Mar 4 2017

Tao Tsuchiya, Ryota Katayose and Yudai Chiba cast NTV live-action drama series “Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu”

Tao Tsuchiya, Ryota Katayose and Yudai Chiba are cast in NTV live-action drama series “Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu.” The drama series is based on manga “Ani ni Ai Saresugite Komattemasu” by Rina Yagami and will air before the live-action film version of “Ani ni Ai Saresugite Komattemasu” which opens June 30, 2017 in Japan. Staff and cast from the live-action film version all take part in the NTV drama series version.

“Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu” first airs April 12, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 28 2017

Tetsuji Tamayama, Shosuke Tanihara & Atsuro Watabe cast in drama series “Hanzai Shokogun Season 1” and “Hanzai Shokogun Season 2”

Tetsuji Tamayama, Shosuke Tanihara & Atsuro Watabe are cast in Tokai TV drama series “Hanzai Shokogun Season 1” and WOWOW drama series “Hanzai Shokogun Season 2.” The drama series are based on novels “Shisso Shokogun” & “Yukai Shokogun” by Tokuro Nukui and will be directed by Shosuke Murakami & Junichi Tsuzuki.

Story for the drama series will follow Takashi Muto (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Wataru Kabugari (Shosuke Tanihara). They are detectives who worked together. Takshi Muto’s only immediate family member was his younger sister and Wataru Kabugari dated Takashi’s sister, but she is murdered by a minor. Season 1 will focus on the story of Takashi Muto and season 2 will focus on the story of Wataru Kabugari.

“Hanzai Shokogun Season 1” airs on Tokai TV beginning April, 2017 and “Hanzai Shokogun Season 2” airs on WOWOW beginning June 11, 2017.

Feb 27 2017

Hiroki Hasegawa & Masaki Okada cast in TBS drama series “Small Giant”

Hiroki Hasegawa & Masaki Okada are cast in new TBS drama series “Small Giant” (“Chiisana Kyojin”). Also cast in supporting roles are Ken Yasuda, Shota Shunputei, Taro Suruga, Toru Tezuka & Katsumi Kiba. In the drama series, Hiroki Hasegawa will play Shinichiro Kosaka. He works as a detective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. He makes a mistake though and gets demoted to a police station. There, he finds detectives that may have less skills, but work earnestly to solve even the simple cases.

“Small Giant” first airs April, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 25 2017

Arata Horii, Yuki Yamada & Ryo Mitsuya cast in TBS drama series “3 Papas”

Arata Horii, Yuki Yamada & Ryo Mitsuya are cast in new TBS drama series “3 Papas” (literal title). Also cast in supporting roles are Airi Matsui, Itsuki Sagara & Mari Hamada. Premise for the drama series has Arata Horii, Yuki Yamada & Ryo Mitsuya playing housemates of a sharehouse who one day find a baby in their house. A note says “the baby is yours.”

“3 Papas” first airs April 19, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 24 2017

Haru, Masahiro Higashide, Riisa Naka & Nobuyuki Suzuki cast in live-action TBS drama series “Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo”

Haru, Masahiro Higashide, Riisa Naka & Nobuyuki Suzuki (‘Gekidan EXILE’) are all cast in new live-action TBS drama series “Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo.” The drama series is based on manga “Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo” by Ryo Ikuemi. Story for the drama series follows the relationship between a newlywed woman, her husband, her first love and his wife.

“Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo” first airs April, 2017 in Japan.

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.