Upcoming Spring JDoramas 2015

Spring Jdramas are gearing up for airing, with most of the the dramas starting these 2 weeks! For the new season, several TV stations underwent some changes with their drama line up. FUJI TV dropped its Tuesday 9pm drama slot, TBS dropped its Monday 8pm drama slot, and NTV debuts new drama timeslot during Sundays, 10:30 pm. The season also signals the start of the new Asadora drama “Mare” which will run until September.

You can check out the new compiled list of the spring drama line up below.

Arama, what are you planning to watch?

FUJI TV
YOKOSO, WAGAYA E
(Welcome to My Home)
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Mondays, 13 April 2015
Cast: Aiba Masaki, Sawajiri Erika, Arimura Kasumi, Adachi Rika, Fujii Ryusei, Tanaka Mirei, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Horiuchi Keiko, Mashima Hidekazu, Sato Jiro, Takada Junji, Takenaka Naoto, Minami Kaho, Terao Akira
Sypnopsis: Kurata Kenta (Aiba Masaki) lives with his father, Taichi (Terao Akira), his mother, Keiko (Minami Kaho), and his younger sister, Nana (Arimura Kasumi) in an isolated home in the suburbs. He works as an unpopular commercial designer. Kurata possesses a timid personality, which he picked up from his father, but he does not want to be unreliable like him. The relationship between father and son has soured.
One day, while waiting for the train, Kenta warns a man who pushed a woman and cut in line. Kenta is surprised that he spoke out of his normally timid personality. After that incident, Kenta’s family home is targeted by an unknown person with flowers from their garden being pulled out and the seat of a bicycle being torn. Also, Kenta’s younger sister Nana is stalked by her ex-boyfriend.
Kenta and his family try to find out who is responsible.
TATAKAU! SHOTEN GIRL
(Fight! Bookstore Girl)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 14 April 2015
Cast: Watanabe Mayu, Inamori Izumi, Chiba Yudai, Daito Shunsuke, Suzuki Chinami, Inoo Kei, Makita Sports, Kinoshita Houka, Hamada Mari, Inoue Jun, Tanabe Seiichi
Sypnopsis: Pegasus Bookstore is going through hard times due to competition from internet bookstores. Kitamura Aki (Watanabe Mayu) and Nishioka Riko (Inamori Izumi) are employees at Pegasus Bookstore. Aki is 23 years old. She has a strong will and freewheeling personality. She places her job and dreams above marriage. Riko is a 40-year-old single woman. She is the vice-manager at the bookstore. She has pride in her work but realizes she has passed the marriageable age. Due to the generation gap, differences in circumstances and personalities, they differ in their approach towards work and love.
KOKORO GA POKITTO NE
(The Heart Snaps)
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 8 April 2015
Cast: Abe Sadao, Mizuhara Kiko, Fujiki Naohito, Yamaguchi Tomoko, Tokunaga Eri, Yamashita Rio, Nagase Tasuku, Ikezu Shoko, Yamanishi Atsushi
Sypnopsis: Set in Tokyo, the story follows Kojima Haruta (Abe Sadao), a 40-year-old man who hits rock bottom as he fell mentally ill which led him to lose his job, family, and even a place to live. After a certain turn of events, Haruta encounters Otake Shin (Fujiki Naohito), the owner of an antique furniture shop who takes Haruta in and hires him as a furniture repairman in the shop. Touched by such kindness, Haruta promised himself to try to put his life back together but kept himself isolated in order to avoid any additional stress being created. However, things suddenly starts to change as Haruta encounters Hayama Miyako (Mizuhara Kiko), a 26-year-old woman who has a tendency to become overly dependent and extremely obsessed with a man she falls in love with…
ISHITACHI NO RENAI JIJO
(Doctors’ Affairs)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 9 April 2015
Cast: Saito Takumi, Ishida Yuriko, Aibu Saki, Hirayama Hiroyuki, Miyake Hiroki, Itaya Yuka, Ihara Tsuyoshi, Namase Katsuhisa
Sypnopsis: Morita Haruki (Saito Takumi) is a surgeon with a strong sense of justice. He resists the system at the university hospital which prioritizes profits and authority. He is only concerned on saving his patients. Due to his singular nature, he has forgotten how to love. Then he meets Kondo Chizuru (Yuriko Ishida), a surgeon and also his senior. She has been absorbed in her work and has now passed marriageable age. Haruki falls for Chizuru little by little.

