Apr 1 2016

Mayu Matsuoka cast in NHK drama series “Aquarium Girl”

Mayu Matsuoka is now cast for upcoming NHK drama series “Aquarium Girl” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Suizokukan Garu” by Jotaro Mokumiya.

For drama series “Aquarium Girl,” Mayu Matsuoka plays OL Yuka Shima. Her character suddenly finds herself transferred from her comfortable office job to the position of an aquarium keeper. At the aquarium she works with Kaji (Kenta Kiritani).

“Aquarium Girl” first airs June 10, 2016 in Japan.

Mar 22 2016

Mana Ashida promo image for Fuji TV drama “Our House”

Here’s Mana Ashida in a promotional image for upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Our House” also starring Charlotte Kate Fox & Koji Yamamoto. In the promotional image, Mana Ashida is wearing a middle school uniform. For trivia buffs, Mana Ashida plays a middle school student for the first time in her acting career. Her character in the drama series Sakurako Ban is actually one year older than her actual age so Mana Ashida won’t wear a middle school uniform until next year in her real life. Meanwhile, story for “Our House” has Mana Ashida playing a daughter whose mother passed away recently. Her father meets an American woman while working in the U.S. and then brings her home to Japan. Mana Ashida’s character is against her new mom when they are introduced for the first time.

“Our House” first airs April 9, 2016in Japan.

Mar 15 2016

Haruka Shimazaki cast in NTV drama series “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka”

Haruka Shimazaki (AKB48) is cast in upcoming NTV drama series “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka” starring Masaki Okada, Tori Matsuzaka, Yuya Yagira, Sakura Ando and Taiga.

In drama series “Yutori Desu ga Nani ka,” Haruka Shimazaki will play Yutori Sakama. Her character is the younger sister of Masakazu Sakama (Masaki Okada). Yutori Sakama is also an university student and looking for a job.

“Yutori Desu ga Nani ka” first airs April 17, 2016 in Japan.

 

Mar 7 2016

Nao Matsushita cast in live-action Fuji TV drama series “Hayako Sensei, Kekkon Surutte Honto Desu Ka?”

Nao Matsushita is cast in upcoming live-action Fuji TV drama series “Hayako Sensei, Kekkon Surutte Honto Desu Ka?” The drama series is based on the true story manga series of same name by Hayako Tatsuki.

In the “Hayako Sensei, Kekkon Surutte Honto Desu Ka?,” Nao Matsushita plays title character Hayako Tatsuki. Her character is a single 34-years-old woman who works as an elementary school teacher. She lives with her parents and is generally content with her life. After her father is hospitalized, she thinks about her parents relationship and begins to find a marriage partner for herself in earnest.

Cast in supporting roles for the drama series are Shihori Kanjiya, Hitomi Sato, Norito Yashima, Takaya Yamauchi, Isao Bito & Keiko Matsuzaka. “Hayako Sensei, Kekkon Surutte Honto Desu Ka?” will first air this April in Japan.

Mar 3 2016

Atsuko Maeda cast in TBS drama series “Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki”

Atsuko Maeda (ex-AKB48 member) is cast in upcoming TBS drama series “Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki” (literally “Yuriko Busujima’s Naked Diary”). Also cast in supporting roles are Hirofumi Arai, Daichi Watanabe, Shizuka Nakamura, Masayasu Yagi & Goki Maeda.

In drama series “Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki,” Atsuko Maeda plays Yuriko Busujima. Her character holds a deep mistrust of men and because of this she always dates two guys at the same time. This is because if one guy betrays her, she will have the other guy to fall back on. She works as a reporter and is assigned to follow a well known politician. She soon realizes that politics is a lot like love.

“Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki” first airs April 20, 2016 in Japan.

Mar 3 2016

Yuko Oshima cast in NHK drama series “Sunshiny Asa”

Yuko Oshima (ex-AKB48 member) is cast in currently airing NHK asadora “Sunshiny Asa.” The drama series stars Haru, Aoi Miyazaki and Hiroshi Tamaki.

For Yuko Oshima, this will be her first time appearing in a morning drama series. She will play Raicho Hiratsuka in the drama series. Her character attempts to raise the social status of women.

Yuko Oshima will appear in episodes 150, 152 and 153 which corresponds to March 26th, 29th and 30th, 2016.

 

Mar 2 2016

Shigeyuki Totsugi cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Hiru no Saint Shu”

Shigeyuki Totsugi is cast in new TV Tokyo drama series “Hiru no Saint Shu.” Also cast for the drama series are Akiko Yagi, Tokio Emoto & Aika Hirota from idol group ‘Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku.’

In “Hiru no Saint Shu,” Shigeyuki Totsugi plays Takauki Utsumi. His character is a salesperson at an advertising company, but he constantly ranks lowest in terms of sales. He likes to skip work during the day and go to the bathhouse. After the bathhouse he goes to a bar.

“Hiru no Saint Shu” first airs April 9, 2016 in Japan.

Mar 1 2016

Hayato Ichihara & Chiaki Kuriyama cast in TV Asahi drama series “Fukigen na Kajitsu”

Hayato Ichihara & Chiaki Kuriyama are cast in upcoming TV Asahi drama series “Fukigen na Kajitsu.” The drama series is based on novel”Fukigen na Kajitsu” by Mariko Hayashi. In the drama series, Chiaki Kuriyama plays a 32-years-old housewife displease with her husband’s indifference to her. She then meets a music critic played by Hayato Ichihara and they fall into a forbidden love.

“Fukigen na Kajitsu” will first air this April in Japan.

Feb 29 2016

Yutaka Takenouchi & Yasuko Matsuyuki cast in TV Asahi drama series “Good Partner”

Yutaka Takenouchi & Yasuko Matsuyuki are cast in new TV Asahi drama series “Good Partner: Muteki no Bengoshi.” For actor Yutaka Takenouchi, he last starred in a TV Asahi drama series back in 2006 with “Kazoku.” Also cast in supporting roles for the drama series are Kento Kaku, Ikusaburo Yamazaki, Tetta Sugimoto, Azusa Babazono, Azusa Okamoto, Masako Miyaji, Karen Miyazaki, Koji Ookura and Jun Kunimura.

Premise for the drama series “Good Partner: Muteki no Bengoshi,” has Yutaka Takenouchi and Yasuko Matsuyuki playing a divorced couple who work at the same corporate law firm. “Good Partner: Muteki no Bengoshi” first airs this April in Japan.

Feb 26 2016

Ema Fujisawa to make guest appearance in WOWOW drama series “Kinpika”

Actress Ema Fujisawa is set to make a guest appearance in currently airing WOWOW drama series “Kinpika” starring Kiichi Nakai, Pierre Taki & Yusuke Santamaria. Ema Fujisawa will make her guest appearance in episode 3 of the drama series.

In the drama series, Ema Fujisawa will play Akemi. Her character works at a hostess bar and is the ex-girlfriend of Isao Okawara (Pierre Taki). Ema Fujisawa’s role is a bit of a departure from her past roles of playing sweet, nice girls.

Ep.3 of “Kinpika” airs February 27, 2016 in Japan.