Thursday, July 23, 2020

More details on TOKIO's new plans from April 2021 & Nagase Tomoya's departure from Johnny's

Further to the "surprise" announcement last night from TOKIO, more details have been reported today about the background of their decision and the band's plans from April 2021. Frankly speaking, Nagase's intention to leave and pursue other interests has been reported quite frequently for the past few years ever since Yamaguchi Tatsuya left due to his scandal so I'm not so surprised by his move. Just like how the members feel, it struck me as "so he finally made up his mind". On the other hand, I'm quite happy to see that the remaining members will set up their own company while maintaining their band name (albeit still an affiliate of Johnny's) and get more freedom to do what they want. Perhaps the only sad thing out of this is that without their vocalist, TOKIO will never resume their music activities but if the five of them ever get back together one day in the future, we might get to hear their music ahead. So, never say never.

For now, I'll just rewatch and re-listen to their CDs and DVDs and think about the good old days.

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- Josei Seven interviewed Joshima Shigeru, Kokubun Taichi and Matsuoka Masahiro after the news was announced. Although Kokubun and Matsuoka were dressed casually, Joshima was wearing a suit during the interview. They explained that they completed the company registration for TOKIO Co., Ltd. on 22 July 2020 and the company seal was also created. Matsuoka revealed that this was why Joshima was dressed formally since he was the company president and had to complete the incorporation process.

- Joshima will be the president while Kokubun and Matsuoka will be vice-presidents. Kokubun will be in charge of planning while Matsuoka will be in charge of public relations. Matsuoka joked that the realization that he has become a company's president hasn't quite sunk in for Joshima but they will support him and work together without running away with the company's funds. Joshima said that TOKIO has made many things to date on an island and village which had nothing to begin with but creating a company is really new to them.

- Nagase will not belong to any agency after he leaves Johnny's Jimusho next year and is planning to work behind-the-scenes as a creator. However, this does not mean that he will be leaving showbiz for good since he never said so thus there is a likelihood that he may return as an artiste again.

- The band discussed at regular intervals about their future plans so the members were all aware that Nagase had the intention to pursue other interests since several years ago. As such, this was not something which arose from what happened to Yamaguchi back in 2018. When asked if the inability to resume music activities was what made Nagase decide to leave, they said that it wasn't the trigger for his decision but rather, his intention to try other things was something which had been discussed from time to time. It just so happened that the move is going to take place after Yamaguchi's departure.

- In January 2020, Nagase announced his intention to leave the agency. Rather than being surprised, the members had the feeling that this day had finally come. Since then, the four of them had engaged in numerous discussions and concluded in the end that they would send Nagase off happily.

- From then on, Joshima, Kokubun and Matsuoka started to discuss what they would want to do after Nagase leaves. It would have been easy for them to simply quit from the agency as well but they wanted to keep the name "TOKIO" which was given to them by the late Johnny Kitagawa. That was when they toyed with the idea of setting up a company with the name TOKIO. However, as this was an unprecedented move in the history of Johnny's, Kokubun brought up the idea to the current president Julie Fujishima who was full of praise for the idea. They were very surprised by how she reacted to their proposal. Nagase was also very happy that their name will be retained.

- Although the members had hardly mentioned Yamaguchi in a public setting ever since what happened in 2018, they revealed that they just didn't have the opportunity to talk about him openly. The relationship and bond between the five of them had never changed despite what happened even though their band had undergone changes. In fact, Yamaguchi was told of their decision by Matsuoka during a 30-min call before the announcement came out yesterday. Yamaguchi was very supportive of their decisions and had shared with them that he was trying his best to lead a decent life now.

- In a separate interview with Sports Hochi, it was revealed that Nagase had never said that he wanted to quit but rather, the other members could see that the things he wanted to do were slowly deviating from what they had been doing. As such, they are eagerly anticipating to see what he could come up with after he leaves.

- Preparations before the announcement began about a year ago and they had planned to announce it with some leeway since Nagase wouldn't be quitting with immediate effect. However, due to what happened to former NEWS member Tegoshi Yuuya, they had to make some adjustments to the schedule.

- When asked if the three members had accepted Nagase's proposal readily, Kokubun said that they are already adults and have been together for so long thus there wasn't any argument at all. In fact, he wished that they could have done some arguing during the process.

- As to whether Nagase was frustrated for not being able to do a concert tour for the band's 25th anniversary, the members denied this and said that it wasn't an issue of whether they wanted to do it or not. The issue for them was, with Yamaguchi out of the picture, they didn't feel that they could resume their music activities without deciding on what to do about the absence of their bassist.

- As the members said that it was an "amicable divorce" between them and Nagase, they were also asked about how they felt about Tegoshi's claim that his departure was also amicable. Matsuoka commented that Tegoshi's situation wasn't the same and that he had rattled off too much during his press conference which should have been better if he set aside at least 5 minutes for Q & A.

- Kokubun elaborated that to date, their image was created by their agency and the programmes they appeared in. Going forward, they will be the ones who set their own directions and try various things as they make the transition from being a band to a company. And they do not have any plans for anyone else to join their company as of now since they don't want to have competition and quarrels from office politics among the artistes.

- Although there had been a series of artiste departures from Johnny's in recent years, the three of them are bucking the trend by staying on but under a different structure. They also went to inform Johnny Kitagawa about their plans on his death anniversary on 9th July. They admitted that this move would have been unexpected by him but believed that he would support them since he always told them not to copy what others did.

- When asked if Matsuoka would stop the media from reporting bad news or scandals about them since he is in charge of PR, he joked that they could write for all they want but most likely, they would only be able to snap photos of Joshima though.

- As for the company's ownership structure, Matsuoka revealed that Johnny's Jimusho will hold a certain percentage while the rest will be owned by the three of them. When asked if they expect Joshima to issue bonuses to them, Matsuoka poked fun at the president for being one who never gives New Year's gifts to their juniors all along so they will not expect too much from him. In response, Joshima said that bonuses will have to depend on the economic conditions.

- As for what they wish to do come April 2021, Matsuoka said that they will continue with what they are doing and also try other new things. Kokubun said that it would be good to get Joshima to hold presentations or seminars talking about being a modern leader since this hasn't been done before by anyone in Johnny's. Considering that Joshima had been their leader for 26 years even though he isn't the aggressive nor forceful type, they believed that he would have lots of insights to share about leadership since they might have gone their separate ways earlier if he was a control freak who ruled with an iron fist.

- When asked if they would participate in Johnny's events in future, Matsuoka said that they would if they are asked to but Kokubun stressed that they won't be singing though.

- TOKIO's fanclub will continue to exist from April 2021.

