Yuki Kashiwagi (‘AKB48’) & Kentaro Ito are cast in TBS live-action drama series “Will This Love Is a Checkmate?” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga “Kono Koi wa Tsumi na no ka!?” by Hyte Torisima. In the drama series, Yuki Kashiwagi plays a 32-year-old shogi chess player with large breasts. Kentaro Ito will play 24-year-old salaryman Taiga Kohinata who is still a virgin. He falls in love with the woman played by Yuki Kashiwagi.
“Will This Love Is a Checkmate?” consists of 4 episodes and will first air December 2, 2018 in Japan.
Ryo Nishikido, Yuko Araki and Eiichiro Funakoshi are cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Trace: Kasouken no Otoko.” The drama series is based on manga “Toresu: Kasouken Hoi Kenkyuin no Tsuiso ” by Kei Koga. In the drama series, Ryo Nishikido will play forensic scientist Reiji Mano and Yuko Araki will play rookie forensic scientist Nonna Sawaguchi. They work together to solve cases.
“Trace: Kasouken no Otoko” first airs January 7, 2019 in Japan.
Takayuki Yamada is cast in Netflix drama series “Naked Director” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den” by Nobuhiro Motohashi which is based on the true story of adult film director Toru Muranishi. Masaharu Take will direct the drama series. Takayuki Yamada will play main character Toru Muranishi.
“Naked Director” will be available to stream on Netflix sometime next year.
Kyoko Fukada is cast in TBS live-action drama series “A Story To Read On The Day You’ve Fell In Love” (literal title). Also cast in supporting roles are Kento Nagayama, Ryusei Yokohama and Tomoya Nakamura. The drama series is based on manga “Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi” by Aki Mochida and directed by Ryosuke Fukuda. For the drama series, Kyoko Fukada will play main character Junko Harumi. Her life has not gone well since she failed her college entrance exam. She now works at a private institute when she meets 3 men.
“A Story To Read On The Day You’ve Fell In Love” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
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Mitsuki Takahata is cast in new TBS drama series “Maison de Police.” The drama series is based on 2018 novel “Maison de Police” by Miaki Kato and directed by Yuichi Sato. Also cast in supporting roles are Hidetoshi Nishijima, Fumiyo Kohinata, Goro Noguchi, Takuzo Kadono and Masaomi Kondo. in drama series “Maison de Police,” Mitsuki Takahata will play rookie detective Hiyori Makino. She investigates a murder case that may be a copycat crime from 5 years earlier.
“Maison de Police” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Yoko Maki is cast for the lead role new NHK drama special “Flaming Attorney” (literal title of “Enjo Bengonin”). Also cast in supporting roles are Riisa Naka, Takanori Iwata, Amane Okayama, Hairi Katagiri, Rumiko Koyanagi, Ryudo Uzaki and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. In the drama special, Yoko Maki plays Miho Watarai. She works as an attorney and runs her office out of the second floor of her parents’ house. The drama special is directed by Tomochika Kasaura and scripted by Yumiko Inoue.
“Flaming Attorney” will air December 15, 2018 in Japan.
Here’s a teaser visual for upcoming WOWOW drama series “A Lone Scalpel” starring Hideaki Takizawa. The teaser visual also reveals that “A Lone Scalpel” will first air January, 2019 in Japan. The drama series is based on novel “Kokou no Mesu: Gekai Toma Tetsuhiko“ by Roran Takayama and follows 2010 film “A Lone Scalpel” which is also based on the same novel. Drama series “A Lone Scalpel” will consist of 8 episodes and air on Sundays at 10PM.
Teaser poster added for upcoming NTV drama series “Bukatsu, Suki Janakya Dame Desuka?” starring King & Prince members Kaito Takahashi, Yuta Jinguji & Genki Iwahashi. In addition, Shintaro Morimoto (‘SixTONES’), Hiroki Nakajima, Kazuki Horike, Kotone Furukawa and Kotaro Yoshida are all cast in supporting roles for the drama series. “Bukatsu, Suki Janakya Dame Desuka?” is based on webcomic “Bukatsu, Suki Janakya Dame Desuka?” by Katsuki Izumi. The drama series will follow three friends who are members of their school’s soccer club.
“Bukatsu, Suki Janakya Dame Desuka?” first airs October 22, 2018 in Japan.
Elaiza Ikeda is cast in TBS-MBS drama series “Room Laundering.” The drama series is a sequel to 2018 movie “Room Laundering” starring Elaiza Ikeda. Also set to return in the drama series version are Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Kentaro Ito, Tomorowo Taguchi and Joe Odagiri. Meanwhile, Eita Okuno will play a new character not found in the original movie. The drama series will be directed by Kenji Katagiri who directed the movie version.
“Room Laundering” will first air November 4, 2018 on MBS and November 6, 2018 on TBS in Japan.
Teaser trailer #3 for TBS live-action drama series “Chugakusei Nikki” starring Kasumi Arimura and Kenshi Okada. Drama series is based on 2013 manga “Chugakusei Nikki” by Junko Kawakami. Teaser trailer #3 also reveals that “Chugakusei Nikki” will first air October 9, 2018 in Japan.