Nov 26 2020

Shun Oguri cast in TBS drama “Japan Sinks: People of Hope”

Shun Oguri is cast for the lead role in TBS drama series “Japan Sinks: People of Hope” (literal title). Also cast for supporting character roles are Kenichi MatsuyamaAnne WatanabeToru Nakamura and Teruyuki Kagawa. As you might guess from the familiar literal title, the drama series is based on 1973 novel “Nihon Chinbotsu” by Sakyo Komatsu. 1973 film “Japan Sinks” and 2006 film “The Sinking of Japan” are also based on the same novel. Shun Oguri will play government official Keishi Amami. He must deal with the crisis that his country could sink into the ocean.

“Japan Sinks: People of Hope” will first air October, 2021 in Japan.

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Nov 23 2020

Mone Kamishiraishi & Nanao cast in TBS drama “Oh! My Boss!”

Mone Kamishiraishi & Nanao are cast in TBS drama series “Oh! My Boss! Love Is A Bonus Book” (literal title of “Oh! My Boss! Koi wa Bessatsu de”). Also cast in supporting roles are Yuta Tamamori (Kis-My-Ft2) and Shotaro Mamiya. The drama series will have Mone Kamishiraishi playing Nami Suzuki. From her small town background, she begins to work for a fashion magazine in Tokyo. Nanao will play Reiko Horai. She works as an editor at the fashion magazine and Nami Suzuki’s boss.

“Oh! My Boss! Love Is A Bonus Book” first airs January, 2021 in Japan.

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Nov 20 2020

Satomi Ishihara cast in TV Tokyo drama SP “Greatest Gift of Life”

Satomi Ishihara is cast in TV Tokyo drama special “Greatest Gift of Life” (literal title of “Jinsei Saiko no Okurimono”). The drama special is scripted by Yoshikazu Okada and directed by Kan Ishibashi. “Greatest Gift of Life” will have Satomi Ishihara play Yuriko Tabuchi. She decides to visit her father out of the blue and doesn’t state why or how long she will stay with her father. She does have a secret.

“Greatest Gift of Life” will air January 4, 2021 in Japan.

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Nov 20 2020

Fuka Koshiba cast in TV Asahi drama “Mokomi: She’s A Little Weird”

Fuka Koshiba is cast in TV Asahi drama series “Mokomi: She’s A Little Weird” (literal title). The drama series is scripted by Atsuko Hashibe (“Freeter, Ie wo Kau“) and directed by the trio of Hajime TakezonoJota Tsunehiro, Toshiaki Kamada. The drama series will have Fuka Koshiba playing main character Mokomi Shimizu. She is considered a weird person, because she talks to inanimate objects and can feel their emotions.

“Mokomi: She’s A Little Weird” first airs January, 2021 in Japan (takes over TV Asahi’s Saturday 11PM time slot after “Equation To Erase The Teacher“).

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Nov 12 2020

Toma Ikuta and Michiko Kichise cast in TV Asahi drama “Can’t Write!?”

Toma Ikuta and Michiko Kichise are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Can’t Write!?” (literal title). The duo will play husband and wife. Michiko Kichise will play Nami Yoshimaru, who is a best-selling writer. Toma Ikuta will play Keisuke Yoshimaru. He is a stay-at-home dad, but he tries to become a drama series screenwriter. This is the first time for Toma Ikuta to star in a TV Asahi drama series.

“Can’t Writer!?” will first air January, 2021 in Japan.

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Nov 10 2020

Masahiro Matsuoka cast in WOWOW drama “Mikkoku wa Utau”

Masahiro Matsuoka (member of  rock band Tokio) is cast for the lead role in WOWOW drama series “Mikkoku wa Utau.” The drama series is based on 2017 novel “Mikkoku wa Utau” by Gentaro Igane. Drama series “Mikkoku wa Utau” will have Masahiro Matsuoka playing Detective Masaki Sara. He investigates the death of his colleague during a murder investigation.

“Mikkoku wa Utau” will consist of 6 episodes and first air sometime next year in Japan.

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Nov 9 2020

Wakana Aoi and Terunosuke Takezai cast in TBS-MBS drama “Marriage with a Large Age Gap”

Wakana Aoi and Terunosuke Takezai are cast in TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Marriage with a Large Age Gap” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga “Toshi no Sakon” by Atsuki Nakama. Setup for the drama series has a 24-year-old woman played by Wakana Aoi marrying a 44-year-old man played by Terunosuke Takezai.

“Marriage with a Large Age Gap” first airs December 15, 2020 in Japan.

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Nov 6 2020

Kenshi Okada cast in NTV drama “Date My Daughter”

Kenshi Okada is cast in NTV drama series “Date My Daughter” starring Miho Kanno & Minami Hamabe. For the drama series, Kenshi Okada will play Hikaru Irino. He is a university student and attends the same school as Sora Minase (Minami Hamabe). While he has an attractive appearance and is popular with women, he does not have a girlfriend. He thinks of love as being an annoyance, but he gets involved with Sora Minase.

“Date My Daughter” first airs January, 2021 in Japan (takes over NTV’s Wednesday 10PM time slot after “RemoteLove“).

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Nov 5 2020

Haruka Ayase cast in TBS drama “Heaven and Hell: 2 Psycho People”

Haruka Ayase is cast for the lead role in TBS drama series “Heaven and Hell: 2 Psycho People” (literal title). Issey Takahashi, Tasuku Emoto, and Kazuki Kitamura are also cast for major supporting character roles in the drama series. The drama series is scripted by Yoshiko Morishita and will be directed by Yuichiro HirakawaTakahiro AoyamaAya Matsuki. Screenwriter Yoshiko Morishita, director Yuichiro Hirakawa, and lead actress Haruka Ayase has previously worked together on TBS drama series “Stepmom and Daughter Blues,” “Jin,” “MR. BRAIN,” “Into the White Night” and “Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World.”

” Heaven and Hell: 2 Psycho People” will first air January, 2021 in Japan.

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