- In his comments to fanclub members, Nagase called upon them not to feel sad about the impending changes but rather, be happy about how far the band has come after all these years. He also thanked everyone for their love and support for the past 30 years which had made him very happy.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Preview of "Hanzawa Naoki 2" - Spring 2020

Title: Hanzawa Naoki 2 半沢直樹 2
Official website: here
Official Facebook: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 July 2020
Timeslot: Sundays 9pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original novels by: Ikeido Jun
Cast: Sakai Masato, Ueto Aya, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, Kaku Kento, Imada Mio, Ikeda Narushi, Yamazaki Ginnojo, Kakuta Akihiro, Imai Tomohiko, Awashima Zuimaro, Tsuchida Hideo, Kokubo Toshihito, Kato Kei, Maru Itta, Mochida Shoji, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Masuoka Toru, Inoue Yoshio, Minamino Yoko, Yamane Motoyo, Tsutsui Michitaka, Eguchi Noriko, Emoto Akira, Furuta Arata, Igawa Haruka, Onoe Matsuya, Ichikawa Ennosuke, Kitaoji Kinya & Kagawa Teruyuki

Friday, June 19, 2020

Preview of "Switch" (Drama SP)

Title: Switch スイッチ
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Date: 21 June 2020 at 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Abe Sadao, Matsu Takako, Mashima Hidekazu, Nakamura An, Ishibashi Shizuka, Kishii Yukino, Inowaki Kai, Sakoda Takaya, Shinohara Yushin, Hara Hideko, Shimada Kyusaku, Okabe Takashi, Omi Toshinori & Takahata Atsuko

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Preview of "Double Booking" (Drama SP)

Title: Double Booking ダブルブッキング
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Date: 1.15pm on 28 June 2020
Broadcast by: NTV
Cast: Chiba Yuudai, Satsukawa Aimi & Nao

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Preview of "Watashi no kaseifu Nagisa-san" - Spring 2020

Title: Watashi no kaseifu Nagisa-san 私の家政夫ナギサさん (My male housekeeper Mr. Nagisa)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 July 2020
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Yotsuhara Furiko
Theme Song: "Hadaka no kokoro" by Aimyon
Cast: Tabe Mikako, Seto Koji, Maeda Goudon, Takahashi Maryjun, Miyao Shuntaro, Hirayama Yusuke, Mizusawa Shingo, Okabe Dai (Hanako), Wakatsuki Yumi, Iio Kazuki (Zun), Natsuko, Tomita Yasuko, Kusakari Tamiyo, Shuri & Oomori Nao

Monday, June 15, 2020

Preview of "Miman Keisatsu Midnight Runner" - Spring 2020

Title: Miman Keisatsu Midnight Runner 未満警察ミットナイトランナー 
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 27 June 2020
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original movie: "Midnight Runners"
Theme Songs: 1) "RUN" by Sexy Zone / 2) "Mazy Night" by King & Prince
Cast: Nakajima Kento, Hirano Sho, Kichise Michiko, Nakamura Yuri, Harada Taizo, Iseya Yuusuke, Ohata Shieri, Hayama Shono, Takeuchi Aisa, Denya Erika, Akino Masakazu & Kodaira Daichi

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Preview of "Tantei Yuri Rintaro" - Spring 2020

Title: Tantei Yuri Rintaro 探偵・由利麟太郎 (Detective Yuri Rintaro)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 June 2020
Timeslot: Tuesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV
Total number of episodes: 5
Original novel by: Yokomizo Seishi
Main theme song: "Brave Arrow" by Kikkawa Koji
Ending theme song: "Takibi" by Kikkawa Koji
Cast: Kikkawa Koji, Shison Jun, Tanabe Seiichi, Donguri and Kimoto Takehiro
Guest stars: Shinkawa Yua, Minakami Kyoka, Murakawa Eri, Asari Yosuke, Takaoka Saki, Otsuru Gitan, Suzuki Kazuma, Yoshitani Ayako, Sano Gaku and Itsuji Itao etc.

Preview of "Ryuu no Michi Futatsu no kao no fukushusha" - Spring 2020

Title: Ryuu no Michi Futatsu no kao no fukushusha 竜の道 二つの顔の復讐者 (The path of the dragon The avenger with two faces)
Official website: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 28 July 2020
Timeslot: Tuesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV
Original novel by: Shirakawa Toru
Theme Song: "umbrella" by SEKAI NO OWARI
Opening Song: "Mirage" by Vickeblanka
Cast: Tamaki Hiroshi, Takahashi Issei, Matsumoto Honoka, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Nao, Konno Hiroki, Watanabe Kunito, Saigo Teruhiko, Matsumoto Marika, Saito Yuki & Endo Kenichi

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Preview of "Unsung Cinderella Byouin Yakuzaishi no Shohosen" - Spring 2020

Title: Unsung Cinderella Byouin Yakuzaishi no Shohosen / アンサング・シンデレラ 病院薬剤師の処方箋 (Unsung Cinderella The prescription of a hospital pharmacist)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 July 2020
Timeslot: Thursdays 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original manga by: Arai Mamare & Tomino Hiromitsu
Theme Song: "YES AND NO" by DREAMS COME TRUE
Cast: Ishihara Satomi, Nishino Nanase, Kiyohara Sho, Sakurai Yuki, Inowaki Kai, Kanazawa Miho, Maya Miki, Sakoda Takaya, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Denden & Tanaka Kei

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Preview of "Haken no Hinkaku 2" - Spring 2020

Title: Haken no Hinkaku 2 / ハケンの品格 2 (The Dignity of the Temp Worker)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 17 June 2020
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: "Motivation" by Suzuki Masayuki
Cast: Shinohara Ryoko, Koizumi Kotaro, Katsuji Ryo, Sugino Yosuke, Yoshitani Ayako, Yamamoto Maika, Nakamura Kaito, Kamiji Yuusuke, Tsukaji Muga, Ooizumi Yo & Ito Shiro

Monday, June 08, 2020

Preview of "BG Shinpen Keigonin 2" - Spring 2020

Title: BG Shinpen Keigonin 2 / BG 身辺警護人 2 (BG Bodyguard)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 June 2020
Timeslot: Thursdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Saito Takumi, Nanao, Mamiya Shotaro, Michieda Shunsuke, Tanaka Kanau, Ichikawa Mikako, Katsumura Masanobu & Nakamura Tooru

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Preview of "MIU404" - Spring 2020

Title: MIU404 (Mobile Investigative Unit 404)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 26 June 2020
Timeslot: Fridays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme Song: "Kanden" by Yonezu Kenshi
Cast: Ayano Go, Hoshino Gen, Asou Kumiko, Okada Kenshi, Hashimoto Jun, Kanai Yuta, Kurokawa Tomoka, Watanabe Keisuke & Namase Katsuhisa

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Daito Shunsuke's revelations to News Post Seven about his marriage & children and dating Mizukawa Asami without revealing his marital status

To begin with, I am not too familiar with Daito Shunsuke and his works and have to admit that the only thing that I remembered about him was that he was previously romantically linked to Mizukawa Asami. As such, I didn't really have an opinion about him. However, his revelations to News Post Seven in late May turned out to be so surprising - not only has he been married since 2015, he had a shotgun marriage, got married under the condition that he wouldn't live with his family, has three sons now and kept Mizukawa in the dark about his marital status right till they broke up. Wow, I have to admit, this is a bit too much to take at one go.

