Upcoming Fall JDramas 2017

It’s time for a new season of Jdramas! Take a look at the Fall Jdramas list for 2017 below! A few dramas have started airing.

Arama, what are you planning to watch this season?

FUJI TV
Minshuu no Teki ~ Yo no Naka, Okashikunai desu ka!?
(The Public Enemy)
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Mondays, 23 October 2017
Cast: Shinohara Ryoko, Takahashi Issei, Furuta Arata, Maeda Atsuko, Chiba Yudai, Saito Tsukasa, Wakadanna, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Imada Mio, Yo Kimiko, Osumi Kenya, Tanaka Kei, Ishida Yuriko
Synopsis: Currently in Japanese society, there exists many issues which are not dealt with, such as cuing children waiting to be accepted for nursery school, an aging society and issues such as welfare.
Sato Tomoko (Shinohara Ryoko) is an ordinary housewife who lives with her husband Kohei (Tanaka Kei) and child. Up and until now, she had led a very complicated life, firstly with her parents disappearing one after the other. She left high school without graduating and have worked in many part-time jobs. She met her current husband at one of her jobs. As even now, he still works part-time, Tomoko feels that she has to somehow support her family herself, by finding a high pay job. In the midst of this dilemma, Tomoko gets fired from work for breaking her company’s rules.
One day, a depressed Tomoko coincidently catches a show on TV about an incident involving a city council minister. When she decides to research more about what the minister job entails, she immediately gets mesmerized by the high rate of pay. After continuing her research on the potential job position, she realizes that there is light at the end of the tunnel. From the data which she finds online, it states that there is an 80% chance for candidates to be elected as a city council member!? Even though she has no educational background, could this be the beginning of her new challenge? Tomoko eventually calculates that a “high salary rate” will make her family happy and decides to fight for a position as a city council minister. This is a story about a woman who simply wants “happiness,” therefore opens the way, to new a chapter in her life.
Ashita no Yakusoku
(Tomorrow’s Promise)
Air Date: 9 pm, Tuesdays, 17 October 2017
Cast: Inoue Mao, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Kudo Asuka, Shirasu Jin, Shinkawa Yua, Sakuma Yui, Endo Kenshin, Kaneko Daichi, Watanabe Tsurugi, Yamaguchi Mayu, Igashira Manami, Natsuko, Horike Kazuki, Takeuchi Aisa, Aoyagi Sho, Kamio Yu, Mabuchi Erika, Nakabayashi Taiki, Omiya Taro, Haba Yuichi, Tezuka Satomi, Nakama Yukie
Synopsis: Aizawa Hinata (Inoue Mao) is a high school counsellor who provides support to students with school and family problems. This is motivated by the warped relationship she had with her over-controlling mother which she could not discuss with anyone. One day, a male student Yoshioka Keigo (Endo Kenshin) who has not been attending school confesses that he likes her. However, he dies mysteriously the next day. Hinata takes action to determine the cause of his death and learns that the boy suffered insidious bullying at school and excessive meddling by his mother Makiko (Nakama Yukie). He had a record of delinquency and kept rough company. Hinata is hounded by his mother who believes that she is responsible for her son’s suicide, and is driven to the verge of breaking down.
Keiji Yugami
(Detective Yugami)
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 12 October 2017
Cast: Asano Tadanobu, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Inamori Izumi, Yamamoto Mizuki, Nishina Takashi, Hashimoto Atsushi
Synopsis: In a society in which justice is awfully subjective, and the possibility of finding the truth is so complicated, detective Yugami Yukimasa (Asano Tadanobu) simply chases after facts of various cases. For Yukimasa, it doesn’t matter if the case he’s dealing with involves a minister of the government, a local teacher trusted by everyone in the town or even a serial killer. After all, as they’re all just people, they may all be considered a possible suspect. Yukimasa will casually approach potential suspects and talk to them in order to attain new information which may assist him in his investigations. All he is looking for are the facts. So, he feels that there is no point in following the rules, nor trying to read the atmospheres of the environment he’s in. For him, resorting to unique and illegal investigations is not out of the ordinary. He’s in a way a hero with unique investigation skills. To assist him, he also has a sidekick called Hanyu Torao (Kamiki Ryunosuke), who’s a serious detective with a completely different personality. For Yukimasa, he simply wants to arrest as many criminals as possible, through his illegal investigation style, so Torao’s existence becomes a bother for him. In the midst of this background, two detectives with absolutely nothing in common somehow tries to combine their skills, in order to combat the enemies of society.
Sakura no Oyakodon
(SAKURA’s OyakoDon)
Air Date: 11:40 pm, Saturdays, 07 October 2017
Cast: Maya Miki, Yoshimoto Miyu, Motokariya Yuika, Daichi Nobunaga, Imai Yuki, Tsukada Ryoichi, Yano Koji, Asakawa Rina, Yanagi Miki, Kono Yoichiro, Iinuma Chieko, Saito Megumi
Synopsis: There is a fine line between happiness and unhappiness.
This is the moving story of one corner of the metropolis.In Tokyo, there is a secondhand bookshop called Tsukumo Do. Deep inside this bookshop is a room called the “meeting place.” There, people who have nowhere left to go gather.
The owner Tsukumo Sakura (Maya Miki) (52) serves them oyakodon gratis and without prying.
She not only fills their bellies, but warms their hearts as well. And then, those people begin, little by little, to talk about themselves. Sakura listens, sometimes encouraging them with a smile, sometimes shedding tears along with them. “When you want to cry, cry. A flower of happiness will bloom for every tear you shed.” That is Sakura’s favorite phrase.
For example: a boy who, although poor, lives cheerfully and earnestly after being released from reform school for the sake of his little sister. A single mother who spends every day fretting:
“If only I didn’t have this child.” A woman teacher who worries about an eating disorder caused by a complicated home environment…
The real emotions of people alive now are thrown into relief. In their midst, Sakura herself will come to face her own tragic past. What happened 16 years ago that inspired Sakura to give out free oyakodon? Ninomiya Azami(17)(Yoshimoto Miyu), a girl who visits Tsukumo Do one day, is turning back the clock.

