Upcoming Fall JDramas 2016

We are starting a new season of Jdramas! Check out the list below and pick a fave! Lots of exciting dramas to choose from this fall season.

New Asadora “Beppin-san” starts airing this season. “Cain to Abel” promises a different getsu9, Ishihara Satomi and her fashionista look make headlines in “Jimi ni Sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko”, Yonekura Ryoko is back as the fierce and sexy surgeon Michiko Daimon with a specially filmed episode in New York. Remember the 2011 hit drama Kaseifu no Mita? Get ready for the male housekeeper version with a cross dressing TOKIO Matsuoka Masahiro in “Kaseifu no Mitazono”. Also, watch out for “Rental Kyuseishu” partial live broadcast of its first episode. That and more in the list below!

Most dramas from the major commercial TV networks start next week! Arama, which dramas are you planning to watch?

Air Date: 9 pm, Mondays, 17 October 2016
Cast: Yamada Ryosuke, Kiritani Kenta, Kurashina Kana, Takashima Masanobu, Kinoshita Houka, Hino Yojin, Yamazaki Hirona, Nishimura Motoki, Tozuka Junki, Otsuka Nene, Minami Kaho, Hira Mikijiro
Synopsis: Takada Yu (Yamada Ryosuke) is a salaryman working for Takada Real Estate Co, an estate development firm, in which his father Takayuki (Takashima Masanobu) is the company president. Yu has always yearned for his father’s love and approval since the spotlight has always been on his older brother (Kiritani Kenta) who excelled at everything in school. One day, Yu meets Yahagi Azusa (Kurashina Kana) by chance. Even though their first encounter was terrible, unexpected turn of events leads him to gradually develop feelings for her. However, Yu then learns that she is his brother’s girlfriend, but his attraction for her cannot be switched off any more. Through the trauma and conflicts of complicated romance, feud between brothers and parent recognition, Yu begins to develop a strong sense of self and grow into a real, stronger individual.
Medical Team ~ Lady Da Vinci no Shindan
(Medical Team Lady da Vinci’s Diagnosis)
Air Date: 9 pm, Tuesdays, 11 October 2016
Cast: Yoshida Yo, Aibu Saki, Yoshioka Riho, Shiratori Kumiko, Takizawa Saori, Shonozaki Ken, Kobayashi Katsuya, Ikeoka Ryosuke, Igarashi Kento, Fueki Yuko, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Takahashi Katsunori, Ito Ran
Synopsis: Tachibana Shiho (Yoshida Yo) is a genius neurosurgeon. However, after being in an accident, she started having visual hallucination while performing surgeries. Due to this symptom, Shiho decides to quit her profession. Then, Kitabatake Masayuki (Takahashi Katsunori), her former professor who is currently the Director of Toko University Hospital, persuades her to join the Department of Analysis and Diagnosis, also known as “Lady da Vinci,” at his university hospital. Lady da Vinci is a team of seven female diagnosticians who are all extremely talented in their expertise yet each seems to have a very distinct personality all their own.
Chef ~ Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku
(Chef ~Three Star School Lunch~)
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 13 October 2016
Cast: Amami Yuki, Koizumi Kotaro, Kawaguchi Haruna, Endo Kenichi, Toyohara Kosuke, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Tomochika, Ikeda Narushi, Ichikawa Shinpei, Ito Shuko, Harukaze Hitomi, Horiguchi Hikaru
Synopsis: Hoshino Mitsuko (Amami Yuki) works as the head chef at a globally-famous Michelin 3-star restaurant in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district. She has won numerous top awards and has risen to rock-star like status in the culinary world with her impeccable palate and culinary talent. However, her world is turned upside down when she gets into a fight with the restaurant manager and loses her job. Even with her fame and skills, Mitsuko struggles to find a new work because of her extremely high pride and interference by the owner. Then one day, she stumbles upon a job for a TV show where she prepares school lunch for kids. Due to various differences in making dishes for gourmet customers and for school students, things don’t work out as expected and she even makes a series of rookie mistakes. But with her tough-as-nails attitude, she continues to strive to achieve what she’s set out to do, which is to regain her star-chef status. Will the ex-celebrity chef succeed in redesigning school lunch and pleasing the kids’ palate?
Toge Shoushimin Kuranaga Haruyuki no Gyakushu
(Thorns – Haruyuki Kuranaga strikes back)
Air Date: 11:40 pm, Saturdays, 08 October 2016
Cast: Tanabe Seiichi, Nishida Naomi, Kinomi Nana, Nishimura Masahiko, Kaga Takeshi
Synopsis: Kuranaga Haruyuki (Tanabe Seiichi), a city hall officer, is a man who lives a stressful life. He is irritated by being between his boss and subordinate, unreasonable orders from the citizens, suspicious behavior of his wife, mysterious harassment…and so on. He only enjoys complaining to his pet arowana and drinking low-malt beer. Many cases and troubles surge against him just like a chain reaction of the misfortune, however, he holds out even though he is involved in troubles. And he becomes aware of his sense of justice! He is awaken to a fight!! The troubles which easily occur for anybody else is described humorous, pathetic and ironic. This is a drama for everybody who lives stressful life and also ones who is far from any stress or thorns. Let’s fight against difficulties together with Haruyuki!
Career ~ Okite Yaburi no Keisatsushochou
(Offbeat Chief Police)
Air Date: 9:00 pm, Sundays, 09 October 2016
Cast: Tamaki Hiroshi, Takashima Masahiro, Takimoto Miori, Shirasu Jun, Hankai Kazuaki, Chibana Kurara, Hirayama Yusuke, Katsuya, Komai Ren, Matsumoto Gaku, Tanaka Minako, Yanagisawa Shingo, Kondo Yoshimasa
Synopsis: From homicides, rubbery, stalking, bullying to troubles between neighbors, whether big or small, crimes can take place anywhere at any time. Toyama Kinshiro (Tamaki Hiroshi) is a 36-year-old newly-appointed police chief at Kitamachi Police Station who firmly believes his mission as a policeman is to listen to every voice of innocent citizens and protect the peace in the community. He comes off as aloof and a bit quirky at first, but in fact he has brilliant investigative instincts and spots clues that no one else can detect. Unlike his elite career bureaucrat colleagues, Kinshiro doesn’t dress or act like a stereotypical Chief Police. Rather than sitting behind a desk, Kinshiro leaves the office and literally goes around town to do the investigation work, and go the extra mile to solve any crime regardless how small or trivial. However, his unorthodox approach generates a lot of antagonism from his subordinates at Kitamachi Police Station.

