Upcoming & Current Japanese Drama

KARE, OTTO, OTOKO TOMODACHI

Genre: Drama
Episodes: 8
Broadcast network: NHK
Broadcast period: 2011-Nov-01 to 2011-Dec-20

SYNOPSIS

Haruko (Maki Yoko), an events producer, is the second of the Inuyama family’s three daughters. She turns down a proposal from the man she has been cohabiting with, causing their relationship to turn awkward. Her older sister, Asako (Kimura Tae), is hides her husband’s domestic violence while her younger sister, Ikuko (Kaho), cannot instinctively understand love. Haruko is at a critical point in her career and love life, but she scrambles about for the sake of her sisters. The three of them are helped by the family ties and eventually break out of their shell.

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HUNTER SONO ONNATACHI, SHOUKIN KASEGI

Format: Renzoku
Genre: Detective, comedy
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-11 start
Theme song: Strong Heart by Kuraki Mai

SYNOPSIS

The story will revolve around a group of ordinary women who unite as a team to become bounty hunters.
Yonekura plays Isaka Rei, a cabin attendant with a strong sense of justice. Due to various circumstances, she becomes a “hunter,” trying to earn the reward money from bounties that the police have declared on cases that they can’t solve through traditional methods. –Tokyograph

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WATASHI NO HOST CHAN SHICHININ NO HOST

Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-04 start
Air time: Tuesday 25:51

SYNOPSIS

The story is set in a host club in the Kabukicho neighborhood of Shinjuku, called Club Vanilla. While the club’s five excellent hosts are fiercely competing for the top, two new hosts are suddenly added to the mix. With their different personalities, the seven hosts work their hardest to become the shop’s number one

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KSEIFU NO MITA

Genre: Mystery
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-12 start
Theme song: Yasashiku Naritai by Saito Kazuyoshi

SYNOPSIS

In the drama, Matsushima plays a mysterious housekeeper named Mita Akari, whose age is a secret and who is completely unsociable. However, she is perfect in her housework, and through her work she resolves hidden issues among the family members of the homes she is dispatched to. Despite her clients’ eventual wishes to keep her as a permanent housekeeper, she always moves on to the next job, where a fresh set of domestic problems await. –Tokyograph

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CARNATION

Genre: Family drama
Episodes: 85
Broadcast period: 2011-Sep-26 to 2012-Mar-31

SYNOPSIS

The story is based on the life of fashion designer Koshino Ayako, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 92. Although she was a successful designer in Japan, she also single-handedly raised three daughters who followed in her footsteps to become internationally known designers, named Hiroko, Junko, and Michiko.
Ono’s character in the drama, modeled after Koshino, is named Ohara Itoko. She will play the character from her teenage years to her fifties. The story is set in the Kansai region, but Ono will have no problem with the dialect since she is originally from Nara.– Tokyograph

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RUNAWAY AISURU KIMI NO TAME NI
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Thriller
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-27 start
Air time: Thursday 21:00

SYNOPSIS

Four young people have been arrested for crimes they did not commit. One of them is Katsuragi Ataru (Ichihara Hayato) who has been wrongly accused of murder and put behind bars in a Kita Kyushu jail. However, when he learns that his daughter with Sasaoka Yuki (Fukuda Saki) is in a critical condition because of an incurable heart ailment, he decides to break out of the jail. He is joined by three buddies – Kawashima Ryunosuke (Tsukamoto Takashi), a gangster serving a 10-year sentence for a murder; Takimoto Kuya (Ueda Tatsuya), a former host sentenced to 4 years for violation of the stimulant drugs control act and obstructing officers from performing their duty; and Kagami Shun (Suda Masaki), an ex-dispatch rider sentenced to 3 years for violating the stimulant drugs control act as well.
Although their motives and backgrounds are different, all of them are innocent and there are reasons why they cannot wait till their release. They have to get out of this jail as soon as they can. So they band together and begin to plan their escape in order to accomplish their goals. Bound for Tokyo – 1,000 km away from Kyushu – they have to overcome frequent challenges for the sake of their families and loved ones –Jdrama Weblog