NTV
Saki ni Umareta dake no Boku
(My High School Business)
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 14 October 2017
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Aoi Yu, Tabe Mikako, Seto Koji, Morikawa Aoi, Kinami Haruka, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Takashima Masanobu, Kinoshita Houka, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Akiyama Natsuko, Matsumoto Marika, Kazama Morio, Igawa Haruka
Synopsis:

With the future lying in the hands of our children, we teachers must revolutionize the way we think.
Kyomeikan Private High School has been deemed an “unprofitable business” by the company that runs it. Students score on the lower end of the national average range and are not particularly known to be strong in sports. With barely enough students to meet the minimum requirement to continue operating, Kyomeikan is a safety school for kids who didn’t get in to their first and second choices.

One man is tasked with revitalizing the school’s operations. Thirty-five-year-old Narumi Ryosuke (Sakurai Sho) is an elite corporate employee at Kashimatsu Bussan Co., Ltd., a large general trading company. He is suddenly assigned to the role of high school principal despite not having any experience as an educator. The realities of the academic world are so different from the rules in business that his days are filled with confusion.

Ima kara Anata wo Kyohaku Shimasu
(May I blackmail you?)
Air Date: 10:30 pm, Sundays, 15 October 2017
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Takei Emi, Miyake Hiroki, Shimazaki Haruka, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Naito Risa, Yamaga Kotoko, Sato Ryo, Ebisu Yoshikazu, Kondo Masaomi
Synopsis: “Blackmailer”— the shady hero who saves people using evil tactics vs The ultimate goody two-shoes “princess girlfriend”
“May I blackmail you?”
It all started with a suspicious video that was suddenly sent to her house.
In it, a masked man who calls himself “Blackmailer” facetiously claims that he has taken her “boyfriend” hostage. If his life is precious to her, she needs to pay ransom to save him. “But wait a minute…I’ve never even had a boyfriend,” she recalls.
This bizarre case of mistaken identity sparks the beginning of fun-filled days for “Blackmailer” Senkawa Kanji (Dean Fujioka), “girlfriend material goody two-shoes” Kanesaka Mio (Takei Emi), and their friends. Using blackmail to solve problems, “Blackmailer” is a “professional villain” who takes on cases that the police and investigators can’t handle. When not busy being a “hero of darkness” who uses “evil” to save people, he’s an easy-to-flatter sedentary guy with an odd fashion sense. He loves to make silly jokes, but nobody pays him any attention.The “princess,” on the other hand, is a college student who has never had a boyfriend. Although she lives a simple life, she’s actually a super rich kid who can easily throw down hundreds of thousands of dollars whenever she wants. Sweet and kind, she’s definitely girlfriend material. The slightest bit of evil bothers her, and she often sticks her nose into the problems of strangers. Two polar opposites who should have never crossed paths end up getting involved in numerous cases. Follow them as they solve one problem after another in this poppy crime mystery!
Okusama wa, Toriatsukai Chuui
(Caution, Hazardous Wife)
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 04 October 2017
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Hirosue Ryoko, Honda Tsubasa, Nakao Akiyoshi, Guin Poon Chaw, Ishiguro Ken, Nishijima Hidetoshi
Synopsis:

Listen up, housewives! The cutest yet most dangerous heroine the world has ever seen comes to your rescue!
Those who dream of becoming a fabulous yet low-key housewife would envy thirty-year-old Isayama Nami (Ayase Haruka). After a tainted past, she decides to reinvent herself and live a quiet life. She marries Yuki (Nishijima Hidetoshi), a man she met at a dating party and moves to an upscale neighborhood. Things are smooth-sailing and she has everything she needs. Or so it seems.

Only six months into her marriage and Nami is already full of struggles. She’s a terrible cook–the mere act of slicing a cabbage ends up in failure and the dressing she makes from scratch turns out horribly. These days, her husband prefers to eat out. But what gets to her the most is how simple and boring her days are. She supposedly dreamed of a “normal family life,” but it doesn’t take long to realize that it’s not enough for her.

One day, she suddenly realizes that all the seemingly-happy housewives around her are actually carrying their own burdens.

Nami makes a vow: “I’ll rescue them!”

Nami is a disaster when it comes to cooking, cleaning, and housework in general, but she is a champion of justice who becomes incredibly dangerous when angry. She despises bad behavior and can’t turn a blind eye to evil people! Why does she suddenly have a need for thrill? The reason lies in her past, which she keeps hidden even to her husband.

Born and raised an orphan, Nami has had to toughen up to make it through a life devoid of love. Her first taste of kindness and warmth comes from her husband and her housewife friends. After growing up so unique that she doesn’t know what “normal” is, just how will she solve the many problems of the other ladies?! Packed with laughter and action, this drama sends love and encouragement to all the women out there who live life to the fullest!

