Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame – 2013 Natsu – (J-Drama, Summer 2013)


Title: Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame – 2013 Natsu – (明日の光をつかめ-2013夏-)

Date: July 1 – August 30, 2013

Broadcast time: Monday – Friday, 13:30 – 13:58 JST

Broadcast network: Tokai TV, Fuji TV

Number of episodes: 45

Genre: slice of life, friendship, romance

Script: Shimizu Yuuki

Producer: Ichino Naochika, Fuse Hitoshi

Cast: Sugita Anna, Watanabe Ikkei, Suga Kenta, Masaki Reiya, Arakawa Chika, Uchida Ai, Kurosawa Hiroki, Asaka Koudai, Shibata Rie, Itou Kazue.

Oota Aoi (Sugita Anna), a first year high school student who has a cheerful personality and is good at dancing, lives with her mother and older brother. One day, her brother who is bullied at the school stabs his classmate and accidentally falls off the roof. Their mother, who is shocked by his death, commits suicide. Aoi is left alone and ends up living in “Kabocha House”, a place where children who can’t live with their own families due to some circumstances live together.
One day, a middle-aged man called Kitayama Shuuji (Watanabe Ikkei) comes to “Kabocha House” to teach the children about agriculture. He says to them, “People are born to be happy”.

Opening theme song: “HIKARI” by GILLE

Ending theme song: “Don’t Give up” by Fis block

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Top 10 Highest Rated J-Dramas of 2013 (First Half of The Year)

1. Galileo Season 2 (Fuji TV)                                : 22.6%
2. Amachan (NHK)                                                : 22.2%
3. Yae no Sakura (NHK)                                       : 21.4%
4. Aibou Season 11 (TV Asahi)                             : 20.7%
5. Tonbi (TBS)                                                        : 20.3%
6. Jun to Ai (NHK)                                                 : 20.2%
7. Specialist (SP) (TV Asahi)                                : 19.4%
8. Last Cinderella (Fuji TV)                                  : 17.8%
9. Kazoku Game (Fuji TV)                                    : 16.7%
10.Taxi Driver no Suiri Nisshi (SP) (TV Asahi) : 16.2%

Source: Oricon

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Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (J-Drama, Summer 2013)


Title: Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (山田くんと7人の魔女)

Broadcast time: Saturday, 23:10-23:55 JST, from August 10, 2013

Broadcast network: Fuji TV

Cast: Nishiuchi Mariya (Switch Girl, GTO 2012), Yamamoto Yusuke (Hana Kimi 2007, GTO 2012, Apoyan)

Genre: romance, comedy, school, teen, supernatural

Based on manga: Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo by Yoshikawa Miki

Script: Ogawa Makoto

Producer: Yanagawa Yukiko


Shiraishi Urara (Nishiuchi Mariya) is the brightest student in her school. On the other hand, Yamada Ryuu (Yamamoto Yusuke) is a problem student in the school. One day, by a strange coincidence, their bodies are swapped. Every time they kiss, they swap their bodies. It then becomes clear that Urara is a witch who has special abilities and the kiss activates those abilities. After they find out that there are 6 other witches who have special abilities, they start searching for them…

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Spring Drama Award 2013: The Most Popular Dramas, Actors, Actresses, and Theme Songs

Ori★Suta (English name: Only★Star) magazine has announced the winners of Spring Drama Award 2013 on June 7. The winners were determined by the votes from 1000 female readers.

Here are the results.

The most popular dramas:

  1. Galileo 2 (Fuji TV)                        : 184 votes
  2. Kazoku Game (Fuji TV)               : 162 votes
  3. Last Cinderella (Fuji TV)             : 101 votes
  4. Amachan (NHK)                           : 80 votes
  5. Kasuka na Kanojo (Fuji TV)        : 47 votes
  6. TAKE FIVE (TBS)                        : 46 votes
  7. Soratobu Kouhoushitsu (TBS)    : 41 votes
  8. 35-sai no Koukousai (NTV)        : 35 votes
  9. Otenki Oneesan (TV Asahi)        : 30 votes
  10. Sennyuu Tantei Tokage (TBS)   : 27 votes

The most popular leading actors:

