Edit: I can see that it's pointless to try to keep this going, so we'll just go with things as is and what shows get missed, get missed. I'll keep uploading the YYeTs stuff and people like semi-fly will keep being awesome and doing what they can, and all complaints about 'why wasn't this or that being uploaded' will be soundly ignored.
It's that time again... time for the disclaimer. ;) Below is the list of what's (supposed to be) coming out for jdramas this summer. As those who have played this game before should remember, you can claim whatever shows you'd like to be the primary uploader on and (theoretically) no one else should upload that show but you... but that's where the disclaimer part comes in, because I do the YYeTs subbed ones regardless and \( -o _ o- )/ does the ones that are encoded by YYeTs (the raws they put out) (plus furransu will put up batch torrents of his own encodes when the season's done), so there's that.
Then there's also the fact that there's no single person doing the DOA releases anymore, either, but that several people put them up in a way that tends to be hit or miss (some of the people who post them here actually follow through and put the whole run of a series up, but others just randomly put one here or there up, which is frustrating, but what can you do... though if someone who belongs to that group would like to volunteer to just upload all their relevant jdrama releases here like Xraymind used to do, that would be good, too). The point being, though, that it's rare enough that any one show has only one uploader on it unless it's one of the less popular ones that YYeTs or DOA doesn't do, so keep that in mind if you volunteer to be an uploader.
Actually a great many of these won't be done by either YYeTs or DOA, so even for those that want the show to themselves, there should be a fair amount to choose from. ;) It's first come, first served, so have at it. Choose one or a lot, there's no limit, but try not to take on more than you'll have time for, of course. Just comment below what your choices are and I'll put you on the list below and mark the show in your color. If you want to upload, but have never done it before, I can point you in the right direction for that, though for the first couple of weeks you post, you'll have to go through some extra steps (to become a member of the uploaders group, the mods wait and see that you won't just do one or two then drop out never to be heard from again ;).
Oh, and even though I used both the forum's list and jdramas.wordpress.com's list (which was my primary souce, as is obvious from the format), I'm sure there will still be a show here or there that is missing ('cause there always is), but it should be good enough to go on.
\( -o _ o- )/ (mainly YYeTs raws and batches)
Petero no Souretsu
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 7 July 2014
Cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Hasegawa Kyoko, Kuninaka Ryoko, Muro Tsuyoshi, Takahashi Issei, Aoyama Noriko, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Okamoto Rei, Emi Kurara, Shimizu Fumika, Fuji Manami, Shima Kaori, Shiba Toshio, Honda Hirotaro, Mine Ryuta, Muroi Shigeru, Nagatsuka Kyoko, Hira Mikijiro
Synopsis: Sugimura Saburo (Koizumi Kotaro) is an ordinary salaryman married to Nahoko (Kuninaka Ryoko), the daughter of the chairman (Hira Mikijiro) of Imada business group. It has been two years since he first became involved in various cases at the request of his father-in-law. On the way back from an interview one day, Sugimura encounters a bus hijack by an old person with a gun. The darkness of this country Japan and human nature lurks behind the true motive for the case…
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 14 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Kitagawa Keiko, Sugimoto Tetta, Hamada Gaku, Masana Bokuzo, Yoshida Yo, Tanaka Yoji, Katsuya, Matsushige Yutaka, Yashima Norito, Kohinata Fumiyo, Kadono Takuzo
Synopsis: Kiryuu Kohei (Kimura Takuya) has returned to the Josai branch of the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office which is now headed by Deputy Public Prosecutor Ushimaru Yutaka (Kadono Takuzo). Kiryuu’s new assistant is the dignified, beautiful but coarse Asagi Chika (Kitagawa Keiko).
Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 15 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Yanagiba Toshiro, Goriki Ayame, Kazama Shunsuke, Takahata Mitsuki, Ouchida Yuhei, Iitoyo Marie, Kikuchi Momoko, Nishida Toshiyuki (guest star), Moriguchi Yoko, Honkon, Sorimachi Takashi
Synopsis: One day, Fujimaki Daisuke (Yanagiba Toshiro), a dull middle-aged salaryman who works for a trading company, is ordered to “temporarily transfer” to Asunaro University’s cheering squad instead of getting laid off, on the grounds that the cheering squad of company president’s alma mater is on the verge of being dissolved. At an assembly where the old boys are gathered, the secretary general announces that Fujimaki will be accepted and made the head of the cheering squad. He is thrown into the squad. As he gets antiquated customs “Always have your school uniform on”, “Reply ‘Ossu’”, “A senior’s word is the law” drilled into him by old boy Saito Yuichi (Sorimachi Takashi), he becomes hooked on the depth of the philosophy of supporting people in a visceral way.
