Sunday, August 14, 2022

Preview of "HOTEL - NEXT DOOR -" - Summer 2022


Title: HOTEL - NEXT DOOR - 
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 Sep 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Original manga by: Ishinomori Shotaro
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Kusabue Mitsuko, Kato Masaya, Ishibashi Renji, Murakami Hiroaki, Abe Junko, Omi Toshinori, Toyota Maho, Tsubokura Yoshiyuki, Masuoka Tooru, Nagai Masaru, Negishi Toshie, Moro Morooka & Yada Akiko

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Preview of "Uzukawamura Jiken" - Summer 2022 (WOWOW)


Title: Uzukawamura Jiken 鵜頭川村事件 (The Case of Uzukawa Village)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 28 August 2022
Timeslot: Sundays at 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Kushiki Riu
Cast: Matsuda Ryuuhei, Renbutsu Misako, Ibu Masato, Kudo Asuka, Yamada Anna, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Mashima Hidekazu, Ayata Toshiki, Itabashi Shunya, Tomite Ami, Yoshioka Mutsuo, Wada Misa & Usa Takuma

Monday, August 08, 2022

Romaji lyrics of "Warui Onna" by Higuchi Ai (Ending theme song of TV Tokyo Summer 2022 drama "Yukionna to kani wo kuu")


Title: Warui Onna
Sung by: Higuchi Ai
Lyrics & Melody by: Higuchi Ai
Ending theme song of TV Tokyo Summer 2022 drama "Yukionna to kani wo kuu"

[nikai gurai shita dakede
kanojozura shinaide]
sou iisute satta saiaku na hito
anata wa imademo saiai no hito

atarimae no shiawase
nugisute tobikonda
kekkon suru nara ano hito dakedo
tonari ni itai no wa tada anata datta

takusan aenakya yada yo
onnanoko to asobanaidene
nante ieru kenri hitotsu mo nai no ni
yoru wo mataide asa wo mukaeta

uragiri demo asobi demo nai
watashi ga kitto dame dattan darou
sou omoeba raku ni naru kara
anata wa warukunai
watashi ga warui warui warui onna

omoidaseru omoide
nanshuu shitan darou
sukunai kuse ni irokoi mon dakara
asetemo yabuketemo sutetari dekinai

shigoto de isogashii toka
honto ka uso ka wakarumon dane
naniga warukute naniga yokatta no
kotae awase no jikan wo choudai

uragiri demo asobi demo nai
datoshitara chanto namae tsukete
sou janai to kitai shichau yo
kantan ni okiru yo kiseki gurai
anata to deaetan dashi

isshun no netsu dato ka
anata wa sou omotteru kedo
watashi wa zutto koi wo shitetakara
machiwaranai shisen kowakunatte
negao bakari miteita

uragiri demo asobi demo nai
watashi ga kitto dame dattan darou
sou omoeba raku ni naru kara
anata wa warukunai
watashi ga warui warui warui onna

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Winners of Nikkansports Dorama Grand Prix - Spring 2022


The numbers in brackets indicate the number of votes received. Voting was conducted via Nikkansports.com between 17 and 24 June 2022. The top 5 winners in each category will be nominees for the annual awards in the year 2022.

Best Drama
1) Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (6,006)
2) My Family (3,408)
3) Shoujiki Fudousan (3,267)
4) Jizoku kanou na koi desuka? (1,850)
5) Tokusou 9 Season 5 (808)

Best Leading Actor
1) Michieda Shunsuke - Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (6,070)
2) Ninomiya Kazunari - My Family (3,744)
3) Yamashita Tomohisa - Shoujiki Fudousan (3,350)
4) Yamada Ryosuke - Ore no kawai wa mou sugu shouhi kigen!? (864)
5) Oguri Shun - Kamakuradono no 13 nin (620)

Best Leading Actress
1) Ueno Juri - Jizoku kanou na koi desuka? (3,272)
2) Ayase Haruka - Motokare no yuigonjou (2,165)
3) Imada Mio - Waru (2,063)
4) Tsuchiya Tao - Yangotonaki Ichizoku (1,516)
5) Kuroshima Yuina - Chimudondon (896)

Best Supporting Actor
1) Ichihara Hayato - Shoujiki Fudousan (2,373)
2) Hamada Gaku - My Family (2,254)
3) Sawamura Ikki - Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (1,855)
4) Tanaka Kei - Jizoku kanou na koi desuka? (1,750)
5) Mukai Koji - Tokusou 9 season 5 (1,112)

Best Supporting Actress
1) Tabe Mikako - My Family (3,056)
2) Fukuhara Haruka - Shoujiki Fudousan (2,478)
3) Kamishiraishi Moka - Chimudondon / Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (1,530)
4) Igawa Haruka - Jizoku kanou na koi desuka? (1,240)
5) Aragaki Yui - Kamakuradono no 13 nin (1,231)

