Upcoming Spring JDramas 2017

Let’s talk about dramas! Spring Jdramas 2017 has just started. Were you able to start on some series? What’s on your to-watch list? Give us your first impressions of the dramas this season!

FUJI TV
Kizoku Tantei
(The Noble Detective)
 kizoku tantei
Air Date: 9 pm, Mondays, 17 April 2017
Cast: Aiba Masaki, Takei Emi, Namase Katsuhisa, Igawa Haruka, Takito Kenichi, Kinami Haruka, Nakayama Miho, Nakama Yukie, Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Elegantly dressed, the protagonist of this drama is an aristocrat who dose detective works as a part of his hobby. Nobody knows him really. His age, academic records, family, where he lives and even what his real name is are all wrapped in a mystery. He does not seem to have a job properly. With gentlemanly behavior, he always bears in mind ladies first.
He is a man of dignity who has a strong will as a nobleman and he’ll never be obsessed with power.
He works on top police officials when coming across incidents, and this makes a Police detective Raiu Hanagata get involved to resolve cases together.“A chore like reasoning is for servants” he says, and enjoys talking to women he meets along cases.
Meanwhile, his extremely loyal servants Yamamoto the butler, Tanaka the maid, and Sato the driver start investigation on crime-scenes instead.As the 30th anniversary for the iconic popular hour for dramas “Getsu-ku”, this graceful detective in a mystery will surely spice up the story!
CRISIS
crisis
Air Date: 9 pm, Tuesdays, 11 April 2017
Cast: Oguri Shun, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Tanaka Tetsushi, Nomaguchi Toru, Araki Yuko, Ishida Yuriko, Iida Kisuke, Mashima Hidekazu, Nagatsuka Kyozo
Synopsis: Inami Akira (Oguri Shun) acts as a lively man to others hiding his past as an ex-member of the SDF who was discharged because of a traumatic experience when on a special mission.
Saburo Tamaru (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is a stoic and serious man used to be a member of Public Foreign Affairs Division and observe undercover investigations to reveal Asia-wide espionage or new cults. He was scouted to join the special mission unit after having been transferred to elsewhere from the division due to a particular incident.Their beautiful action scenes are breathtaking and the storyline is far beyond our imagination. This “off-the-scale” action entertainment drama will knock your socks off!
Hito wa Mita Me ga 100%
(It’s All About the Looks)
looks
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 13 April 2017
Cast: Kiritani Mirei, Mizukawa Asami, Buruzon Chiemi, Narita Ryo, Machida Keita, Nakao Masaki, Adachi Rika, Okazaki Sae, Suzuki Kosuke, Muroi Shigeru
Synopsis: Totally immersed in research, Jonouchi Jun (Kiritani Mirei) has been turning her back on “beauty” and “femininity.”
Realizing that she may be a “imitation girl” who gives up all that sort of thing, she starts to investigate the latest fashion trends and beauty tips with her colleagues, Maeda Mitsuko (Mizukawa Asami) and Sato Seira (Blouson Chiemi). Spring breeze makes people to start something new and this romantic comedy perfectly fits such a season.
Find out how “imitation girls” with only science background strive in self-exploration and boost their femininity!
Hanzai Shokogun Season 1
(Criminal Syndrome Season 1)
criminal syndrome
Air Date: 11:40 pm, Saturdays, 08 April 2017
Cast: Tamayama Tetsuji, Tanihara Shosuke, Watabe Atsuro, Komoto Masahiro, Mimura, Tsuruta Mayu, Sakurada Hiyori, Kaname Jun, Takahashi Mitsuomi, Aijima Kazuyuki, Ryu Raita
Synopsis: Muto Takashi (Tamayama Tetsuji) who quit the police a year ago and now works as a private detective receives a call while he is on an infidelity investigation.
He is put on a special mission by Tamaki Keigo (Watabe Atsuro) from Human Resources Section 2, to investigate kidnapping cases for small ransom secretly.
Sakurako-san no Sokka ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
(Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation)
SAKURAKO
Air Date: 9:00 pm, Sundays, 23 April 2017
Cast: Mizuki Arisa, Fujigaya Taisuke, Kamikawa Takaya, Shinkawa Yua, Takashima Masahiro
Synopsis: Born in an affluent family, Sakurako (Mizuki Arisa) is grown beautiful but rather spirited and speaks roughly.
As an osteologist, she reconstructs skeletal remains of animals in her atelier at home when receiving job offers from museums.Deeply inspired by the beauty and majesty of bodies, her eccentricity is remarkable.
“Dead bodies speak eloquently.” says Sakurako, at the events of examining incidents.
She observes bodies and the crime scenes very carefully, and reveals the truth one by one.
Kujo Sakurako, the beautiful ostelogisit, resolves the cases with her expertise hearing the “voice” of bones.
How does this extraordinary heroine resolve cases?

