Kenshi Okada is cast in TBS drama series “Chugakusei Nikki” starring Kasumi Arimura. Kenshi Okada will make his acting debut with his performance in this drama series. He got the role after going through auditions that took place over a 1 year period. Kenshi Okada will play Akira Kuroiwa. He is 15 years old and in the 3rd grade of middle school. He falls in love with his homeroom teacher Hijiri Suenaga (Kasumi Arimura). He knows she is engaged to Shotaro Kawai (Keita Machida), but he still express his feeling to her.
“Chugakusei Nikki” first airs October, 2018.
Mitsuki Takahata & Ryoma Takeuchi are cast in NTV drama special “Overprotected Kahoko: 2018 Love & Dream.” The drama special is a sequel to last year’s NTV drama series “Overprotected Kahoko” (“Kahogo no Kahoko”). Story for the drama special is set one year after the drama special. Kahoko Nemoto (Mitsuki Takahata) is married to Hajime Mugino (Ryoma Takeuchi) and juggles housework duties with running her daycare center “Kahoko House.” Most of the supporting actors from the original drama series will also reprise their respective roles. New supporting characters will be played by Emi Kurara and Ayumu Yokoyama.
“Overprotected Kahoko: 2018 Love & Dream” will first air September 19, 2018 in Japan.
Keiko Kitagawa is cast in NHK drama special “Fake News.” The drama series features an original screenplay by Akiko Nogi and will be directed by Kentaro Horikirizono & Yoshiharu Sasaki. In the drama series, Keiko Kitagawa will play Itsuki Shinonome. She is a reporter for a website and she covers a story about caterpillars found in instant food. Ken Mitsuishi, Hirofumi Arai, Kento Nagayama, Yuma Yamoto, Ryo Iwamatsu and Tetta Sugimoto are cast in supporting roles.
“Fake News” first airs October 20, 2018.
Yui Aragaki & Ryuhei Matsuda are cast in NTV drama series “Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi.” The romance themed drama series is based on an original screenplay by Akiko Nogi and directed by Nobuo Mizuta. For the drama series Yui Aragaki will play 30-year-old Akira Shinkai and Ryuhei Matsuda will play 33-year-old Kosei Nemoto. They meet at a bar and begin to like each other.
“Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.
Keiko Kitagawa & Kazuki Kitamura are cast in TV Asahi drama special “Shitei Bengoshi.” The drama series is based on an original screenplay by Takeharu Sakurai. In the drama series Keiko Kitagawa will play attorney Yui Hitotsugi based out of Kyoto. She is asked to prosecute a case involving a politician and the sale of nationally owned land to a corporation. She receives the help of prosecutor Shinji Tachibana (Kazuki Kitamura) in the case.
“Shitei Bengoshi” will air sometime this September in Japan.
Satoshi Tsumabuki and Mao Inoue are cast for lead roles in new TV Asahi drama special “Ranhansha.” The drama special is based on novel “Ranhansha” by Tokuro Nukui and directed by Yuya Ishii. Satoshi Tsumabuki and Yuya Ishii previously team up in movies “Our Family” and “The Vancouver Asahi.” In addition, Satoshi Tsumabuki starred in movie “Gukoroku: Traces of Sin” which is also based on a novel by Tokuro Nukui.
For drama special “Ranhansha,” Satoshi Tsumabuki & Mao Inoue play a married couple. Their young son dies in an accident which causes the parents to look for answers.
“Ranhansha” will air sometime this autumn in Japan.
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Aoi Morikawa and Yuu Shirota are cast in TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Bungaku Shojo.” The drama series is based on webcomic “Bungaku Shojo” by Mayaka Nakano. In the drama series, Aoi Mirikawa will play editor Kanoko Tsukishiro and Yuu Shirota will play novelist Saku Kagaya. The two fall in love.
“Bungaku Shojo” first airs September 9, 2018 in Japan.
Issei Takahashi is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru.” The drama series is scripted by Atsuko Hashibe and directed by Keita Kono & Kazunari Hoshino. In the drama series, Issei Takahashi will play Kazuki Aikawa. He teaches the subject of ethology (study of animal behavior), but has peculiar teaching methods.
“Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.
Yuji Oda and Yuto Nakajima (‘Hey! Say! JUMP’) are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Suits.” The drama series is a remake of U.S. cable TV series “Suits” and follows the Korean remake “Suits” from earlier this year. Yuji Oda will play Shogo Kai who is a veteran attorney, focused solely on winning cases. Yuto Nakajima will play Daiki Suzuki. He has high intelligence and a photographic like memory, but has resorted to petty crimes because of financial problems. Shogo Kai hires him to work as an attorney.
Filming begins August, 2018 and the drama series will first air October, 2018 in Japan.
Kento Nakajima (‘Sexy Zone’) and Kenichi Endo are cast in live-action NTV drama series “Dorokei.” The drama series is based on manga “Dorokei” by Shu Fukuda. Taro Otani and Satoru Nakajima are scheduled to direct the drama series. In the drama series, Kento Nakajima will play Detective Tsutomu Madara and Kenichi Endo will play master thief Garasu Kemuri. The duo works together to solve cases.
“Dorokei” will first air October, 2018 in Japan.