NTV
doS DEKA
(Ms. Sadistic Detective)
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Saturdays, 11 April 2015
Cast: Tabe Mikako, Okura Tadayoshi, Yoshida Yo, Yaotome Hikaru, Nakamura Yasuhi, Katsumura Masanobu, Ishii Masanori, Mitz Mangrove, Seto Saori, Suda Yusuke, Ibu Masato, Kishimoto Kayoko
Sypnopsis: An uber-sadistic female detective and her nice-guy cop—an unbeatable partnership?! A delightful police comedy is born!
She has no loyalty to her organization and doesn’t follow any rules. She’s a detective who enjoys seeing people’s troubled faces. Her name is Kuroi Maya (Tabe Mikako). She chose to become a detective because she thought she could torment bad people all she wants. With her sharp intuition, she finds the suspects quicker than anybody else. Beautiful but also a pain in the neck, she unleashes her sadistic ways to round up the bad people from society. This is a story about a never-before-seen uber-sadistic detective.
Her unlucky partner? Daikanyama Shusuke (Okura Tadayoshi), an officer who works in a police box. Caught in between a strong-willed mother and younger sister, he is constantly being pushed around at home. Shusuke and Maya have their chance encounter at a crime scene and the two end up as buddies.
WILD HEROES
 
Air Date: 10:30 pm, Sundays, 19 April 2015
Cast: TAKAHIRO, Aoyagi Sho, Iwata Takanori, Sato Taiki, Nogae Shuhei, Yagi Masayasu, Kuroki Keiji, Sakurada Hiyori
Sypnopsis: A former delinquent, Segawa Kiichi (TAKAHIRO), happens to encounter a lonely 10-year-old girl, Hikari (Sakurada Hiyori), who looks like she is going to be killed by a gangster. He saves her by reflex, but does not get an answer when he asks what is going on. Because of that, he is mysteriously attacked time and again. With his own life in sudden danger, he calls on six friends (Aoyagi Sho, Iwata Takanori, Sato Taiki, Nogae Shuhei, Yagi Masayasu, Kuroki Keiji) from his high school days as a delinquent. These enthusiastic, single-minded men band together to protect her to the end.
DR RINTARO
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 15 April 2015
Cast: Sakai Masato, Aoi Yu, Kichise Michiko, Uchida Yuki, Takanashi Rin, Takahashi Issei, Nakanishi Miho, Matobu Sei, Sakai Wakana, Yo Kimiko, Endo Kenichi, Nagatsuka Keishi, Matsushige Yutaka, Takahata Atsuko, Kohinata Fumiyo
Sypnopsis: His name is Hino Rintaro (Sakai Masato). He listens closely to the aching hearts of people and relieves them of their pain. He publishes many books and makes television appearances. The number of people waiting to receive his consultation continues to grow. Despite his achievements, Dr. Rintaro falls short in one department: love. He even dismisses it by saying “Falling in love is just like a passing mental illness.” One day, during a meal with the president of the university, Rintaro meets a woman. Her name is Yumeno (Aoi Yu), a highly sought-after geisha in Shimbashi. Little did Rintaro know that this encounter would drastically change his life.
RENAI JIDAI
(Love Generation)
 
Air Date: 11:59 pm, Thursdays, 02 April 2015
Cast: Higa Manami, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Satsukawa Aimi, Fuchikami Yasushi, Nakao Akiyoshi, Eguchi Noriko, Yokoyama Mei, Oishi Goro. Matsukawa Akari, Kashii Yu, Sato Ryuta
Sypnopsis: Eto Haru (Higa Manami) works at a sports gym and Hayase Riichiro (Mitsushima Shinnosuke) works at a book store. After a fateful meeting, they eventually marry, but, due to a reason, they divorce only a year and a half later. Even after their divorce, the couple continue to see each other. On their wedding anniversary they have dinner together. Due to a petty quarrel, they begin to search for a potential spouse for each other.

TBS
TENNO NO RYORIBAN
(The Emperor’s Chef)
 