NTV
Boku, Unmei no Hito desu
(I’m Your Destiny)
destiny
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 15 April 2017
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Kimura Fumino, Yamashita Tomohisa, Nanao, Sawabe Yu, Watanabe Eriko, Sugimoto Tetta, Okura Koji, Ishino Mako, Tanabe Seiichi
Synopsis:

“Where in this world will I find the woman I’m destined to be with? Many people might laugh if I tell them I believe in such things, so I never talk about it. But…”
I’d like you to think about it for a moment.
If Beethoven’s parents didn’t meet, he, much less his famous fifth symphony “Destiny,” would have never existed.
If the parents of Edison, Einstein, or Bill Gates didn’t fall in love, what would the world today be like?
Yes, in reality, there is certainly that special someone you must absolutely fall in love with–the person of your destiny.

A strange man who claims to be “god” suddenly reveals himself to 29-year-old lead character Masaki Makoto and declares, “You haven’t realized it yet, but only a wall separates you from the one you must fall in love with, no matter what. The woman you’re destined to be with works in the office next door.”
“Sounds like something out of a creepy dream. But..,” wonders Makoto. Skeptical at first, he eventually decides to believe the prediction and just go for it.
“Please don’t be shocked. I’m your destiny,” he tells fellow 29-year-old Haruko Kogetsu.
“What?” she replies, before flat-out rejecting him. And that’s where their love story begins.

Whether it’s the beach they went to as children, their college entrance exam building, or the shrine where they offered prayers last New Year’s, it’s a miracle how the two have actually crossed paths countless times since they were little. Yet they don’t know each other’s name nor recognize each other’s face. The greatest “destiny” story kicks off on the worst possible note.

Kakuu OL Nikki
(Fictitious OL Diary)
ol
Air Date: 1:55 am, Sundays, 16 April 2017
Cast: Bakarhythm, Kaho, Usuda Asami, Sato Ryo, Yamada Maho
Synopsis: The drama is based on a blog written by Baka Rhythm between 2006 and 2009 where he posed as a OL nicknamed Kakuu Masuno who supposedly worked in a bank and wrote stories about the daily feelings of a OL from her perspective and the people around “her”.
Haha ni Naru
(My Son)
haha ni naru
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 12 April 2017
Cast: Sawajiri Erika, Fujiki Naohito, Nakajima Yuto, Michieda Shunsuke, Takahashi Maryjun, Fujisawa Haruka, Mochizuki Ayumu, Asano Kazuyuki, Fubuki Jun, Itaya Yuka, Koike Eiko
Synopsis:

One spring day, my beloved 3-year-old son was kidnapped.
It was our usual walk home from kindergarten.
I let go of his hand for just a blink of an eye.
When I looked back, he was gone.

Nine years later, my 13-year-old son shows up.

How do we begin to fill the void of all those years?
Once broken, can a family return to what it used to be?
What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to have a family?

Through a family that suffered a kidnapping, three women learn what it takes to become a mother amidst the struggles and pain.

To become a mother… To single women, this may be uncharted territory. To those in the middle of child-rearing, this is reality. To empty nesters, this is a nostalgic reminder. This drama is dedicated to all women, no matter which stage in life they’re in.