It's not apparent whether Mizukawa knew about this report beforehand but if she didn't, I feel bad for her name to be mentioned here after all these years (she's already happily married now and certainly doesn't need this kind of publicity) and how she was lied to during their relationship, from start to end. Although I do empathise with Daito for a difficult childhood which affected his views on marriage and family, there are many others who may have similarly challenging circumstances but do not behave in this manner. Ultimately, if his wife can accept him for who he is, that's none of our business. However, the thought of him pretending to be single all this while and even dating someone openly while being married just leaves a bad aftertaste.

As usual, I will just summarise the key points mentioned in the article:

- The reporter caught Daito, his wife and their three kids returning home by car during the weekend in the last week of May. When he was approached, Daito spent a good 2 hours talking to the reporter about his marriage, family and past relationship with Mizukawa Asami.

- Daito and his wife who is of the same age as him, registered their marriage in December 2015. They met through mutual friends and she is a housewife now to take care of their children full-time. At the time when they found out that she was pregnant with their first son, she asked him if he would change his mind about family and marriage. Daito apologised to her and said that he couldn't live with her. She accepted this condition when they registered their marriage and she gave birth to their first son in 2016.

- Daito's attitude towards marriage and family is said to be due to his difficult childhood. When he was in primary 3, his father disappeared and when he was in the second year of junior high, his mother also did the same. Being an only child with nobody to depend on, he had to depend on the loose change in his house to buy snacks. When he ran out of money, he got bread from his form teacher in school. Later on, he was raised by his aunt.

- Daito claimed that he had a phobia towards the word "family" and he couldn't stand the thought of having anyone waiting for him at home. As he knew firsthand what it meant to be in a dysfunctional family, he didn't want his children to experience the despair of losing something that they had in the first place. Thus, this was why he didn't want to live with his family. He said that getting married was his way of taking responsibility and he tried to support his family while living his own way. Although he met up with his family frequently, he didn't live with them.

- Daito revealed that the second pregnancy was a planned one because he wanted his eldest son to have a companion and make up for the fact that he couldn't be with them all the time.

- As for why he did not come clean about his marriage and kids, Daito admitted that it was meant to protect himself and he mistakenly thought that he could be free as long as he kept this under wraps. He also felt that if the truth was made known, it could cause trouble for his wife and their kids.

- With regard to his relationship with Mizukawa Asami who was romantically linked to him in 2016, Daito was already married at that time. He never came clean with her about his marital status even up till the time they broke up. 

- Daito did think about what would happen if the truth came out. As such, he also kept this hidden from everyone around him including his respected seniors like Shofukutei Tsurube & Nakai Kiichi who doted on him, his friends from his hometown and even his aunt who raised him.

- Daito started to have a change of mind from last year when he had an opportunity to chat with Tsurube and was advised by the latter not to let his past stop him from moving forward in life. It was then that he felt ashamed of what he tried so hard to hide. The COVID-19 pandemic also made him think that he shouldn't run away from his personal weakness and make more excuses. He then called his wife's parents to explain things before the whole family moved to a new place in April this year.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The 104th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2020) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Theseus no Fune
3) Scarlet

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Scarlet
3) Theseus no Fune
4) 10 no Himitsu
5) Shiranakute ii koto

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Theseus no Fune
2) Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
3) Scarlet
4) Shiranakute ii koto
5) Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Scarlet
2) Shiranakute ii koto
3) Theseus no Fune
4) Byouin no naoshikata ~ Doctor Arihara no Chousen ~
5) Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo

Source: The Television

Monday, May 25, 2020

The 104th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2020) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Theseus no Fune
2) Yokohama Ryuusei - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau
3) Ito Hideaki - Byoushitsu de nenbutsu wo tonaenaide kudasai

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Theseus no Fune
2) Yokohama Ryuusei - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau
3) Sawamura Ikki - Zettai Reido 4 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~
4) Ito Hideaki - Byoushitsu de nenbutsu wo tonaenaide kudasai
5) Mukai Osamu - 10 no Himitsu

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Theseus no Fune
2) Yokohama Ryuusei - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau
3) Ito Hideaki - Byoushitsu de nenbutsu wo tonaenaide kudasai
4) Sawamura Ikki - Zettai Reido 4 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~
5) Mizutani Yutaka - Aibou season 18

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Theseus no Fune
2) Yokohama Ryuusei - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau
3) Ito Hideaki - Byoushitsu de nenbutsu wo tonaenaide kudasai
4) Sawamura Ikki - Zettai Reido 4 ~ Mizen Hanzai Sennyuu Sousa ~
5) Mizutani Yutaka - Aibou season 18

Source: The Televison

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The 104th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2020) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Kamishiraishi Mone - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Toda Erika - Scarlet
3) Yoshitaka Yuriko - Shirankute ii koto

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Kamishiraishi Mone - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Toda Erika - Scarlet
3) Yoshitaka Yuriko - Shirankute ii koto
4) Seino Nana - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau
5) Amami Yuki - Top Knife Tensai Nougekai no Jouken

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Kamishiraishi Mone - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Toda Erika - Scarlet
3) Yoshitaka Yuriko - Shirankute ii koto
4) Hamabe Minami - Alibi kuzushi uketawarimasu
5) Seino Nana - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Toda Erika - Scarlet
2) Kamishiraishi Mone - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
3) Yoshitaka Yuriko - Shirankute ii koto
4) Shishido Kavka - Hamura Akira ~ Sekai de mottomo fuun na tantei ~
5) Hamabe Minami - Alibi kuzushi uketawarimasu

Source: The Television

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The 104th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2020) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Sato Takeru - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Suzuki Ryohei - Theseus no Fune
3) Shigeoka Daiki - Shiranakute ii koto

