Kaho, Shota Sometani & Masahiro Higashide are cast in WOWOW drama series “Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha.” The drama series is based on the play “Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” by Tomohiro Maekawa and is also a spin-off of movie “Before We Vanish.” Award winning director Kiyoshi Kurosawa will direct the drama series as he also directed the movie “Before We Vanish.” The main characters in “Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” are different from “Before We Vanish,” but the story for the drama series will deal with aliens that invade the bodies of humans.
“Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” first airs September 18, 2017 in Japan.
Trailer added for upcoming TBS live-action drama series “Hello, Detective Hedgehog” (English title) starring Eita and Kyoko Fukada. The drama series is based on manga “Haro Hari Nezumi” by Kenshi Hirokane and directed by Hitoshi One.
“Hello, Detective Hedgehog” first airs July 14, 2017 in Japan.
Trailer added for upcoming TBS drama series “Sorry, I Love You” starring Tomoya Nagase and Riho Yoshioka. Drama series is a remake of 2004 Korean drama series “Sorry, I Love You” which stars So Ji-Sub and Lim Soo-Jung in the respective lead roles.
“Sorry, I Love You” is set to first air July 9, 2017 in Japan.
Fumino Kimura is cast for the lead role in upcoming TBS-MBS drama series “Ito-kun A to E.” Also cast for major supporting female character roles are Nozomi Sasaki, Mirai Shida, Elaiza Ikeda and Kaho. All 5 of these women will appear in the movie version of “Ito-kun A to E” as well. The drama series is based on 2013 novel “Ito-kun A to E” by Asako Yuzuki. Story for the drama series will have Fumino Kimura playing washed up screenwriter Rio Yazaki. From a questionnaire she has an audience answer, she notices that 4 women are dating the same man. She decides to write a drama series about the 4 women. The 4 women are played by Nozomi Sasaki, Mirai Shida, Elaiza Ikeda and Kaho. Also cast in the drama series are Yuki Yamada, Kei Tanaka and Tomoya Nakamura.
Drama series “Ito-kun A to E” will first air August 15, 2017 in Japan.
Kanata Hongo is cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Love Concierge Season 2.” The drama series is based on manga “Rabuho no Ueno-san” written by Ueno and follows Fuji TV drama series “Love Concierge” which aired earlier this year. Also cast in “Love Concierge Season 2” are Reiya Masaki, Hikaru Osawa, Megumi Asaoka, Sotaro Yasuda and Koura Kazumasa. The drama series follows concierge Ueno (Kanata Hongo) who works at a love hotel and offers advice on love to various people.
“Love Concierge Season 2” will air fall, 2017 in Japan.
Gou Ayano is cast in season 2 of TBS live-action drama series “Dr. Storks.” Also returning for season 2 to play their respective roles are Mayu Matsuoka, Yo Yoshida, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Nana Seino, Kazuyuki Asano, Noriko Eguchi, Gen Hoshino and Nao Omori. Story for the drama series is set 2 years after season 1 of “Dr. Storks” and follows the growth of Sakura Konotori (Gou Ayano). He works as an obstetrician and also performs as a concert pianist under the stage name of “Baby.” Drama series is based on manga series “Kounodori” by You Suzunoko.
“Dr. Storks” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Akari Hayami and Tetsushi Tanaka are cast in upcoming TV Tokyo drama series “Dead Stock” starring Nijiro Murakami. Also cast in supporting roles are Mariko Tsutsui and Yuko Nakamura. For drama series “Dead Stock,” Akari Hayami will play Saori Nikaido. She works as a director at a broadcasting station and she hates to lose. Tetsushi Tanaka will play Satoru Sayama. He is a veteran director. Main character Riku Tsuneta (Nijiro Murakami) works as an AD and is tasked with going through archive film. He uncovers a supernatural event.
“Dead Stock” first airs July 21, 2017 in Japan.
Main visual and trailer added for upcoming dTV live-action drama series “Gintama: Mitsuba hen” starring Kie Kitano, Shun Oguri, Ryo Yoshizawa and Yuya Yagira. The drama series focuses on the character of Mitsuba Okita (Kie Kitano) and her relationship with Toshiro Hijikata (Yuya Yagira), younger brother Sogo Okita (Ryo Yoshizawa) and Isao Kondo (Kankuro Nakamura).
“Gintama: Mitsuba hen” airs from July 15, 2017 in Japan (the live-action film version “Gintama” opens July 14, 2017).
Mei Nagano is cast in upcoming NHK’s 98th asadora “Half, Blue” (“Hanbun, Aoi”). The early morning drama series will air from April 2, 2018 through September 29, 2018. Mei Nagano went through auditions involving 2366 participants and was eventually selected to play main character Suzume Nireno. The drama series will follow a young woman who leaves her hometown to become a cartoonist in Tokyo, but eventually returns to her hometown divorced and with a daughter.
Visual poster added for upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Cecile’s Plot.” The visual features the five lead actresses: Yoko Maki, Michiko Kichise, Ayumi Ito, Yuka Itaya and Kyoko Hasegawa. Creation of the visual was a collaboration with popular illustrator Maegamimami. The drama series is based on novel “Sesiru no Mokuromi” by Kei Yuikawa.
“Cecile’s Plot” first airs July 13, 2017 in Japan.