Upcoming Winter 2022 Dramas

Mystery to iu Nakare

Mystery to Iu Nakare
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 10 January 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Mystery
Original Work: Mystery to Iu Nakare by Tamura Yumi
Scriptwriter: Aizawa Tomoko (Boku dake ga 17-sai no Sekai de, Trace, Kagi no Kakatta Heya Series)
Directors: Matsuyama Hiroaki, Shinada Shunsuke, Aizawa Hideyuki, Abe Hiroyuki
Cast: Suda Masaki, Ito Sairi, Onoe Matsuya, Endo Kenichi, Tsutsui Michitaka
Synopsis: University student Kuno Totono (Suda Masaki) is the type who constantly questions what is taken for granted in society and develops his own theories based on his vast knowledge and unique set of values. One day in autumn, the police come to see him. His university schoolmate has been murdered at a park nearby and the police apparently regard Totono with suspicion. He is asked to come with them for questioning. In the interrogation room, the police are manipulated by Totono who tends to digress from the topic and poke at their contradictions. He even correctly guesses that one of them is troubled about not getting along with the wife and ends up giving advice. However, Totono’s fingerprints are eventually discovered on the murder weapon … …
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/mystery
Twitter: twitter.com/not_mystery_

Dr White
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, January 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Medical mystery
Original Work: Dr White by Kibayashi Shin
Scriptwriter: Komine Hiroyuki (Kokucho no Mizuumi, Suits Series, Giver)
Directors: Joho Hidenori, Kono Keita, Kitabo Shinichi
Cast: Hamabe Minami, Emoto Tasuku, Takimoto Miori, Okazaki Sae, Katsuji Ryo, Katagiri Jin, Takahashi Tsutomu, Kote Shinya, Ishizaka Koji
Synopsis: An unidentified woman is found collapsed in a park in the early morning. She has clear white skin and fine features and is wearing a white dress. The young woman only introduces herself as Byakuya (Hamabe Minami). She is suffering from memory loss and does not remember anything else. While she lacks a sense of societal norms and is like a spotless pure white canvas, she possesses astounding medical knowledge and talent for diagnosis that amazes even veteran doctors. Even though she is not a doctor, Byakuya is able to diagnose any illness with just a small amount of information, overturning misdiagnosis to save many patients’ lives. Who exactly is she?
Website: www.ktv.jp/dr_white
Twitter: twitter.com/dr_white2022

Koisenu Futari
Date: From 10.45 p.m., Mondays, 10 January 2022
Station: NHK
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 8
Scriptwriter: Yoshida Erika (30-sai made Dotei da to Mahotsukai ni Narerurashii, Heaven? Gokuraku Restaurant)
Directors: Noguchi Yuta, Oshida Yuta, Doi Shohei
Cast: Kishii Yukino, Takahashi Issei
Synopsis: Is there no happiness without love? Sakiko (Kishii Yukino) has never loved a person, does not understand why people kiss and knows nothing about love or sex. She is unaccustomed to communication with love in mind. One day when she visits a supermarket to see a product for a “〇〇 in Love” campaign put together by a junior at work, she is told by a shop employee Takahashi (Takahashi Issei) that there are people who do not fall in love and this startles her. Sakiko finds it difficult to live in her parents house as her mother has been pressing her to get married. She plans to leave home and share a room with her close friend. However, this friend backs out at the last minute after getting back together with an ex-boyfriend, leaving Sakiko nearly broken hearted. She comes across the words aromantic and asexual online … …
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

Fight Song
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, January 2022
Station: TBS
Genre: Love comedy
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu (Nijiiro no Karute, Nee-chan no Koibito, Soshite Ikiru)
Directors: Okamoto Shingo, Ishii Yasuharu, Murao Yoshiaki
Cast: Kiyohara Kaya
Synopsis: Cheerful and tenacious Kisara Hanae (Kiyohara Kaya) grew up in an orphanage and aspires to represent Japan in karate. However, her dream is suddenly cut short. After losing everything, Hanae’s life hits rock bottom and she has been wearily getting through each day. Hanae has an encounter with Ashida Haruki, the composer of the song that she always listens to before her matches. But Ashida turns out to be a down-and-out one-hit wonder. Hanae has been devoted to karate all this while and never been in love while Ashida is on the verge of being fired since he cannot write good songs without understanding people’s hearts. The two of them unexpectedly join hands and take a crack at a fake yet real romance. Hanae’s flirtatious childhood friend Natsukawa Shingo who has always liked her gets involved and this soon develops into a love triangle. But she has a “secret” that she cannot tell anyone and decides this will be the last love of her life.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/fight_song_tbs2022
Twitter: twitter.com/fightsong_tbs