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Sato Takeru - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Matsumura Hokuto - 10 no Himitsu
3) Matsushita Kouhei - Scarlet
4) Hayashi Kento - Scarlet
5) Suzuki Ryohei - Theseus no Fune

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Sato Takeru - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Suzuki Ryohei - Theseus no Fune
3) Emoto Tasuku - Shiranakute ii koto
4) Matsushita Kouhei - Scarlet
5) Ito Kentaro - Scarlet

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Sato Takeru - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Kitamura Kazuki - Scarlet
3) Shigeoka Daiki - Shiranakute ii koto
4) Suzuki Ryohei - Theseus no Fune
5) Tsukaji Muga - Papa ga mo ichido koi wo shita

Source: The Televison

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The 104th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2020) - Best Supporting Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Karina - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Ueno Juri - Theseus no Fune
3) Eikura Nana - Theseus no Fune

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Karina - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo
2) Ooshima Yuko - Scarlet
3) Eikura Nana - Theseus no Fune
4) Ueno Juri - Theseus no Fune
5) Renbutsu Misako - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Eikura Nana - Theseus no Fune
2) Ueno Juri - Theseus no Fune
3) Ooshima Yuko - Scarlet
4) Oohara Yuno - Yurukyan
5) Yamaguchi Sayaka - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Ueno Juri - Theseus no Fune
2) Hirose Arisu - Top Knife - Tensai Nougekai no Jouken -
3) Mitsubayashi Kyoko - Scarlet
Daichi Mao - Densetsu no Okaasan
Morita Misato - Top Knife - Tensai Nougekai no Jouken -
Matsui Airi - Kono otoko wa jinsei saidai no ayamachi desu
Asou Yumi - Theseus no Fune
Kimura Yoshino - Alive Gan Senmoni no Karte

Source: The Television

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The 104th Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2020) - Best Theme Song

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) I LOVE... by Official HIGE DANdism (Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo)
2) Anata ga iru koto de by Uru (Theseus no Fune)
3) Flare by Superfly (Scarlet)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) I LOVE... by Official HIGE DANdism (Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo)
2) Flare by Superfly (Scarlet)
3) Anata ga iru koto de by Uru (Theseus no Fune)
4) bad guy by Billie Eilish (Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau)
5) Subarashiki uso by flumpool (Shiranakute ii koto)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) I LOVE... by Official HIGE DANdism (Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo)
2) Anata ga iru koto de by Uru (Theseus no Fune)
3) Flare by Superfly (Scarlet)
4) bad guy by Billie Eilish (Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, Panda wa warau)
5) STAYIN' ALIVE by JUJU (Top Knife Tensai Nougekai no Jouken)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) I LOVE... by Official HIGE DANdism (Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo)
2) Bojou by Nakajima Miyuki (Yasuragi no toki ~ Michi)
3) Flare by Superfly (Scarlet) / Anata ga iru koto de by Uru (Theseus no Fune)
5) I'm Here by Miura Daichi (Byoushitsu de nenbutsu wo tonaenaide kudasai) / Otona by Creepy Nuts (Kotaki Kyoudai to shikuhakku) / LIFE (Byoushitsu no naoshikata) Ver. by Kubota Toshinobu (Byouin no naoshikata ~ Doctor Arihara no Chousen ~)

Source: The Televison

Monday, May 04, 2020

Preview of "Kuroi Gashu Shougen" (Drama SP)

Title: Kuroi Gashuu Shougen 黒い画集 証言 (Black Book of Paintings Testimony)
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 9 May 2020 at 9pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Original novel by: Matsumoto Seicho
Cast: Tanihara Shosuke, Nishida Naomi, Asaka Koudai, Miyazaki Yoshiko, Horibe Keisuke, Yoshimura Kaito, Yamada Kanami & Takatsuki Sara

Sunday, May 03, 2020

It's all about the money - Why TV stations cannot simply do reruns of their old dramas during this COVID-19 situation

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Japanese entertainment industry is going through a difficult period just like everyone else. Filming and recordings of dramas and variety shows have been stopped thus resulting in variety programs running of new content to air, recordings done remotely with artistes and guests dialing in from different places and dramas being unable to start their runs or have to suspend their runs midway. The easy way out seems to be showing old dramas to fill in the slots vacated by the Spring 2020 dramas but why is that TV stations are not taking the easy way out and have to resort to showing special editions or highlights from old dramas? This article from Daily Shincho offers some insights into why this is happening.

As usual, I am not translating the entire article but will just re-organise the key highlights here.

- Reruns don't bring in any profits for the TV stations. If they just show old dramas without any production fees spent, they are unable to earn sponsorships from their corporate clients. By repackaging the old drama through re-editing it into a "special edition", they can still earn sponsorship deals.

- On average, a sponsorship deal for a one-hour primetime drama is about JPY 40m. After deducting expenses such as production costs, the TV station earns about 20% of this. If they do a rerun, the sponsorship fee will be much lesser so the profit margin for the TV station is close to nil if the old drama is just shown as it is.

- Using NTV and TV Asahi's financial results for the fiscal year 2018 as an example, you can see this difference clearly. TV Asahi has a higher proportion of reruns compared to NTV as it shows reruns of its old dramas such as "Aibou" in the afternoon at 2pm and 3pm. On the other hand, NTV which not only has lesser reruns, has a higher proportion of younger viewers than TV Asahi so this tends to attract more sponsors. As such, the broadcasting revenue for NTV was JPY 256.27 billion compared to JPY 187.939 billion for TV Asahi.

- A TBS producer who was interviewed for this report, mentioned that TV Asahi's way of getting ratings i.e. repackaging the old drama as a special edition, is something which isn't allowed to be done in other TV stations. By doing so, the TV station can still get a 15% profit margin as compared to 20% for a new drama.

- However, there is also the issue of guarantee payments (second usage fees) to the cast which has to be considered when doing reruns. Generally, this is the same across the board i.e. based on copyright neighbouring rights which tend to be several tens of thousands yen. Considering that the situation of having to show reruns will continue for the time being, it is expected that rights groups of artistes such as the Japan Actors Union and Japan Association of Music Enterprises will demand for an increase of such fees.

- The decision to allow a rerun lies in the rights holders i.e. scriptwriter, director, actors and actresses themselves. As such, if anyone says no to the rerun, the drama cannot be shown on TV again. For example, there have been viewers who say that they want to see old programmes of SMAP. However, the SMAP members are now in different agencies and ultimately, it is up to them to give the go-sign for reruns, not their agencies. As such, all  5 of them must agree to the rerun before it can happen.

