Upcoming Spring Jdramas 2020

Air Date: 8am, Mondays- Saturdays, 30 March2020
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Nikaido Fumi, Karasawa Toshiaki, Kikuchi Momoko, Sakumoto Takara, Kazama Morio, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Nakamura Aoi
Synopsis: NHK’s 102nd drama serial depicts the life of a famous composer Koyama Yuichi (Kubota Masataka) with his wife Sekiuchi Oto (Nikaido Fumi). They meet each other through music and overcome hardships together. Yuichi composes songs that become “Yells” for people all over Japan in Showa Era in which radical changes were going on.
Kirin ga Kuru
(Awaiting Kirin)
Air Date: 8 pm, Sundays, 19 January 2020 onwards
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Sometani Shota, Kadowaki Mugi,Okamura Takashi,Kawaguchi Haruna, Sakai Masaaki,Kazama Shunsuke,Yoshida Kotaro, Motoki Masahiro, Takahashi Katsunori, Ito Hideaki,Sasaki Kuranosuke
Synopsis: The 59th historical drama follows the life story of Akechi Mitsuhide (Hasegawa Hiroki), known as an intelligenet general in the Sengoku period. Filmed entirely in 4K ultra-high-definition, the drama depicts heroic stories of the legendary samurais through the turbulent age of Japan.
Dear Patient ~ Kizuna no Karute
Air Date: 10pm, Fridays, April 2020 (postponed)
Cast: Kanjiya Shihori, Uchida Yuki, Tanaka Tetsushi
Synopsis: At Sasai Memorial Hospital, where a hospital is seen as the hospitality industry and patients are priority, its doctors plagued with all sorts of problems. Mano Chiaki (Kanjiya Shihori), a young doctor, is stalked by a monster patient (Tanaka Tetsushi) who persistently harasses her. Her trusted senior, Hamaguchi Yoko (Uchida Yuki), has a cheerful personality and is liked by patients but worries about a huge medical lawsuit. Another fellow doctor keeps a certain distance from patients but still gets embroiled in a dispute. Will these doctors be able to find hope?
Ii ne! Hikaru Genji-kun
Air Date: 11:30 pm, Saturdays, 4 April 2020
Cast: Chiba Yudai, Ito Sairi, Kiriyama Ren, Iriyama Anna, Kamio Fuju, Kote Shinya
Synopsis: Fujiwara Saori (Ito Sairi) comes home from office one weekend, and is dozing off after lighting some incense set that she bought in Bali to relax when a man (Chiba Yudai) wearing an ancient outfit appears all of a sudden. Saori thinks he is a suspicious person and even gets the police to come. However, during questioning, she recalls “Genji” and suddenly blurts this name out because the man is handsome and dressed in a costume from the Heian Period. The man embraces her as if to say he is Genji and the police leave under the impression that this is a lovers’ quarrel. Saori believes he is a cosplayer but hears that he has reasons for having no place to return to. She decides to help by putting him up for the time being. However, her younger sister Shiori (Iriyama Anna) finds out that they are living together. Before long, Hikaru’s rival in Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji, Tou no Chujou (Kiriyama Ren), also shows up … …

Gyouretsu no Megami ~ Ramen Saiyuki
(Goddess of the Procession)
Air Date: 10 pm, Mondays, 20 April 2020
Cast: Suzuki Kyoka, Kuroshima Yuina, Takahashi Maryjun, Koseki Yuta, Maeno Tomoya, Riju Go, Ishizuka Hidehiko, Takahata Atsuko, Sugimoto Tetta

Serizawa Tatsumi (Suzuki Kyoka), the charismatic owner of a popular ramen chain which gets long queues day after day, plays a leading role in the world of ramen. She is also a food consultant who saves ramen shops facing difficulties. One day, her subordinate Natsukawa Aya (Takahashi Maryjun) discovers a female customer (Kuroshima Yuina) who has not touched a new ramen dish. The young woman criticises the flavour of the ramen that Tatsumi created, calling it lacking. Aya is furious. But this customer has come for an interview with the company, and declares to Tatsumi that she can enhance the ramen dish even though she is an amateur when it comes to ramen which she ate for the first time half a year ago.