GTO (remake) Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 8 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: AKIRA, Higa Manami, Yamamoto Yusuke, Ono Takehiko, Kazami Shingo, Maruyama Tomomi, Mabuchi Erika, Anami Atsuko, Fujisawa Ayano, Tayama Ryosei, Shirota Yu, Kuroki Hitomi, Matsuoka Mayu, Kikuchi Fuma, Miyoshi Ayaka, Ryusei Ryo, Koshiba Fuka, Katayose Ryota, Sano Reo, Kizaki Yuria, Matsuura Miyabi, Matsui Airi
Synopsis: Onizuka Eikichi (AKIRA) goes from Meishu Academy in Kichijoji to his alma mater Tsujido High School in his hometown of Shonan. Tsujido High School has gone under the umbrella of Meishu Academy and Onizuka is dispatched on a temporary basis. This time, various difficult problems such as a pregnant female high school student, a truant student who makes light of life, a male stalker and radical images happen to him. Onizuka’s unknown past is also finally revealed as he meets people who know about his past again … …
Tokyo Scarlet ~ Keishichou NS Kakari
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 15 July 2014
Cast: Mizukawa Asami, Namase Katsuhisa, Sugawara Daikichi, Kimura Midoriko, Nakamura Masatoshi
Synopsis: The governor of Tokyo is aggravated by an article in an English language magazine which regards it as a problem that there are few female top officials in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police especially its star, the Criminal Investigations Department. In order to erase this negative image overseas, a veteran female detective Demachi Izumi (Kimura Midoriko) is made the head of the First Investigative Division’s new section, and the NS Section is born. However…
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 26 August 2014
Cast: Hirosue Ryoko, Nagayama Kento, Renbutsu Misako, Aoyagi Sho, Tsutsui Mariko, Tabata Tomoko, Tanaka Yoji, Nakada Yoshiko, Kishibe Ittoku
Synopsis: During the summer when he (Nagayama Kento) was 17, his private tutor Ozawa Maria (Hirosue Ryoko), who was then a university student, left him with this last message, “I’ll be your girlfriend after you qualify for university and become an adult.” Then she suddenly disappeared from his life. He still dreams of her sometimes. Even now. 10 years later, they are reunited; she as a serial murder suspect and he as a lawyer. Although his feelings waver between love and contempt, when their bonds are established again, a heartrending, maddening love story begins. Is Maria a wicked woman or a saint?
Bokura wa Minna Shindeiru
Date: From midnight, Tuesdays, 01 July 2014
Cast: Shirahama Alan, Hirose Alice, Miki Honoka, Onoue Hirayuki, Kagami Seira, Tsujimoto Koji, Tanaka Minako, Kaku Tomohiro, Tsufune Sarara, Komoto Masahiro, KENCHI as Takahashi Daiki
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Sundays, 1 July 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Chiba Shinichi (Sonny), Koizumi Kotaro, Katase Nana, Ichikawa Yui, Fukuda Saki, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Tomiura Satoshi, Endo Yuya, Anan Kenji (guest star), Jinbo Satoshi (guest star), Ueshima Ryuhei (guest star), Ishida Ayumi (guest star), Motomiya Yasukaze (guest star), Kongouchi Takeshi (guest star)
Synopsis: Small and medium subcontractor production companies currently support the TV industry. Chocolate TV is one such company with 20 employees. It undertakes various productions such as varieties, documentaries and dramas. The height of glory of the TV industry is already a thing of the past. Like any ordinary company, they have to be careful of key networks and sponsors as well as struggle to keep alive amidst the meager budgets and tough viewership ratings race. Chocolate TV’s president Aramaki Genjiro (Chiba Shinichi) worked in the industry as a variety programme director and built the company in one generation. The programmes he takes on all have issues. Each time, his employees would unite, devote themselves to producing a programme and ride out the hardships of the TV world.