- Another pressing problem for TV stations due to the inability to make new dramas is the drop in CM income. Note that this is different from sponsorship deals. Sponsors are mentioned within the programme in this format i.e. "this show is brought to you by Company A, B, C and D". CM income comes from the short commercials which are aired in the commercial slots. As such, the sponsorships are called time CMs and the CMs in commercial slots are called spot CMs. Currently, the latter's volume has gone down to half than usual.

- Due to the COVID-19 situation, some industries have had to close down for the time being especially those in the entertainment, tourism and aviation sectors. Usually during the Golden Week period, there would be lots of CMs. However, Tokyo Disneyland is currently closed so it doesn't make sense for it to advertise. Airlines cannot place ads too since they can't be urging people to get out of their homes and travel around.

- In place of these vacated CM slots, TV stations are showing more public service commercials from Ad Council Japan. Compared to 2011 when the East Japan Earthquake crisis happened and many companies refrained from placing advertisements then as a show of self-restraint, the loss in CM income is more widespread this time as it affects all industries.

- If the TV stations cannot get enough AC Japan ads to fill in the vacated CM slots, they may have to fill them with programme trailers.

- Another key area where TV stations make money is through events. However, mass gatherings are banned for now so this will have a great impact on their bottomline. Some of the events already cancelled include "Boston Art Museum Exhibition", "FUJI&SUN2020", and "Sore ike! Anpanman Musical".

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Preview of "Pipuru ~ AI to kekkon seikatsu hajimemashita ~" - Spring 2020

Title: Pipuru ~ AI to kekkon seikatsu hajimemashita ~ / ぴぷる~AIと結婚生活はじめました~ (Piple ~ I began my married life with AI ~)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 May 2020
Timeslot: Mondays 12 midnight
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Original novel by: Harada Mariru
Cast: Kaji Yuuki, Ayaka Wilson, Oohara Sakurako, Oshinari Shugo, Yamada Yuusuke, Kamio Yu, Kaji Masaki, Shimizu Hazuki, Fujita Tom, Usuda Asami & Hamada Mari

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Preview of "Isekai izakaya Nobu" - Spring 2020

Title: Isekai izakaya Nobu 異世界居酒屋「のぶ」(Parallel universe Japanese-style bar Nobu)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 May 2020
Timeslot: Fridays 12 midnight
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 10
Original novel by: Semikawa Natsuya
Cast: Ootani Ryohei, Takeda Rena, Shirasu Jin, Kobayashi Yutaka, Abe Shinnosuke, Hotta Akane, Shintani Yuzumi, Namioka Kazuki, Tayama Ryosei, Yagi Arisa, Ogoe Yuuki, Wataba Ryuhei, Kajiwara Zen, Sasai Eisuke, Shoji Tomoharu, Miyake Katsuyuki, Kosugi Ryuichi, Mori Momoko, Shinada Makoto, Hayama Kana, Kinoshita Houka, Kimura Yuichi, Oshinari Shugo, Sagiri Sena, Akiyama Ryuji & Yuki Chloe

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Top 10 dramas which viewers wish to see a rerun on TV (Oricon)

Oricon conducted a survey on 1,000 people from teenagers to those in their 50s between 7 and 13 April 2020 where they chose the drama which they wished to see on TV again. The year when the drama was first shown on TV is indicated within the brackets:

1) Hanzawa Naoki (2013)

2) Hana Yori Dango series (2005)

3) Gokusen series (2002)

4) Yamato Nadeshiko (2000)

5) Unnatural (2018)

6) Legal High (2012)

7) Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

8) Ama-chan (2013)

9) 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei (from 1979)

10) Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu (2016)

Source: Oricon

Preview of "Arimura Kasumi no satsukyu" - Winter 2020

Title: Arimura Kasumi no satsukyu 有村架純の撮休 (Arimura Kasumi's filming break)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 21 March 2020
Timeslot: Saturdays 12 midnight
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 8
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Fubuki Jun, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Kaneda Akio, Ito Sairi, Wakaba Ryuya, Kasamatsu Sho, Lily Franky, Yagira Yuuya, Aoi Shun, Mizuno Satoshi, Watanabe Daichi, Tokunaga Eri, Fukushima Seiran, Maeno Kenta, Tamura Kentaro, Nomaguchi Tooru & Kuroda Daisuke

Monday, April 27, 2020

Dramas which are unlikely to get a rerun on TV

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, many TV stations have halted filming which in turn makes it impossible for most of their Spring 2020 dramas to begin their runs on time. Of those which managed to start on schedule, they were most likely filmed in advance to accommodate the schedules of the cast such as "Bishoku Tantei" starring Nakamura Tomoya who has to prepare for his upcoming play in June and July. "SUITS 2" managed to air 2 episodes but had to suspend its run since filming could not continue. Even within the same TV station, there seems to be differences in the filming schedules since TV Asahi could let "M Ai subeki hito ga ite" and "Kaseifu no Mitazono 4" start on time but "BG 2" has been postponed until further notice. TBS is probably the most worst-off among the TV stations since their 3 offerings this spring, particularly the heavily banked-on "Hanzawa Naoki 2" can't even start on time.

As a result of the "freed-up" slots meant for the Spring 2020 dramas, the TV stations are resorting to doing reruns of past dramas, some new ones along with some old classics to fill in the gaps. However, as this article from Shukan Josei Prime points out, there are some dramas which are most likely never going to get a rerun due to various reasons. I won't be translating the entire article but will just highlight the dramas mentioned and the likely reasons why they can't be shown on TV again:

- Ienakiko 1 & 2 starring Adachi Yumi (1994 and 1995)
The drama which made Adachi become a household name as a child actor. Although these dramas are available on streaming portals, they are unlikely to be shown on TV due to the extreme bullying inflicted particularly on the lead character Suzu which goes against compliance guidelines for broadcasters.

- Ningen Shikaku ~ Tatoeba boku ga shindara (1994)
Starring Akai Hidekazu and features Domoto Tsuyoshi's character dying due to bullying.

In fact, both dramas were written by Nojima Shinji who was well-known for his works in the 90s featuring controversial and taboo topics like bullying, homosexuality and social problems. As such, his dramas face a hurdle higher than the others if they are to make it back on TV.

- Gift (1997)
Starring Kimura Takuya. There was a stabbing case in real life where the culprit claimed that he was inspired to commit the crime after seeing the butterfly knife featured in the drama.

- Ginro Kaiki File (1996)
Starring Domoto Koichi. Features a beheading scene.

- Food Fight (2000)
Starring Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. As there was an incident of a child dying of suffocation due to gorging on food, this drama never got a rerun on TV again.

