(Updated) Upcoming Jdramas 2017- Hasegawa Hiroki, Ayano Go, Sawajiri Erika, Haru

We are back with an updated list of our previous Upcoming Jdramas 2017 post. Again, several of these dramas are still in the ‘rumored’ stage sourced from tabloids. We’ll get confirmation of spring dramas in the next few weeks, so this will be the last update of this list.

Check out what in store for next seasons below!

Spring (April – June 2017)

Rumor – Kizoku Tantei *updated*
Date: 9 pm, Monday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Aiba Masaki

Aiba’s next major project after hosting Kohaku, this drama is rumored to be a mystery drama based from a novel. Aiba’s previous getsu9 2015 drama “Yokoso, Wagaya e” is also in a similar genre.  The drama had an average audience rating of 12.5% and gained high evaluation from viewers. Will an Arashi member recover getsu9’s sluggish ratings?

Update: live action adaptation of Yutaka Maya’s novel ‘Kizoku Tantei’ (Aristocratic Detective). Other cast mentioned are Takei Emi and Nakama Yukie.

Confirmed – Crisis Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-han
Date: 9 pm, Tuesday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Oguri Shun, Nishijima Hidetoshi

Early in November 2016, there were sightings of Oguri and Nishijima filming a ‘crime drama’ in Ibaraki prefecture (1, 2, 3)

Oguri and Nishijima play specialists in a secret force called “The Special Investigation Unit”. Oguri plays investigator Inami Akira who sustained serious trauma in a previous special mission and Nishijima plays Tamura Saburo who was transferred from the Public Security Department’s Foreign Affairs Division.

Rumor – Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo -han *new*
Date: 9 pm, Tuesday
Station: TBS
Cast: Haru, Higashide Masahiro, Nobuyuki Suzuki (Gekidan EXILE)

Earlier in January, it was announced that Ikeumi Ryo’s manga will be getting a live action adaptation. It follows a woman who is married to the second man she fell in love with. She begins having an affair with her first love, who is also already married.

Rumor – Mama ni Naru *new*
Date: 10 pm, Wednesday
Station: NTV
Cast: Sawajiri Erika, Koike Eiko

To be based on Youkame no Semi (The Cicada’s Eight Day), which was adapted into a Japan Academy award winning movie (starring Inoue Mao) and an NHK television drama in 2010.

Confirmed – Final Fantasy XIV: Daddy Of Light
Date: 1 am, Wednesday
Station: TBS
Cast: Chiba Yudai, Osugi Ren

Based on real-life experiences of a FFXIV player who wrote a series of posts called “The Father of Light”. The drama will mix live-action and in-game scenes to tell the father and son’s story.

Confirmed – Hito wa Mita Me ga 100%
Date: 10pm, Thursday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kiritani Mirei

Kiritani Mirei plays Jonochi Jun, a researcher at a paper manufacturing company. Her character doesn’t hold any interest in making herself attractive, until she notices that others don’t view her as a woman.

Rumor – TBA
Date: 10 pm, Saturday
Station: NTV
Cast: Kamenashi Kazuya, Takei Emi, Oizumi Yo

NTV’s Saturday 9pm drama moves to 10pm and this is rumored to be the first drama in the said timeslot. Title and contents are still unknown but this is not a sequel to “Kaito Yamaneko”. With this Kamenashi drama, there are also rumors of a KAT-TUN comeback with the theme song.

Rumor – TBA *new*
Date: 9 pm, Sunday
Station: TBS
Cast: Hasegawa Hiroki, Teruyuki Kawaga, Yoshine Kyoko, Nakajima Yuto

Hanzawa Naoki Season 2 isn’t happening yet. Sakai Masato is currently filming his new movie “Destiny Kamakura Monogatari” to be released in December 2017. Hasegawa Hiroki is rumored to star in TBS’ Sunday drama with a temporary title of “Keiji Bucho Serizawa”.

Rumor – Sakurako-san no Sokka ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru *new*
Date: 9 pm, Sunday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Mizuki Arisa

The drama is adapted from Ota Shiori’s mystery novel. The story follows Kujo Sakurako, a genius beauty in her mid-twenties who loves “beautiful bones.”

Confirmed – Frankenstein no Koi *new*
Date: 10:30pm, Sundays
Station: NTV
Cast: Ayano Go

Ayano plays a monster created from an incident that took place 100 years ago. He is immortal and possesses super physical ability. He yearns for humans and listens to the radio. He picks up things thrown away by other people. The monster dreams that one day, he can live as a human too. One day, he meets a young woman, Tsugaru, and falls in love with her.

Ayase Haruka was spotted filming with Ayano Go? Will she be the heroine of the drama?

Confirmed – Yasuragi no Sato
Date: TBA
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Ishizaka Koji

Elderly home “Yasuragi no Sato La Strada” admits people who were active in the television and movie industry. In this facility, Kikumura Sakae (Ishizaka Koji), a once popular scriptwriter and former huge stars reside.

Summer (July – September)

Rumor – Code Blue ~Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyumei~ Season 3
Date: 9 pm, Monday
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Aragaki Yui, Toda Erika

For the summer season, it is usual for dramas with the theme of “sea” to be featured. However, it looks like this will not be the case with Fuji TV’s summer getsu9 in 2017.

This will be the third installment following the first season in 2008 and the second season in 2010. Fuji TV’s SMAP x SMAP ended in 2016 due to the disbandment of the group. In 2017, it is rumored that Johnnys will be starring in the network’s getsu9 drama back to back.

Rumor – TBA *new*
Date: 10 pm, Saturday
Station: NTV
Cast: Nishikido Ryo

(sources: haru drama, natsu drama, spring list)


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