Upcoming Spring JDramas 2016

Hello Arama readers! Finally, we got the seasonal list of Jdramas for spring 2016 up!

The new season signals the start of the new asadora drama “Toto Nee-chan” starring Takahata Mitsuki. Fuji TV cancelled its Wednesday 10pm drama slot and brought back its Sunday 9pm drama slot. It will be going head to head with TBS’ Sunday theatre slot, with a family drama starring Charlotte Kate Fox and Ashida Mana.

Due to the recent huge earthquake in Japan, the premiere episodes of several dramas were postponed and some promotional activities were cancelled.

The dramas have already started airing. Arama, have you watched any? Let’s hear you first impressions on the spring dramas!

FUJI TV
LOVE SONG
lovesong
Air Date:9 pm, Mondays, 11 April 2016
Cast:Fukuyama Masaharu, Fujiwara Sakura, Suda Masaki, Kaho, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Kinoshita Houka, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Suruga Taro, Tanaka Tetsushi, Yuki Saori, Uzaki Ryudo, Mizuno Miki
Synopsis:The protagonist Kamishiro Kohei (Fukuyama Masaharu) once worked as a professional musican, but he could not produce any hit songs after having only one hit. Eventually his contract with the recording label was cancelled. Feeling the limits of his talent as a musician, Kohei left the music industry. Twenty years later, Kohei now works as a corporate counselor, but his passion for music never really went away. One day, a young woman named Sano Sakura (Fujiwara Sakura) comes to his office for counseling. Sakura grew up in an orphanage and lives bearing sense of loneliness. Though she is poor at communicating with people, but she happens to be gifted with beautiful singing voice. Over time, the two start to connect through music and gradually find hope and inspiration in life.
BOKU NO YABAI TSUMA
(My Dangerous Wife)
TSUMA
Air Date:10 pm, Tuesdays, 19 April 2016
Cast:Ito Hideaki, Kimura Yoshino, Aibu Saki, Asaka Kodai, Mashima Hidekazu, Kimura Midoriko, Takahashi Issei, Sato Ryuta, Miyasako Hiroyuki
Synopsis:The wife had only wished for one thing, and one thing only… but when she realized that her wish would not come true, she began plotting a dreadful revenge on her husband.

Married to a beautiful wife from rich family and running his own café business which he started after leaving a major advertising agency, Mochizuki Kohei (Ito Hideaki) seemed to lead a picture-perfect life that anyone would be envious of. However, underneath the surface, Kohei was tired of having to do things to please his overly-controlling, manipulative wife Maria (Kimura Yoshino). To put an end to his misery, Kohei decides to kill his wife Maria and plots a murder with his lover. One day, as he comes home and finds what appears to be blood on the floor. Maria, however, is nowhere to be seen. Kohei then becomes the suspect in her possible murder.

