May 12 2016

Tatsuya Fujiwara cast in NTV drama series “Soshite, Dare mo Inaku Natta”

Tatsuya Fujiwara is cast in NTV drama series “Soshite, Dare mo Inaku Natta.” Also cast in the drama series are Tetsuji Tamayama and Hitomi Kuroki. The drama series will be directed by Toya Sato (worked with Tatsuya Fujiwara in movie “Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji“) and Mitsuru Kubota (“Angel Heart“).

In the drama series, Tatsuya Fujiwara plays Shinichi Todo. His character leads an almost perfect life, but everything changes when someone takes his identity.

“Soshite, Dare mo Inaku Natta” first airs this July in Japan.

May 10 2016

Yuina Kuroshima & Fuma Kikuchi cast in NTV drama series “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”

Yuina Kuroshima and Fuma Kikuchi (‘Sexy Zone’) are cast in upcoming NTV drama series “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.” The drama series is based on sci-fi novel “Toki wo Kakeru Shojo” by Yasutaka Tsutsui.

In drama series “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” Yuina Kuroshima plays high school student Mihane Yoshiyama. After smelling a lavender scent in the science lab, she gains the power to leap through time. Meanwhile, Fuma Kikuchi plays her classmate Shohei Fukamachi. Shohei Fukamachi is actually from the future.

“The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” first airs July, 2016 in Japan.

May 9 2016

Ikki Sawamura cast in WOWOW drama series “Kibogaoka no Hitobito”

Ikki Sawamura is cast in WOWOW drama series “Kibogaoka no Hitobito.” Also cast in the drama series are Emi Wakui, Hiyori Sakurada, Keita Ninomiya & Kazue Ito. The drama series is based 2009 novel “Kibogaoka no Hitobito” by Kiyoshi Shigematsu (“Tonbi“).

Story for “Kibogaoka no Hitobito,” has Ikki Sawamura playing Tajima. His wife, played by Emi Wakui, dies shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He takes his two children to his late wife’s hometown and on a whim decides to live there with his children.

“Kibogaoka no Hitobito” first airs July 16, 2016 in Japan.

May 8 2016

Noriko Iriyama & Jun Shison cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “You’re My Pet”

Noriko Iriyama and Jun Shison are cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “You’re My Pet.” Also cast in supporting roles are Terunosuke Takezai, Yurina Yanagi, Kayo Noro (ex-AKB48) and Yuumi Shida. The drama series is based on manga series “Kimi wa Pet” by Yayaoi Ogawa which was previously adapted into 2003 TBS drama series “You’re My Pet” (starring Koyuki and Jun Matsumoto) and 2011 South Korean film “You’re My Pet” (starring Kim Ha-Neul andJang Keun-Suk).

Exact air date for “You’re My Pet” has yet be decided, but it will air late night in Japan.

May 5 2016

Keiko Kitagawa cast in NTV drama series “Ie Uru Onna”

Actress Keiko Kitagawa is cast in new NTV drama series “Ie Uru Onna” (literally “Women Who Sells A House”). Drama series also pairs screenwriter Shizuka Oishi (“Second Virgin“) with directors Ryuichi Inomata (“I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper“) and Noriyoshi Sakuma (“My Little Nightmare“).

In drama series “Ie Uru Onna,” Keiko Kitagawa plays real estate extraordinaire Machi Sangenya. Her character is determined to get everyone of her clients to purchase a home from her. She uses her own special method to accomplish this goal. Her special method involves immersing herself in her client’s family problems and attempting to solve them.

“Ie Uru Onna” first airs this July in Japan.

Apr 28 2016

Osamu Mukai cast in TBS drama series “Kami no Shita wo Motsu Otoko”

Osamu Mukai is cast in new TBS drama series “Kami no Shita wo Motsu Otoko.” Also cast in supporting roles are Fumino Kimura and Jiro Sato. The drama series will be set in various hot springs located in remote areas and unknown to most people. Osamu Mukai will play Ranmaru Tomonaga. His character is naive, cute and possessing a special ability. His special ability revolves around his tongue which can analyze things in certain ways including gas chromatography. Along with Hikaru (Fumino Kimura) and Kanji (Jiro Sato), Ranmaru Tomonaga drives around to remote hot springs in search of a hot spring geisha named “Miyabi.”

“Kami no Shita wo Motsu Otoko” first airs this July in Japan (Fridays at 10PM).

Apr 28 2016

Yuto Nakajima cast in Fuji TV drama series “Hope: Kitai Zero no Shinnyu Shain”

Yuto Nakajima (‘Hey! Say! JUMP’) is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Hope: Kitai Zero no Shinnyu Shain.” The drama series is a remake of 2014 tvN drama series “Misaeng” which starred Siwan in the main character role. For Yuto Nakajima, this is his first main character role in a golden time drama series.

“Hope: Kitai Zero no Shinnyu Shain” first airs Sundays at 9PM beginning this July in Japan.

Apr 19 2016

Teaser poster for WOWOW drama series “Gou Gou The Cat 2”

Teaser poster added for upcoming WOWOW live-action drama series “Gou Gou The Cat 2” starring Rie Miyazawa Haru Kuroki and Atsuko Maeda. The drama series is based on manga “Gu Gu Datte Neko de Aru” by Yumiko Oshima and directed by Isshin Inudo. In drama series “Gou Gou The Cat 2,” Assistant Minami (Haru Kuroki) prepares to work for herself as a mangaka. Main character Asako Kojimi (Rie Miyazaki) needs a new assistant and Iida (Atsuko Maeda) applies for the position.

“Gou Gou The Cat 2” first airs June 11, 2016 in Japan.

Apr 1 2016

Mayu Matsuoka cast in NHK drama series “Aquarium Girl”

Mayu Matsuoka is now cast for upcoming NHK drama series “Aquarium Girl” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Suizokukan Garu” by Jotaro Mokumiya.

For drama series “Aquarium Girl,” Mayu Matsuoka plays OL Yuka Shima. Her character suddenly finds herself transferred from her comfortable office job to the position of an aquarium keeper. At the aquarium she works with Kaji (Kenta Kiritani).

“Aquarium Girl” first airs June 10, 2016 in Japan.

Mar 22 2016

Mana Ashida promo image for Fuji TV drama “Our House”

Here’s Mana Ashida in a promotional image for upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Our House” also starring Charlotte Kate Fox & Koji Yamamoto. In the promotional image, Mana Ashida is wearing a middle school uniform. For trivia buffs, Mana Ashida plays a middle school student for the first time in her acting career. Her character in the drama series Sakurako Ban is actually one year older than her actual age so Mana Ashida won’t wear a middle school uniform until next year in her real life. Meanwhile, story for “Our House” has Mana Ashida playing a daughter whose mother passed away recently. Her father meets an American woman while working in the U.S. and then brings her home to Japan. Mana Ashida’s character is against her new mom when they are introduced for the first time.

“Our House” first airs April 9, 2016in Japan.