Upcoming Winter JDramas 2017

It’s that time of the season again! Check out the list of Winter Jdramas 2017 below!

This season’s lineup include dramas of Kimura Takuya and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, their first drama work after SMAP disbanded last Dec 31. Get some real life mix in drama where actors play as themselves in TV Tokyo’s Byplayers and Yamada Takayuki no Cannes Eigasai. This new season also signals the start of the new taiga drama Onna Joshu Naotora starring Shibasaki Kou.

This will also be the last season for NTV’s signature Saturday 9pm drama (Gokusen, Nobuta Wo Produce, Kindaichi, The Queen’s Classroom). Variety show Arashi ni Shiyagare will be moved to 9pm while drama timeslot will change to 10pm. The network’s Saturday golden timeslot will follow their current ratings winner Sunday lineup with 3 variety shows in a row.

What should you watch? Give us your first impressions of the dramas this season!

FUJI TV
Totsuzen desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu
(Everyone’s Getting Married)
 marriage
Air Date: 9 pm, Mondays, 23 January 2017
Cast: Nishiuchi Mariya, Yamamura Ryuta, Sawamura Ikki, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Nakamura Anne, Sugimoto Tetta, Yamaga Kotoko, Kagimoto Akira, Kato Ryo, Kishii Yukino, Morita Kanro, Furutachi Kanji, Hayama Shono, Ishino Mako
Synopsis: Based on the manga series “Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu” by Izumi Miyazono, this drama portrays a complex, a bit quirky, but very true-to-life love story between a girl who dreams of a happy marriage and a guy who never wants to get married.

Takanashi Asuka (Nishiuchi Mariya) is a twenty-something woman who works for a megabank and holds various professional qualifications in finance. Despite her successful career, she is extremely eager to get married and become a stay-at-home housewife. One day, she suddenly gets damped by her boyfriend of five years. Desperate to find her next potential husband, she immediately starts searching to find the “love of her life.” Then she meets Nanami Ryu (Yamamura Ryuta), a very popular TV newscaster. He appears to be the most ideal man for Asuka, except that Ryu is 100% against the idea of marriage and determined to never get married. However, despite their different views on marriage, they eventually fall in love and start their relationship. It seemed as though everything was going so well, but this was the beginning of their “Battle of Values.” Where is their romantic relationship headed? Will Asuka be able to announce her marriage and make her dream come true?

Uso no Sensou
(WAR OF LIE)
WAR OF LIES
Air Date: 9 pm, Tuesdays, 10 January 2017
Cast: Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Fujiki Naohito, Mizuhara Kiko, Kikuchi Fuma, Kyo Nobuo, Magy, Nomura Masumi, Osugi Ren, Yamamoto Mizuki, Yasuda Ken, Ichimura Masachika
Synopsis: Two years after the airing of “War of Money,” the show’s screenwriter, director and production team are all reunited to create its sequel “War of Lies” starring Kusanagi Tsuyoshi.

Koichi’s father killed his mother and his brother, then he took his own life—or so it appeared. In fact it was all a set-up. Koichi (Kusanagi Tsuyoshi), 9 years old at that time, was the only witness present at the scene and saw the face of the true murderer. Despite his repeated testimony, no one took him seriously. He was called a liar and even his relatives looked at him with suspicion and distrust. Growing up, Koichi learned to master the art of lying and turned into an extremely skilled liar.

Eventually, he moves to Thailand, changes his name, gets a fake identity and becomes an extremely successful conman. There he meets the murderer who killed his family 30 years ago. He swears himself to take revenge and returns to Japan…

Kirawareru Yuuki
(The Courage to be Disliked)
Kirawareru Yuuki
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 12 January 2017
Cast: Karina, Kato Shigeaki, Masu Takeshi, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Maruyama Tomomi, Sakurada Dori, Iitoyo Marie, Sagara Itsuki, Okazaki Sae, Judai Satoshi, Masana Bokuzo, Shiina Kippe
Synopsis: Based loosely on the best-selling self-improvement book of the same title, “Kirawareru Yuuki” (The courage to be disliked), this drama depicts a young female detective who appears to completely embody Alfred Adler’s psychoanalytical theory.

Ando Ranko (Karina) is a police detective. She is single and has no boyfriend currently. Even though she is only 32 years old, Ranko is extremely capable at her job. With a track record of solving many difficult cases, she is regarded as one of the top detective of Metropolitan Police Department. She doesn’t listen to others’ advice, never cares what others think about her and does things the way she wants to.