Koi ga Heta de mo Ikitemasu
(I’m Bad at Love but I’m Living)
koi ga heta
Air Date: 11:59 pm, Thursdays, 06 April 2017
Cast: Takanashi Rin, Tanaka Kei, Tsuchimura Kaho, Fuchikami Yasushi, Uchida Rio, Koseki Yuta, Nonami Maho, Terawaki Yasufumi
Synopsis: The story centers on Misa, a career-minded woman who works in the sales department of her company. She works hard, and often puts in an effort to make herself look beautiful. But she actually has no experience in romance. She can’t act cute, she’s bad at inviting people to outings, and she’s too prideful. All the men she meets end up backing away from her. Her roommate and close friend Chihiro is a department store receptionist. She is good with kids, likes housework, and is passionate about her volunteer work; the exact opposite of Misa. They live together like sisters. But a change is coming to their lives when Misa meets the man of her dreams. Meanwhile, Chihiro is apparently having an affair behind her long-time fiancé’s back.
Frankenstein no Koi
(Frankenstein’s Love)
frankenstein
Air Date: 10:30 pm, Sundays, 23 April 2017
Cast: Ayano Go, Nikaido Fumi, Yagira Yuya, Kawaei Rina, Arai Hirofumi, Mitsuishi Ken, Emoto Akira
Synopsis: The “Frankenstein” that is known the world over comes back to modern day Japan as an original love story.
After numerous trials and errors experimenting with bringing a dead person back to life, Dr. Franken finally creates an ugly yet kindhearted monster who will never age and die.A man who was given life as a monster, with a dangerous body that holds a secret.
Because he’s not able to life alongside humans, this monster decided to vanish.
One hundred years later, in 2017, the monster continues to live in Japan.Hiding deep in the forest, he lives a quiet and lonely life.
He will live forever with his powerful body that is unlike any human being.
Yet he has a heart that is more human than any human in existence.
Even though he knows it’s impossible, he still continues to dream of one day living as a “human”.
He listens to the “human world” on the radio and gathers things that people have thrown away as he reminisces on what it’s like to live as a human.
He is a uniquely cute monster who longs to be human.One fateful day, he meets a young woman. In despair, he no longer wants to meet humans. They scare him tremendously. He fears that they won’t accept him. But he wants to meet, talk, and laugh with humans.Until one day, the monster falls in love with a human.It’s a love that won’t bear fruit, for his body holds a secret that prevents him from touching any human being.This story is about a sorrowful monster who shows humans a love they’ve never known before. Moved by his unflinching love, the humans make the most out of their lives in moments bitter and sweet, in tears and in laughter. Through it all, there is much love.

TBS
Chiisana Kyojin
(Little Giants)
kyojin
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, 16 April 2017
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Okada Masaki, Yoshine Kyoko, Yasuda Ken, Suruga Taro, Tezuka Toru, Kamio Yu, Ryusei Ryo, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Kaji Masaki, Maru Itta, Natsuo, Kato Haruhiko, Sasaki Nozomi, Nagae Hidekazu, Tominaga Saori, Horio Masaaki, Yoshii Masao, Katsura Bunshi, Ichikawa Mikako, Kiba Katsumi, Shunputei Shota, Kagawa Teruyuki
Synopsis:

While traditional police stories often portray case resolution, this drama’s main axis is the internal disputes and corruptions within the police organization. There, fights for career progression, competitions for taking credits, disputes over personnel affairs, setbacks, trusts, betrayal and jealousy…
It is a police insight drama that portrays the swirled conspiracy of the organization while they protect the lives of the citizens.

Kosaka (Hasegawa Hiroki) of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigation Division is an excellent investigator who are expected to become the chief of the Division. However, one day, he is accused of conducting an improper investigation on a drunk driving case, and suddenly transferred to a local police station that is outside the career road. Onoda (Teruyuki Kagawa), the chief of the First Investigation Division whom Kosaka trust, was the one who made the testimony to admit the improper investigation. As soon as Kosaka moved to the local police station, an incident occurred in which the president of the biggest IT company was kidnapped for ransom. Though Kosaka tries to start an investigation as before, a former subordinate Yamada (Masaki Okada) tells him, “Leave the case to the us, and you provide back support”.

Anata no Koto wa Sore Hodo
(I Love You Just a Little Bit)
sorehodo
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 18 April 2017
Cast: Haru, Higashide Masahiro, Naka Riisa, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Omasa Aya, Nakagawa Shoko, Kurokawa Tomoka, Narita Ishin, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Hashimoto Jun, Aso Yumi
Synopsis:

Is the person you married really, the love of your life? If the sealed love wakes up, can you push the feelings and kill it? This spring Tuesday drama is about the marriage life of two couples and the vacillating love romances of those four. It is a drama conversion of the popular manga artist Aya Ikuemi’s work, and it is the long-awaited first serial drama conversion of her popular works. Four people’s romance to pursue happiness and their outcomes are unpredictable!

Mitsu (Haru), who is an administrator at an ophthalmology clinic, is asked out by Ryota (Higashide Masahiro) who comes as a patient. Mitsu believes that she can be happy with Ryota as he is steady and she feels comfortable, and even decides to get marry with him. Mitsu and Ryota receive blessings from many people. She thinks that lots of women get a happy marriage as they compromise somewhere to get married. One day, however, Mitsu meets Arishima (Nobuyuki Suzuki), an elementary and junior high school classmate who she believed that he was the person of destiny by chance on the way back from a drinking party. Her heart begins to shake greatly.

