Upcoming Japanese dramas

UMECHAN SENSEI

Genre: Drama
Episodes: 156

Synopsis

The story is set in the devastated area of Kamata, Tokyo, in 1945 just after the end of the war. Horikita plays Shimomura Umeko, the youngest of three siblings whose father is a doctor at a university hospital. Compared to her outstanding sister Matsuko and brother Takeo, she lacks self-confidence, but an incident makes her determined to become a local doctor. However, her path is fraught with failures. –Tokyograph

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A FALSIFIED ROMANCE
Genre: Drama
Episodes: 6

Synopsis

The original novel revolved around a young man who struggles with himself after killing a pawnbroker, Ochiai’s manga tells the story of a college dropout and hikikomori (shut-in) who plans to kill a high school girl leading an enjo-kousai (compensated dating) group.
Kora plays the role of Tachi Miroku, a dropout and hikikomori who is aiming to become a writer. He lost his father to suicide, while his mother and older sister have high expectations for his future. He ends up deciding to murder a heartless young girl named Baba Hikaru (played by Hashimoto Ai), who is the leader of an enjo-kousai group.
The heroine of the drama will be the character Ameya Echika, played by Mizukawa. Other characters include the public prosecutor Goi Kurodo (Ibu Masato), the money courier Mikoshiba Haruka (Sometani Shota), and the mysterious man Sudo Kai (Tanaka Tetsushi). –Tokyograph
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KAGI NO KAKATTA HEYA

Tagline (romaji): Misshitsu wa, yaburemashita.
Genre: Locked room mystery
Theme song: Face Down by Arashi
Synopsis

“Kagi no Kakatta Heya” is based on a novel by author Kishi Yusuke. Ohno plays an employee of a major security company who has to unravel various incidents. The series falls under the “locked room” mystery genre, in which crimes are committed under seemingly impossible circumstances (such as within a room with no apparent means of escape). Ohno’s character has an obsession with studying keys and locks, giving him an advantage in solving each mystery. –Tokyograph
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LEGAL HIGH
Genre: Law, comedy
Episodes: TBD
Opening theme song: “Erepyon” by Ono Erena
Ending theme song: “Megami no KISS” by PES

Synopsis

Komikado Kensuke is a cranky, sharp-tongued, cynical, wasteful lawyer who loves money, reputation, and women. He believes in the idea that “the winner is right,” and uses any means to maintain his perfect-win record. However, he gradually realizes that his idea of justice is wrong, and he begins to remember what it feels like to really fight. Mayuzumi Machiko is a rookie lawyer who is passionate about protecting the weak and is constantly at odds with her colleague Komikado. –Tokyograph
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CLEOPATRA NA ONNATACHI
Title (romaji): Cleopatra na Onnatachi
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Human drama
Synopsis

 

The story is described as a human drama set at a cosmetic surgery clinic. Unlike his usual enthusiastic characters, Sato plays a young surgeon named Kishi Minetaro, who speaks little, acts uncouthly, and dislikes women. Inamori plays a very capable surgeon, while Kitano plays a cheerful young nurse. Other cast members include Ayano Go, Miura Shohei, and Yo Kimiko.

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ANSWER
Genre: Crime
Episodes: TBA
Theme song: Two Hearts by Miura Daichi
Synopsis

With the progress made in forensic science, the number of cases of arrested criminals proven innocent because of new DNA tests have been increasing. The police always expect to swiftly solve cases. As crime scene detectives try to measure up to those expectations, they occasionally jump to wrong conclusions. Thus, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s First Investigative Division set up the Evidence Verification Section and gave it the important task of validating cases that have been closed within a limited time in order to prevent wrongful convictions from happening as a result of out of control investigators at crime scenes. But its actual job is to correct typographical errors and omissions and stamp investigation reports with the words ‘verification completed’, and then send it over to public prosecutors. The members of the section headed by a veteran detective who worked his way up and has lost passion for his work, are a little idiosyncratic and somewhat difficult. It is merely a titular section meant to call the attention of the public to the fairness of the police. Deputy Inspector Shinkai Akira (Mizuki Arisa), a career elite who has been sidelined as a result of some incident, is assigned to be the new leader of the Evidence Verification Section. A sharp-minded female who gives the impression of an eccentric person, Akira breaks away from the bureaucratic work and genuinely starts to validate evidence, demonstrating her ability to take action and sense of justice in order to rally her disillusioned subordinates. Discovering new facts from small doubts in the reports, she overturns cases that should have been solved and finds the true criminals. — Jdrama Weblog

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W NO HIGEKI

Genre: Drama

Synopsis

“W no Higeki” is an adaptation of a novel by Natsuki Shizuko, which was first published in 1982. It was turned into a theatrical movie in 1984, then got two separate drama adaptations in 2001 and 2010.
The new version of the story will have Takei playing two different characters. One is Mako, the daughter of a major business conglomerate. She has always lived in comfort, and as a result, she yearns to finally grasp life with her own hands. The other character is Satsuki, a show pub dancer who lives a solitary and destitute life in a corner of the city and who desires money and power. Although the characters and setting are different from the original, the drama appears to follow the same concept of two women who exchange lives, leading to various tragic events for both of them.