Black Revenge
Air Date: 11:59 pm, Thursdays, 05 October 2017
Cast: Kimura Tae, Sato Jiro, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Horii Arata, Okano Maya, Nakamura Eriko, Takeuchi Manabu, Ishida Takumi, Takahashi Mitsuomi
Synopsis: Imamiya Saori’s (Kimura Tae) husband was a politician with a bright future, but a fabricated scandal ruined his career. Her husband was driven to suicide and she had a miscarriage due to the stress.

Five years later, Saori gets information on three people who are responsible for fabricating the scandal about her husband. To take revenge, she takes a job at a weekly magazine as a contract writer. She digs up secrets on the people responsible for husband’s death and corners them.

Wagahai no Heya de Aru
(This is My Room)
Air Date: 12:59 am, Tuesdays, 19 September 2017
Cast: Kikuchi Fuma, Hayashiya Kikuo, Kaku Chikako, Mitz Mangrove, Yamadera Koichi
Synopsis: 23-year-old university student Kagiyama Tetsuro (Kikuchi Fuma), lives alone in his apartment in Tokyo. The series focuses on his daily life, as he monologues about such topics as the report that is nearing its deadline, his bitterness in making a mistake at his part-time job, agonizing whether or not he’ll ask out the girl he likes, or bantering with his friends via text. Tetsuro is the only character that appears, and his room is the only setting, but sometimes his furniture or electronics will quip during his monologues.

TBS
Rikuou
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, 15 October 2017
Cast: Yakusho Koji, Yamazaki Kento, Takeuchi Ryoma, Kamishiraishi Mone, Kazama Shunsuke, Agawa Sawako, Koyabu Kazutoyo, Pierre Taki,
Terao Akira
Synopsis:

Based on the popular novel by Ikeido Jun and starring Yakusho Koji, Rikuou tells the dramatic story of a long-established tabi (Japanese rubber-soled socks) manufacturer taking a big gamble and making running shoes, in a desperate bid to survive.

Miyazawa Koichi (Yakusho Koji) is the fourth-generation president of tabi manufacturing company “Kohazeya,” located in Gyoda in Saitama Prefecture. He is increasingly distressed by worsening cash-flow problems, caused by decreasing demand for tabi. His son Daichi (Yamazaki Kento) is applying for jobs while helping out with the family business, but the search hasn’t been going well. One day, with the advice from their bank’s loan officer, Sakamoto (Kazama Shunsuke), Miyazawa comes up with the idea of using tabi-making technology to develop super-light, almost-like-being-barefoot running shoes. His tiny, regional company with only about 20 employees has limited funds, human resources, and development capabilities, much less a shot at beating the world-famous sports brand “Atlantis.” But Miyazawa is determined, and goes to see the Toyohashi International Marathon tournament with Daichi to learn more about running.

Kangoku no Ohimesama
(Prison Princesses)
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 17 October 2017
Cast: Koizumi Kyoko, Mitsushima Hikari, Iseya Yusuke, Kaho, Tsukamoto Takashi, Nekoze Tsubaki, Ikeda Narushi, Sakai Maki, Morishita Aiko, Kanno Miho
Synopsis:

Koizumi Kyoko stars in a TBS drama for the first time in 16 years, since “How Long Since You’ve Loved?”. A group of middle-aged women attempted to abduct a handsome CEO. The show tackles deep themes such as the meaning of life and the source of happiness, at times with a comedic touch and at others with a more serious tone.

The story begins with five women – Kayo (Koizumi Kyoko), Futaba (Mitsushima Hikari), Yoko (Sakai Maki), Akemi (Morishita Aiko) and Chinatsu (Kanno Miho) – plotting to abduct Itabashi (Iseya Yusuke), the handsome CEO of a major company. Although their motive is unknown at first, it is eventually revealed that Itabashi had killed his mistress. The women wanted to kidnap Itabashi, expose him, and clear the false charges against Shinobu (Kaho), the imprisoned daughter of the former CEO. The women first met 6 years ago, at a women’s prison. Kayo, Yoko, Akemi, Shinobu, and Chinatsu were all serving time for various crimes, and Futaba was the strict prison officer and instructor who watched over them.

Koisuru Hong Kong
(Beloved Hong Kong)
Air Date: 1:28 am, Wednesdays, 11 October 2017
Cast: Koike Eiko, Yoshizawa Ryo, Baba Fumika, Mogami Moga, Yanagishita Tomo, Nagata Kaoru, Iwamatsu Ryo
Synopsis: Yamada Kenta (Yoshizawa Ryo) is a director filming a documentary which chases after a Japanese talent Elie (Mogami Moga) in Hong Kong with assistant director Hirakawa Aya (Baba Fumika). However, while they are filming, Elie gets spirited away by a local called Daniel (Nagata Kaoru). Amid the chaos, Kenta meets Maki (Koike Eiko). Maki has come from Japan to meet a man whom she had been communicating with on a Hong Kong matchmaking website although they still have not seen each other. Meanwhile, Daniel realises that he has mistaken Elie for his girlfriend. In fact, Maki lacks self-confidence and had used an image of Elie as her icon, leading Daniel to assume that Elie is the person he had been wanting to meet the whole time when he saw her. These five people who have never had any connection, meet through this incident and rush through the streets of Hong Kong towards an unexpected goal./td>
Kounodori 2
(Dr. Storks)
Air Date: 10 pm, Fridays, 13 October 2017
Cast: Ayano Go, Matsuoka Mayu, Yoshida Yo, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Seino Nana, Asano Kazuyuki, Eguchi Noriko, Furuhata Seika, Miyazawa Hio, Matsumoto Wakana, Hoshino Gen, Omori Nao, Sasaki Kuranosuke
Synopsis: Persona General Medical Center ob-gyn Sakura (Ayano Go) and maternity nurse Komatsu (Yoshida Yo) carefully explain medical results to Mana, a deaf woman who is pregnant, by writing everything out. Meanwhile, Shinomiya (Hoshino Gen) realizes that his patient’s unborn baby has a ventricular septal defect – the baby has a small hole in the heart. Although he and Imahashi (Omori Nao) break the news delicately to the mother, she is overwhelmed with anxiety, worried both for her child and whether she can ever return to work.

