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OHISAMA

Genre: Family
Episodes: 156
Broadcast network: NHK
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-04 to 2011-Sep-24
Air time: Monday-Saturday, 08:00

Plot
Set in Nagano prefecture, “Ohisama” covers the life of Yoko Sudo (Mao Inoue) through World War II. Yoko Sudo with her smile is able to bring brightness to those other around her & she follows her mother’s motif to laugh through hard times. During the onset of WW II, Yoko Sudo is a high school student and “Ohisama” follows her as she eventually becomes a teacher and then gets married and has a child. Yoko Sudo then opens a soba restaurant with her student.
Plot
Set in Nagano prefecture, “Ohisama” covers the life of Yoko Sudo (Mao Inoue) through World War II. Yoko Sudo with her smile is able to bring brightness to those other around her & she follows her mother’s motif to laugh through hard times. During the onset of WW II, Yoko Sudo is a high school student and “Ohisama” follows her as she eventually becomes a teacher and then gets married and has a child. Yoko Sudo then opens a soba restaurant with her student.

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SHIAWASE NI NAROU YO

Title: 幸せになろうよ
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Romantic comedy
Episodes: TBA
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-18 start
Air time: Monday 21:00

The story involves Katori playing a successful advisor at a marriage consultation agency that aims to bring together people looking for partners. Kuroki plays one of the agency’s clients, who is “so beautiful” that the manual he uses doesn’t apply to her, while Fujiki plays a rich and handsome lawyer who is also a client. Katori starts to fall for Kuroki, but as a professional, he pairs the two together. –Tokyograph
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NAMAE O NAKUSHITA MEGAMI


Title: 名前をなくした女神
Title (romaji): Namae o Nakushita Megami
Tagline: ようこそ、ママ友地獄へ。
Tagline (romaji): Yokoso, mama tomo jigoku e.
Genre: Society
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-12 start
Air time: Tuesday 21:00
Theme song: Hajimari no Ballad by Angela Aki
Opening song: moving on by Alice

Plot

The story focuses on a group of mothers who all have children around the same age. These women form a bond through sharing their anxieties about raising their children, each coming from a different background. However, the friendship between the five women also turns to jealousy and betrayal, due to the fact that their children are all taking similar entrance exams for elementary school.

Anne plays the protagonist Yuko, whose set of values as a woman, wife, and mother have been overturned, and she struggles to climb back from her fallen state.

Meanwhile, her four fellow mothers are hiding serious problems at home, despite their appearances. Ono Machiko plays a woman receiving verbal abuse from her husband on a daily basis, Kurashina Kana plays a “yankee mama” who got pregnant as a teenager by a truck driver, Ryo plays a capable woman running her own online shop, and Kimura Yoshino plays a popular reader model for a women’s magazine. —Tokyograph

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MADONNA VERDE


Title: マドンナ・ヴェルデ
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Drama
Episodes: 6
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-19 to 2011-May-??
Air Time: Tuesday 22:00 – 22:45

Synopsis

Kaido published “Madonna Verde” in 2008 as a sequel to “Gene Waltz,” continuing the story around the controversial issue of surrogate pregnancy in Japan. Kuninaka plays the doctor Rie Sonezaki, known as the “Cool Witch” by her colleagues in the obstetrics department. The character was previously played by Miho Kanno (33) in the movie version of “Gene Waltz.” In “Madonna Verde,” Rie and her husband (played by comedian Jin Katagiri) want to have a child, but Rie lost her uterus due to an earlier illness. She decides to ask her own mother Midori (Matsuzaka) to be the surrogate mother, and the three of them proceed with their plan in secret. However, a man named Maruyama (Kyozo Nagatsuka), who is in love with Midori, finds out about their plan. Later, a professor at Rie’s university hospital (Hirotaro Honda) receives an accusatory letter, and Midori and Rie are desperately forced to pretend that the child in Midori’s womb is her own. —Tokyograph

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GOOD LIFE ARIGATO PAPA SAYONARA

Title: グッドライフ~ありがとう、パパ。さよなら~
Title (english): Good Life~Thank you, Papa. Goodbye~
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Drama
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-19 to 2011-Jun-00
Air Time: Tuesday 22:00
Theme song: Mata Ashita by JUJU

Plot

The basis for the drama is the novel “Kashikogi” by author Cho Chang-in, which has sold 2 million copies in Korea since its publication in 2000. It has already been adapted as a television drama and a stage play in that country. On February 4, Shogakukan is publishing the book in Japan under the title “Good Life.” Sorimachi plays the part of Daichi Sawamoto, a newspaper reporter who has always prioritized his work over his family. When his wife suddenly leaves him, he finally notices the love he has been receiving from his son. Just as he decides to answer back, it is discovered that his son has leukemia. Igawa plays Sawamoto’s wife, Eikura plays a pediatrics specialist, and Ihara plays a doctor.

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MUSCLE GIRL


Title: マッスルガール!
Tagline: イケメン Meets 女子プロレス
Tagline (romaji): Ikemen meets Joshi Pro-wres
Genre: Sports comedy
Broadcast network: MBS, TBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-19 start (TBS)
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-23 start (MBS)
Air time: Tuesday 24:55 (TBS)
Air time: Saturday 24:30 (MBS)
Theme song: Haruka by F.T. Island
Insert song: Itsuka by F.T. Island

Synopsis

Ichikawa plays the part of Azusa, the only child of the owner of a small female pro wrestling organization. After her father dies of illness, she has to take over the business, which is already losing money and is on the verge of shutting down. To make things worse, their referee suddenly disappears on the day of one of their shows, leaving behind only a resignation letter. The desperate Azusa then runs into a young Korean man (Lee). She persuades him to serve as a referee just for that day, though she doesn’t realize he is actually a popular star in Korea. —Tokyograph
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REBOUND

Title: リバウンド
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Drama
Broadcast network: NTV
Air Time: Wednesday 22:00 – 22:54
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-27 to 2011-Jun-00

Synopsis

After a failed relationship, Nobuko puts her all into dieting and finds success. She begins to work for her favorite fashion magazine, and just when her new life is falling into place she meets Taiichi, a handsome patissier. However, when Nobuko eats cakes, she can’t stop – moreover, if she gains weight, she’ll be fired. In the end, will Nobuko rebound..

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