Takeru Satoh is cast in TBS live-action drama series “Blues of Stepmother and Daughter” (literal title) starring Haruka Ayase and Yutaka Takenouchi. Takeru Satoh will play Akira Mugita. He doesn’t have any goals in his life. He makes an impact on the family of Akiko Iwaki (Haruka Ayase) and Ryoichi Miyamoto (Yutaka Takenouchi). The drama series is based on manga “Gibo to Musume no Blues” by Rin Sakurazawa
Also cast for supporting roles in the drama series are Naho Yokomizo, Yosuke Kawamura, Mami Hashimoto, Marin, Yoshie Okuyama, Yosuke Asari, Kazuyuki Asano and Yumi Asou. Naho Yokomizo will play the stepdaughter of Akiko Iwaki. She was cast for the role after going through 6 rounds of auditions.
“Blues of Stepmother and Daughter” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.
Atsuko Maeda is cast in NHK drama special “Gakko e Ikenakatta Watashi ga (Ano Hana) (Koko Sake) wo Kaku made.” The drama special is based on autobiographical novel “Gakko e Ikenakatta Watashi ga 『Ano Hana』 『Koko Sake』 wo Kaku made” by Mari Okada. Mari Okada has previously written screenplays for movies “The Dark Maidens” and “My Teacher.” For the drama special, Atsuko Maeda will play Mari Okada. She grew up as a hikkimori, but she moves to Tokyo and becomes a screenwriter. Also cast in supporting roles are Shunsuke Daito, Kenta Hamano, Mijika Nagai and Yoichi Nukumizu.
“Gakko e Ikenakatta Watashi ga (Ano Hana) (Koko Sake) wo Kaku made” airs September 1, 2018 in Japan.
Anna Yamada and Shuhei Uesugi are cast in TV Asahi-ABC drama series “Sachiiro no One Room.” The drama series is based on webcomic “Sachiiro no One Room” by Hakuri and will be directed by Ryuichi Honda. The drama series follows a 14-year-old girl who lives a difficult life. She is then kidnapped by a young man.
“Sachiiro no One Room” first airs July 7, 2018 at 2:30AM in Japan.
Kento Yamazaki is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV drama series “Good Doctor.” The drama series is a remake of 2013 KBS2 drama series “Good Doctor” starring Joo Won and Moon Chae-Won. For the “Good Doctor,” Kento Yamazaki will play Minato Shindo. He has savant syndrome and his memory is genius like, but he difficulty with basic communication with others. Further castings for the drama series will be announced at a later date.
“Good Doctor” first airs July 12, 2018 in Japan.
Haru and Yusuke Iseya are cast in new NTV drama series “Survival Wedding.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Survival Wedding” by Kosuke Ohashi and directed by Toya Sato. In the drama series, Haru will play Sayaka Kuroki. After breaking off her engagement and needing to find a job, an editor offers her a chance to get her job back, but she must meet two conditions.
“Survival Wedding” first airs July, 2018 in South Korea.
Toru Nakamura is cast in new TV Tokyo drama series “Last Chance.” Also cast in supporting roles are Kippei Shiina, Masato Wada, Ryohei Otani, Masanobu Katsumura, Miki Mizuno, Kyoko Hasegawa, Hirotaro Honda, Masanori Ishii, Keita Machida, Kyusaku Shimada, Mickey Curtis and Raita Ryu. The business themed drama series is based on 2018 novel “Last Chance: Saisei Ukeoinin“ by Go Egami. In the drama series Toru Nakamura will play Tetsuo Kashimura. He was a bank executive but quit his job after a company merger. He is then hired to restore a franchise restaurant chain.
“Last Chance” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.
Ikki Sawamura & Aya Ueto are cast in new Fuji TV sequel dram series “Absolute Zero 3.” Ikki Sawamura will play new lead character Norito Izawa, while Aya Ueto will reprise her character of Izumi Sakuragi, but in a supporting role. Izumi Sakuragi will hold a key to the mystery in the story.
“Absolute Zero 3” first airs this July in Japan.
Gou Ayano is cast in new TV Asahi drama series “Hagetaka.” The drama series is based on novel series “Hagetaka” by Jin Mayama. 2009 movie “The Vulture” and 2007 NHK drama series “Hagetaka: Road to Rebirth” are also based on novels from the same series. In the drama series, Gou Ayano will play main character Masahiko Washizu. He is called a vulture due to his penchant to buy companies during the company’s time of weakness.
“Hagetaka” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.
Riho Yoshioka is cast in Fuji TV-KTV live-action drama series “Kenko de Bunkatekina Saiteigendo no Seikatsu.” Also cast in supporting roles are Arata Iura, Kei Tanaka and Kenichi Endo. The drama series is based on manga “Kenko de Bunkatekina Saiteigendo no Seikatsu” by Haruko Kashiwagi and directed by Keita Motohashi. In the drama series, Riho Yoshioka will play a young woman who begins work as a social worker. She has doubts about her ability to do the job.
“Kenko de Bunkatekina Saiteigendo no Seikatsu” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.
Ryo is cast for NTV-YTV live-action drama special “Manager Rinko Kazehana’s Love” (literal title). The drama special is based on manga “Kaichou Shima Kousaku Tokubetsuhen Bucho Kazehana Rinko no Koi” by Kenshi Hirokane. For “Manager Rinko Kazehana’s Love,” Ryo will play title character Rinko Kazehana. She experiences trouble at work and in her love life.
“Manager Rinko Kazehana’s Love” will air July, 2018 in Japan.