Hiroshi Abe is cast in TBS sequel drama series “Downtown Rocket 2” (“Shitamachi Rocket”). The drama series is based on novel “Shitamachi Rocket Gosuto” by Jun Ikeido and follows 2015 TBS drama series “Downtown Rocket.” Hiroshi Abe will reprise his main character role of Ryohei Tsukuda in the sequel drama series. Also cast in supporting roles and returning from the season 1 are Danshun Tatekawa, Ken Yasuda, Soko Wada, Hiroki Konno, Ken Nakamoto and Ayumi Tanida.
“Downtown Rocket 2” will air from October, 2018 in Japan.
Hideaki Takizawa is cast in new WOWOW drama series “A Lone Scalpel” (literal title). The drama series is based on novel “Kokou no Mesu: Gekai Toma Tetsuhiko“ by Roran Takayama and directed by Akira Uchikata. 2010 film “A Lone Scalpel” starring Shinichi Tsutsumi in the main character role is also based on the same novel. Story for the drama series will follow Tetsuhiko Toma (Hideaki Takizawa) as he attempts the first internal organ transplant surgery in Japan.
“A Lone Scalpel” will first air sometime next year in Japan.
Kasumi Arimura is cast in TBS live-action drama series “Chugakusei Nikki.” The drama series is based on manga “Chugakusei Nikki” by Junko Kawakami. The story for the drama series is somewhat like 2017 film “Narratage” where Kasumi Arimura played a high school student that a teacher (Jun Matsumoto) liked, but her role is reversed this time around. For the drama series, Kasumi Arimura will play a teacher who becomes attracted to one of her students.
“Chugakusei Nikki” will first air October, 2018 in Japan.
Terunosuke Takezai and Kenta Izuka are cast in Fuji TV-FOD live-action drama series “Pornographer.” The drama series is based on manga “Pornographer” by Maki Marukido and will be directed by Koichiro Miki. Story for the drama series follows a man who causes a writer to break his arm in a bicycle accident. To repay the man, he transcribes the writer’s next story.
“Pornographer” will air from August 8, 2018 on Fuji TV and will be available to stream on FOD from July 28, 2018 in Japan.
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Masaki Okada is cast in NHK live-action drama series “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.” The drama series is based on manga series “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” by Haruko Kumota. In the drama series, Masaki Okada will play main character Yakumo. Also cast in supporting roles are Ryo Ryusei, Riko Narumi, Aya Omasa, Ikusaburo Yamazaki. The drama series is set in the early showa period (early 20th century) and follows the life of a rakugo (storytelling) performer.
“Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” first airs October 12, 2018 in Japan.
Eri Tokunaga is cast for the lead role in TV Tokyo-Netflix live-action drama series “Love and Fortune.” The drama series is based on manga “Koi no Tsuki” by Akira Nitta. For “Love and Fortune,” Eri Tokunaga plays 31-year-old Wako Taira. She falls in love with high school student Yumeaki Iko.
“Love and Fortune” first airs July 26, 2018 in Japan and the drama series will be available to stream on Netflix from November 30, 2018.
Former AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe is cast in Fuji TV drama series “Someday Until This Rain Stops” (“Itsuka Kono Ame ga Yamu Hi made”). Mayu Watanabe will play main character Hikari Kitazono. She dreams of becoming a musical actress, but her life was turned inside out after her older brother was arrested for murdering his girlfriend. When her brother is finally released from prison, he tells her that he is innocent.
“Someday Until This Rain Stops” first airs August 4, 2018 in Japan.
Teppei Koike is cast in upcoming TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Are You Ready? Hey You Girl!” & live-action film “Are You Ready? Hey You Girl!.” For the two titles, Teppei Koike will play Takatsugu Masaki. He works as an art teacher at a high school where Towa Furuya (Taishi Nakagawa) attends. He actually becomes a love rival of Towa Furuya. Story for the drama series is set prior to the live-action film. Both titles are based on manga series “Kakugo wa Iika Soko no Joshi” by Nana Shiiba.
TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Are You Ready? Hey You Girl!” will first air June 24, 2018 and live-action film “Are You Ready? Hey You Girl!” will be released October 12, 2018 in Japan.
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Teaser trailer for TBS live-action drama series “Stepmother and Daughter’s Blues” starring Haruka Ayase, Yutaka Takenouchi and Takeru Satoh. Drama series is based on manga “Gibo to Musume no Blues” by Rin Sakurazawa.
“Stepmother and Daughter’s Blues” is now set to first air July 10, 2018 in Japan.
Marie Iitoyo & Rena Takeda are cast in TBS-MBS sequel drama series “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu: Second Season.” The two young women will reprise their lead roles from 2017 drama series “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu.” For the second season, they work on a car carrier ship. Marin Sakamoto (Marie Iitoyo) works as a third mate and Tsubame Ishikawa (Rena Takeda) works as third engineer. Noboru Iguchi will also return to direct the drama series.
“Maji de Koukai Shitemasu: Second Season” first airs July 29, 2018 in Japan.
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