Warau Manekineko
(Laughing Lucky Cats)
Manekineko
Air Date: 1:28 am, Wednesdays, 21 March 2017
Cast: Shimizu Fumika, Matsui Rena, Ochiai Motoki, Arai Atsushi
Synopsis: Takashiro Hitomi (Shimizu Fumika) and Honda Akako (Matsui Rena) are members of comedy duo “Akako to Hitomi.” The created the comedy duo about 5 years ago, but they are still not very popular. Everyday, they perform manzai to a regular audience in a corner of a small theater. One day, Hitomi and Akako catch a middle school student trying to steal Hitomi’s bicycle. Since then, their fate as a female comedy duo begins to change.
Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otousan
(Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy of Light)
final fantasy
Air Date: 1:28 am, Wednesdays, 19 April 2017
Cast: Chiba Yudai, Osugi Ren, Baba Fumika, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Nanjo Yoshino, Kotobuki Minako, Yuki Aoi, Ishino Mako
Synopsis: The original material for this drama comes from a blog titled “Gekikakusatsu SS Nikki” by a person named Mighty. In the drama, Inaba Hirotaro (Osugi Ren), who has only been devoted to working so far, is hooked on online games now that he is over 60. His son Mitsuo (Chiba Yudai), a salaryman, is trying to reach out to his father as a game player in the same world of online games without disclosing his true identity. Despite the secrets that each of them have, father and son, start to understand each other and become them closer through the online games.
3-nin no Papa
(Three Dads)
3 dads
Air Date: 11:56 pm, Wednesdays, 19 April 2017
Cast: Horii Arata, Yamada Yuki, Mitsuya Ryo, Matsui Airi, Sagara Itsuki, Hamada Mari
Synopsis: When Takuto (Horii Arata) who lives in a shared apartment with two friends from high school days comes home one day, he finds a baby sleeping in the room. Kyohei (Yamada Yuki) and Saku (Mitsuya Ryo) come back and also utterly shocked. They finds a letter on the desk stating “This is your baby.” Any of those three irresponsible men who are upset about this unexpected situation cannot say “This is definitely not my child!”. Then they notice that the baby is having a fever…
Those young men grow together through rearing the baby. Also Matsui Airi plays the first heroine of the serial drama, as a nursery teacher and their high school classmate – Watanabe Hana.
Reverse
reverse
Air Date: 10 pm, Fridays, 14 April 2017
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Toda Erika, Tamamori Yuta, Koike Teppei, Miura Takahiro, Kadowaki Mugi, Ichihara Hayato, YOU, Shinohara Yukiko, Fujimoto Izumi, Shuri, Yamaguchi Mayu, Suzuki Jin, Furuta Yuna, Buffalo Goro A, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Shiga Kotaro, Katahira Nagisa, Murai Kunio, Takeda Tetsuya
Synopsis: The team that dramatized the Minato Kanae’s novels – “Midnight Ferris Wheel” and “Testimony of N” – challenges for another Minato’s popular human mystery – “Reverse”.
Fukase (Fujiwara Tatsuya) is a company man who works for an office equipment maker. He has low self-esteem that he has no value for himself, but he has a fateful encounter with a woman named Mihoko (Toda Erika) at a coffee shop. Eventually the two go out and that colors Fukase’s bland life. Meanwhile, Fukase attends the retirement celebration of the professor of his university. He reunites with Asami (Tamamori Yuta), a high school teacher who was in the same seminar back then, Murai (Miura Takahiro), a secretary of a prefectural assembly member, and Tanihara (Ichihara Hayato) who works for a major trading company. Fukase and they had encountered a sad incident that their friend – Hirosawa (Koike Teppei) died after mysterious disappearing during the snowboarding trip ten years ago. Although the truth still remains unknown, a freelance journalist Ogasawara (Takeda Tetsuya) who has been following the mystery of the disappearance for a long time has appeared before them…

TV ASAHI
Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-gakari Season 12
Keishichou
Air Date: 9 pm, Wednesdays, 12 April 2017
Cast: Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Hara Sachie, Nakagoshi Noriko
Synopsis:

The chief for First Division 9th Sub-division has gone away on a special mission, and in his place, an old teacher of the section’s coroner comes to visit. The team’s first case this season involves a series of corpses found tied to scarecrows out in the middle of the field. A fourth corpse is found, which appears to be a suicide, but is the case really a suicide or just the surface of something more complicated?

Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu Season 2
(Emergency Interrogation Room Season 2)
emergency interrogation
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 20 April 2017
Cast: Amami Yuki, Tanaka Tetsushi, Hayami Mokomichi, Suzuki Kosuke, Okura Koji, Denden, Osugi Ren, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Makabe Yukiko (Amami Yuki) is a detective in the First Investigative Division’s Emergency Investigation Response Team. They are a team of interrogation experts that goes by the name of Kintori. Surrounded by idiosyncratic veteran interrogators (Tanaka Tetsushi, Denden, Osugi Ren, Kohinata Fumiyo), she pursues the truth hidden behind cases as she plays mind and word games with tough criminals.
Joshu Seven
(Seven Female Prisoners )
joshu seven
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Fridays, 21April 2017
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Triendl Reina, Hiraiwa Kami, Hashimoto Manami, Kino Hana, Adachi Yumi, Kaji Meiko, Takashima Masanobu, Naito Risa, Kusumi Koharu, Judai Satoshi, Ohata Shieri, Ikeuchi Mansaku, Shishido Miwako, Nagano Munenori, Tamura Kentaro
Synopsis: Kamiwatari Kotone (Goriki Ayame), a Kyoto geisha of many mysteries, gets drunk one night and finds herself framed for the murder of a fellow geisha. She lands up in a women’s prison. That is where she gets bullied and even has her life targeted by female inmates including Kususe Tsukawa (Yamaguchi Sayaka), a cross-dressing political secretary who has committed crime; Ichikawa Sara (Triendl Reina), a former delinquent and single mother who murdered her abusive husband; Tsuda Sakurako (Hiraiwa Kami), a second wife who committed a series of murders for inheritance; Yajima Chizuka (Hashimoto Manami), a nurse who underwent plastic surgery from head to toe and killed patients after an affair; Hiratsuka Ume (Kino Hana), the oldest inmate in the cell who snapped under the weight of caring for and murdered her husband; and Sakamoto Natsu (Adachi Yumi), the prison’s number one informant. However, Kotone survives this through her wiles. Why was she set up?

NHK
ASADORA: Hiyokko
hiyokko
Air Date: 8am – 8am, Mondays- Saturdays, 03 April 2017
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Sawamura Ikki, Kimura Yoshino, Furuya Ikkou, Mineta Kazunobu, Sakuma Yui, Izumisawa Yuki, Hada Michiko, Shibata Rie, Toyama Toshiya, Matsuo Satoru, Miyamoto Nobuko, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Yatsui Ichiro, Sato Megumi, Isomura Hayato, Ryusei Ryo, Wakui Emi, Matsumoto Honoka, Fujino Ryoko, Kojima Fujiko, Yagi Yuki
Synopsis:
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.
Tsubaki Bunguten ~ Kamakura Daishoya Monogatari
(Tsubaki Stationery Store)
tsubaki
Air Date: 10pm, Fridays, 14 April 2017
Cast: Tabe Mikako, Takahashi Katsunori, Kamiji Yusuke, Katase Nana, Niitsu Chise, Enami Kyoko, Okuda Eiji Baisho Mitsuko
Synopsis: Hatoko (Tabe Mikako) goes back to her hometown Kamakura in eight years to take over her grandmother’s “Tsubaki Stationery Store” and finds out that her real job is to write letters for other people from scratch with beautiful penmanship. Little by little, she shows her talent at writing and makes a new step forward.
Mi o Tsukushi Ryouricho
(Devoted Cookbook)
cookbook
Air Date: 6:10 pm, Saturdays, 13 May 2017
Cast: Kuroki Haru, Moriyama Mirai, Nagayama Kento, Yasuda Narumi, Kunihiro Tomiyuki, Yanagishita Tomo, Kohinata Fumiyo, Makita Aju, Aso Yumi, Kobayashi Masahiro, Narumi Riko, Hagiwara Masato, Yagyu Miyu, Kimura Yuichi, Murasugi Seminosuke, Maiguma Katsuya
Synopsis: In 1802, 8-year-old Mio lost her parents in a river flood in Osaka and feels all alone after she is also separated from her childhood friend Noe. She is saved by Yoshi (Yasuda Narumi), the proprietress of ‘Tenman Icchoan’, one of Osaka’s famous restaurants, whom she happened to meet. Mio begins training as a cook because of her gift for taste in a time when females were still banned from the kitchen. However, the restaurant was burnt down in a fire and she sets off for Edo with Yoshi and her husband Kahei (Kunihiro Tomiyuki). By some lucky coincidence, they are invited by Taneichi (Kohinata Fumiyo), the owner of ‘Tsurya’, to work at his soba shop. Mio (Kuroki Haru) is bewildered by the contrasting flavours between the Kansai region and Edo, and also has to deal with the obstructions of a rival shop and status difference in her love with the samurai Komatsubara (Moriyama Mirai). She overcomes these difficulties and eventually becomes a top female cook.
4-go Keibi
(The Bodyguards)
bodyguard
Air Date: 8:15 pm, Saturdays, 08 April 2017
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Kitamura Kazuki, Abe Junko, Hamada Mari, Takagi Wataru, Kanbe Hiroshi, Kubota Sayu, Maro Akaji, Kimura Tae, Kataoka Tsurutaro
Synopsis: Former police officer Asahina (Kubota Masataka), a lighthearted young man, works for a security company. One day, he is appointed as a bodyguard and makes a team with middle-aged Ishimaru (Kitamura Kazuki). He is a former company president labeled as coward for his cautious personality. Being opposed to each other; however, they undertake the task of personal protection together and come face-to-face with their past.

