Feb 18 2017

Rin Takanashi cast in NTV live-action drama series “Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu”

Rin Takanashi is cast in new NTV live-action drama series “Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu.” Also cast in supporting roles are Kei Tanaka, Kaho Tsuchimura & Yasushi Fuchikami. The drama series is based on manga series “Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu” by Akira Fujiwara and directed by Kentaro Otani. In the upcoming live-action drama series, Rin Takanashi plays Misa Chigasaki. She works at a gaming app company and hopes to become the CEO one day, but her love life always finds difficulties.

“Koi ga Heta demo Ikitemasu” first airs April 6, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 13 2017

Tatsuya Fujiwara and Erika Toda cast in TBS drama series “Reverse”

Tatsuya Fujiwara and Erika Toda are cast in new TBS drama series “Reverse.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Reverse” by Kanae Minato (“Confessions“/”The Snow White Murder Case“). In the drama series, they will play main characters Kazuhisa Fukase and Mihoko Ochi. They meet at a coffee shop and become boyfriend and girlfriend. Meanwhile, the death of a former university classmate on a snowboarding trip looms in the background. Also cast in supporting roles are Yuta Tamamori, Teppei Koike, Takahiro Miura, Mugi Kadowaki, Hayato Ichihara, You, Kotaro Shiga, Nagisa Katahira and Tetsuya Takeda.

“Reverse” first airs this April in Japan.

Feb 10 2017

Masaki Aiba and Emi Takei cast in Fuji TV drama series “The Aristocrat Detective”

Masaki Aiba (‘Arashi’) and Emi Takei are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “The Aristocrat Detective” (literal title). Also cast in supporting roles are Katsuhisa Namase, Haruka Igawa, Kenichi Takito, Miho Nakayama and Yutaka Matsushige. Yukie Nakama is also cast for the drama series, but her character has not yet been revealed. Drama series “The Aristocrat Detective” is based on 2010 novel “Kizoku Tantei” by Yutaka Maya. For the drama series, Masaki Aiba will play the title character who calls himself the “Aristocrat Detective.”  He doesn’t actually solve the cases himself, but has his employees like his chauffeur (Kenichi Takito), maid (Miho Nakayama) and butler (Yutaka Matsushige) carry out the investigations. Emi Takei will play Aika Takatoku. She is also a detective and competes with the Aristocrat Detective to solve cases.

“The Aristocrat Detective” first airs April, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 9 2017

Erina Mano cast in NHK drama series “There’s No Easy Job in This World”

Erina Mano is cast in new NHK drama series “There’s No Easy Job in This World” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Kono Yo ni Tayasui Shigoto wa Nai” by Kikuko Tsumura and will be directed by Ayato Matsuda. In the drama series, Erina Mano will play main character Kasumi. She is in her late 20’s and lands her dream job as an elementary school teacher. But she quickly burns out from her job and quits. With her finances dwindling, Kasumi decides to take on a series of short-term jobs.

“There’s No Easy Job in This World” will first air April 6, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 9 2017

Erika Sawajiri cast in NTV drama series “Become a Mother”

Erika Sawajiri cast in new NTV drama series “Become a Mother” (literal title). Also cast in major supporting character roles are Eiko Koike and Yuka Itaya. All three will play mother roles. In the drama series, Erika Sawajiri will play Yui Kashiwazaki. She came to Tokyo from Hokkaido at the age of 19. After her 3-year-old son was kidnapped, she divorced and lived alone. 9 years later her son comes back. Drama series is directed by Satoru Nakajima and scripted by Fumie Mizuhashi.

“Become a Mother” first airs this April in JApan.

Feb 6 2017

Gou Ayano cast in NTV drama series “Frankenstein’s Love”

Gou Ayano is cast in new NTV drama series “Frankenstein’s Love” (literal title of “Furankenshutain no Koi”). The drama series is scripted by Sumio Omori and directed by Shunsuke Kariyama and Yoshinori Shigeyama. Story for the drama series is set in the present day and follows a monster (Gou Ayano) who was created over a hundred years ago. The monster possesses super physical ability and is immortal, but he years for humans. He then meets a woman Tsugaru and falls in love.

“Frankenstein’s Love” will first air this April in Japan.

Feb 1 2017

Movie “8,000 Miles” adapted into TV Tokyo drama series “SR Saitama’s Rapper: Mike’s Lane”

Ryusuke Komakine, Shingo Mizusawa and Eita Okuno are cast in TV Tokyo drama series “SR Saitama’s Rapper: Mike’s Lane.” All three actors appeared in the original 2009 movie “8000 Miles” (“SR: Saitama no Rapper”) and they will reprise their characters in the new TV Tokyo drama series version. Yu Irie will also direct the drama series. Story for the drama series will take place 10 years after the movie “8000 Miles.”

“SR Saitama’s Rapper: Mike’s Lane” first airs April 7, 2017 in Japan.

Jan 30 2017

Fumika Shimizu and Rena Matsui cast in movie “Warau Manekineko” and TBS drama series “Warau Manekineko”

Fumika Shimizu and Rena Matsui (former SKE48 member) are cast in movie “Warau Manekineko” and TBS-MBS drama series “Warau Manekineko.” Both titles are based on 2004 novel “Warau Manekineko” by Yukihisa Yamamoto. The plot for the movie and drama series will tell different stories about the two main characters: Fumika Shimizu as Hitomi Takashiro and Rena Matsui as Akako Honda. The two women work together as comedy duo “Akako to Hitomi,” but they have found little success to date. For the movie “Warau Manekineko,” the two women catch a kid trying to steal Hitomi’s bicycle and this causes their fate to change.

Drama series “Warau Manekineko” will first air March 19, 2017 on MBS and March 21, 2017 on TBS. The drama series will consist of 4 episodes. The movie version of “Warau Manekineko” will be released April 29, 2017 in Japan. Both the movie and drama series will be directed by Ken Iizuka.

Jan 30 2017

Masami Nagasawa and Tsuyoshi Muro character visuals for live-action film “Gintama”

Here’s character visuals (posters) of Masami Nagasawa and Tsuyoshi Muro in upcoming live-action film “Gintama” starring Shun Oguri.

In the upcoming live-action film, Masami Nagasawa plays Tae Shimura. She is the older sister of Shinpachi Shimura (Masaki Okada). In the character visual, she possesses a gentle smile, but she is extremely capable in combat. Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Muro plays Gengai Hiraga. He is an inventor whom Gintoki Sakata (Shun Oguri) trusts. He owns a karakuri (traditional mechanical puppets) store.

“Gintama” will be released July 14, 2017 in Japan.

Jan 26 2017

Yuina Kuroshima cast in WOWOW drama series “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan”

Yuina Kuroshima cast in new WOWOW drama series “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan” by Nariko Narita and directed by Yukiko Mishima (“Bread of Happiness“). In the drama series, Yuina Kuroshima will play lonely high school student Fu Sawatari. She discovers a house “Sumikko Gohan” where people gather to eat happily.

“Tokyo Sumikko Gohan” will first air May, 2017 in Japan.