Yui Aragaki to have a ‘Contract Marriage’ in Drama Adaptation of “Nigeru wa Haji daga Yaku ni Tatsu”

On July 27, it has been revealed that Yui Aragaki will star in TBS’s drama “Nigeru wa Haji daga Yaku ni Tatsu”, which will begin airing this October. The original manga by Tsunami Umino is a love comedy about a couple that begins their relationship with a ‘contract marriage’, in which the husband is the employer and the wife is the employee.  Umino’s work has won the 2015 Kodansha Manga Award (Best Shoujo Manga) and is currently serialized in Kodansha’s Kiss.  It has been 3 and a half years since Aragaki last starred in a TBS drama, the most recent being “Soratobu Kouhoushitsu”.

Aragaki’s character Mikuri Moriyama has a master’s degree but has zero job offers and no boyfriend.  She struggles with feeling like she is not needed and doesn’t have a place where she belongs.  Mikuri then begins working as a housekeeper, where her employer – 36-year old Hiramasa Tsuzaki – suggests having a “contract (common-law) marriage”.

The script will be written by Akiko Nogi, who has worked on “Juhan Shuttai!” and the “Library War” series.  Mikuri and Hiramasa’s relationship will be depicted by questioning “new forms” of marriage and work, as the two gradually begin to have feelings for each other as they live under the same roof and keep their relationship a secret.

Aragaki commented, “I think it will be a fun drama – it’s somewhat of a new love comedy, a ‘business comedy’, and also a symbol of today’s day and age.  I work work hard so the viewers can laugh and sympathize with the characters as they face all kinds of trial and error.”


  • Comments

    • Cathy

      Who is going to play the male lead?

    • the groupie who

      writer of Juhan Shuttai ? I’m in!!! … also Gakki was so adorable on her last drama, I’m really curious about the male lead

    • crystalysia

      Gakki, I miss you
      So happy to see you in a romcom new drama
      Hope you get nice leading man soon!

    • Anna

      This could be fun! Anyone read the manga?

    • Ditha

      There’s a rumor that a Johnny’s will play the lead – even a rumor that it will be an Arashi member! Since Sho is busy with olympics this summer, fans are speculating that it will be Aiba. It’s just a rumor but it would be interesting if it’s true^^

      • Esha

        can you share the link where it is speculated that a Johnny’s will be cast..

    • Ademar Abiko Jr.

      Gakki with that panda hat > . <

    • kazumi

      Never reading the manga but the story seems interesting. I like lovcom drama.
      Can’t wait to see who will be the main lead.