The Last Cop
Air Date: 9 pm, Saturdays, 08 October 2016
Cast: Karasawa Toshiaki, Kubota Masataka, Sasaki Nozomi, Matsuo Satoru, Kurokawa Tomoka, Tayama Ryosei, Magy, Miyakawa Ichirota, Sano Shiro, Wakui Emi, Sakurai Hinako, Fujiki Naohito, Takeuchi Ryoma, Kohinata Fumiyo, Sakurai Hinako, Takeda Reina, Ito Sairi

It was 1985 when hotshot cop Kosuke Kyogoku (Karasawa Toshiaki), an unconventional guy whose passion helped him solve numerous cases, suffered an accident and fell into a coma as he pursued the vicious criminal Kagura.

In June of 2015, after 30 long years, Kyogoku suddenly wakes up to a world that has moved on without him. What he last knew as a 22-year-old body is now 52. Everything around him has changed, almost as if he had time-traveled. His beloved wife is remarried and living a new life with his daughter.

As fate would have it, Kyogoku is paired with Mochizuki Ryota (Kubota Masataka), a timid digital geek neophyte cop with whom he will have to pursue the same old heinous criminal Kagura from 30 years ago. Although they start off like oil and water, the two eventually begin to trust each other. With their formidable teamwork, they annihilate Kagura and his crime ring, putting an end to a decades-long animosity.