Ranko starts working with a new partner Toshio Ooyama (Kato Shigeaki). Toshio, who has long dreamt of being a detective, has a strong sense of justice and is the complete opposite of Ranko. He cares what others think of him and tries hard not to be disliked. Working side by side with Ranko, Toshio comes to hate her for her arrogant attitude and willful behaviors. Will “the world’s most disliked female detective” Ranko and her overly self-conscious partner Toshio be able to learn to co-exist with each other and get their job done?

Mahiru no Akuma
(Midday’s Demon)
mahiru
Air Date: 11:40 pm, Saturdays, 04 February 2017
Cast: Tanaka Rena, Nakamura Aoi
Synopsis: One day, Nanba Masato (Nakamura Aoi), a young man who is aspiring to be a writer, feels excruciating pain in his abdomen and is rushed to a hospital. A surgeon Okochi Yoko (Tanaka Rena) diagnoses him with appendicitis. Beautiful like a goddess, she eases his hellish pain. He is hospitalised after the successful surgery and delighted that she is his attending physician. However, this is the opening to great despair and doom. Yoko is sociable and cheerful and also treats patients kindly. But her true face is something that she cannot even personally understand. Apathetic to all events from a young age, she is impassive and immoral. She has no compassion when she sees people who are suffering and also no feelings of guilt. When target people or events materialise, her dark side will kick in on impulse.
Daibinbo
DAIBINBO
Air Date: 9:00 pm, Sundays, 08 January 2017
Cast: Koyuki, Ito Atsushi, Narita Ryo, Kamiyama Tomohiro, Uchida Rio, Imai Shunta, Nozawa Shiori, Kamiyama Tomohiro, Takito Kenichi, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: Nanakusa Yuzuko (Koyuki) suddenly finds herself flat broke when the company she worked for suddenly went bankrupt. With no job, no money, and two children to raise, she’s put on the edge of a cliff and at a complete loss as to what to do. Then, she receives a call from Kakihara Shinichi (Ito Atsushi), an elite lawyer whom she had no connection with whatsoever—or she thought. In fact, they did have a connection. It turns out that Yuzuko and Shinichi were high school classmates. Despite his looks, short and naïve, Shinichi is an extremely successful lawyer who makes over 10 billion yen a year. Back in his high school days, Shinichi had a huge crush on Yuzuko. So, when he heard about her recent situation, he gathered all of his courage together and decided to contact her. Shinichi tells Yuzuko that there has to be “another side” to her company’s bankruptcy. Yuzuko first ignores his words and says what matters to her the most is to find a job as soon as possible so that she can support her kids. However, she decides to stand up for herself and her family as she was struck by seeing her kids showing concerns for her and by Shinichi’s words: “Why don’t you bother to question when your peaceful life with your precious family is about to get taken away? You’ll just let it happen and accept unfairness?” Shinichi’s diligent research leads to finding there was a mysterious large sum of money which appears to be part of what triggered the bankruptcy of Yuzuko’s company. As they investigate further to uncover the truth, they get drawn into a huge swirl of dark side of corporate world…

NTV
Super Salaryman Saenai-shi
(Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai)
super salaryman
Air Date: 9 pm, Saturdays, 14 January 2017
Cast: Tsutsumi Shinichi, Koizumi Kyoko, Muro Tsuyoshi, Kaku Kento, Hayami Akari, Nakamura Tomoya, Shimazaki Haruka, Takahashi Katsumi, Sato Jiro, Sasano Takashi, Yokoyama Ayumu, Fukushima Mariko, Tomiyama Eriko, Kanazawa Miho
Synopsis:

52-year-old Saenai (Tsutsumi Shinichi) is an ordinary middle management salaryman. One day, he is forcibly handed a super suit by a strange old man (Sasano Takashi) and reluctantly takes over as superman. With a wife from hell Enko (Koizumi Kyoko) and two children (Shimazaki Haruka, Yokoyama Ayumu), Saenai is stuck between world peace and domestic problems. Life does not go well just by becoming superman. What is justice, peace and happiness?

