Upcoming Spring Jdramas 2020

Hanzawa Naoki Season 2
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, April 2020 (postponed)
Cast: Sakai Masato, Ueto Aya, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kaku Kento, Imada Mio
Synopsis: Hanzawa Naoki (Sakai Masato), the unconventional banker, is ordered on a secondment from Tokyo Chuo Banking Corporation to Tokyo Central Securities even though he exposed numerous irregularities at the bank. He becomes the head of the corporate development department. One day, Tokyo Central Securities gets a big deal involving the hostile acquisition by a large IT company. With the share purchase expected to amount to over 100 billion yen, it is a deal on an unprecedented scale for Tokyo Central Securities. What Hanzawa has yet to realise is that this will trigger battle with a new bank. Will he be able to overcome the problems that keep happening at Tokyo Central Securities and inflict twice the pain on the people who make unreasonable demands?
Watashi no Kaseifu Nagisa-san
(My Housekeeper, Mr. Nagisa)
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, April 2020 (postponed)
Cast: Tabe Mikako, Seto Koji, Maeda Gordon, Takahashi Maryjun, Miyao Shuntaro, Hirayama Yusuke, Mizusawa Shingo, Okabe Dai, Wakatsuki Yumi, Iio Kazuki, Natsuko, Tomita Yasuko, Kusakari Tamiyo, Shuri, Omori Nao

Aihara Mei (Tabe Mikako) is a young career woman in her late twenties, and she is known to be one of the most capable worker in the company. MR Pharmaceuticals. However, Mai is absolutely hopeless when it comes to housework and she has zero basic life survival skills. On the night of her 28th birthday, she returned home to find a strange “uncle” wearing an apron waiting for her. He is non other than Shigino Nagisa (Omori Nao), the perfect housekeeper who will help her take care of the cleaning, laundry and cooking. At the beginning, having a strange unknown middle-aged man in her home made Mei very uncomfortable but as time goes by, his presence gives her warmth and a sense of peace.

In the meantime, Tadokoro Yuta (Seto Koji) joins Mei’s company and becomes her rival at work. Mei, who has had excellent track record to-date, suddenly finds herself in a pinch as she now has to compete with Yuta. On the other hand, Yuta seems to be more interested in Mei romantically and she finds herself being wary of his true intentions. Will Mei end up being won over by Yuta in both work and love?

Air Date: 10 pm, Fridays, April 2020 (postponed)
Cast: Ayano Go, Hoshino Gen, Okada Kenshi, Hashimoto Jun, Watanabe Keisuke, Kanai Yuta, Namase Katsuhisa, Aso Kumiko
Synopsis: The MIU, Mobile Investigation Unit, is the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Criminal Unit’s first responders for initial crime investigations. Working round the clock, every MIU team only has up to 4 days to resolve each case, after which the case will be transferred to the MPD’s other specialized investigation units.

In the MIU’s 4th unit are 2 detectives by the names of Ibuki Ai (Ayano Go) and Shima Kazumi (Hoshino Gen). Ibuki is an athletic guy with great reflexes, but is rash and pretty idiotic most times. He has a sharp sense of smell, but it is unsure if he can actually detect the smells in the air or he is just good at reading the situation. Having moved from one precinct to another, his longest stint was the 8 years he’s spent at one of the neighborhood police box in Okutama. Totally clueless about the job of a first responder, but yet pouring his heart and soul into his job, it is up to Shima to hold Ibuki back from his usual act-first, think-later behavior.

Shima used to be part of the MPD’s Investigation Division One (cream of the crop) but for some reason, he was transferred to the precinct’s Driving Test Center. One day, he was summoned by Kikyo Yuzuru (Aso Kumiko) to return to active duty under the MIU. Though he is well-regarded and trusted by Kikyo and Jinba Kohei (Hashimoto Jun) due to his many years as an Investigator, Shima himself trusts no one, not even himself. With his excellent observation and social skills, he tends to plan ahead rationally and logically but Ibuki often causes him to waver in his judgement.

Peanut Butter Sandwich
Air Date: 12:59am, Fridays, 3 April 2020
Cast: Yahagi Honoka, Ito Kentaro, Ito Shuko, Hotta Akane, Takimoto Miori, Kakei Miwako, Niki, Okuno So, Sato Ryuji, Yoshida Jinto, Hama Shogo, Hamao Noritaka, Ichinose Ryuya, Oshinari Shugo
Synopsis: Katagiri Sayo (Hotta Akane) is a career woman who believes that if you work hard, anything is within reach. Morimoto Miharu (Takimoto Miori) is a nurse who has been in a too-long relationship as her hopes of marriage diminish. Yamashita Miwa (Kakei Miwako) works at a credit union and has a hard time turning down men’s advances and suffers from low self-esteem. Matsuoka Akane (Niki) is a secretary with a beauty everyone notices and an elegance that makes her unattainable, yet there’s also a sadness about her.

Four ladies with different views of love, all looking for a husband, end up going to a matchmaking party together. Four ladies, all at a critical moment in their lives, get real, as their spouse-hunting love story unfolds! Engaging in spouse-hunting parties and dating apps, they try to find their match but things don’t work out. At times they find themselves involved with a married man and at other times, they become friends with benefits…Will these four ladies ever find happiness?

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