Nov 17 2015

Ren Kiriyama cast in Fuji TV drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa”

Ren Kiriyama is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa.” The drama series is based on short story collection novel “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” by Shigeaki Kato. Shigeaki Kato is a member of idol group ‘NEWS’ and will also appear in the drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa.” Also cast in the drama series are Rika Adachi, Nao Minamisawa, Masanobu Sakata & Raita Ryu.

Story for “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” has Ren Kiriyama playing aspiring writer Jun Hashimoto. His character is assigned by his editor to write a short love story for a web magazine. Jun Hashimoto doesn’t want to write the story and has difficulty coming up with an idea for the story. His friend played by Shigeaki Kato then appears and Jun Hashimoto concocts a story.

“Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” will consist of 4 episodes and air from January 9 through January 30, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 16 2015

Kazuya Kamenashi cast in NTV drama “The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko”

Kazuya Kamenashi (Jpop group ‘KAT-TUN’) is cast in new NTV drama series “The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko.” The drama series is based on 2006 novel “Kaito Tantei Yamaneko Series” by Manabu Kaminaga and directed by Ryuichi Inomata (“I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper“). In the drama series, Kazuya Kamenashi will play main character Yamaneko. His character is a mysterious figure who steals from people and corporations committing evil acts. His character also exposes those evil acts.

“The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 16 2015

Emi Takei is cast in Fuji TV drama series “Fragile”

Emi Takei is cast in upcoming Fuji TV live-action drama series “Fragile” starring Tomoya Nagase. Also cast in supporting roles are Koyuki, Kinya Kitaoji & Shuhei Nomura. Drama series is based on manga series “Fragile” by Bin Kusamizu & Saburo Megumi

In drama series “Fragile.” Emi Takei will play rookie pathologist Chihiro Miyazaki. She is full of passion and pure in her desire to save the lives of patients. Shuhei Nomura will play Chihiro Miyazaki. His character is a clinical laboratory technologist. Koyuki  will play Madoka Hosoki. Her character is a surgeon and graduated from the same university as Keiichiro Kishi (Tomoya Nagase). Kinya Kitaoji will play Kaoru Nakaguma. He is a former instructor of Keiichiro Kishi.

“Fragile” first airs January 13, 2016 in Japan.

Nov 13 2015

Ryoko Hirosue & Yuki Uchida cast in Fuji TV drama series “Naomi and Kanako”

Actresses Ryoko Hirosue & Yuki Uchida are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Naomi and Kanako” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2012 novel “Naomi to Kanako” by Hideo Okuda (“South Bound“/”Girls For Keeps“).

Story for “Naomi and Kanako” revolve around two friends who concoct a plan to kill one of the friend’s abusive husband.

“Naomi and Kanako” first airs sometime in January, 2016 in Japan.

 

Nov 12 2015

Shingo Katori, Juri Ueno, Toshiyuki Nishida & Jun Fubuki cast in TBS drama “Kazoku no Katachi”

Shingo Katori (‘SMAP’), Juri Ueno, Toshiyuki Nishida & Jun Fubuki are cast in new TBS drama series “Kazoku no Katachi.” The drama series is directed by Shunichi Hirano (“S: The Last Policeman“) and screenplay by Noriko Goto (“Glory of Team Batista“).

In drama series “Kazoku no Katachi,” Shingo Katori plays Daisuke Nagasato. His character is 39-years-old and enjoys being single. His neighbor is Hanako Kumagai (Juri Ueno). Daisuke Nagasato’s single life is threatened when his father (Toshiyuki Nishida) and step-brother move in.

“Kazoku no Katachi” will first air this January in Japan.

 

Nov 3 2015

Hinako Sano, Anna Iriyama (‘AKB48’) & Yuko Fueki to make guest appearances in Fuji TV drama “Siren”

Hinako Sano, Anna Iriyama (‘AKB48’) and Yuko Fueki are cast in guest roles in currently airing Fuji TV drama series “Siren” starring Tori Matsuzaka & Fumino Kimura.

Hinako Sano and Anna Iriyama will appear in ep.3 which airs later today, November 3, 3015. Hinako Sano will play Ai and Anna Iriyama will play Rena. Their characters are hostesses at an exclusive club and they try to seduce Detective Shinobu Satomi (Tori Matsuzaka). Meanwhile, actress Yuko Fueki will appear in ep.4 which airs November 10, 2015. She will play Doctor Kuramoto.

“Siren” airs Tuesdays at 10pm in Japan.

Oct 29 2015

Takumi Saito and Masataka Kubota cast in new NTV drama “Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri”

Takumi Saito and Masataka Kubota are cast in new NTV drama series “Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri.” The drama series is based on 1992 novel “Himura Hideo Series” by Arisu Arisugawa. In the drama series, Takumi Saito will play criminologist Hideo Himura and Masataka Kubota will play mystery novel writer Arisu Arisugawa. Arisu Arisugawa assists his friend Hideo Himura to solve cases.

“Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.

 

Oct 27 2015

Munetaka Aoki & Suzuki Matsuo cast in NHK drama “Chikaemon”

Munetaka Aoki & Suzuki Matsuo are cast in upcoming NHK period drama series “Chikaemon.” Drama series is based on an original screenplay by Yuki Fujimoto (“Flower in Bloom” & “Taira no Kiyomori“), but centered around real-life historical figure Monzaemon Chikamatsu.

In drama series “Chikaemon,” Suzuki Matsuo plays Monzaemon Chikamatsu. He is a dramatist of jōruri, which is an early puppet theater precursor to bunraku and kabuki. Monzaemon Chikamatsu finds himself in a writing slump, but things change when he meets a gambler played by Munetaka Aoki.

Chikaemon” first airs January 14, 2016 in Japan.

Oct 19 2015

Tomoya Nagase cast in live-action Fuji TV drama series “Fragile”

Tomoya Nagase from rock group ‘TOKIO’ is cast in new live-action Fuji TV drama series “Fragile.” The drama series is based on manga “Fragile” by Bin Kusamizu and directed by Junichi Ishikawa (“Strawberry Night“/”Legal High“).

In live-action drama series “Fragile,” Tomoya Nagase plays a self-absorbed pathologist with the unusual ability to make a diagnosis without seeing his patients.

“Fragile” first airs January 13, 2016 in Japan.