Hayako-sensei, Kekkon Surutte Hontou desu ka?
(The Single Teacher Miss Hayako)
hayako
Air Date:10 pm, Thursdays, 21 April 2016
Cast:Matsushita Nao, Kanjiya Shihori, Sato Hitomi, Tanaka Kei, Maihane Mimi, Mamiya Shotaro, Kawaei Rina, Koshiba Fuka, Yamauchi Takaya, Tanokura Yuta, Bito Isao, Matsuzaka Keiko
Synopsis:“The Single Teacher Ms. Hayako” is the first TV drama adaption of Tastuki Hayako’s comic essay series based on the personal experience of the author herself. The protagonist Tasuki Hayako (Matsuhshita Nao) is an elementary school gym teacher. Always cheerful, big-hearted and open-minded by nature, she comes off as a wonderful woman with no flaws, but she also has goofy, quirky side to her and likes to be silly with kids. She’s generally content with her life, but as far as her love life is concerned, Hayako is rather indifferent: she just vaguely hopes to eventually get married someday with someone that she loves. However, after her father is hospitalized, she starts to think seriously about finding a partner for herself and decides to take steps towards getting married.
HI NO KO
(The Sparks)
hi no ko
Air Date:11:40 pm, Saturdays, 02 April 2016
Cast:Santamaria Yusuke, Yuka, Kinami Haruka, Okura Koji, Sato Ryuta, Shono Rin, Sakoda Takaya, Asaka Mayumi, Ibu Masato
Synopsis:A quiet residential area in Tokyo.
Retired judge Kajima Isao (Ibu Masato) and his family have a peaceful life until Takeuchi Shingo (Santamaria Yusuke), an acquitted suspect in a murder trial that the judge once presided over, moves next door. Takeuchi smiles amiably, gives thoughtful presents, and even helps care for the elderly. He wins the Kajima family’s hearts with his exuberant good will. However, mysterious things keep happening around the Kajima house…Original author Shizukui Shusuke is a mystery writer who has won a number of awards. Several of his works have been made into feature films and TV dramas, such as the suspenseful, deep Closed Note and Partners by Blood. The theme of “familial love” can also be found in many of his works.
OUR HOUSE
our house
Air Date:9:00 pm, Sundays, 17 April 2016
Cast:Ashida Mana, Charlotte Kate Fox, Yamamoto Koji, Kato Seishiro, Terada Kokoro, Matsuda Serika, Watanabe Mai, Tsukamoto Takashi, Matsushita Yuki, Hashizume Isao
Synopsis:Set in the residential suburb of Tokyo, the story revolves around the Ban Family with four kids and a widow father. Since their loving mother passed away from illness six months ago, the eldest daughter, 12-year-old Sakurako (Ashida Mana) has taken care of all the household chores and manages the family alone. While the four siblings are still feeling down from the loss of their mother, their father Sota (Yamamoto Koji) returns home from his work in the U.S. along with a young American woman named Alice Shepherd (Charlotte Kate) whom he decided to marry almost instantly. Unhappy that her father has remarried so soon, Sakurako tries various ways to drive Alice out of the house. On the other hand, Alice believes that her encounter with Sota was true fate and is determined to become the new mother of the Ban Family. Will she eventually befriend the children? Will Sakurako and Alice ever understand each other?

NTV
OMUKAE DESU
(Goodbye Ghosts!)
omukae
Air Date:9 pm, Saturdays, 23 April 2016
Cast:Fukushi Sota, Tsuchiya Tao, Kadowagi Mugi, Suzuki Ryohei, Hamada Kokone, Nomaguchi Toru, Morinaga Yuki, Otomo Karen, Negishi Takuya, Hirukawa Yu, Matsukawa Akari, Kobayashi Rio, Ishino Mako, Osugi Ren,
Synopsis:What’s this bizarre part-time job? Helping spirits cross over to the other side.

The emotionally blocked science geek Tsutsumi Madoka (Fukushi Sota) and the uber-expressive jockette Aguma Sachi (Tsuchiya Tao) attend the same college. The two are like oil and water–they have nothing in common and simply don’t understand each other’s train of thought. Yet a bizarre part-time job brings the two of them closer.

It was at an old friend’s funeral that Madoka began to see ghosts. Death, wearing a bunny rabbit suit and acting quite shallow, eventually coerces him to work as a guide to bring spirits to the other world. It turns out that Sachi, who really despises him, is already working there!
While Madoka and Sachi busy themselves helping spirits fulfill any last remaining wishes, they find their romance growing. This is a zany love comedy you surely won’t want to miss!

Yutori desuga Nani ka
(We’re Millennials. Got a problem?)
yutori
Air Date:10:30 pm, Sundays, 17 April 2016
Cast:Okada Masaki, Matsuzaka Tori, Yagira Yuya, Ando Sakura, Taiga, Shimazaki Haruka, Tezuka Toru, Yoshida Kotaro, Aoki Sayaka, Takahashi You, Nakada Yoshiko, Yamoto Yuma, Shoji Yusuke, Yoshioka Riho, Kato Ryo, Komatsu Kazushige, Kikuchi Misato
Synopsis:It is said that ever since a reform was made to Japan’s educational system in 2002, aptitude levels have plummeted. Students who were in school right at that time have gone off into the real world and are being criticized as “lacking in ambition and competitiveness,” as well as “lacking in cooperativeness.” Society calls them the “yutori generation” (relaxed generation).

This drama focuses on three young adults who were all born in 1987, the first wave of the “yutori generation.” They meet each other through “Rental Uncle,” a service that dispatches a middle-aged man to give advice to the younger crowd.