Source: Nikkansports

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Romaji lyrics of "Hoshi no ame" by Johnny's WEST (Theme song of TV Tokyo Summer 2022 drama "Yukionna to kani wo kuu")


Title: Hoshi no ame
Sung by: Johnny's WEST
Lyrics & Melody by: Keiya - amazuti - (KEYTONE)
Arranged by: Ikuta Mashin

bokura no mae ni nagareru hoshi no ame
tsukamitakute tsukamenakute mata te wo nobashi
soko de yume kara sameru
wasuretai noni wasurete ii noka wakaranai noni
kagayaki dake wa oboeteiru

moshimo kamisama ga iru nara donna kao shiten darou
nante itta monono kyoumi mo nakute
tada tsuzuku michi wo hashiraseru
supiido wo agete mukaikaze wo ukeru tabi
konna kisetsu nanoni sukoshi hadasamuku kanjite shimau you na

betsu ni mou sabishikunai yo zenzen kono toori sa
chizu wa nai kedo mi wo makasete miyouka
itsu datte heiki da heiki da

bokura no mae ni nagareru hoshi no ame
tsukamitakute tsukamenakute mata te wo nobashi
soko de yume kara sameru
wasuretai noni wasurete ii noka wakaranai no ni
zankoku da kagayaki dake wa oboeteiru

edawakare shiteru basho ni nando mo sashikakaru
tottekita toko torazu kita toko
ima mo tatazunde hitori

toki ga tatte wasurete shimatta you de
chanto oboeteiru koto mo attarishite
ano yoru mo ano asa mo

tada mou sukoshi ato mou sukoshi dake
nekorogatte hateshinaku tsuzuku yozora ni
sotto te wo nobashitemiru
hoshi wo todoreba boku dake no katachi ni naru kana
asa ga kuru sono mae ni mata hashiridasu

me wo sameyou oshikomou
kyou mo utsukushii ichinichi ga boku wo matteiru
waratte iyou oshikomou

sugu soko ni aru chiisana kiseki niwa
nakanaka kizukezu sugoshite shimau kara
umaku ikanai mon dayona
demo tashikana ondo wa
kimi to boku ga kanjita hazu no bokura dake no kono jinsei wa
shinjitai tada sore dake

bokura no mae ni nagareru hoshi no ame
tsukamitakute tsukamenakute mata te wo nobashi
soko de yume kara sameru
mou todokanakutemo mou soko ni aru hazu mo nakutemo
kimi to mita kagayaki dake wa oboeteiku

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Preview of "Junai Dissonance" - Summer 2022


Title: Junai Dissonance 純愛ディソナンス (Pure Love Dissonance)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Theme Song: "Fate or Destiny" by Hey! Say! JUMP
Cast: Nakajima Yuuto, Yoshikawa Ai, Higa Manami, Takahashi Yuuto, Kakei Miwako, Wada Masato, Hata Mei, Fujiwara Taiyu, Jinbo Satoshi, Tezuka Tooru, Mashima Hidekazu, Tomita Yasuko, Mitsuishi Ken & Sato Ryuuta

Monday, August 01, 2022

Status update of Summer 2022 dramas - 1 Aug 2022


Now that we are already a month into the Summer 2022 drama season, it's time for a recap of the dramas which I've watched, will continue watching and have already dropped. With this, you will know if I will continue to cover a drama with my episode reflections or will just round up at the end with a quick review. 

To read my past episode reflections posted on Twitter and Facebook, simply search for the hashtags on the Dorama World pages.

What I watched (at least 2 episodes; in order of start date):
1) Old Rookie
2) Unicorn ni notte
3) Teppachi!
4) Okutou 
5) Junai Dissonance
6) Yukionna to kani wo kuu
7) Ishiko to Haneo 
8) Kyousou no bannin
9) Hatsukoi no akuma
10) Mahou no rinobe

Dropped
1) Teppachi! (watched up to Ep 4) 
2) Okutou (watched half of Ep 3) 

In danger of being dropped
1) Unicorn ni notte
2) Kyousou no bannin

Will continue watching but may switch to doing a quick review at the end instead
1) Yukionna to kani wo kuu
2) Old Rookie
3) Junai Dissonance

To continue with episode reflections barring unforeseen circumstances
1) Ishiko to Haneo
2) Hatsukoi no akuma
3) Mahou no rinobe

In the last season, I only finished one drama to the end with episode reflections i.e. "My Family" while I did a quick review for "Koi nante honki de dousuru no". Considering that I've only dropped 2 out of 10 at this stage, it seems that the offerings this season are better in terms of quality and appeal, at least in my opinion.

