Upcoming Summer JDramas 2016

Hello Arama readers! Check out our seasonal list of Jdramas for summer 2016!

Several dramas have already started airing this week. Arama, which dramas are you planning to watch? Which dramas made an interesting first episode? Let’s hear you first impressions on the summer dramas!

Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto
(A Girl and Three Sweethearts)
suki na
Air Date: 9 pm, Mondays, 11 July 2016
Cast: Kiritani Mirei, Yamazaki Kento, Miura Shohei, Nomura Shuhei, Nanao, Ohara Sakurako, Sano Hinako, Iitoyo Marie, Yoshida Kotaro, Hamano Kenta
Synopsis: A young pâtissier Sakurai Misaki (Kiritani Mirei) has not dated in a long time as she’s devoted all of her time and energy to work to realize her dream of opening her own shop someday. However, her life is turned upside down as she suddenly gets fired and struggles to find another job. Then, she has an unexpected reunion with her first love from high school, Chiaki (Miura Shohei). He invites Misaki to work part time at his restaurant and live in his house along with his two younger brothers, Kanata (Yamazaki Kento) and Toma (Nomura Shuhei), in the seaside town of Shonan. Will she be able to remember what it’s like to be in love with someone? Will any of these boys have the key to Misaki’s heart?
ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Todo Hinako
(A typical crime investigator, Hinako Todo)
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 12 July 2016
Cast: Haru, Yokoyama Yu, Kaname Jun, Takahashi Tsutomu, Momose Saku, Saito Ryo, Ito Mamiko, Hayashi Kento, Okunuki Kaoru, Mitsuishi Ken, Harada Mieko, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: Todo Hinako (Haru) is a first-year detective who graduated from the police academy at the top of her class. She always carries with herself a bottle of shichimi chili peppers which was left by her late mother and sprinkles shichimi over everything she eats. Despite her a bit quirky/cheerful demeanor, she holds dark secrets locked deep within her heart… Hinako became a detective, because she wants to find the line between people who kill and those who don’t. Once her “crime-solving switch” is on, nothing can stop Hinako from tackling even the most bizarre crime cases. Armed with her overwhelming memory and unstoppable curiously, will Hinako be able to find answers to her question through seeking to solve various crimes?.
Eigyou Buchou Kira Natsuko
(Natsuko Kira)
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 21 July 2016
Cast: Matsushima Nanako, Matsuda Ryuhei, Harada Taizo, Ito Ayumi, Ishimaru Kanji, Okada Yoshinori, Isao Itsuji, Daigo, Adachi Rika, Shirasu Jun, Takagi Wataru, Takahashi Konosuke, Matsubara Chieko
Synopsis: Kira Natsuko (Matsushima Nanako) led a busy life as a successful creative director at an advertising agency. She got married just before turning 40, then put her career on hold for maternity and parental leave. Three years later, she returns to work and she is ready to get back into the swing of things. However, due to the changes within the company that happened while she was away, she gets assigned as a director of the sales department, and not of the creative department. What await for her in her new position are co-workers who don’t trust her and a series of issues that erupt as she scrambles to juggle both work and her family..
Non Mama Hakusho
(The Non Mama White Paper)
non mama
Air Date: 11:40 pm, Saturdays, 13 August 2016
Cast: Suzuki Honami, Kikuchi Momoko, Watanabe Makiko, Minamisawa Nao, Hamada Takahiro, Miura Yutaro, Sakamoto Atsuhiro, Masuda Shuichiro, Konda Yoshimasa, Satoi Kenta, Uchiyama Rina, Takahashi Katsunori
Synopsis: Doi Reiko (Suzuki Honami) is near 50, divorced and childless. She is a manager at a medium-sized advertising agency in Tokyo. In an era when she had to make a choice between work and childbirth, Reiko opted not to have a child and lost track of herself as she raced through her 20s and 30s. However, times have changed. It is now a world where working mothers are promoted. Women like Reiko who are not mothers feel ashamed. In society, new problems such as the discrimination against pregnant women and women who do not have children arise but there are no solutions. In the workplace, Reiko is held back by her superior, under pressure from her juniors, considered a burden by male colleagues and regarded an enemy by female colleagues. Hemmed in on all sides, Reiko works, agonises, fights against loneliness and even falls in love…
HOPE ~ Kitai Zero no Shinnyuu Shain
(HOPE ~Misaeng: Incomplete Life~)
Air Date: 9:00 pm, Sundays, 17 July 2016
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Endo Kenichi, Seto Koji, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kiriyama Akito, Magy, Nakamura Yuri, Maruyama Tomomi, Matsuda Kenji, Matsuzawa Kazuyuki, Toyama Toshiya, Sakurada Dori, Yashiba Toshihiro, Kaji Masaki, Watanabe Kunito, Yamauchi Takaya, Asaka Mayumi, Kazama Morio
Synopsis: Ichinose Ayumu (Nakajima Yuto) has spent his entire life following his dream – to become a professional player of the game of Go. However, he kept failing the pro test and even missed his last chance before he hit the age limit to take the test. Seeing her son so devastated, Ayumu’s mother introduces him to a one-month internship at a general trading company. Depending on his performance, he could get hired as the company’s full-time employee. Aware of his mother’s concerns, Ayumu decides to take up the intern position. However, having no college education or office work experience, he struggles from day one to keep up with others who are all graduates from elite universities. Nevertheless, he is determined to never give up and strives to overcome the challenges he faces. Will this rookie businessman be able to survive and thrive in the harsh cold corporate world?