Date: From 1.11 a.m., Wednesdays, 23 July 2014
Cast: Fujii Ryusei, Hayami Akari
Synopsis: Imamura Kinichiro (Fujii Ryusei) ends high school life with not a single thing; not even friends or memories. After the graduation ceremony, he for some reason goes back in time to the morning of the enrollment ceremony three years ago and has a second chance at high school life. Contrary to Kinichiro’s expectations about the tedium of repeating the three years, the head cheerleader Usami Yoshiko (Hayami Akari) calls out to him and he sets out on a completely new high school life.
Keishichou Sousa Ikka 9-Gakkari Season 9
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Hara Sachie, Nakagoshi Noriko
Synopsis: The members (Watase Tsunehiko, Inohara Yoshihiko, Taguchi Hiromasa, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru) of the First Investigative Division’s Ninth Section each have personal problems and troubles as individuals before they are police officers. Although these overly individualistic members may even oppose each other in investigations, what unites them is their strong sense of justice. They appear uncoordinated in their actions, but each of them will channel all energies to the arrests of criminals and grapple with difficult cases.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Tsumabuki Satoshi, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari, Emoto Tasuku, Nomura Shuhei, Aoi Yu, Hashimoto Ai, Yoshioka Hidetaka, Nagasawa Masami
Synopsis: The parents of five siblings (Tsumabuki Satoshi, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari, Emoto Tasuku, Nomura Shuhei) died when they were young and they banded together to survive. They sometimes have big quarrels and heated discussions about the contradictions in the world and ideals. Although times have changed, the worries and problems of the young today develop from universal issues such as academic qualifications, employment, restructuring, love and marriage.
ST ~ Aka to Shiro no Sousa File
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 16 July 2014
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Okada Masaki, Shida Mirai, Ashina Sei, Kubota Masataka, Hayashi Kento, Tanaka Tetsushi, Seto Asaka, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: Akagi Samon (Fujiwara Tatsuya) and Yurine Tomohisa (Okada Masaki) of the Scientific Task Force, or ST for short, solve difficult crimes together.
Kodoku no Gurume Season 4
Date: From 11.58 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Inokashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka), who is an imported goods dealer, visits various towns on business. After business meetings, he will stop by shops that he is interested in and looks forward to meals above all else. This summer, he visits Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture for business.
Nobunaga no Chef Season 2
Date: From 7.58 p.m., Thursdays, 10 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Original Work: Nobunaga no Chef by Nishimura Mitsuru
Cast: Tamamori Yuta, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Shida Mirai, Gori, Ashina Sei, Ichikawa Sarunosuke, Cunning Takeyama, Kitaro, Masana Bokuzo, Inagaki Goro (guest star), Sasaki Nozomi, Takashima Masanobu, Saito Yuki, Sasano Takashi, David Ito
Synopsis: French chef Ken (Tamamori Yuta), who went back in time to the Sengoku period and became the personal chef of Oda Nobunaga (Oikawa Mitsuhiro), has regained a part of his lost memory. He learnt the way to return to the present with the help of Akechi Mitsuhide (Inagaki Goro) but did not go back and chose to live as Nobunaga’s chef. Nobunaga’s biggest and strongest enemy, the warlord Takeda Shingen (Takashima Masanobu) and Nobunaga’s official wife Nouhime (Saito Yuki) appear, heralding ups and downs in the relationship of trust between Nobunaga and Ken. And will Mitsuhide cause the Honnoji Incident?
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Thursdays, 26 June 2014
Cast: Koide Keisuke, Kanjiya Shihori, Kondo Masaomi, Nono Sumika, Yamauchi Takaya, Minagawa Sarutoki, Kyono Kotomi, Hayashi Ryuzo, Hirata Kaoru, Okina Megumi (guest star), Tomita Yasuko (guest star), Takahashi Yumiko (guest star), Yanagisawa Shingo (guest star), Kurotani Tomoka (guest star)
Synopsis: Kamimori Mikijiro (Koide Keisuke), a low-ranking samurai of Bungo Oka domain, learns about the cruel treatment that his childhood friend Teijo (Kanjiya Shihori), who grew up in the same tenement house, has been receiving at the hands of the family she married into and the two of them run away. They flee their pursuers and after three years wandering in the northern provinces, Mikijiro and Teijo drift to Edo where Edo’s largest pleasure quarters, the Yoshiwara red light district, is. At the Yoshiwara red light district, the Shirobe Club, a band of watchmen led by Shirobei (Kondo Masaomi), have been orchestrating solutions for the various incidents that occur in the pleasure quarters. Mikijiro is hired as a bodyguard while Teijo teaches the prostitutes to read and write. Because Mikijiro now works for the club, the two of them are finally able to find a way out of their nomadic life and days of uncertainty. They have successes and failures against the dark shadows which envelope the women of Yoshiwara.