Muchaburi ~ Watashi ga Shachou ni Naru Nante
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, January 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Romance
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Mako (100 Million Yen no Sayonara, Akutotachi wa Senri o Hashiru)
Directors: Inomata Ryuichi, Kayama Shunsuke
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Shison Jun
Synopsis: 30-year-old Takanashi Hinako (Takahata Mitsuki) is the personal secretary of Asami Hiroto, the handsome, charismatic CEO of a startup that has been growing at a furious pace. She has worked for him for four years and it is routine for her to get a slew of unreasonable demands from this man who operates on instinct. Because of this, there has never been a peaceful day for her. Hinako has not had a boyfriend in six years or time to think about her future. All she can do at the end of each day is let out a long sigh with a beer in one hand and rail that there is no way this is a job worth doing. However, Hinako gets the most unreasonable request from Asami out of the blue when she is appointed to be the CEO of a subsidiary. Moreover, there is a “a hint of love” in the air as she finds herself caught in the middle of two men with very different personalities – her charismatic boss and impertinent younger subordinate Taiga Ryo (Shison Jun). But both of them are problematic. How will her romance develop?
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/muchaburi
Twitter: twitter.com/muchaburi_ntv

Shimbun Kisha
Date: From 13 January 2022
Network: Netflix
Original Work: Shimbun Kisha by Mochizuki Isoko
Scriptwriters: Yamada Yoshitatsu (Zenra Kantoku Season 1, Denei Shojo Series, Nou ni Sumaho ga Umerareta!), Kodera Kazuhisa (Piple, Mushikago no Jomae, Shinjuku Seven), Fujii Michihito
Director: Fujii Michihito
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Yokohama Ryusei, Yoshioka Hidetaka, Terajima Shinobu, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Tomorow, Okura Koji, Tanaka Tetsuji, Hagiwara Masato, Emoto Tokio, Tsuchimura Kaho, Ono Karin, Hashimoto Jun, Denden, Santamaria Yusuke, Sano Shiro, Ayano Go
Synopsis: Known as the maverick of news media, Tohto Shimbun journalist Matsuda Anna (Yonekura Ryoko) defiantly seeks the truth regarding the government’s falsified official documents and strives to expose issues in modern Japanese society. Murakami Shinichi (Ayano Go), a young, elite bureaucrat, presses ahead with his duties while university student Kinoshita Ryo hunts for a job and has neither interest nor knowledge of politics. The destinies of these three people who live in different worlds, begin to intertwine in the wake of a scoop that shocks the nation.
Website: www.netflix.com/jp/title/81317111
Twitter: twitter.com/NetflixJP

Tonari no Chikara
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, January 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Genre: Family comedy
Scriptwriter: Yukawa Kazuhiko (35-sai no Shojo, Douki no Sakura, Kahogo no Kahoko)
Directors: Yukawa Kazuhiko
Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Ueto Aya, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Emi Kurara, Sonim, Shimizu Hiroya, Asano Kazuyuki, Fubuki Jun
Synopsis: Nakagoshi Chikara (Matsumoto Jun) is married to Akari (Ueto Aya) and has two young children. He calls himself a novelist but he usually ghost writes essays for prominent figures. While he has more consideration and love for fellow humans than anybody else around, whatever he does is in half measure. Seeing a happy person makes Chikara a little happy, and a sad person makes him a little sad. When he sees someone who seems to be in trouble, he cannot help but get worried. After agonising over what he should do, he would always end up calling out to the person. Despite Chikara’s ability to listen attentively to people’s stories, he hears too many of them and winds up feeling troubled instead. He wishes to save people and pacify those around him but he typically gets involved in their problems in a half-baked fashion. When he finds out that there are problems that cannot be solved easily, he is always flustered and worried. Chikara tackles the concerns of residents living in the same apartment building and they gradually become one community with strong ties.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tonarinotikara