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DOCTORS SAIKYOU NO MEII
Genre: Medical
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-27 start
Theme song: Lullaby Of Birdland by JUJU

SYSNOPSIS

The story follows a prodigal surgeon who works at a corrupt hospital. A kind doctor to his patients, he also has a darker side, using sometimes questionable means to punish colleagues who have forgotten their duties due to greed. —

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A TASTE OF HONEY

Title (romaji): Mitsu no Aji~A Taste of Honey~
Tagline (romaji): Anata ga Ireba. Anata sae Inakereba.Tagline
(English): If only you were here. If only you weren’t.
Genre: Romance
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-13 start
Theme song: Zutto by aikoSynopsis

The story will focus on a love triangle between the three leads. Eikura plays the role of Morimoto Naoko, a girl from the countryside whose first love is her uncle, Ikezawa Masato (ARATA). She follows after him to Tokyo by getting admitted into an elite medical university, but there she runs into Masato’s girlfriend and colleague Aya (Kanno), a beautiful and intelligent researcher who is the daughter of the university hospital’s director. However, things get complicated after Naoko and Masato meet again.

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WATASHI GA RENAI DEKINAI RIYUU

Genre: Romance
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-17 start

SYNOPSIS

To start, Fujii Emi is a girl who can’t forget her ex-boyfriend. She thinks that being treated as a “guy’s girl” is comfortable, but she wants to feel real love inside. Ogura Saki (Yoshitaka) failed to find a job, and ended up working at a hostess bar. Although she gives lectures to Emi and Mako about love, she has never loved anyone seriously. Finally, we have Hanzawa Mako (Oshima), who annoys men because of her serious and heavy personality; her efforts in love were also fruitless.
These girls start living together by chance, and navigate as a group through their worries about love, career, and marriage, by comforting and fighting with one another.

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HIMITSU CHOUHOUIN ERIKA

Genre: Drama
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-06 start

SYNOPSIS

Takahashi Erika, a former secret spy for Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office. One day, she met an ordinary salaryman and his son, and she ended up retiring and getting married to him while concealing her past. However, a year later, her former boss (played by Sugimoto Tetta) calls upon her to return to work, so she begins leading a double life as a housewife and a spy. –Tokyograph

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DETECTIVE HOUSEWIFE MY SHADOW

Genre: Drama
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-21 start

SYNOPSIS

Asagi Serina (Fukada Kyoko) is a housewife who loves her husband, Takefumi (Fujiki Naohito), to the extent that she would not mind being his shadow. However, his response to her excessive devotion is to attempt to avoid her “burdensome”, “gross” expression of love.
With a wife’s naivety, she refuses to suspect her husband of infidelity, and initially gets frustrated. One day, with the help of her good friend, Motoko (Ashina Sei), Serina goes out for a meal with the men at the publishing company where Motoko works. The moment a man in the group makes a move on her, it is captured on film by the sleuth, Jinnai Haruki (Kiritani Kenta). Not wanting her husband to see the photograph, Serina starts working at Jinnai’s detective agency as an assistant.
This ordinary, bumbling housewife grows stronger and improves her self-confidence through the skills she hones. Serina wants to support and help her husband instead of flaunting her new self to him because he is having a hard time. Aware of the problem that happened to her husband because of her over positivity, she sets about trying to solve it.

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KAITO ROYALE

Genre: Drama
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-28 start

SYNOPSIS

Thieves lurk at a high society party hosted by a jeweller. Their target is an alexandrite ring called “Alexander’s tear” and said to be the the best jewel among jewels. Kamimura Rei has been recruited by Nishizaki, the butler of a mysterious woman called Kitaba Yoko, to steal the ring. Katagiri Karen and Kishihara Taiga have each been recruited for the same purpose too, and they plot to get close to the target.
Rei, who prefers to play the lone wolf, had accepted the job because Nishizaki had hinted at knowing something about lost memory. Neither Rei, Karen, Taiga nor another thief are aware of each other. And so, this leads to an all out demonstration of their ability to cheat and steal what has been stolen. The tragic history of the ring which had caused its owner to die and a shadowy evil organisation pose challenges to them.