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, 26 April 2015
Cast: Sato Takeru, Kuroki Haru, Kiritani Kenta, Emoto Tasuku, Takaoka Saki, Sato Gajiro, Ashina Sei, Morioka Ryu, Ishibashi Anna, Tsubokura Yoshiyuki, Nishizawa Jinta, Kuroda Daisuke, Onishi Takeshi, Watanabe Mamoru, Okuma Hirotaka, Kido Yuji, Suzuki Ryohei, Takeda Tetsuya, Ito Hideaki, Aso Yumi, Kato Masaya, Hino Yojin, Oshima Satoko, Miho Jun, Sugimoto Tetta, Kobayashi Kaoru
Sypnopsis: Akiyama Atsuzo (Sato Takeru) is a young man living in a rural area. One day, he eats cutlet. That experience leads him to become a cook for western style food. He first goes to Tokyo and then Paris, France to learn about the culinary arts. Fighting against discrimination and prejudice, he becomes a chef at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, France. At the age of 26, he becomes the chef for the Emperor of Japan.
MOTHER GAME ~ Onnatachi no Kaikyuu
(Mother Game ~ Their ranking)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 14 April 2015
Cast: Kimura Fumino, Hasegawa Kyoko, Kanjiya Shihori, Seto Koji, Okada Yoshinori, Adachi Yumi, Kamiji Yusuke, Toyohara Kosuke, Igarashi Hinata, Yokoyama Ayumu, Goto Yuira, Watanabe Reira, Kanon, Emi Kurara, Tominaga Saori, Tanaka Naoki, Maruyama Tomomi, Muroi Shigeru, Ryu Raita, Dan Rei
Sypnopsis: Kanbara Kiko (Kimura Fumino) is a divorcee and raises her 5-year-old son alone. To open a box lunch food store, she moves to her grandfather’s house. She tries to enroll her son Akito into a nursery school there, but a person in charge of the district office tells her Akito can’t attend immediately. Kiko, busy to open her box lunch food store by next month, finds herself in a predicament with her son not having supervision by then. At this time, a director of a kindergarten school, Naraoka Fune, talks to Kiko.
A month later, on the first day of Akito attending the kindergarten school, Kiko becomes nervous by seeing all of the luxurious high-end cars that are pulled up in front of the school and the other mothers who are all carrying pricy handbags. The school is a prestigious institution for children.
Kiko then sees Kamiya Yuki (Kanjiya Shihori). They attended the same middle school and high school. Kiko strikes up a conversation with Yuki, but Yuki cuts her off and tells her that the school isn’t for common people like her.
Among the other mothers there are Yano Satoko (Hasegawa Kyoko), the wife of a doctor, Goto Midori (Adachi Yumi), and former career woman Odadera Marie (Dan Rei), who wields the most power among the mothers at the school. They all have their own individual problems that they can’t tell anyone.
YAMEGOKU ~ Yakuza Yamete Itadakimasu
Yamegoku ~ I’ll have you quit the gangs
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 16 April 2015
Cast: Oshima Yuko, Kitamura Kazuki, Katsuji Ryo, Honda Tsubasa, Tanaka Tetsushi, Shonozaki Ken, Okada Koki, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Miyatake Mio, Matsuoka Emiko, Kamata Erena, Yamaguchi Makiya, Kim Sungrak, Sakata Tadashi, Natori Yuko (guest star), Endo Kenichi
Sypnopsis: Nagamitsu Bakushu (Oshima Yuko) is a mysterious police officer who mans a hotline within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s Organised Crime Department for breakaway yakuza members. After receiving a phone call, the detective in charge has to make contact with the yakuza, protect him, fix things up with the organised crime group which the yakuza belongs to, and finally place the yakuza in a respectable occupation. Although Bakushu ended up supporting the rehabilitation of yakuzas, she somehow treats them like enemies and gets the people around her involved…
Algernon ni Hanataba wo
(Flowers for Algernon)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Fridays, 10 April 2015
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Kuriyama Chiaki, Kubota Masataka, Kudo Asuka, Kikuchi Fuma, Tanimura Mitsuki, Omasa Aya, Kaai Gamon, Ishida Issei, Kusakari Tamiyo, Hagiwara Masato, Ishimaru Kanji
Sypnopsis: Shiratori Sakuto (Yamashita Tomohisa) is 28, but has the intelligence of a 6-year-old boy. He works for Dream Flower Service, a flower distribution centre which provides employment for problem youth. One day, he and a colleague, Yanagawa Ryuichi (Kubota Masataka), delivers a rose bouquet to the apartment building where Mochizuki Haruka (Kuriyama Chiaki) lives. Because Haruka does not know that the deliveryman is mentally challenged, she is shocked by his response and tries to call the police. Haruka works for a brain physiology research centre where Professor Hachisuka Daigo (Ishimaru Kanji) has been studying the improvement of mental performance. He has succeeded in lab experiments on a white mouse called Algernon. Sakuto is transformed into a genius through surgery. But Algernon’s new intelligence begins to fade, and he dies. Sakuto realises that his genius, too, is destined to leave him.