  1. Fukuyama Masaharu (Galileo 2, Fuji TV)                                       : 206 votes
  2. Sakurai Shou (Arashi) (Kazoku Game, Fuji TV)                             : 180 votes
  3. Matsuda Shouta (Sennyuu Tantei Tokage, TBS)                           : 61 votes
  4. Hasegawa Hiroki (Kumo no Kaidan, NTV)                                      : 52 votes
  5. Karasawa Toshiaki (TAKE FIVE, TBS)                                            : 49 votes
  6. Katori Shingo (SMAP) (Kasuka na Kanojo, Fuji TV)                      : 45 votes
  7. Takizawa Hideaki (Mayonaka no Panyasan, NHK BS Premium) : 22 votes
  8. Kamikawa Takaya (Iryuu Sousa 3, TV Asahi)                                : 19 votes
  9. Itou Hideaki (Doubles – Futari no Keiji, TV Asahi)                         : 18 votes
  10. Sakaguchi Kenji (Doubles – Futari no Keiji, TV Asahi)                   : 17 votes

The most popular leading actresses:

  1. Shinohara Ryouko (Last Cinderella, Fuji TV)                          : 198 votes
  2. Aragaki Yui (Soratobu Kouhoushitsu, TBS)                             : 144 votes
  3. Nounen Rena (Amachan, NHK)                                                 : 104 votes
  4. Yonekura Ryouko (35-sai no Koukousei, NTV)                       : 73 votes
  5. Takei Emi (Otenki Oneesan, TV Asahi)                                    : 39 votes
  6. Eikura Nana (Kakushou – Keishichou Sousa 3-ka, TBS)        : 29 votes
  7. Oomasa Aya (Vampire Heaven, TV Tokyo)                             : 22 votes
  8. Mizuno Miki (Hakui no Namida Daiichibu Yomei, Fuji TV )   : 11 votes
  9. Matsushita Nao (Kamo, Kyouto e Iku, Fuji TV)                       : 9 votes
  10. Hada Michiko (Daini Gakushou, NHK)                                      : 5 votes

 The most popular supporting actors:

  1. Miura Haruma (Last Cinderella, Fuji TV)                                                 : 97 votes
  2. Kamiki Ryuunosuke (Kazoku Game, Fuji TV)                                          : 65 votes
  3. Ookura Tadayoshi (Kanjani 8) (Otenki Oneesan, TV Asahi)                  : 57 votes
  4. Matsuzaka Toori (TAKE FIVE, TBS)                                                         : 53 votes
  5. Ayano Gou (Soratobu Kouhoushitsu, TBS)                                                : 50 votes
  6. Fujiki Naohito (Last Cinderella, Fuji TV)                                                   : 39 votes
  7. Watanabe Ikkei (Galileo 2, Fuji TV)                                                           : 35 votes
  8. Inagaki Goro (SMAP) (TAKE FIVE, TBS)                                                 : 23 votes
  9. Nakamaru Yuuichi (KAT-TUN) (Machigawarechatta Otoko, Fuji TV) : 22 votes
  10. Koike Teppei (Amachan, NHK)                                                                    : 20 votes

The most popular supporting actresses: 

  1. Yoshitaka Yuriko (Galileo 2, Fuji TV)                 : 126 votes
  2. Anne (Kasuka na Kanojo, Fuji TV)                      : 66 votes
  3. Koizumi Kyouko (Amachan, NHK)                      : 38 votes
  4. Matsuyuki Yasuko (TAKE FIVE, TBS)              : 32 votes
  5. Danmitsu (Otenki Oneesan, TV Asahi)              : 28 votes
  6. Maya Miki (Kasuka na Kanojo, Fuji TV)            : 23 votes
  7. Ootsuka Nene (Last Cinderella, Fuji TV)           : 22 votes
  8. Katagiri Hairi (Amachan, NHK)                           : 21 votes
  9. Kutsuna Shiori (Kazoku Game, Fuji TV)            : 20 votes
  10. Honda Tsubasa (Vampire Heaven, TV Tokyo) : 14 votes

The most popular theme songs:

  1. Arashi [Endless Game] (Kazoku Game, Fuji TV)                      : 167 votes
  2. KOH+ [Koi no Maryoku] (Galileo 2, Fuji TV)                            : 90 votes
  3. Kanjani 8 [Hesomagari] (Otenki Oneesan, TV Asahi)              : 79 votes
  4. SMAP [Joy!!] (Kasuka na Kanojo, Fuji TV)                                : 55 votes
  5. Amuro Namie [Contrail] (Soratobu Kouhoushitsu, TBS)         : 44 votes
  6. Shiina Ringo [Irohanihoheto] (Kamo, Kyouto e Iku, Fuji TV) : 36 votes
  7. B’z [Kakushin] (Kumo no Kaidan, NTV)                                     : 24 votes
  8. EXILE [Flower Song] (35-sai no Koukousei, NTV)                   : 16 votes
  9. 2PM [GIVE ME LOVE] (TAKE FIVE, TBS)                              : 15 votes
  10. Sexy Zone [BAD BOYS] (BAD BOYS J, NTV)                           : 14 votes

Sources: Yahoo Japan & Oricon.