Gossip #Kanojo ga Shiritai Hontou no ○○
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, January 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriters: Seki Erika (Gosaigyou, Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan, Career), Hashimoto Natsu, Aotsuka Miho (Janai Hou no Kanojo, Kono Koi Atatamemasu ka, Yowamushi Pedal Series)
Director: Ishikawa Junichi
Cast: Kuroki Haru, Mizobata Junpei, Nomura Shuhei, Nomaguchi Toru, Ishii Anna, Kanichiro, Ichinose Hayate
Synopsis: Kanfuru News, an online news site run by a major publisher, is in danger of closure. Under its chief editor who has a laissez faire approach, the all-male editorial staff have only been publishing articles that are copied and pasted from other companies’ news, blog posts and comments. At this juncture, something triggers Seko Ririko’s (Kuroki Haru) transfer from the accounting department to the editorial team as a new member in order to save the business. She cannot read the situation and has no empathy. However, she is willing to do what it takes to increase the page views which is the mission she has been given. In the process of gathering information and posting articles for this purpose, Ririko slowly begins to find significance in her work in online news that she had thought unnecessary in the world. As the men around her come in touch with her straightforward working style and extremely awkward and innocent side, they grow to like her. And she also grows through her interactions with them.
Website: www.fujitv.co.jp/gossip

Kei x Yaku
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 13 January 2022
Station: NTV
Genre: Suspense
Original Work: Kei x Yaku ~ Abunai Aibou by Kaoruhara Yoshie
Scriptwriter: –
Director: Hatano Takafumi
Cast: Inukai Atsuhiro, Suzuki Nobuyuki
Synopsis: 28-year-old Kunishita Ichiro (Suzuki Nobuyuki), an investigator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Safety Bureau, has not been able to come to terms with the quick closure of a missing persons case that he was investigating three years ago and continues to bargain for a resumption. But he is ordered on a completely different mission by his boss who wants him to carry out secret surveillance on Hanabusa Shiro (Inukai Atsuhiro), the young boss of a designated organised crime group. A man of many mysteries, Hanabusa had been a part-time worker until three years ago when he infiltrated the group for a certain purpose. He got to the top in remarkable speed. Hanabusa does not fear death and lives for the moment. In the course of getting close to Hanabusa for his mission, Kunishita learns a startling truth. He and Hanabusa decide to form a fake lovers’ pact in order to hide their collaboration. As they secretly investigate a case that has been shrouded in darkness, they get dragged into a huge conspiracy that will gradually shake the country and is also tied to their own destinies.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/keiyaku
Twitter: twitter.com/keiyaku_drama

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No Activity

No Activity ~ Honjitsu mo Ijou Nashi
Date: From 17 December 2021
Network: Amazon Prime Japan
Genre: Detective comedy
Episodes: 6
Scriptwriter: Jiro
Director: Hanabusa Tsutomu
Cast: Toyokawa Etsushi, Nakamura Tomoya, Kimura Yoshino, Seino Nana, Kishitani Goro, Okayama Amane, Kishii Yukino
Synopsis: Tokita Shingo (Toyokawa Etsushi) gave up on the career track and is the eternal low-ranking veteran detective. He seems competent but is a burden in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, having actually lost out on promotions. Tokita does not demonstrate any motivation even when he is at investigation scenes and bewilders people as he repeatedly says mysterious and meaningless phrases which initially seem wise. However, he is somehow impossible to hate. Tokita teams up with up with an unusual rookie detective Shiina Asobu (Nakamura Tomoya) who used to be a driving school instructor before joining the police force. While on a stakeout to investigate a narcotics case, they find themselves in an unexpected situation.
Website: –
Twitter: –
Preview: No Activity CM