TV ASAHI
Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari Season 10
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Wednesdays, 22 April 2015
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Hara Sachie, Nakagoshi Noriko, Satomi Kotaro
Sypnopsis: The members (Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Taguchi Hiromasa, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru) of the First Investigative Division’s Ninth Section each have personal problems and troubles as individuals before they are police officers. Although these overly individualistic members may even oppose each other in investigations, what unites them is their strong sense of justice. They appear uncoordinated in their actions, but each of them will channel all energies to the arrest of criminals and grapple with difficult cases.
KYOTO NINJOU SOUSA FILE
 
Air Date: 8 pm, Thursdays, 30 April 2015
Cast: Takahashi Katsunori, Matsushita Yuki, Omi Toshinori, Takabe Ai, Suzuki Takayuki, Watanabe Kunito, Ishimaru Kenjiro, Matsudaira Ken
Sypnopsis: There is a special unit of the police (Crime Victims Support Unit) that deals with people who became victims of a crime and their families, helping out and giving them answers to their questions, assisting in funerals and dealing with the media. This unit does not have the authority to actually investigate anything, though, and that makes it hard to convey the truth to those who want to know it. Togakure Tetsuya (Takahashi Katsunori), former detective of the Kyoto Prefectural Police’s First Investigative Division makes it his mission to investigate on his own record.
I’M HOME
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 16 April 2015
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Ueto Aya, Mizuno Miki, Tanaka Kei, Suzuki Kosuke, Yamaguchi Mayu, Arai Hirofumi, Mitsuishi Ken, Watanabe Ikkei, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Nishida Toshiyuki
Sypnopsis: Ieji Hisashi (Kimura Takuya), a salaryman who works for a securities company, has a fuzzy memory of the recent five years because of an accident at his job posting. His wife of five years, Megumi (Ueto Aya) and their 4-year-old son Yoshio (Takahashi Rai) seem to wear masks. He can neither tell their facial expressions nor their emotions. He also struggles about his love for them. On the other hand, Ieji feels an attachment to his ex-wife Nozawa Kaoru (Mizuno Miki), whom he divorced five years ago, and their daughter Subaru (Yamaguchi Mayu). What sort of days did he have in those five years which are a blank to him? Ieji sets out on a journey to find his past self with a mysterious bunch of 10 keys that he has. He becomes aware that he was a cold, career-minded man before the accident, and the persona that is gradually revealed is beyond the imagination of his present kindhearted self.
TENSHI TO AKUMA ~ Mikaiketsu Jiken Tokumei Koshouka
(Angels & Demons ~ Cold Case Anonymous Investigation Unit)
 
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Fridays, 10 April 2015
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Watabe Atsuro, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Naito Risa, Nakamura Shizuka, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Uzaki Ryudo
Sypnopsis: Makita Hikari (Gouriki Ayame) is a police officer. She has a pure personality and doesn’t question people’s motives. Due to her personality, she is constantly deceived by suspects and finds herself relegated to a trivial job in the cold case resource room. One day, a mysterious man, Chajima Ryunosuke (Watabe Atsuro) appears. Through Chajima, Hikari begins works in the newly formed Cold Case Anonymous Investigation Unit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The department tackles unsolved cases by offering leniency to suspects for information on the main culprits. Ryunosuke Chajima is himself a devious attorney. Why he takes part in the Cold Case Anonymous Investigation Unit is unknown.

NHK
ASADORA: MARE
 
Air Date: 8am – 8:15am, Mondays- Saturdays
30 March 2015 – 26 September 2015
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Oizumi Yo, Tokiwa Takako, Hayama Shono, Tanaka Min, Yamazaki Kento, Itao Itsuji, Nakamura Atsuo
Sypnopsis: Mare (Tsuchiya Tao) is an elementary school student. She lives with her family in the city, but, right before her father goes bankrupt, they run away and settle down at a fishing village in Noto. The family rents a couple’s home who run a salt pond. Mare’s father starts a new business, but it also fails. Her mother supports the family by working at the salt pond. 8 years later, Mare, about to graduate from high school, decides to work for the Wajima local government. She wants to have a steady job, unlike her father. Her job is to support people who move to Noto.
TAIGA: HANA MOYU
(Flower Burns)
 
Air Date: 8 pm, Sundays, 4 January 2015 onwards
Cast: Inoue Mao, Osawa Takao, Iseya Yusuke, Kora Kengo, Higashide Masahiro, Seto Koji, Harada Taizo, Kitaoji Kinya, Ishimaru Kanji, Yuka, Okuda Eiji, Nagatsuka Kyozo, Kaname Jun
Sypnopsis: It was the year 14 of the Tempo era (1843), a little girl was born into the Sugi family. Named Fumi (Inoue Mao), she is the 4th daughter in the family, also the younger sister of Bakumatsu-era Choshu Domain philosopher Yoshida Shoin (Iseya Yusuke) She went on to marry Katori Motohiko, becoming his second wife after her elder sister, Ju. Fumi also married Kusaka Genzui (Higashide Masahiro) a key person in the Sonno Joi faction in the Choshu Domain. However, Kusaka later passed away so Fumi remarried Katori Motohiko, the first mayor of Gunma Prefecture.
64
 
