Upcoming Fall 2023 Dramas

Boogie Woogie
Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Fridays, Fall 2023
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Adachi Shin (Hirowareta Otoko, Nusumareta Kao, Itsuka de Tiffany de Choshoku o)
Directors: Fukui Mitsuhiro, Futami Daisuke, Izunami Takamasa
Cast: Shuri, Yanagiba Toshiro, Mizukawa Asami, Tsubasa Kazuki, Shimizu Kurumi, Katayama Yuki, Ihara Rikka, Kikuchi Rinko
Synopsis: The poster girl of a small public bath in an Osaka neighbourhood around the end of the Taisho period, Hanada Suzuko (Shuri) loves singing and dancing. Wanting to make everyone smile through song and dance, she decides to join a newly established musical theatre troupe in Dotonbori. Suzuko practices hard and stands out with her outstanding singing talent. In 1938, she moves up to Tokyo where an encounter with a popular songwriter dramatically alters her destiny. Under his guidance, she becomes popular as the Queen of Swing. But when World War II begins, Suzuko’s situation drastically changes. The songs she had sung are considered the enemy’s music and her singing and dancing are severely restricted. Adding to her troubles, her younger brother is sent to the warfront and their mother Tsuya (Mizukawa Asami) dies of illness. Suzuko falls in love with a young man and they make a commitment to get married. But his family is dead set against their union. By the time the war ends after Japan’s surrender, Suzuko is pregnant with his child. However, he falls ill and she cannot see him. In the final month of her pregnancy, she receives word of his passing. Several days later, Suzuko gives birth to a baby girl. She raises their child on her own while singing on stage. Tokyo Boogie Woogie is born at this time. Bright and natural Suzuko shows her charm, singing with all she has got. This singing voice resounds across the country which has been blighted by the war. She becomes known as the Queen of Boogie and rapidly rises to be a huge star.
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Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

Paripi Koumei
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, Fall 2023
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Youth comedy
Original Work: Paripi Koumei by Ogawa Ryo
Scriptwriter: Nemoto Nonji (Gouritekini Arienai, Hakozume, Kansatsui Asagao Series)
Director: Shibue Shuhei
Cast: Mukai Osamu
Synopsis: Shokatsu Komei (Mukai Osamu), better known as Zhuge Liang, served the state of Shu during the Three Kingdoms period when the states of Wei, Wu and Shu fought for supremacy over the whole country. A brilliant tactician, he defeated one enemy after another and had won many battles. Then in 234 AD, he fell ill during a battle and died. But for some reason, he is reincarnated in modern-day Japan and lands up in a crowded Shibuya on a busy Halloween night. Komei mistakes the scenes of people dressed as zombies, vampires and werewolves as the afterlife. He finds his way to a club where he is captivated by a young woman’s singing. He only realises that he has been reincarnated after he comes into contact with modern objects and sees a reflection of his young self in a mirror. Deciding to do all he can to support the aspiring young singer whose voice he fell in love with, Komei seeks a world of peace created by music and brings a new perspective to Japan’s music industry with his brilliant mind.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/paripikoumei
Twitter: twitter.com/paripikoumei_cx

Kinou Nani Tabeta? Season 2*NEW*
Date: October 2023
Station: TV Tokyo
Genre: Food
Original Work: Kinou Nani Tabeta? by Yoshinaga Fumi
Scriptwriter: Adachi Naoko (Kinou Nani Tabeta? Season 1, Toumeina Yurikago, Daibinbo)
Directors: Nakae Kazuhito, Matsumoto Kana, Hirata Daisuke
Cast: Nishijima Hidetoshi, Uchino Seiyo, Yamamoto Koji, Isomura Hayato, Makita Sports, Tanaka Misako, Tayama Ryosei,
Synopsis: Kakei Shiro (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is a lawyer who works at a small law firm. He is a good cook and a meticulous and thrifty person who keeps the monthly food budget to 25,000 yen. Shiro’s daily routine is to leave work on time and head to a discount supermarket nearby. His partner Yabuki Kenji (Uchino Seiyo) is the affable hairdresser. The two of them share a two-bedroom apartment and the finer points of two men living together comes up at the dining table every day.
Website: www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kinounanitabeta2
Twitter: twitter.com/tx_nanitabe
Related: Kinou Nani Tabeta? Season 1

Ooku Season 2 (2023) ~ Iryou-hen
Date: From Fall 2023
Station: NHK
Original Work: Ooku by Yoshinaga Fumi
Scriptwriter: Morishita Yoshiko (Ooku Season 1 (2023), Dakara Watashi wa Oshimashita, Gibou to Musume no Blues Series)
Directors: Ohara Taku, Suenaga So, Kawano Hideaki, Kimura Takafumi
Cast: Matsushita Yuki, Adachi Yumi, Okamoto Keito, Nakama Yukie, Nakamura Aoi, Renbutsu Misako
Synopsis: During the reign of the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, a strange disease called “red-faced smallpox” spreads throughout Japan. It is a terrifying illness that only infects young men and leads to death in a few days. Without a method to manage and cure smallpox, the male population drops sharply to a quarter of the female population. As a result, the country’s social structure is dramatically changed. Males are raised as rare stallions while females replace the males as the labour force. Various family businesses are now handed down from female to female. Even at Edo Castle, the role of the shogun is passed on to a female after Tokugawa Iemitsu’s death. As a symbol of the shogun’s power, the inner palace founded by his wet nurse Kasuga no Tsubone keeps these rare males, creating a world with 3,000 handsome men.
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas
Related: Ooku Season 1 (2023)

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