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
(The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
time leap
Air Date: 9 pm, Saturdays, 09 July 2016
Cast: Kuroshima Yuina, Kikuchi Fuma, Takeuchi Ryoma, Yoshimoto Miyu, Nekoze Tsubaki, Nonami Maho, Aran Kei, Taguchi Hiromasa, Komatsu Kazushige, Yui P, Takahashi Katsumi, Furuhata Seika, Miura Toko, Yagi Rikako, Ishii Momoka, Igarashi Hinata, Kato Shigeaki, Takahata Atsuko
Synopsis: A girl and a boy who can leap through time
A love that blossoms in the sizzling heat of the summer time
The agony and frustrations of adolescence
Vividly we relive as part of this summer’s reminiscence.
With next year’s university entrance exams looming, high school senior Yoshiyama Mihane (Kuroshima Yuina) is beginning to feel the blues. She recently joined the school’s photography club. As she walks by the science lab one day after school, she smells the aroma of lavender. From that moment on, she acquires the ability to leap freely through time and the days ahead are marked with bizarre occurrences…Fukamachi (Kickuchi Fuma) is Mihane’s classmate and childhood friend. Or at least that’s what everyone thinks. The truth is, Fukamachi came from the future, where he is a brilliant researcher who develops a drug that enables time leaps. He uses the drug to visit the year 2016 but loses it and is unable to return for the time being.Her romantic feelings for a boy that came from the future lasts but a few days, and those memories are now beginning to fade.Having been remade repeatedly into a live-action film, animation, and stage play, the original “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” novel for adolescents is truly the gold standard for its genre. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its initial release, a drama series remake is set for release in 2016, with a plot that is new and original. Depicting the unbridled passions and wistful experiences of adolescents, this drama is sure to capture your heart.!
Soshite, Daremo Inakunatta
(Lost ID)
Air Date: 10:30 pm, Sundays, 17 July 2016
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Nikaido Fumi, Tamayama Tetsuji, Inoo Kei, Shison Jun, Konno Hiroki, Endo Kaname, Ono Nonoka, Sakurai Hinako, Mimura, Koichi Mantaro, Jinbo Satoshi, Hiromi, Tsurumi Shingo, Kuroki Hitomi
Synopsis: He is a brilliant system engineer who is an up-and-comer at his company. In his private life, he has a fiancée.
Just when he was at the pinnacle of joy, he suddenly disappears from the face of the earth.
“No, you’re not Shinichi Todo.”
Even the name on his official family registry and certificate of residence has been changed. His bank accounts have been seized and his employment has been terminated on grounds that he is a missing person. Without an official family registry, he can’t even get married.
Did someone set him up? The suspect begins to emerge…
Although Shinichi was left with nothing but loneliness, he won’t allow himself to go down this way. He won’t give up, no matter how much he is betrayed. He will keep believing in people. No matter what happens to him, he will not succumb.
“I will uncover the truth, regardless of what it takes.”
No matter how many times he falls, Shinichi will get back up.
Ie Uru Onna
(Your Home is My Business!)
ie uru onna
Air Date: 10 pm, Wednesdays, 13 July 2016
Cast: Kitagawa Keiko, Imoto Ayako, Usuda Asami, Chiba Yudai, Kudo Asuka, Nakamura Toru, Araki Yuko, Kajihara Zen, Suzuki Hiroki, Honda Chikara
Synopsis: “There isn’t a house I can’t sell.”
She’s single, beautiful and wears clothes that are a bit flashy, but she never smiles in front of her clients. Machi (Kitagawa Keiko) is a real-estate saleswoman who is known for closing the deal no matter who the client is–100% of the time.
“There isn’t a house I can’t sell.”
She sticks her nose in the private issues of her clients and uses a vast range of tactics to help solve their problems… and sells the house while she’s at it!
“The kind of home you live in becomes a true reflection of your life.”
Because the home itself can sometimes even change your life, Machi will pour her heart and soul into finding the right home for you.
“Being a real estate agent means having your clients surrender their life to you.”
Isan Sozoku Bengoshi Kakizaki Shinichi
(Inheritance Lawyer Shinichi Kakizaki )
Air Date: 11:59 am, Thursdays, 07 July 2016
Cast: Mikami Hiroshi, Morikawa Aoi, Sakai Wakana, Toyohara Kosuke
Synopsis: Unconventional, intriguing Kakizaki Shinichi (Mikami Hiroshi) was once a brilliant lawyer, but he was punished and lost credibility after violating the Attorney Act in a case. Saddled with a huge debt, Kakizaki has difficulty regaining the confidence of his clients. Then he unexpectedly gets a request to handle a wealthy old man’s inheritance issue. Kakizaki is rewarded handsomely without appearing to court and this taste of success encourages him to become a lawyer specialising in inheritance.