Masakazu (Okada Masaki) is your ordinary 29-year-old corporate employee. He studied hard for his college entrance exams and passed on the first try. He was serious about finding a job and eventually got hired by a food manufacturing company.

Born into a family of educators, there was never any doubt that Yamaji (Matsuzaka Tori) would become an elementary school teacher. Called by the students as “yutori sensei” (relaxed teacher), Yamaji’s students are getting low grades and the mothers are beginning to complain.

And then there’s Maribu (Yagira Yuya), who was born into an elite family and always got stellar grades and did well in sports, but failed the college entrance exams. Ten years later, Maribu is still trying to get into Japan’s top university.

A story woven by three young adults and a “Rental Uncle” who at times will make you laugh and at times cry. You’ll find yourself completely immersed in this drama that is reminiscent of a challenging survival game!

Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi
(The Most Difficult Romance)
romance
Air Date:10 pm, Wednesdays, 13 April 2016
Cast:Ohno Satoshi, Haru, Koike Eiko, Kotaki Nozomu, Shimizu Fumika, Wakabayashi Makoto, Fudauchi Kota, Nishihori Ryo, Sugimoto Tetta, Maruyama Tomomi, Miyake Hiroki, Kitamura Kazuki
Synopsis:34 years old, single, wealthy, unpopular. He has a difficult personality and has never fallen in love, but he is finally about to meet the one that will knock him off his feet!
This owner of world-class hotels is indeed quite good-looking and makes a lot of money, but every single woman who has come near him quickly runs the other way as soon as they see his true colors. It turns out that he is a flawed character who judges others quite harshly, while being ever so lenient with himself. It seems rather unbelievable, but even he is about to fall in love for the first time!His first attempt at love is riddled with challenges. His arrogance gets the better of him and inhibits him from approaching his dream girl. What kind of a woman is she? Well, she’s difficult to read and has a mysterious air about her, but she doesn’t seem to be good at reading others as well. Despite all of this, he wants her to fall for him too.His love is sincere but his courtship techniques are too amateur! At times he tries to move her to tears, at times he tries to make her laugh. And at times he makes her just want to pull her hair out! Oh, the things he does to make her fall for him…”Why does she hate me so much? Am I doing something wrong?” He has lived his entire life believing that he was always right. Now, his values are beginning to shake at the very core. As more and more Japanese youth are opting out of romance, this is a timely drama that depicts a man who suddenly discovers love and is about to embark on “The Most Difficult Romance.”
DOCTOR CAR
doctor car
Air Date:11:59 am, Thursdays, 07 April 2016
Cast:Goriki Ayame, Nakamura Shunsuke, Fueki Yuko, Kinoshita Houka, Naito Risa, Kubota Maki, Endo Yuya, Ito Takaaki, Yokoyama Ayumu, Azuma Chizuru, Katase Rino
Synopsis:Unlike an ambulance, a doctor car is an emergency vehicle that doctors ride to scenes where patients are in critical condition in order to diagnose and administer emergency medical treatment quickly. This actually raises the survival rate significantly. Tendo Ichika (Goriki Ayame) is an unmarried mother of a 5-year-old child and a new doctor of a general hospital’s doctor car medical team. Asagi Yusuke (Nakamura Shunsuke), who is the only son of the hospital’s director, thinks the doctor car is expensive junk and plots to get it scrapped. He is also unusually hostile to Ichika and the other members of the hospital follow him in picking on her endlessly.

TBS
9.9 ~ KEIJI SENMON BENGOSHI
(99.9 Criminal Lawyer)
99.9
Air Date:9pm, Sundays, 17 April 2016
Cast:Matsumoto Jun, Kagawa Teruyuki, Eikura Nana, Aoki Munetaka, Katagiri Jin, Magy, Watanabe Makiko, Baba Toru, Emi Kurara, Ikeda Takafumi, Kishii Yukino, Fujimoto Takahiro, Okuda Eiji, Kishibe Ittoku
Synopsis:“99.9” is the percentage of criminal cases which are convicted in courts in Japan. It shows the high credibility of the Japanese judicial system, but on the other hand, it also suggests there is a big pitfall. While the prosecution is almost always the only testimony which is accepted in court, there might be a dismissed truth in the other 0.1%. Matsumoto Jun stars as a lawyer who seeks the truth in that 0.1%. The producer disclosed “I hope this drama makes viewers feel like ‘It gave me the power to try and step forward again’.” The legal entertainment depicts the lawyers who challenge the irreversible criminal cases.

