Mar 31 2020

Yosuke Eguchi & Moka Kamishiraishi cast in NHK drama series “Request to the Angel”

Yosuke Eguchi & Moka Kamishiraishi are cast in NHK drama series “Request to the Angel” (literal title of “ Tenshi ni Request wo”). Also cast in the drama series are Jun Shison, Yuka Itaya, Mitsuko Baisho, and Meiko Kaji. The drama series features an original screenplay by Sumio Omori and directed by Keiji Kataoka. Screenwriter Sumio Omori and director Keiji Kataoka previously worked together on NHK drama series “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.”

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Shugo Shimada (Yosuke Eguchi) was once a detective. He now runs a private detective agency. His assistant is Akari Kojima (Moka Kamishiraishi). Shugo Shimada is not thrilled with his work. One day, receives a request from an elderly woman who looks wealthy. She wants him to help achieve Mikie Omatsu’s (Meiko Kaji) last wish, which requires taking her to a place. The elderly woman met Mikie Omatsu during a hospital stay. Mikie Omatsu does not have much time to live.

“Request to the Angel” first airs June 6, 2020 and will consist of 5 episodes.

Mar 23 2020

Poster for NTV drama series “Tadashii Rock Band no Tsukurikata”

Poster added for NTV drama series “Tadashii Rock Band no Tsukurikata” starring Ryusei Fujii, Tomohiro Kamiyama, Louis Kurihara, and Kengo Yoshida. The drama series follows a rock group as they ponder adding a fifth member in their pursuit to play at Japan’s largest music festival. The drama series also features an original screenplay.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Rock band Kanashimi no Mukogawa was formed half a year ago. The group consists of 4 members: Shizuma (Ryusei Fujii), Tetsuma (Tomohiro Kamiyama), Rokuro (Louis Kurihara) and Noboru (Kengo Yoshida).

Shizuma is the leader of the group. Tetsuma is a university student, who does not have a dream or goal. Rokuro is a mysterious figure. Noboru is a guy with a bright personality. The goal of the band is to take part in the “Dengeki Rock Festival,” which is the biggest musical festival in Japan. One day, Shizuma suggests that the group should have a new member. The four bandmates go to a cafe to meet a candidate for the group. The person who awaits for them is a middle-aged man (Jiro), who can only play Hawaiian musical instrument.

“Tadashii Rock Band no Tsukurikata” first airs April 20, 2020 in Japan.

Mar 12 2020

Ayaka Wilson & Sakurako Ohara cast in WOWOW drama series “Piple”

Ayaka Wilson and Sakurako Ohara are cast in WOWOW drama series “Piple” co-starring Yuki Kaji. Also cast in suporting roles are Shugo Oshinari, Yusuke Yamada, Asami Usuda, Mari Hamada, Yu Kamio, Masaki Kaji, Hazuki Shimizu, and Tomu Fujita. The drama series is based on novel “Pipuru” by Mariru Harada. Above is a promotional poster for the drama series. The drama series will have Ayaka Wilson playing AI robot Piple and Sakurako Ohara will play the creator of the AI robot Kaede Miyama.

“Piple” will first air May 18, 2020 in Japan.

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Mar 10 2020

Kiichi Nakai cast in WOWOW drama series “The Grand Family”

Kiichi Nakai is cast in WOWOW drama series “The Grand Family” (literal title). The drama series is based on novel “Karei Naru Ichizoku” by Toyoko Yamasaki (“The Great White Tower“/”The Waste Land“). Staff for the drama series includes director Masaki Nishiura and screenwriter Youichi Maekawa.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Daisuke Manpyo (Kiichi Nakai) is an owner and also president of Hanshin Bank, which ranks 10th in the nation in terms of bank deposits. Besides Hanshin Bank, Daisuke Manpyo owns several others companies and real estate. He hears from his first son-in-law about a move to reorganize the commercial banks. His son-in-law works as b bureaucrat for the Ministry of the Treasury. Daisuke Manpyo attempts to block his bank from being merged with another bank. He faces difficult times.

“The Grand Family” will air sometime next year in Japan.

