May 13 2019

Toshiaki Karasawa & Yoko Maki cast in NTV drama series “Voice: 110 Emergency Control Room”

Toshiaki Karasawa and Yoko Maki are cast in NTV drama series “Voice: 110 Emergency Control Room” (literal title). The drama series is a remake of 2017 OCN drama series “Voice” with Jang Hyuk and Lee Ha-Na in the lead roles. Taro Otani & Mitsuru Kubota will direct the drama series and the series will be scripted by Hideya Hamada.

For the NTV drama series version, Yoko Maki will play Hikari Tachibana. She has a special hearing ability and she uses that talent while working in the 110 emergency phone call center. Toshiaki Karasawa will play Detective Shogo Higuchi. They work together to save people.

“Voice: 110 Emergency Control Room” first airs July, 2019 in Japan.

May 10 2019

Kyoko Fukada & Koji Seto cast in Fuji TV drama series “Daughter of Lupin”

Kyoko Fukada and Koji Seto are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Daughter of Lupin” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Rupan no Musume” by Dai Yokozeki. Kyoko Fukada will play Hana Mikumo in the drama series. She comes from a family of thieves. Koji Seto will play Kazuma Sakuraba. He comes from a family of police officers. Drama series will be directed by Hideki Takeuchi (“Nodame Cantabile“) and scripted by Yuichi Tokunaga (“Princess Jellyfish“).

“Daughter of Lupin” first airs July, 2019 in Japan (takes over Fuji TV’s Thursday 10PM time slot after “Strawberry Night Saga.”).

May 7 2019

Takumi Saito & Masataka Kubota cast in Hulu drama series “Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa Season 2”

Takumi Saito and Masataka Kubota are cast in Hulu drama series “Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa Season 2.” The drama series is a sequel to 2016 NTV drama series “Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa.” Takumi Saito & Masataka Kubota will reprise their respective roles from the original drama series, which are criminologist Hideo Himura played by Takumi Saito and mystery writer Arisu Arisugawa played by Masataka Kubota. They work together to solve criminal cases.

“Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa Season 2” will stream on Hulu this fall in Japan.

May 6 2019

Ryosuke Yamada cast in NTV drama special “The Kitazawas Summer 2019”

Ryosuke Yamada is cast in NTV drama special “The Kitazawas Summer 2019.” The drama special follows 2018 NTV drama series “The Kitazawas: We Mind Our Own Business” and Ryosuke Yamada will reprise his role as youngest son Shusaku Kitazawa. Also set to reprise their respective roles are Haru as brainy sibling Chiaki Kitazawa and Yukiyoshi Ozawa as oldest singling brain surgeon Hirofumi Kitazawa. Nozomu Kotaki, Yuri Tsunematsu, Kazuya Kojima, Yudai Chiba, Kazuyuki Asano and Baijaku Nakamura will also reprise their respective character in the drama special.

“The Kitazawas Summer 2019” will air sometime during summer, 2019 in Japan.

Apr 24 2019

Juri Ueno cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Medical Examiner Asagao”

Juri Ueno is cast for the title role in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Medical Examiner Asagao” (literal title). Saburo Tokito is also cast for a major supporting character role. The drama series is based on manga series “Kansatsui Asagao” by Masahito Kagawa & illustrated by Naomi Kimura. Story for the drama series will have Juri Ueno playing medical examiner Asagao Maki. Saburo Tokito will play her father, who works as a veteran detective.

“Medical Examiner Asagao” first airs July 8, 2019 (takes over Fuji TV’s Monday 9PM time slot aftr “Radiation House“).

Apr 11 2019

Anne Watanabe cast in NTV live-action drama series “Disguised Adultery”

Anne Watanabe is cast in NTV live-action drama series “Disguised Adultery” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Gisou Furin” by Akiko Higashimura (“Princess Jellyfish“/”Tokyo Tarareba Girls“). The drama series has Anne Watanabe playing 32-year-old single woman Shoko Hama. She meets a younger man on a trip and lies to him that she is married. He proposes to her to have an affair.

“Disguised Adultery” first airs July, 2019 in Japan.

Apr 10 2019

Junpei Mizobata cast in Fuji TV drama series “Mask Reunion”

Junpei Mizobata is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV-Tokai TV drama series “Mask Reunion” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Kamen Dosokai” by Shusuke Shizukui. Some other novels by Shusuke Shizukui that were previously adapted into films are “Killing For The Prosecution” and Fuji TV drama series “Bitter Blood.” In the drama series, Junpei Mizobata will playsYosuke Shintani. He attends a high school reunion and with some friends there kidnaps a former teacher. The teacher is found dead the next day.

“Mask Reunion” will first air June 1, 2019 in Japan.

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Apr 8 2019

Kento Kaku cast in WOWOW live-action drama series “Afro Tanaka”

Kento Kaku is cast in WOWOW live-action drama series “Afro Tanaka.” The drama series is based on manga series “Jokyo Afro Tanaka” by Masaharu Noritsuke. 2012 film “Afro Tanaka,” starring Shota Matsuda, is based on an earlier “Afro Tanaka” manga series by Masaharu Noritsuke. Meanwhile, the first teaser trailer for the drama series has been added on AsianWiki.

“Afro Tanaka” will first air July, 2019 in Japan.