Dansui!
(SWIM!)
dansui
Air Date: 12:55 am, Sundays, 22 January 2017
Cast: Matsuda Ryo, Miyazaki Shuto, Anzai Shintaro, Akazawa Tomoru, Sato Hisanori, Ozawa Ren, Kuroba Mario, Ikeoka Ryosuke, Hirose Tomoki, Kaminaga Keisuke, Saito Kyohei, Nasuda Yudai, Tsukayama Hisanao, Sakurai Keisuke, Kamimura Kaisei, Oura Ryuichi, Moro Morooka
Synopsis: Sakaki Shuhei (Matsuda Ryo), Shinozuka Daiki (Miyazaki Shuto) and Koganei Haruyoshi (Akazawa Tomoru) are obsessed with only one thing–swimming.
They pour their heart and soul into passing the entrance exam for Ryuho High School, a private academy renowned for its top-notch swim team. In the process, they end up hurting each other’s feelings. One guy gets into Ryuho, but the other two wind up at Higashigaoka High School, where the swim team is on the brink of shutting down.Just when it seemed like the three guys would never hang out again, Kawasaki, a swimmer they all admire, becomes the coach of the Higashigaoka High School swim team. Things are just about to get interesting…The Higashigaoka High School swim team shrank drastically after several seniors graduated. Juniors Shuhei, the captain who looks after his teammates like an older brother, Daiki, a pure and innocent guy who doesn’t say much, and Haruyoshi Koganei, who is macho in the inside but actually quite girly, need to find five new swimmers to prevent being kicked out of the team. Frantic, they go on a recruiting frenzy.Meanwhile, the team at Ryuho, a regular fixture at the national high school championships, is being led by the hardworking Homare Nishina. Teammates Ichitora Jingu, a genius in the water, an equally-talented Reo Fujikawa, and the friendly-yet-speedy Mitsuki Taira, all join him as they train tirelessly day and night to become the national champions.Things were looking better at Higashigaoka as only two new guys were needed to save the team. Yuta Taki is a bluntly honest experienced swimmer and Daniel Harada is a handsome princely guy (when he keeps his mouth shut) who can’t swim at all! What’s more, Ryoya Kawasaki, a former national champion, signs up to coach the team. Just what will happen when you assign an iconic coach to watch over a bunch of guys with colorful characters?!Look no further for a comical high school story that is sure to ignite the fire in your heart!
Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito
(Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi)
virtual detective
Air Date: 10:30 pm, Sundays, 22 January 2017
Cast: Matsuzaka Tori, Tabe Mikako, Hamada Gaku, Kinami Haruka, Sumida Moeno, Ueda Tatsuya, Shishido Kavka, Kitaoji Kinya
Synopsis: Higurashi Tabito (Matsuzaka Tori) has lost four out of his five senses–his sense of sound, smell, taste, and touch. The only sense he has is sight, which he relies on for his job as a detective who has to investigate and find various missing objects. He works at the detective agency with Yukiji, his buddy and manager, and Tei, his adopted daughter. No matter what it is, Tabito always finds the missing object. His investigative methods, however, are a little bizarre. His eyes seem to be able to see everything, including things that regular people can’t see, like scents and emotions.

Without a single blood relative left in the world, the lonely Tabito pours his heart out on his job. Each case he solves brings him closer to Yukiji, Tei, and her daycare teacher Yoko, who all treat him like family. Wrapped in their warmth, his heart begins to melt.

Tokyo Tarareba Musume
(Tokyo Tarareba Girls)
tokyo tarareba
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 18 January 2017
Cast: Yoshitaka Yuriko, Eikura Nana, Oshima Yuko, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Hiraoka Yuta, Ishikawa Ren, Kaneda Akio, Tanaka Kei, Suzuki Ryohei
Synopsis:

Kamata Rinko (Yoshitaka Yuriko), 30 years old, is unmarried and doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Her job: (struggling) screenwriter.
With both her career and love life not going well, Rinko indulges herself in a string of “Girls Night Out” shindigs with close friends Kaori and Koyuki.

“When I become pretty, I’m sure an even better guy will come along!”
“If I fall in love with the guy, then I can marry him!”

Just when the ladies were absorbed in their lively “tarareba” (when-if) conversation, a young, blonde and handsome man suddenly shows up and scolds them “You tarareba women!” Just like that, the ladies are given a harsh reality check.

“I thought that if I really wanted it, I could get the ideal career and love life.”
“Are we no longer ‘girls’?”
Such was the painful truth that smacked them in the face.

Women across the generations will surely relate to these ladies, who search for happiness despite all the struggles in life. “Tokyo Tarareba Girls” is a drama that is sure to hit very close to home, 100% guaranteed!

Masuyama Chounouryokushi Jimusho
Masuyama Chounouryokushi Jimusho
Air Date: 11:59 pm, Thursdays, 05 January 2017
Cast: Tanaka Naoki, Asaka Kodai, Nakamura Yuri, Emoto Tokio, Hirata Atsuko, Oshinari Shugo, Root, Musaka Naomasa, Kaga Takeshi
Synopsis: When people with supernatural powers pass the Japan ESP Association’s certification test, they are called grade one and grade two ESPers while those who fail are called incompetent. The members (Asaka Kodai, Nakamura Yuri, Emoto Tokio, Hirata Atsuko) of Masuyama Supernatural Powers Office in Nippori possess supernatural powers. Led by their chief, Masuyama Keitaro (Tanaka Naoki), they help clients to solve troubles such as extramarital affairs and searching for people. But they are certainly not perfect supermen and women..