Air Date: 9 pm, Saturdays, 18 April 2015
Cast: Pierre Taki, Kimura Yoshino, Arai Hirofumi, Nagayama Kento, Yamamoto Mizuki, Hagiwara Masato, Takahashi Kazuya, Iriyama Anna, Murakami Jun, Yoshida Eisaku, Nakahara Takeo, Danta Yasunori, Shibata Kyohei
Sypnopsis: While the public relations office of D Prefectural Police is having a confrontation with the correspondents’ club, over the issue of the anonymity of perpetrators, it is decided that a Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department director will inspect the home of the family of the victim in “64”, an important unsolved case with its statute of limitation about to run out one week later. The kidnapping and murder of Shoko-chan which took place in just 7 days in 1989 (Showa 64) was the worst in D Prefectural Police’s history. The family of the deceased decline the director’s visit to offer condolences. A gag order is imposed on those involved in 64 such as the investigators at the time. An iron curtain between the Criminal Investigations Department and the Police Affairs Department. A mysterious memo. Then a new kidnapping that happens right before the director’s inspection, is a exact copycat of 64..
BIJO TO DANSHI
(A Beauty and a Man)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 14 April 2015
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Machida Keita, Segawa Ryo, Nakahara Takeo, Tajima Reiko, Tokunaga Eri, Maekawa Yasuyuki, Azuma Mikihisa, Takahashi George, Nakayama Masei, Asano Kazuyuki, Morimoto Leo, Maya Kyoko, Kusakari Masao
Sypnopsis: A capable but unpopular showbiz manager, Kazuko (Nakama Yukie), struggles to groom a younger, new male actor, Ryo (Machida Keita), whom she had scouted, into a star. An unmotivated Ryo slowly becomes conscious of the pleasures of acting. Bonds of camaraderie grow, and before long, love gradually blossoms between them.
KABUKIMONO KEIJI
 
Air Date: 8 pm, Thursdays, 09 April 2015
Cast: Fuji Tatsuya, Nakamura Aoi, Nishiuchi Mariya, Kudo Asuka, Enami Kyoko, Aoyama Noriko, Dan Mitsu, Fueki Yuko, Tabata Tomoko, Maeda Beverly, Kakuda Nobuaki, Ibu Masato, Hino Shohei
Sypnopsis: At the time Tokugawa Ieyasu won the battle of Sekigahara, the Uesugis had their vast 1,200,000 koku holdings in Aizu drastically curtailed to 300,000 koku in Yonezawa, Dewa Province. Great numbers give up on the future and leave Yonezawa. In the midst of this, Maeda Keiji (Fuji Tatsuya) remains in this place and chooses to live with people facing difficulties. Over 60, he lives in a shabby, secluded hut and contemplates the “right time”. On the other hand, his son, Shinkuro (Nakamura Aoi), objects to Keiji being fond of drinking and absorbed in the cultural pursuits such as poetry, painting and calligraphy, and nothing like the brave general he is famed to be. However, Keiji “performs” when it comes to the crunch. Although he has considered retirement, he is willing to sacrifice himself in order to protect the Uesugis. Shinkuro is gradually fascinated by his broad-mindedness and his way of life …

