My Favorite Summer Dramas

1. Hanzawa Naoki
It is a pretty intense drama. Some people may not like the cartoonish villains and think that the actors are overacting, but I like them and enjoy their acting.

2. Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii
I didn’t plan to watch this drama because I didn’t watch Season 1 and the SP. But since the ratings were so high, I gave it a try and then I was hooked. I like Moriyama Sensei here (yes, he is a cartoonish villain as well) and I think Takashima Masanobu (the actor who played Moriyama) should win the best supporting actor.

3. Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji 5
Even though Eguchi Yosuke has left this series, I still like it. Well, basically I like drama about ER.

4. Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
This drama is so hilarious. I can’t stop laughing when I watch it. I haven’t read the manga so I can’t compare the drama with it.

5. Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2
This drama is also hilarious. I didn’t plan to watch it because I didn’t watch Season 1. But once I started, I was hooked. Unfortunately, no one has subbed this drama. I guess it’s difficult to sub this kind of drama.

6. Woman
At first, I stayed away from this drama because I didn’t want to watch a tearjerker. But since this drama is so popular, I gave it a try. And I like it. The story and acting are just great.

7. Furueru Ushi
This is a creepy drama. But I like it. The ending could have been better but I still enjoyed the ride. Unfortunately, there is no subs for this drama at the moment.

8. Pin to Kona
It’s kabuki that draws me in. Well, I’m not a fan of idols but I don’t dislike eye candies.

9. Oh, My Dad!
It’s not a popular drama but the acting is good. Even the child actor can play the role very well. Somehow I can understand Shinkai’s  (the lead character) feelings. You can’t give up your dream, but at the same time you have to face the reality. Well, the ending only happens in dramaland, but this drama has given me encouragement.

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Summer Drama Award 2013

On September 6, Ori★Suta (English name: Only★Star) magazine has announced the winners of Summer Drama Award 2013. As usual, the winners were decided by the votes from 1000 female readers.

Here are the results.

The most popular dramas:

  1. Hanzawa Naoki (TBS)
  2. Amachan (NHK)
  3. Summer Nude (Fuji TV)
  4. Woman (NTV)
  5. Tenma-san ga Yuku (TBS)
  6. Pin to Kona (TBS)
  7. Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii (NTV)
  8. Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2 (TV Asahi)
  9. Starman – Kono Hashi no Koi (Fuji TV)
  10. Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji Season 5 (Fuji TV)

The most popular leading actors:

  1. Sakai Masato (Hanzawa Naoki, TBS)
  2. Yamashita Tomohisa (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
  3. Doumoto Tsuyoshi (Tenma-san ga Yuku, TBS)
  4. Tamamori Yuuta (Kis-My-Ft2) (Pin to Kona, TBS)
  5. Namase Katsuhisa (Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2, TV Asahi)
  6. Sawamura Ikki (Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii, TV Asahi)
  7. Koizumi Koutarou (Namonaki Doku, TBS)
  8. Fujigaya Taisuke (Kis-My-Ft2) (Kamen Teacher, NTV)
  9. Tachi Hiroshi (Naruyouni Narusa, TBS)
  10. Matsushige Yutaka  (Kodoku Gurume Season 3, TV Tokyo)

The most popular leading actresses:

  1. Nounen Rena (Amachan, NHK)
  2. Ayase Haruka (Yae no Sakura, NHK)
  3. Matsushima Nanako (Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji Season 5, Fuji TV)
  4. Mitsushima Hikari (Woman, NTV)
  5. Mizuki Arisa (Saitou-san 2, NTV)
  6. Esumi Makiko (Shomuni 2013, Fuji TV)
  7. Hirosue Ryouko (Starman – Kono Hoshi no Koi, Fuji TV)
  8. Natori Yuuko  (Kyouto Chiken no Onna, TV Asahi)
  9. Kaho (Akuryou Byouto, TBS)
  10. Asano Atsuko (Naruyouni Narusa, TBS)

The most popular supporting actors:      

  1. Fukushi Souta (Amachan, NHK)
  2. Nishijima Hidetoshi (Yae no Sakura, NHK)
  3. Fukushi Souta (Starman – Kono Hoshi no Koi, Fuji TV)
  4. Matsuda Ryuuhei (Amachan, NHK)
  5. Oikawa Mitsuhiro (Hanzawa Naoki, TBS)
  6. Katsuji Ryou (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
  7. Miura Shouhei (Shomuni 2013, Fuji TV)
  8. Yasuda Shouta (Kanjani 8) (Naruyouni Narusa, TBS)
  9. Oguri Shun (Woman, NTV)
  10. Koike Teppei (Amachan, NHK)                                                    