TBS
A Life ~ Itoshiki Hito
(A LIFE: A LOVE)
a life
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, 15 January 2017
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Takeuchi Yuko, Matsuyama Kenichi, Kimura Fumino, Nanao, Emoto Akira, Tanaka Min, Kobayashi Takashi, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Asano Tadanobu
Synopsis:

This winter, TBS brings you its Sunday drama about the doctors that face the precious lives of their patients. Love, desire, friendship, envy and pride all collide in this human love story set in Danjo Memorial Hospital.
Okita (Kimura Takuya) comes back from America after 10 years away to perform cardiac surgery on his mentor and hospital director – Toranosuke (Emoto Akira). However, Okita’s return raises an awkward relationship among Toranosuke’s daughter and pediatric surgeon – Mifuyu (Takeuchi Yuko) and her husband Masao (Asano Tadanobu), the hospital’s deputy director. Okita and Mifuyu used to date, but Masto – one of Okita’s childhood friends – married Mifuyu after Okita left to America and now helps run the hospital.
Meanwhile, director of the first surgery department, Hamura (Oikawa Mitsuhiro) is opposed to Toranosuke’s surgery, a young doctor, Igawa is skeptical about Okita’s direction of the surgery, and scrub nurse – Yuki begins to have an interest in Okita.
Watching over Okita’s work on the day of the operation with the hospital’s consulting lawyer, Minori (Nanao), Masao realises how much Okita has developed his surgical skills. The operation seems like a big success, however..

Quartet
(Quartet/Lovers & Liars)
quartet
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 17 January 2016
Cast: Matsu Takako, Mitsushima Hikari, Takahashi Issei, Matsuda Ryuhei, Yoshioka Riho, Tomizawa Takeshi, Yagi Akiko, Mummy-D, Motai Masako
Synopsis:

Four men and women have a “chance” encounter – each of them on a shallow downward slope of life without ever having reached a peak or fulfilled their dreams. They form a quartet and live together in Karuizawa. But there is a secret behind the “chance” encounter…
Scriptwriter Yuji Sakamoto – the master of human dramas – joins forces with a cast of popular actors such as Matsu Takako, Mitsushima Hikari, Takahashi Issey and Matsuda Ryuhei to create a bitter-sweet love story and human suspense.

Maki (Matsu) and Tsukasa (Matsuda) arrive at a cottage in Karuizawa where they find Suzume (Mitsushima) and Yutaka (Takahashi) waiting for them. They are all musical performers who decided to form a quartet after first meeting in a karaoke booth in Tokyo. When arriving to perform live in a restaurant, the quartet come across Benjamin Takita, a pianist with “9 months to live”. Then suddenly Maki comes up with a wild idea.

Hokusai to Meshi Sae Areba
(As long as I have my food and Hokusai)
hokusai
Air Date: 1:28 am, Wednesdays, 25 January 2017
Cast: Kamishiraishi Mone, Ikeda Eliza, Maeda Goki
Synopsis: Yamada Fumiko’s (Kamishiraishi Mone) nickname is Bun. She is a university student and began living alone this year. She does have a doll named Hokusai. Fumiko Yamada is shy and has odd habits. Even when she doesn’t have money or is busy, she still likes to cook
Rental no Koi
(Rental Lovers)
rental koi
Air Date: 12:10 am, Thursdays, 19 January 2017
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Taiga, Kishii Yukino, Kentaro, Hara Mikie, Nobue Yu, Kaneda Ayana, Kiyohara Sho, Nukumizu Yoichi
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, Kosuke Yamada (Taiga), a 22-year-old university student who’s never had a girlfriend, is somehow guided by a suspicious middle-aged man – Takami Kenbutsu (Nukumizu Yoichi), and rents Takasugi Remi (Goriki Ayame) at a rental girlfriend agency – “Rental Lovers”. Remi, the most popular rental girlfriend of the agency, has well researched Kosuke’s taste and even wears a costume of an anime character that he likes on the date. Kosuke instantly falls for Remi, however, he soon finds out that Remi is a mysterious girl who wears a bandage on her neck and never smiles while off-duty. Then the story of Kosuke, Remi, a Kosuke’s childhood friend – Sumire (Kishii Yukino), and his best friend – Hayato (Kentaro) goes to an unexpected direction.
Gekokujo Juken
(Grade A Reversal)
grade a
Air Date: 10 pm, Fridays, 13 January 2017
Cast: Abe Sadao, Fukada Kyoko, Yamada Miku, Waka Danna, Minagawa Sarutoki, Okada Koki, Kawamura Yosuke, Koshiba Fuka, Tezuka Toru, Kaname Jun, Kazama Shunsuke, Kobayashi Kaoru
Synopsis: A father with only a junior high school education worries about his daughter’s future and decides to send her to a topnotch junior high school, while not only encouraging her to study but also studying together with her.

