Sep 4 2017

Fuma Kikuchi cast in NTV live-action drama series “Wagahai no Heya de Aru”

Fuma Kikuchi (‘Sexy Zone’) is cast in NTV live-action drama series “Wagahai no Heya de Aru.” The drama series is based on manga series “Wagahai no Heya de Aru” by Riki Taoka. The drama series will follow graduate student Tetsuro Kagiyama (Fuma Kikuchi) and his life while living in an efficiency apartment. Some props in his apartment including a hippo doll, rice cooker, lights and bottles will be voiced by actors.

“Wagahai no Heya de Aru” first airs September 18, 2017 in Japan.

Aug 30 2017

Kengo Kora & Yuu Shirota cast in WOWOW drama series “Bye Bye Blackbird”

Kengo Kora & Yuu Shirota are cast in WOWOW drama series “Bye Bye Blackbird.” For Yuu Shirota, he will play a woman for the first time in his acting career. The drama series is based on 2010 novel “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Kotaro Isaka. The drama series will be directed by Yoshitaka Mori and screenplay adaptation by Kenichi Suzuki.

“Bye Bye Blackbird” will air sometime next year in Japan.

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Aug 30 2017

Tae Kimura cast in YTV drama series “Black Revenge”

Tae Kimura is cast in NTV-YTV drama series “Black Revenge.” Also cast in supporting roles are Jiro Sato, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Arata Horii, Maya Okano and Eriko Nakamura. The drama series is based on an original screenplay by Tomoharu Sato and directed by Taro Otani. The drama series revolves around Saori Imamiya (Tae Kimura). A fabricated scandal ruined her husband’s political career and led to him committing suicide and Saori Imamiya having a miscarriage. Five years later, she sets out a plan to get revenge on those responsible for creating the scandal.

“Black Revenge” first airs October 5, 2017 in Japan.

Aug 24 2017

Mao Inoue cast in Fuji TV drama series “Tomorrow’s Promise”

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.

Aug 24 2017

Shota Matsuda and Tae Min cast in Amazon drama series “Final Life”

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.

Aug 22 2017

Takeru Satoh cast in NHK drama series “Half, Blue”

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.

Aug 21 2017

Supporting cast for Hulu drama series “Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii”

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.