Ikematsu revealed that he felt overwhelmed by the power from the original manga and hopes that the long time devoted to this drama (12 episodes of 30 minutes each) will allow viewers to find out who Morita Tetsuo is, what he is disappointed in, who he meets, what he is thinking and what he is up against. Fukumoto revealed that this manga is the first among his works other than the mahjong manga which had won critical praise and he has met fans who say that the manga is their No.1 favourite. Besides having Ikematsu play the role of Morita and another actor playing the role of Hirai which will be announced at a later date, Fukumoto said that he is thankful for them appearing in this drama and glad that this miracle has come to him.
Filming began from early November.
Sources: Sanspo / Yomiuri Hochi / Oricon