Jan 21 2022

Fuka Koshiba cast in TV Asahi drama “Yokai Housemate 2” & movie version

Fuka Koshiba is cast in TV Asahi sequel drama series “Yokai Housemate 2” and movie version “Yokai Housemate.” Also cast for the sequel drama series and movie are MatsumotoKatsuya MaigumaNobue Iketani and Koji Ookura. All the announced cast members appeared in the original 2020 TV Asahi drama series “Yokai Housemate” and will reprise their respective characters.

Drama series “Yokai Housemate 2” will air April, 2022 and the movie version will be released June, 2022 in Japan.

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Jan 19 2022

Shotaro Mamiya cast in Fuji TV drama “Nanba MG5”

Shotaro Mamiya is cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Nanba MG5.” The drama series is based on manga series “Nanba MG5” by Toshio Ozawa. In the drama series, Shotaro Mamiya will play Tsuyoshi Nanba. He is known as a delinquent and comes from a family of delinquents, but what he really wants is to become a good student.

“Nanba MG5” first airs April, 2022 in Japan.

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Jan 17 2022

Shunsuke Michieda cast in NTV drama “The Files of Young Kindaichi 5”

Shunsuke Michieda is cast in NTV live-action drama series “The Files of Young Kindaichi 5.” The drama series is based on manga series “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo” by written by Shin Kibayashi. The previous series of “Young Kindaichi” aired in 2014 on NTV, with Ryosuke Yamada playing the title character in “The Files of Young Kindaichi Neo.” In “The Files of Young Kindaichi 5,” Shunsuke Michieda will play teen private detective Hajime Kindaichi.

“The Files of Young Kindaichi 5” will first air  April, 2022 in Japan.

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Jan 13 2022

Anna Yamada & Daiken Okudaira cast in WOWOW drama “Socho Shihatsu no Sappukei”

Anna Yamada and Daiken Okudaira are cast in WOWOW drama series “Socho Shihatsu no Sappukei.” The drama series is based on short story collection “Socho Shihatsu no Sappukei” by Yugo Aosaki and will consist of 6 episodes, with each episode having a different story. Anna Yamada and Daiken Okudaira will appear in each of the episodes.

“Socho Shihatsu no Sappukei” will air sometime later this year in Japan.

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Jan 13 2022

Taiki Sato and Ai Mikami cast in TBS-MBS live-action drama “Liar”

Taiki Sato and Ai Mikami are cast in TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Liar.” The drama series is based on “Liar” written by Moarasu and directed by Izuru Kumasaka (“Asyl: Park and Love Hotel“). The drama series follows two office workers who fall into a romantic relationship. The twist is that the male worker is already engaged to another woman.

“Liar” first airs February 15, 2022 in Japan.

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Jan 7 2022

Nana Mori & Natsuki Deguchi cast in Netflix drama “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House”

Nana Mori & Natsuki Deguchi are cast in Netflix live-action drama series “The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House.” The drama series is based on manga series “Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san” by Aiko Koyama and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Also cast in the drama series are Aju Makita, Keiko Matsuzaka, Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, & Takako Tokiwa. The drama series is set at a district in Gion, Kyoto, Japan, where geisha live and work.

“The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House” will stream on Netflix sometime this year.

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Dec 24 2021

Trailer & poster for movie “The Blue Skies at Your Feet”

Main trailer and poster added for movie “The Blue Skies at Your Feet” (English title) starring Riko Fukumoto & Genta Matsuda. Movie is based on 2015 novel “Kimi ga Otoshita Aozora” by Eeyo Sakura & directed by Yuki Saito. The movie’s theme song has also been revealed, which is “Shiori” by Mafumafu. That track also appears in the main trailer. Caption on the poster states “The same day repeats, I become to like you more.”

“The Blue Skies at Your Feet” will be released February 18, 2022 in Japan.

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Dec 21 2021

Suzu Hirose cast in TV Asahi drama special “Umeko Tsuda”

Suzu Hirose is cast in TV Asahi drama special “Umeko Tsuda.” The drama special will depict the life of women’s education pioneer Umeko Tsuda (1864-1929). Suzu Hirose will play Umeko Tsuda, who went on to establish prestigious Tsuda College in Tokyo. Umeko Tsuda was influential enough that she will appear on the 5,000 yen bill from the year 2024.

“Umeko Tsuda” will air sometime during spring, 2022 in Japan.

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Dec 13 2021

Kanata Hosoda cast in TV Asahi drama “What If There Were a High School for Ikemen Only.”

Kanata Hosoda is cast for the lead role in TV Asahi drama series “What If There Were a High School for Ikemen Only.” Also cast in the drama series are Ryubi Miyase, Taiyu Fujiwara, Sakura Endo, Rintaro Mizusawa, Shuichiro Naito & Yoshiki Fujieda. The drama series is set at a high school that has an unusually high proportion of attractive young men. This is due to the school’s desire to win the national high school ikemen (‘good looking men’) contest.

“What If There Were a High School for Ikemen Only” will first air  January 15, 2022 in Japan (takes over TV Asahi’s Saturday 11 PM time slot after “Kotodamasou“).

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