TV ASAHI
Otona Koukou
(Adult High School)
Air Date: 11:05 pm, Saturdays, 14 October 2017
Cast: Miura Haruma, Kuroki Meisa, Takahashi Katsumi, Ryusei Ryo, Matsui Airi, Yamada Maho, Yuki Jutta, Masana Bokuzo, Sugimoto Tetta
Synopsis:

The “adult school” is a public institution which the government set up based on the Second Compulsory Education Bill in order to halt the declining birthrate problem. It is a school where men and women over 30 who have not had any sexual experience are made to enrol. Elite bank employee Arakawa Hideto (Miura Haruma) is suddenly required to enrol in the school by the country. Despite being agitated about the government’s knowledge of his sexual experience, he reluctantly goes to school. As a condition for graduation, he has to learn romance and lose his virginity in this school where students can start over a youth which they had not experienced during their teens and grow as adults.

Aibou Season 16
Air Date: 9 pm, Wednesdays, 18 October 2017
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi, Suzuki Anju, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Yamanaka Takashi, Yamanishi Atsushi, Asari Yosuke, Katagiri Ryuji, Enoki Takaaki, Osugi Ren, Nakama Yukie, Ishizaka Koji
Synopsis:

An intimidation complaint was filed against Sugishita Ukyo (Mizutani Yutaka) and Kaburagi Wataru (Sorimachi Takashi), following a serial murder case where a tycoon is accused of being the culprit. Along with Itami Kenichi (Kawahara Kazuhisa) and Serizawa Keiji (Yamanaka Takashi), they are accused of forcing a confession out of this tycoon but the police refuse to admit that there was any wrongdoing.

Kasouken no Onna Season 17
(Women of the Crime Lab Season 17)
Air Date: 8 pm, Thursdays, 19 October 2017
Cast: Sawaguchi Yasuko, Naito Takashi, Wakamura Mayumi, Kazama Toru, Kaneda Akio, Saito Satoru, Watanabe Shu, Yamamoto Hikaru, Nishida Ken, Ishii Kazuaki
Synopsis:

As criminals become more sophisticated and crimes more complex, the police must turn to speedier and more scientific means of weeding through clues and narrowing down suspects. That’s where the forensics labs come into play. Sasaki Mariko is a highly talented forensics scientist who must dodge stereotypes, as well as disparaging comments from veteran detectives.

Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko Season 5
(Doctor X 5 ~ Surgeon Daimon Michiko ~)
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 12 October 2017
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Nagayama Kento, Uchida Yuki, Suzuki Kosuke, Endo Kenichi, Tanaka Kei, Nomura Shuhei, Nakabayashi Taiki, Uesugi Shuhei, Korenaga Hitomi, Kusumi Koharu, Daichi Mao, Jinnai Takanori, Kishibe Ittoku, Danta Yasunori, Kusakari Masao, Nishida Toshiyuki
Synopsis:

It has been a year since the downfall of Hiruma Shigekatsu (Nishida Toshiyuki) who had engaged in dirty hospital politics. Teito Medical University Hospital enters a new era with its first female hospital director Shimura Madoka (Daichi Mao). While Hiruma acts suspiciously, talented freelance surgeon Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko) fights the organisation head-on.

Juuyou Sankonin Tantei
(Important Witness Detective)
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Fridays, 20 October 2017
Cast: Tamamori Yuta, Koyama Keiichiro, Araki Yuko, Furukawa Yuki, Hotta Akane, Ichii Naoki, Takito Kenichi, Toyohara Kosuke, Nishioka Tokuma
Synopsis: Maneki Kei (Tamamori Yuta) works as a model. He has bad luck with murder cases taking place when he works and thus becomes an important witness in these murder cases. To clear his name, Kei and his model friends Suou Itsuki (Koyama Keiichiro) and Shimon Toma (Furukawa Yuki) attempt to solve the murder cases.

