5 guest appearances have been announced for upcoming TV Tokyo drama series “Byplayers.” The guest appearances will have Koji Yakusho (ep.1), YosiYosi Arakawa (ep.2), Sosuke Ikematsu (ep.2), Sayaka Yamaguchi (ep.3) & Kenichi Takito (ep.3). For each of the guest appearances they will play themselves.
The drama series stars veteran actors Kenichi Endo, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Susumu Terajima, Yutaka Matsushige & Ken Mitsuishi. Story for the drama series has the 6 veteran actors receiving roles in a big budget drama series. They are then asked by the director to live together for 3 months at a share house.
“Byplayers” first airs January 13, 2017 in Japan.
Yuki Yamada, Shimon Okura & Nagi Nemoto are cast in upcoming live-action film “Friends Games” and drama series “Friends Games.” Both titles star Ryo Yoshizawa & Rio Uchida and are based on manga series “Tomodachi Gemu” by Mikoto Yamaguchi.
For “Friends Games,” Yuki Yamada will play Tenji Mikasa. He is a top student in his class and possesses excellent communication ability. Shimon Okura will play Makoto Shibe. He is a class president and his father is a city councilman. Nagi Nemoto will play Yutori Kokorogi. She is an otaku with a kind personality.
Movie and drama series versions of “Friends Games” will be released sometime later this year in Japan.
Aoi Nakamura is cast in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Mahiru no Akuma” starring Rena Tanaka. Also cast in supporting roles are Masato Ibu and Koji Ookura. In the upcoming drama series, Aoi Nakamura will portray Masato Nanba. He is an aspiring writer and develops positive feelings for Dr. Yoko Okouchi (Rena Tanaka). Nevertheless, he begins to have questions about her and researches further.
“Mahiru no Akuma” first airs February 4, 2017 in Japan.
Gaku Hamada & Alice Hirose are cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Tsuribaka Nisshi Season 2.” The drama series is based on fishing manga series “Tsuribaka Nisshi” by Juzo Yamasaki. Also returning from season 1 of TV Tokyo’s “Tsuribaka Nisshi” are Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kitaro, Shono Hayama, Momoko Tanabe, Tatsuo Nadaka & Ryo Ono.
“Tsuribaka Nisshi Season 2” will air April, 2017 in Japan.
Koji Yakusho is cast in new TBS drama series “Rikuo.” The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Rikuo” by Jun Ikeido. In the drama series, Koji Yakusho will play main character Koichi Miyazawa. He runs a small company that produces tabi (traditional Japanese socks). Due to declining demand, the struggles financially. He then decides to manufacture running shoes.
“Rikuo” will first air October, 2017 in Japan.
Rena Tanaka is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Mahiru no Akuma.” For the drama series, Rena Tanaka will play a doctor for the first time in her career. “Mahiru no Akuma” is based on 1980 novel of same name by Shusaku Endo. The drama series will revolve a beautiful doctor with a dark side.
“Mahiru no Akuma” will first air February 4, 2017 in Japan.
Trailer and still image for upcoming TBS drama series “Rental no Koi” starring Ayame Gouriki. The still image is from a scene in ep.1 of the drama series. Ayame Gouriki as Remi Takasugi is dressed up like Evangelion Unit 01. In the drama series, Remi Takasugi frequently dresses up in costumes for her clients.
Ep. 1 of “Rental no Koi” airs January 18, 2017 in Japan.
Teaser trailer and poster added for upcoming Fuji TV live-action drama series “You’re My Pet” starring Noriko Iriyama & Jun Shison. The drama series is based on manga series “Kimi wa Pet” by Yayaoi Ogawa.
“You’re My Pet” first airs February 6, 2017 in Japan.
Miyu Yoshimoto and Dori Sakurada are cast in live-action Fuji TV drama series “Scum’s Wish.” The drama series is based on manga “Kuzu no Honkai” by Mengo Yokoyari. Also cast in supporting roles are Kouki Mizuta, Sarii Ikegami & Rina Aizawa. Story for the drama series has Miyu Yoshimoto and Dori Sakurada playing a high school couple. Their relationship is unusual in that they are both interested in other people, but portray themselves as an ideal couple.
“Scum’s Wish” first airs January 18, 2017 in Japan.
Nanako Matsushima is cast in new Fuji TV drama special “Onna no Kunshou.” The drama series is based on 1961 novel “Onna no Kunshou” by Toyoko Yamasaki (“The Unbroken“). Story for the drama series is set after World War II and Nanako Matsushima will play Noriko Oba. She starts a school for dressmaking and becomes recognized in the fashion world, but also faces backlash due to jealousy.
“Onna no Kunshou” will air sometime next year in Jaan.