WOWOW
YAMI NO BANSOSHA
(Partner in Darkness)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 11 April 2015
Cast: Matsushita Nao, Furuta Arata, Tanaka Tetsushi, Kaname Jun, Fujii Mina, Nomaguchi Toru, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Bengal, Ishimaru Kenjiro, Maya Kyoko, Morimoto Leo, Hirata Mitsuru
Sypnopsis: A year after manga master Ajima Fumiya’s (Bengal) death, 50 unpublished sketches are discovered. The sketches appear to be the work of Ajima Fumiya, but the sketches shows details from several missing women cases that occurred 35 years earlier. His wife (Maya Kyoko) asks the Department Head of Ajimapuro (Kaname Jun) to find out if the sketches are the work of her late husband. Ex-police officer Mizuno Yuki (Matsushita Nao) receives a request to investigate the origins of the 50 sketches. Mizuno then enlists the help of Daigo Shinji (Furuta Arata), an expert of the manga world.
YUME O ATAERU
(To Give a Dream)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 16 May 2015
Cast: Komatsu Nana, Kikuchi Rinko, Ota Shingo, Nagaoka Tasuku, Kageyama Tai, Mackenyu, Hamada Tatsuomi, Tani Kanon, Tanaka Min, Kaho, Asano Kazuyuki, Odagiri Joe
Sypnopsis: Thirteen years ago, the French-Japanese Abe family moved to a town in the suburbs. A model of the perfect family, their beautiful daughter, Yuko (Komatsu Nana), takes part in a commercial audition and was hand-selected by the director of the advertising agency.
Years later, on the cusp of her mainstream popularity, Yuko transfers to a large entertainment company and her career takes off as she covers magazines and is featured on variety shows and in drama series. Troubled by the difficulties of balancing her public and personal life, her nightmare begins…
SCAPEGOAT
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 12 April 2015
Cast: Kuroki Hitomi, Ishimaru Kanji, Sasaki Nozomi, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Koichi Mantaro, Aijima Kazuyuki, Mitsuishi Ken, Jinbo Satoshi, Kobayashi Takashi, Nishioka Tokuma, Furuya Ikkou
Sypnopsis: College Professor Misaki Hiroko (Kuroki Hitomi) is contacted by the executive of a TV station, Yagisawa Shun (Ishimaru Kanji). Yagisawa Shun is her ex-boyfriend, but they have not seen each other in 20 years.
Yagisawa contacted Misaki, because Yamashiro Taizo (Furuya Ikko) asked him to introduce her to him. Yamashiro is the leader of the Meisei Party and hopes to retake power in the next election. He wants Misaki to become a minister in his party. Misaki balks at the offer, because she doesn’t like politicians.
Several days later, newspapers report that Misaki is now a minister. This was planned by Yamashiro and she decides to enter politics with her husband’s, Misaki Nobuaki’s (Kobayashi Takashi) support. Right after she takes office, a crisis ensues for her.
TEMISU NO KYUUKEI
(Themis’s Recommended Sentence)
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 10 May 2015
Cast: Naka Riisa, Sugimoto Tetta, Takaoka Sosuke, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Endo Yuya, Tonesaku Toshihide, Otozuki Kei, Hotaru Yukijiro, Sato Jiro, Kishitani Goro
Sypnopsis: Hirakawa Serina (Naka Riisa) is a deputy director at a public prosecutor’s office. Her father (Hotaru Yukijiro) was a police officer, but killed. Kentaro was charged for murdering her father. Serina’s father was investigating Kentaro and his involvement in a string of thefts inside of cars. Kentaro was found guilty for the murder. Serina admired Prosecutor Tajima Ryoji (Kishitani Goro) who extracted a confession from Kentaro.
Now, Serina works for Prosecutor Ryoji. One day, Kentaro insists he is innocent of the murder charge and kills himself in prison.
Several days later, Prosecutor Ryoji meets Attorney Kuromiya (Sato Jiro). The attorney defended Kentaro in the murder case. Attorney Kuromiya tells Prosecutor Ryoji about the real killer in the murder case. Soon, Attorney Kuromiya is found dead. Doubts about the death of Serina’s father is aroused. Prosecutor Ryoji is suspected in the murder of Attorney Kuromiya. Serina is dumbfounded by the recent chain of events. She soon begins to investigate the two murder cases: her father’s murder and the death of Attorney Kuromiya.

TV TOKYO
LOVE RIRON
 
Air Date: 11:58 pm, Mondays, 13 April 2015
Cast: Ono Takuro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Seino Nana, Takeda Shinji
Sypnopsis: Imada Satoshi (Ono Takuro) has come to Tokyo from Ibaraki only with dreams of being popular. He falls in love at first sight with Kiritani Reiko (Seino Nana), a beautiful girl he meets at a welcome party for new students, but is hindered by frivolous guys. It comes to an end before he can do anything. Several days later, Imada starts to work at one of Tokyo’s many night clubs in an attempt to change his loser self. Even though this nocturnal underworld overwhelms him, there is something more shocking. Reiko, the girl he adores, has joined the club as a hostess. However, she scarcely notices him and behaves like he is a stranger. Imada is forlorn and thinks there is no hope. Then the mysterious club manager appears before him. This man is Mizuno Aiya (Kataoka Ainosuke), a master in love. He imparts a love theory to Imada. Reiko, who has put up emotional barriers, gradually begins to open up … …
SANBIKI NO OSSAN SEASON 2 ~ Seigi no Mikata, Futatabi!
(Three Middle-Aged Men Season 2)
 