Aogeba Toutoushi
(Brass Dreams)
Air Date: 9pm, Sundays, 17 July 2016
Cast: Terao Akira, Tabe Mikako, Mackenyu, Murakami Nijiro, Kitamura Takumi, Taiga, Sano Gaku, Ishii Anna, Kentaro, Yamoto Yuma, Minakami Kyoka, Okazaki Sae, Takahata Yuta, Omi Toshinori, Masu Takeshi, Ishizaki Koji
Synopsis: A professional saxophone player, stopped playing after an accident, chases a new dream as a mentor of the students of a high school brass band club. Based on a true story from a high school in Yokohama, TBS creates a touching original drama of the miracle story. Terao Akira stars as the advisor, Tabe Mikako plays his daughter and a set of rising young actors make up the cast of students. The team of “ROOKIES” scriptwriter, Izumi Yoshihiro, and director Hirakawa Yuichiro brings you another moving masterpiece for all generations this summer.

Hikuma (Terao Akira) is asked to mentor a brass band team at Misaki high school by the school principal – Odagiri (Ishizaka Koji) who saw him teaching instruments to children at a park in Yokosuka.
Misaki high school is the most troubled school in Kanagawa prefecture with students’ outrageous behaviors. Despite his daughter Natsuki’s warnings, Hikuma pays a visit and is punched by students for warning them about smoking.

Seisei Suru Hodo, Ai Shiteru
(Love Catharsis)
Air Date: 10 pm, Tuesdays, 12 July 2016
Cast: Takei Emi, Takizawa Hideaki, Nakamura Aoi, Mizusawa Erena, Triendl Reina, Nakamura Hayato, Yokosawa Natsuko, Wada Akari, Genking,
Synopsis: This is the story of pure yet forbidden love, starring Takei Emi and Takizawa Hideaki, and also the complicated relationships of those who around them.