WOWOW
Hokuto ~ Aru Satusjinsha no Kaishin
(Hokuto: Some Murderer’s Conversion)
hokuto
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 25 March 2017
Cast: Nakayama Yuma, Matsuo Suzuki, Murakami Jun, Nakamura Yuko, Ito Sairi, Nikaido Satoshi, Negishi Toshie, Riju Go, Yajima Kenichi, Onishi Riku, Urabe Fusako, Owada Kensuke, Yamada Anna, Fujita Yumiko, Shimada Kyusaku, Miyamoto Nobuko
Synopsis: Hashizume Hokuto (Nakayama Yuma) was abused by his parents as a child and he never felt loved. As a teen, he moves out of a children’s home and to a home with his new foster mother Kondo Ayako (Miyamoto Nobuko) . There, he feels loved for the first time, but he later becomes a murderer.

20-years-old Hokuto tells his lawyer, Takai Soichi (Matsuo Suzuki) “Please execute me”.

Hitoya no Toge
(The thorn of the prison)
hitoya
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 19 March 2017
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Izumiya Shigeru, Ikeda Narushi, Hagiwara Masato, Nonami Maho, Komakine Yusuke, Tanaka Yoji, Arizono Yoshiki, Moro Morooka, Hotaru Yukijiro, Nakamura Ikuji
Synopsis: Takeshima Ryota (Kubota Masataka) is a new prison officer whose late father was also in the same profession. He sets foot in Kita Kanto Prison and sees corrupt prison officers quietly condone the bullying of prisoners and gamble inside. One day, Nakui Soichi (Ozawa Yukiyoshi) from the Ministry of Justice becomes the new prison chief. Meanwhile, Ryota is given a rough welcome by Kamimiya Korekiyo (Izumiya Shigeru), a prisoner with clout. A senior officer Akimura Shigeharu (Hagiwara Masato) offers Ryota advice, but Akimura’s baffling actions bewilder him. Then Nakui gives Ryota instructions in an attempt to cleanup the festering prison. On top of that, Kamimiya gets close to Ryota and hints that he knows something about his father’s death. What is the justice and truth in the prison which is a closed world that no one knows…
Shachoshitsu no Fuyu
shacho
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 30 April 2017
Cast: Mikami Hiroshi, Fukushi Seiji, Kitano Kie, Charlotte Kate Fox, Koichi Mantaro, Watanabe Ikkei, Nakamura Atsuo, Minamisawa Nao, Hideko Hara, Sasano Takashi, Tanaka Min, Kishibe Ittoku
Synopsis: Kotera Masao (Nakamura Atsuo) is the CEO of the largest Japanese newspaper Nippon Shinpo. He makes a decision to sell the company to online shopping company AMC of America. Aoi Sota (Mikami Hiroshi) is the CEO of the Japanese branch of AMC, but Kotera Masao dies suddenly. His successor Niisato Akira (Sasano Takashi) continues negotiation with AMC.

Minami Yasuhiro (Fukushi Seiji) is an ex-reporter for the newspaper. Due to a case, he is appointed to work in the CEO’s office to assist with negotiations. Meanwhile, Aoi Sota of AMC offers a final unexpected condition to the acquisition.