Dousousei ~ Hito wa, Sando, Koi o Suru
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 10 July 2014
Cast: Iura Arata, Inamori Izumi, Itaya Yuka, Matsuoka Masahiro, Ichikawa Miwako, Takachi Noboru, Okamoto Rei, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Miura Rieko, Ichige Yoshie, MATSU, Emoto Akira (guest star)
Synopsis: Yanagi Kenta (Iura Arata) and Kamakura Akehi (Inamori Izumi) as well as Hirono Kaoruko (Itaya Yuka) and Sakurai Ryosuke (Matsuoka Masahiro) meet again at the first class reunion in 25 years. Back when the four of them met at 15, it was the most beautiful time of their lives because life held enormous possibilities. As if in an effort to make up for lost time, they are rapidly drawn to each other. Kenta begins to realise Akehi’s importance to him while Akehi, a mother of three, also starts to defy her violent husband (MATSU). Meanwhile, Ryosuke and Kaoruko surrender to their mutual passions, but a gap in their feelings arises little by little… They want to take off with the true love they have found in adulthood. A reality that will not be allowed. The four of them are now 40 years old. They are no longer young, but there is still time for them to start over again. They single-mindedly and earnestly live for this moment, but…
Zero no Shinjitsu ~ Kansatsui Matsumoto Mao*
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Takei Emi, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Wada Masato, Denden, Rokkaku Seiji, Omi Toshinori, Aoyagi Sho, Mizusawa Erena, Miyazaki Karen, Hashizume Isao, Maya Miki
Synopsis: New medical examiner Matsumoto Mao (Takei Emi) has joined the Chuo Medical Examiner’s Office. A beautiful, talented doctor without any relatives, she is proud of her IQ which exceeds 150. She went to America at the age of 10, skipped three grades and studied forensic medicine. An oddball whose only interests are the autopsies and dissections of dead bodies, she also has no friends. As she faces numerous dead bodies each day, she is challenged to find out the cause of death of the mother who abandoned her.
Hirugao ~ Heijitsu Gogo 3-ji no Koibitotachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Ueto Aya, Kichise Michiko, Saito Takumi, Ito Ayumi, Kinami Haruka, Kinoshita Houka, Fuchikami Yasushi, Suzuki Kosuke, Takahata Atsuko, Kitamura Kazuki
Synopsis: Housewife Sasamoto Sawa (Ueto Aya) works as a part-time supermarket cashier. One afternoon, she unconsciously pickpockets a lipstick at the supermarket. Takigawa Rikako (Kichise Michiko) sees a part of this. What she proposes is Sawa’s assistance in setting up an alibi for her affair in exchange for her silence on that matter. Sawa obeys the demands of Rikako in order to protect her “happiness” even though she is falling apart emotionally. In the process, she meets high school teacher Kitano Yuichiro (Saito Takumi) and gradually cannot stop thinking about him. Before long, she crosses a line which she should not.
Juui-san, Jiken desuyo
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 3 July 2014
Cast: Jinnai Takanori, Yoshimoto Miyu, Nogiwa Yoko, Shaku Yumiko (guest star), Honda Miu (guest star)
Synopsis: Shiba Kentaro (Jinnai Takanori) is a compassionate vet in an old Tokyo neighbourhood. He does not only treat pets but also interferes in the problems of pet owners and struggles to be of help.
Sailor Fuku to Uchuujin ~ Chikyuu ni Nokotta Saigo no 11-nin
Date: From 12.59 a.m., Fridays, 27 June 2014
Cast: Kadowaki Mugi, Kiriyama Ren, Sudo Risa, Sasai Eisuke, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Nishio Mari, Nagaoka Takuya, Oshima Yoko
Synopsis: High school girl Minase Kibou (Kadowaki Mugi) grew up in great comfort. But one day, she suddenly gets mixed up in a crisis of survival for Planet Earth. Kibou wakes up to find herself wearing a sailor suit and lying in a white room. She is in a spaceship?! Planet Earth was hit by a meteorite. All life perished except for 11 people who were saved by an alien. Those on board the spaceship include a man who claims to be a member of the Earth Defence Guard (Kiriyama Ren), a pilot who cannot speak, a pregnant woman (Nishio Mari) near full term and an elementary school student. They are faced with the choice of leaving earth and living with aliens or escaping the spaceship and building a new city on Planet Earth. Who is friend and foe? Does justice exist?