Shitsuren Meshi
Date: From 14 January 2022
Network: Amazon Prime Japan
Genre: Food
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Shitsuren Meshi by Kimaru Misaki
Scriptwriter: Imai Masako (Miyako ga Kyoto ni Yatte Kita!, Soko o Nantoka Series, Bitter Sugar)
Director: Oku Akiko
Cast: Hirose Alice, Inowaki Kai, Murasugi Seminosuke, Usuda Asami, Ando Nico, Wakabayashi Takuya
Synopsis: Illustrator Kimimaru Miki (Hirose Alice) has an ongoing manga series called Shitsuren Meshi in a local newspaper and she searches for people who have ended a relationship as material for her stories every day. These broken-hearted people have memories of unforgettable dishes and as they savour the flavours with Miki, they begin talking about their breakup. Before they realise it their heartbreak is healed and they start to feel positive.
Website: www.ytv.co.jp/shitsurenmeshi
Twitter: twitter.com/shitsurenmeshi

Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni Season 3
Date: From 25 February 2022
Network: Hulu
Genre: Survival, love mystery
Scriptwriter: Ushio Kentaro (Hanzawa Naoki Season 2, Black Pean, Chiisana Kyojin)
Directors: Nakakuki Tsuyoshi, Sugawara Shinta, Hobo Karibu
Cast: Takeuchi Ryoma, Nakajo Ayami, Kasamatsu Sho, Iitoyo Marie, Hyunri, Kokubo Toshihito, Yokomizo Naho
Synopsis: Ogasawara Kurumi (Nakajo Ayami) disappeared while infected with the Golem virus and pregnant with Mamiya Hibiki’s (Takeuchi Ryoma) child. Hibiki sets out to search for her.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/kimiseka
Twitter: twitter.com/kimiseka_ntv
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Tsuma, Shougakusei ni Naru
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, January 2022
Station: TBS
Genre: Family
Original Work: Tsuma, Shougakusei ni Naru by Murata Yayu
Scriptwriter: Oshima Satomi (Nagi no Oitoma, Boukyaku no Sachiko Series, Anata ni wa Kaeru Ie ga Aru)
Directors: Tsuboi Toshio, Yamamoto Takeyoshi, Ouchi Maiko, Kato Naoki
Cast: Tsutsumi Shinichi, Ishida Yuriko, Makita Aju, Maida Nono
Synopsis: Ever since Niijima Keisuke’s (Tsutsumi Shinichi) beloved wife Takae (Ishida Yuriko) passed away 10 years ago, he has considered the rest of his life without her as “borrowed time”. He feels lifeless and is viewed as a melancholic man. Although Niijima wishes for the happiness of their daughter Mai (Makita Aju) who is his only family, he feels sorry for not doing anything besides earning a living and hardly communicates with her. For father and daughter, time stopped when Takae died. Then one day, an unknown girl carrying a school bag visits them. She introduces herself as his wife. Niijima cannot believe it but she seems like Takae. She has been reborn after their sudden separation 10 years and is now an elementary school student (Maida Nono). She cannot live together with him and her curfew is 6 pm. They will arouse suspicion when they are together and the police will be called if he exuberantly hugs her. The time that had stood still for this kind of strange family of three starts moving again.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/tsuma_sho_tbs
Twitter: twitter.com/tsumasho_TBS

Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, January 2022
Station: NHK
Episodes: 8
Original Work: Shimobei by Murata Hiroyuki
Scriptwriters: Araki Yahito (Yo ni mo Kimyouna Monogatari Series), Toyama Erika ( )
Directors: Yamauchi Daisuke, Kamiya Kaede
Cast: Yasuda Ken, Shiraishi Sei, Kaneko Daichi, Yahagi Honoka, Naito Shuichiro, Yada Akiko
Synopsis: 17-year-old Kamoshida Yurina (Shiraishi Sei) is a cheerful, carefree high school student who has never seriously thought about her future. She lives with her mother Yasuko (Yada Akiko). One day, Yurina is playing with her smartphone like a typical teenager and discovers an app called Shimobe no Shimobei which she casually downloads. From that day onwards, a middle-aged man would appear out of nowhere each time Yurina is in trouble – when she gets entangled with a guy with a bad personality or realises while she is at a cafe that she has no money on her. The man fells the guy, pays the money and rescues Yurina. He always shows up without a word and leaves silently. Who exactly is this man? A transfer student Sasaki Tatsuma (Kaneko Daichi) comes to Yurina’s school. He is Tacchan whom she got on well with in her childhood. Although she is happy to meet Tatsuma again, he does not remember her and seems to dislike her getting near him. Yurina is disconcerted but this reunion makes her recall her childhood dream to become a doctor. It is practically unrealistic with her academic results. However, she begins to run towards her dream. With the help of the mysterious middle-aged man Shimobei, Yurina’s school life is set in motion and even her friends Aki (Yahagi Honoka) and Ota (Naito Shuichiro) become involved.
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