Hanzai Shokogun Season 2
(Criminal Syndrome Season 2)
hanzai
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 11 June 2017
Cast: Tamayama Tetsuji, Tanihara Shosuke, Watabe Atsuro, Komoto Masahiro, Mimura, Tsuruta Mayu, Sakurada Hiyori, Kaname Jun, Aijima Kazuyuki, Ryu Raita
Synopsis: Season 2 focuses on Kaburagi Wataru (Tanihara Shosuke) who used to date Muto Takashi (Tamayama Tetsuji)’s sister. He gets trapped by the consequence of his decision to take revenge while he and Muto clash over their views about revenge.

TV TOKYO
Tsuribaka Nisshi ~ Shinnyu Shain Hamasaki Densuke Season 2
(Diary of a Fishing Fool Season 2 Beginner Employee Densuke Hamasaki)
tsuribaka
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 21 April 2017
Cast: Hamada Gaku, Hirose Alice, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Suruga Taro, Kitaro, Hayama Shono, Tanabe Momoko, Satoi Kenta, Nadaka Tatsuo, Ono Ryo, Ino Manabu, Atsushi, Miura Riki, Morita Kanro, Sakakibara Ikue, Ichige Yoshie, Ibu Masato, Nishida Toshiyuki, Urai Kenji
Synopsis:

Hamasaki Densuke (Hamada Gaku) is now in his third year at the big construction company Suzuki Construction. His enthusiasm for fishing reinforces his lovable character and he now has a bizarre mentoring relationship with his company president Suzuki Ichinosuke (Nishida Toshiyuki) whom he calls Su-san. This time, the commotion that he creates with his boss Sasaki Kazuo (Fukikoshi Mitsuru), the eternal mid-level manager, and other employees escalates, and a strong, handsome rival emerges and edges into Hama-chan’s relationship with his girlfriend Kobayashi Michiko (Hirose Alice).

Code Name Mirage
mirage
Air Date: 1:23 pm, Saturdays, 8 April 2017
Cast: Kiriyama Ren, Sano Hinako, Kaname Jun, Takeda Shinji, Hagiwara Masato, Ishimaru Kenjiro
Synopsis: Moriyama, codename Mirage (Kiriyama Ren), is a top agent in the special team K-13 of the National Police Agency that deal with crimes which cannot be handled openly by the police force. Members of the organization “K13” do not exist in record were made to assume mission to handle brutal crime behind closed doors.
Kodoku no Gurume Season 6
(The Solitary Gourmet)
gurume
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 08 April 2017
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Inogashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka), who runs an imported general merchandise business, enjoys eating on his own and would visit dining establishments when there are intervals of free time during work.
Massage Tantei Joe
tantei joe
Air Date: 12:12 am, Sundays, 08 April 2017
Cast: Nakamaru Yuichi, Koshiba Fuka, Wada Masato, Ozawa Yukyoshi, Baisho Mitsuko, Yoza Yoshiaki, Mikawa Yugo
Synopsis: Yabukihara Joe (Nakamaru Yuichi) starts working as a masseur with the encouragement of Eko-baba (Baisho Mitsuko), the owner of a massage shop whom he happened to become acquainted with about one year ago. Recognising that he is gifted in massage, Eko-baba makes Joe go to the homes of all kinds of customers although it agonises him because he dislikes people and has anxiety around strangers. One day, the wealthy husband of Joe’s customer, is murdered and Joe finds himself suspected by police detectives (Ozawa Yukyoshi, Wada Masato). At the suggestion of fellow masseur Aguri (Koshiba Fuka), Joe uses his massage techniques and powers of observation to solve the mystery and clear his name. This becomes the turning point in his life. After that, he keeps getting involved in strange murder cases at customers’ homes and demonstrates his unexpected talent each time.

