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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jun Matsumoto (‘Arashi’) is cast in upcoming TBS drama series “99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi.” Also cast in the law themed drama series are Teruyuki Kagawa, Nana Eikura and Munetaka Aoki. Setup for the drama series has Jun Matsumoto playing a poor criminal attorney. With Japan’s 99.9% conviction rate, the attorney fights for the 0.1%. The attorney then gets scouted by a big law firm and works with an attorney played by Teruyuki Kagawa.
“99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi” first airs April 17, 2016 in Japan.
Rena Matsui (former member of SKE48) and Kenichi Takito are cast in late night TBS drama series “Laundry Chigasaki.” Premise for the drama series is set at a laundromat with Rena Matsui playing a part-time employee there and Keichi Takito playing the owner of the laundromat. The drama series is directed and written by Ken Iizuka (“Arakawa Under the Bridge“).
“Laundry Chigasaki” first airs March 13, 2016 in Japan.
Singer-songwriter Sakura Fujiwara is cast in her first acting role as the lead female character in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Love Song” also starring Masaharu Fukuyama. Sakura Fujiwara made her major label record debut on March 18, 2015 with her mini album “à la carte.”
Sakura Fujiwara received the lead female role of Sakura Sano through an audition which had about 100 other participants. Also cast in supporting roles for the drama series are Kaho, Tetsushi Tanaka, Ryudo Uzaki & Miki Mizuno. Kaho will play Mami who is like Sakura Sano’s (Sakura Fujiwara) older sister. She works at a cabaret club.
“Love Song” first airs April, 2016 in Japan.
Sota Fukushi & Tao Tsuchiya are cast in NTV live-action drama series “Omukae Desu.” The drama series is based on manga series “Omukae Desu” by Meka Tanaka. Setup for the unique drama series has Sota Fukushi playing college student Madoka Tsutsumi. His character sees a pink rabbit and an old man fighting and learns from the pink rabbit that the old man is a spirit and the pink rabbit is an angel of death. Meka Tanaka later works with the angel of death to help the deceased overcome their regrets. Tao Tsuchiya plays a senior colleague of Meka Tanaka.
“Omukae Desu” airs April, 2016 in Japan.
Actress Hikari Mitsushima is set to make a guest appearance in ep.6 of currently airing Fuji TV drama series “Love That Makes You Cry” (English title) starring Kasumi Arimura & Kengo Kora. Hikari Mitsushima already appeared in ep.1, but voice only as Oto Sugihara’s (Kasumi Arimura) late mother. She voiced Oto Sugihara’s mother when Oto Sugihara read her mother’s letter. In ep.6, Hikari Mitsushima will appear in flashback scenes with a child playing the character of Oto Sugihara.
Ep.6 of drama series “Love That Makes You Cry” airs February 22, 2016.