However, things may change again in the span of an episode or two so it's still too early to tell which drama will make it to the end.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Romaji lyrics of "Ame Sansan" by King Gnu (Theme song of TBS Summer 2022 drama "Old Rookie")


Title: Ame Sansan
Sung by: King Gnu
Lyrics & Melody by: Tsuneta Daiki
Theme song of TBS Summer 2022 drama "Old Rookie"

erabeyo kawariyuku jidai wo warikirenakutomo
kono toki kono butai wo ikinuku kara
tegotae no nai kyou de sae mo

tsumugu yo dekoboko na kono michi ni furisosogu ame sansan to 
nayamashiku ikimadou bokura no
kanashimi sae mo mizu ni nagashite yuku

sabitsuita jidensha wo hashirasete
kimi e to mukau no sa
ame ni nurenagara kaerou

rinji nyuusu no shirase dewa
douyara korekara doshaburi no ame ga fururashii
kasa wo wasureta tameiki wa
yudachi ga tsuretekita natsu no nioi ni toketeyuku

kako wo utau kanashimitachi ga kumo to nari ame wo uchitsukeru

sakebe yo ki no hareru made koe wa ame ni kakikesare
ima ja doko no dare nimo todokanakutemo
teokure ni natte shimatta mirai e sae mo

tsunagu yo sono baton wo
shizuka ni matteru hito ga iru ame sansan to nayamashiku
ikimadou bokura no kanashimi sae mo mizu ni nagashiteyuku

senrozoi kaze wo kiri icchokusen ni kimi e to mukau no sa ame ni nurenagara kaerou

ame sansan to furisosogi natsu wo hajiite hanshashita bokura wo utsushidasu
ame sansan to furisosogi natsu wo oyoide zubunureta no bokura wo utsushidasu

hageshiku teritsukeru taiyo yo bokura wo michibiite okure yo
mirai wo utau kotoba dake ga kaze to nari mori wo fukinukeru

erabeyo kawariyuku jidai wo warikirenakutomo
kono toki kono butai wo ikinuku kara
aokiharu no mabataki kara nando sameyou tomo

tsumugu yo dekoboko na kono michi ni furisosogu ame sansan to 
nayamashiku ikimadou bokura no
kanashimi sae mo mizu ni nagashite yuku

sabitsuita jidensha wo hashirasete kimi e to mukau no sa ame ni nurenagara kaerou

Friday, July 29, 2022

Romaji lyrics of "Sore wo ai to yobu nara" - Uru (Theme song of TBS Spring 2022 drama "My Family")


Title: Sore wa ai to yobu nara
Sung by: Uru
Lyrics & Melody by: Uru
Theme Song of TBS Spring 2022 drama "My Family"

kakemachigaeteita botan hitotsuzutsu
shita kara jun ni hazushite mou ichido kasaneteiku
kimi ga kureta jikan to atatakasa wo
kono mune ga oshieteiru

sora ga aoi toka hana ga saku toka
kimi ga warau toka dakishimeru toka
sugu soba ni atta kono shiawase wo
ima itai gurai kanjiteru yo

mamoritai mono ga aru to, soko ni mirai ga arun dato
kimi no iru basho made mukae ni yuku kara
amekaze ni utarete boroboro ni nattara
fukakkou na sugata wo warattekure
ichido koronda kara koso mieru sekai ga aru nara
mou nidoto sono te wo hanasanai you ni
yatto kizuitanda kimi to sugosu hibi
hontou ni hoshikatta mono ga soko ni arun dayo

hitori de aruitekita kao wo shite
ushinaikakete kara youyaku me wo samashita
soba ni atta sonzai no sono nukumori
boku wa sou oobakamono da

hajimete shiru jibun no yowasa toka
kakushikirenakatta kono osanasa mo
kitto kimi wa shitteitan darou
soredemo shinjite kureta koto

kaeshitai mono ga aru to, mitsuketai mono ga aru to
kimi no iru basho made mukae ni yuku kara
amekaze ni utarete boroboro ni natte mo
kawaranai kono omoi wo tsutae ni iku yo

miotoshitekita namida mo surikaetekita kanjou mo
torimodosu you ni hashire hashire
onaji mono wa nai tatta hitotsu no kagayaki

sasaeaeru yorokobi mo
wakachiaeru kanashimi mo
itsu no hi ka yuruganai katachi ni natte
sekaijuu wo sagashitemo koko ni shikanai mono
sore wo ai to yobu nara

mamoritai mono ga aru to, soko ni mirai ga arun dato
kimi no iru basho made mukae ni yuku kara
ima hakkiri to ieru yo taisetsu na hito yo
itsumademo boka no soba niwa kimi ga ite hoshii

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Preview of "Prism" - Summer 2022


Title: Prism プリズム 
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Theme Song: "Yabai ne ai tee yatsu wa" by Hara Yuko
Cast: Sugisaki Hana, Fujiwara Kisetsu, Kanichiro, Ishii Anna, Yoshida Eisaku, Okada Yoshinori, Kirishima Reika, Ono Rina, Yajima Kenichi, Wakamura Mayumi & Moriyama Mirai