A lawyer – Miyama (Matsumoto Jun) often takes on cases which do not bring him a lot of money. One day he is headhunted by a director of Madarame Law Firm (Kishibe Ittoku), and is assigned to the Criminal Case Department. Miyama teams up with Sada (Kagawa Teruyuki) and Ayano (Eikura Nana) to work on a murder case but his unconventional approach causes a conflict between them.

JUHAN SHUTTAI
(Sleepeeer hit!)
juhan
Air Date:10 pm, Tuesdays, 12 April 2016
Cast:Kuroki Haru, Odagiri Joe, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Nagaoka Tasuku, Maeno Tomoya, Nono Sumika, Kohinata Fumiyo, Takito Kenichi, Kaname Jun, Nagayama Kento, Muro Tsuyoshi, Takada Junji, Yasuda Ken, Matsushige Yutaka, Mogami Moga
Synopsis:A TV dramatization of a popular comic about the comic publishing industry. Kuroki Haru stars in a serial drama for the first time as a novice editor. Other editors and cartoonists are played by cool and edgy actors. This human drama depicts working people who have a strong passion and pride towards their work.
Kokoro (Kuroki Haru) who was once an Olympic candidate of Judo, starts working in the major publisher – Koto Kan. Assigned to the editorial department of Vives – a weekly comic magazine, she starts learning the basics of editing. Along with the deputy chief editor, Iokibe (Odagiri Joe), she goes to a meeting with the most popular cartoonist of Vives – Mikurayama (Kohinata Fumiyo). Although she is excited by the real comic production at first, later Mikurayama rises turmoil by telling that he will take all of his submitted work back from the publisher.
Through her work as an editor, Kokoro begins to feel as fulfilled as when she used to play Judo. Their mutual goal is to make a comic that can get reprinted, in other words, make a sleeper hit. With the help of her colleagues and cartoonists, Kokoro strives to make a “sleeper hit”.
DIAS POLICE ~ Ihou Keisatsu
(Dias Police: Police from Another Country)
dias
Air Date:1:28 am, Wednesdays, 13 April 2016
Cast:Matsuda Shota, Hamano Kenta, Yanagisawa Shingo, Kou Yoshio, Marie
Synopsis:About 150,000 illegal entrants live in Tokyo. They are not recognised as refugees and live in poor conditions. To protect themselves, the illegals create a secret organisation. The organisation has a bank which Japanese Financial Services Agency is not involved with, a hospital that is not authorized by Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare and an illegals police force called “Dias Police.” The only police officer in the organisation is Saki Kubozuka (Matsuda Shota). His age and nationality is unknown. Saki Kubozuka does not speak much, but he has a warm heart and strong sense of justice. He takes care of the weak and tries to maintain public order
Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki
(Yuriko’s Barenaked Diary)
yuriko
Air Date:12:10 am, Thursdays, 21 April 2016
Cast:Maeda Atsuko, Arai Hirofumi, Watanabe Daichi, Nakamura Shizuka, Yagi Masayasu, Maeda Goki, Moromizato Daisuke, Kondo Yoko, Tomokawa Kazuki, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Takagi Wataru, Hashizume Jun, Kondo Yoshimasa, Kataoka Tsurutaro
Synopsis:Maeda Atsuko stars in a TBS’s serial drama for the first time as Busujima Yuriko – a political journalist who cannot live without romance. Yuriko does not trust any men and has a policy to “have more than two boyfriends at the same time”, which developed from her childhood experience of her father betraying Yuriko. Her theory is that, even if she breaks up with one of them, she still feels safe as she has the other one who loves her.
Yuriko’s boyfriends are played by Arai Hirofumi, Watanabe Daichi and Yagi Masayasu, and also the major politician she is in charge of covering is played by Kataoka Tsurutaro. Surrounded by the distinct characters, the entertainment about Yuriko’s complicated romantic and working life starts.
Watashi Kekkon Dekinai Janakute, Shinain desu
(It’s not that I can’t marry. I don’t marry.)
kekkon
Air Date:10 pm, Thursdays, 21 April 2016
Cast:Nakatani Miki, Fujiki Naohito, Hasegawa Kyoko, Seto Koji, Omasa Aya, Hiraiwa Kami, Chisun, Matsui Jurina, Kentaro, Hirata Kaoru, Midori Yurie, Morita Kanro, Matsui Airi, Azuma Rion, Ranju Tomu, Tokui Yoshimi, Natsuki Mari, Marcia
Synopsis:Based on a novel “Spartan Kon-katsu Boot Camp”, TBS presents a romantic comedy drama that causes a stir in the modern Japanese society, where one in five people aged around forty are not married. Miyabi (Nakatani Miki) is a single female doctor, who runs an aesthetic dermatology clinic in Aoyama. She is going to be forty years old soon but hasn’t had a relationship for 5 years. At a school reunion, even though Miyabi gathers much attention at first as she is a “winner” with good looks, a good career and a high income, people’s attitudes quickly change and they begin pitying her when they hear that Miyabi is still single.
Meanwhile, she has a shocking encounter with a chef, Tokura (Fujiki Naohito) at his Japanese restaurant when she pays a visit there with some female friends. Seeing Miyabi and her friends neglecting his culinary art, offended Tokura breaks her pride by pointing out why she cannot get married. While Miyabi gets upset at first, she somehow decides to take Tokura’s strict lessons on love when she takes Sakurai (Tokui Yoshimi) – the man she had a crush on in the high school – to his restaurant.

