Takanori Iwata (‘J Soul Brothers’ and ‘EXILE’) and Erika Toda are cast in new NTV drama series “Gakeppuchi Hotel.” Gakeppuchi in the drama series title means literally “brink of a cliff” and the word is also used to describe a very difficult situation. Story for the drama series will take place at hotel that is long past its glory days and nears bankruptcy. 29-year-old Sana Sakurai (Erika Toda) is the hotel manager and she struggles to revive the hotel. The hotel’s fortune changes when Naoya Ukai (Takanori Iwata) arrives as a guest at the hotel. Ryuichi Inomata directs the drama series.
“Gakeppuchi Hotel” will first air April, 2018 in Japan.
Tina Tamashiro & Yuta Koseki are cast in live-action drama series “Missions of Love” and live-action movie “Missions of Love.” The drama series version will air sometime this spring on as of yet unspecified network and the live-action film version will be released sometime this summer via distributor T-Joy. Both titles are based on manga “Watashi ni xx Shinasai!” by Ema Toyama and will be directed by Toru Yamamoto. Story for “Missions of Love” will follow Yukino Himuro (Tina Tamashiro) who secretly writes cell phone novels under a pen name. She doesn’t have any experience in love and her novels lack in that aspect. She then discovers a secret of popular male student Shigure Kitami (Yuta Koseki). She decides to blackmail and assigns him “missions of love” to gather experience for her novel.
TBS is now set to air spin-off/sequel live-action drama series “Boys Over Flowers Season 2” this April in Japan. Already announced to star in the drama series are Hana Sugisaki, Sho Hirano and Taishi Nakagawa. The drama series is based on a webcomic “Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season” by Yoko Kamio. Story for “Boys Over Flowers Season 2” is set 10 years after the F4 have graduated from Eitoku Academy. A new group is formed at the high school as the school’s condition has deteriorated.
“Boys Over Flowers Season 2” airs Tuesdays at 10PM beginning April, 2018 in Japan.
Yuriko Yoshitaka is cast in new NTV drama series “Security of Justice.” The drama series is based on 2013 novel “Seigi no Se” by Sawako Agawa. In the drama series, Yuriko Yoshitaka will play prosecutor Ririko Takemura. She has worked at her job for 2 years, but she hasn’t yet mastered the profession. She does tries hard and through the various cases grows as a prosecutor and person. Drama series will be scripted by Yuko Matsuda and directed by Seiichi Nagumo.
“Security of Justice” will first air April, 2018 in Japan.
Sho Aoyagi is cast in WOWOW drama special “Kuinige Killer.” The drama special features a screenplay by Fumitake Tatesawa which won the “10th WOWOW Scenario Grand Prize” in 2017. The story features a problem that we are all probably guilty of doing at least once in our lives which is running out on restaurant bills before paying. In the drama special, Sho Aoyagi plays Shogo Kawatani. In his past, he was a top athlete, but he now works for family restaurant. His job is to catch the deadbeats who run out on their bills. Drama special is directed by Yuji Nakamae.
“Kuinige Killer” will air March 21, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer #2 for online Paravi web drama “Sick’s Spec Saga.” The online drama is a spin-off in the SPEC series which first originated on broadcasting network TBS. The two main leads for “Sick’s Spec Saga” has not been revealed yet though supporting cast will include Yuina Kuroshima, Yua Shinkawa, Raita Ryu and Shiro Sano. “Sick’s Spec Saga” will stream on Paravi which a new online streaming platform that is backed by 6 Japanese companies (TBS, Nikkei, TV Tokyo, WOWOW, Dentsu and Hakuhodo DY Media Partners). Story for “Sick’s Spec Saga” revolves around the team “Tokumu” which resides in the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office. They work exclusively on cases involving people who posses supernatural powers known as SPEC.
“Sick’s Spec Saga” will be available for streaming from April, 2018 in Japan.
Anne Nakamura is cast for a supporting role in upcoming TBS live-action drama series “You Always Inhabit My Heart” (lteral title). The drama series is based on manga “Kimi ga Kokoro ni Sumitsuita” by Kirin Tendo and stars Riho Yoshioka, Kenta Kiritani and Osamu Mukai.
For the drama series, Anne Nakamura will play Emi Narikawa. Her character is an original character written for the drama series and not found in the original manga. Emi Narikawa is a popular novelist and ex-girlfriend of Kojiro Yoshizaki (Kenta Kiritani).
“You Always Inhabit My Heart” first airs January 16, 2018 in Japan.
Teaser trailer added for TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Kakegurui” starring Minami Hamabe, Mahiro Takasugi and Aoi Morikawa. Drama series is based on manga “Kakegurui” by Homura Kawamoto and directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa. Story for “Kakegurui” is set at a prestigious high school where winners in gambling rise to the top.
“Kakegurui” first airs January 14, 2018 in Japan.
Tao Tsuchiya is cast in new TBS drama series “Cheer Dance” (literal title). The drama series is motivated by the real story of the cheer dance club “Jets,” which was made into feature length film “Let’s Go, Jets” starring Suzu Hirose. Story for “Cheer Dance” has Tao Tsuchiya playing a girl who grew up admiring the cheer dance club JETS and dreamed of joining the team. She didn’t feel she could join the club and enrolled at a different high school in Fukui Prefecture. A transfer student from Tokyo then asks her to take part in a cheer dance club. The 2017 film “Let’s Go, Jets” tells the true story of the cheer dance club JETS as they go on to compete at a competition in the United States and wins.
“Cheer Dance” first airs July, 2018.
Kenichi Endo, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yutaka Matsushige and Ken Mitsuishi are all cast in TV Tokyo sequel drama series “The Supporting Actors 2.” The drama series is a sequel to 2017 TV Tokyo drama series “The Supporting Actors” (“Byplayers”). The only main character actor from the first season of the drama series to not appear in the sequel is Susumu Terajima. He will not appear in the sequel due to scheduling issues. Premise for “The Supporting Actors 2” has Kenichi Endo, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yutaka Matsushige and Ken Mitsuishi all taking part in TV Tokyo morning drama series “Shimakko-san.” While going to a filming location for the morning drama series, they somehow find themselves on a deserted island and must figure out how to survive. Kana Kita will also return in the sequel drama series and again play the supporting actor’s manager Jasmine.
“The Supporting Actors 2” first airs February 7, 2018 in Japan.