Kamiki Ryunosuke no Satsukyuu

Kamiki Ryunosuke no Satsukyuu
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Fridays, 7 January 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Omnibus
Episodes: 8
Scriptwriters: Inukai Kyoko (Onna Tomodachi, Boukyaku no Sachiko), Takada Ryo (Boku no Nee-chan, Iki o Hisomete, 60 Gohan Taisakushitsu), Shinohara Makoto (Arimura Kasumi no Satsukyu), Fujiki Mitsuhiko (Takeuchi Ryoma no Satsukyuu, Arimura Kasumi no Satsukyu, Byplayers Series), Takemura Takeshi (Kono Manga ga Sugoi, Yamada Takayuki no Tokyo-to Kita-ku Akabane), Tamada Shinya (400,000 km Kanata no Koi, Joker x Face), Amano Chihiro, Yamazaki Sahoko (Curry no Uta), Yamada Yuri
Directors: Zeze Takahisa, Morigaki Yukihiro, Miyake Sho, Amano Chihiro, Eda Yuka
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Adachi Yumi, Narumi Riko, Fujiwara Kisetsu, Megumi, Yamoto Yuma, Nagasawa Itsuki
Synopsis: Kamiki Ryunosuke (Kamiki Ryunosuke) suddenly gets a break from filming dramas and movies. What will he do on his days off?
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/satsukyu3
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow
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Itoshii Uso, Yasashii Yami
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, January 2022
Station: TV Asahi
Genre: Love suspense
Original Work: Itoshii Uso, Yasashii Yami by Aimoto Mizuho
Scriptwriter: Ushio Kentaro (No Side Game, Black Pean, Chiisana Kyojin)
Director: Kinoshita Naomi
Cast: Haru, Hayashi Kento, Mizobata Junpei, Motokariya Yuika, Kurokawa Tomoka, Shinkawa Yua, Matsumura Sayuri, Tokushige Satoshi
Synopsis: Imai Mio (Haru) made her debut as a manga artist three years earlier. However, she did not gain much popularity and now works as a manga assistant with no bright future in sight. One day, 14 years after her junior high school graduation, a class reunion is held out of the blue. This is where she meets her first love Amemiya Shoichi (Hayashi Kento) again. The cool and handsome Shoichi excelled in his studies and sports and was like a perfect prince to all the female students back then. He is now the CEO of an IT company and still as popular with the ladies. Mio had thought that her feelings for him were one sided but this class reunion results in his active pursuit of her. Then of all things, members among the group of six good friends (Mizobata Junpei, Motokariya Yuika, Kurokawa Tomoka, Shinkawa Yua) who attended the event get caught up in incidents and start to die one after another. Each of them are hiding something shockingly dark which triggers endless lies and an unstoppable, tingling love-hate tragedy.
Website: www.tv-asahi.co.jp/itouso
Twitter: twitter.com/itouso_tvasahi

