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.
Main visual and supporting cast added for upcoming TBS-MBS drama series “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu” starring Marie Iitoyo and Rena Takeda. Now cast in supporting roles are Dori Sakurada, Yuhi (‘Boys and Men’), Yuki Izawa and Keita Ikemoto. The four newly announced supporting actors will play characters who team up with Marin Sakamoto (Marie Iitoyo) and Tsubame Ishikawa (Rena Takeda) in a training program for potential ship navigators. Also cast in the drama series are Keisuke Horibe, Yoichi Nukumizu, Kohki Okada and Seiko Iwaido.
For “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu,” Dori Sakurada will play Yamato Yagi. His character has a shy personality. Yuhi will play Arata Narumi. He likes to flex his muscles. Yuki Izawa will play Kensuke Kogure. He is 25-years-old and married. Lastly, Keita Ikemoto will play Shotaro Yamada. He is intelligent.
“Maji de Koukai Shitemasu” will first air July 2nd on MBS and July 4th on TBS in Japan.
Shun Oguri is cast in TV Asahi drama special “Border 2.” The 1 episode drama special is a sequel to 2014 TV Asahi drama series “Border.” Also set to return to their respective supporting roles are Munetaka Aoki, Haru, Arata Furuta, Kenichi Takito, Kenta Hamano, Toru Nomaguchi, Kenichi Endo and Nao Omori. Story for “Border 2” will continue from “Border,” centering main character Ango Ishikawa (Shun Oguri). Ango Ishikawa is a detective able to see the dead.
“Border 2” will air sometime later this year in Japan.
Nijiro Murakami is cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Dead Stock.” This will be Nijiro Murakami’s first time playing a lead character in a drama series. In the drama series “Dead Stock,” Nijiro Murakami will play Riku Tsuneta. He gets hired as a rookie AD at broadcasting station and is assigned to work through old material the TV station. Riku Tsuneta then uncovers footage of an unnatural phenomenon.
“Dead Stock” first airs July 21, 2017 in Japan.
Trailer added for upcoming movie “Hello, Goodbye” starring Minori Hagiwara, Sayu Kubota and Masako Motai. Movie is the second film directed by Takeo Kikuchi (“Dear Deer“). Story for “Hello Goodbye” follows two troubled female teenagers. The two girls are not friends, but they meet an elderly woman and eventually try to find her first love for her.
“Hello, Goodbye” had its world premiere in the Japanese Cinema Splash section of the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival and will have its general release July 15, 2017.