Kurihara Mia (Takei Emi) fulfils a long-cherished passion for jewelry by getting a job in the public relations department at Tiffany & Co. One day, during a business trip, Mia loses an engagement ring from her boyfriend – Yamashita Yota (Takahashi Mitsuomi). The ring is eventually found with help of a man who happened to be there. Mia is relieved, but at the same time, she is struggling to accept her fiance’s marriage proposal because of the condition he gave – that she quits her job.
A few days later, Mia encounters the man who helped her to find the ring, only then to find out that the man is Miyoshi Kairi (Takizawa Hideaki) – the vice president of her company. Kairi tells her “if it is your dream job, see it through”. Mia starts to fall for Kairi who is strict yet kind.

Yamikin Ushijima-kun Season 3
(Ushijima the Loan Shark Season 3)
Air Date: 12:50 am, Wednesdays, 20 July 2016
Cast: Yamada Takayuki, Ayano Go, Mitsumune Kaoru, Nakamura Tomoya, Sasaki Kokone, Honda Chikara, Hisamatsu Ikumi, Koseta Mayu, Konno Ayuri, Sasaki Mai
Synopsis: Mayumi (Mitsumune Kaoru), who works for a publishing company, happens to meet a mysterious man who calls himself Shindo (Nakamura Tomoya). Told by a fortune teller that she will have a “destined meeting”, she pays attention to this. But what awaits her is ironically an encounter with Ushijima Kaoru (Yamada Takayuki), the boss of Cowcow Finance, is known as a legendary black market lender. Cowcow Finance lends money at an illegally high interest rate of 5% every 10 days and relentlessly corners bad debtors.
Shihei ~ Death Cash
(Death Cash)
Air Date: 12:10 am, Thursdays, 14 July 2016
Cast: Matsui Jurina, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Kiyohara Kaya, Kawaei Rina, Hayama Shono, Nakamura Yurika, Nishida Mai, Shison Jun, Yamada Yuki, Yoshioka Riho, Kakei Toshio
Synopsis: Yuka (Matsui Jurina) is in her first year of university. One day her younger sister tells her the story of haunted “death cash”. According to her sister, death cash is money suddenly delivered to a person desperate for money. If that person spends the cash, they are doomed to suffer a cruel death, as black stains appear on the portrait printed on the bill.
Kami no Shita o Motsu Otoko
(The Man with the God Tongue)
kami no shita
Air Date: 10 pm, Thursdays, 8 July 2016
Cast: Mukai Osamu, Kimura Fumino, Sato Jiro, Hino Shohei, Takuma Shin
Synopsis: TBS presents the best of the “Yukihiko Tsutsumi world”, the creator of TBS’s hit drama “SPEC”.
Tomonaga Ranmaru (Mukai Osamu) – the man with the god tongue who has an absolute sense of taste – coincidentally starts to travel with Kamekanbo Hikaru (Kimura Fumino) and Miyazawa Kanji (Sato Jiro). With its iconic set of jokes, parodies and homages, the team makes an amazing comical mystery. Ranmaru, Hikaru and Kanji go to Yunishigawa hot spring to look for a geisha girl, Miyabi. At a hotel there, they spot Miyabi leaving with a man, but fail to follow her as their old car runs out of petrol.
Meanwhile, Kanji asks a hotel manager, Misuzu (Katahira Nagisa) to let them stay for free in return for Ranmaru working as a bathhouse attendant. Then the president of the local hot spring union, Ishihara, rushes in and tell them that a dead body has been found in the river nearby. All those things bring a great turmoil.


