Upcoming Winter Jdramas 2019

 

NHK
ASADORA: Manpuku
Air Date:8am, Mondays- Saturdays, 01 October 2018
Cast:Ando Sakura, Hasegawa Hiroki, Matsushita Nao, Kaname Jun, Uchida Yuki, Otani Ryohei, Matsuzaka Keiko, Kiritani Kenta, Seto Koji, Kishii Yukino, Hashimoto Manami, Matsui Rena, Kureshiro Kumi, Hamano Kenta, Fujiyama Senjiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Nakao Akira, Hashizume Isao
Synopsis:The 99th NHK Drama Serial is about Imai Fukuko (Ando Sakura),, a cheerful and dedicated woman born in Osaka, who marries to a young businessman filled with vitality. From the prewar to the high economic growth period, they get through the turbulent times and revolutionize the world’s food culture by inventing instant noodles.
TAIGA: Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic-banashi
Air Date:8 pm, Sundays, 6 January 2019 onwards
Cast:Nakamura Kankuro, Abe Sadao, Ayase Haruka, Ikuta Toma, Sugisaki Hana, Nagayama Kento, Katsuji Ryo, Takenouchi Yutaka, Nakamura Shido, Charlotte Kate Fox, Furutachi Kanji, Pierre Taki, Sugimoto Tetta, Otake Shinobu, Yakusho Koji, Beat Takeshi, Moriyama Mirai, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Hashimoto Ai, Mineta Kazunobu, Kawaei Rina, Matsuo Suzuki, Taguchi Tomorow, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Satoi Kenta, Takahashi Yo, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Shiraishi Kayoko, Ikenami Shino, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Kondo Koen, Takei So, Yamamoto Mizuki, Hiraizumi Sei, Inoue Hajime, Hoshino Gen, Matsuzaka Tori, Matsushige Yutaka, Koizumi Kyoko, Iwamatsu Ryo, Nagashima Toshiyuki, Emoto Tokio, Okata Hisako, Bengal, Negishi Toshie
Synopsis:It tells the real-life story of how Kanakura Shizo (Nakamura Kankuro), a Japanese Olympic-level marathon runner and Tabata Masaji (Abe Sadao), a man who was responsible of setting up Japanese swimming and also was one of the key figures behind the mission to Japan to hosts its first Olympic Games, with astonishing success.

Both historical and important figures lived in very different periods from each other, but their fight and tenacity are what changed Japan for the better and the world would not be the same after both men’s actions and efforts in the name of sports.

Tokusatsu Gagaga
Air Date:10pm, Fridays, 18 January 2019
Cast:Koshiba Fuka, Kurashina Kana, Kinami Haruka, Morinaga Yuki, Honda Takafumi, Takeda Rena, Uchiyama Mikoto, Terada Kokoro, Takeuchi Manabu, Matsushita Yuki
Synopsis:A comedy based on a popular comic book by Niwa Tanba. Nakamura Kano (Koshiba Fuka) loves special effects dramas and films but hides it from her mother and coworkers. When she gets in a clutch situation, superheroes of her favorite dramas appear in her mind and help her survive the situation.
Mikazuki
(Crescent Moon)
Air Date:8:15 pm, Saturdays, 26 January 2019
Cast:Takahashi Issei, Nagasaku Hiromi, Kudo Asuka, Omasa Aya, Dan Mitsu, Kurokawa Mei, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis:A dramatized novel about a family of educators originally written by Naoki Prize-winner Eto Mori. The story follows a gifted teacher Oshima Goro (Takahashi Issei) and a single mother Akasaka Chiaki (Nagasaku Hiromi) who together start managing a tutoring school in the postwar era. They rebel against Japan’s old-fashioned educational philosophy and build up a new history in education fields.

