Feb 13 2018

Jun Shison cast in NTV live-action drama series “Dolmen X” and live-action film “Dolmen X”

Jun Shison is cast for the lead role in new NTV live-action drama series “Dolmen X” and upcoming live-action film “Dolmen X.” Also cast in major supporting roles are Koudai AsakaYuuki OgoeTina TamashiroArata HoriiRen Kiriyama and Yoshimi Tokui. Both the drama series and movie are based on manga series “Dolmen X” by Yuna Takagi. The movie version will include more scenes of the alien group 15 years after the drama series.

Jun Shison, Koudai Asaka, Yuuki Ogoe, Tina Tamashiro and Arata Horii will play aliens who want to invade Earth without having war. They decide to become an idol group to help accomplish their goal. The idol group is named “Dolmen X.” Ren Kiriyama will play actor Shugo Sanemitsu and Yoshimi Tokui will play an entertainment company president.

NTV drama series “Dolmen X” will first air March 10, 2018 and the live-action film version will be released sometime later year in Japan..

Feb 10 2018

Dean Fujioka cast in Fuji TV drama series “The Count of Monte Cristo”

Dean Fujioka is cast in Fuji TV drama series “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The drama series is based on classic French novel “Le Comte de Monte-Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. Also cast in supporting roles are Tadayoshi Okura (‘Kanjani Eight’), Mizuki YamamotoHirofumi Arai and Katsunori Takahashi. In the drama series, Dean Fujioka will play main character Dan Saimon. He is about to marry the love of his life Sumire Meguro (Mizuki Yamamoto), but he is framed by three people and sent to prison. 15 years later, he returns under a different identity to get revenge on the three people who framed him.

“The Count of Monte Cristo” first airs April, 2018.

Feb 7 2018

Miki Nakatani cast in TBS drama series “Anata niwa Kaeru Ie ga Aru”

Miki Nakatani is cast for the lead role in upcoming TBS drama series “Anata niwa Kaeru Ie ga Aru.” Also cast in major supporting roles are Hiroshi Tamaki, Yusuke Santamaria and Tae Kimura. The drama series is based on 1994 novel “Anata niwa Kaeru Ie ga Aru” by Fumio Yamamoto. In the drama series, Miki Naktani plays housewife Mayumi Sato. Due to financial reasons, she decides to reenter the workforce. Meanwhile, her husband, played by Hiroshi Tamaki, falls for a client played by Tae Kimura.

“Anata niwa Kaeru Ie ga Aru” first airs April, 2018 in Japan.

 

Feb 2 2018

Supporting cast announced for WOWOW sequel drama series “Partner in Darkness 2”

Teaser poster and supporting cast announced for upcoming WOWOW sequel drama series “Partner in Darkness 2” starring Nao MatsushitaArata Furuta. The drama series is based on novel “Henshucho no Joken-Daigo Shinji no Hakuran Suiri Fairu” by Takashi Nagasaki and is a sequel to 2015 WOWOW drama series “Partner in Darkness.” Now cast in supporting roles are Kanji TsudaShunya ShiraishiHiroki KonnoHironobu KomiyaRyo IwamatsuAkiko YagiSei HiraizumiMin Tanaka, Yoichi Nukumizu, Toru Nomaguchi, Tomoya Maeno, Kyoko Maya and Leo Morimoto. Story for “Partner in Darkness 2” has a newly appointed manga magazine editor die from a fall from a building. Yuki Mizuno (Nao Matsushita) and Shinji Daigo (Arata Furuta) investigates.

“Partner in Darkness 2” first airs March 31, 2018 in Japan.

Feb 2 2018

Kazunari Ninomiya cast in TBS drama series “Black Pean”

Kazunari Ninomiya is cast in upcoming TBS drama series “Black Pean.” The mystery-medical drama series is based on novel “Black Pean 1988” by Takeru Kaido. Takeru Kaido also wrote the original novel series which movies “The Glorious Team Batista” and drama series “Glory of Team Batista” are based on. In the drama series Kazunari Ninomiya will play main character Seishiro Tokai. He is a talented surgeon, but also quite arrogant. When a new medical device is introduced that replaces the hands of surgeons, Seishiro Tokai reveals dark secrets behind the medical device.