Sakurai Shinichi (Abe Sadao) is a junior high school graduate who works for a mid-sized real estate company. His wife, Kanako (Fukada Kyoko), is also a junior high school graduate, and they are blessed with a daughter – Kaori (Yamada Mikuu). Even though the family isn’t wealthy, they live happily together.

One day, however, Kaori receives the horrific result she scored on a nationwide exam. “Will my daughter be just a junior high school graduate as well?” Shinichi asks. After deciding to send Kaori to an elite school, worried Shinichi soon realizes his daughter will be in the bottom class in a cram school which makes it impossible for her to pass the school entrance exam.

Shinichi names the study room at home as “My cram school” and studies together with Kaori to make a way for her to enter a competitive school.

TV ASAHI
Aibou Season 15
aibou
Air Date: 9 pm, Wednesdays, contiinues from last season
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi, Nakama Yukie, Ishizaka Koji
Synopsis:

Kaburagi Wataru (Sorimachi Takashi) goes back to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department after finishing training at the police academy, but he is assigned to the Public Relations Division headed by Yashiro Miyako (Nakama Yukie) and not to the Special Missions Section.

Meanwhile, Kurusu Hatsue goes to the no. 1 investigation division and claims to have killed Miyata Futoshi. Three days ago, Futoshi’s dead body was found at an irrigation channel and the police concluded that he died by accidental drowning. Kurusu asks to be punished for his actions. Ukyo (Mizutani Yutaka) takes an interest in Hatsue’s appeal and begins an investigation by himself.

Kasouken no Onna Season 16
(Woman of the Crime Lab Season 17)
crime-lab
Air Date: 8 pm, Thursdays, continues from last season
Cast: Sawaguchi Yasuko, Naito Takashi, Wakamura Mayumi, Kazama Toru, Kaneda Akio, Saito Satoru, Osada Seiya, Yamamoto Hikaru, Nishida Ken, Ishii Kazuaki
Synopsis: As criminals become more sophisticated and crimes more complex, the police must turn to speedier and more scientific means of weeding through clues and narrowing down suspects. That’s where the forensics labs come into play. Sasaki Mariko is a highly talented forensics scientist who must dodge stereotypes, as well as disparaging comments from veteran detectives.
Shukatsu Kazoku ~ Kitto, Umaku Iku
(Job Searching Family )
shukatsu kazoku
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 12 January 2017
Cast: Miura Tomokazu, Kuroki Hitomi, Maeda Atsuko, Kudo Asuka, Arai Hirofumi, Yamamoto Mirai, Nakagawa Chika, Kimura Midoriko, Watanabe Dai, Kimura Tae, Yajima Kenichi
Synopsis: Tomikawa Yosuke (Miura Tomokazu) is the head of human resource at major steel company. His wife Mizuki (Kuroki Hitomi) is a Japanese language teacher at a private junior high school while their daughter Shiori (Maeda Atsuko) works for a jewellery maker and their son Hikaru (Kudo Asuka) is job hunting. Something unanticipated causes this seemingly peaceful family to start to fall apart and head in an unexpected direction.
Ubai Ai, Fuyu
(Seizing love by force, Winter)
ubai ai
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Fridays, 20 January 2017
Cast: Kurashina Kana, Miura Shohei, Otani Ryohei, Akimoto Sayaka, Mister Chin, Darenogare Akemi, Nishime Shun, Kimura Midoriko, Miyake Hiroki, Sakakibara Ikue, Mizuno Miki
Synopsis: Ikeuchi Hikaru (Kurashina Kana) works for a design company in Tokyo and has a fiancé Okugawa Kota (Miura Shohei). However, her life suddenly changes with the appearance of her ex-boyfriend Moriyama Shin (Otanin Ryohei). She had once loved him to death but he vanished all of a sudden after telling her that they are breaking up. The feelings that Hikaru has tried to suppress are rekindled when she is reunited with Shin, who is in Tokyo for three months, and her heart seeks him even though he is now married with a wife, Ran (Mizuno Miki). As this happens, Kota’s love and jealousy deepens and he gradually turns into someone he hates.