Friday, July 22, 2022

Preview of "Ame ni kieta himawari" - Summer 2022


Title: Ame ni kieta himawari 雨に消えた向日葵 (The sunflower which disappeared in the rain)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Sundays at 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Original novel by: Yoshikawa Eri
Cast: Muro Tsuyoshi, Hiraiwa Kami, Konno Hiroki, Yui Ryoko, Horibe Keisuke, Nakagoshi Noriko & Sato Ryuuta 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Preview of "Papa to Musume no nanokakan" - Summer 2022


Title: Papa to Musume no nanokakan パパとムスメの7日間 (The 7 days of the father and daughter)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 26 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 12.48am
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Igarashi Takahisa
Cast: Iinuma Ai, Nagao Kento, Oguri Yui, Matsumoto Leo, Mizuma Ron, Takagi Hitomi Maru, Hada Michiko & Mashima Hidekazu

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Preview of "Keshigomu wo kureta joshi wo suki ni natta" - Summer 2022


Title: Keshigomu wo kureta joshi wo suki ni natta 消しゴムをくれた女子を好きになった (I liked the girl who gave me an eraser)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 25 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 12.59am
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: FUKUDA
Theme Song: "Timeless Love" by Naniwa Danshi
Cast: Oohashi Kazuya, Fujiwara Joichiro, Kojima Ken & Fukuchi Momoko

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Preview of "Shin Shinchou kouki - Classmate wa Sengoku busho -" - Summer 2022


Title: Shin Shinchou kouki - Classmate wa Sengoku busho - 新・信長公記 -クラスメイトは戦国武将 -
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Sundays at 10.30pm
Broadcast by: YTV
Original manga by: Kaitani Shinobu
Cast: Nagase Ren, Yamada Anna, Nishihata Daigo, Hagiwara Riku, Inukai Atsuhiro, Miura Shohei, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Hamada Gaku, Ozawa Yukiyoshi & Emoto Akira

Monday, July 18, 2022

Preview of "Tomodachi Game R4" - Summer 2022


Title: Tomodachi Game R4 トモダチゲーム R4 (Friend Game R4)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 23 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 11pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original manga by: Yamaguchi Mikoto
Cast: Ukisho Hidaka, Sato Ryuga, Inoue Mizuki, Kubota Sayu, Yokota Mayu, Fujii Naoki, Iwasaki Taisho, Igari Soya, Kanasashi Issei, Nasu Yuto, Kikuchi Fuuma, Sugimoto Tetta, Katayama Yuki & Naitou Risa

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Preview of "Akai Nurse Call" - Summer 2022


Title: Akai Nurse Call 赤いナースコール (Red Nurse Call)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 July 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 11.06pm
Broadcast: TV Tokyo
Opening theme song: "Sleepless" by SexyZone
Cast: Sato Shouri, Fukumoto Riko, Kaga Takashi, Asada Miyoko, Itao Itsuji, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Becky, Kimura Ryo, Yamamoto Hiroshi, Hashimoto Jun, Morita Kanro, Oomizu Yosuke & Horiguchi Sana

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Preview of "NICE FLIGHT!" - Summer 2022


Title: NICE FLIGHT! 
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 22 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Two as One" by Kis-My-Ft2
Cast: Tamamori Yuuta, Nakamura An, Onoe Ukon, Abe Ryohei, Tamashiro Tina, Kurokawa Tomoka & Kichise Michiko

Friday, July 15, 2022

Preview of "Kateikyoushi no Torako" - Summer 2022


Title: Kateikyoushi no Torako 家庭教師のトラコ (Home tutor Torako)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 20 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: "Akane" by Moriyama Naotaro
Cast: Hashimoto Ai, Nakamura Aoi, Mimura Rie, Hosoda Kanata, Itaya Yuka & Suzuki Honami

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Preview of "Mahou no rinobe" - Summer 2022


Title: Mahou no rinobe 魔法のリノベ (The renovation of magic)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 10pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV
Original manga by: Hoshizaki Maki
Theme song by: Yorushika
Cast: Haru, Mamiya Shotaro, Kaneko Daichi, Yoshino Hokuto, SUMIRE, Honda Chikara, Yamashita Kouhei, Iwakawa Haru, YOU, Kondo Yoshimasa, Harada Taizo & Endo Kenichi

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Preview of "Hatsukoi no akuma" - Summer 2022


Title: Hatsukoi no akuma 初恋の悪魔 (The Devil of First Love)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: "Hatsukoi no akuma" by SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS
Cast: Hayashi Kento, Nakano Taiga, Matsuoka Mayu, Emoto Tasuku, Ito Hideaki, Yasuda Ken, Tanaka Yuko, Sakuma Yui, Mikata Ryosuke, Seto Catherine, Hagiwara Minori, Nishiyama Jun & Maiguma Katsuya

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Preview of "Iryu Sousa Season 7" - Summer 2022