NHK
ASADORA: Warotenka
Air Date: 8am – 8am, Mondays- Saturdays, 02 October 2017
Cast: Aoi Wakana, Matsuzaka Tori, Hamada Gaku, Takahashi Issei, Endo Kenichi, Suzuki Honami, Takeshita Keiko, Chiba Yudai, Hotta Mayu, Tokunaga Eri, Suzuki Kyoka, Hirose Alice, Ohno Takuro, Maeno Tomoya, Fujii Takashi, Edamoto Moe, Hyodo Daiki, Arai Miu, Suzuki Fuku, Maeda Oushiro, Uchiba Katsunori, Okamoto Rei
Synopsis: The 97th Drama Serial is about Ten, a cheerful girl born in Kyoto in the late Meiji period, who finds great joy in a life filled with laughter. After getting married, she and her husband launch a storytellers’ hall management in Osaka, leading her to become the first woman to bring comedy into business in Japan.
TAIGA: Onna Joshu Naotora
(Naotora: The Lady Warlord)
naotora
Air Date: 8 pm, Sundays, 8 January 2017 onwards
Cast: Shibasaki Kou, Sugimoto Tetta, Zaizen Naomi, Maeda Gin, Kobayashi Kaoru, Miura Haruma, Takahashi Issei, Yagira Yuya, Kanjiya Shihori, Muro Tsuyoshi, Ukaji Takashi, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Kariya Shunsuke, Denden, Kakei Toshio, Nakamura Baijaku, Shunputei Shota, Onoue Matsuya, Asaoka Ruriko, Abe Sadao, Nanao, Suda Masaki, Ichihara Hayato, Inoue Yoshio, Hanafusa Mari, Takahashi Hikaru, Wada Masato, Komatsu Kazushige
Synopsis: Thanks to Otowa’s life-risking scheme, Kamenojo escapes from Imagawa’s pursuer and flees to Shinshu. After Naomitsu Ii got killed on suspicion of a rebellion, Masanao Ono, opposed to Naomitsu for some time, seeks to hold power over the Ii family. Ignoring a backlash, Masanao maneuvers to marry off his son Tsurumaru to Otowa in an attempt to take over the Ii family headship.
Kono Koe o Kimi ni
(My Voice For You)
Air Date: 10pm, Fridays, 08 September 2017
Cast: Takenouchi Yutaka, Aso Kumiko, Mimura, Horiuchi Keiko, Matsuoka Mitsuru, Ohara Sakurako, Shuri, Totsuka Shota, Nagase Tasuku, Hiraizumi Sei, Nishina Akiko, Katagiri Hairi, Sugimoto Tetta, Shibata Kyohei
Synopsis: A 46-year-old stubborn math teacher Honami Takashi (Takenouchi Yutaka) has trouble talking with others. His wife (Mimura) left home with her child being fed up with such a boring husband. One day, his boss tells him to go to a speech class but he can’t get along with a female instructor Ezaki Kyoko (Aso Kumiko) and soon quits the class. A few days later, the two meet again at a reading class on the outskirts of the town.
Ashi Girl
Air Date: 6:05 pm, Saturdays, 23 September 2017
Cast: Kuroshima Yuina, Kentaro, Matsushita Yuya, Tomosaka Rie, Kawaei Rina, Furutachi Kanji, Nakajima Hiroko, Shimoda Shota, Kanada Satoshi, Iida Kisuke, Ishiguro Ken, Issey Ogata
Synopsis: Hayakawa Yui (Kuroshima Yuina) is a 16-year-old female high school student who is light on her feet. She happens to travel through time to the Warring States period and encounters young lord Tadakiyo (Kentaro) whom she falls in love with at first sight. To protect him, she decides to become an “ashigaru,” meaning foot soldier in Japanese, and runs through battle fields.
Ueki Hitoshi to Nobosemon
(Hitoshi Ueki and His Pupil)
Air Date: 8:15 pm, Saturdays, 2 September 2017
Cast: Yamamoto Koji, Shison Jun, Yamauchi Takaya, Hamano Kenta, Takeda Rena, Fukami Motoki, Nishimura Hirocho, Perm Taisa, Obata Takahiro, Nakajima Ayumu, Denden, Sakai Maki, Tomita Yasuko, Katsumura Masanobu, Yuka, Yamamoto Sayaka, Nakagawa Shoko, Suzuki Airi, Suzuki Mina, Suzuki Maria, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: Set in 1962, a story revolves around singer and comedian Ueki Hitoshi (Yamamoto Koji), a star of the age, and his young manager (Shison Jun) who later becomes a popular actor and comedian as Komatsu Masao. This drama portrays their teacher and student relationship filled with laughter and tears, including filming scenes of variety shows and movies of those days.