NHK
ASADORA: Beppin-san
beppin-san
Air Date: 8am – 8:15am, Mondays- Saturdays, 03 October 2016
Cast: Yoshine Kyoko, Namase Katsuhisa, Kanno Miho, Renbutsu Misako, Kora Kengo, Nagura Jun, Tanimura Mitsuki, Momota Kanako, Tsuchimura Kaho, Ichimura Masachika, Nakamura Tamao, Honda Hirotaro, Yamamura Momiji, Mikura Mana, Nagayama Kento, Hiraoka Yuta, Tanaka Yoji, Ishino Yoko, Soganoya Bundo, Miyata Keiko, Horiuchi Masami, Matsushita Yuya, Taki Yukari
Synopsis: The 95th Drama Serial is about Bando Sumire (Yoshine Kyoko), a girl born in the uptown of Kobe in the early Showa period. In the wake of wartime devastation, she works hard toward making children’s clothes for a living, and later establishes a first-ever children’s goods store in Japan.
TAIGA: Onna Joshu Naotora
(Naotora: The Lady Warlord)
naotora
Air Date: 8 pm, Sundays, 8 January 2017 onwards
Cast: Shibasaki Kou, Sugimoto Tetta, Zaizen Naomi, Maeda Gin, Kobayashi Kaoru, Miura Haruma, Takahashi Issei, Yagira Yuya, Kanjiya Shihori, Muro Tsuyoshi, Ukaji Takashi, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Kariya Shunsuke, Denden, Kakei Toshio, Nakamura Baijaku, Shunputei Shota, Onoue Matsuya, Asaoka Ruriko, Abe Sadao, Nanao, Suda Masaki, Ichihara Hayato, Inoue Yoshio, Hanafusa Mari, Takahashi Hikaru, Wada Masato, Komatsu Kazushige
Synopsis: Thanks to Otowa’s life-risking scheme, Kamenojo escapes from Imagawa’s pursuer and flees to Shinshu. After Naomitsu Ii got killed on suspicion of a rebellion, Masanao Ono, opposed to Naomitsu for some time, seeks to hold power over the Ii family. Ignoring a backlash, Masanao maneuvers to marry off his son Tsurumaru to Otowa in an attempt to take over the Ii family headship.
Okaasan, Musume o Yamete Ii desu ka?
(Mom, May I Quit Being Your Daughter?)
okasan
Air Date: 10pm, Fridays, 13 January 2017
Cast: Haru, Yagira Yuya, Aso Yumi, Oozora Mayumi, Dan Mitsu, Ishii Anna, Terawaki Yasufumi, Saito Yuk
Synopsis: A suspenseful family drama revolves around a mother and daughter who have an excessively close relationship. They have overcome many challenges together based on mutual trust; however, the tight-knit relationship was shaken by an encounter with a man. As the daughter becomes intimate with him, she begins to keep a distance from her mother. Being deeply disturbed by her behavior, the mother makes a radical move to have her daughter nearby.
Chuushingura no Koi ~ 48-ninme no Chuushin
(Chushingura–A 48th Loyal Retainer in Love)
chuushingura-no-koi
Air Date: 6:10 pm, Saturdays, continues from last season
Cast: Takei Emi, Fukushi Seiji, Nakao Akiyoshi, Imai Tsubasa, Sato Ryuta, Tanaka Rena, Ishimaru Kanji, Mita Yoshiko, Daito Shunsuke, Minagawa Sarutoki, Niiro Shinya, Hizuki Hana, Tsuji Kazunaga, Sasano Takashi, Hirata Mitsuru
Synopsis: Set in the Edo Period, a story revolves around Kiyo (Takei Emi), a woman who strives to overcome status differences of those days. When she pledges to live for a love, a knife attack occurs at Edo Castle. And as a 48th loyal retainer, her fate changes after a raid on Kira: she is determined to serve at the inner palace of Edo Castle called “O-oku”. The story is based on a novel written by Morota Reiko.