Rental Nanmo Shinai Hito
(Rent-a-Person Who Does Nothing)
Air Date: 12:12 am, Thursdays, 9 April 2020
Cast: Masuda Takahisa, Higa Manami, Hayama Shono, Furutachi Kanji

Moriyama Shota (Masuda Takahisa) starts a service offering himself for rent, “Anything you might need a single person for, though I can only give very basic answers.” He gets flooded with requests. “Wait for me at the finishing line for the marathon”, “Go with me to submit the divorce papers”, “Accompany me because I’m afraid to go to work” – requests simply seeking his presence and his company. One day, Moriyama receives a request from Omiya Aki (Shida Mirai) who wants him to keep her company on her last day in Tokyo. Aki was an editorial staff at a publishing company but her contract was terminated and she has to go back to her hometown of Tochigi. She cries that she has not been able to leave any mark in Tokyo, and Moriyama…

Rasen no Meikyuu ~ DNA Kagaku Sousa
(Helical Labyrinth)
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 24 April 2020
Cast: Tanaka Kei, Yasuda Ken, Kurashina Kana, Nakata Keisuke, Watanabe Ikkei, Matsuzaka Keiko

Jinbo Jin (Tanaka Kei) is a DNA expert who is an associate professor of a genome analysis lab at a university’s faculty of medicine. His interest lies in creating a personal DNA database. One day, a murder takes place in Tokyo and an ‘X’ mark is found on the dead body. Detective Ando Genji (Yasuda Ken) who was supposed to be in charge of the case, is dropped due to the high probability that the criminal is the same serial murderer whom his own wife fell victim to. And so Ando secretly asks Jinbo for help. However, Jinbo has completely no interest in solving the case. Ando finds himself confounded by Jinbo’s totally unexpected words and behaviour. But the two of them gradually learn to get along and their DNA investigation discovers a “signature” that was not even picked up by the investigation headquarters. Meanwhile, serial killer X commits yet another murder…

Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku
(Super Radical Gag Family)
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 11 April 2020
Cast: Sato Jiro, Mizuno Miki, Kishii Yukino, Honda Chikara, Saito Taiyo, Kinosuke, Sakata Toshio, Sometani Shota, Daito Shunsuke, Matsui Rena, Shishido Miwako, Takito Kenichi

The Osawagi family lives in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture which is very near Tokyo. The man of the house, Daitetsu (Sato Jiro), lives with his wife Junko (Mizuno Miki), four children (Kishii Yukino, Honda Chikara, Saito Taiyo, Kinosuke) and father Kintetsu (Sakata Toshio). They are preposterous and extreme bunch where any trivial matter such as eating out or a child developing a fever can become a riot beyond imagination once they get involved.

Suteteyo, Adachi-san
(Throw It Away, Adachi)
Air Date: 12:52 am, Saturdays, 18 April 2020
Cast: Adachi Yumi, Kawakami Rinko, Nishimura Shinya, Usuda Asami, Kajiwara Hikari, Katagiri Hairi, Kato Ryo, Kanjiya Shihori, Kitamura Takumi, Saori, Jiro, Tokunaga Eri, Tozuka Junki, Mashimoto Marika, YOU, Watanabe Daichi

One day, Adachi-san (Adachi Yumi) is approached by the editor-in-chief of a female magazine with a proposal to run a series about throwing away a personal belonging in each issue, based on the theme of parting with possessions and living more comfortably. That night, Adachi-san falls asleep like always. But a mysterious girl and the personification of the items that she has held onto appear one after another in her dream, asking to be thrown away.