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PAPADORU

Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Theme song: Ai Deshita by Kanjani8
Synopsis

“Papa wa Idol” is a remake of the 1987 drama series “Mama wa Idol,” which starred singer and actress Nakayama Miho as herself.
In this version, Nishikido naturally plays the part of Nishikido Ryo, a member of Kanjani8. One day, he meets a single mother of three children, and he suddenly falls in love and gets married. Yuka will play the part of the mother. –Tokyograph
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KAERU NO OUJO SAMA

Format: Renzoku
Genre: Comedy, musical
Theme song: Shine by Ieiri Leo
Synopsis

The scene is set in the town of Yume (Dream) city. Due to financial difficulties, the town is in the process of merging with another city, meanwhile turning into a garbage disposal facility. The formerly prosperous town was referred to as the “Town of Songs”, represented by the music hall, now torn down and in ruins.
Returning from New York having performed on Broadway, Kurasaka Mio was born and brought up in this city of dreams. Upon finding out the state the city, she stands up together with a group of mothers in a chorus group called “The Chansons” to bring the city back to life.
Mio is a dropout musical star, attending auditions on Broadway until her agent tells her that there are no more auditions available for her to attend. The one and only time she got through an audition was for a substitute role.
On the other hand, Isaka Chuko is the mayor’s daughter and also is a housewife, who struggles to rebuild “The Chansons”. While her father tries to go through with the merging of cities, she rivals Mio, who disposes of the old concept behind chorus’ in attempt to incorporate a show choir into the routine. Chuko sticks to tradition and will not let Mio have her way without confrontation.
A super positive musical comedy, Mio and Chuko team up to chase their dreams together with the chorus girls. –Fuji TV
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ATARU

Genre: Mystery
Theme song: Jiyuu e Michizure by Shiina Ringo
Synopsis

Ataru, who suffers from “savant syndrome,” has the power to discover, observe, see through, and deduct microscopic evidence of unsolved cases. Why does he always go to the criminal sites? What explains his strange behavior? His sad past will be revealed as the story unfolds.
An explosion occurs at a chemical factory, leaving one person dead. The investigation team concludes that it is merely an accident, but Ebina Maiko has her doubts. When she goes to the site again, she finds a man who introduces himself as “Chokozai.” After blurting out a series of words that Maiko cannot understand, he suddenly falls asleep. Maiko decides to look up the meaning of these words. She is taken aback when she discovers that when put together, these words provide the key to solving the case. — TBS

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 MIRAI NIKKI

Title (English): Future Diary

Synopsis

“Mirai Nikki” was serialized in Weekly Shonen Ace from 2006 to 2011. It was released in 12 tankoubon volumes, which have had more than 4 million copies printed. The story was also turned into a video game in 2010, an anime series in 2011, and a novel earlier this month.
The drama will use an original story that differs from the manga, revolving around 12 people who obtain a “future diary,” which allows them write down “predictions” of the future that will come true. However, they are all part of a game of survival, in which they must use their diaries to try to kill each other and be the last one remaining, earning a place on the “God’s seat.”
Okada plays Hoshino Arata, a lazy college student who doesn’t believe in spending effort or working toward the future. One day, he gets a diary (the “future diary”) on his mobile phone, and he becomes involved in the game of survival. –Tokyograph

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MIKENEKO HOLMES NO SUIRI  

Genre: Mystery
Episodes: TBA
Theme song: Your Eyes by Arashi
Synopsis

Based on a popular novel series by Akagawa Jiro. Also known in English as “Calico Cat Holmes,” the series has had dozens of books released, with a total of more than 26 million copies in print.
Aiba plays Katayama Yoshitaro, the son of a famous police detective. He followed his father’s dying wish and became a detective as well, but with his inability to look at blood and his fears of heights, ghosts, and women, he failed to succeed in his work. But one day, he meets a Calico cat named Holmes who can understand human speech and has extraordinary powers of deduction. The two form a duo, working together to solve difficult cases. –Tokyograph

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HIDAMARI NO KI
Genre: Historical
Episodes: 12
Theme song: Fumiya Sashida (指田郁也) 「Hana ni Nare」
Synopsis

It is 1855, the year following the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United States and Japan. 26-year-old samurai Ibuya Manjiro succeeded his father and has been serving at the Hitachifuchu domain’s residence for four months. He trains more seriously than everyone else to the extent that he gets on the wrong side of the other samurais. On the other hand, Tezuka Ryoan, a doctor of Western medicine, distresses his father Ryosen who practises at a public clinic in the Hitachifuchu domain, because of his womanising. One day, Manjiro who has joined the training hall of Chiba Shusaku, encounters trouble with his fellow pupils. He crosses swords with a senior pupil and sustains a severe gash after a hard fight. Ryoan visits a reluctant Manjiro in place of his father and stitches up the wound. While this is in fact his first surgery, he handles it with an unerring hand. The knowledge that Ryoan is also romantically interested in Oseki, chafes at Manjiro for he secretly loves her and vows to protect her chastity. But when Ryoan is attacked by a samurai, Manjiro promptly cuts him down. That person is none other than the senior pupil at Chiba’s training hall.

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MOU ICHIDO KIMI NI, PROPOSE

Genre: Romance

Synopsis

A love story involving a wife who has partly lost her memory and her husband who tries to reconstruct their relationship.
Takenouchi plays Miyamoto Haru, who works as a mechanic at an automobile repair shop. He married his wife Kanako, a librarian, after dating for a year. In their fourth year of marriage, they have no children, but everything seems to be going smoothly. One day, Kanako suffers from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. She successfully undergoes surgery, but she loses only her memories with Haru. Reeling from shock, Haru becomes aware again of just how important Kanako is to him, and he resolves to fall in love all over again with her and try to rebuild their relationship from scratch. However, the challenge is whether he can reach her heart once again. –Tokyograph

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Ekiben Hitoritabi

Kaitakushatachi

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