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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Trailer and poster added for Netflix live-action drama series “Switched” (“Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka”) starring Daiki Shigeoka,Tomohiro Kamiyam, Kaya Kiyohara and Miu Tomita. The drama series is based on manga “Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka” by Shiki Kawabata. Story for “Switched” follow two young men and a young girl who have been friends for years. The young girl inexplicably finds herself switched into the body of an unpopular classmate.
“Switched” will be available for streaming on August 1, 2018 in Japan.
Masaki Aiba is cast in new TV Asahi live-action drama series “Sakanoue Animal Clinic Story.” The drama series is based on manga “Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka” by Michi Tarasawa. In the drama series, Masaki Aiba will play a veterinarian. He begins work for a veterinarian at an animal hospital in his hometown, but the veterinarian disappears and he becomes in charge of the animal hospital.
Sakanoue Animal Clinic Story” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer for TBS drama series “Cheer Dance” starring Tao Tsuchiya. The drama series is a sequel/spin-off of 2017 movie “Let’s Go, Jets” which was based on the true story of the “Jets” cheer dance club at Fukui Chuo High School. Actor Joe Odagiri will have play supporting role in the drama series as a teacher and actress Suzu Hirose will make a cameo appearance as Hikari Tomonaga from the movie “Let’s Go, Jets.”
“Cheer Dance” first airs July 13, 2018 in Japan.
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Ryo Yoshizawa cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Giver: Revenge’s Giver” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Giver: Fukushu no Zoyosha” by Sou Hino. Premise for the drama series revolves around a revenge agency who takes revenge on behalf of their clients.
“Giver: Revenge’s Giver” will first air July 13, 2018 in Japan.
Keiko Kitagawa is cast in movie “Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni.” The movie is based on 2017 novel “Sumaho o Otoshita dake” by Akira Shiga and directed by Hideo Nakata. Story for “Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni” depicts a nightmare scenario when a smartphone is lost and then found by an unscrupulous individual. Filming for “Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni” began June 1, 2018 and finishes July 5, 2018.
“Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni” will be released November 2, 2018 in Japan.