An entire year has passed since their tremendous feat. Kyogoku and Ryota have continued to solve many more atrocious crimes. Ryota, who was once an “herbivore man” with no courage and confidence, has undergone a drastic transformation as a result of working with Kyogoku. Just like his buddy, Ryota is now a bold and aggressive cop.

With an investigative style that ignores all of society’s rules and conventions, the two at times have caused problems. Their remarkable crime clearance rate and significant contributions to society, however, have silenced detractors.

“There’s a bizarre duo of a man who always wears a varsity jacket and a slender-but-macho guy in the Central Police Department.” That’s the rumor spreading not only among fellow cops, but also in the underworld.

After their recent rebirth, the legendary buddy cop combo enters a new chapter. Follow them as they begin their wild ride in the fall of 2016.

Rental Kyuseishu
Air Date: 10:30 pm, Sundays, 09 October 2016
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Fujii Ryusei, Shida Mirai, Fukuhara Haruka, Nakamura Anne, Katsuji Ryo, Inaba Yu, Inamori Izumi, Kajihara Zen, Osugi Ren
Synopsis: When you encounter the biggest crisis of your life, will you be able to ask your family and friends for help?
Do you tend to conceal your worries and pains, especially from those close to you?
Do the thoughts “I’d rather keep hiding it than be a burden” or “I wish I could overcome my dilemma just for this moment” cross your mind?Worry not. Help is just one phone call away.
When you find yourself caught in a bind, Rent-a-Rescue will save you, guaranteed.Your very own rescuer will come and tackle whatever problem you may have, starting at two days and one night at cost-plus pricing. From searching for a missing person to assisting you with simple tasks, Rent-a-Rescue will fulfill your every command, even those you dare not reveal to anyone else! They work for money, so there are no strings attached and there’s absolutely no need to show any concern for them. Feel free to use them for all they’re worth!But don’t be too quick to revere them as superheroes. They’re not doing this because of their passion to help others. The main character of the story, Akenabe Yugo’s (Sawamura Ikki), is a thoughtful and caring middle-aged man who is heavily in debt. For the sake of his beloved family, he risks his own life and helps others. It all begins when a mysterious man suddenly shows up and makes him work as a rescuer for rent, all for the purpose of making money!Clients hire Yugo because, for various reasons, they can’t ask anyone else for help. As he touches their lives, he begins to understand the weaknesses they keep hidden deep within and evolves from a mere rescuer for rent to his town’s true hero.
Jimi ni Sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko
(Pretty Proofreader)
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 05 October 2016
Cast: Ishihara Satomi, Suda Masaki, Honda Tsubasa, Wada Masato, Eguchi Noriko, Taguchi Hiromasa, Adachi Rika, Ise Kayo, Soda Marie, Matsukawa Naruki, Sugino Yosuke, Mister Chin, Nagae Hidekazu, Aso Kaori, Takahashi Osamu

Twenty-eight-year-old Kouno Etsuko (Ishihara Satomi) is the ultimate fashionista. Overflowing with curiosity, she’s constantly asking “why?” and “how?”

Etsuko’s lifelong dream is to become an editor for a fashion magazine. She’s applied numerous times while taking on part-time jobs to make ends meet, but to no avail. Then finally, she bags an offer from a large publishing house, only to find out that she’s been assigned to the least glamorous department in the company–the Proofreading Department! Not easily discouraged, Etsuko dons a flashy ensemble and heads off to her proofreading job.

Etsuko is the type of woman who isn’t satisfied unless she meticulously investigates every single issue, and it reflects on her unique proofreading style, which is so bold and daring that is leads to one trouble after another! Whether it’s forcing her way into uncharted places that are difficult to enter, or infiltrating a crime scene that’s being investigated by a tabloid so she can get the facts herself, Etsuko goes all-out to take proofreading to new dimensions!

