Upcoming Jdramas 2017- Hanzawa Naoki Sequel, Code Blue 3?

The winter Jdrama season has just started, so naturally there will be announcements and rumors of the new dramas for the next season. Before you get excited or otherwise, please note that several of these dramas are still in the ‘rumored’ stage sourced from tabloids. However, it can also be observed that rumored dramas eventually gets confirmed.

Since we missed out on some new drama announcements, here’s a list of confirmed and rumored dramas (commercial) for next seasons. Arama, what do you think?

Spring (April – June 2017)

Rumor – TBA
Date: 9 pm, Monday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Aiba Masaki

Aiba’s next major project after hosting Kohaku, this drama is rumored to be a mystery drama based from a novel. Aiba’s previous getsu9 2015 drama “Yokoso, Wagaya e” is also in a similar genre.  The drama had an average audience rating of 12.5% and gained high evaluation from viewers. Will an Arashi member recover getsu9’s sluggish ratings?

Confirmed – Crisis Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-han
Date: 9 pm, Tuesday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Oguri Shun, Nishijima Hidetoshi

Early in November 2016, there were sightings of Oguri and Nishijima filming a ‘crime drama’ in Ibaraki prefecture (1, 2, 3)

Oguri and Nishijima play specialists in a secret force called “The Special Investigation Unit”. Oguri plays investigator Inami Akira who sustained serious trauma in a previous special mission and Nishijima plays Tamura Saburo who was transferred from the Public Security Department’s Foreign Affairs Division.

Confirmed – Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy Of Light

Date: 1 am, Wednesday
Station: TBS
Cast: Chiba Yudai, Osugi Ren

Based on real-life experiences of a FFXIV player who wrote a series of posts called “The Father of Light”. The drama will mix live-action and in-game scenes to tell the father and son’s story.

Confirmed – Hito wa Mita Me ga 100%

Date: 10pm, Thursday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kiritani Mirei

Kiritani Mirei plays Jonochi Jun, a researcher at a paper manufacturing company. Her character doesn’t hold any interest in making herself attractive, until she notices that others don’t view her as a woman.

Rumor – TBA
Date: 10 pm, Saturday
Station: NTV
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Takei Emi, Oizumi Yo

NTV’s Saturday 9pm drama moves to 10pm and this is rumored to be the first drama in the said timeslot. Title and contents are still unknown but this is not a sequel to “Kaito Yamaneko”. With this Kamenashi drama, there are also rumors of a KAT-TUN comeback with the theme song.

Rumor – Hanzawa Naoki 2
Date: 9 pm, Sunday
Station: TBS
Cast: Sakai Masato, Ueto Aya

Since the series ended, there’s a clamor for a sequel to this mega hit 2013 drama which scored an average rating of 28.7% and a final episode rating of 42.2%. When lead actor Sakai Masato is committed to the 2016 taiga drama “Sanada Maru”, there were rumors of Abe Hiroshi taking over the sequel. But looks like the rumors of Season 2 are back with the original cast.

After “Hanzawa Naoki”, Sakai had appeared in “Legal High Season 2”, “Dr. Rintaro” and “Sanada Maru”. Since the taiga drama has finished, it is reported that preparation for the production of the sequel to “Hanzawa Naoki” is in place.

Confirmed – Yasuragi no Sato
Date: TBA
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Ishizaka Koji

Elderly home “Yasuragi no Sato La Strada” admits people who were active in the television and movie industry. In this facility, Kikumura Sakae (Ishizaka Koji), a once popular scriptwriter and former huge stars reside.

Summer (July – September)

Rumor – Code Blue ~Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyumei~ Season 3
Date: 9 pm, Monday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Aragaki Yui, Toda Erika

For the summer season, it is usual for dramas with the theme of “sea” to be featured. However, it looks like this will not be the case with Fuji TV’s summer getsu9 in 2017.

This will be the third installment following the first season in 2008 and the second season in 2010. Fuji TV’s SMAP x SMAP ended in 2016 due to the disbandment of the group. In 2017, it is rumored that Johnnys will be starring in the network’s getsu9 drama back to back.

(sources: haru drama, natsu drama, spring list)

  • Comments

    • yamakita

      Yamashita is coming back?! Where has he been lately? Now he’s going to be ojisan doctor of the cast.

      • yamakita

        And I wish Aiba would get a decent drama! This one doesn’t sound interesting, either.

        • Summersplash

          I think it’s perfect for aiba, he’s better in a drama that will attract viewers with its plot, not relying on his acting, he’s a sweetheart, but he’s a bad actor

    • Summersplash

      Please leave Hanzawa Naoki alone.. The ending was perfect

      Gakky had a great streak being a leading actress, kinda seen backwards if she goes back to a mere supporting part in code blue 3

      • No9

        I’d love to see more Hanzawa Naoki!! If I’m not mistaken, I think there are more novels in the series and if so it would be great to see how the story develops.

      • Thomas

        Wasn’t there a huge cliffhanger at the end of Hanzawa Naoki?

        • Reileen

          I think the set up was intentional for the prep of Season 2

      • Dashiya

        I hope they improve the code blue 3 plot a bit than season 1 and 2.
        I’m not sure they can get all the original cast after years, rumor said only Yamapi and Gakki. I think if only the two who remain. her character will more important than only Yamapi’s mere doctor friend or they plan a double lead. I hope a little romance lol

    • Ara

      I hope Hanzawa Naoki 2 is real this time I’m getting tired of waiting :(
      I also hope that Crisis will be good!

    • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

      PLEASE GOD LET THERE BE A SEQUEL TO HANZAWA NAOKI. That was one heck of a Jdrama. One of my favorites<3. Another good one with Oguri Shun was BORDER where he played a detective that can see ghosts. This new one he is doing sounds like it is similar. I doubt they are making a sequel to BORDER though :/.

      • nerissa gibbens

        How i wish there would be a second season to BORDER… that ending tho :/

        • Kokoro Ai

          Yeah me too :(

        • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

          Yeah that ending did not give any closure. If the producers knew the show was not going to have a second season, that they would have made the ending have closure. Oh well :(

        • I wish Kounodori and Mondai no Aru Restaurant also have second season tho…

      • Dalooshe

        Border was awesome. I wish they would do a sequel too :( if only the possibility of my handwritten letter would make a difference for both shows..

        • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

          OMG if you could write a letter that would be awesome (although I don’t know if that would make a difference or not :/). I would if I could but I can’t write in Japanese for shit lol XD.

          • Dalooshe

            There’s no harm in trying in both English and Japanese I guess🤓 I think I might as well just try!

            • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

              True! Now to find that address though lol XD. Do you know where I can possibly find it? I kid you not! I would do it :).

    • Arron Hayre

      Okay im just gonna say it .. Has Erika Sawajiri been blacklisted from the industry or is she being really picky. Only two special drama last year. No appearance in the Shinjuku Swan 2 and no drama role in 2017 (so far), and all she is doing at the moment is presenting some NHK documentary thingy, that only airs her once a month. I can’t girl … I need her in a drama soon.

      • omg I miss her so much too ;-;

      • eeeee

        i don’t know about erika and the industry but she probably wouldn’t have been in shinjuku swan 2 anyway because her story arc is over and her character no longer appears in the original manga.

    • Dashiya

      Please yes for code blue 3 and hanzawa naoki

    • HevRev

      Hoping so much that the Kamenashi drama and KAT-TUN comeback rumour is true…

    • Reileen

      Hanzawa Naoki sequel is somehow not out of the blue. It’s been talked for years. It’s more about if they are prepared enough with a good script.

      Code Blue popping up with a Season 3 is what caught me off guard. Holy shizz that was the first time I saw a medical drama and it floored me lol

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    • Pickme

      code blue 3?!! It’s been long.
      After TV asahi Doctor X , Fuji TV want to try luck with their hit medical drama too?

      I don’t know I want Hanzawa Naoki sequel or not

    • TruthSpeaker

      Eagerly waiting for Kame’s drama. After watching Kaito Yamaneko which I liked very much, was waiting for another drama announcement. Hope the drama gets confirmed.Cant wait for a Kame single or a song from Kattun.
      Code blue series is one of my favorite medical drama. I will look forward to formal announcement for the third season. Hope the rumor is true.

    • An_dromeda

      OMG… Code Blue 3!!!!!! oh i wish its confirmed soon.. i misss Yamapi so bad…. and the whole team !!!

    • Dalooshe

      Hanzawa Naoki is amazing and obviously i’d tune in blocking the entire world but just as much, I hope they do a sequel for Legal High! The show is hilarious and monstrous af <33

      • Supp

        Legal High season 3?

        • Dalooshe

          Can you hear how beautiful this sounds when read out loud?❤

    • light

      I’m fine with a second season of Hanzawa Naoki!=)
      But I so want a Nino drama, it’s been so long since he has been in a nice serie….

      • Himi Tsu

        +1 for Nino T___T

    • Daychan

      there’s 2 out of 5 member in Arashi that hasn’t got lead role for getsuku (Nino and Sho). I hope Nino will get one soon :3 I don’t hope too much for Sho since he’s got a busy schedule already.

    • lukii8

      Code Blue 3?!! I really loved the 1st and 2nd season xD
      One of my favourite medical drama till now.. I hope it’ll be cofirmed
      *Mr Children’s song is playing in my head now… lol

    • Fuyuko

      I haven’t gotten past episode 1 of code blue season 2…

    • Guest

      Hanazawa Naoki started out great but it became embarrassingly bad pretty fast. I have no clue why people act like such a terrible production — full of dumb catchphrases and plotholes — is a truly great Jdrama. It is above average? Yes. It is still quite cringy.

      • Claude Nana

        Cringy for you, not for the japanese audience. And I’m pretty sure they don’t even think about foreigners when they make their shows…

    • Kisha Mane

      hoping so much for Kamenashi Kazuya’s drama! and KAT-TUN’s comeback too. Hope they can confirm it now

    • Mjeena

      Looks fun, but at the moment my attention is still fully on “Uso no Sensou” – it’s such a good drama!!

      • Himi Tsu

        I would love to have my attention on this one but I didn’t find any subtitles :'( Are you watching it raw ?

        • Mjeena

          Yes, thankfully I understand Japanese. But I really hope they start subbing this soon!

    • Ztf

      I only want code blue 3 to happen because of Yamapi… hoping writers fix the plot.

      Aiba again acting in mystery type of drama, oh no, keep it! let him play a little, want to see him more relaxed

    • Reileen

      The comment below inquiring abt Sawajiri Erika was deleted by the user so just gonna leave this comment here. She’s rumored to star in NTV’s Wed drama next Spring, replacing Yoshitaka’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls

    • Kuro Pinku

      I’ve been waiting a long time for Hanzawa Naoki. My dear Kamisama not just rumor, be real onegaishimasu!

    • Hermione48fan

      OH MY GOD!!!!!!. Code Blue is one of my favourite dramas, I never expected them to make a season 3!!!!!!!!. PLEASE, I hope this is true!!!!!!. It would be awesome,I love both seasons!!!! *fangirl mode*.

    • Karen Khoo

      ARAMA should update this list. Some of the above are confirmed.