Mar 10 2020

Hiroshi Abe cast in TBS drama series “Dragon Zakura 2”

Hiroshi Abe is cast in TBS live-action drama series “Dragon Zakura 2.” The drama series is a sequel to 2005 TBS drama series “Dragon Zakura” and is based on manga series “Dragon Zakura 2” by Norifusa Mita. Hiroshi Abe will reprise his character of high school teacher Kenji Sakuragi in the sequel drama series.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: 10 years after Kenji Sakuragi (Hiroshi Abe) left Ryuzan High School, the school is in a downturn. Ryuzan High School once produced many students that were admitted into the University of Tokyo, but not so anymore. To get the school out of its downturn, Kenji Sakuragi is sent an offer to return to Ryuzan High School.

“Dragon Zakura 2” will first air sometime this summer in Japan.

Mar 8 2020

Juri Ueno cast in Fuji TV drama series “Asagao: Forensic Doctor”

Juri Ueno, Saburo Tokito, Shunsuke Kazama, and Yuzuna Kato are all cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Asagao: Forensic Doctor 2.” All four of the performers will reprise their characters from 2019 Fuji TV drama series “Asagao: Forensic Doctor.” The drama series is based on  manga series “Kansatsui Asagao” by Masahito Kagawa.

Meanwhile, above is promotional image of the cast from the first day of filming for the sequel drama series, which took place in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The scene has Asagao (Juri Ueno), Taira (Saburo Tokito), Shinya (Shunsuke Kazama) and Tsugumi (Yuzuna Kato) are on family trip. 

“Asagao: Forensic Doctor 2” will first air summer, 2020 in Japan.

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Mar 5 2020

Takuya Kimura cast in TV Asahi drama series “BG: Personal Bodyguard Season 2”

Takuya Kimura is cast in TV Asahi drama series “BG: Personal Bodyguard Season 2.” Also returning for season 2 are Takumi Saito, Nanao and Shotaro Mamiya. Cast to play new supporting characters are Mikako Ichikawa, Masanobu Katsumura, and Toru Nakamura.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: The private security company, where Akira Shimazaki (Takuya Kimura) worked, is sold to a large company. The large company’s policy is only focused on making a profit, so Akira Shimazaki isn’t happy about with his new employer. To stay true to his belief of protecting the weak, he quits his job at the private security company. Akira Shimazaki begins to work for himself as a private bodyguard. Masaya Takanashi (Takumi Saito) has a strong sense of duty as a bodyguard. He wonders why his Akira Shimazaki quit his job at their security company. To find out, Masaya Takanashi visits Akira Shimazaki.

“BG: Personal Bodyguard Season 2” first airs April 16, 2020 in Japan (takes over TV Asahi’s Thursday 9PM time slot after “Police and Prosecutor.”).

Mar 3 2020

Yua Shinkawa cast in NTV-YTV drama series “Guilty”

Yua Shinkawa is cast for the lead role NTV-YTV drama series “Guilty.” The drama series is based on “Guilty: Nakanu Hotaru ga Mi o Kogasu” by Ai Okaue. For the drama series, Yua Shinkawa will play Sayaka Ogino. Her character is married and works, but, after being betrayed, she meets her first love.

“Guilty” will first air April 2, 2020 in Japan.

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Mar 2 2020

Honoka Yahagi & Kentaro Ito cast for lead roles in MBS drama series “Peanut Butter Sandwich”

Honoka Yahagi and Kentaro Ito cast for lead roles in MBS drama series “Peanut Butter Sandwich.” Shuko Ito is also cast for a major supporting role. The drama series is based on webcomic “Peanut Butter Sandwich” by Mitsouko.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: The Japanese government runs a Peanut Butter Sandwich organization. The organization picks 4 single women and supports them to find a man to marry. The organization includes Chief Gonda (Shuko Ito), Tsubaki (Honoka Yahagi) and Kobayashi (Kentaro Ito). Tsubaki is a rookie member. Even though she is a member, she has doubts about marriage and even the existence of the organization. Meanwhile, Kobayashi places emphasis on data and doesn’t hold interest in people. The Peanut Butter Sandwich organization selects OL Sayo, Nurse Miharu, OL Miwa and Secretary Akane.

“Peanut Butter Sandwich” first airs April 2, 2020 in Japan.