- Yamato Nadeshiko (2000) starring Matsushima Nanako & Love Revolution (2001) starring Esumi Makiko
Both dramas feature former actor Oshio Manabu who was convicted for using drugs and abandonment by a person responsible for protection (he had sex with a hostess after having drugs together and he left her alone in the room after she passed away due to the drug consumption. This led to him being sentenced to prison for 2 years and 6 months and his divorce with Yada Akiko.

For the same reason, works featuring other actors/actresses who had gotten into trouble with the law are unlikely to be rerun for now but some have made it to the BS channels or Internet streaming portals.

- Bloody Monday (2008/2010)
Starring Miura Haruma. The story features a pandemic so it cannot be shown now as it will lead people to associate that with the current COVID-19 situation.

Preview of "Taiyo wa ugokanai - The Eclipse -" - Spring 2020

Title: Taiyo wa ugokanai - The Eclipse - / 太陽は動かない - The Eclipse - (The sun does not move - The Eclipse -)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 May 2020
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Yoshida Shuuichi
Theme song: "Awa" by King Gnu
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Takeuchi Ryoma, Sato Koichi, Ando Masanobu, Tabe Mikako, Ichihara Hayato, Ishibashi Renji, Yoshida Kotaro, Kakizawa Hayato, Sakou Yoshi, Kanai Yuta, Hyuga Wataru, Shirahane Yuri, Ukaji Takashi, Koichi Mantaro & Matsumoto Minoru

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Preview of "Tetsu no Hone" - Spring 2020

Title: Tetsu no Hone 鉄の骨 (The Bone of Metal)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 April 2020
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 5
Original novel by: Ikeido Jun
Cast: Kamiki Ryuunosuke, Uchino Seiyo, Nakamura Shido, Tsuchiya Tao, Shibata Kyohei, Ishimaru Kanji, Mukai Osamu, Koyuki, Minagawa Sarutoki, Miyagawa Ichirota, Kinoshita Houka, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Hashimoto Ryosuke, Kote Shinya, Rijuu Go, Rokkaku Seiji, Miyazaki Yoshiko & Nishioka Tokuma 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Preview of "Kaseifu no Mitazono 4" - Spring 2020

Title: Kaseifu no Mitazono 4 家政夫のミタゾノ 4 (Male Housekeeper Mitazono 4)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 April 2020
Timeslot: Fridays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Last Mermaid..." by Hey! Say! JUMP
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Inoo Kei, Iitoyo Marie, Shuhama Harumi, Hirata Atsuko & Yo Kimiko

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Preview of "M Aisubeki hito ga ite" - Spring 2020

Title: M Aisubeki hito ga ite / M 愛すべき人がいて (M There is a person I should love)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 April 2020
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original novel by: Komatsu Narumi
Theme Song: "M" by Hamasaki Ayumi
Cast: Anzai Karen, Miura Shohei, Shirahama Alan, Tanaka Minami, Takashima Masanobu & Takahashi Katsunori

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Preview of "SUITS Season 2" - Spring 2020

Title: SUITS Season 2
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 April 2020
Timeslot: Mondays 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Theme Song: "WOLF" by B'z
Cast: Oda Yuji, Nakajima Yuuto, Araki Yuuko, Nakamura An, Kote Shinya, Yoshida Kotaro & Suzuki Honami

Preview of "Tokusou 9 Season 3" - Spring 2020

Title: Tokusou 9 Season 3 / 特捜9 Season 3 (Special Investigation 9 Season 3)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 April 2020
Timeslot: Wednesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "It's my life" by V6
Cast: Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Tsuda Kanji, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Yamada Yuuki, Miyachika Kaito, Nakagoshi Noriko, Hara Sachie & Nakamura Baijaku

Monday, April 13, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 11 & 12 April 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (339)

2) Ichido shindemita (330)

3) Parasite (128)

4) Fukushima 50 (350)

5) Inunakimura (210)

6) Kamen Byoutou (328)

7) Yayoi, Sangatsu Kimi wo aishita 30 nen (299)

8) Midsommar (106)

9) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nano ni Torawareta satsujinki (322)

10) Captive State (47)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Winners of Nikkansports Dorama Grand Prix (Winter 2020)

There were 975 valid votes for this round of voting between 9 March and 16 March where the top 5 for each category in each season would then be eligible as nominees for the annual awards.The numbers in brackets indicate the number of votes received for the drama and/or actor/actress.

Best Drama
1) Scarlet (398)
2) Theseus no Fune (120)
3) Kirin ga kuru (103)
4) Aibou season 18 (53)
5) Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo (43)

Best Leading Actor
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Theseus no Fune (195)
2) Hasegawa Hiroki - Kirin ga kuru (185)
3) Mizutani Yutaka - Aibou season 18 (110)
4) Emoto Tasuku - Kokoro no kizu wo iyasu to iu koto (92)
5) Yokohama Ryuusei - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, panda wa warau (80)

Best Leading Actress
1) Toda Erika - Scarlet (510)
2) Yoshitaka Yuriko - Shirankute ii koto (87)
3) Sawaguchi Yasuko - Kasouken no Onna (82)
4) Kamishiraishi Mone - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo (69)
5) Seino Nana - Shiro demo kuro demonai sekai de, panda wa warau (61)

Best Supporting Actor
1) Hayashi Kento - Scarlet (356)
2) Motoki Masahiro - Kirin ga kuru (98)
3) Matsushita Kouhei - Scarlet (65)
4) Suzuki Ryohei - Theseus no Fune (60)
5) Sato Takeru - Koi wa tsuzuku yo dokomade mo (54)

Best Supporting Actress
1) Tomita Yasuko - Scarlet (154)
2) Kawaguchi Haruna - Kirin ga kuru (123)
3) Ueno Juri - Theseus no Fune (95)
4) Kadowaki Mugi - Kirin ga kuru (76)
5) Eikura Nana - Theseus no Fune (54)

Source: Nikkansports

Friday, April 10, 2020

The COVID-19 impact on the Japanese film industry by far - Sankei Shimbun

As we are already aware, the COVID-19 virus situation has affected all of us in many countries in various ways. You would also have noticed a flurry of announcements on my Facebook and Twitter pages from Japanese movie companies about the postponing of new movie releases, particularly from the past two months and at least two months ahead i.e. April and May. With the state of emergency declaration from the Japanese government for 7 prefectures, cinemas are to be closed for an entire month as filming grinds to a halt, be it for dramas, movies or variety shows.

This article from Sankei Shimbun offers a peek into the impact of this pandemic on the Japanese film industry so far which will help you understand the severity of the situation. I will translate the highlights here instead of the entire article word-for-word:

- Since February 2020, about 60 new movies have had their releases postponed.