Tetsu no Hone (2020)
(Bones of Steel)
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 18 April 2020
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Nakamura Shido, Tsuchiya Tao, Koyuki, Shibata Kyohei, Mukai Osamu, Ishimaru Kanji, Uchino Masaaki
Synopsis: Tomishima Heita (Kamiki Ryunosuke) has worked for a mid-sized construction company for the past 4 years. He is sincere and enjoys working with construction sites. One day, he is transferred to the business affairs department. The role of the business affairs department is to obtain contracts with large organizations like public utilities. The department is jeered by other workers and often referred to as the collusion department. Workers in the business affairs department struggle to win a 200 billion yen public works project. Is collusion a necessary evil? Tomishima agonizes over this question. Nevertheless, he begins to enjoy his work and his company takes the lead in winning the large contract. Meanwhile, a special prosecution team looks into corruption involving politicians and Tomishima becomes a target.
Arimura Kasumi no Satsukyu
(Arimura Kasumi’s Filming Break)
Air Date: 12 am, Saturdays, 21 March 2020
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis: Drama series follows actress Arimura Kasumi’s 8 fictional holidays.

Arimura Kasumi is filming, but she suddenly gets a one day holiday. How will she spend her one day holiday?

Operation Z ~ Nippon Hametsu, Mattanashi
(Operation Z: Destruction of Japan, No Delay)
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 15 March 2020
Cast: Kusakari Masao, Mizobata Junpei, Takahashi Maryjun, Takuma Takayuki, Kobayashi Takashi, Horibe Keisuke,
Synopsis: The financial health of Japan has fallen into a crisis. The country has accumulated more than 1 quadrillion yen of debt. Prime Minister Ejima Takamori (Kusakari Masao) gathers 4 elite finance bureaucrats and tells them for the benefit of Japan’s future, they need to reduce the country’s annual expenditure in half. The 4 elite finance bureaucrats work under the name of Operation Z and tackles the almost impossible mission of reducing the nation’s annual expenditure by 50%.

Meiji Kaika: Shinjuro Tanteichou
(Meiji Sherlock Holmes)
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 15 May 2020
Cast: Fukushi Sota, Uchida Rio, Yamoto Yuma, Nakamura Yasuhi, Katsumura Masanobu, Tsurumi Shingo, Inamori Izumi, Takahashi Katsunori
Synopsis: The early days of the Meiji era was a period of massive change, and there were a high incidence of bizarre cases. The special investigator Yuki Shinjuro (Fukushi Sota), who has a good standing with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, returns to Japan after his travels abroad and is outspoken about the truth of these cases. Izumiyama Toranosuke, a former fencing student of Katsu Kaishu, loves making deductions about difficult cases. He is always treated disparagingly and cries to have the brains and eyes of Kaishu whom he admires. Shinjuro, Toranosuke and Kaishu draw all sorts of people to them including Kaishu’s gutsy wife Tami who was formerly a geisha; Rie (Uchida Rio), an influential merchant’s daughter who is in love with Shinjuro; Hananoya Inga, a writer of fiction of a style combining a facetious tone with elaborate structure; and the great police superintendent Hayami Seigen who considers Shinjuro a nuisance. As their case-solving progresses, the anxiety as well as love and hate that people have towards the new Meiji era manifests itself. Shinjuro, Rie and Toranosuke tangle with many important people of the period such as Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi through these cases, and grow up.
70-sai, Hajimete Umimasu 70 Uizan
Air Date: 10 pm , Sundays, 5 April 2020
Cast: Kohinata Fumiyo, Takeshita Keiko, Ito Ayumi, Yamoto Yuma, Usuda Asami
Synopsis: A 65-year-old salaryman Etsuki Tomokazu (Kohinata Fumiyo) who is approaching retirement, comes home one day to hear a shocking declaration from his wife Yuko (Takeshita Keiko) who is near 70, “I’m pregnant!” The couple struggle with whether to have the child given the physical risk of having a baby at such a late stage in life. As first-time parents, they fail and go back and forth for everything in an antenatal class with young couples.

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

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