Keiji 7-nin Season 2
(7 Detectives)
Air Date: 9 pm, Wednesdays, 13 July 2016
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Takashima Masahiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Suzuki Kosuke, Kurashina Kana, Tsukamoto Takashi, Yoshida Kotaro, Kitaoji Kinya
Synopsis: Called the “graveyard of detectives”, the Twelfth Section is ridiculed as the “banishment room where hardened detectives who cannot be fired are sent”. Amagi Yu’s (Higashiyama Noriyuki) transfer to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s mobile investigation unit; Katagiri Masatoshi’s (Yoshida Kotaro) promotion from former section chief to head the Criminal Affairs Division; Yamashita Takumi’s (Kataoka Ainosuke) move to the mysterious unit called the Future Crime Prediction Centre; and forensic science professor Domoto Shuntaro’s (Kitaoji Kinya) appearance lead to changes in the environment.
Onnatachi no Tokusou Saizensen
(Women’s Special Investigation Frontlin)
Air Date: 8 pm, Thursdays, 21 July 2016
Cast: Takashima Reiko, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Takahata Atsuko, Watanabe Ikkei, Aijima Kazuyuki, Iida Kisuke, Fuke Norimasa, Masuzawa Nozomu, Konno Narumi, Sugiura Kotono, Izumikawa Miho
Synopsis: Muromachi Kyoko (Takashima Reiko), Ichijo Yayoi (Miyazaki Yoshiko) and Yasaka Misuzu (Takahata Atsuko) work at a police station. Muromachi Kyoko works in the general affairs section, Ichijo Yayoi in public relations section and Yasaka Misuzu  in the cafeteria as a cook. Even though they are not detectives, they obtain information about cases and gather at the police station cafeteria to analyze the information. They actually find tips that can solve cases.
Hajimemashite, Ai Shiteimasu
(Nice to Meet You, I Love You)
nice to meet you
Air Date: 9 pm, Thursdays, 14 July 2016
Cast: Ono Machiko, Eguchi Yosuke, Hayami Mokomichi, Sakai Maki, Yo Kimiko, Fuji Tatsuya
Synopsis: Mina (Ono Machiko) and Shinji (Eguchi Yosuke) have been married for 10 years. Mina gives piano lessons at home and they have decided not to have a child until she wins an international music competition.

One day, Minda finds a boy in her yard. The boy is covered in dirt and expressionless. Mina learns later that the boy was abused by his parents and his parents did not show up. The boy goes to an orphanage. Several days later, the boy appears again in her yard. Shinji feels a sense of fate over the boy who has appeared in their yard two times. He begins to search secretly about special adoptions.

Gurame! ~ Souri no Ryoriban
(Minister President’s Cook)
Air Date: 11:15 pm, Fridays, 22 July 2016
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Takito Kenichi, Takahashi Issei, Shinkawa Yua, Naito Risa, Matsuo Yukimi, Miyake Hiroki, Kohinata Fumiyo
Synopsis: Prime Minister Ato Ichiro (Kohinata Fumiyo) and his private secretary Koga Seiji (Takito Kenichi) decide to revive the “prime minister’s residence chef” and make the first appointment since the time of Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru close to 70 years ago in order to deal with low support ratings. Koga encounters 25-year-old Ichiki Kurumi (Goriki Ayame) waiting on tables at a traditional Japanese restaurant and discovers her gift as a chef. He approaches her about coming to the prime minister’s residence as Ato’s chef and she agrees after some hesitation. Kurumi makes meals for international dignitaries at the residence. However, the culinary world is an all-male society, much less to say the traditional prime minister’s residence. The head chef Kiyosawa Haruki (Takahashi Issei) treats Kurumi with undisguised hostility and his underlings clash with her repeatedly as she starts to contribute to Japanese politics and diplomacy.


(Fatherly Sister)
Air Date: 8am – 8:15am, Mondays- Saturdays
04 April 2015
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kimura Tae, Sagara Itsuki, Sugisaki Hana, Mukai Osamu, Daichi Mao, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Ohno Takuro, Akino Yoko, Pierre Taki, Hiraiwa Kami, Kawaei Rina, Abe Junko, Sakaguchi Kentaro, Katagiri Hairi, Karasawa Toshiaki, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu, Ito Atsushi
Synopsis: The eldest daughter of the Kohashis, Tsuneko was 11 years old when her father Takezo (Nishijima Hidetoshi) died of tuberculosis. Taking her father’s teachings about the importance of ordinary life to heart, she became ‘Toto One-chan’, a paternal figure to her mother Kimiko (Kimura Tae) and two younger sisters Mariko (Sagara Itsuki) and Yoshiko (Sugisaki Hana). She struggles to sustain the family as the head of the household. Right after the war, she launches a lifestyle magazine created for the sake of females together with Mariko and Yoshiko in a devastated Tokyo. It is called ‘Your Life’ and was full of practical articles for readers. With the help of the genius editor Hanayama Isaji (Karasawa Toshiaki), the magazine grew to become essential to females living in the period of high economic growth.
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.
Suizokukan Girl
(Aquarium Girl)
Air Date: 10pm, Fridays,17 June 2016
Cast: Matsuoka Mayu, Kiritani Kenta, Sawabe Yu, Adachi Rika, Uchida Asahi, Kinoshita Houka, Nishida Naomi, Toda Keiko, Ishimaru Kanji, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: Shima Yuka (Matsuoka Mayu) works as an OL at a large general trading company. Suddenly, she is transferred from her office to an aquarium that is affiliated with her company. She now works as a keeper at the aquarium and her senior is Kaji (Kiritani Kenta). Shima Yuka struggles with her new job and marine animals, but with her bright personality she is able to grow as an aquarium keeper.