NHK BS PREMIUM
Kono Yo ni Tayasui Shigoto wa Nai
(There’s No Easy Job in This World )
jobs
Air Date: 11pm, Thursdays, 06 April 2017
Cast: Mano Erina, Tsukamoto Takashi, Asano Atsuko, Babazono Azusa, Takahashi Hitomi
Synopsis: Kirinaka Kasumi ((Mano Erina), 28, realized her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. But due to overwork, she was burnt out and gave up her job. At an employment agency, she meets a female staff member who offers her desirable yet peculiar jobs. At first, Kasumi hesitates doing such a different variety of jobs, but gradually finds out what it means to her.
Tachibana Noboru Seishun Tebikae Season 2
(Tachibana Noboru’s Memorandum of Youth)
tachibana
Air Date: 8 pm, Friday, 07 April 2017
Cast: Mizobata Junpei, Taira Yuna, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Makita Sports, Masana Bokuzo, Watanabe Yutaro, Namioka Kazuki, Washio Machiko, Ishiguro Ken, Furuya Ikkou
Synopsis: Tachibana Noboru (Mizobata Junpei), a young prison doctor of Kodenmacho, has a strong sense of justice and exceptional jujitsu skills. He left Akita and turned to an uncle Genan (Furuya Ikkou) in order to become a full-fledged doctor. Working as a prison doctor is, in fact, stimulating for the sensitive Noboru because he can get deeply involved in all sorts of work-related incidents that occur within and beyond the prison, and also the people concerned.
PTA Grandpa
 grandpa
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 02 April 2017
Cast: Matsudaira Ken, Adachi Yumi, Matobu Sei, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Sasaki Katsuhiko, Nakahara Takeo, Asada Miyoko
Synopsis: 65-year-old Muso Tsutomu (Matsudaira Ken) has retired from his job at a major home appliance manufacturer. He was a corporate warrior in the 43 years that he worked without caring for his family. His intention had been to take retirement leisurely at home. But reality is not so kind. He is told by his wife Sachiko (Asada Miyoko) to do something since he is free. After their divorced daughter Miyako (Matobu Sei) moves back home with her 1-year-old daughter Yurina, he becomes Yurina’s caregiver because Miyako has to work hard as the division head at a big corporation. One day, she gets drawn to be the deputy chairwoman at the first Parent Teacher Association meeting of the elementary school

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

  • Comments

    • Reileen

      For those looking for eng subs
      Updates: http://fansub.d-addicts.com/Jdrama_Fansub_Map_2017#Spring_2017
      – Reverse
      – Boku, Unmei no Hito desu
      – Hiyokko
      – Onna Joushu Naotora
      – Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatte Iru

      I’m pretty sure there will be subs for Kizoku Tantei so just keep updated with the fansub map

      • TruthSpeaker

        Thanks for the post!

      • FrozenLand

        Thanks for the fab compilation Reileen!

    • kogamo

      N no tame ni became my favourite drama, Yakou kanransha was really good too so I’m having high expectations of Reverse

    • light

      Crisis sounds good, i will check it out!

      I’ll watch the first ep of Kizoku Tantei but the story reminds me of Nazodi and i didn’t like that one very much, aside from Sho and Keiko banters….

    • Kokoro Ai

      Wow this season is promising. I really want to see many of these.

    • I actually want to watch quite a few of these! But please tell me, what is this massage mess with Nakamaru?! xD

    • phoe-enix

      The poster for Code Name mirage is great O.O

    • Omnirosa

      Watching Sawajiri Erika’s new drama even if it doesn’t get subs because being blessed by the acting prowess of a legend is enough for me!

      • wood

        I heard the kid acting as her son was pretty wooden. Was he?

        • yamakita

          The kid is 3. Leave him alone.

          • wood

            obviously i was talking about the older child actor who is a Nissy(AAA) doppleganger minus the acting talent.

    • WhySoLonely

      It’s so sad that so few Jdramas get subbed. Meanwhile 99% of kdramas get subs.

      This season I’m interested in:
      – Boku, Unmei no Hito desu
      – Haha ni naru
      – Koi ga Heta de mo Ikitemasu
      – Frankenstein no Koi
      – Anata no Koto wa Sore Hodo
      – Reverse

      Of course this list will probably change as I check them out.

    • Babi Hong

      the final fantasy one sounds really CUTE

    • yamakita

      Thank you for the synopsis for My Son and Reverse!! I watched the first episodes, but it’s hard to understand what’s going on without subs. The descriptions here helped!

    • Lady Sara

      Shimizu Fumika?

    • Kameneko223

      So lucky that Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu get subbed already!

    • lemon liquorice

      Uwaaa so many promising drama, I definitely watched kintori and kuroki haru’s drama.. My son’s story is intriguing and I really want to check higashide’s drama and frankenstein.. can’t choose what to watch

    • Karen Khoo

      Masataka Kubota has 2 dramas!!
      And Ayano Go as Frankenstein <3
      Oguri Shun!! Yamapi…. Kame! WOW this Spring season is gonna be great!