Title: Iryu Sousa Season 7 遺留捜査 7 (Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters Special Crime Management and Control Office 7)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 8pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Songs: "Yasashii kaze ga fuitara" / "Chiisana fuukei" / "Kaze wo matte" by Oda Kazumasa
Cast: Kamikawa Takaya, Kuriyama Chiaki, Nagai Masaru, Tozuka Junki, Miyazaki Karen, Komoto Masahiro & Toda Keiko

Monday, July 11, 2022

Preview of "Keiji Shichinin Season 8" - Summer 2022


Title: Keiji Shichinin Season 8 刑事7人シーズン8 (7 Detectives Season 8)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Tanabe Seiichi, Kurashina Kana, Kotaki Nozomu, Shirasu Jin, Tsukamoto Takashi, Yoshida Kotaro & Kitaoji Kinya

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Quick Review #8: Koi nante, honki de yatte dousuru no? (Spring 2022)


Title
: Koi nante, honki de yatte dousuru no? (恋なんて、本気でやってどうするの?)

Season: Spring 2022

Broadcast by: Kansai TV

Rating: 3 / 10

Recommended for: fans of the cast and those who don't mind watching a 90s' trendy drama-style story in the modern era

Liked:
- The cast did look promising in the beginning and the premise of the story suggested by the title did look appealing.

Disliked: 
- The story which was very 90s in its developments, seemed really out of place in the year 2022. Even the camerawork had the vibe of yesteryears. When I checked the scriptwriter Asano Taeko's past works, it struck me that this drama seemed similar to 1997's "Love Generation". Back then, Kimura Takuya's character was pining for his brother's girlfriend while Matsu Takako's character couldn't trust him because she didn't think he was fully committed to her and she hated herself for doubting him. In this drama, Matsumura Hokuto's character couldn't get over his mother's treatment of him and what she had become (an alcoholic and kleptomaniac) after her failed marriage and this was affecting his relationship with Hirose Arisu's character who just couldn't trust that he would be able to make his own decisions rationally and yet she couldn't make him choose her over his mother.
Which is a pity though because Asano had written radical/cutting edge works in the past like "Last Friends" and "Kare, Otto, Otokotomodachi" so I don't see why this drama must go back to the 90s' style. Or if it must be done, it could have been more compelling or updated with a modern angle to better engage the viewers.

- Clichés and unnatural developments in the story made the whole drama really awkward and not in sync with its title. Don't even get me started on the last few scenes in the finale. If going by the title that these characters had no compelling reason to be serious about love or saw no reason to do that, then what is a straying housewife and a woman out to seek companionship (money as an accompanying incentive) by sleeping with a married man doing in such a story? Of course these people can't afford to be serious about love!

- Due to the limitations of the story, the cast were no doubt affected in terms of what they could deliver. Character development was really lacking and everything was clearly touch-and-go so it was difficult to feel for these characters and empathize with what they were going through. That's a big no-no for romance stories because if viewers don't feel the engagement with the story and characters, they won't stay till the end of the drama.

Preview of "Unmei Keisatsu" - Summer 2022


Title: Unmei Keisatsu 運命警察 (Destiny Police)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 12.30am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Opening theme song: "Catwalk" by iScream
Ending theme song: "Sora ni saite" by Ishikawa Hanna
Cast: Katayose Ryota, Eto Mei, Mizuno Miki, Goto Takenori & Kurihara Rui

Saturday, July 09, 2022

The unconventional rebel - TV Tokyo - and why it dares to go against the tide


Have you ever heard of this term "テレ東伝説" (the legend of TV Tokyo)? Why does the smallest TV station in Tokyo have the reputation of being the unconventional rebel which dares to go against the tide?

Before we look into the reasons what led to this, let's find out more about the TV stations in Japan and how the industry is structured.

Types of TV stations
There are 3 main types of TV stations in Japan i.e. key stations (キー局), local stations (ローカル局 / 地方局) and independent U stations (独立U局).

Key stations are the main TV stations in a TV network. Typically, the programs they produce are sent out to the affiliated stations in the same network to be broadcasted. As the key stations in the 5 main networks are located in Tokyo, they are also known as zaikyo key kyoku (在京キー局) i.e. key stations based in Tokyo. The 5 key stations in Tokyo are:
- NNN (30 stations) / key station: NTV
- JNN (28 stations) / key station: TBS
- FNS (28 stations) / key station: FujiTV
- ANN (26 stations) / key station: TV Asahi
- TXN (6 stations) / key station: TV Tokyo


As you can see, TV Tokyo belongs to the smallest network and in terms of revenue, is also the smallest. Based on the financial year ended Mar 2022, the difference between the TV Tokyo and FujiTV networks' revenue is 3.55 times while the net profit difference between TV Tokyo and NTV is a whooping 7.9 times! 