 

TV TOKYO
Yotsuba Ginko Harashima Hiromi ga Monomousu! ~ Kono Onna ni Kakerou
Air Date:10 pm, Mondays, 21 January 2019
Cast:Maki Yoko, Maruyama Ryuhei, Tsukamoto Takashi, Miyake Hiroki, Nishino Nanase, Terawaki Yasufumi, Furuya Ikkou, Yanagiba Toshiro, Katagiri Hairi, Hayashi Yasufumi, Yajima Kenichi, Kinoshita Houka, Morinaga Yuki
Synopsis:

Harashima Hiromi (Maki Yoko) had worked at the headquarters of Yotsuba Bank since she joined the metropolitan bank straight out of college. However, she has a very strong sense of justice and caused an incident three years ago. This resulted in her secondment to an affiliate company. This time, Hiromi is selected to head the Corporate Sales Division at the Taito branch as part of Yotsuba Bank’s project on women who excel, and ordered to turn around the struggling bank branch. As a bank employee who puts customers first, she works on reorganising the bank branch with bold ideas and energy.

Sasurai Onsen ~ Endo Kenichi
Air Date:1:35 am, Thursdays, 17 January 2019
Cast:Endo Kenichi
Synopsis:

Endo Kenichi (Endo Kenichi) is rumoured to have announced his retirement from acting. Staff head somewhere to uncover the truth, only to see a shocking sight. Endo has concealed his identity and been working at little-known as well as famous hot springs in various regions across the country as a male attendant. He pokes his nose into the affairs of the imperfect beauties he encounters there and runs around trying to solve their problems. However, he loses his heart to them and gets involved in trivial incidents. Why on earth is he doing this?

Kioku Sousa ~ Shinjuku Higashi-sho Jiken File
Air Date:8 pm, Fridays, 18 January 2019
Cast:Kitaoji Kinya, Kazama Shunsuke, Kamishiraishi Mone, Uchida Asahi, Matsumoto Taishi, Katsuno Hiroshi, Takuma Shin, Ishiguro Hideo, Yo Kimiko
Synopsis:

One year ago, Onizuka Ichiro (Kitaoji Kinya), a detective of Shinjuku Higashi Police Precinct’s First Investigation Section, was stabbed by a criminal on his final case before retirement, and lost the function of his two legs. Although he is confined to a wheelchair, he is reemployed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and assigned to Shinjuku Higashi Police Precinct again as the head of its Judicial Section. Onizuka relies on his memories of the Showa and Heisei periods to investigate “untouched cases”. His subordinate is Toyama Saki (Kamishiraishi Mone), and Kami Keitaro (Kazama Shunsuke) is sent from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division to be a police officer at the precinct.

Fruits Takkyubin
Air Date:12:12 am, Saturdays, 12 January 2019
Cast:Hamada Gaku, Naka Riisa, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Maeno Tomoya, Hara Fukiko, Matsuo Suzuki, Tokunaga Eri, Yamashita Rio, Kitahara Rie, Uchiyama Rina, Narumi Riko, Urajinuno, Uchida Chika, Kakei Miwako, Nakamura Yuri, Matsumoto Wakana, Matsuoka Izumi, Abe Junko
Synopsis:

After the company Sakita Shinichi (Hamada Gaku) had been working at has gone out of business, he returns to his hometown in a regional city for a second start as the head of a call-girl business, “Fruits Delivery Service.” This drama tells the tale of a group of women who, being poor and faced with a variety of life situations, have no alternative but to work at that service. It is a work that calls into question how to deal with distortions in society.

WOWOW
Nusumareta Kao ~ Miatari Sousahan
Air Date:10 pm, Saturdays, 5 January 2019
Cast:Tamaki Hiroshi, Uchida Rio, Machida Keita, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Ito Ayumi, Maruyama Tomomi, Yamazaki Shigenori, Sakou Yoshi, Tomochika, Nakamura Yuri, Mashima Hidekazu
Synopsis:Shirato Takamasa (Tamaki Hiroshi) is a “face-reading detective” working in the criminal investigation liaison division of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department who catches wanted criminals solely by their faces. He stares at crowds crossing downtown streets along with his subordinates Ando (Uchida Rio) and Tani (Machida Keita) every day and keeps looking for the faces of wanted criminals that are ingrained in his brain.

