NInomiya Kazunari returns to drama as a surgeon in “Black Pean”

Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari will be starring in TBS new drama “Black Pean” (Sunday, 9pm) starting April. This is his first time starrting in TBS’ Sunday golden timeslot and first time challenging the role of a surgeon. He will be taking the baton from fellow member Matsumoto Jun whose drama “99.9 Season 2” airing in the same timeslot is currently enjoying high ratings.

The drama is based on the new edition of “Black Pean 1988” by Kaido Takeru. Ninomiya plays Tokai Seishiro, a genius surgeon with 100% success rate but whose arrogance often causes friction with the people around him. He is called the devil of the operating theatre by colleagues.

Synopsis: Tokai Seishiro (Ninomiya Kazunari), a surgeon who is a genius in suturing techniques, is a loner with no interest in career advancement and an eternal rank-and-file medical staff at Tojo University Medical Hospital. He is called the devil of the operating theatre by colleagues. While he prides himself for his 100% success rate, his arrogance constantly causes friction with the people around him. According to newly appointed doctor(s) from other universities, surgical skills are completely unnecessary. The latest surgical equipment is brought in in an attempt to introduce new forms of surgery. Questioning whether there is an ulterior motive, Tokai opposes it. Meanwhile, jousting for the truth hidden in a black haemostatic forceps called the “black pean” and Tokai’s own connection are both revealed.

(via Oricon)

  • Comments

    • pondloso

      He really good at acting but for me he not suit “devil of the operating theatre” at all.

      • Peen

        Why’s that? Because he looks meek and soft? he’s not skilled with his hands? Or you’re too used to him playing submissive characters?

        • pondloso

          He not look devil at all for me.

          • Peen

            Too cute? Any other actors you had in mind with the devil look?
            I thought he looked pretty devilish in Ao no Honou intense scenes so it’s not really hard for me to imagine him in such roles. People like Suda Masaki are devilish too.

            • pondloso

              if pick from arashi Ohno will be really fit for this role for me.

              • CyDo

                Ohno is much versatile than Nino, so yeah Ohno wuld be much more perfect for this. If I have to pick Johnny, Nagase Tomoya would be great on this too

                • Peen

                  Ohno would be interesting and unexpexted in a doctor house kind of role but i’ll be disappointed if he rehashed his Kagiheya role for it. The way he was acting as Kaibutsukun in Sekamuzu left a bad impression for me. Not saying Ohno is not versatile but with Nino it’s not an actual copy-paste.
                  Nagase was already in a 2 medical drama. “Fragile” was pretty new and the character a bit similar (pathologist instead of surgeon)

                  • light

                    I do usually enjoy Ohno’s acting but I don’t find him to be super versatile. He had different roles over the years but the acting is very similar in some of them. He often has that Ohno sullen look lol
                    Sekamuzu was really bad, i’m looking forward to Mumon though, it looks fun=)

                    • Peen

                      I think both Ohno and Nino has their go to expressions making them look like they have “one pattern” like acting. Nino is more seamless in replicating while Ohno not so. However I think Ohno has wider range than Nino. I don’t mind Nino’s “limited range” – still wider than most actors lol. He has a way of complementing the whole production with his natural acting. Ohno has the potential to be better than Nino but he ruined it with by resorting to “copy-paste”. I thought he’s much more creative than that.

                      Mumon was really good! I saw it in my local cinemas. There’s still the Ohno sullen look but the highlights was when his character gets serious.

                      • light

                        From some interviews i have the feeling directors pretty much let Ohno do what he wants with his acting. I think what helped Nino the most was having from the beginning someone who told him bluntly what he was doing wrong, thus learning fast how to accept criticism and discuss freely about these things.
                        Plus Ohno doesn’t seem as interested as Nino in acting.

                        Aww lucky to have seen it in a cinema! From the trailer he looks cool in the action scenes (minus the bad cgi) =)

                  • CyDo

                    I never say that Ohno is perfect or that Nino is a “copy-paste”. One pattern and copy paste are different. Many successful actors and actress have been an one-pattern actor (ehm Kimutaku, FukuMasa, etc etc), but that one pattern has left a mark in our heart.
                    Yeah, sekamuzu wasn’t great and tbh, Ohno (and/or Nino) isn’t much suited for romance drama (yeah despite me saying that he is more versatile). I gotta admit that I love watching Ohno, even when he acts as himself.

                    • Peen

                      “One pattern and copy paste are different.”
                      That’s exactly what I was saying. I’m a fan of Kimutaku’s dramas. ‘one-pattern’ acting doesn’t bother me and I don’t see them as not versatile because of it. Nino actually has better technique than Kimutaku in being versatile. Ohno too has “one-pattern” style (his sullen look, the pout, lip quiver) but he’s not good at making it seamless. It’s too obvious where his point of reference was (aka copy-paste).

                      I actually like Kaibutsukun but what he did with it for Sekamuzu really bothers me. The lazy characterization was the problem not the romance (i think he was cute with Haru). It was the same with Shinigami.

              • Peen

                Ohno can ace this as well but it’s really easy for me to imagine Nino in this role as well. Both are great actors.

        • CyDo

          Nino is most likely an one-pattern actors, even his supposedly wide variety character roles. But then most Johnny is an one-pattern actor

          • Peen

            He has his own style and limitations but it doesn’t mean he’s not versatile. The kid can do a variety of roles.