“If your dreams don’t come true, is your life a failure?”
“But as long as you put all your heart into it, any job can be a blast!”
“Long live unglamorous jobs!”

Kuroi 10-nin no Onna
(Ten Dark Women)
Air Date: 11:59 pm, Thursdays, 29 September 2016
Cast: Funakoshi Eiichiro, Mizuno Miki, Narumi Riko, Triendl Reina, Sato Hitomi, Sano Hinako, Megumi
Synopsis: Kaze Matsukichi (Funakoshi Eiichiro) is a TV producer with a beautiful wife Futaba. However, he also nine mistresses (Mizuno Miki, Narumi Riko, Triendl Reina, Sato Hitomi). His wife and mistresses have an inkling about each other’s existence, but they just cannot leave him even though they are fully aware that he is a philanderer. One day, they plot to murder him.

IQ246 ~ Kareinaru Jikenbo
(IQ246: The Cases of a Royal Genius)
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, 16 October 2016
Cast: Oda Yuji, Tsuchiya Tao, Dean Fujioka, , Nakatani Miki, Miyao Shuntaro, Matobu Sei, Yano Masato, Saisai Eisuke, Terajima Susumu

Homonji Sharaku (Oda Yuji) is a genius with an IQ of 246. Born into a noble family of high intellect, Sharaku often finds himself saying “I’m bored! I’m bored! Where is a mystery to solve worthy of my skills?”.

This mystery drama is about Sharaku solving difficult detective cases with his vast knowledge and reasoning skills. Starring Oda Yuji as Sharaku and other popular actors in unique supporting roles, this high-quality entertainment mystery will be sure to excite and exhilarate viewers.

The family head of prestigious Houmonji family in North Kamakura – Shuraku (Oda Yuji) one day sneaks out his mansion out of boredom seeking some stimulation. Soko from the First Investigation Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police assigned to bodyguard Sharaku is surprised to discover the family is so prestigious it has its own butler – Kensei (Dean Fujioka). Meanwhile, Sharaku encounters a murder case in downtown. He solves the mystery perfectly, but is caught by the police for not paying a taxi fee…

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu
(The Full-Time Wife Escapiest)
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 11 October 2016
Cast: Aragaki Yui, Hoshino Gen, Otani Ryohei, Fujii Takashi, Mano Erina, Narita Ryo, Yamaga Kotoko, Takahashi Yo, Hayama Shono, Furuhata Seika, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Takayama Yuko, Furutachi Kanji, Moro Morooka, Takahashi Hitomi, Ukaji Takashi, Tomita Yasuko, Furuta Arata, Ishida Yuriko

A jobless, single woman marries a single businessman as a job! But the relationship between the husband (employer) and the wife (employee) gets more and more romantic the longer they live together… Based on a hugely popular comic, this social romantic comedy tells of love, work and contemporary social issues.

Moriyama Mikuri (Aragaki Yui) finishes graduate school but hasn’t been able to find a job. Although she finds a temp job, she gets fired soon after. Her worried father, Tochio (Takashi Ukaji), asks an acquaintance, Tsuzaki (Hoshino Gen), to let her work as a housekeeper. Tsuzaki quickly puts his trust in her as she studied psychology and works well.
One day, an incident causes her to lose that job. however, she gives him a spontaneous proposal – “Why don’t we marry as a job?”. And after Tozaki¡Çs careful consideration the marriage contract between employer and employee is signed.