WOWOW
Kataomoi
(Unrequited Love)
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 21 October 2017
Cast: Nakatani Miki, Kiritani Kenta, Kuninaka Ryoko, Otani Ryohei, Suzuki Kosuke, Wada Masato, Nakamura Ann, Mashima Hidekazu, Takatsuki Sara, Akahori Masaaki, Sakai Miki, Oka Mitsuko, Tanaka Yoji, Akiyoshi Kumiko, Tanaka Min, Hashizume Isao
Synopsis: The drama series is based on 2001 novel “Kataomoi” by Higashino Keigo. Hiura Mitsuki (Nakatani Miki) was a former manager for an American-style university football team. During the team’s reunion, teammates and former staff members learn she now lives as a man and she confesses to having killed someone.
Meishi Game
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 02 December 2017
Cast: Tsutsumi Shinichi, Okada Masaki, Otomo Karen, Ochiai Motoki, Yanagi Yurina, Kawai Aoba, Natsuna, Taguchi Tomorow
Synopsis: Quiz show producer Kanda (Tsutsumi Shinichi) and his daughter (Otomo Karen) woke up in a locked room with a mysterious necklace around their necks. A mysterious man X (Okada Masaki) offers to Kanda to play the “Meisha Game” (“Business Card Game”) to save his daughter’s life.
Chinmoku Houtei
(The Silent Court)
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 24 September 2017
Cast: Nagasaku Hiromi, Ichihara Hayato, Okura Koji, Usuda Asami, Fujimoto Izumi, Komoto Masahiro, Kaneda Akio, Kitamura Soichiro, Sugimoto Tetta, Tanaka Tetsushi
Synopsis: A wealthy elderly man (Kitamura Soichiro) who lives alone in Akabane, Tokyo, is found strangled to death. Detectives Imuro Shinji (Sugimoto Tetta) and Nishimura Atsuko (Usuda Asami) of Akabane Police Precinct and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department team up to begin the investigation. They obtain information from neighbours about a woman occasionally going in and out of the victim’s residence. Yamamoto Miki (Nagasaku Hiromi), who runs her own housekeeping agency, emerges in the line of investigation and the detectives of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department rush to her house. However, a Saitama Prefectural Police car is already there. They discover that there have been several other suspicious deaths at her place of work. Who exactly is she and what is the truth? When she is about to be exposed in court, she suddenly clams up on the witness stand
Yochou Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha
Air Date: 12am, Tuesdays, 19 September 2017
Cast: Kaho, Sometani Shota, Higashide Masahiro, Nakamura Eriko, Kishii Yukino, Ishibashi Kei, Yoshioka Mutsuo, Otsuka Hirota, Chiba Tetsuya, Suwa Taro, Watanabe Makiko, Nakamura Makoto, Osugi Ren
Synopsis: Yamagiwa Etsuko’s (Kaho) colleague Asakawa Miyuki (Kishii Yukino) confesses to her that there is a ghost in her house. But when she goes to Miyuki’s house, only Miyuki’s father is there. Worried about Miyuki’s mental state, Etsuko takes her to the psychosomatic medicine department at the hospital where her husband Tatsuo (Sometani Shota) works. It is clear from the results that Miyuki has no sense of the concept of “family”. Etsuko talks to Tatsuo about the discomfort she feels with a new surgeon Makabe Shiro (Higashide Masahiro) introduced at the hospital. However, he only gives a curt reply. Etsuko begins to feel an unknown anxiety as her husband who is always with Makabe, is driven to the edge. She starts to suspect that the series of unusual events happening around her are connected to Makabe.
Cote d’Azur No.10
Air Date: 12am, Tuesdays, 21 November 2017
Cast: Kobayashi Satomi, Oshima Yuko, Matsu Takako, Kaneko Nobuaki, Bengal, Emoto Tokio, Mitsuishi Ken
Synopsis: “Cote d’Azur No.10” tells 9 different stories about the daily lives of ordinary people. Each episode will feature Kobayashi and Oshima playing different characters everytime.

TV TOKYO
Universal Koukokusha ~ Anata no Jinsei, Urikomimasu!
(Universal Advertising Agency)
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 20 October 2017
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Wakui Emi, Katase Nana, Kaname Jun, Yatsui Ichiro, Irie Jingi, Denden, Miyake Yuji
Synopsis:

Sugiyama (Sawamura Ikki) used to be the most popular copywriter at the largest advertising agency. He quits his job and opens up his own advertising agency, but his company doesn’t do very well. He decides to move his company to a dead shopping district of a port town in decline. Even though the port town is lifeless and in serious decline, people go to see Sugiyama with small requests. Sugiyama begins his struggle as a small advertising agency.

Shinjuku Seven
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 14 October 2017
Cast: Ueda Tatsuya, Nakamura Tomoya, Ono Ito, Ieiri Leo, Kudo Ayano, Nonami Maho, Shimada Kyusaku, Tanaka Tetsushi, Natsuki Mari
Synopsis: Nanase (Ueda Tatsuya) runs a pawnshop in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. He is a genius appraiser able to distinguish fakes from originals. He gets pretty much everything at his pawnshop. When clients come to his shop, Nanase appraises their items and also tries to solve their worries.
Setoutsumi
Air Date: 12:52 am, Saturdays, 14 October 2017
Cast: Takasugi Mahiro, Hayama Shono, Kiyohara Kaya, Morinaga Yuki, Katayama Yuki
Synopsis: Utsumi So (Takasugi Mahiro) does not have many friends or any high school club activities. He would spend his free time before going to cram school idling at the riverside. One day, Seto Shokichi (Hayama Shono), who has too much time on his hands after dropping out of the soccer club, shows up. Despite being polar opposites in character, Utsumi and Seto find common ground on one point – killing time. And so, they would chat idly as they spend time together at the usual riverside after classes.
Fringe Man
Air Date: 12:20 am, Sundays, 08 October 2017
Cast: Itao Itsuji, Daito Shunsuke, Fuchikami Yasushi, Morita Kanro, Azuma Mikihisa, Muramatsu Toshifumi, Adachi Yumi, Dan Mitsu
Synopsis: Tasai, Mitsushima and Ango are all married, but they want to have a girlfriend. They know that is not right, but they still want a girlfriend because they are not happy with their marriage life. Their problem is that they don’t know how to find a girlfriend. Mitsushima then brings Ibuse Masumi (Itao Itsuji) who teaches men how to make girlfriends. He first had a girlfriend at the age of 22 and boasts of having 11 mistresses.

NHK BS PREMIUM
Aka Hige
(Red Beard)
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 03 November 2017
Cast: Funakoshi Eiichiro, Nakamura Aoi
Synopsis: Set at Koishikawa Yojosho, a hospital located in Koishikawa, Edo.

Niidekyo Jo (Funakoshi Eiichiro) is in charge of Koishikawa Yojosho. He treats patients there and cares about their personal problems. He is also referred to as “Red Beard.” Yasumoto Noboru (Nakamura Aoi) is a young doctor who who often clashes with Jo. While Noboru deals with various patients, he learns the way to become a true doctor.