- Due to the lack of new releases, some cinema complexes have resorted to screening past hits to fill the freed-up screening slots.

- Some of the foreign movies which had their international releases postponed till this summer or as late as next year, do not have a fixed date for their release in Japan e.g. "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway", "Ghostbusters: Afterlife", "Morbius", "Top Gun: Maverick", "007 No Time To Die", "Black Widow" and "Wonderwoman 1984". Disney film "Onward" was originally scheduled to be shown from 2 March but its release in Japan has been postponed.

- Some films like "Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Shinkyoryu" were released on schedule for the spring break and families but others like the latest installments of "Meitantei Conan" or "Crayon Shin-chan", "Ito" starring Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana or the anticipated sequel "Confidence Man JP Princess Hen" starring Nagasawa Masami and "Moeyo Ken" starring Okada Junichi have all been postponed until further notice.

- Many cinemas were closed during the weekend of 28 & 29 March due to the open call by the Tokyo government that people should stay home as much as possible. As such, movie distribution companies felt that box office takings would be affected severely even if they pressed on with the releases so they went ahead to postpone their releases.

- A movie industry insider revealed that about half of the nation's box office takings come from the Tokyo metropolitan area and the first opening weekend accounts for about 25% of the film's total takings. As such, cinema closures in the Tokyo area would hurt the takings in a major way.

- Based on the announcement from TOHO Cinemas on 7 April 2020, their box office takings for March 2020 was only JPY 2.6 billion which marked a 58.8% drop from the same month in the previous year.

- Some cinema chains have resorted to filling their vacated screening slots with past hits such as "Roman Holiday", "The Sound of Music", "West Side Story", "JAWS" or E.T.".

- On the other hand, Universal Pictures preferred to make their films accessible even from home rather than postpone their releases so some of their works have been put on streaming portals in the US. This is likely to change how films are going to be distributed in future rather than depending on cinema releases only.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 4 & 5 April 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (339)

2) Ichido shindemita (330)

3) Parasite (128)

4) Kamen Byoutou (328)

5) Inunakimura (210)

6) Fukushima 50 (350)

7) Yayoi, Sangatsu Kimi wo aishita 30 nen (299)

8) PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR (35)

9) Midsommar (106)

10) Mishima Yukio vs Toudai Zenkyoto 50nenme no Shinjitsu (95)

Source: Eiga.com

Monday, March 30, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 28 & 29 Mar 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Ichido shindemita (330)

2) Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (339)

3) Kamen Byoutou (328)

4) Parasite (128)

5) Fukushima 50 (350)

6) Yayoi, Sangatsu Kimi wo aishita 30 nen (299)

7) Inunakimura (210)

8) PSYCHO-PASS 3 FIRST INSPECTOR (35)

9) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni Toraware no satsujinki (322)

10) Midsommar (106)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Preview of "Yell" - NHK Morning Drama (2020)

Title: Yell エール
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 30 March 2020
Timeslot: Mondays to Fridays 8am (A weekly digest will be shown on Saturdays)
Broadcast by: NHK
Theme Song: "Hoshikage no Yell" by GReeeeN
Narrator: Tsuda Kenjiro
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Nikaidou Fumi, Karasawa Toshiaki, Kikuchi Momoko, Sakumoto Takara, Kazama Morio, Moriyama Naotaro, Yamazaki Ikusaburo, Nakamura Aoi, Sugawara Daikichi, Shimizu Shin, Tanaka Taketo, Aijima Kazuyuki, Matsuo Satoru, Horiuchi Keiko, Mochizuki Ayumu, Hotta Mayu, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Mitsuishi Ken, Matsui Rena, Mori Nana, Shibasaki Kou, Yoshihara Mitsuo, Hirata Mitsuru, Furukawa Yuuta, Furuta Arata, Noda Yojiro, Kayano, Nomaguchi Tooru, Naka Riisa, Miura Takahiro, Inoue Nozomi, Kakizawa Hayato, Kominami Mayuko etc.

Winners of the 28th Hashida Award (2019)

Hashida Award Winners
- NHK morning drama "Natsuzora"

- NHK travel programme "Bura Tamori"

- FujiTV anime "Sazae-san"

- Yamamoto Mutsumi (Scriptwriter)

- Matsushige Yutaka ~ for his great acting in dramas such as "Kodoku no Gurume" and "Shiroi Kyoutou" which left a deep impression on and was well-received by viewers.

- Okada Junichi ~ for his energetic acting in taking on vastly different roles such as in "Shiroi Kyoutou" which strengthened his position as an actor

- Hashizume Isao ~ for his strong screen presence in various works like "Yasuragi no Toki ~ Michi"

Hashida Newcomer Awards
- Tanaka Kei ~ for his fresh acting in works such as "Anata no ban desu" and "Ossans Love" which created a huge social phenomenon and captivated many viewers

- Hirose Suzu ~ for her refreshing acting as the heroine of NHK morning drama "Natsuzora" which resonated with many viewers

Source: Natalie

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Preview of "Operation Z ~ Nihon Hametsu, Mattanashi ~" - Winter 2020

Title: Operation Z ~ Nihon Hametsu, Mattanashi ~ オペレーションZ 〜日本破滅、待ったなし〜 (Operation Z ~ The destruction of Japan, now or never ~)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 March 2020
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Mayama Jin
Cast: Kusakari Masao, Mizobata Junpei, Takahashi Maryjun, Takuma Takayuki, Kobayashi Takashi, Horibe Keisuke, Maruyama Tomomi, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Tooyama Toshiya, Tezuka Tooru, Natori Yuko, Horiuchi Masami, Iwamatsu Ryo, Kitarou & Mikura Mana

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Preview of "Pareto no Gosan ~ Caseworker satsujin jiken" - Winter 2020

Title: Pareto no Gosan ~ Caseworker satsujin jiken パレートの誤算 ~ ケースワーカー殺人事件 (The Miscalculation of Pareto ~ The Caseworker Murder Case)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 March 2020
Timeslot: 10pm on Saturdays
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 5
Cast: Hashimoto Ai, Masuda Takahisa, Kitamura Yukiya, Matsumoto Marika, Wada Masato, Tomite Ami, Nasu Yuto, Yoshida Mebuki, Koichi Mantaro, Nishida Naomi & Omi Toshinori

Monday, March 23, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 21 & 22 Mar 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (339)

2) Ichido shindemita (330)

3) Fukushima 50 (350)

4) Parasite (128)

5) Kamen Byoutou (328)

6) Yayoi, Sangatsu Kimi wo aishita 30 nen (299)

7) Mishima Yukio vs Todai Zenkyoutou 50 nenme no shinjitsu (95)