WOWOW
Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo Yoku
(Today is also a Lucky Day)
Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo Yoku
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 14 January 2017
Cast: Higa Manami, Hasegawa Kyoko, Watanabe Dai, Ishibashi Renji, Yachigusa Kaoru (guest star), Hayami Mokomichi, Funakoshi Eiichiro, Oishi Goro, Ishii Masanori, Abe Megumi, Tachibana Nozomi, Inoue Jun, Dan Jiro, Masu Takeshi
Synopsis: Imagawa Atsushi (Watanabe Dai), the childhood friend whom office lady Ninomiya Kotoha (Higa Manami) had been in love with, gets married. She attends his wedding reception in the foulest of moods. However, she hears an amazing speech that moves her at the reception. It is the congratulatory address of the legendary speechwriter Kuon Kumi (Hasegawa Kyoko). Mesmerised by her words, Kotoha becomes Kumi’s apprentice and starts training in words. Atsushi soon decides to run in the House of Representatives election and Kotoha is designated as his speechwriter. Will her words be able to move the world?
Rakuen
(Paradise)
rakuen
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 08 January 2017
Cast: Nakama Yukie, Kuroki Hitomi, Kaho, Kaneko Nobuaki, Matsuda Miyuki, Ishizaka Koji (guest star), Kobayashi Kaoru, Nishida Naomi, Komoto Masahiro, Oshinari Shugo, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Ito Sairi, Ikeda Narushi, Riju Go
Synopsis: While the case of the Doisaki couple (Kobayashi Kaoru, Matsuda Miyuki) who murdered their 15-year-old daughter (Ito Sairi) and hid her body under their home for 16 years is being reported, a housewife visits Maehata Shigeko (Nakama Yukie), a writer working for an editorial production company. This lady says her 10-year-old son may possess the special ability to see the memories of other people and holds out a drawing that he had illustrated. The drawing shows a young lady lying down inside a home with a distinctive weather vane in the shape of a bat and because it is remarkably similar to the case of the Doisakis, Shigeko undertakes the investigation half-convinced. However, at that point, the youth dies in a traffic accident. Seiko (Kaho), the second daughter of the Doisakis, is told by her parents’ lawyer (Kuroki Hitomi) to severe ties with them while a female high school student is held captive in some neighbourhood.

TV TOKYO
Sanbiki no Ossan Season 3 ~ Seigi no Mikata, Mitabi!
(Three Middle-Aged Men Season 3)
ishikawa
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 20 January 2017
Cast: Ichikawa Ebizo, Higa Manami, Maruyama Tomomi, Takatsuki Sara, Yamada Jundai, Maeno Tomoya, Tanaka Misato, Enoki Takaaki, Masuoka Toru, Kunimura Jun, AnJu,
Synopsis:

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.

Byplayers ~ Moshimo 6-nin no Meiwakiyaku ga Sharehouse de Kurashitara
byplayers
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 14 January 2017
Cast: Endo Kenichi, Osugi Ren, Taguchi Tomorow, Terajima Susumu, Matsushige Yutaka, Mitsuishi Ken, Kana Kita
Synopsis: Six outstanding supporting actors (Endo Kenichi, Osugi Ren, Taguchi Tomorow, Terajima Susumu, Matsushige Yutaka, Mitsuishi Ken) receive offers from an overseas video distribution website for a large SCALE drama. An A-lister is playing the leading role and the director is also world famous. However, the director has a request. That is for them to live together for three months under the same roof to prepare for their roles and to bond. The circumstances are bewildering and they behave like junior high school students. But in truth, some project 10 years ago is the reason why they each have a lingering discomfort. Furthermore, there is a secret regarding this drama project…Then, the supporting actors hear a rumour that the male lead has been dropped and this sets off ripples in the house they are sharing.
Yamada Takayuki no Cannes Eigasai
(Yamada Takayuki’s Cannes Film Festival)
cannes
Air Date: 12:52 am, Saturdays, 07 January 2017
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Ashida Mana, Yamashita Nobuhiro, Muro Tsuyoshi, Yatabe Yoshihiko, Yasuoka Takaharu, Tengan Daisuke, Sato Tadao
Synopsis: Actor Yamada Takayuki (Yamada Takayuki) tells director Yamashita Nobuhiro (Yamashita Nobuhiro) that he wants to win the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and the two men quickly begin to discuss the details of the movie about a murderous hitchhiker and the movie production process involving both Yamashita and friend, documentary producer Matsue Tetsuaki. After casting their lead (Ashida Mana), the three of them visit the Japanese Film University to learn about the Cannes Film Festival.
Gin to Kin
(Silver and Gold)
gin to kin
Air Date: 12:20 am, Sundays, 08 January 2017
Cast: Ikematsu Sosuke, Lily Franky, Makita Sports, Usuda Asami, Murakami Jun
Synopsis: Morita Tetsuo (Ikematsu Sosuke) is a good-for-nothing who can never get ahead and has been venting his anger through gambling. He keeps losing until he is penniless. One day, Tetsuo meets Hirai Ginji (Lily Franky), an influential fixer who controls the underworld, at a race track. Drawn to Ginji’s villainy and ease at making billions, Tetsuo decides that he wants to become a person called “Kin” to surpass “Gin” and sets foot into the underworld.