Unlike other TV networks, you actually cannot watch TV Tokyo in some parts of Japan as the coverage scope is only 70%. As seen from this map, there are no local stations covering the Tohoku and Shikoku regions as well as Okinawa. Technically speaking, they are not considered a nationwide network unlike their competitors in this regard. However, when TV Tokyo finally hopped onto the TVer platform and offered realtime online streaming of its programs from 11 Apr 2022, it was met with a very favourable response and much fanfare as people in the areas that couldn't watch the station could finally do so online.

- the "sub key stations" i.e. those which operate like key stations but produce comparatively fewer programs for the network and are located in Osaka i.e. Mainichi Housou, Asahi Housou TV, Kansai TV Housou, Yomiuri TV Housou and TV Osaka. 
- next in line are the Nagoya-based wide region stations i.e. CBC TV, Tokai TV Housou, Nagoya TV Housou, Chukyo TV Housou and TV Aichi

And the table below shows which sub key station and wide region station belongs to which network:


As for local stations, there are 129 such stations which serve specific and limited areas. Generally, they would broadcast the programs made by the key stations but for news, weather forecast or local infotainment programs, these will be produced by the local stations.

Last but not least, the 13 independent U stations are those which do not belong to the TV networks in various prefectures e.g. Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, TV Saitama, Chiba TV Housou, Tokyo Metropolitan Television and TV Kanagawa.

So what is the legend of TV Tokyo?
Whenever there is a major happening in Japan, most of the TV stations including NHK would change their usual programming to air news programs by either bringing forward the usual TV news timeslot or extending it beyond the designated timeframe. However, how TV Tokyo handles the reporting of such happenings makes it stand out among the competition - they would just put telops on the screen while sticking to their usual programming schedule. Telops, which stands for television opaque projector, refers to text superimposed on a screen.

As such, TV Tokyo has the reputation of remaining unfazed by what its competitors are doing especially in such circumstances where every key station in Tokyo and NHK are reporting the same thing. It was even mentioned before in a TV Tokyo anime "Keroro Gunsou" that TV Tokyo will only air a news special when Earth faces destruction. In fact, TV Tokyo doesn't even mind being thought of in this manner and even made fun of itself during a variety show in 2020 that it had aired "The Moomins" as usual during the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

Picking the right battle to fight with minimal resources
As seen from what I explained above, the TV Tokyo network is the smallest with just 6 stations and this means that they have lesser staff members to begin with. Naturally, they would have a smaller news reporting team compared to the other networks so they cannot afford to spend too many resources on news specials whenever something happens.

However, things were not like this in the past as TV Tokyo tried to go with the flow. Back then in 1995 when the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake took place and the Sarin Gas Attacks happened, they did spend a lot of time doing live news specials but this also meant that they had used up most of their budget just on these live shows. This resulted in TV Tokyo recording a huge loss of JPY 75m in that financial year. That amount was especially significant for a small network like theirs.

Learning from their lesson at that time, TV Tokyo decided to head down the path of investigative journalism rather than spend a lot of time on live news programs. This meant that when major events happened, they would inform viewers through the use of telops and follow up with an in-depth documentary-style program backed up by extensive research some time after the event. This way of reporting was very much unheard of back then but it became the norm since the 2000s when other TV stations started copying TV Tokyo's method.

You can also see that TV Tokyo has cut down on its news reporting in the following ways:
- Evening news slot shortened to a mere 6 minutes since Apr 2020 so the freed-up time was used for television shopping programs or re-broadcasts of variety shows.
- Its night news program at 10pm on weekdays/11pm on Friday is said to be the station's only "proper" news timeslot since the morning news is only shown on weekdays but not on public holidays even if it is a weekday. 

Maintaining normalcy amid mental fatigue due to overreporting & information overload
What do you do when faced with a major event that gets repeatedly reported and talked about on every single TV station in your country? TV Tokyo does not make it a secret that their practice of "business as usual" is to maintain normalcy when in such a situation.

Naturally, when something major happens, it is inevitable that the media attention will be solely focused on that. However, when that happens, it can get very overwhelming especially if the incident concerned may be personally traumatic or disturbing to some people or that the reporting tends to over-sensationalize the issue. And to be honest, when it comes to issues like scandals of celebrities or something not necessarily of national interest, there are people who do not like the idea of their favourite TV shows being interrupted, postponed or cancelled for such reasons. TV Tokyo makes it clear that they are offering an option for such people who would like to get away from this extensive news reporting for some normalcy and some peace away from the stressful reporting.

Of course, taking this unconventional path comes with its share of praises and a price to pay. Whenever TV Tokyo sticks to its guns and continues with its usual programming, they get commended for their courage to buck the trend and viewers are thankful that they can still watch their favourite shows. However, those who are not in favour of their approach would also voice their disapproval and flood them with complaints.