Last Doctor ~ Kansatsui Akita no Kenshi Houkoku
Date: From 7.58 p.m., Fridays, 11 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Terawaki Yasufumi, Aibu Saki, YOU, Makita Sports, Watanabe Shu, Watanabe Ikkei, Toda Keiko, Ito Shiro
Synopsis: Yoshizaki Kaoruko (Aibu Saki), who had been a clinician at a university hospital, takes up a post at a medical examiner’s office after she is told by her professor to try to get experience. However, everyone from the supervising doctor Akita Shinya (Terawaki Yasufumi), director Yanagida Shuhei (Ito Shiro) and assistant Yamashita Mieko (Toda Keiko) are all individualistic characters. This does not bode well for the future. Meanwhile, Akita and Kaoruko are put in charge of the dead body of a popular model who fell to her death. The police consider it to be a suicide, but Akita is drawn to a subtle point … …
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 4 July 2014
Cast: Matsuyuki Yasuko, Ito Atsushi, Kitayama Hiromitsu, Mizuno Miki, Shinoda Mariko, Hiraoka Yuta, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Inoue Makio, Akiyama Natsuko, Asada Miyoko, Zaizen Naomi (guest star), Endo Kenichi
Synopsis: High school teacher Sudo Shunsuke (Ito Atsushi) feels a strong resistance to starting a family with his girlfriend. Assistant Inspector Mamihara Koki’s (Endo Kenichi) heart aches at the end of a journey of a mother and child. Child psychology officer Hisaki Yuko (Matsuyuki Yasuko) who works at a counseling centre for children worries about an abused girl. The case of an assault by a high school girl results in a fateful encounter of the three of them. Bound by tragedy, the eyes of each of the people caught in this torrent are opened to life.
Tokumei Tantei Season 2
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 4 July 2014
Station: TV Asahi
Cast: Takahashi Katsunori, Katase Nana, Moritsugu Koji, Yamaguchi Daiichi, Tayama Ryosei, Miura Rieko
Synopsis: An unnamed detective (Takahashi Katsunori) has his base in an old multi-tenant building with strip clubs at a corner of one of the streets along the Chuo train line. He is a troubleshooter who through the beautiful lawyer Saejima Kyoko (Katase Nana) receives jobs from a succession of beautiful women for the sake of money. This bourbon and jazz loving, unsentimental and tough investigator uses foul language, hates being tied down more than anything, and leads a life free of mobile phones, emails and the internet. Even though he gets cheated, covered in cuts and bruises and stomped on by authority, he never gives up and solely seeks the truth for his clients. He is extremely kind to females and because of that, he frequently gets into unnecessary trouble with women who do not pay.
Date: From 12:52, Fridays, 25 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Mitsu Dan, Kawamura Yosuke, Oshinari Shugo, Mihiro, Konno Hiroki, Kawamura Emiko, Nobukawa Seijun, Sato Hitomi
Synopsis: Arasa-chan (30) is at a crossroad in life between popularity and ego. Arasa is suddenly invited, by her ex-boyfriend Oraora-kun (whiz of Charai event management company), to join a party of sex friends. The party includes: Mihiro-chan (a cute lovely girl), Taishu-kun (an average boy), Yaririn-chan (head hostess with a loose crotch), and Himote-chan (publisher, who wears men's glasses). Hitome is left uncomfortably behind, but she ends up in love.
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 18 July 2014
Station: TV Tokyo
Cast: Yagira Yuya, Yasuda Ken, Muro Tsuyoshi, Nakamura Tomoya, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kuroshima Yuina, Urai Kenji, Sato Jiro, Omizu Yosuke, Adachi Osamu, Kawakubo Takuji, Endo Kaname, Uechi Haruna, Kitaro
Synopsis: It is the beginning on the 1980s in Osaka. First-year art college student Honoo Moyuru (Yagira Yuya) is passionate and ambitious about becoming a manga writer. He has misplaced confidence in his own ability, but also an interest in anime and searches for the path he should take. He reaches a decision just before the summer break. It is to bring his manga manuscript to Tokyo publishers. This is the start of a youth of excruciating anguish for Honoo.