Date: From 11.30 pm., Fridays, 7 January 2021
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Period
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Otomeito by Idea Factory/Design Factory
Scriptwriter: Hokimoto Shinya (Keiji 7-nin Season 6, Tokumei Tantei Season 2)
Directors: Rokusha Masanobu, Nishikata Yuki
Theme Song: Chikai no Kahen by Yoshioka Aika
Cast: Sakiyama Tsubasa, Wakayanagi Kotoko, Yano Masato, Kanai Sonde,
Synopsis: During the tumultuous period towards the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, a young lady Yukimura Chizuru (Wakayanagi Kotoko) visits Kyoto from Edo in search of her missing father Tsunamichi. The rasetsu, who are humans that have turned into bloodthirsty monsters which commit unimaginably horrible deeds, and men of Shinsengumi who are led by Hijikata Toshizo (Sakiyama Tsubasa) show up in front of her. The Shinsengumi slay the rasetsu in an instant. However, the fate of Chizuru’s father is inextricably linked to both the rasetsu and the Shinsengumi. Chizuru eventually stays with the Shinsengumi as she searches for her father.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/hakuoki
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Toboui F
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, January 2021
Station: NTV
Genre: Medical, suspense
Original Work: Toboui F by Izuki Keigo
Scriptwriter: Fukuhara Mitsunori (Anata no Ban desu, Makanai-sou Series, Shikaku Tantei Higurashi Tabito Series)
Directors: Sato Toya, Otani Taro
Cast: Narita Ryo
Synopsis: Fujiki Keisuke (Narita Ryo) is a genius neurosurgeon who knows Eastern and Western medicine. He has excellent surgical techniques and believes in treating all patients even if they are criminals. However, his life is upended one day when he gets framed for the murder of his beloved girlfriend and suddenly becomes a wanted criminal. In order to uncover the real killer and take revenge, Fujiki plots a desperate escape, abandoning money, status and even his name and disguises himself as Narumi Kensuke. All he has left is his pride as a doctor, top notch skills and surgical tools. During his life on the run, he encounters patients that only he can save. Even as his pursuers close in on him, he reaches out to those in need.
Website: www.ntv.co.jp/toubouif
Twitter: twitter.com/toubouif_ntv

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Oi Handsome!!*NEW*
Date: From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 8 January – 26 February 2022
Station: Fuji TV
Genre: Family and love comedy
Episodes: 8
Original Work: by Ito Risa
Scriptwriter: Yamaguchi Masatoshi (Yamikin Ushijima-kun Series)
Director: Yamaguchi Masatoshi
Cast: Yoshida Kotaro, Kinami Haruka, Sakuma Yui, Takeda Rena, Megumi
Synopsis: 58-year-old Ito Gentaro (Yoshida Kotaro) lives with his wife Chizuru (Megumi) in a house in Tokyo. Each of their three daughters should have left home and lived well. However, their eldest daughter 28-year-old Yuka (Kinami Haruka) is single and doing well at work but propensity for affairs. Their 25-year-old second daughter Rika (Sakuma Yui) wedded a highly educated man and lives in Osaka but the couple are on the brink of divorce. Their youngest daughter 22-year-old Mika (Takeda Rena) is also single and the moment she gets to start living on her own, she half cohabits with a man who does not seem like he will be a successful manga artist. Gentaro worries endlessly about his daughters who are poor judges of character. Completely ignoring their tastes, this stubborn, old-fashioned father suddenly brings a man whom he likes to the house in the middle of the night and introduces him to his daughters. In fact this man is Yuka’s ex-boyfriend. What will the family be like the next day!?
Website: www.tokai-tv.com/io/oihandsome
Twitter: twitter.com/tokaitv_dodra

Kamakura Dono no 13-nin
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Sundays, 9 January – December 2022
Station: NHK
Scriptwriter: Mitani Koki (Sanadamaru, Shinsengumi!)
Genre: Period
Cast: Oguri Shun, Koike Eiko, Kataoka Ainosuke, Matsudaira Ken, Sato Jiro, Nakagawa Taishi, Koizumi Kotaro, Minami Sara, Nozoe Yoshihiro, Sugimoto Tetta, Yamamoto Koji, Yokota Eiji, Asano Kazuyuki, Miyazawa Ema, Anan Kenji, Bando Yajuro, Kaneko Daichi, Niiro Shinya, Sakoda Takaya, Kurihara Hideo, Suda Masaki, Kobayashi Takashi, Nakamura Shido, Miyazawa Rie, Oizumi Yo, Aoki Munetaka, Akimoto Sayaka, Yamazaki Hajime, Okamoto Nobuto
Synopsis: During the time of Taira Kiyomori (Matsudaira Ken), Hojo Yoshitoki (Oguri Shun) was merely the second son of a minor clan in Izu. However, the marriage of his older sister Masako (Koike Eiko) to Minamoto Yoritomo (Oizumi Yo), who had been exiled to Izu, sets the wheels of fate in motion. In 1180, Yoritomo unites the samurai from the Kanto region and leads a rebellion against the Taira. This is a huge, impulsive gamble for the Hojo clan. Through the political maneuvering of Yoshitoki who would become Yoritomo’s closest associate, the Taira clan is finally defeated. Yoritomo becomes the shogun, marking the start of the Kamakura shogunate. However, he dies mysteriously while at the height of power. Yoritomo’s two sons with Masako, the second shogun Yoriie (Kaneko Daichi) struggles to surpass his great father while the third shogun Sanetomo remains an “ornament” in an attempt to survive. The replacement of the shogun becomes a power game between Yoshitoki and the shogun’s retainers. As the uncle of the two shoguns, Yoshitoki controls the shogunate. When the Minamoto clan’s legitimate heirs die out, the Hojo clan rules the country. In the capital in Kyoto, Emperor Go Toba raises an army to suppress Yoshitoki. Gambling on the fate of the shogunate, Yoshitoki takes on what would be the last decisive battle. Yoritomo’s rule over the whole country was supported by a group of 13 vassals (Sato Jiro, Nozoe Yoshihiro, Yokota Eiji, Kurihara Hideo, Kobayashi Takashi, Nakamura Shido). Although intense infighting broke out after his death, Yoshitoki, who was the youngest among the 13, survived to the end and eventually gained power.
Website: –
Twitter: twitter.com/nhk_dramas

Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, January 2022
Station: TBS
Genre: Mystery
Scriptwriter: –
Directors: –
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Yokohama Ryusei, Nakamura Anne, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Shuri, Takahashi Mitsuomi, Okazaki Taiiku, Tosa Yuki, Shunputei Shota, Ichikawa Mikako
Synopsis: Japan is surrounded by the sea on all sides and has many rivers, lakes and water sites. Despite numerous cases where dead bodies are dumped or hidden in water, the rate at which these are solved is lower than cases that happen on land. This is because it is fraught with many dangers and difficulties. Niina Masayoshi (Abe Hiroshi) is the leader of the Deep Crime Unit, known as DCU. This new team of specialists formed by the Japan Coast Guard investigates underwater incidents and accidents. Their mission is to solve cases by diving not only into conventional seawater zones but also hazardous rivers and lakes across the country which are difficult for police investigations, in search of hidden evidence. Niina may disregard the rules but he never gives up on his pursuit of the truth. He will not tolerate the sea being soiled and the truth remaining unsolved. Together with the members of the DCU including Seno Haruki (Yokohama Ryusei), Niina dives underwater to solve all sorts of difficult cases and confronts the evil lurking beneath the surface.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/DCU_japan
Twitter: twitter.com/DCU_japan
Preview: DCU Teaser

Dakara Korosenakatta
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 9 January 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Mystery
Episodes: 5
Original Work: Dakara Korosenakatta by Ippongi Toru
Scriptwriter: Maekawa Yoichi (Kareinaru Ichizoku (2021), Kirin ga Kuru, Lady Joker)
Director: Gonno Hajime
Cast: Tamaki Hiroshi, Matsuda Genta, Hagiwara Masato, Furuta Arata, Takaoka Saki, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: “Try stopping my murders with words.” This is the line in a letter delivered to Ippongi Toru (Tamaki Hiroshi), a roving reporter for Taiyo Shimbun’s local news desk, and the random serial murders which have shaken the Tokyo metropolitan area are described in detail. The criminal designates Ippongi and demands a public debate in the newspapers. Using a journalist’s power of words, Ippongi goes head to head with the criminal who warns of another murder. The unprecedented dialogue between the serial killer and newspaper reporter eventually rocks society.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/dakakoro
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Jashin no Tenbin ~ Kouan Bunseki-han
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 13 February 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Crime suspense
Episodes: 10
Original Work: Jashin no Tenbin Kouan Bunseki-han & no Shinpan Keishichou Kouan Bunseki-han by Asami Kazushi
Scriptwriters: Anabuki Ichiro (Chou no Rikigaku, Dr DMAT, Gunshi Kanbei), Koyama Shota (Inochi Urimasu, Career, Ishitachi no Renai Jijou), Naruse Katsuo (Chiisana Kyojin, Kiraware Matsuko no Isshou)
Directors: Uchikata Akira, Yamamuro Daisuke, Yamamoto Daisuke
Cast: Aoki Munetaka, Matsuyuki Yasuko, Tokushige Satoshi, Koichi Mantaro, Fukuyama Shodai, Takiuchi Kumi, Okuno Eita, Watanabe Ikkei, Danta Yasunori, Kikuchi Rinko, Tsutsui Michitaka
Synopsis: A leading figure of the ruling political party is found murdered near the site of a bombing. The internal organs have been removed from the body, and scales with a heart and feathers placed on it has been left behind. Detective Takano Hideaki (Aoki Munetaka), who has just transferred to the Public Security Department, comes to carry out the initial investigation at the crime scene. He feels uncomfortable about this bizarre murder which imitates ancient Egyptian mythology and tries to work through the case with his deductive skills. However, he gets brushed aside by his colleague Himuro (Matsuyuki Yasuko) who says the department has its own methods. Even within Japan’s police force, the Public Security Department has a strong elitist mentality as the guardian of public order. While gathering information is the basis of investigation for the police, the Public Security Department’s requirements are more precise and complicated. Takano also pursues the case using their investigation methods. But will he be able to get clues to solve the difficult case in a department where secretiveness is prevalent. This bizarre murder will eventually greatly rock the fates of the Public Security Department as well as Takano who came to the department to accomplish a certain purpose.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/jyashin
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow
Related: Chou no Rikigaku ~ Satsujin Bunsekihan Season 3