The most popular supporting actresses:

  1. Koizumi Kyouko (Amachan, NHK)
  2. Toda Erika (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
  3. Karina (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
  4. Ueto Aya (Hanzawa Naoki, TBS)
  5. Kiritani Mirei (Saitou-san 2, NTV)
  6. Higa Manami (Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii, TV Asahi)
  7. Fukada Kyouko (Namonaki Doku, TBS)
  8. Kawashima Umika (9nine) (Pin to Kona, TBS)
  9. Hashimoto Ai (Amachan, NHK)
  10. Arimura Kasumi (Amachan, NHK)

The most popular theme songs:

  1. Yamashita Tomohisa [Summer Nude ‘13] (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
  2. Dreams Come True [Saa Kane o Narase] (Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji Season 5, Fuji TV)
  3. Kis-My-Ft2 [Kimi to no Kiseki] (Pin to Kona, TBS)
  4. Doumoto Tsuyoshi [Mabataki] (Tenma-san ga Yuku, TBS)
  5. Yuki [Starmann] (Starman – Kono Hoshi no Koi, Fuji TV)
  6. B’z [Utopia] (Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii, TV Asahi)
  7. Glay [Dark River] (Gekiryuu – Watashi o Oboete imasuka?, NHK)
  8. GreeeeN [Itoshi Kimi e] (Oh, My Dad!!, Fuji TV)
  9. Androp [voice] (Woman, NTV)
  10. V6 [Kimi ga Omoidasu Boku wa Kimi o Aishite iru darouka] (Keishichou Sousa 1-ka 9-gakari, TV Asahi)

Sources: Yahoo Japan, Oricon.

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Kiyoko Ranman (J-Drama, Fall 2013)

Title: Kiyoko Ranman (潔子爛漫~きよこらんまん~)

Date: from September 2, 2013

Broadcast time: Monday – Friday, 13:30 – 14:00 JST

Broadcast network: Tokai TV, Fuji TV

Production: Izumi Broadcasting Corporation, Tokai TV

Genre: jidai geki/period drama, romance

Script: Komori Natsu

Director: Itou Toshihiro, Shimazaki Toshiki, Kaneko Yoshiichi

Producer: Matsumoto Keisuke, Koike Tadakazu, Kouno Hiroaki

Cast: Fukuda Saki, Ishigaki Yuuma, Gouda Masashi, Takachi Noboru, Watanabe Hiroyuki, Akaza Miyoko, Matsubara Chieko, Ootori Rei, Godai Takayuki.

Story:

Fall 1877 (Meiji period), the first child of Kudou family, a family of the samurai class, was born. The mother, Fumino (Ootori Rei), was disappointed because the baby was a girl. The father, Tadachika (Watanabe Hiroyuki), named the baby “Kiyoko”, wishing her to grow into a pure-hearted girl.

Souta, a 6 year old son of a physician named Arima Yoshikazu (Godai Takayuki), treated Kiyoko like his own sister. “I will protect Kiyoko-chan forever!” His words made people in Kudou family smile.

1895, Kiyoko (Fukuda Saki) is now 18 years old, and Souta (Ishigaki Yuuma) has become a physician. One day, Kiyoko’s father is arrested for embezzlement that he never did. Her father is unjustly imprisoned and now she is labeled as the daughter of a corrupt teacher. She wants to save her father but there is nothing she can do. Souta then begs a wealthy merchant named Shibusawa Yahiko (Gouda Masashi) to save Kiyoko’s father with his money. Yahiko says, “If you want me to save him, you should kneel down before money”. But when Souta kneels down, Kiyoko comes and says to Yahiko, “I don’t want to snatch away Souta-san’s pride to save my father.” But no one knows that this encounter will change Kiyoko’s fate…

Music: Ichikawa Jun (Miracle Bus)

Opening theme song: “Ruby Eyes” by Tommy heavenly6

Ending theme song: “Toge” by Taoruzu

Official website: http://tokai-tv.com/kiyokoranman/

NOTE: Don’t ask me where you can download/watch this drama with English subtitles because I don’t know. And I will not subs this drama (I can’t sub jidai geki, plus this drama has 40+ episodes!). If you want to watch it without subs, you can find it on Dailymotion.

kiyokoranman

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Remember this song?