Zenryoku Shissou
(Disappearing With All My Might)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 03 September 2017
Cast: Harada Taizo, Ogawa Tamaki, Katsumura Masanobu, Suzuki Rio, Tezuka Toru, Tsuji Kazunaga, Enami Kyoko
Synopsis: Isoyama Takeshi (Harada Taizo), who is a contractual employee at a company, gets informed by his employer that he will be on a perpetual contract and he has no hope of being converted to a permanent employee. At home, he is belittled by his wife Seiko (Ogawa Tamaki) and his 12-year-old daughter Nanami (Suzuki Rio). To make things worse, the secret real estate investment he made without the knowledge of his wife turns out to go against his expectations, thus, causing him to be stuck with increasing interest payments which he can’t make. When he meets a mysterious old woman (Enami Kyoko), he gets the idea to make himself “disappear” for 7 years so that he can be declared legally dead and restart his life.
Otoko no Misao
(A man’s chastity)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 12 November 2017
Cast: Hamano Kenta, Kurashina Kana, Kawaei Rina
Synopsis: A struggling enka singer and single father tries to raise his only daughter and realise their family’s dream of him performing on the NHK Kouhaku show.

(via FUJI TV, NTV, TBS, NHK,Wiki.D-AddictsJdramas WP DramaWiki, )

  • Comments

    • Nikki ok

      I’m interested in these, does it show that I’m into johnny’s dramas yet lol

      Saki ni Umareta dake no Boku
      Wagahai no Heya de Aru
      Juuyou Sankonin Tantei
      Shinjuku Seven
      Setoutsumi

      • Reileen

        is there a Johnnys in Setoutsumi?
        gonna try watching Juuyou Sankonin Tantei for Tamamori. been a long while since I saw his dramas

        • Nikki ok

          No, that’s the only one without a johnny, I picked that one because it seems lighthearted.
          I actually hate detective dramas but just gonna watch that one for tamamori too, if you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the drama “Reverse”, it has tamamori as a serious teacher and is full of suspense, a good drama :)

    • yamakita

      I’m surprised that Ieiri Leo is in a drama. Shinjuku Seven looks the most interesting to me. The rest are kinda meh. Why is Doctor X so popular?!

      • AoZora

        Speaking of Leiri Leo,I liked this song of hers. I don’t follow too much Japanese music except some Johnny’s idol groups.
        https://www.facebook.com/380614575289118/videos/989402871076949/

      • I dont understand Doctor X’s popularity either. I love J-medical dramas but Doctor X is the most ridiculous and the most unrealistic medical dramas out there. Mostly all the operations that they did in there is just impossible to perform in real life and the hospital politic is just so annoying even for my low standard. :P The only saving grace is having Yonekura Ryoko in the lead since she’s amazing but it just sadden me that she will stuck doing this role forever.

        The ratings for this drama is just so ridiculously high that I just dont understand why it is so popular. I’m not petty (lol) but I just wish the medical stuffs in there is more believable since I just keep rolling my eyes when I watched the drama lol.

        • Kylie

          Well dramas like doc x are not made to be realistic in the first place, it’s more of protaying a badass mc. But then again med dramas like code blue are unrealistic as well and don’t even bother with k Med dramas. In my opinion, go with American Med dramas if you want sth realistic.

          • When I mean by realistic, I mean the operations or medical procedures can be done in real life. What makes Doctor X unrealistic is the things that the MC do is basically impossible to be done even no matter how an ace the doctor is (in real life setting). Dont make me start with Kdramas since that one is just the worst. They even wear the oxygen mask upside down. XD

            But why do you said Code Blue is unrealistic? Just curious tho as all the medical procedures in there is pretty basic and normal.

    • AoZora

      There is no drama that I feel like watching.. But will check the initial reviews…

    • AkaneHaga

      thanks for this

      is takei pregnant/not/the shoot done b4 that?

      looklike i will stick to the new asadora

      • Reileen

        she’s currently shooting the drama

    • Fuyuko

      I’m kinda surprised Tori Matsuzaka is doing an Asadora…

    • Not Polka Dot

      Gosh, whatever happened to romance in Japan?

      • I think this is due to the low ratings that romance dramas has to suffer in general. While kdramas need to have romance in basically all of their dramas, Jdramas seemed to be a complete opposite.

        • Not Polka Dot

          But other genres got low ratings as well but they still keep doing them.

        • Mela

          But Nigehaji was a big hit last year, and also Kahogo no Kahoko (It’s not romance, but the otp is super popular in Japan). I miss Japan’s romance drama too, but I’d still watch anything as long as it’s good. Japanese movies are the total opposite though, too many Shoujo manga LA’s to count these recent years.

      • FrozenLand

        Japanese audience are sick of romance dramas. They’ve moved on to corporate and office dramas.

        Police and medical dramas are still well loved by the audience though.

        • Not Polka Dot

          Those police and medical dramas that got good ratings are already well established premises though like Iryu Sousa, Code Blue etc…

          Gomen Aishiteru did quite well last season. Doesn’t hurt if they slip in one or two romance dramas for those who want Jdrama kind of romance. The more variety the better.

          • FrozenLand

            Gomen Aishiteru’s ratings were bad for that TBS 9PM time slot. It’s considered be be Worst No. 11 viewership rating. Just a mere 0.3% more than Oyaji no Senaka at 9.4%.

            I don’t think the TV stations will discuss with other TV stations about what dramas they are producing. All the stations play it safe by producing medical and police dramas.

            • Not Polka Dot

              But for last season, the drama ranked at no. 7 just behind Kanna-san. Doesn’t matter what slot the drama was in. At least it still managed to be in the ranking.

              I don’t care which TV stations are producing. I just want romance dramas to be there.

