Itsuji Itao is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Fringe Man.” The drama series is based on manga “Furinji Man” by Uhei Aoki. In the drama series, Itsuji Itao plays Masumi Ibuse. He teaches married men how to find girlfriends. Masumi Ibuse once held 11 girlfriends at the same time.
“Fringe Man” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Mao Inoue is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Tomorrow’s Promise” (literal title of “Ashita no Yakusoku”). In the drama series, Mao Inoue will play a 29-year-old high school counselor. She investigates the death of a male student who came to visit her. Also cast in the drama series are Asuka Kudo, Yua Shinkawa and Mitsuhiro Oikawa. Drama series will be directed by Masato Hijikata and scripted by Kazunao Furuya.
“Tomorrow’s Promise” first airs this October in Japan.
Here’s 9 character posters for upcoming tvN drama series “Argon.” The character posters are of Kim Ju-Hyeok, Chun Woo-Hee, Park Won-Sang, Shin Hyun-Bin, Park Hee-Von, Shim Ji-Ho, Cho Hyun-Chul, Ji Yoon-Ho and Ji Il-Joo. The 9 characters are members of the investigative reporting team Argon.
“Argon” first airs September 4, 2017 in South Korea.
Shota Matsuda and Tae Min (‘SHINee’) are cast for lead roles in new online Amazon drama series “Final Life.” This will be the first time for Tae Min to take part in a Japanese drama series. Also cast in supporting roles are Miori Takimoto, Shigeyuki Totsugi, Maho Nonami and Sho Aikawa.
In addition, a one minute teaser trailer for “Final Life” has been added on AsianWiki. “Final Life” first streams September 8, 2017 in Japan.
Takeru Satoh is cast for a major supporting role in NHK drama series “Half, Blue” starring Mei Nagano. For the drama series, which is NHK’s 98th asadora, Takeru Satoh will play Ritsu Hagio. He is a childhood friend of Suzume Nireno (Mei Nagano). They were born at the same hospital and on the same day. This is Takeru Satoh’s first time appearing in a NHK morning drama series (asadora).
In addition, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Kenichi Takito, Masatoshi Nakamura, Jun Fubuki, Kaisei Kamimura, Tomoyo Harada, Shosuke Tanihara, Kimiko Yo, Yuma Yamoto and Nao are all cast in supporting roles. “Half, Blue” will first air April 2, 2018 in Japan.
Supporting cast has been announced for upcoming Hulu drama series “Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii” starring Tetsuji Tamayama and Nozomi Sasaki. Cast in supporting roles are Megumi Okina, Yuko Fueki, Ikko Furuya, Tae Kimura and Takanori Jinnai. Premise for the drama series follows a husband and wife couple. The wife (Nozomi Sasaki) has a sex disorder and will sleep with men on sunny days. For the supporting actors Megumi Okina will play the chief editor of a fashion magazine. She has a close relationship with the husband and wife. Yuko Fueki will play a mysterious writer. Ikko Furuya will play a dubious magnate writer. Tae Kimura will play a clinical psychologist. Takanori Jinnai will play the chief editor of a magazine.
The drama series is also now set to first stream September 16, 2017 in Japan.
Tatsuya Ueda (‘KAT-TUN’) is cast for the lead role in new TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Shinjuku Seven.” Tatsuya Ueda will also sing the theme song for the drama series. The drama series is based on manga “Shinjuku Seven” by Subaru Mizuki. This is the first lead acting role in a drama series for Tatsuya Ueda. In the drama series, Tatsuya Ueda will play pawn shop owner Nanase. He is an amazing appraiser and able to distinguish all fakes from originals. He also helps his clients who come to pawn items.
“Shinjuku Seven” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Rina Uchiyama is cast in new NHK drama series “Machi Koba no Onna.” Also cast in supporting roles are Masaru Nagai, Shingo Yanagisawa, Jun Murakami, Shugo Oshinari, Shunsuke Kariya, Yoshie Ichige, Naoto Takenaka and Hiroshi Tachi. The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Machi Koba no Musume” by Takako Suwa. For the drama series, Rina Uchiyama will play main character Hikari Arimoto. She is a housewife, but decides to become the CEO of a company run by her terminally ill father.
“Machi Koba no Onna” first airs November 10, 2017 in Japan.
Yuta Tamamori (‘Kis-My-Ft2’), Keiichiro Koyama & Yuki Furukawa are cast in TV Asahi live-action drama series “Juyo Sankounin Tantei.” The drama series is based on manga “Juyo Sankounin Tantei” by Murako Kinuta. Renpei Tsukamoto and Tadaaki Horai will direct the drama series. Story for “Juyo Sankounin Tantei” will center around model Kei Maneki (Yuta Tamamori). He has bad luck with murder cases taking place where he works. He teams up with his model friends Itsuki Suo (Keiichiro Koyama) and Toma Shimon (Yuki Furukawa) to solve the cases and clear his name.
“Juyo Sankounin Tantei” first airs this October in Japan.
Haruka Ayase is cast in new NTV drama series “Okusama wa, Tori Atsukai Chui.” The drama series is scripted by Kazuki Kaneshiro and directed by Ryuichi Inomata. In the upcoming drama series, Haruka Ayase plays newlywed housewife Nami Isayama. She takes cooking classes and makes friends with the other housewives, but she suspects one of the housewives is the victim of domestic violence.
“Okusama wa, Tori Atsukai Chui” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.