 

TV ASAHI
Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari Season 11
9GAKARI
Air Date:9 pm, Wednesdays, 06 April 2016
Cast:Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Hara Sachie, Nakagoshi Noriko
Synopsis: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.
Keishichou Sousa Ikkachou
 ikkachou
Air Date:8 pm, Thursdays, 14 April 2016
Cast:Naito Takashi, Saito Yuki, Kaneda Akio, Suzuki Hiroki, Honda Hirotaro, Tokoshima Yoshiko
Synopsis:The First Investigative Division is the star unit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Oiwa Junichi (Naito Takashi), the head of the division, leads around 400 elite detectives. He has an extremely heavy responsibility – attends initial investigations at the scenes of all brutal crimes that occur within the metropolis, decides on the course of action of the investigations at the same time as he directs many investigation task forces and get into investigations himself at the critical phase. However, Oiwa is definitely not a superman. Amid his suffering, Oiwa overcomes this grave responsibility and is quite simply a”life-size hero” and “ideal boss” to his subordinates.
GOOD PARTNER ~ Mutekina Bengoshi
(Good Partner The Invincible Lawyer)
partner
Air Date:9 pm, Thursdays, 21 April 2016
Cast:Takenouchi Yutaka, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Kaku Kento, Matsukaze Risa, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Sugimoto Tetta, Baba Azusa, Okamoto Azusa, Miyaji Masako, Miyazaki Karen, Okura Koji, Kunimura Jun, Goda Masashi, Uechi Haruna
Synopsis:Sakisaka Kento (Takenouchi Yutaka) is a lawyer with an outstanding career. He seems cool and handsome, but he is a zealous person who will confront things that are unreasonable and wrong head-on. There are times when he values the words of a single person and not a lawyer. Sakisaki is regarded as the ace of the law firm, but his only weak point is a lawyer at the same firm who also happens to be his ex-wife Natsume Yoshie (Matsuyuki Yasuko). He has been raising their daughter Mizuki (Matsukaze Risa) as a single father since their divorce. A stylish lawyer who holds her head high, Yoshie is down-to-earth and a perfectionist. These two rival lawyers often have well-reasoned legal arguments regarding the cases of their clients. However, when they wander off topic, they will call each other “papa” and “mama” the moment they lose their cool and start quarreling like a couple.
FUKIGEN NA KAJITSU
 fukigen
Air Date:11:15 pm, Fridays, 29 April 2016
Cast:Kuriyama Chiaki, Ichihara Hayato, Manda Hisako, Takanashi Rin, Narimiya Hiroki, Hashimoto Manami, Rokkaku Seiji, Mitsuishi Ken, Inagaki Goro
Synopsis:32-year-old housewife Mizukoshi Mayako (Kuriyama Chiaki) has been married for five years. Disgruntled that her husband Koichi (Inagaki Goro) does not see her as a woman, she seeks men to occupy her boring routine and stone-cold heart. But one day, an encounter suddenly changes her dreary life. Music critic Kudo Michihiko (Ichihara Hayato) shows up in front of her. He knows that she is another man’s wife, but he pursues her intently. Mayako’s heart is stolen by Michihiko. She indulges in a forbidden love, seeking happiness and acting on instinct. What awaits her!?

