Teaser trailer #2 for online Paravi web drama “Sick’s Spec Saga.” The online drama is a spin-off in the SPEC series which first originated on broadcasting network TBS. The two main leads for “Sick’s Spec Saga” has not been revealed yet though supporting cast will include Yuina Kuroshima, Yua Shinkawa, Raita Ryu and Shiro Sano. “Sick’s Spec Saga” will stream on Paravi which a new online streaming platform that is backed by 6 Japanese companies (TBS, Nikkei, TV Tokyo, WOWOW, Dentsu and Hakuhodo DY Media Partners). Story for “Sick’s Spec Saga” revolves around the team “Tokumu” which resides in the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office. They work exclusively on cases involving people who posses supernatural powers known as SPEC.
“Sick’s Spec Saga” will be available for streaming from April, 2018 in Japan.
Anne Nakamura is cast for a supporting role in upcoming TBS live-action drama series “You Always Inhabit My Heart” (lteral title). The drama series is based on manga “Kimi ga Kokoro ni Sumitsuita” by Kirin Tendo and stars Riho Yoshioka, Kenta Kiritani and Osamu Mukai.
For the drama series, Anne Nakamura will play Emi Narikawa. Her character is an original character written for the drama series and not found in the original manga. Emi Narikawa is a popular novelist and ex-girlfriend of Kojiro Yoshizaki (Kenta Kiritani).
“You Always Inhabit My Heart” first airs January 16, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer added for TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Kakegurui” starring Minami Hamabe, Mahiro Takasugi and Aoi Morikawa. Drama series is based on manga “Kakegurui” by Homura Kawamoto and directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa. Story for “Kakegurui” is set at a prestigious high school where winners in gambling rise to the top.
“Kakegurui” first airs January 14, 2018 in Japan.
Tao Tsuchiya is cast in new TBS drama series “Cheer Dance” (literal title). The drama series is motivated by the real story of the cheer dance club “Jets,” which was made into feature length film “Let’s Go, Jets” starring Suzu Hirose. Story for “Cheer Dance” has Tao Tsuchiya playing a girl who grew up admiring the cheer dance club JETS and dreamed of joining the team. She didn’t feel she could join the club and enrolled at a different high school in Fukui Prefecture. A transfer student from Tokyo then asks her to take part in a cheer dance club. The 2017 film “Let’s Go, Jets” tells the true story of the cheer dance club JETS as they go on to compete at a competition in the United States and wins.
“Cheer Dance” first airs July, 2018.
Kenichi Endo, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yutaka Matsushige and Ken Mitsuishi are all cast in TV Tokyo sequel drama series “The Supporting Actors 2.” The drama series is a sequel to 2017 TV Tokyo drama series “The Supporting Actors” (“Byplayers”). The only main character actor from the first season of the drama series to not appear in the sequel is Susumu Terajima. He will not appear in the sequel due to scheduling issues. Premise for “The Supporting Actors 2” has Kenichi Endo, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yutaka Matsushige and Ken Mitsuishi all taking part in TV Tokyo morning drama series “Shimakko-san.” While going to a filming location for the morning drama series, they somehow find themselves on a deserted island and must figure out how to survive. Kana Kita will also return in the sequel drama series and again play the supporting actor’s manager Jasmine.
“The Supporting Actors 2” first airs February 7, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailers added for upcoming TBS sequel drama series “99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II” starring Jun Matsumoto, Teruyuki Kagawa and Fumino Kimura. The drama series revolves around Hiroto Miyama (Jun Matsumoto). He is unusual and sometimes obsessive, especially when it comes to criminal cases. Even though Japan has a conviction rate of 99.9% and there’s little money in being a defense attorney, Hiroto Miyama seeks out cases to defend.
“99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II” first airs January 14, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer for TV Tokyo drama series “Ochanomizu Rock” starring Ryuji Sato and Tsubasa Sakiyama. Story for the drama series follows Hajime Katayama (Ryuji Sato) as hopes to impress his estranged older brother by playing at the Budokan.
“Ochanomizu Rock” first airs January 10, 2018 in Japan.
Hana Sugisaki, Sho Hirano & Taishi Nakagawa are cast for lead roles in TBS live-action drama series “Boys Over Flowers Season 2.” The drama series is based on webcomic “Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season” by Yoko Kamio which is a sequel to popular manga series “Hana yori Dango.” The original manga “Hana yori Dango” spawned popular TBS drama series “Boys Over Flowers” among several other live-action adaptations.
“Boys Over Flowers Season 2” is set at the same high school as “Boys Over Flowers,” but several years after the legendary F4 members graduated. A new group is created “Korekuto 5” led by Haruto Kakuragi (Sho Hirano).
“Boys Over Flowers Season 2” first airs April, 2018 in Japan.
Satoshi Tsumabuki is cast in WOWOW drama series “Innocent Days.” The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Innocent Days” by Kazumasa Hayami and directed by Kei Ishikawa. 2013 movie “Our Family” starred Satoshi Tsumabuki and is based on an original novel by Kazumasa Hayami and Satoshi Tsumabuki starred in 2017 film “Gukoroku: Traces of Sin” which was directed by Kei Ishikawa. Story for “Innocent Days” follows Shinichi Sasaki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) as he searches into the past of his childhood friend Yukino Tanaka. She received the death sentence and Shinichi Sasaki believes she is innocent.
“Innocent Days” first airs March 18, 2018 in Japan.
Masami Nagasawa is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV drama series “The Confidence Man JP.” Also cast in supporting roles are Masahiro Higashide and Fumiyo Kohinata. The trio will play a team of con artists who work together to steal money from shady wealthy people like yakuza bosses and evil businessmen. Drama series will be directed by Ryo Tanaka and Hiro Kanai. Screenplay is written by Ryota Kosawa.
“The Confidence Man JP” first airs April, 2018 in Japan.