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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Takaya Kamikawa to star in TV Asahi 2017 Summer drama "Iryu Sousa 4"

Kamikawa Takaya will be starring in TV Asahi Summer 2017 drama "Iryu Sousa 4" which will begin its run from July in the Thursdays 8pm timeslot. The drama first began in 2011 and subsequently had two other series in 2012 and 2013 and 4 SPs.

Kamikawa plays the lead character Itomura Satoshi who is a police officer using leads from things left behind at crime scenes to solve cases. In this latest installment set in Kyoto, he will be joined by new colleagues played by Kuriyama Chiaki, Danta Yasunori, Toda Keiko, Nagai Masaru and Komoto Masahiro.

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Marie Iitoyo and Rena Takeda to star in MBS/TBS 2017 Summer drama

Iitoyo Marie and Takeda Rena will be joint leads in the upcoming MBS / TBS Summer 2017 drama "Maji de koukai shimasu" (I am serious about sailing) which marks their first leading role in a drama series. The drama is an original story featuring first-year university students Sakamoto Marin (Iitoyo) and Ishikawa Tsubame (Takeda) who aspire to become ship navigation officers and undergo an one-month training. Besides having to cope with the tough training and sea-sickness, the girls are also caught in a reverse harlem situation where 80 percent of the students in the course are men. Marin is oblivious to her surroundings but has a strong passion for boats and refuses to give up while Tsubame repeated a year to get into the maritime systems engineering course which she still regrets to this day. However, as a result of her interaction with Marin, she slowly undergoes a change in her mentality.

Iitoyo commented that although she is happy about taking on the leading role this time, she is also filled with a great sense of responsibility. As such, she will try to learn more about the world of maritime navigation in order to play her character well and work hard with and learn from Takeda to produce a good drama. As for Takeda, she also echoed Iitoyo's views and hopes that viewers will come to know the charms behind this industry through the drama.

The drama will begin its run on MBS and TBS respectively from 2 July and 4 July at 12.50am on Sundays and 1.28am on Tuesdays.

Sources: Eiga.com / Oricon
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Ikusaburo Yamazaki and Rin Takanashi to star in TV Asahi 2017 Summer drama

Yamazaki Ikusaburo will be starring in the new TV Asahi Summer 2017 drama "Aino Kekkon Soudanjo" (Aino's matchmaking agency) which will begin its run from July in the Fridays 11.15pm timeslot. This will be his first leading role in a drama and he will be joined by Takanashi Rin who plays the heroine.

The drama which is based on the same-titled manga by Katou Yagi and Yagi Jun which was serialised between 2010 and 2016, is set in a legendary matchmaking agency where you have to pay 2 million yen to become a member but will be guaranteed a 100% success rate in finding your ideal marriage partner. Yamazaki plays the role of the agency's manager Aino Shingo who is cold, pretentious and speaks harshly to his clients at times. Being a former assistant professor specialising in ethology, Aino is very well-versed in the behaviour of animals and insects and has a hobby of collecting such figures. He will stop at nothing to ensure that his clients find their perfect match by using his knowledge in his counselling sessions. On the other hand, Takanashi plays his assistant named Sister Elisabeth who wears a nun's outfit and has the tendency of falling in love with handsome clients. She is constantly mocked by Aino for having the brains of an insect but she always manages to help him cover up for his blunders at work.

With regard to taking on his first leading role, Yamazaki commented that he does feel the pressure but he will try his best to play Aino by challenging himself and putting in his best. When asked about what he feels would be a condition for him when seeking a marriage partner, Yamazaki who is married to former Morning Musume member Abe Natsumi and has a 10-month-old son, commented that the ideal marriage partner should be someone who you feel like you are willing to do things for. As for Takanashi, she joked about how her character is so unlike a nun with no "sister-like qualities" but she is eager to try this out as a challenge in her acting career.

Sources: Sanspo / Oricon
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"Jimi ni sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko" to return as a drama Special this Fall

NTV Autumn 2016 drama "Jimi ni sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko" will return as a SP this autumn featuring its original cast such as Ishihara Satomi, Suda Masaki, Honda Tsubasa and Kishitani Goro and new members Kimura Yoshino and Sano Hinako. The drama SP will be titled "Jimi ni sugoi! DX Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko" and describes what happens one year after Kouno Etsuko (Ishihara) transfers from the proofreading department to the editorial department of fashion magazine "Lassy".

Although Etsuko is getting along fine with novelist Yukito (Suda), things at work change with the arrival of a new chief editor Nikaidou Rin (Kimura) who doesn't hesistate to fire veteran staff who had been with the magazine since its establishment. Etsuko is unable to accept Nikaidou's way of doing things and clashes with her which leads to her being chased out of the editorial department. Meanwhile, the appearance of Yukito's new editor-in-charge Tachibana Ren (Sano) causes trouble in Etsuko's relationship.

Upon hearing that a sequel SP was to be made, Ishihara commented that she was very happy and that viewers who felt that the drama's ending was not clear enough will have their doubts cleared by the end of this SP. As for Suda, he expressed his joy at being able to meet the original cast members again and viewers should find it interesting to see how the characters have developed since the end of the drama.