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Amami Yuuki Will Make a Guest Appearance on Galileo 2


Amami Yuuki will make her first drama appearance after being hospitalized for a mild myocardial infarction (heart attack) in the last story of Galileo 2. The story is adapted from Higashino Keigo’s novel “Seijo no Kyuusai (Salvation of a Saint)” and will be aired on June 17 and 24 (That’s right, 2 episodes!).

Amami Yuuki will play Mashiba Ayane, a beautiful lady who runs a preparation school for children. Ayane and Yukawa were classmates in junior high school and he was also her first crush. One day, Ayane’s husband is murdered. Yukawa who is asked to cooperate in the investigation and Ayane who is suspected of poisoning her husband meet again after 27 years.

The producer of the drama said that no one but Amami will fit the role of Ayane which is described as a tough and beautiful woman. He asked her to play the role as soon as Fuji TV decided to broadcast Galileo 2.

Amami who is a big fan of Galileo commented, “I am so happy they invited me to the world of Galileo, but I also feel very nervous. I will cherish the happiness of being able to play with great cast members, including Fukuyama-san, and do my best.”

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Shibasaki Kou Will Star in a Spin-off Drama of Galileo

Shibasaki Kou who played a rookie detective Utsumi Kaoru in Galileo Season 1 and Yougisha X no Kenshin, will star in a spin-off drama of Galileo titled “Galileo XX (read: Double X) – Utsumi no Saigo no Jiken – Moteasobu” (literally means Utsumi’s Last Case – Playing). This SP drama will be aired on Fuji TV on June 22, at 21:00 JST.

The story, which is said to be original, is about Utsumi’s last case before she leaves for Oklahoma (U.S.). Utsumi is at the crossroads of life when her boss asks her to go to Oklahoma for training. At such time, she arrests a murder suspect, Jounen Ken-ichi (Yuusuke Santamaria), and makes him confess to his crime. But after being transferred to Nagano Prefectural Police, Jounen makes a completely different statement and insists that he is innocent. Being suspected of arresting the wrong person, Utsumi starts a re-investigation with her colleague, Touma Kento (Yagira Yuuya). Meanwhile, a journalist named Koumoto informs the police about the spread of anonymous letters. The letters say that a police officer has driven an innocent journalist to commit suicide. On top of that, the journalist who committed suicide is the father of the murder victim.

Apparently, Fuji TV decided to make this spin-off drama because the station received many requests asking for Shibasaki Kou to reappear in Galileo. But due to some reasons, Fuji TV couldn’t change the story in Galileo 2 to make her back.

Besides Shibasaki Kou who will play the leading role, the main cast members of Galileo i.e. Fukuyama Masaharu, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Kitamura Kazuki, Shinagawa Hiroshi will all appear in this drama.

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Ossu!! Fundoshi-bu! (J-Drama, 2013)


Title: Ossu!! Fundoshi-bu! (押忍!! ふんどし部)

Date: April 11 – July 4, 2013

Broadcast time: Thursday, 22:00-22:30 JST

Broadcast network: Kanagawa TV

Number of episodes: 13

Genre: school, comedy, teen, musical

Original writer: Hosokawa Tooru

Script: Yamana Hirokazu

Producer: Arata Shoukazu

Cast: Shirasu Jin, Kawahara Kazuma, Ebisawa Kenji, Horiuchi Keiko, Furuta Arata, Tomomori Justin, Kamiyama Ryuuji, Sakaguchi Kyoutarou, Kimisawa Yuuki, Kanai Sonde, Katou Ryou.

In Saint Elmo’s High School, there used to be a tradition of performing “shiro-fun nagashi” at the school festival every year. But as the time goes by, people forget about this tradition. One day, a transfer student, Tomonaga Ichirouta (played by Shirasu Jin), was invited to join Fundoshi Club. The members of this club try to revive the tradition but they face various problems.


  • This drama is adapted from a stage play of the same name.
  • Fundoshi is an old Japanese men’s underwear made of a long, narrow cloth which is rolled around the loin. (shiro-fundoshi = white fundoshi)


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