 

 

NHK
ASADORA: TOTO NEE-CHAN
(Fatherly Sister)
toto
Air Date:8am – 8:15am, Mondays- Saturdays
04 April 2015
Cast:Takahata Mitsuki, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kimura Tae, Sagara Itsuki, Sugisaki Hana, Mukai Osamu, Daichi Mao, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Ohno Takuro, Akino Yoko, Pierre Taki, Hiraiwa Kami, Kawaei Rina, Abe Junko, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Katagiri Hairi, Karasawa Toshiaki, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu, Ito Atsushi
Synopsis:The eldest daughter of the Kohashis, Tsuneko was 11 years old when her father Takezo (Nishijima Hidetoshi) died of tuberculosis. Taking her father’s teachings about the importance of ordinary life to heart, she became ‘Toto One-chan’, a paternal figure to her mother Kimiko (Kimura Tae) and two younger sisters Mariko (Sagara Itsuki) and Yoshiko (Sugisaki Hana). She struggles to sustain the family as the head of the household. Right after the war, she launches a lifestyle magazine created for the sake of females together with Mariko and Yoshiko in a devastated Tokyo. It is called ‘Your Life’ and was full of practical articles for readers. With the help of the genius editor Hanayama Isaji (Karasawa Toshiaki), the magazine grew to become essential to females living in the period of high economic growth.
TAIGA: SANADA MARU
sanada maru
Air Date:8 pm, Sundays, 10 January 2016 onwards
Cast:Sakai Masato, Oizumi Yo, Kimura Yoshino, Nagasawa Masami, Kuroki Haru, Kusakari Masao, Takahata Atsuko, Kusabue Mitsuko, Terajima Susumu, Nakahara Takeo, Fujii Takashi, Hira Takehiro, Danta Yasunori, Endo Kenichi, Yoshida Yo, Fujioka Hiroshi, Takashima Masanobu, Saito Yuki, Kondo Masaomi, Uchino Masaaki, Nishimura Masahiko, Fujimoto Takahiro, Kohinata Fumiyo, Suzuki Kyoka, Katsura Bunshi, Kobayashi Takashi, Takeuchi Yuko, Yamamoto Koji, Kataoka Ainosuke, Niiro Shinya, Nakagawa Taishi
Synopsis:In February 1582, 9 years after the sudden death of Takeda Shingen, the Takeda clan faces a desperate situation under Takeda Katsuyori. Betrayed by his vassals, a large army led by Oda Nobunaga invades the territory and takes the castles one after another. Sanada Masayuki (Kusakari Masao), the vassal of Takeda, proposes to meet Oda at Iwabitsu Castle and leaves to prepare for the impending battle. However, his proposal is dismissed by Katsuyori and the troop marches towards Iwadono Castle. Masayuki’s son Nobuyuki (Oizumi Yo) and Nobushige )Sakai Masato) decide to head for Iwabitsu where their father is waiting.
Totto Terebi
toto
Air Date:8:15 pm, Saturdays,30 April 2016
Cast:Mitsushima Hikari, Nakamura Shido, Mimura, Hamada Gaku, Yasuda Narumi, Omori Nao, Takeda Tetsuya, Yoshida Eisaku, Kishomoto Kayoko, Yoshida Kotaro, Kuroyanagi Tetsuko
Synopsis:Based on the novel “Totto Channeru” by Kuroyanagi Tetsuko, the drama series follows the life of actress Kuroyanagi Tetsuko (Mitsushima Hikari).
Nezumi, Edo o Hashiru Season 2
nezumi
Air Date:8 pm, Thursdays, 14 April 2016
Cast:Takizawa Hideaki, Aoyama Misato, Kyomoto Taiga, Hamada Mari, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Katase Nana, Takashima Masahiro
Synopsis:A sequel to the Samurai Drama “Nezumi-Kozo Running Around Edo,” set in the late Edo Period, the story revolves around Jirokichi, alias Nezumi-Kozo, who together with his sister helps the weak and crushes the evil while discontent among people is mounting under the corrupt regime of Ienari Tokugawa, the 11th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.