Sources: Yomiuri Hochi / Oricon
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Mitsuki Takahata to star in NTV 2017 Summer drama

Takahata Mitsuki will be starring in the upcoming NTV Summer 2017 drama "Kahogo no Kahoko" (The overly-protected Kahoko) which will begin its run from July in the Wednesdays 10pm timeslot.

The drama which is written by Yukawa Kazuhiko, features Takahata as the 21-year-old university student Nemoto Kahoko who is overly protected by the people around her that she has never spent the night outside her house, driven a car, done any housework nor even left alone at home before. She doesn't even have a wallet since everything will be paid for by her father. Every day, she is woken up by her mother Izumi (Kuroki Hitomi) and wears the clothes the latter chooses. Even though her father Masataka (Tokito Saburo) is concerned about Kahoko's future, he can't bring himself to discipline his daughter and allows his wife to intervene too much into Kahoko's life. When Kahoko meets a young man who comes from an entirely different background from hers, she gradually undergoes changes in her personality and life.

Takahata who is taking on her first leading role in a private network drama this time, expressed her excitement about the filming and hopes to be able to cope with the pressure and enjoy the process. As for playing someone who is very unlike her, Takahata commented that there should be a lot of new things she will discover in the process of playing Kahoko who behaves like an angel but actually needs the help of the people around her in order to survive. As for working with Kuroki and Tokito, Takahata said that she is on close terms with Kuroki since they had worked together before while it will be the first time collaborating with Tokito.

Sources: Sponichi / Yomiuri Hochi / Oricon
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"99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi" to return in TBS winter 2018

TBS Spring 2016 drama "99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi" will be making a comeback in winter next year as the second season will be shown from January 2018 in the Sundays 9pm timeslot. The original drama featured Matsumoto Jun as the lead character Miyama Hiroto, a lawyer who worked with his colleagues Sada Hatsuhiro (Kagawa Teruyuki) and Tachibana Ayano (Eikura Nana) to take on cases involving defendants who were deemed to be as good as convicted and that there was a very slim chance of turning the tables.

Matsumoto and Kagawa will return in Season II to reprise their roles while Eikura who is currently pregnant, will not be appearing in the sequel. In her place is the new heroine Ozaki Maiko played by Kimura Fumino who used to be a judge but quit due to a case. Maiko had passed the bar exam while she was still an undergraduate student at University of Tokyo and became a judge at a very young age but after she resigned, she tried to stay away from the legal world. One day, she accompanies her friend to Madarame Law Firm for a case which marks the beginning of her clashes with Miyama. On the other hand, Sada who knows how good Maiko is, invites her to join their law firm even though she is clearly reluctant at first to have anything to do with the legal circle again. She then decides to return to becoming a lawyer and joins Madarame Law Firm where she faces off with her ex-boss who has something to do with why she had to quit. The reason why Miyama wanted to become a criminal lawyer and the truth behind a case which happened 26 years ago will also come to light in the sequel.

Matsumoto commented that he is very excited about being able to work with the same team again on the sequel and thinks that they will have fun during the filming. Although this is the first time he is working with Kimura, he hopes that she will also enjoy working with them and called upon viewers to support them when it's time for the drama's broadcast.

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Nijirou Murakami to star in TV Tokyo 2017 Summer drama

Murakami Nijirou will be taking on his first leading role in a drama when he appears in the upcoming TV Tokyo Summer 2017 drama "Dead Stock Michi e no Chousen" (Dead Stock The challenge towards the unknown) which will begin its run from 21 July 2017 in the Fridays 12.52am timeslot.

The drama is an original horror story set at the new HQ building of TV Tokyo in Roppongi after it moved from Kamiya-cho in 2016. As a result of the move, Tsuneda Riku (Murakami), a newbie assistant director, gets assigned to work at the unconfirmed materials centre which stores a huge volume of footage yet to be organised and disposed of. While feeling disappointed at the gap between his ideals and reality, Riku accidentally finds an old video tape containing footage of supernatural phenomena. At the instigation of his senior Saori who is a director, Riku is forced to continue filming the supernatural happenings in order to make it into a complete programme but this causes him to go through a frightening and unbelievable experience.

Murakami commented that although he is always scared out of his wits while filming the drama, he is also excited and happy about taking on this daring project of TV Tokyo since this is the first time that he is acting in a horror and suspense story. Besides the standard theme about ghosts, there are some taboo topics also featured in the story which make it very interesting. As Riku grows to become a different person while the story progresses, his interaction with the other characters who had gone through various things in the past will be worth looking out for.

Sources: Yomiuri Hochi / Sanspo / Oricon / Eiga.com
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"Kounodori" to return with a new season in October

TBS drama "Kounodori" will be back with a new season in October.

Based on a manga being serialized in the manga magazine 'Morning', "Kounodori" is set in the obstetrics and gynecology department. Its first season aired from October to December of 2015 starring Go Ayano, Gen Hoshino, Mayu Matsuoka, Yo Yoshida, Kentaro Sakaguchi, and Nao Omori. The cast will reprise their roles in a story that takes place two years later.

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