Air Date: 7:58 pm, Fridays, 24 April 2015
Cast: Kitaoji Kinya, Izumiya Shigeru, Shiga Kotaro, Ono Takuro, Mine Azusa, Komoto Masahiro, Nishida Naomi, Fujita Yumiko, Nakada Yoshiko
Sypnopsis: Kiyota Kiyokazu (Kitaoji Kinya), Tachibana Shigeo (Izumiya Shigeru) and Arimura Norio (Siga Kotaru) are childhood friends. Upon reaching the retirement age, Kiyota had to retire from his job, only to take up contract work at a Game Center. Shigeo owns an izakaya (Japanese pub) and used to run it until recently, having handed over the reins to his son, Kosei. Norio is a manager of a machinery equipment manufacturing plant. Back in high school, the three of them were part of the “Three Bad Boys” group. Kiyota is an expert in Kendo, while Shigeo has a black belt in Judo, and Norio is an ex-military strategist. All in their 60’s now, the 3 of them get together to form a vigilance committee, and patrol the neighborhood at night.
FUBENNA BENRIYA
(Inconvenient Benriya)
 
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 11 April 2015
Cast: Okada Masaki, Suzuki Kosuke, Endo Kenichi, Moriyama Eiji, Triendl Reina, Morisaki Hiroyuki, Sakuma Mio, Tanaka Yoji, Inoue Takashi,
Sypnopsis: Matsui Hideo (Suzuki Kosuke) runs a benriya (odd jobs for hire) in a small nameless Hokkaido village. Umemoto Soichi (Endo Kenichi) has divorced 3 times. Screenwriter Takeyama Jun (Okada Masaki) wants to go to Furano, but the bus to Furano becomes stranded due to a snowstorm. Takeyama stops at a bar to eat, but at the bar he loses his wallet and cellphone. Takeyama is now obliged to stay in the small and nameless village.
Matsui, Umemoto and Takeyama are now all at Matsui’s Benriya.

NHK BS PREMIUM
LIQUID ~ Oni no Sake, Kiseki no Kura
 
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 12 April 2015
Cast: Ito Hideaki, Emoto Tasuku, Tsugawa Masahiko
Sypnopsis: A sake brewery of long standing in Kanazawa is deep in the red. The owner’s only son Sagara Shuichi (Ito Hideaki), an elite banker, resigns from the bank because of something that came up, and decides to stake his life on making sake. Grasping at straws, he clings to the legendary master brewer, Washio Yusaku (Tsugawa Masahiko). However, Yusaku is the man feared as an ogre. Shuichi is prepared to be “eaten by the ogre”, but he is thrust into a difficult position when he sinks further into debt because of Yusaku’s pursuit of “perfect sake making”. Moreover, the brewers working for Yusaku are strangers to sake making. They are men and women who have lost their places to go for their own reasons, and have moved in with the sake brewery. One of them is Shuichi’s cousin, Naoki (Emoto Tasuku). In the middle of preparing the daiginjo sake on which the fate of the sake brewery rests, an unusual and unpredicted change takes place before Naoki’s eyes. Will the sake brewery be turned around when the drops of liquid of their quest flow?
KAMIYA GENJIRO TORIMONO HIKAE SEASON 2
 
Air Date:  8 pm, Fridays, 03 April 2015
Cast: Takahashi Mitsuomi, Nakagoshi Noriko, Yamazaki Shigenori, Takahashi Kazuya, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Sato Jiro, Ono Takehiko, Kishimoto Kayoko, Nakamura Baijaku
Sypnopsis: Kamiya Genjiro (Takahashi Mitsuomi) is an extraordinary policeman. His intelligence and analytical mind see him solving all the crimes in the town of Kitamachi, during the Edo period. His good-for-nothing boss assigns all cases to him, as Genjiro is relentless in resolving the crimes. However, there is one crime that Genjiro is dying to resolve, and that is murder of his mother and sister 14 years ago. At that time, the magistrate in charge had let the case go unsolved due to pressure from the powers-to-be. The only clue Genjiro has is that it must be someone powerful, in order for the magistrate not to pursue the matter.

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  • Comments

    • shinryu

      Tatakau shoten girl for something relaxing
      Yamegoku because I like yakuza theme and I wonder how is Yukos acting now LOL
      and maybe more depending on subs C:

    • eplizo

      Quite a few series that I at least want to give a try since my fave actors are in them lol.

      • Eve

        yea dear lord. yamapi please be decent…. i mean i watched and enjoyed Summer Nude but he wasn’t really doing anything challenging and everyone else in the drama: Karina, Toda Erika, etc. were amazing so it was watchable but yamapi is really going to have to bring it. i hope during his probation period he was doing some hardcore acting lessons. this story really left an impact on me when i first read it years ago. i hope he does it justice.