Ningen Kowai
Date: From 11.00 p.m., Sundays, 6 February 2022
Network: WOWOW
Genre: Omnibus
Episodes: 5
Scriptwriters: Shuto Rin (Takeuchi Ryoma no Satsukyuu), Yamada Yuri, Peyoung Maki (Tokyo Ai da no Koi da no, Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu Series, Arimura Katsumi no Satsukyuu), Date Sorami (Deaikei Saito de 70-nin to Jissai ni Atte Sono Hito ni Aisouna Hon o Susume Makutta 1-nenkan no Koto, Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu Series, Takeuchi Ryoma no Satsukyuu)
Directors: Kauchi Kentaro, Yamada Yuri
Cast: Kuroki Haru, Higashide Masahiro, Matsumoto Kiyo, Yamamoto Mizuki, Okayama Amane, Daito Shunsuke, Nagayama Kento, Takiuchi Kumi, Kitaro, Nao, Wakaba Ryuya, Hagiwara Minori, Nakajima Ayumu
Synopsis: Rakugo is associated with humorous stories but it is actually also a treasure trove of horror stories. This modern interpretation of four classic rakugo plays – Shingan, Tatsumi no Tsujiura, Koya Takao and Miyatogawa, depicts the desires of the characters that appear and the universality of how frightening humans can be.
Website: www.wowow.co.jp/drama/original/ningenkowai
Twitter: twitter.com/drama_wowow

Date: From 11.55 p.m., Sundays, January 2022
Station: ABC TV
Genre: Love comedy
Original Work: Harekon by NON
Scriptwriter: Yamada Kana
Directors: Ninomiya Takashi, Yamada Kana, Matsuzaki Yui
Cast: Shimazaki Haruka, Inaba Yu, Yanagi Yurina
Synopsis: All the men she had dated in Tokyo were married. Tired of romance after being repeatedly deceived, Maezono Koharu (Shimazaki Haruka) moves back to her hometown of Kita Tsubame City. However, her father has fallen ill and she discovers that his coffee shop closed down when he could not repay the debt. Koharu wants to protect the shop no matter what it takes. Date Ryunosuke (Inaba Yu), a mysterious man who had been following her, offers to take over the debt if she agrees to marry him. But he already has two wives! Apparently Kita Tsubame City is the only special region in Japan where polygamy is allowed as a measure to tackle the declining birthrate as well as ageing and dwindling population. While Koharu had dreamed of marrying a man she loved some day, she decides to become Ryunosuke’s third wife in order to save the coffee shop. This is the beginning of her complicated married life with him, the first wife Yuzu (Yanagi Yurina) and second wife Madoka.
Website: www.asahi.co.jp/harekon
Twitter: twitter.com/harekon_drama

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