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo)
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 19 July 2014
Cast: Yamada Ryonosuke, Kawaguchi Haruna, Arioka Daiki, Asari Yosuke, Okamoto Azusa, Hagiwara Riku, Kojima Ayame, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu
Synopsis: High school student Kindaichi Hajime (Yamada Ryunosuke) solves a variety of difficult cases that he gets entangled in with the deductive powers inherited from his grandfather, the famous detective Kindaichi Kosuke.
Fuyo no Hito ~ Fujisancho no Tsuma
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Saturdays, 26 July 2014
Cast: Sato Ryuta, Matsushita Nao
Synopsis: This drama is based on a real life story. 120 years ago a man was in charge of performing an exclusive daily weather report on Mt. Fuji for the weather station. Meanwhile, his wife lived in fear for his life.
Date: From 11.10 p.m., Saturdays, 12 July 2014
Station: Fuji TV
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Yamazaki Kento, Takagi Yuya, Ohara Sakurako, Chiba Yudai, Mamiya Shotaro, Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo, Yamoto Yuma, Shinkawa Yua, Kakei Miwako, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Omasa Aya, Sano Hinako, Ikezu Shoko, Minagawa Sarutoki, Kurashina Kana (guest star), Kitamura Yukiya, Morimoto Leo
Synopsis: Inaba Naoya (Nakajima Yuto) has returned to Japan after living overseas, and transferred to Kasumino Technical High School. It is a school attended by some of the area’s silliest fellows and is on the verge of being closed. He feels strongly that “a delinquent is the strongest hero” from early experience, and has romanticised notions about delinquents. Although Naoya spent time abroad, he has been influenced by Japanese manga on delinquents and has grown into a youth with fighting spirit and chivalry. He has returned to Japan in order to spend the third year of high school in the country. Kasumino Technical High School once had the delinquents he wanted to be like in his childhood. However, these delinquents have now disappeared from Japan and in their place are mild delinquents. Naoya is dejected but comes across water polo. The district he has moved to is known as the “water polo town”. Learning that water polo is no-holds barred aquatic martial arts, he challenges the formidable Kitajima Torao (Takagi Yuya) of rival school, Suiran High School. However, he is defeated. Naoya promises himself that he will beat Torao in water polo and come out tops.
Kinkyori Renai Season Zero
Date: From 12.50 a.m., Sundays, 20 July 2014
Cast: Abe Aran, Ishibashi Anna, Kishi Yuta, Adachi Rika
Synopsis: In high school, Sakurai Haruka (Abe Aran), Mirei (Ishibashi Anna) and Kanata (Kishi Yuta) are good friends whom everyone envies. The three of them believed their relationship would remain like this forever. Then Haruka’s stepsister Ririko (Adachi Rika) suddenly returns from overseas. After several years away, she has become beautiful to the extent that classmates call her “goddess”. Although Haruka has often built walls around other people, Ririko deliberately gets close to him. One night, she barges in all of a sudden and starts to cry against his chest. “I have no where to go. You’ll let me stay here, right?” Haruka is baffled by his pushy stepsister, Mirei secretly loves Haruka and Kanata has become aware of Mirei. The distance between Haruka, Mirei and Kanata who had taken it for granted that they would always be close, starts to change little by little.
Oyaji no Senaka
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Sundays, 13 July 2014
Cast: Oizumi Yo, Tamura Masakazu, Matsu Takako, Watase Tsunehiko, Nakamura Kankuro, Yakusho Koji, Mitsushima Hikari, Nishida Toshiyuki
Synopsis: A 10-part omnibus drama by 10 different scriptwriters on the theme of fathers and their sons and daughters.
Tsui no Sumika
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 20 July 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Kiritani Mirei, Okada Yoshinori, Kato Toranosuke, Hiraizumi Sei
Synopsis: Asakura Tomoko (Kiritani Mirei) obtained her MBA at an American university amd is a rookie reporter for a Tokyo newspaper’s local news desk. Although she is good at numerical expressions, she has not much interest in understanding the feelings of her interview subjects. Furthermore, she has nothing but a lot of pride, and seems to have been branded an unqualified reporter by her superior because of this. In an attempt to overturn this perception, Tomoko decides to do a story on home nursing care based on her memories of her grandfather. However, she gets overwhelmed by the harsh reality and unexpectedly stumbles across a series of unexplained deaths of elderly people receiving such care.
