Jun 30 2022

Yuriyan Retriever cast in Netflix drama “The Queen of Villains”

Yuriyan Retriever is cast in Netflix drama series “The Queen of Villains.” She will play real life wrestler Dump Matsumoto in the drama series. Dump Matsumoto became famous as a professional wrestler during the 1980’s as an evil wrestler. Comedian Yuriyan Retriever underwent training for a year period and gained 29 kilograms to play the role (went from 65 to 93 kg). The drama series is directed by Kazuya Shiraishi (“The Devil’s Path“) and scripted by Osamu Suzuki (“The Last Chance: Diary of Comedians“).

“The Queen of Villains” will be released sometime next year on Netflix.

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Jun 17 2022

Main trailer for movie “Akira and Akira”

Main trailer added for movie “Akira and Akira” starring Ryoma Takeuch & Ryusei Yokohama. Movie is based on novel “Akira to Akira” by Jun Ikeido (“Naoki Hanzawa“) and directed by Takahiro Miki (“The Door into Summer“). 2017 WOWOW drama series “Akira and Akira,” starring Osamu Mukai & Takumi Saito, is also based on the same novel. Meanwhile, the movie’s theme song has been announced as “Berubetto no Shi” by Back Number. The theme song “Berubetto no Shi” is featured in the trailer.

“Akira and Akira” will be released August 26, 2022 in Japan.

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Jun 16 2022

Ai Iinuma, Kento Nagao, and Hidekazu Mashima cast in TBS drama “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter”

Ai Iinuma, Kento Nagao, and Hidekazu Mashima are cast in TBS-Paravi drama series “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter.” The drama series is based on 2006 novel “Papa to Musume no Nanokakan” by Takahisa Igarashi and a remake of 2007 TBS drama series “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter” starring Hiroshi Tachi & Yui Aragaki. In “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter,” Ai Iinuma and Hidekazu Mashima will play daughter and father. They somehow switch bodies. Kento Nagao will play a teen love interest of the daughter.

“Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter” first airs  July 26, 2022 in Japan.

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Jun 13 2022

Shori Sato cast in TV Tokyo drama “Red Nurse Call”

Shori Sato is cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Red Nurse Call” (literal title). The drama series features an original horror-themed story by Yasushi Akimoto. In the drama series, Shori Sato will play a young man who gets into a car accident and wakes up in a hospital. He finds that the hospital is very strange.

“Red Nurse Call” first airs July, 2022 in Japan (follows “Kichijoji Losers” in TV Tokyo’s Monday 11 PM time slot) .

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Jun 8 2022

Marie Iitoyo & Kodai Asaka cast in NTV drama “Octo””

Marie Iitoyo and Kodai Asaka are cast in NTV-YTV drama series “Octo: Kanjo Sosakan Shinno Akari.” The drama series features an original screenplay by Hayato Miura & Natsu Hashimoto. For “Octo: Kanjo Sosakan Shinno Akari,” Marie Iitoyo will play Akari Shinno. She is a detective and has a special ability to see people’s eight emotions in color. Kodai Asaka will play Ryo Kazehaya. He is also a detective and teams up with Akari Shinno on cases.

“Octo: Kanjo Sosakan Shinno Akari” first airs July 7, 2022 in Japan.

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May 27 2022

Takuya Kusakawa & Sho Nishigaki cast in TV Tokyo drama “Wash My Heart”

Takuya Kusakawa (Bullet Train) and Sho Nishigaki are cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Wash My Heart.” The drama series is based on BL manga “Minato Shoji Coin Laundry” by Sawa Kanzume & Yuzu Tsubaki. In the drama series, Takuya Kusakawa will play a young man that operates a small laundry mat. Sho Nishigaki will play a high school student that comes to the laundry mat.

“Wash My Heart” first airs July 6, 2022 in Japan.

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May 26 2022

Ai Hashimoto cast in NTV drama “Private Tutor Torako”

Ai Hashimoto is cast in NTV drama series “Private Tutor Torako” (literal title). The drama series features an original screenplay by Kazuhiko Yukawa. Ai Hashimoto has previously appeared in Kazuhiko Yukawa scripted NTV drama series “Our Dearest Sakura” and “A Girl of 35.” In “Private Tutor Torako,” Ai Hashimoto will play title character Private Tutor Torako. She is a mysterious figure, but is highly successful as a private tutor.

“Private Tutor Torako” first airs July, 2022 in Japan (takes over NTV’s Wednesday 10PM after “Bad Girl: Glass Ceiling Crushers“).

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May 25 2022

Haru & Shotaro Mamiya cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama “Renovation Like Magic”

Haru & Shotaro Mamiya are cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama series “Renovation Like Magic” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Maho no Rinobe” by Maki Hoshizaki. For “Renovation Like Magic,” Haru will play Kome Shingyoji. She begins work at a home renovation company and must work with the owner’s son played by Shotaro Mamiya.

“Renovation Like Magic” first airs July, 2022 (takes over Fuji TV’s Monday 10PM time slot after “Who Needs True Love?“).

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May 23 2022

Yoshihiko Inohara cast in WOWOW drama “Shylock’s Children”

Yoshihiko Inohara is cast in WOWOW drama series “Shylock’s Children” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2006 novel “Shylock no Kodomotachi” by Jun Ikeido (“Naoki Hanzawa“). The drama series is directed by Kosuke Suzuki and scripted by Youichi Maekawa. Kosuke Suzuki and Youichi Maekawa previously worked together on 2009 WOWOW drama series “The Flying Tire,” which is also based on a novel by Jun Ikeido (“Soratobu Taiya”). The drama series “Shylock’s Children” will have Yoshihiko Inohara play Masahiro Nishiki. He works as a deputy manager for a branch bank and looks into a case where a million yen is missing.

“Shylock’s Children” will first air October, 2022 in Japan.

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May 20 2022

Yuta Tamamori & Anne Nakamura cast in TV Asahi drama “Nice Flight”

Yuta Tamamori (Kis-My-Ft2) and Anne Nakamura are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Nice Flight.” The drama series features an original screenplay by Rin Eto (“Nodame Cantabile“). For the drama series, Yuta Tamamori will play Sui Kurata. He is the co-pilot for a commercial airline and falls in love with an air traffic controller just from listening to her voice. That air traffic controller is played by Anne Nakamura. The drama series will be set around Haneda Airport and involve the cooperation of Japan Airlines. The theme song for the drama series will also be performed by boy band Kis-My-Ft2.

“Nice Flight” will first air July, 2022 in Japan (takes over TV Asahi’s Friday 11:15 PM time slot after “Mr. Housekeeper, Mitazono Season 5“).

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