WOWOW
Gugu datte Neko de Aru Season 2
(Guu Guu, the Cat)
cat
Air Date:10 pm, Saturdays, 11 June 2016
Cast:Miyazawa Rie, Nagatsuka Keishi, Kuroki Haru, Maeda Atsuko, Nishida Naomi, Issey Ogata, Tanaka Min
Synopsis:Popular manga writer Kojima Asako (Miyazawa Rie) lives with her two cats at a home office that commands a view of Kichijoji’s Inokashira Park in Tokyo. Her assistant Manami (Kuroki Haru) has begun thinking of striking out on her own as a manga writer and a fellow assistant Iida Chisato (Maeda Atsuko) applies to be Manami’s replacement. Meanwhile, the editor Omori (Nagatsuka Keishi) gets married, but he cannot bring himself to tell Asako. Then Asako hears rumours that the missing homeless man (Tanaka Min), who left Gugu in her care, was seen at Mt Fuji … …
Kakkou no Tamago wa Dare no Mono
(Whose Is the Cuckoo’s Egg?)
kakkou
Air Date:10 pm, Sundays, 27 March 2016
Cast:Tsuchiya Tao, Hongo Kanata, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Ihara Tsuyoshi, Mano Erina, Takasugi Mahiro, Morinaga Yuki, Yano Masato, Toda Masahiro, Yamashita Yorie, Otsuru Gitan, Maeda Aki, Yajima Kenichi, Asano Kazuyuki
Synopsis:Hiromasa is a former top skier. His daughter, Kazami (Tsuchiya Tao), also aspires to become a top skier like her father. One day, it is discovered that Kazami possesses a gene that only top athletes have. A researcher asks permission to examine Hiromasa and Kazami, but Hiromasa refuses because of a secret about his daughter’s birth.

A newborn kidnapping case took place more than 10 years ago and the death of Hiromasa’s wife. Who is Kazami’s parents? Secrets are revealed.

Shizumanu Taiyo
(The Never-Setting Sun)
sun
Air Date:10 pm, Sundays, 08 May 2016
Cast:Kamikawa Takaya, Natsukawa Yui, Dan Rei, Itao Itsuji, Koizumi Kotaro, Kusakari Tamiyo, Wakamura Mayumi, Furuya Ikko, Kunimura Jun, Watabe Atsuro, Komoto Masahiro
Synopsis:Hajime Onchi (Kamikawa Takaya) leads the committee for labor union of national airline NAL. Hajime Onchi and vice committee head, Shiro Gyoten (Watabe Atsuro) confront management of NAL, demanding better working conditions. The working conditions at NAL is so poor that fatal incidents could occur. Hajime Onchi, always place safety first, is demoted to a remote location abroad. Meanwhile, Shiro breaks away from Hajime and joins the management side to further his career.

An airplane crash involving NAL takes place. Hajime Onchi returns to Japan and faces the grieving bereaved families. To resurrect NAL, the government places Masayuki Kunimi as the president of NAL. The new president of NAL calls Hajime to investigate the widespread corruption at the airline. Hajime soon encounters former ally Shiro Gyoten as he attempts to block his investigation.

( (Give me Those Fixations Too!))

TV TOKYO
Doctor Chousahan ~ Iryou Jiko no Yami o Abake(Doctor Investigation Team)
 doctor
Air Date:8 pm, Fridays, 22 April 2016
Cast:Tanihara Shosuke, Nakagoshi Noriko, Oshinari Shugo, Fujii Mina, Kino Hana, Hirasawa Kokoro, Tayama Ryosei, Takahata Atsuko
Synopsis:It is estimated that between 1,300 to 2,000 people die because of medical accidents in Japan every year. The Medical Accident Investigation Committee (MAIC) exposes the darkness lurking behind these accidents. Its members – doctors and lawyers – conduct undercover investigations at suspicious hospitals and medical care facilities. Hanaoka Akira (Tanihara Shosuke), a gastroenterologist, is the leader of the MAIC’s Seventh Unit. When he has doubts about a place he has infiltrated, he will tenaciously investigate until he gets proof and zeroes in on the truth
NIGHT HERO NAOTO
NIGHT HERO
Air Date:12:12 am, Saturdays, 16 April 2016
Cast:Naoto, Kuroshima Yuina, Kinoshita Houka, Yo Kimiko, Nonaka Takamitsu, Shouji Yusuke
Synopsis:NAOTO has been part of EXILE and Sandaime J Soul Brothers for years, but his job in these groups is a cover for his true job. He is actually a hero that protects society from bad people. He doesn’t want to be discovered by the other members, though, because he doesn’t want to cause them trouble.
Sono “Okodawari”, Watashi ni mo Kure yo!!
SONO
Air Date:12:52 am, Saturdays, 09 April 2016
Cast:Matsuoka Mayu, Ito Sairi
Synopsis:The original comedy manga portrays a fictionalized version of the author, who attempts to uncover the various small fixations and obsessions that people have related to things such as their food or lifestyle, but otherwise hide in daily life.