Haikei, Minpaku-sama
Air Date: 1:28 am, Wednesdays, 26 October 2016
Cast: Kuroki Meisa, Arai Hirofumi, Nakano Yuta, Konno Anna, Suzuki Masayuki, Kan Hanae, Murakami Jun
Synopsis: One day, Yamashita Kanta (Arai Hirofumi) is laid off by his employer, a game company. His wife Saori (Kuroki Meisa), who works for the Labour Standards Supervision Office, gets scary when angry, so he keeps quiet and starts a B&B business which is the trend now. At first, the B&B is faced with successive problems. Then the fact that Kanta was laid off is discovered at the worst possible timing and he has to deal with the possibility of divorce. Will the business perform well?
Cook Keibu no Bansankai
(Captain Cook’s Banquet)
Air Date: 12:10 am, Thursdays, 20 October 2016
Cast: Emoto Tasuku, Kojima Ruriko, Nishime Shun, Enari Kazuki, Fuji Mariko
Synopsis: While eating ramen at a restaurant, Captain Cook (Emoto Tasuku), gets a call from his junior partner, Nanase Azumi (Kojima Ruriko). A once-popular actress has fallen to her death from her apartment. Detective Nekota (Kazuki Enari) claims she committed suicide because she left a suicide note, but Captain Cook tastes the ramen soup the actress had left behind and notices something: “I will cook this case”, he says and leaves the site. The actress was eating Nagasaki Chanpon noodle, and with that, Captain Cook, manages to identify the murderer. He then invites the person to a banquet with Azumi, Nekota and the Head of Detective Department, Ichijo.
Suna no Tou ~ Shirisugita Rinjin
(Tower of Sand)
Air Date: 10 pm, Fridays, 14 October 2016
Cast: Kanno Miho, , Matsushima Nanako, Iwata Takanori, Yokoyama Megumi, Horiuchi Keiko, Horan Chiaki, Uesugi Shuhei, Otozuki Kei, Kimura Yuichi, Sano Hayato, Kawazu Asuka, Inagaki Kurumi, Mitsuishi Ken, Karasuma Setsuko, Tsuda Kanji, Tanaka Naoki
Synopsis: Starring Kanno Miho, this original suspense drama depicts the lives of vainglorious housewives who have their dark sides, and also a story of a serial kidnapping case in a highrise condominium.
Takano Aki (Kanno Miho) is a housewife who always puts family happiness first. Together with her husband and food company employee, Kenichi (Tanaka Naoki), Aki buys a room in a highrise condominium to ensure a safe and hygienic environment to raise her toddler daughter. Everything in their lives seemed perfect until Aki encountered the housewives from upstairs who discriminate against people living downstairs and forced her to attend luncheon everyday as well as a halloween event. She comes to depend on Yumiko (Matsushima Nanako) – a kind lady who lives on one floor above. But one day the housewives take Aki to an exercise lesson for kids where she meets an instructor, Kohei (Iwata Takanori) who knows the past Aki is hiding…


Aibou Season 15
Air Date: 9 pm, Wednesdays, 12 October 2016
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi, Nakama Yukie, Ishizaka Koji