8) Midsommar (106)

9) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni Toraware no satsujinki (322)

10) Inunakimura (210)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The 103rd Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2019) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ore no hanashi wa nagai
3) Ossans Love - in the sky -

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ossans Love - in the sky -
3) G Senjou no anata to watashi
4) Ore no hanashi wa nagai
5) Black Kousoku

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ore no hanashi wa nagai
3) Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic Banashi ~
4) G Senjou no anata to watashi
5) Ossans Love - in the sky -

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ore no hanashi wa nagai
3) G Senjou no anata to watashi
4) Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic Banashi ~
5) Miss Jikocho ~ Tensai Amano Kyouju no chousa file ~

Source: The Television

Monday, March 16, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 14 & 15 Mar 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Fukushima 50 (350)

2) Kamen Byoutou (328)

3) Parasite (128)

4) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni Toraware no satsujinki (322)

5) Midsommar (106)

6) Kizoku Kourin PRINCE OF LEGEND (201)

7) Inunakimura (210)

8) Gekijouban SHIROBAKO (158)

9) Otaku ni koi wa muzukashii (303)

10) Judy (283)

Source: Eiga.com

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The 103rd Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2019) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Kimura Takuya - Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ikuta Toma - Ore no hanashi wa nagai
3) Tanaka Kei - Ossans Love - in the sky -

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Tanaka Kei - Ossans Love - in the sky -
2) Kimura Takuya - Grand Maison Tokyo
3) Ikuta Toma - Ore no hanashi wa nagai
4) Dean Fujioka - Sherlock Untold Stories
5) Kitayama Hiromitsu - Million Joe

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Kimura Takuya - Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ikuta Toma - Ore no hanashi wa nagai
3) Abe Hiroshi - Mada kekkon dekinai otoko
4) Tanaka Kei - Ossans Love - in the sky -
5) Dean Fujioka - Sherlock Untold Stories

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Kimura Takuya - Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Ikuta Toma - Ore no hanashi wa nagai
3) Dean Fujioka - Sherlock Untold Stories
4) Abe Sadao - Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic Banashi ~
5) Tanaka Kei - Ossans Love - in the sky -

Source: The Televison

Saturday, March 14, 2020

The 103rd Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2019) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Takahata Mitsuki - Douki no Sakura
2) Haru - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
3) Yonekura Ryoko - Doctor X 6 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Takahata Mitsuki - Douki no Sakura
2) Yonekura Ryoko - Doctor X 6 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~
3) Haru - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
4) Inoue Mao - Shounen Torajiro
5) Araki Yuuko - Motokare Mania
TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Takahata Mitsuki - Douki no Sakura
2) Yonekura Ryoko - Doctor X 6 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~
3) Haru - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
4) Araki Yuuko - Motokare Mania
5) Inoue Mao - Shounen Torajiro

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Takahata Mitsuki - Douki no Sakura
2) Haru - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
3) Yonekura Ryoko - Doctor X 6 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~
4) Takakoka Saki - Rika
5) Matsuyuki Yasuko - Miss Jikocho ~ Tensai Amano Kyouju no Chousa File ~

Source: The Television

Friday, March 13, 2020

Winners of the 43rd Nippon Academy Awards (2019)

Best Movie: Shinbun Kisha

Best Animation Movie: Tenki no Ko

Best Director: Takeuchi Hideki - Tonde Saitama

Best Scriptwriter: Tokunaga Yuichi - Tonde Saitama

Best Leading Actor: Matsuzaka Toori - Shinbun Kisha

Best Leading Actress: Shim Eun-kyung - Shinbun Kisha

Best Supporting Actor: Yoshizawa Ryo - Kingdom

Best Supporting Actress: Nagasawa Masami - Kingdom

Best Cinematography: Kawazu Taro - Kingdom

Best Music: RADWIMPS - Tenki no Ko

Best Art: Saito Iwao - Kingdom

Best Sound: Kureishi Yoshifumi - Mitsubachi to Enrai

Best Editing: Kawamura Shinji - Tonde Saitama

Best Foreign Movie: Joker

Newcomer Awards:
Kishii Yukino - Ai ga nanda
Kuroshima Yuina - Katsuben!
Yoshioka Riho - Mienai Mokugekisha / Parallel World Love Story
Suzuka Ouji - Mitsubachi to Enrai
Morisaki Win - Mitsubachi to Enrai
Yokohama Ryuusei - Aiuta - Yakusoku no Nakuhito / Inakunare, Gunjou / Chia Danshi!!

Hot Topic - Movie: Kessan! Chuushingura

Hot Topic - Actor: Hoshino Gen - Hikkoshi Daimyo!

Source: Natalie

The 103rd Drama Academy Awards (Autumn 2019) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Tamamori Yuuta - Grand Maison Tokyo
2) Nakagawa Taishi - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
3) Yasuda Ken - Ore no hanashi wa nagai

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Chiba Yuudai - Ossans Love - in the sky -
2) Tamamori Yuuta - Grand Maison Tokyo
3) Nakagawa Taishi - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
4) Sawamura Ikki - Grand Maison Tokyo
5) Totsugi Shigeyuki - Ossans Love - in the sky -

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Yasuda Ken - Ore no hanashi wa nagai
2) Tamamori Yuuta - Grand Maison Tokyo
3) Chiba Yuudai - Ossans Love - in the sky -
4) Nakagawa Taishi - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
5) Yoshida Kotaro - Ossans Love - in the sky -

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Yasuda Ken - Ore no hanashi wa nagai
2) Nakagawa Taishi - G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
3) Yoshida Kotaro - Ossans Love - in the sky -
4) Moriyama Mirai - Idaten ~ Tokyo Olympic Banashi ~
Yakusho Koji - Tokyo Olympic Banashi ~
Tamamori Yuuta - Grand Maison Tokyo

Source: The Televison

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 8 & 9 Mar 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Fukushima 50 (350)

2) Kamen Byoutou (328)

3) Parasite (128)

4) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni Toraware no satsujinki (322)

5) Inunakimura (210)

6) Gekijouban SHIROBAKO (158)

7) Midsommar (106)

8) Judy (283)

9) Otaku ni koi wa muzukashii (303)

10) 1917 (316)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 29 Feb & 1 Mar 2020

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) Parasite (128)

2) Sumaho wo otoshitadake nanoni Toraware no satsujinki (322)

3) Gekijouban SHIROBAKO (158)

4) Inunakimura (210)

5) The Call of the Wild (338)

6) Midsommar (106)

7) Otaku ni koi wa muzukashii (303)

8) 1917 (316)

9) Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna (48)

10) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (187)

Source: Eiga.com