For those who are interested, you can see this page for a list of what TV Tokyo did over the years to maintain their usual programming whenever something happened. Regardless of whether you agree with the direction they have taken, it is obvious that they have been holding on for their beliefs and tries to deliver what they think is needed or wanted by the viewers.

Of course, there were some situations which warranted the need for TV Tokyo to do more news reporting than they usually would:
- The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis: live news reporting for 33 hours before resuming normal programming - the first to do so among all key stations. While they received praise and encouragement by many viewers for doing this, they also received about 600 complaints.
- The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 during the period when there was a spike in infections in the Metropolitan area.
- The tsunami alert and warning issued after volcanic activity on the Tonga Islands on 16 Jan 2022
- Russia's invasion into Ukraine in 2022

As such, it is often said that if TV Tokyo is to cancel its anime broadcasts, something major must have happened.

By doing this analysis into why TV Tokyo is continuing with its programming despite what happened on Friday in Japan, it is first and foremost, not with the intention of siding with them nor invalidating their stance. The truth is, I've read some comments expressing disbelief or disapproval over what they are doing so I thought it was better to let everyone make their own decisions on where they stand on this issue after knowing the background and the rationale of TV Tokyo's decision.

I certainly hope that this helps you to understand the situation better and would love to hear your comments on how you feel about this through Facebook, Twitter or the comments section under this post.

Preview of "Kyousou no bannin" - Summer 2022


Title: Kyousou no bannin 競争の番人 (The guard of competition)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original novel by: Shinkawa Hotate
Theme song: "GLOW" by idom
Cast: Sakaguchi Kentaro, An, Koike Eiko, Ookura Koji, Kato Seishiro, Kohinata Fumiyo, Kuroba Mario, Ohnishi Ayaka, Ishikawa Moka & Terajima Shinobu

Friday, July 08, 2022

Preview of "Ishiko to Haneo - Sonna koto de utaemasu? - " - Summer 2022


Title: Ishiko to Haneo - Sonna koto de utaemasu? - 石子と羽男―そんなコトで訴えます?― (Ishiko and Haneo ~ Are you going to sue for something like that?)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Cast: Arimura Kasumi, Nakamura Tomoya, Akaso Eiji, Oideyasu Oda & Sada Masashi

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Preview of "Yukionna to kani wo kuu" - Summer 2022


Title: Yukionna to kani wo kuu 雪女と蟹を食う (Eat crabs with the snow woman)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 July 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 12.12am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Gino0808
Theme Song: "Hoshi no ame" by Johnny's WEST
Ending theme song: "Warui Onna" by Higuchi Ai
Cast: Shigeoka Daiki, Iriyama Noriko, Kubota Sayu, Fuchikami Yasushi & Katsumura Masanobu

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Preview of "Roppongi Class" - Summer 2022


Title: Roppongi Class 六本木クラス
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 July 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Original manga by: Jo Kwang Jin
Theme song: "Baby's Alright" by Alexandros
Cast: Takeuchi Ryoma, Araki Yuuko, Hirate Yurina, Saotome Taichi, Nakao Akiyoshi, Suzuka Ouji, Satou Honami, Kondo Koen, Tanaka Michiko, Mitsuishi Ken, Yamoto Yuuma, Ogata Naoto, Inamori Izumi & Kagawa Teruyuki

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Preview of "Okutou ~ Kanjou sousakan Shinno Akari ~" - Summer 2022


Title: Okutou ~ Kanjou sousakan Shinno Akari ~ オクトー 感情捜査官 心野朱梨 (Octo Emotions Investigator Shinno Akari)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 July 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 11.59pm
Broadcast by: YTV
Theme song: "Kasaneiro" by I Don't Like Mondays
Cast: Iitoyo Marie, Asaka Koudai, Yamanaka Takashi, Nishida Kouki, Hibi Mikoto, Matsui Rena, Toyomoto Akinaga, Usuda Asami & Funakoshi Eiichiro

Monday, July 04, 2022

Preview of "Teppachi!" - Summer 2022


Title: Teppachi! テッパチ!
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 6 July 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 10pm
Broadcast: FujiTV
Theme Song: "Chikara no kagiri" by GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE
Cast: Machida Keita, Sano Hayato, Shiraishi Mai, Kitamura Kazuki / Part 1 - Sato Kanta, Tokito Yuuki, Ichinose Hayate, Sakaguchi Ryotaro, Ikeda Nagayoshi, Fujioka Maito / Part 2 - Kudo Asuka, Kiriyama Ren, Kubota Yuki, Yuki Kousei & Mizusawa Rintaro

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Preview of "Minato Shoji Coin Laundry" - Summer 2022


Title: Minato Shoji Coin Laundry みなと商事コインランドリー
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 6 July 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 12.30am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Kanzume Sawa & Tsubaki Yuzu
Theme song: "Gyutto!" by Chou tokimeki sendenbuu
Ending theme: "Sakujitsu" by Kaerinokai
Cast: Kusakawa Takuya, Nishigaki Sho, Oku Tomoya, Toyoshima Hana, Inaba Yu & Fukushi Seiji