    • Bell

      Looks like I’ll be watching a lot of TBS.

    • utabuta

      There’s no dorama that interest me this season… I will try a few but unlike usual I have no dorama that I want to watch for sure…
      I’ll try watching Kokoro ga pokitto ne, Fuben na Benriya and I’m Home…

    • Guest

      Yokoso Wagaya E & I’m Home are the ones I’m looking forward to the most.

      and Sanbiki no Ossan is getting a 2nd Season?! OMG YES.

    • lllllllllllllllllllllllll

      Another season will pass by and still no Hanzawa Naoki season 2. (-_-) Looks like I will just have to settle for Dr. Rintaro.

      Oh and it’s nice to see Tabe Mikako and Okura Tadayoshi together again for the 3rd time.

      • Reileen

        we’ll get Legal High 3 before Hanzawa Naoki season 2 LOL

        • lllllllllllllllllllllllll

          Haha true. XD I don’t mind that at all. I love Legal High, and I think it will mirror Trick’s success. All it needed are movies and you have another Trick in the making.

    • Stef

      Algernon! idk abt the rest. Kimura’s drama looks interesting as well. I want to see them into transition.

    • Mayura48

      Tatakau Shoten girl will be like a smooth-comedy-romance.. i’m looking forward to it.

      and i think Dr.Rintaro will got a high rating… i would like to see that.

      also Doctor affairs and I’m home seems interisting.. not also to mention Flower of Algernon, i think its like gonna have a deep story in their plot, so, i would like to see that too..

    • Nina Dunlop

      DoS Deka teasers & stills look insanely cute and funny …. Tabe & Okura make an adorable pair #cantwait

    • hotaru hime

      looking forward to these~!! spotted some synopsis that caught my eyes!
      and also familiar actors & actresses, i’d give the 1st episode a try to see how it goes :D

    • Valentine

      Algernon, of course, I’ve waited for too long

    • Abe Sadao♡

    • Emperor’s Chef all the way. I’ve heard they reunite the crew ensemble that made JIN series to work together again. It’s a no nonsense deal IMHO.

    • Cathy

      Will watch the following because of the genre:
      doS Deka
      Yamegoku
      Tenno no Ryoriban

      Will try the following just for the cast:
      Yokoso, Wagaya E
      Dr Rintaro
      Mother Game
      Algernon

    • omi

      not happy with this season’s most of drama :(

    • Nikki

      Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari Season 10, I’m Home and Scapegoat

    • AAApanda

      kinda excited for kimuras drama!

    • MangoLover

      Definitely will watch Tennou no Ryouriban, Flowers for Algernon and maybe Dr. Rintarou.

    • qgrrsecm

      will watch Dr. Rintarou for sure :)

    • nikki

      Dr Rintaro with sakai masato sounds interesting
      Algernon ni Hanataba wo with yamapi
      YUME O ATAERU
      LOVE RIRON

    • DR RINTARO is promising.

    • Hm

      I’ll definitely watch the one with Rinko Kikuchi and the one with Kazuki Kitamura if I can find them with English subs.

    • pinkmonster

      So many dramas I’m anticipating this season.
      Yokoso Wagaya E (must watch for Arimura and Sawajiri)
      Tatakau Shoten Girl (For Mayu, and the story seems fairly interesting)
      Kokoro ga Pokkito ne (I’ll give this a try for Kiko)
      doS Deka (because the character of the female lead sounds fun)
      Mother Game (cast full of female leads, making it an immediate must watch for me)
      Yamegoku (Yuko’s first lead drama, therefore a must watch for me)
      I’m Home (as a huge Ueto Aya fan this is a no brainer)
      Mare (please someone sub this!! I need my asadora fix)
      Bijo to Danshi (because of Nakama Yukie)

      There’s no way I’m gonna finish all of them though ofc. I’m basically gonna sample all of them (that will get subbed. especially praying for Mare) and just choose the ones I like the most. I still have a couple more dramas to watch from the Winter Season T___T

    • DR. RINTARO, TENNO NO RYORIBAN, MOTHER GAME, I’M HOME, YUME O ATAERU

    • Chriis

      Looks like there’s gonna be a few interesting dramas to check out.

    • esten

      Takaku Shouten girl & YAMEGOKU <3

    • yamakita

      All seem kinda meh. Only the Okada Masaki drama seems fun.

    • yamakita

      Just watched a preview of Algernon ni Hanataba wo. Yamashita went full retard.

    • Georgina

      I have watched Algernon ni Hanataba wo episode 1 & just loved Yamashita Tomohisa’s acting as the retarded man.