If you watch Starman (http://asianwiki.com/Starman), I’m sure you know this song ^_^
Title: Starman
Artist: Ohashi Trio (大橋トリオ)
This song was originally sung by David Bowie, released in April 1972 on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album.

(Note: the video is not mine. Credits goes to Avexnetwork)

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Matsumoto Jun to Star in NHK Drama Special

It was announced that Matsumoto Jun (Arashi) will play a leading role in an NHK drama special titled “Hajimari no Uta”. It has been 15 years since he starred in an NHK drama titled “Hitsuyou no Nai Hito”, and it will be his first leading role in a drama produced by the station.

This drama is based on a song titled “Furusato” (literally means “hometown”) which was sung by Arashi and other artists at NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen in three consecutive years (2010-2012). The song, which is about how precious a hometown is, has touched the heart of many people.

Now Matsumoto Jun is working hard at the piano, since there will be scenes where he is playing the piano in the drama.

They already started filming in the countryside. It is scheduled to get wrapped up in the beginning of August.

(Source: Sanspo)

Drama title: Hajimari no Uta (はじまりの歌)

Broadcast time: September 23, 2013 (Monday); 19:30 – 20:43 JST

Broadcast network: NHK

Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Eikura Nana, Toda Naho, Kunimura Jun, Onoue Hiroyuki, Ishida Takuya, Tokunaga Eri, Yuki Saori.

Genre: slice of life

Song writer and planning: Koyama Kundou

Script writer: Arai Shuuko

Producer: Tsuchiya Katsuhiro, Iwatani Kanako

Director: Kasaura Tomochika

Music: Shiraishi Megumi

Story:
Wataru (Matsumoto Jun), a freelance photographer who works in Tokyo, returns to his hometown to take pictures for a travel magazine. He then meets his family, old friends, ex-girlfriend (Eikura Nana) who now works as an elementary school teacher, and some elementary school students who intend to participate in a choir competition. After meeting them, Wataru who wanted to become a teacher when he was younger, tries to revive his dream.

Official website: http://cgi2.nhk.or.jp/pr-movie/detail/index.cgi?id=08_0011

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Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de The Movie

Release date: August 3, 2013 (in theaters)

Based on novel: “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de” by Higashigawa Tokuya

Director: Hijikata Masato

Script: Kuroiwa Tsutomu

Music: Kanno Yuugo

Theme song: “Meikyuu Love Song” by Arashi

Cast:
Sakurai Shou, Kitagawa Keiko, Shiina Kippei, Nakamura Masatoshi, Sakuraba Nanami, Kaname Jun, Kurotani Tomoka, Koumoto Masahiro, Ookura Kouji, Itou Shirou, Namase Katsuhisa, Takenaka Naoto, Kaga Takeshi, Miyazawa Rie.

Story:
Reiko (Kitagawa Keiko) and Kageyama (Sakurai Shou) were enjoying their vacation on a cruise ship when a murder happened. A dead body was thrown from the ship into the sea. Reiko thought Kageyama would solve this mystery as usual, but he just says, “My Lady, I can’t find the truth behind this case.” Kageyama gives up?! Kazamatsuri Keibu (Shiina Kippei) who happens to be there too, can’t solve the mystery either. The murder case remains unsolved. Suspicious people then appear one after another. They are on a ship and nobody can escape. The ship is like a locked room on the sea. And the last target of murder is… Reiko. Kageyama rushes to save Reiko.

You can see the trailer on the official website: http://www.nazotoki-movie.jp/index.html

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Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Special ~ Kazamatsuri Keibu no Jikenbou ~

Fuji TV will broadcast the special episode of Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de titled “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Special ~ Kazamatsuri Keibu no Jikenbou~” on August 2, 2013 (Friday). This special episode will promote the movie that will be released in theaters on August 3, 2013.

In this episode, Kazamatsuri Keibu (Shiina Kippei) will miraculously solve the mystery behind a locked-room murder case. The serial murders take place in a ryokan (Japanese style inn) which is located in the heart of the mountains with beautiful scenery.  The greedy proprietress of the ryokan is cruelly murdered, leaving a large fortune to her heirs. The warehouse where she is killed is completely locked up. The things left at the murder scene are an obi (kimono belt) with camellia pattern and a gold coin. The story about buried treasure that leads to death, the bad luck that happens to those who wear white clothes… Kazamatsuri Keibu will solve all these mysteries…

Official website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/nazotoki/index.html

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