May 8 2018

Shigeaki Kato cast in NTV drama series “Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game”

Shigeaki Kato from boy band ‘NEWS’ is cast for the lead role in NTV drama series “Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game.” In addition, fellow ‘NEWS’ members Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda and Yuya Tegoshi will make cameo appearances in the drama series. Story for the drama series will revolve around a death game where contestants risk their lives for a chance to win 100 billion yen.

“Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.

May 2 2018

Kazuya Kamenashi cast in TV Tokyo drama special “Tegami: Keigo Higashino”

Kazuya Kamenashi (‘KAT-TUN’) is cast in TV Tokyo drama special “Tegami: Keigo Higashino.” The drama special is based on award winning novel “Tegami” by Keigo Higashino. The novel was previously adapted into 2006 film “The Letters” starring Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri and Tetsuji Tamayama. In the drama special, Kazuya Kamenashi will play Naoki Takeshima. 4 years earlier, his older brother committed a crime so Naoki Takeshima could attend a university and his older brother went to prison. Naoki Takeshima is now tagged as the younger brother of a criminal.

Air date of “Tegami: Keigo Higashino” has yet to be announced.

May 1 2018

Haruka Ayase and Yutaka Takenouchi cast in TBS drama series “Blues of Stepmother and Daughter”

Haruka Ayase and Yutaka Takenouchi are cast in TBS drama series “Blues of Stepmother and Daughter” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga “Gibo to Musume no Blues” by Rin Sakurazawa. Yuichiro Hirakawa and Yuji Nakamae will direct the drama series and Yoshiko Morishita writes the screenplay adaptation. In “Blues of Stepmother and Daughter,”  the duo will play a newly married couple. The wife must also take care of her new stepdaughter.

“Blues of Stepmother and Daughter” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.

Apr 19 2018

Hiroki Hasegawa cast in NHK drama series “Kirin ga Kuru”

Hiroki Hasegawa is cast in NHK drama series “Kirin ga Kuru.” The drama series is NHK’s 59th taiga series and will air from January, 2020. In the drama series Hiroki Hasegawa will play historical character Mitsuhide Akechi. Mitsuhide Akechi was a general during the Sengoku period and famously led a rebellion against Oda Nobunaga in 1582. Taku Ohara will direct the drama series and the drama series will be scripted by Shunsaku Ikehata.

Apr 19 2018

Nana Seino and Kanna Hashimoto cast in NTV live-action drama series “Kyo kara Ore wa”

Nana Seino is cast for the lead female role and Kanna Hashimoto is cast for a major supporting character role in  NTV live-action drama series “Kyo kara Ore wa” starring Kento Kaku. For the drama series Nana Seino will play Riko Akasaka. She falls in love with Takashi Mitsuhashi (Kento Kaku). Kanna Hashimoto will play Kyoko Hayakawa. She is the leader of a group of troubled female students. “Kyo kara Ore wa” is based on the manga of same name by Hiroyuki Nishimori.

“Kyo kara Ore wa” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.

 

Apr 12 2018

Nobuyuki Suzuki and Hayato Isomura cast in NTV live-action drama series “Kyo kara Ore wa”

Nobuyuki Suzuki and Hayato Isomura are cast for supporting roles in upcoming NTV live-action drama series “Kyo kara Ore wa” starring Kento Kaku. They will also join already cast supporting members KentaroTaiga and Yuma Yamoto.

For the drama series, Nobuyuki Suzuki will play Satoshi Katagiri. He is a rival of Takashi Mitsuhashi (Kento Kaku) and Shinji Ito (Kentaro). Satoshi Katagiri is the most powerful student at a high school for troubled students. Hayato Isomura will play Takeshi Sagara. He is the second most popular student at the same high school where Satoshi Katagiri attends.

“Kyo kara Ore wa” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.

 

Apr 11 2018

Shun Oguri cast in NHK drama series “Segodon”

Shun Oguri is cast in currently airing NHK taiga series “Segodon” starring Ryohei Suzuki. Shun Oguri will appear from episode 26 of “Segodon,” which is scheduled to air July 8, 2018. He will begin filming for the drama series from May, 2018. For “Segodon,” Shun Oguri will play real life historical figure Ryoma Sakamoto (January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867). He aspired to help modernize Japan.

Apr 4 2018

Supporting cast announced for drama series “Cheer Dance”

Supporting cast announced for upcoming TBS drama series “Cheer Dance” starring Tao Tsuchiya. Now cast in supporting roles are Anna Ishii (‘E-girls’), Yui SakumaMaika YamamotoAya Asahina, Karen Otomo, Yumena Yanai and Sara Shida. The 7 newly announced supporting cast girls will play members of the high school cheer dance club. The drama series is set at the same high school as the movie “Let’s Go, Jets,” which is based on a true story, but set several years after the movie version.

“Cheer Dance” first airs July, 2018 in Japan.

Apr 3 2018

Tetsuji Tamayama is cast in NHK drama series “Bakabon no Papa yori Bakana Papa”

Tetsuji Tamayama is cast in new NHK drama series “Bakabon no Papa yori Bakana Papa.” Also cast in supporting roles are Manami Higa, Kyoko Hasegawa, Aoi Morikawa, Toru Baba and Mitsuko Kusabue. The drama series is based on autobiographical novel “Bakabon no Papa yori Bakana Papa” by Rieko Akatsuka. The novel revolves around her father who is a manga artist.

“Bakabon no Papa yori Bakana Papa” will first air June 30, 2018 in Japan.