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)
Air Date: 8 pm, Thursdays, 20 October 2016
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.
Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko Season 4
(Doctor X ~ Surgeon Daimon Michiko Season 4)
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 13 October 2016
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Namase Katsuhisa, Uchida Yuki, Katsumura Masanobu, Takito Kenichi, Kusakari Tamiyo, Tanaka Michiko, Yoshida Kotaro, Kishibe Ittoku, Nishida Toshiyuki, Izumi Pinko
Synopsis: Surgeon Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko) is sent to Totei University Hospital this time. Although it reigns as the top university hospital in the country, the hospital’s reputation has suffered greatly from various cover-ups, medical malpractice and fighting factions. Furthermore, the person who has snatched the seat of the new hospital director with the plan of reestablishing the hospital’s brand and gaining great power, is none other than the strategist, Hiruma Shigekatsu (Nishida Toshiyuki), who has a longstanding grudge against Michiko. At Totei University Hospital, the medical departments have weakened as the administrative department increases control. Only doctors who have powerful brands are kept to run the hospital, which has transformed into a mere business organisation. What will Michiko stand up against in a power game rife in the healthcare setting?
Kaseifu no Mitazono
(Male Housekeeper Mitazono)
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Fridays, 21 October 2016
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Shimizu Fumika, Shibamoto Yuki, Hotta Akane, Hirata Atsuko, Yo Kimikoo
Synopsis: Mitazono Kaoru (Matsuoka Masahiro) is a superb housekeeper who belongs to a housekeeping agency. Although he is a male in an industry dominated by females, he handles housework such as cleaning, laundry, cooking and babysitting perfectly. However, it is not just the dirt in the house that Mitazono cleans. He completely cleans off “deep-rooted dirt” in the households that he is assigned to each time. These are the households that society calls the “successful” where the people are proud, condescending and insufferable. Mitazono learns the family secrets and slowly lays traps to expose all of the secrets and reveal the family for who they really are. Then he gives the last push that breaks up relationships. However, this becomes the catalyst for the family to start again and solve the problems they have.
Keishichou Nasi Goreng ka
(Metropolitan Police Department, Nasi Goreng Division)
Air Date: 12:15 am, Tuesdays, 18 October 2016
Cast: Shimazaki Haruka, Furuta Arata, Katsumura Masanobu, Namioka Kazuki, Neko Tsubaki, Koshimura Koichi, Nakayama Masei
Synopsis: 25-year-old Kazahaya Kyoko (Shimazaki Haruka) is appointed to head an investigative division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, called the Nasi Goreng Division. She is an unconventional division head who believes that an entire investigation can be done in a room and completely rejects the “Showa” concept of legwork. Although Kyoko practically never leaves her room for an investigation, she is able to solve many difficult cases with her remarkable insight and deductive powers. Then things begin with the appearance of the middle-aged Ishinabe Kanta (Furuta Arata) who has finally fulfilled his long-cherished dream to become a detective with his assignment to the Nasi Goreng Division. Ishinabe is full of enthusiasm but even though he appeals to Kyoko about his strength for legwork, she cuts him off and dismisses hot-blooded idiots as unnecessary.


ASADORA: 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.
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.
Unmei ni, Nita Koi
(Destiny-Like Love)
Air Date: 10pm, Fridays, 23 September 2016
Cast: Harada Tomoyo, Saito Takumi, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Ohgo Suzuka, Koichi Mantaro, Shibuya Kento, Nishiyama Jun, Kubota Sayu, Kawai Aoba, Okamoto Nobuto, Kusabue Mitsuko, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: 45-year-old Kasumi (Harada Tomoyo) has been divorced and now lives with her high school son working at a laundry. She once pledged a reunion with a boy in her early years. One day, she encounters first-class designer Yuri (Saito Takumi). They soon get attracted to each other but later she notices that he might be the one whom she promised to meet.
Chuushingura no Koi ~ 48-ninme no Chuushin
(Chushingura–A 48th Loyal Retainer in Love)
Air Date: 6:10 pm, Saturdays, 24 September 2016
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.
Natsume Soseki no Tsuma
(Natsume Soseki and his Wife)
Air Date: 9 pm, Saturdays, 24 September 2016
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Ono Machiko, Tachi Hiroshi, Kuroshima Yuina, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Takenaka Naoto
Synopsis: Nakane Kyoko (Ono Machiko), born in a wealthy family, has an arranged marriage to Natsume Soseki (Hasegawa Hiroki) at the age of 19. Their newly-married life begins at Kumamoto where Soseki serves as a high school teacher. He was adopted in his early days and grew up without the warmth of the family. He is highly intelligent but also hard to please. To understand him better, Kyoko tries to read what he reads and break in a difficult conversation, but she is nowhere near his level. Later she miscarries her first baby and causes trouble over attempting suicide. The drama depicts the life of the married couple from Kyoko’s perspective.
The Sniffer ~ Kyuukaku Sousakan
(Sniffer The investigation Officer with a Sense of Smell)
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 22 October 2016
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Kagawa Teruyuki, Igawa Haruka, Itaya Yuka, Nomaguchi Toru, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Mizutani Kaho
Synopsis: “My nose is never wrong”. Hanaoka Shinichiro’s other name is “The Sniffer”. He is a consultant who only solves particular important criminal cases. Once Hanaoka gets a whiff, he can uncover all the riddles with his extraordinary, keen sense of smell. He solves difficult, bizarre cases with the compassionate detective Komukai Tatsuro (Kagawa Teruyuki).