              • FrozenLand

                If you’re telling me Gomen Aishiteru was ranked in the Top 5 even though it was ranked Worst No. 11 viewership rating, then it might be possible for TBS to consider producing more romance dramas during their Sun 9PM time slot.

                It DOES matters which time slot it’s from. TBS Sun 9PM is their strongest drama time slot. They usually expect dramas from that time slot to be ranked in Top 3 overall at the very least. NOT at No. 7 overall.

                What I’m saying it all stations play it safe by producing medical and police dramas so we don’t have any romance dramas this season.

                • Not Polka Dot

                  If it does matter which time slot it’s from, then TBS wouldn’t be producing Gomen Aishiteru in the first place knowing that romance dramas are not going to work in this era, that too a remake from a Korean drama.

                  I’m pretty sure they planned way ahead which dramas will be produced for every seasons. They probably planned them since last year.

                  • FrozenLand

                    All Japanese dramas are planned at least 6 months to a year in advance. The producer has to make a draft to submit for the powers that be to approve it first, before he/she/they can start cracking on producing the drama.

                    When TBS announced Gomen Aishiteru, it was the same reaction people gave when they know Warner Bros. Japan greenlit Terraformars live action adaptation.

                    There are times when it seems like the general audience are even more in touch with the current market than those higher ups in the TV stations and movie studios.

                    If Gomen Aishiteru was an experiment on TBS side, then the ratings proved that it was an unsuccessful experiment.

                    • Not Polka Dot

                      Then I was right about the dramas being planned at least a year before.

                      Gomen Aishiteru ratings have been consistently ranged between 9’s and the last episode’s rating was 12.8%. It has fixed audience, and it doesn’t dropped drastically, and the one time that it did dropped was because of NTV’s 24hr TV.

                      If it was an experiment, I’d say it was a well done experiment.

                      • FrozenLand

                        It’s a known fact that dramas and movies are planned much ahead. You can produce a drama/movie in a day or two.

                        Not when Gomen Aishiteru is performing below the expectations of its said time slot. Ranked No. 7 overall and Worst No. 11 during the same time slot like I’ve said.

                        A successful experiment? Not at all. TBS certainly wouldn’t be happy with such numbers when they can produce other dramas, air it in the same time slot and garner higher ratings than that.

                        Why waste their precious most valued time slot on a genre that wouldn’t garner the ratings they want?

                        Even Aogeba Toutoshi (TBS Summer 2016 9PM), a high school drama which is yet another genre the audience has grown tired of, has an average rating of 10.58. Relatively higher than Gomen Aishiteru’s 9.73 even though both are summer dramas. Aogeba Toutoshi even stopped airing for a week to make way for Rio Olympics but it still fared well overall.

                        Romance dramas are more suited for TBS Tue 10PM time slot.

                        If you think Gomen Aishiteru fared well as a TBS Sun 9PM drama, good for you then. Sleep tight.

                      • Not Polka Dot

                        I didn’t say it was a successful experiment, all I’m saying is that it worked well enough for a romance genre to be produced for that time slot.

                        But TBS didn’t put the drama for Tue 10PM time slot, didn’t they? I mean it’s their own decision to put Gomen Aishiteru in Sun 9PM slot.

                        They know it’s a romance drama, they know it’s not going to work in that slot but they did it anyway. For an unpopular genre like that, to be fared the way it was in the 9PM slot… yeah. I think it’s good.

                        They have put successful dramas, flop dramas, average dramas in that slot. Each had their own audience, big or small. At the end of the day, the audience enjoyed the show and it’s business as usual.

                        And I sleep very well, thank you very much.

                      • Not Polka Dot
    • SnowDrop

      A handful of these have caught my interest…I think I’ll be busy this fall haha! I’m also happy to see Yanagishita Tomo…it seemed like he disappeared there for a while.

    • gee

      I always look forward to Ayase Haruka’s drama. She’s so fun.

    • death_signs

      Yay thanks for a new season of Doctor X. Can never get sick of it!:)

    • Only interested with Ayase Haruka’s drama this coming season. Its always a joy to see her act. :D

    • Rika

      The model-detective drama sounds fun *lol*
      I was looking forward to Sho’s drama, but the plot sounds kinda… underwhelming tbh. (not sure what I expected though) I will check out the first two episodes and then see, what’s going to happen.
      4-5 dramas caught my interest. Depending on the subs and translations (if there are any) I will watch them.

    • skias onar

      I have a few I want to watch this season:
      Kangoku no ohimesama
      Setoutsumi
      Kataomoi (I usually like series/films based on Higashino Keigo novels)
      Saki ni umareta dake no boku (mostly for the cast)
      and I might watch Keiji yugami and the asadora (if I have the time).

    • Jo

      Shota Sometani!

    • Mela

      Nakamura Aoi’s drama seems legit, not to mention it’s from NHK and set in Edo period. Too many promising dramas tbh, I hope the subbing goes well.

    • Quite a few of these have caught my interest! Hope there will be good subs otherwise I’m boned.

    • yue

      I am interested in the Ayase Haruka’s one (so far it is fun), Katamoi and Kounodori 2. Unfortunately I don’t think these last 2 will be subbed :(

    • katsura

      Unexpectedly, I’m kinda liking what WOWOW has to offer this season…
      Mostly solid leads too. I hope there’ll be people picking up the shows for subbing.

    • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

      Some of these sound interesting. Wish there was a horror drama though. Especially cause it’s October.

    • BeelzGC

      Where’s Border 2? Aside from Asianwiki that said it’s gonna aired in Fall, I can’t seem to find any other news. Is there gonna be a second season or not? Can anyone confirmed?