Mone Kamishiraishi and Takeru Satoh are cast in TBS live-action drama series “Love Lasts Forever” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga “Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomademo” by Maki Enjoji and directed by Kenta Tanaka (“Naoki Hanzawa“). Story for the drama series will follow the romance between rookie nurse Nanase Sakura (Mone Kamishiraishi) and Dr. Kairi Tendo (Takeru Satoh). Nanase Sakura became a nurse after falling in love with Kairi Tendo.
“Love Lasts Forever” will first air January, 2020 in Japan.
Haru is cast in 3 episode NHK drama series “Ru: Taiwan Express.” The drama series is based on 2012 novel “Ru” by Shuichi Yoshida (“Villain“). Production is shared between Japan and Taiwan. For the drama series, Haru will play Haruka Tada. She is assigned to work in Taiwan after last visiting the country 6 years earlier. Back then she met a Taiwanese man Eric, but lost contact wit him.
“Ru: Taiwan Express” will air May, 2020 in Japan.
Nana Seino and Ryusei Yokohama are cast in NTV drama series “In The World Which Is Neither White Nor Black, Panda Laughs” (“Shiro demo Kuro demo Nai Sekai de, Panda wa Warau”). The drama series features a unique original screenplay and will be directed by Mitsutaka Endo (“The Cliff: A Man’s Judgement“). The unique story, recalling something that Satoshi Miki might have thought of, has Nana Seino playing Miss Panda and Ryusei Yokohama playing her male keeper. They attempt to uncover a mystery involving a secret.
“In The World Which Is Neither White Nor Black, Panda Laughs” will first air January, 2020 in Japan (takes over NTV’s Sunday 10:30 PM time slot after “Nippon Noir.”).
Yuki Amami is cast for the main character role in NTV medical drama series “Top Knife.” The drama series is scripted & based on novel “Top Knife” by Koji Hayashi (“Iryu: Team Medical Dragon“) and directed by Kyoji Otsuka (“Queen of the Classroom“). The drama series will follow a group of doctors, with brain surgeon Yoko Miyama (Yuki Amami) central to all of the characters. This is Yuki Amami’s first starring role in an NTV drama series since 2015 drama series “Fake Marriage.” She also previouslyu worked with director Kyoji Otsuka in 2005 NTV drama series “Queen of the Classroom.”
“Top Knife” will first air January, 2020 in Japan.
Shohei Miura, Yuma Yamoto, Tsubasa Sakiyama & Kenta Suga are cast in WOWOW drama series “Wake Atte Kasei ni Sumimashita: Erabareshi 4nin.” The drama series is scripted by Osamu Suzuki (“Love x Doc“) and a stage play version will also take place in May, 2020. Shohei Miura, Yuma Yamoto, Tsubasa Sakiyama & Kenta Suga will all also star in the stage play version as well. The drama series version will unfold in an omnibus format with new actors appearing in each of the 6 episodes. The drama series revolves around a space project in the year 2030, where scientists will send 4 people to colonize Mars.
“Wake Atte Kasei ni Sumimashita: Erabareshi 4nin” first airs January, 2020 in Japan.
Yuji Oda, Nanako Matsushima, Shunsuke Kazama, and Yukiyoshi Ozawa are cast in WOWOW drama series “Nozaki Shuhei President of Bank” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Todori Nozaki Shuhei” by Ryouka Shuu and is a sequel to 2018 WOWOW drama series “Nozaki Shuhei Auditor of Bank.” Yuji Oda and Nanako Matsushima will reprise their respective roles of Shuhei Nozaki & Sachiko Tachikawa in the sequel drama series, while Shunsuke Kazama and Yukiyoshi Ozawa will play new characters. Also cast in the drama series are Goro Kishitani, Miori Takimoto, Taro Suruga, Rika Izumi, Katsuya Kobayashi, Shota Watanabe (‘Snow Man’), Masaki Miura, Mantaro Koichi, Toru Nomaguchi, Naomi Nishida, Kazuyuki Aijima, Ichirota Miyakawa, Takashi Ukaji and Ikko Furuya.
“Nozaki Shuhei President of Bank” first airs January 19, 2019 in Japan (takes over WOWOW’s Sunday Drama-W slot after “Butterfly’s Mechanics: Murder Analysis Squad.”).
Hana Sugisaki is cast in NHK drama series “Ochoyan.” The drama series is NHK’s 103rd asadora or morning drama. The screenplay will be scripted by Hiroyuki Yatsu (“Naoki Hanzawa“) and directed by Yoshiro Nagikawa (“Hitomi“) & Makoto Bonkobara (“Carnation“). For “Ochoyan,” Hana Sugisaki will play actress Chieko Naniwa. The drama series is based on the life of actress Chieko Naniwa (November 19, 1907 – December 22, 1973). Filming for the drama series will begin April, 2020.
“Ochoyan” will first air (tentatively) September 27, 2020 in Japan (follows NHK’s asadora “Eru“).
Ryoma Takeuchi is cast in TBS live-action drama series “Ship of Theseus” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Teseusu no Fune” by Toshiya Higashimoto. For the drama series, Ryoma Takeuchi will play main character Shin Tamura. He somehow travels back in time, right before his father was accused of murder, and decides to change the past.
“Ship of Theseus” will first air January, 2020 (takes over TBS’ Sunday 9PM time slot after “La Grande Maison Tokyo.”).
Ikki Sawamura, Yu Yokoyama (‘Kanjani Eight’), and Tsubasa Honda are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Absolute Zero 4.” The drama series is the fourth season of Fuji TV drama series “Absolute Zero.” This is also the first season that Aya Ueto will not appear in the drama series. Season 4 starts off with several bombs found around Tokyo and a police investigation quickly commences.
“Absolute Zero 4” first airs January 6, 2020 (takes over Fuji TV’s Monday 9PM time slot after “Sherlock: Untold Stories“).
Kavka Shishido is cast in NHK drama series “Akira Hamura: The World’s Most Unfortunate Private Investigator” (literal title). The drama series is based on mystery novels in the “Hamura Akira Series” by Nanami Wakatake and will be directed by Mamoru Ohashi (“Mom, May I Quit Being Your Daughter?“). This is also the first starring role for Kavka Shishido in a drama series or movie. Kavka Shishido will play title character Akira Hamura in the NHK drama series. Her character loves mystery novels, but experiences bad luck while working as a private investigator.
“Akira Hamura: The World’s Most Unfortunate Private Investigator” first airs January 24, 2020 in Japan.