Soko o Nantoka Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 3 August 2014
Station: NHK BS Premium
Cast: Motokariya Yuika, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Megumi, Inoue Yoshio, Watabe Gota, Inoue Waka, Otomo Kohei
Synopsis: Kaise Rakuko (Motokariya Yuika), the completely hopeless rookie, has reached her third year as a lawyer. Her reliable senior Shoji Hiroaki (Ichikawa Ennosuke) has transferred and the handsome, hotshot lawyer Nishibeppu (Inoue Yoshio) comes into Sugawara Kotaro Law Firm which is in a crisis of survival. However, there are bad rumours about Nishibeppu and he seems to have a secret which he cannot disclose for some reason. What is the real reason Nishibeppu has come to the office? Will Rakuko be able to save Sugawara Kotaro Law Firm?
Mozu Season 2 ~ Maboroshi no Tsubasa
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 22 June 2014
Cast: Nishijima Hidetoshi, Maki Yoko, Kagawa Teruyuki, Ito Atsushi, Ikematsu Sosuke, Hasegawa Hiroki, Ishida Yuriko, Kohinata Fumiyo, Aoi Yu, Sano Shiro
Synopsis: Kuraki Naotake (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is the Public Security Division’s ace who lost his beloved wife Chihiro (Ishida Yuriko) in a bombing incident, Osugi Ryota (Kagawa Teruyuki) is the honest to a fault detective who worked his way up the ranks, and Akeboshi Miki (Maki Yoko) is the Public Security officer who holds the key to solve the case. This time, a cross-border conspiracy gets in the way of Kuraki, Osugi and Miki as they challenge more evil. While they fight against an international terrorist organisation, a shocking truth hidden behind peaceful society soon emerges.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 27 July 2014
Cast: Kamiki Ryunosuke, Nikado Fumi, Usuda Asami, Watabe Gota, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Makita Sports, Nakao Akiyoshi, Tonesaku Toshihide, Honda Tsubasa, Matsushige Yutaka, Murakami Jun, Ibu Masato
Synopsis: Naruse Junichi (Kamiki Ryunosuke) makes an honest living working at a factory line while dreaming of being an artist. He treasures the little happiness that has developed between him and his girlfriend Megumi (Nikaido Fumi). But on Christmas Eve, he gets involved in a robbery at a jewellery store he had dropped by with the intention of buying an engagement ring, and sustains a serious head injury as a result. Junichi survives because of the world’s first living brain transplant operation. After his discharge from hospital, he develops a sensitive hearing and violence, and eventually his feelings for Megumi start to be different from the past. Although he is left in the dark about the brain transplant, Junichi realises he is obviously about to change and is seized with fear. On the other hand, Megumi’s feelings for Junichi have remained constant and she wishes that he will return to his former self. She tries to pursue the mystery concealed in the surgery but … …
Zainin no Uso
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 31 August 2014
Cast: Ito Hideaki, Takito Kenichi, Kimura Yoshino, Nakamura Aoi, Komoto Masahiro, Kataoka Reiko, Mashima Hidekazu, Emoto Tokio, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Okunuki Kaoru, Takenaka Naoto, Yajima Kenichi, Tsuda Kanji, Kitami Toshiyuki, Matsushige Yutaka, Tsutsui Michitaka, Nakadai Tatsuya
Synopsis: Lawyer Kasahara Takuya (Ito Hideaki) comes from behind to win an acquittal for Arimura Hirohito (Emoto Tokio) whom the death penalty was sought on charges of serial rape and murder. The families of the victims and the mass media take out their fury on Kasahara who lodged Arimura’s innocence even though he clearly had the murderous intent and committed the crimes. Kasahara coolly declares that they should blame the law since the court ruling was based on law. On the other hand, lawyer Kusunose Masashi (Takito Kenichi), who was unable to forgive and abandoned the defence of an unremorseful Arimura, has complicated feelings. At that moment, a fatal allergic accident occurs to Aoba Confectionery which is affiliated with Nikkyo Holdings, a massive enterprise led by Haneda Kenzo (Nakadai Tatsuya). Kasahara is asked to defend it and he corners the plaintiff with every possible means. Matsumoto Shogo (Shibukawa Kiyohiko) who has some dirt on Kasahara, shows up and asks for money … …
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