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THE STORY OF DOGS AND MEN WHO CHALLENGED THE FIELD OF GOD

Title (romaji): Nankyoku Tairiku ~Kami no Ryouiki ni Idomunda Otoko to Inu no Monogatari~
Genre: Drama, adventure
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-16 to 2011-Dec-18
Theme song: Arano yori by Nakajima Miyuki

SYNOPSIS

A drama commemorating TBS’s 60th anniversary, the story is about 11 members who were sent to the South Pole for the first time in February 1957 in a national project to explore Antartica. They were accompanied by a dogsled of 19 Sakhalin dogs. When they left for Japan a year later, they were forced to leave the dogs behind due to the bad weather. In January 1959, Kuramochi Takeshi and some others joined a third expedition to ascertain the fate of the dogs Taro and Jiro. –

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BOKU NO STAR NO 99 NICHI

Genre: Romantic comedy
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-23 start

SYNOPSIS

So close and yet so far away…An inconspicuous body guard Namiki Kohei (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is assigned to be a body guard to a mega Korean super star, Han Yuna (Kim Tae Hee). Kohei is less than ordinary, a single man almost 40 in age working part time at a security company. Despite his kind and attractive looks, he is surrounded by people who boss him around with unreasonable demands. He keeps a dream to himself, a desire to someday become an astronomer and find his very own star. He justifies not being able to fulfill this dream to lack of funds and issues with his family.
Han Yuna, on the other hand, while having a perfect face and body, loves to eat junk food. She also has a kind heart for helping others in need. While every aspect of her life may seem like a girl’s dream come true, she feels a certain solitude being in the entertainment industry.
As Kohei and Han Yuna come closer and closer to each other, they become an inseparable couple, discovering true love. Where will the couple end up after the contracted 99 days? A heart-warming love comedy that will make you realize once again how precious love can be. — Fuji TV

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ORE NO SORA KEJI HEN

Genre: Drama
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-16 start

SYNOPSIS

Yasuda Ippei (Shonozaki Ken) is the son of Yasuda Seijiro (Osugi Ren), the head of Yasuda Group, Japan’s biggest business conglomerate. Although he is the son of a distinguished family, he has absolutely no disagreeable areas and is liked by everyone. His academic achievements are exceptional. He completed his entire high school programme in 2 years and qualified for Tokyo University’s Faculty of Law without studying for the exams. In order to establish his own concept of justice, Yasuda leaves his position as the heir to the Yasuda Group to attend the police academy. He becomes a detective at Kyobashi Police Precinct and bravely faces great evil.

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NAZOTOKI WA DINNER NO ATO DE

Genre: Mystery
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-18 start
Theme song: Meikyu Love Song by Arashi
Opening song: Love Me Back by Koda Kumi

SYNOPSIS

Kageyama is a butler working for a rich heiress, Reiko Hosho. Needed by detectives, Reiko is a novice detective that lacks a few deductive skills. Because of this, Kageyama is relied on by Reiko to help solve cases. Kageyama isn’t afraid to use sharp words against Reiko either. This drama not only focuses on the detective cases, but the relationship between butler and heiress.

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DOKUHIME TO WATASHI

Title (romaji): Dokuhime to Watashi
Genre: Human comedy
Episodes: 39
Broadcast period: 2011-Sep-05 to 2011-Oct-28

SYNOPSIS

Single publishing editor (Sakurai) who encounters a young aspiring author (Kurokawa Mei) who has to use a wheelchair. Because of her sharp tongue, the young woman is referred to as a “Dokuhime,” or “poison princess.” As the two grow through their clashes with each other, they also try to search for their own happiness.

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Comments

  1. Hmm. ‘Kaseifu no Mita’ is great, ‘Nazotoki no Dinner wa Ato de’ looks interesting (heard it’s funny too), and ‘Runaway Aisuru Kimi no Tame ni’ I might see.

  2. I just finished Kaseifu no Mita, it was amazing, probably the best jdrama of the year c:
    I dunno if it’s just me but i have hard time finding any good doramas these days, am currently rewatching old jdramas instead….

  3. omg I finished that drama as well. I loved it. I will post a review soon. Well I have not watched any other Jdrama besides that the storylines are not as appealing :(

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