Kibougaoka no Hitobito
(The people of Hope Hill)
hope hill
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 16 July 2016
Cast: Sawamura Ikki, Wakui Emi, Sakurada Hiyori, Ninomiya Keita, Ito Kazue, Rokkaku Seiji, Miyakawa Ichirota, Nakajima Hiroko, Yatsui Ichiro, Iwamoto Masuyo, Hiraizumi Sei, Terawaki Yasufumi
Synopsis: Tajima (Sawamura Ikki) lives happily with his wife Keiko (Wakui Emi), their daughter Mika (Sakurada Hiyori) and son Ryota (Ninomiya Keita) in Tokyo. But one day, Keiko is found to have end-stage cancer and she passes away in a mere three months. Keiko was the sunshine of the family. Now that she is gone, there is a gaping hole in their hearts. Tajima tries to live as if nothing has changed and force smiles, but he soon realises that it is impossible. Then one day, he suggests to his children that they go to Kibougaoka, the town where Keiko grew up, and make a trip down memory lane. They end up making their way to Keiko’s vacant old house. Tajima instinctively asks if they would like to live there and Mika and Ryota agree. And so, the Tajimas begin a new life at Kibougaoka, but …
Kenja no Ai
Air Date: 10 pm, Saturdays, 20 August 2016
Cast: Nakayama Miho, Takaoka Saki, Ryusei Ryo, Asari Yosuke, Kusamura Reiko, Asaka Mayumi, Enoki Takaaki, Tanabe Seiichi, Asami Himeka, Uehara Miku, Kawashima Ririka, Kobayashi Rino, Uchida Kenshi
Synopsis: Takanaka Mayuko (Nakayama Miho) is an editor of a literary magazine. She has been having secret rendezvous with Sawamura Naomi (Ryusei Ryo) without the knowledge of his parents, Yuri (Takaoka Saki) and Ryoichi (Tanabe Seiichi). Naomi is dependent on Mayuko and keeps seeking her. This is precisely Mayuko’s “revenge” of two decades … … 13-year-old Mayuko lived happily with her parents (Asaka Mayumi, Enoki Takaaki) and Sawamura Ryoichi, a teenage boy she liked who stayed in a detached house on the grounds of their family estate. But her first love was stolen by Asakura Yuri, a new neighbour with whom she became fast friends. Little did Mayuko realise that Yuri wanted everything that was hers. One winter soon after they had become working adults, Yuri suddenly confessed that she was carrying Ryoichi’s child and the couple got married. Mayuko was there to witness Yuri’s childbirth and give a name to the boy at Yuri’s insistence. She called him Naomi.

Yassan ~ Tsukiji Hatsu! Oishi Jikenbo
(Yassan Delicious files from Tsukiji)
Air Date: 8 pm, Fridays, 22 July 2016
Cast: Ihara Tsuyoshi, Emoto Tasuku, Yamamoto Maika, Kamiji Yusuke, Itaya Yuka, Satomi Kotaro,
Synopsis: Set around the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Japan.

Yassan (Ihara Tsuyoshi) is homeless and doesn’t have any money. He does have an amazing sense of taste and knowledge about food. He delivers information to restaurants and gets paid with food. A young guy, Takao (Emoto Tasuku), admired Tokyo and eventually found an IT job in the city. He now goes with Yassan.

