Satoshi Tsumabuki is cast in WOWOW drama series “Innocent Days.” The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Innocent Days” by Kazumasa Hayami and directed by Kei Ishikawa. 2013 movie “Our Family” starred Satoshi Tsumabuki and is based on an original novel by Kazumasa Hayami and Satoshi Tsumabuki starred in 2017 film “Gukoroku: Traces of Sin” which was directed by Kei Ishikawa. Story for “Innocent Days” follows Shinichi Sasaki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) as he searches into the past of his childhood friend Yukino Tanaka. She received the death sentence and Shinichi Sasaki believes she is innocent.
“Innocent Days” first airs March 18, 2018 in Japan.
Masami Nagasawa is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV drama series “The Confidence Man JP.” Also cast in supporting roles are Masahiro Higashide and Fumiyo Kohinata. The trio will play a team of con artists who work together to steal money from shady wealthy people like yakuza bosses and evil businessmen. Drama series will be directed by Ryo Tanaka and Hiro Kanai. Screenplay is written by Ryota Kosawa.
“The Confidence Man JP” first airs April, 2018 in Japan.
Takaya Kamikawa is cast in new TV Tokyo drama series “Shitsuji Saionji no Meisuiri.” The drama series will feature an original screenplay by Shinichi Tanaka and will be directed by Hajime Hashimoto. In the drama series, Takaya Kamikawa will play Butler Hajime Saionji. After a murder case takes place, he uses his reasoning powers to try to solve the mystery.
“Shitsuji Saionji no Meisuiri” first airs April, 2018 in Japan.
Koji Seto cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Princess Jellyfish” co-starring Kyoko Yoshine. For “Princess Jellyfish,” Koji Seto will play Kuranosuke Koibuchi. He is the son of a mogul politician. His father wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a politician, but Kuranosuke Koibuchi is more interested in fashion. His love for fashion also leads him to dress up as a woman. Kuranosuke Koibuchi then meets Tsukimi Kurashita (Kyoko Yoshine ). He becomes interested in her and tries to charm her through fashion and make-up. Drama series is based on manga series “Kuragehime” by Akiko Higashimura.
“Princess Jellyfish” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
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Trailer for dTV live-action drama series “Impossibility Defense” (literal title) starring Tori Matsuzaka and Erika Sawajiri. The drama series is bassed on manga “Funohan” written by Arata Miyatsuki and precedes the live-action film “Impossibility Defense” which comes out February 1, 2018.
dTV drama series “Impossibility Defense” will be available to stream from December 22, 2017 in Japan.
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Shihori Kanjiya, Kanata Hongo and Gori are cast for lead roles in new NTV drama series “Repeat.” The time travel themed drama series is based on 2004 novel “Repeat” by Kurumi Inui. In the drama series, a phone caller invites people to travel back in time.
“Repeat” first airs January 11, 2018 in Japan.
Mitsuki Takahata is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama special “Boukyaku no Sachiko: A Meal Makes Her Forget.” The drama special is based on manga “Boukyaku no Sachiko” by Jun Abe and directed by Santa Yamagishi. For the drama special, Mitsuki Takahata will play main character Sachiko Sasaki. On the day of her wedding, Sachiko Sasaki’s fiance disappears. The next day, Sachiko Sasaki is unable to stop thinking about her fiance except when she gets a meal at a restaurant. She then becomes a fan of gourmet meals.
“Boukyaku no Sachiko: A Meal Makes Her Forget” airs January 2, 2018 in Japan.
Here’s a visual of Suzu Hirose in character as Harika Tsujisawa for upcoming NTV drama series “Anone” co-starring Yuko Tanaka. Harika Tsujisawa is a 19-year-old girl who now lives out of an internet cafe after becoming separated from her parents. She then meets an older woman played by Yuko Tanaka who is also an outcast from society and has been through similar experiences. They begin to live together as a family, but an incident occers.
Now cast in supporting roles are Eita, Satomi Kobayashi, Sadao Abe and Shohei Hino. Eita will play a mysterious figure named Riichi Nakaseko.
“Anone” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Hayato Ichihara is cast for the lead role in TV Asahi drama series “Ashita no Kimi ga Motto Suki.” Also cast in supporting roles are Ayumi Ito, Aoi Morikawa, Jin Shirasu and Mirai Shida. Story for the drama series follows a group of people whose desire for love has worn off.
“Ashita no Kimi ga Motto Suki” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Chiaki Kuriyama is cast in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Final Cut” co-starring Kazuya Kamenashi. For the drama series, Chiaki Kuriyama will play lead female character Yukiko Ogawara. Along with her younger sister, Wakaba Ogawara (Kanna Hashimoto), she holds a key to a case involving the death of a young girl. Yukiko Ogawara works as a curator. She gets attracted to Keisuke Nakamura (Kazuya Kamenashi) who hides his true identity and approaches her for revenge.
“Final Cut” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.