Jun Matsumoto (‘Arashi’) is cast in upcoming TBS drama series “99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi.” Also cast in the law themed drama series are Teruyuki Kagawa, Nana Eikura and Munetaka Aoki. Setup for the drama series has Jun Matsumoto playing a poor criminal attorney. With Japan’s 99.9% conviction rate, the attorney fights for the 0.1%. The attorney then gets scouted by a big law firm and works with an attorney played by Teruyuki Kagawa.
“99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi” first airs April 17, 2016 in Japan.
Rena Matsui (former member of SKE48) and Kenichi Takito are cast in late night TBS drama series “Laundry Chigasaki.” Premise for the drama series is set at a laundromat with Rena Matsui playing a part-time employee there and Keichi Takito playing the owner of the laundromat. The drama series is directed and written by Ken Iizuka (“Arakawa Under the Bridge“).
“Laundry Chigasaki” first airs March 13, 2016 in Japan.
Singer-songwriter Sakura Fujiwara is cast in her first acting role as the lead female character in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Love Song” also starring Masaharu Fukuyama. Sakura Fujiwara made her major label record debut on March 18, 2015 with her mini album “à la carte.”
Sakura Fujiwara received the lead female role of Sakura Sano through an audition which had about 100 other participants. Also cast in supporting roles for the drama series are Kaho, Tetsushi Tanaka, Ryudo Uzaki & Miki Mizuno. Kaho will play Mami who is like Sakura Sano’s (Sakura Fujiwara) older sister. She works at a cabaret club.
“Love Song” first airs April, 2016 in Japan.
Sota Fukushi & Tao Tsuchiya are cast in NTV live-action drama series “Omukae Desu.” The drama series is based on manga series “Omukae Desu” by Meka Tanaka. Setup for the unique drama series has Sota Fukushi playing college student Madoka Tsutsumi. His character sees a pink rabbit and an old man fighting and learns from the pink rabbit that the old man is a spirit and the pink rabbit is an angel of death. Meka Tanaka later works with the angel of death to help the deceased overcome their regrets. Tao Tsuchiya plays a senior colleague of Meka Tanaka.
“Omukae Desu” airs April, 2016 in Japan.
Actress Hikari Mitsushima is set to make a guest appearance in ep.6 of currently airing Fuji TV drama series “Love That Makes You Cry” (English title) starring Kasumi Arimura & Kengo Kora. Hikari Mitsushima already appeared in ep.1, but voice only as Oto Sugihara’s (Kasumi Arimura) late mother. She voiced Oto Sugihara’s mother when Oto Sugihara read her mother’s letter. In ep.6, Hikari Mitsushima will appear in flashback scenes with a child playing the character of Oto Sugihara.
Ep.6 of drama series “Love That Makes You Cry” airs February 22, 2016.
Actor Shota Matsuda is cast in upcoming live-action TBS drama series “Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu” and live-action film “Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu” (working title). Both titles are based on manga series “Dias Police Ihou Keisatsu” written by Takashi Nagasaki. The TBS drama series will be directed by Masanori Tominaga (“The Pavillion Salamandre“), Tetsuya Mariko (“Distraction Babies“), Katsuhito Mogi (assistant director for “Litchi Hikari Club“) and Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (“My Man“). The live-action film will be directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri.
Premise for the drama series and film is set in Tokyo among the 150,000 illegals staying in the city. The illegals develop their own bank, hospital and 1 man police force. Shota Matsuda plays Saki Kubozuka. His character is the police officer for the illegals. He tries to take care of the weak and main public order among the illegals. His own nationality and ethnicity is unknown.
TBS drama series “Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu” will air beginning this April and the live-action film will be released sometime this summer in Japan.
Masaki Okada, Tori Matsuzaka & Yuya Yagira are cast in new NTV drama series “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka.” The drama series is scripted by Kankuro Kudo and directed by Nobuo Mizuta. The duo previously collaborated in 2007 film “Maiko haaaan!!!” and 2009 film “No More Cry!!!”
Drama series “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka” will follow the lives of three men in their late 20’s and who are a product of the Yutori generation. In the late 1970’s, the Japanese government began implementing a reform of primary school education referred to as Yutori education. The purpose of the reform was to have a stress-free education environment, but critics of the reform point to less competitive and ambitious students.
“Yutori Desu ga Nani ka” first airs this April in Japan.
Mana Ashida and Charlotte Kate Fox are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Our House” (working title). In drama series “Our House,” Mana Ashida plays a 12-year-old girl who is second child among 4 siblings. After her mother passed away 6 months ago, the 12-year-old girl is responsible for taking care of the house. Her father then meets an American woman played by Charlotte Kate Fox while working in the U.S. The couple decide to marry almost instantly and he brings her back to Japan. The 12-year-old girl is unhappy to have a new mother and tries to kick her out.
“Our House” will air beginning this April in Japan.
Hiroaki Murakami, Ayame Gouriki & Takanori Jinnai are cast as leads in new TV Tokyo drama SP “Soshitsu no Girei.” In the drama special, all three performers will play detectives. Story for the drama special revolves around two murders that take place in Shizuoka Prefecture and Tokyo. Both victims attended a medical seminar in Shizuoka Prefecture. Detective Kyosuke Otsuka (Hiroaki Murakami) and his rookie detective partner Hiroaki Murakami (Ayame Gouriki) join forces with Detective Kouhei Suda (Takanori Jinnai) in Tokyo to find the murderer.
“Soshitsu no Girei” will air sometime this spring in Japan.
Haru Kuroki, Joe Odagiri and Kentaro Sakaguchi are cast in upcoming TBS live-action drama series “Juhan Shuttai!” The drama series about working in the manga publishing industry is based on manga “Juhan Shuttai!” by Yana Toboso and directed by Nobuhiro Doi (“Tears for You“). In the drama series, Haru Kuroki plays main character Kokoro Kurosawa. Her character was a judo athlete, but begin a new career in the manga publishing industry. The company experiences turbulent times as they must deal with new technologies like ebooks. Also cast in supporting roles are YosiYosi Arakawa, Yutaka Matsushige & Ken Yasuda.
“Juhan Shuttai!” first airs sometime this April in Japan.