May 9 2022

Daiki Shigeoka and Noriko Iriyama are cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Yukionna to Kani wo Kuu.”

Daiki Shigeoka and Noriko Iriyama are cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Yukionna to Kani wo Kuu.” Also cast for supporting roles are Masanobu Katsumura, Sayu Kubota, and Yasushi Fuchikami. The drama series is based on manga series “Yukionna to Kani wo Kuu” by Gino0808. For “Yukionna to Kani wo Kuu,” Daiki Shigeoka will play a man named Kita. After being ruined by a false sexual harassment claim, he decides to travel to Hokkaido to eat crabs and then take his own life.

“Yukionna to Kani wo Kuu” will first air July 8, 2022 in South Korea.

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May 3 2022

Kasumi Arimura & Tomoya Nakamura cast in TBS drama “Ishiko and Haneo”

Kasumi Arimura & Tomoya Nakamura are cast in TBS drama series “Ishiko and Haneo” (literal title). The drama series features an original screenplay by Masafumi Nishida (“Humanoid Monster, Bem“). The drama series will have Kasumi Arimura play Paralegal Shoko Ishida. She graduated from prestigious Tokyo University, but was unable to pass her bar exam. Tomoya Nakamura will play Yoshio Haneoka. He graduated only from high school, but became a lawyer thanks to his especially keen memory. They begin to work together at a law office.

“Ishiko and Haneo” first airs July, 2022 (takes over TBS’ Friday 10PM time slot after “Invisible“).

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May 2 2022

Tsubasa Honda cast in TBS drama series “Kimi no Hana ni Naru”

Tsubasa Honda is cast for the lead role in TBS drama series “Kimi no Hana ni Naru.” The drama series features an original screenplay by Erika Yoshida (“Heaven?: My Restaurant, My Life“) and will be directed by Toshio Tsuboi (“Nagi’s Long Vacation“). For the drama series, Tsubasa Honda will play Asuka Nakamachi. She is a former high school teacher, but she lost her job and suddenly begins work at a dormitory for an unpopular 7 member boy band. The leader of the boy band is her former student. Auditions were held to cast the members of the boy band and their identities will be revealed on May 4, 2022. The boy band will also make a real debut and perform together for a limited time.

“Kimi no Hana ni Naru” will first air October, 2022 in Japan.

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Apr 26 2022

Yuto Nakajima & Ai Yoshikawa cast in Fuji TV “Junai Dissonance”

Yuto Nakajima and Ai Yoshikawa are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Junai Dissonance.” The drama series features an original screenplay scripted by Shinya TamadaRieko Obayashi, & Yasuko Kuramitsu. The drama series will follow the relationship of Nitta Masaki (Yuto Nakajima) & Sae Izumi (Ai Yoshikawa), from when they are high school teacher and student to 5 years later when they meet again.

“Junai Dissonance” first airs July, 2022 in Japan (takes over Fuji TV’s Thursday 10 PM time slot after “Involvement in Family Affairs“).

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Apr 25 2022

Mayu Hotta cast in WOWOW drama “Occult no Mori e Yokoso”

Mayu Hotta is cast for the lead role in WOWOW drama series “Occult no Mori e Yokoso.” The drama series is directed by Koji Shiraishi (“A Record of Sweet Murder“) and he will also play a horror film director in the drama series. In the drama series, Mayu Hotta will play assistant film director Miho Ichikawa. She goes to a home on a mountain to film a documentary.

“Occult no Mori e Yokoso” will consist of 6 episodes and first air July 22, 2022 in Japan.

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Apr 25 2022

Ryoma Takeuchi is cast in TV Asahi drama “Roppongi Class”

Ryoma Takeuchi is cast in TV Asahi drama series “Roppongi Class.” The drama series is based on webcomic “Itaewon Class” by Jo Gwang-Jin, which was previously adapted into 2020 JTBC drama series “Itaewon Class” starring Park Seo-Joon & Kim Da-Mi. The TV Asahi version will be a joint collaboration with South Korean production company SLL (which produced JTBC’s “Itaewon Class”), Kakao Entertainment, and Kross Pictures. The backdrop of the drama series will be Roponggi, Tokyo and like Itaewon, Seoul is an area of the capital city known for its multi-cultural influence and bustling nightlife.

“Roppongi Class” will first air July, 2022 in Japan.

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Mar 24 2022

Atsuko Maeda cast in WOWOW drama “Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist”

Atsuko Maeda is cast in WOWOW live-action drama series “Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist.” The drama series will have Atsuko Maedae play twin sisters Aki and Sakura. Aki dies mysteriously at the beginning of the story and a mysterious connection between them and famous writer Mizorogi exists. The screenplay is based on manga series “Utsubora” by Asumiko Nakamura.

“Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist” will first air sometime later this year in Japan.

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Mar 23 2022

Go Ayano cast in TBS drama “Old Rookie”

Go Ayano is cast in TBS drama series “Old Rookie.” The drama series is scripted by Yasushi Fukuda (“DOCTORS: The Ultimate Surgeon“) and directed by Yasuharu Ishii (“Oh My Boss! Love Not Included“). The drama series will have Go Ayano playing 37 year old soccer player Ryotaro Shinmachi. He faces retirement and must find work as a regular employee.

“Old Rookie” first airs July, 2022 in Japan (takes over TBS’ Sunday 9PM time slot after the conclusion of “My Family“).

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Mar 9 2022

Sae Okazaki cast in TV Tokyo drama “Hanayome Miman Escape”

Sae Okazaki is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Hanayome Miman Escape.” The drama series is based on manga series “Hanayome Miman Escape” by Maruni Ogawa. The drama series will have Sae Okazaki play Yu Kashiwazaki. She finds herself in a love triangle with her current boyfriend, who treats her more like his mother, and her ex-boyfriend, who treats like she is special.

“Hanayome Miman Escape” will first air April 7, 2022 in Japan.

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