NHK BS PREMIUM
Bakumatsu Gurume Bushimeshi
(Bushimeshi!–The Samurai Cook)
buhimeshi
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Tuesdays, 10 January 2017
Cast: Seto Koji, Tanaka Kei, Sakai Wakana, Miyoshi Ayaka, Kusakari Mayu, Toda Keiko, Tokui Yu, Hirata Mitsuru, Kusakari Masao
Synopsis: Set in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, the story revolves around Banshiro Sakata (Koji Seto), a faint-hearted samurai on duty in Edo. He gets involved in troublesome things, but a recipe booklet given by his wife saves him. He cooks fine dishes from the recipe and resolves problems of the people around.
Onna no Naka ni Iru Tanin
(The Stranger Within a Woman)
Onna no Naka ni Iru Tanin
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 08 January 2017
Cast: Seto Asaka, Omi Toshinori, Ishiguro Ken, Kino Hana, Itaya Yuka, Komoto Masahiro, Morioka Yutaka, Nishiyama Mayuko, Nakamura Tomoya, Mihiro, Sasaoka Sasuke, Shono Rin
Synopsis: When Isao accidentally kills his mistress, he confesses everything to his wife. She thinks his betrayal is less important than their children’s future, so she helps him to cover up the death.
Kumokiri Nizaemon Season 3
 KUMOKIRI
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 06 January 2017
Cast: Nakai Kiichi, Kunimura Jun, Uchiyama Rina, Tezuka Toru, Daito Shunsuke, Asakura Aki, Watanabe Tetsu, Kurosawa Asuka, Murata Takehiro, Matsuda Satoshi, Yabe Kyosuke, Itao Itsuji, Kondo Yoshimasa, Shunputei Koasa
Synopsis: A story about Kumokiri Nizaemon, a thief-of-all-time and the leader of a gang of thieves, who brilliantly steals an enormous sum of money from the rich by non-violent means without leaving any trace.

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

  • Comments

    • Gyu

      thank you REILEEN for posting.

      hem.. nothing seem interesting to me :(

    • Reileen

      Everytime I do this post, it makes me think ‘wow time flies fast’ lol

      Anyway, I’ll take this as a chance to invite readers who might want to contribute so we get more drama/movies/actors news out. Also, if anyone is interested in writing up a drama/movie review up, pls feel free to contact the mods or me at Reileen@aramajapan.com

      So for this season, well a new drama with Kimutaku will always be worth checking out. That and the cast involved in his new drama. Other than that.Quartet, reaaaallly looks and sounds interesting. Anything with Mitsushima Hikari, I’m in!

      • Jo

        I’m more interested in the rest of the cast rather than Kimutaku… Hope it’s good though.
        The rest doesn;t look very interesting but maybe I will find some gems after watching them

      • DoSHachiko

        The first episode of KimuTaku’s drama has already been subbed by someone.
        Personally, I loved the soundtrack, but the story was okay. Though from what I saw, it apparently got a 14.2% on the first episode.

        http://www.sankei.com/entertainments/news/170116/ent1701160009-n1.html

      • goingtojpn

        Looks like the Cast of Okaasan, Musume o Yamete Ii desu ka? is incorrect, since they have to be Haru and Yagira Yuya instead of the others…

        • Reileen

          thanks for pointing that out, it’s fixed now.

    • Jun

      Yay! Another period drama that revolves around food!!

    • eplizo

      Quartet seems interesting. Might watch it…

      Thanks for posting! I know this sort of post would be a pain to work on lol.

    • DoSHachiko

      I primarily picked up Super Salaryman Saenai-shi because it’s directed by Fukada Yuichi. His works are usually fun to watch and this one is pretty okay so far.

      I’m still wary about picking up this season’s Getsu9, especially since this one is adapted from a manga that I’ve read..And seeing the relationship chart, I’m probably going to just going to watch the first episode. :c

    • HyperMoot .

      wow, that’s a lot of work you put in there, impressive.

    • goingtojpn

      oh wow, there are a lot that interest me… I’ll definitely watch Quartet (plot looks promising and cast is superb!), A Life (plot looks ok, cast looks superb) and Tokyo Tarareba Musume (plot looks promising, cast seems ok)

      the good thing about doramas where Johnnys star in is that they are always subbed so seems like I’ll watch A Life first XD

    • Kemper

      Yamada Takayuki Cannes Film Festival. Yamada and Ashida Mana alone already makes it interesting. I wish there were subtitles!

    • shirogane

      Jesus that Free rip off.

    • M

      Just curious: how do you all watch these dramas? Because places like Drama Fever and Viki do more Korean dramas than anything, finding J-dramas are hard (and finding subs are 10x harder). Just wondering what you all recommend.

    • Hana
      • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

        Yes she is<3