Dec 8 2020

Teaser trailer & poster for NTV drama “Love You as the World Ends”

Teaser trailer and poster added for NTV drama series “Love You as the World Ends” starring Ryoma Takeuchi and Ayami Nakajo. The drama series features an original screenplay by Natsuko Ikeda. Ryoma Takeuchi plays Hibiki Mamiya. He gets caught in a tunnel that collapses and is able to escape 4 days later, but, when he gets out, that wold seems to have collapsed.

“Love You as the World Ends” will first air January 17, 2021 in Japan.

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Dec 7 2020

Ken Yasuda cast in NHK drama special “Kiyoshiko”

Ken Yasuda is cast for the lead role in NHK drama special “Kiyoshiko.” The drama series is based on short story collection “Kiyoshiko” by novelist Kiyoshi Shigematsu (“Your Friends“). The short stories are autobiographical. In the drama special, Ken Yasuda will play Kiyoshi Shiraishi. He decides to write a story based on his own life and how he dealt with a stuttering problem as a child. Also cast for supporting roles are Naomi NishidaMitsuru FukikoshiFuma KikuchiSoma TorigoeAyumu YokoyamaDaruma, Jiei WakabayashiSeiji ChiharaShihori Kanjiya and Hidekazu Mashima. Filming will begin this and finish January, 2021, while shooting locations take place in Shizuoka prefecture and around the suburbs of Tokyo.

“Kiyoshiko” will air March 20, 2021 in Japan.

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Dec 7 2020

Kanna Hashimoto, Wakana Aoi, & Ai Yoshikawa cast in WOWOW drama “Influence”

Kanna HashimotoWakana Aoi, and Ai Yoshikawa are cast in WOWOW drama series “Influence.” The drama series is based on 2017 novel “Influence” by Fumie Kondo. The drama series will revolve around three women who are friends and they have committed three murders. Kanna Hashimoto will play lead character Yuri. Wakana Aoi will play Maho and Ai Yoshikawa will play Satoko.

“Influence” will air sometime next year in Japan and consist of 5 episodes.

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Dec 1 2020

Yui Aragaki & Gen Hoshino cast in TBS drama SP “The Full-Time Wife Escapist: New Year’s Special”

Yui Aragaki & Gen Hoshino are cast in TBS live-action drama special “The Full-Time Wife Escapist: New Year’s Special.” The drama special is based on manga series “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu” by Tsunami Umino and a sequel to 2016 TBS drama series “The Full-Time Wife Escapist.” The drama special will have Yui Aragaki’s character Mikuri Moriyama becoming pregnant and marrying Gen Hoshino’s character Hiramasa Tsuzaki.

“The Full-Time Wife Escapist: New Year’s Special” will air January 2, 2021 in Japan.

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Nov 30 2020

Yutaka Takenouchi & Haru Kuroki cast in Fuji TV drama “Ichikei’s Crow”

Yutaka Takenouchi & Haru Kuroki are cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Ichikei’s Crow” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Ichikei no Karasu” by Rito Asami. For the drama series, Yutaka Takenouchi  & Haru Koroki will play criminal court judges. Yutaka Takenouchi will play main character Michio Iruma. He is an unusual judge, as he prefers to investigate cases himself. Although Japan has had many drama series centered around attorneys and prosecutors, “Ichikei’s Crow” is one of the first to center around a judge.

“Ichikei’s Crow” will first air April, 2021 in Japan.

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Nov 28 2020

Cast announced for WOWOW drama “Yonimo Kimyona Kimi Monogatari”

Yuina Kuroshima, Wakana Aoi, Shori Sato, Rena Tanaka, and Tatsuya Ueda are cast in WOWOW omnibus drama series “Yonimo Kimyona Kimi Monogatari.” The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Yonimo Kimyona Kimi Monogatari” by Ryo Asai (“The Kirishima Thing“). The drama series will consist of 5 episodes/stories with each of the announced performers starring in an episode.

“Yonimo Kimyona Kimi Monogatari” will air March, 2021 in Japan.

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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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