Otoko Meshi
Air Date: 12:12 am, Saturdays, 16 July 2016
Cast: Namase Katsuhisa, Emoto Tokio, Uchida Rio, Takahata Yuta, Tozuka Junki, Kinoshita Takayuki, Kimoto Takehiro, Miura Masaki
Synopsis: University student Wakamizu Ryota (Emoto Tokio), who is the middle of job hunting, gets caught up in a sudden gang dispute. Ryota’s life is saved by Yanagiba Ryuichi (Namase Katsuhisa), the boss of Yanagiba-gumi, and Ryota for some reason ends up harbouring Yanagiba in his own home. Ignoring Ryota who wants him to leave immediately, Yanagiba uses the leftover food in the fridge and starts to prepare a meal without asking. However, the meal is surprisingly delicious despite the leftovers that did not seem possible to combine. This is the beginning of a bizarre communal life connected by meals for a gangster and a university student.
Koe Koi
(Voice Love)
koe koi
Air Date: 12:52 am, Saturdays, 09 July 2016
Cast: Nagano Mei, Ryusei Ryo, Sakurai Takahiro, Ochiai Motoki, Otomo Karen, Sakurada Dori, Mizutani Kaho, Shiraishi Shunya, Morio Yumi, Karata Erika
Synopsis: Yoshioka Yuiko (Nagano Mei) is a first year high school student. Yuiko catches a cold before the entrance ceremony and is forced to stay home in bed. While she’s recuperating, Yuiko receives a phone call offering her get-well-soon wishes and encouragement from the class representative, Matsubara (voiced by Sakurai Takahiro).

Yuiko is instantly smitten by Matsubara’s gentle voice, but when she recovers and attends class later, she discovers Matsubara wears a paper bag over his head for some unknown reason.


Juken no Cinderella
(Cinderella Formula)
juken no cinderella
Air Date: 10 pm, Sundays, 10 July 2016
Cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Kawaguchi Haruna, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Yamada Yuki, Matsuo Satoru, Kawahara Kazuma, Endo Nina, Harada Kana, Kojima Kazuya, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Tomita Yasuko
Synopsis: Igarashi Tooru (Koizumi Kotaro) is a lecturer with charisma, working at a prestigious preparatory school. Recently, he drinks a lot and his life falls apart. Endo Maki (Kawaguchi Haruna) is a student at a part-time high school. Every day, she is exhausted with working multiple jobs to cover her expenses. One day, Tooru and Maki happen to meet each other. Maki wants to graduate high school to get a regular job and asks Tooru to tutor her for her test–retest. After Tooru quit his prep school job, he has lost his pride and passion to teach. Tooru was also diagnosed to have only a year left to live. He decides to teach Maki and get her into the University of Tokyo.
Furenaba Ochin
furenaba ochin
Air Date:  11:15 pm, Tuesdays, 28 June 2016
Cast: Hasegawa Kyoko, Narita Ryo, Toda Naho, Tsurumi Shingo, Sugawara Daikichi, Furuhata Seika, Yamaguchi Mayu, Shinoda Ryoya, Shimoda Shota, Jyonmyon Pe, Yamamoto Hiroshi
Synopsis: Kamijo Natsu (Hasegawa Kyoko) is a homemaker living in an apartment with her husband Yoshiyuki and children. One day, she hears a rumor that her friend Komaki Rie, also married, ran away with the other man. Natsu is quite surprised because she cares about her family the most. Then she gets a phone call from Rie herself, saying she has much more fulfilling life as “a woman.” In the meantime, Yoshiyuki’s young subordinate Saeki Ryu moves downstairs. Natsu begins to feel the stirrings in her mind
Denshichi Torimonochou
Air Date:  8pm, Fridays, 16 July 2016
Cast: Nakamura Baijaku, Katono Taiko, Tokushige Satoshi, Tanaka Misako, Harada Natsuki, Ishibashi Renji, Matsudaira Ken
Synopsis: Denshichi (Nakamura Baijaku) of Kuromoncho is a subordinate of a police constable. He punishes widespread evil in the backstreets of Edo with a purple truncheon entrusted to him by the inspector Toyama Saemon (Matsudaira Ken), who is the magistrate of Kitamachi. Denshichi condemns the crimes rather than the criminals and is sympathetic and kind.

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