“Black Pean” first airs April, 2018 in Japan.

Feb 1 2018

Kentaro Sakaguchi cast in Fuji TV drama series “Signal”

Kentaro Sakaguchi is cast in Fuji TV drama series “Signal.” The drama series is a remake of 2016 tvN drama series “Signal.” Kentaro Sakaguchi will play the lead role of a young detective in the present day. His character is equivalent to Park Hae-Young (played by Lee Je-Hoon) in the original drama series. Story for the drama series follows two detectives, one from 15 years in past, communicating through a walkie-talkie to solve a serial murder case.

“Signal” will air April, 2018 in Japan.

Jan 29 2018

Hiroshi Tachi, Yuki Furukawa and Mari Hoshino cast in WOWOW drama series “Gohan Taisakushitsu”

Hiroshi Tachi, Yuki Furukawa and Mari Hoshino are cast in WOWOW drama series “Gohan Taisakushitsu.” The drama series is based on novel “60 Gohan Taisakushitsu” by Tomotake Ishikawa (which will be published March 15, 2018) and directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri. In the drama series, Hiroshi Tachi, Yuki Furukawa and Mari Hoshino will play characters who are part of the Gohan Taisakushitsu (‘Misjudgment Countermeasure Office’). Their job is to reexamine death row convictions to find any false accusations.

“Gohan Taisakushitsu” first airs May, 2018 in Japan.

Jan 29 2018

Takanori Iwata and Erika Toda cast in NTV drama series “Gakeppuchi Hotel”

Takanori Iwata (‘J Soul Brothers’ and ‘EXILE’) and Erika Toda are cast in new NTV drama series “Gakeppuchi Hotel.” Gakeppuchi in the drama series title means literally “brink of a cliff” and the word is also used to describe a very difficult situation. Story for the drama series will take place at hotel that is long past its glory days and nears bankruptcy. 29-year-old Sana Sakurai (Erika Toda) is the hotel manager and she struggles to revive the hotel. The hotel’s fortune changes when Naoya Ukai (Takanori Iwata) arrives as a guest at the hotel. Ryuichi Inomata directs the drama series.

“Gakeppuchi Hotel” will first air April, 2018 in Japan.

Jan 24 2018

Tina Tamashiro & Yuta Koseki cast in live-action drama series and movie “Missions of Love”

Tina Tamashiro & Yuta Koseki are cast in live-action drama series “Missions of Love” and live-action movie “Missions of Love.” The drama series version will air sometime this spring on as of yet unspecified network and the live-action film version will be released sometime this summer via distributor T-Joy. Both titles are based on manga “Watashi ni xx Shinasai!” by Ema Toyama and will be directed by Toru Yamamoto. Story for “Missions of Love” will follow Yukino Himuro (Tina Tamashiro) who secretly writes cell phone novels under a pen name. She doesn’t have any experience in love and her novels lack in that aspect. She then discovers a secret of popular male student Shigure Kitami (Yuta Koseki). She decides to blackmail and assigns him “missions of love” to gather experience for her novel.

Jan 24 2018

TBS to air “Boys Over Flowers Season 2” April, 2018

TBS is now set to air spin-off/sequel live-action drama series “Boys Over Flowers Season 2” this April in Japan. Already announced to star in the drama series are Hana Sugisaki, Sho Hirano and Taishi Nakagawa. The drama series is based on a webcomic “Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season” by Yoko Kamio.  Story for “Boys Over Flowers Season 2” is set 10 years after the F4 have graduated from Eitoku Academy. A new group is formed at the high school as the school’s condition has deteriorated.

“Boys Over Flowers Season 2” airs Tuesdays at 10PM beginning April, 2018 in Japan.