Futagashira Season 2
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 17 September 2016
Cast: Matsuyama Kenichi, Saotome Taichi, Narimiya Hiroki, Nanao, Taguchi Hiromasa, Ashina Sei, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Yoshikura Aoi, Yamada Jundai, Kitamura Yukiya, Hashimoto Jun, Yajima Kenichi, Shingawa Toru, Omori Nao
Synopsis: Benzo (Matsuyama Kenichi) and Soji (Saotome Taichi) are a pair of thieves known as “Futagashira.” Benzo and Soji work at an inn during the day. Soji works hard, but Benzo loves to gamble. One day, Benzo happens to meet Kurazo (Omori Nao) at a gambling place. Kurazo keeps winning there. Benzo and Kurazo get along well and they decide to go to Yoshiwara which is red-light district in Edo. There, Benzo crosses paths with Soji who is there to find a woman. The woman was kidnapped by a group of men. At that time, a group of oiran (courtesan/prostitute) march in front of Benzo, Soji and Kurazo. Benzo and Soji are shocked to see Okon (Nanao) in that group. Okon requests Benzo and Soji to steal 11 prostitutes from there.
Cold Case ~ Shinjitsu no Tobira
(Cold Case: The window of truth)
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 22 October 2016
Cast: Yoshida Yo, Nagayama Kento, Takito Kenichi, Mitsuishi Ken, Miura Tomokazu
Synopsis: Set in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, “Cold Case” follows Inspector Ishikawa Yuri (Yoshida Yo) and her team from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police’s First Investigative Divisionas they try to crack unresolved cold cases.
Hippocrates no Chikai
(The Hippocratic Oath)
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 02 October 2016
Cast: Kitagawa Keiko, Shibata Kyohei, Onoe Matsuya, Hamada Mari, Sato Megumi, Aijima Kazuyuki, Kaneda Akio, Furuya Ikkou
Synopsis: Tsugano Makoto (Kitagawa Keiko) is a medical intern. Recommended by physician Tsukuba Kojin (Furuya Ikko), whom she respects, Makoto Tsugano receives training at a forensics medicine classroom. There, she feels the classroom has a weird atmosphere. Professor Kosaki Tojiro (Shibata Kyohei) leaves the classroom and Makoto is alone in the classroom. She answers a phone call and hears a girl’s voice asking “is that the place where autopsies are conducted?” The girl wants an autopsy performed on the body of a woman who died in a car accident. Her father was involved in the car accident. Even though the police conclude that an autopsy is unnecessary, Tojiro Kosaki presses ahead with the autopsy. Makoto doesn’t understand Tojiro’s excessive ways, but the autopsy reveals a hidden truth.
Suisho no Kodou ~ Satsujin Bunsekihan
(Crystal’s Beat: Murder Analysis Squad )
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 13 November 2016
Cast: Kimura Fumino, Aoki Munetaka, Watanabe Ikkei, Kitami Toshiyuki, Fujimoto Takahiro, Koyanagi Yu, Furukawa Yuki, Kanno Misuzu, Katsumura Masanobu, Nakamura Toru
Synopsis: Detective Kisaragi Toko (Kimura Fumino) of the Eleventh Section of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division was instrumental in solving the case of Tremi, the serial murderer who shocked Japan. Although one year has passed, the trauma she suffered at that time still strickens her. One day, a bizarre murder occurs in a room that has turned a deep red. Toko and Assistant Inspector Takano Hideaki (Aoki Munetaka) proceed with the investigation based on clues left behind at the crime scene, but realise that they are being followed by a male stranger. The instant they attempt to arrest him, an explosion occurs at a nearby building. The police have to face an unprecedented crisis. Is this a coincide? And will Toko be able to overcome her greatest crisis as a detective?

