May 30 2016

Emi Takei cast in TV Asahi drama special “Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan”

Emi Takei is cast in new TV Asahi drama special “Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan.” The drama special is based on 1979 novel “Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan” by Yu Aku. The novel was previously adapted into a 1984 movie of same name. Premise for the film is set after World War II. Emi Takei will play a teacher who decides to form a baseball team and becomes its coach to help inspire her students.

“Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan” will air sometime this fall in Japan.

May 26 2016

Haruma Miura cast in NHK drama series “Onna Joshu Naotora”

Haruma Miura is cast in upcoming NHK taiga drama series “Onna Joshu Naotora” starring Kou Shibasaki. Also cast in supporting character roles are Tetta Sugimoto, Naomi Zaizen, Gin Maeda, Kaoru Kobayashi, Issei Takahash, Yuya Yagira, Shihori Kanjiya, Tsuyoshi Muro, Takashi Ukaji, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Shunsuke Kariya, Denden, Toshio Kakei and Baijaku Nakamura.

In “Onna Joshu Naotora,” Haruma Miura will play Naochika Ii. His character is the fiancé of Naotora (Kou Shibasaki). “Onna Joshu Naotora” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.

May 25 2016

Emi Takei and Hideaki Takizawa cast in live-action TBS drama series “Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru”

Emi Takei and Hideaki Takizawa are cast in live-action TBS drama series “Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru.” Drama series is based on manga series “Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru” by Miyuki Kitagawa. Also cast in the drama series are Aoi Nakamura, Erena Mizusawa, Reina Triendl and Mitsuomi Takahashi. In the drama series, Emi Takei plays Mia Kurihara. She works in the PR department at a company. She falls in love with the Vice President at the company played by Hideaki Takizawa, but he is married.

“Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru” first airs this July in Japan.

May 23 2016

Kei Inoo cast in TV Asahi drama special “Doctor-X”

Kei Inoo from ‘Hey! Say! JUMP’ is cast in upcoming TV Asahi drama special “Doctor-X” starring Ryoko Yonekura. In the drama special, Kei Inoo will play Kojiro Himuro. His character is a champion figure skater about to take part in a world competition, but he will go undergo surgery performed by Michiko Daimon (Ryoko Yonekura).

The 1 episode drama special “Doctor-X” will air sometime this summer in Japan.

May 22 2016

Mei Nagano cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Koe Koi”

Mei Nagano is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Koe Koi.” The drama series is based on manga “Koe Koi” by Doruru. In drama series “Koe Koi,” Mei Nagano will play Yuiko Yoshioka. Her character is entering the first year of high school. She gets sick though and stays in bed. That’s when she receives a phone call from Class President Matsubara who turns out to be really nice to her and causing her heart to flutter.

“Koe Koi” first airs this July in Japan.

May 21 2016

Haru cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama series “On”

Actress Haru is cast in upcoming Fuji TV-KTV drama series “On.” The drama series is based on 2014 novel “ON Ijo Hanzai Sosakan Todo Hinako” by Ryo Naito. Haru will play a detective for the first time in her acting career in the drama series.

“On” first airs this July in Japan.

May 20 2016

Kotaro Koizumi & Haruna Kawaguchi cast in NHK drama series “Juken no Cinderella”

Kotaro Koizumi & Haruna Kawaguchi cast in NHK drama series “Juken no Cinderella.” The drama series is based on 2008 novel by “Juken no Shinderera” by Hideki Wada. 2008 film “Cinderella Formula” is also based on the same story and directed by original writer Hideki Wada.

Setup for the film has Tooru Igarashi (Kotaro Koizumi) playing a former preparatory school instructor whose life has come crashing down. He has learned that he has only 1 year to live. He meets Maki Endo played by Haruna Kawaguchi. She works multiple part-time jobs while attending a part-time high school. Tooru Igarashi then agrees to tutor to her so she can get into the University of Tokyo.

“Juken no Cinderella” first airs July 10, 2016 in Japan.

May 17 2016

Noriyuki Higashiyama & Takako Matsu cast in TBS drama special “Futsu ga Ichiban”

Noriyuki Higashiyama & Takako Matsu are cast in TBS drama special “Futsu ga Ichiban: Sakka Fujisawa Shuhei Chichi no Hitokoto.” The drama series is based on two essays by Nobuko Endo, which depicts her life as the daughter of writer Shuhei Fujisawa. In the drama special, Noriyuki Higashiyama will play writer Shuhei Fujisawa and Takako Matsu will plays his wife Masako Kosuga.

“Futsu ga Ichiban: Sakka Fujisawa Shuhei Chichi no Hitokoto” will air sometime this summer in Japan.

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.