One day, Shirato sees a face that “he should not have seen” in the crowd. It is that of Sunami Toru (Shibukawa Kiyohiko), a senior detective who died mysteriously four years ago. Just when he is about to dismiss this as an illusion, he hears baffling rumors about Sunami. As Shirato investigates the case, both the Public Security Division and the Chinese mafia get into action and his life gets targeted before he realizes it… In the meantime, Shirato begins to have some doubt due to the mysterious behaviors of his girlfriend Chiharu (Ito Ayumi) who lives together with him…

Sore o Ai to Machigaeru kara
Air Date:10 pm, Saturdays, 9 February 2019
Cast:Inamori Izumi, Suzuki Kosuke, Naka Riisa, Ando Masanobu, Watanabe Daichi, LiLiCo, Megumi
Synopsis:Ito Kaya (Inamori Izumi) is a full-time housewife and has been happily married to her husband Tadashi (Suzuki Kosuke) for 15 years. However, they have not had sex for a long time. One morning, Kaya asks if he has a lover, and learns that he knows that she has a lover too. In fact, Kaya has been having an affair with manga artist Seiichiro (Ando Masanobu). Meanwhile, she finds out that the chiropractor at chiropractic clinic that she goes to, is her husband’s lover. Through an unexpected turn of events, they all end up becoming acquainted. What will happen to this four-sided relationship between the troubled couple and their lovers?
Kokou no Mesu
(A Lone Scalpel)
Air Date:10 pm, Sundays, 13 January 2019
Cast:Takizawa Hideaki, Nakamura Toru, Kudo Asuka, Yamamoto Mizuki, Ishimaru Kanji, Nagatsuka Kyozo, Miyakawa Ichirota, Kimura Midoriko, Riju Go, Miura Masaki, Kondo Koen, Musaka Naomasa, Honda Hirotaro
Synopsis:In the late 1980s when organ transplantation was viewed as a taboo, a surgeon, Toma Tetsuhiko (Takizawa Hideaki), who graduated in the field of medical advanced country America, has been assigned to a local private hospital. Under the belief that “the same level of treatment as university hospital in rural areas” should be received, he challenges every difficult operation and saves the lives of the patients in front of him. However, prior to Japan’s first organ transplant surgery, the medical system which was solidified with power absolutism and old custom was trying to block its way.

 

NHK BS PREMIUM
Monroe ga Shinda Hi
(The Day Monroe Died)
 
Air Date:10 pm, Sundays, 06 January 2019
Cast:Suzuki Kyoka, Aso Yumi, Satsukawa Aimi, Negishi Toshie, Uzaki Ryudo, Kusakari Masao
Synopsis:Yukimura Kyoko’s (Suzuki Kyoka) husband died of illness and she lives alone in a town next to Karuizawa. She is the caretaker of a museum to the writer Harashima Fujio but there are few visitors and she spends her days peacefully. One day, Kyoko develops symptoms of a panic attack while shopping and is encourage by her friend Yasuyo to consult a psychiatrist at Hanaore Clinic. The doctor who examines her is Takahashi Tomoyuki (Kusakari Masao). He is a doctor in public practice at a hospital in Yokohama, but he does consultations at Hanaore Clinic’s psychiatry department in the later half of the week. Takahashi says he was Marilyn Monroe’s exclusive psychiatrist. As Kyoko talks to him, she feels comforted. The two of them are drawn to each other and Kyoko eventually invites Takahashi to her house. She feels blissful in her relationship with him. However, Kyoko has no way of knowing that there is an emotionally unstable woman waiting for Takahashi who has returned to Yokohama. Then one day, a surprising thing happens to Kyoko and Takahashi. What will happen to their romance?

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