ready!, Hiyama Kentaro no Ninshin, Zenra Kantoku)
Directors: Kimura Hisashi
Cast: Sakaguchi Kentaro, Sometani Shota
Synopsis: Ninomiya Minato (Sakaguchi Kentaro), a detective with the Kanagawa Prefectural Police’s Organised Crime Division, could not have been happier with marriage on the cards with Yuka, his pregnant girlfriend of five years. She is the person who helped him regain his trust in people after leading a destructive life following the death of his parents in his childhood. However, Yuka gets entangled in a suspicious incident and meets an untimely death. The devastation that Ninomiya feels sends him to the depths of despair. While pursuing the truth behind her death, he obtains a mysterious app named Code, which can make any wish come true. But there is a big price to pay for using it. Meanwhile, Shiina Kazuki (Sometani Shota), a freelance magazine journalist, is following the case related to the mysterious app Code in the hope of getting a scoop.