While the live-action series will be conceptually similar to the manga, the show will instead have Matsuoka and Ito portraying fictionalized versions of themselves, with elements of their real personalities included. In the show, Matsuoka is portrayed as someone who appears in many dramas and variety shows, and prioritizes being what everyone expects her to be instead of what she wants. Itō is portrayed as a freewheeling actress whom Matsuoka worries about.

Hiru no Sentozake
sentokaze
Air Date:12:20 am, Sundays, 10 April 2016
Cast:Totsugi Shigeyuki, Yagi Akiko, Emoto Tokio, Hirota Aika, Kaneko Daichi
Synopsis:Utsumi Takayuki, (Totsugi Shigeyuki) is an ad salesman who sneaks away from work in the afternoon to visit baths and sake bars

 

NHK BS PREMIUM
KISEKI NO HITO
(Miracle Man)
kiseki
Air Date:10 pm, Sundays, 24 April 2016
Cast:Mineta Kazunobu, Aso Kumiko, Sumida Moeno, Asaka Kodai, Nakamura Yurika, Katsuji Ryo, Yamauchi Takaya, Mitsuishi Ken, Shiraishi Kayoko, Miyamoto Nobuko
Synopsis:Kamemochi (Mineta Kazunobu) is a useless guy with no accomplishments who lives somehow or other each day. Tsurusato Hana (Aso Kumiko) is a tough woman fighting against a harsh life. One day, he falls in love with her. Hana has a daughter Umi (Sumida Moeno) who is both deaf and blind and she experiences all sorts of difficulties in daily life. Kamemochi decides that what he needs to right now is to help mother and daughter. Making up his mind to become Umi’s teacher and teach her about the world, Kamemochi begins his first impulsive attempt in life and his single-minded thoughts create an incredible miracle.
SAIGO NO RESTAURANT
(THE LAST RESTAURANT)
restaurant
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Tuesdays, 26 April 2016
Cast:Tanabe Seiichi, Kinami Haruka, Suzuki Kosuke, Ishiguro Hideo, Fukuda Mayuko, Triendl Reina, Takenaka Naoto, Ozawa Maju, Yamamura Momiji, Takeda Tetsuya
Synopsis:Synopsis: Oda Nobunaga (Takenaka Naoto), Sakamoto Ryoma, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc (Triendl Reina), Napoleon (Takeda Tetsuya) … … Historical figures, who died violent deaths, travel into the future to a modern-day restaurant called “Heaven’s Door”. French chef Sonoba Shinogu (Tanabe Seiichi) has a go at the unreasonable orders of these great people and makes their souls rest in peace.
Tachibana Noboru Seishun Tebikae (2016)
 tachibana
Air Date: 8pm, Fridays, 13 May 2016
Cast:Mizobata Junpei, Taira Yuna, Ishiguro Ken, Takahata Yuta, Makita Sports, Namioka Kazuki, Washio Machiko, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Furuya Ikkou
Synopsis:20-year-old Tachibana Noboru (Mizobata Junpei) lives for tomorrow. He leaves Akita and turns to an uncle Genan, who is a town doctor in Edo. Tachibana gets a job as a doctor of Kodenma Prison at Genan’s recommendation. The impressionable Tachibana sees the suffering of people who live at the bottom of society as he gets involved in all sorts of incidents inside the prison and solves them with brilliant deductions and jujitsu skills.

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

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