Oct 27 2023

Sadao Abe, Riisa Naka, Hayato Isomura, and Yo Yoshida cast in TBS drama “Futekisetsu ni mo Hodo ga Aru”

Sadao Abe, Riisa Naka, Hayato Isomura, and Yo Yoshida are cast in TBS drama series “Futekisetsu ni mo Hodo ga Aru.” The comedy time-travel screenplay is written by Kankuro Kudo and directed by Fuminori Kaneko. Kanjuro Kudo and Fuminori Kaneko most recently worked together for 2023 Netflix drama series “Let’s Get Divorced.” In “Futekisetsu ni mo Hodo ga Aru,” Sadao Abe will play Ichiro Ogawa. He has a nickname of “Ogawa of Hell,” due to his abrasive nature as a middle school teacher, but he is also caring single parent. He travels in time from the year 1986 to 2024. Yo Yoshida will play Sakae Sakisaka. She travels in time from the year 2024 to 1986.

“Futekisetsu ni mo Hodo ga Aru” will first air January, 2024 in Japan (takes over TBS’ Friday 10PM time slot after “Fermat’s Cuisine“).

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Oct 23 2023

Teaser trailer for Disney+ drama “Dragons of Wonder Hatch”

Teaser trailer added for Disney+ drama series “Dragons of Wonder Hatch” starring Sena Nakajima & Daiken Okudaira. The fantasy drama series combines a mixture of live-action and animation. The teaser trailer begins with Sena Nakajima as Nagi stating (0:18) “I want to dream, but I have grown up in a world where they don’t let me dream.” Meanwhile four supporting cast members have also been announced: Rena Tanaka, Masaki Miura, Riko Narumi, & Sumire. Rena Tanaka will play Hana. She is the late mother of Nagi (Sena Nakajima) and was a popular mangaka. Masaki Miura will play Taichi. He is the father of Nagi and raised Nagi by himself. Riko Narumi will play Ayana and she works as a public defender. Lastly, Sumire will play Saira. She lives in the alternate world Upananta and works as a researcher.

“Dragons of Wonder Hatch” will be available to stream from December 20, 2023.

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Oct 11 2023

Keito Tsuna cast in TBS drama “Renai no Susume”

Keito Tsuna is cast for the lead role in TBS drama series “Renai no Susume.” He will be joined by Kyoya Honda, Wataru Ichinose, and Jiei Wakabayashi in major supporting character roles. Story for “Renai no Susume” is a teen romantic-comedy set at a strict high school that forbids dating for their students. Keito Tsuna will play student Keisuke Otori who challenges his school’s ban on dating.

“Renai no Susume” first airs November 21, 2023 in Japan.

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Oct 4 2023

Teaser poster and release date set for Disney+ drama “Dragons of Wonder Hatch”

Teaser poster and release date set for Disney+ drama series “Dragons of Wonder Hatch” starring Sena Nakajima and Daiken Okudaira. The drama series features an original fantasy-adventure screenplay that mixes live-action and animation. In the drama series, Sena Nakajima plays high school student Nagi and Daiken Okudaira plays dragon rider Tyme, who lives in the world Upananta. These two people somehow meet.

“Dragons of Wonder Hatch” will be available to stream from December 20, 2023.

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Sep 27 2023

Rui Tsukishima and Soya Kurokawa cast in TBS drama “Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san”

Rui Tsukishima and Soya Kurokawa are cast in TBS live-action drama series “Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san.” The youth romantic-comedy drama series is based on the manga of same name by Soichiro Yamamoto and directed by Rikiya Imaizumi (“Little Nights, Little Love“). Netflix will also stream the drama series at a later point after the drama series airs. Filming for “Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san” took place around Shodo Island, Kagawa Prefecture and is now in post production editing.

“Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san” will first air March, 2024 in Japan.

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Sep 13 2023

Kasumi Arimura and Kentaro Sakaguchi cast in Netflix drama “Beyond Goodbye”

Kasumi Arimura and Kentaro Sakaguchi are cast in Netflix drama series “Beyond Goodbye.” The romance drama series is scripted by Yoshikazu Okada and directed by Hiroshi Kurosaki. Screenwriter Yoshikazu Okada, Director Hiroshi Kurosaki, and Kasumi Arimura previously worked together in 2017 NHK drama series “Hiyokko” and its 2019 NHK drama series sequel “Hiyokko 2.” For the drama series “Beyond Goodbye,” Kasumi Arimura and Kentaro Sakaguchi will play two people who meet and are connected by a person from their past.

Release date for “Beyond Goodbye” has not yet been set.

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Sep 11 2023

Ryoko Shinohara & Ikusaburo Yamazaki cast in TV Tokyo drama “Hyena”

Ryoko Shinohara and Ikusaburo Yamazaki are cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Hyena.” The drama series is a remake of 2020 SBS drama series “Hyena” starring Kim Hye-Soo and Ju Ji-Hoon. The TV Tokyo drama series version will revolve around two lawyers played by Ryoko Shinohara and Ikusaburo Yamazaki. Although they work and compete in the same industry, they come from different backgrounds.

“Hyena” will first air October 20, 2023 in Japan (takes over TV Tokyo’s Friday 8PM time slot after “Black Postman“).

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Sep 6 2023

Mayu Hotta & Riku Hagiwara cast in TV Asahi drama “Tatoe Anata wo Wasuretemo”

Mayu Hotta & Riku Hagiwara are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Tatoe Anata wo Wasuretemo.” The romance drama series is scripted by Taeko Asano (“Tsuki no Koibito ~Moon Lovers~“) and directed by Kentaro Otani & Akihiko Takaishi. The drama series will follow the relationship of piano instructor Miri Kono (Mayu Hotta) and food truck operator Sora Aoki (Riku Hagiwara). Sora Aoki also has a type of dissociative amnesia that makes it difficult for him to remember things.

“Tatoe Anata wo Wasuretemo” will first air October 22, 2023 in Japan.

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Sep 5 2023

Daiki Shigeoka & Yuko Araki cast in TV Asahi drama “Tanshin Hanabi”

Daiki Shigeoka & Yuko Araki are cast in TV Asahi live-action drama series “Tanshin Hanabi.” The drama series is based on manga series “Tanshin Hanabi: Sakuragi Shun no Tanshin Funin Kagoshima” by Takashi Iwashige. In “Tanshin Hanabi,”  Daiki Shigeoka & Yuko Araki will play Shun Sakuragi & Hana Takeda respectively. They are first loves from their junior high school days and meet again as adults. Both are married.

“Tanshin Hanabi” will first air October 14, 2023 in Japan.

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Sep 4 2023

Kyoko Saito cast in TV Asahi drama “Nukarumi no Shokutaku”

Kyoko Saito is cast for her first starring role in TV Asahi drama series “Nukarumi no Shokutaku.” The drama series is based on webcomic “Nukarumi no Shokutaku” by Inako. Kyoko Saito, who is a member of idol group Hinatazaka46, will play lead character Mia Nejiki. She is a young woman who is involved in an affair with the manager at her supermarket workplace.

“Nukarumi no Shokutaku” will first air October 21, 2023 in Japan.

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