      • Lol

        He had quiet dark type role in Platina Data and Ao no honoo he is suitable for this type role

        • Satowwwshi

          Ao no honoo was a masterpiece and Nino aced his character there. It was dark and kind of disturbing but he was able to balance all the right emotions and bam.. epic movie.

    • mikamika

      Yay! To be honest I’m so starved for a new Nino dorama, I’d watch him in pretty much anything. But this sounds actually interesting, even though I’m not that big a fan of medical shows. Being annoying kinda suits Nino, so I hope he’ll do fine… hopefully he gets a nice cast to support him 😊

    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      I was like wtf is Pean, but dictionary.com says (for anyone else who cares.. xD):

      Word Origin and History for pean
      paean
      n.
      1590s, from Latin paean “hymn of deliverance,” from Greek paian “hymn, chant, hymn to Apollo,” from Paian, a name of the god of healing; originally the physician of the gods (in Homer), later merged with Apollo; literally “one who touches” (i.e. “one who heals by a touch”), from paio “to touch, strike.”

    • Peen

      I always thought he would be a good Doctor House. This won’t be too much of a stretch for him acting wise, except for medical terms and technical stuff. The kid is known for his sarcasm, great tsukkomi and he angry yelled a lot.

    • Keny

      it’s awesome because i have been talking with a friend about how we both wish for nino to have a dark role.. since he usually has the pitiful type roles, which are nice but we need to see other sides of him. besides, we saw a glimpse of nino playing an arrogant and intellectually gifted character in platina data and i always wanted to see more of that.

      • Peen

        A fan of Nino’s acting but I really want to see Jun as a conniving psychopath.

      • chocoapples

        “Glimpse of Nino playing arrogant and intellectually gifted character”… Are you forgetting GANTZ??? Because the gap between “everyday Kurono Kei (or Nino)” and “battlefield Kurono Kei (also a.k.a Nino)” was what make my resolve to worship him (to say the least)

        • Keny

          I mean yeah, there was some parts of Kurono where we saw his arrogance, but compared to the manga what they showed of this character trait was too little ,and i even feel like they made Kei more likable in the movie on purpose. imo the only real part that showed his arrogance in the first movie was at the buddha battle, and in the second movie he became a ‘hero with good heart’ already. I love GANTZ and Nino’s performance in it dgmr , but personally it wasn’t enough to fill my thirst for Nino as a twisted character.

    • Carmille Lozano

      I’ll check this drama out, it’s been a while since Nino has been in a drama since he’s been doing movies lately. Still waiting for him to play a real villain since he’s pretty good at acting evil imo.

    • me

      feels like a road to 20th anniversary of Arashi, starting by J this season, then Neen, whose next? Sho, Aiba? Ohno?

      • Peen

        Maybe Ohno. He has no other solo shows to host like Aiba, Nino or Sho. Jun just had his drama. Hoping Ohno get serious role like Maou, which was TBS production too.

    • CyDo

      Looks great but i’m waiting Ohno’s drama. Can we finally get it this year?

      • Peen

        omg such an Ohno stan lol XD
        Nino last renzoku drama was in 2014. Ohno was only 2 years ago.

        • Lol

          Ohno has drama in every 2 years usually haha..and what’s he is doing now his last project was in last summer lol

      • I also want another Ohno’s drama but I want him to stay away from dramas like Sekai. I seriously need him in another good role like in Maou.

        • Lol

          Looks like Ohno stay awy from dark drama like Maou :(
          Naruse’s role took a toll on him he was more quiet and so skinny at that time

          • Peen

            It’s been 10 years. He’s strong enough to take it on again.

            I thought he was skinny because of stress about his scandal back in 2008.

            • Lol

              His scandal was one of the factor but Naruse affected him too

    • Asha

      Good to know he is going to get a series soon. But lmao at the comments that the character is a dark one. Lol. No. Just no.

      • Peen

        It doesn’t sound that dark to me. Only the nickname “devil” make it seems more ominous.

        • light

          Yeah, from the synopsis he’s arrogant, not evil. I think he would totally nail a evil role though.

    • Yuuki_MatsuMiya

      Devil here because he is good, he knows it and he loves it. That makes him arrogant and sarcastic. But I believe that, since Nino is the cutest thing in the world, everybody will love him even though 🤗🤗😍😍😍

    • light

      I’m so happy about this, i was losing hope about seeing a Nino drama any time soon! Can’t wait for it!

    • I’m sooo happy. Its been 84 years since Nino in any drama tbh.

      For someone versatile like him, I want him in dramas EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

    • nerissa gibbens

      I feel like ive heard the plot hundred times already, im glad Nino is back but i wish he would choose something more original

      • Peen

        Roles aren’t something they can simply choose. It’s really up to the station to demand. But if he really did chose this, Nino never played a surgeon before. Mostly his roles are human dramas and this seems like an episodic format.

        There’s at least one medical drama each season..I guess it has good ratings and is a safe choice for the station.

    • Pipe’sIDIC

      Soooooo, sarcastic Doc Nino is in. Yassss!

      But 1988? Is this set in the late 80s? Yassss! Bring on the origin of medical practices we have now.

      Also, I really want an action comedy drama with Ohno and Okadacchi. Shinobi vs Samurai, detectives or bodyguards, I dont care, just have them act together, Pres. Johnny! I think they’d be a good combo. Throw in Sakurai too as their pampered boss/ward/charge. That’ll be fun. Need Yama and Bambi-Bussan interactions too like sooo much.