Ishikawa Goemon
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 14 October 2016
Cast: Ichikawa Ebizo, Higa Manami, Maruyama Tomomi, Takatsuki Sara, Yamada Jundai, Maeno Tomoya, Tanaka Misato, Enoki Takaaki, Masuoka Toru, Kunimura Jun, AnJu,

During the Azuchi–Momoyama period, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Kunimura Jun) is the ruler. He wields vast power and his vassals gather all the wealth, but the lives of ordinary people suffer.

The people look up to Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Ebizo). He breaks into homes of daimyoa feudal lords or big merchants and steals their valuable items. He then hands out those valuable articles to the poor. Toyotomi becomes obsessed with catching Ishikawa.

Yuusha Yoshihiko to Michigakareshi 7-nin
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 08 October 2016
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Muro Tsuyoshi, Kinami Haruka, Takuma Shin, Sato Jiro
Synopsis: Hundreds of years after Yoshihiko (Yamada Takayuki) saved the world from the God of Darkness Desutaku, the world changes into the dark age again. Yoshihiko and his group are revived by Buddha’s power and travel all over the world. Can they save the world again?
Kichijoji Dake ga Sumitai Machi desu ka?
(Is Kichijōji the Only Place Where You Want to Live?)
Air Date: 12:52 am, Saturdays, 15 October 2016
Cast: Oshima Miyuki, Ando Natsu
Synopsis: Kichijoji is a popular town that has been voted as the place that people want to live in in the whole of Tokyo many times. There is an old real estate agency called Shigeta that is managed by the Sumita twins, Tomiko (Oshima Miyuki) and Miyako (Ando Natsu). People who fantasise of living in Kichijoji visit the agency. However, the rent is high and the place is small as well as far from the train station. Why is Kichijoji the only one that is such a great town? Customers are bewildered that the twins keep suggesting towns other than Kichijoji. But as they are shown around, they unwittingly find themselves drawn to these these locations and decide to find a town of their own that they want to go back to and move there.
Sennyuu Sousa Idol Deka Dance
(Undercover investigation idol Police Detective Dance)
Air Date: 12:20 am, Sundays, 09 October 2016
Cast: Nakamura Aoi, Daito Shunsuke, Yokohama Ryusei, Morinaga Yuki, Tachibana Yuta, Kondo Yoshimasa, Nomaguchi Toru, Aoyama Misato, Fukuchi Momoko, Kataoka Tsurutaro
Synopsis: Rookie detective Tatsuya Sumire (Nakamura Aoi) dreamed of being like the hot-blooded detectives who appear in detective dramas. However, the first order he gets from his superior is to infiltrate a programme as an idol in order to solve cases occurring in the entertainment industry. And so, the idol group ‘Deka Dance’ (Daito Shunsuke, Yokohama Ryusei, Morinaga Yuki, Tachibana Yuta) is formed impromptu. Tatsuya is initially bewildered by the special world of the entertainment industry but somehow gets popular each time he solves a case. And then he gradually becomes aware of himself as an idol.


Princess Maison
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Tuesdays, 25 October 2016
Cast: Morikawa Aoi, Takahashi Issei, Hizuki Hana, Maihane Mimi, Shison Jun
Synopsis: 26-year-old Numagoe Sachi (Morikawa Aoi) works for a Japanese-style bar and earns an annual income of 2.5 million yen. She lives with the goal of buying an apartment. Her routine is to spend her off-days going around to an apartment showroom in town in search of a “lucky property”. She studies the showroom with the dispassionate seriousness of someone just browsing around and asks questions that puts professionals to shame. Why does Sachi intend to buy an apartment alone? In truth, she suddenly lost her house in the past.

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