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Preview of "Unicorn ni notte" - Summer 2022


Title: Unicorn ni notte ユニコーンに乗って (Riding a unicorn)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme song: "Shiwakucha na kumo wo daite" by DISH//
Cast: Nagano Mei, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Sugino Yosuke, Bandou Ryota, Maehara Kou, Ishikawa Ren, Aoyama Thelma, Yamaguchi Takaya, Takeyama Ruka, Terajima Mahoro & Hirosue Ryoko

Friday, July 01, 2022

Preview of "Banshaku no Ryuugi" - Summer 2022


Title: Banshaku no Ryuugi 晩酌の流儀 (The style of evening drinks)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 1 Jul 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 12.52am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Opening theme song: "yugi" by yonawo
Ending theme song: "Nandemo nai routine" by the pullovers
Cast: Kuriyama Chiaki

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Preview of "Me no kabe" - Spring 2022


Title: Me no kabe 眼の壁 (The Eye's Wall)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 Jun 2022
Timeslot: Sundays at 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 5
Original novel by: Matsumoto Seicho
Cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Izumi Rika, Kamiji Yuusuke, Yabu Kota, Komoto Masahiro, Kato Masaya & Jinnai Takanori

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Preview of "Double" - Spring 2022


Title: Double ダブル
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 4 Jun 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 10.30pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 10
Original manga by: Noda Ayako
Cast: Chiba Yuudai, Nagayama Kento, Sakuraba Nanami, Horii Arata, Kudo Haruka, Itabashi Shunya, Maeno Tomoya, Mizuma Ron, Nakayama Shinobu, Hashimoto Jun, Kanno Misuzu & Tsuda Kanji

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Preview of "Isekai izakaya [Nobu] Season 2 ~ Majo to daishikyohen ~" - Spring 2022


Title: Isekai izakaya [Nobu] Season 2 ~ Majo to daishikyohen ~ 異世界居酒屋「のぶ」Season2~魔女と大司教編~ 
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 27 May 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 11pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 10
Original novel by: Semikawa Natsuya
Cast: Ootani Ryohei, Takeda Rena, Mizuno Miki, Asaka Koudai, Matsuo Satoru, Shirasu Jin, Kobayashi Yutaka, Hotta Akane, Shintani Yuzumi, Abe Shinnosuke, Namioka Kazuki, Shoji Tomoharu, Sagiri Seina, Kusachi Ryouno, Takizawa Tsubasa, Mihara Ui, Inoo Hiroki, Kosugi Ryuichi, Akiyama Ryuji, Kajihara Zen, Kinoshita Houka, Tayama Ryosei, Takeda Tetsuya & Oowada Shinya

Monday, June 27, 2022

Preview of "Isu" - Spring 2022


Title: Isu 椅子 (Chair)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 27 May 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 11.30pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 8
Cast: Yoshioka Riho, Motola Serena, Ishibashi Natsumi & Kuroki Haru
Guests: Iwasaki Udai, Ginpuchou, Hotta Mayu, Kawai Yumi, Ishii Anna, Yoshimura Kaito, Shiratori Tamaki, Jaguar Yokota, Nakamura Aoi, Muro Tsuyoshi, Hoshi Moeka & An Mika

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Preview of "Old Rookie" - Summer 2022


Title: Old Rookie オールドルーキー
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 26 Jun 2022
Timeslot: Sundays at 9pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme Song: "Ame Sansan" by King Gnu
Cast: Ayano Go, Yoshine Kyoko, Nakagawa Taishi, Okazaki Sae, Masuda Takahisa, Ikuta Erika, Inagaki Kurumi, Izutani Rana, Takahashi Katsumi, Eikura Nana & Sorimachi Takashi

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Preview of "17-sai no Teikoku" - Spring 2022


Title: 17-sai no Teikoku 17才の帝国 (Empire of 17-year-olds)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 25 Jun 2022
Timeslot: 10pm on Saturdays
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 5
Cast: Kamio Fuuju, Yamada Anna, Kawai Yumi, Mochizuki Ayumu, Matsumoto Marika, Emoto Akira, Sometani Shota, Sugimoto Tetta, Nishida Naomi, Iwamatsu Ryo, Tanaka Min & Hoshino Gen

Preview of "Kuuhaku wo mitashinasai" - Spring 2022


Title: Kuuhaku wo mitashinasai 空白を満たしなさい (Fill in the void)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 25 Jun 2022
Timeslot: 10pm on Saturdays
Broadcast by: NHK
Original novel by: Hirano Keiichiro
Cast: Emoto Tasuku, Suzuki An, Hagiwara Masato, Watanabe Ikkei, Ujiki Tsuyoshi, Fujimori Shingo, Blake Crawford, Tamura Tagame, Saito Takuya, Fubuki Jun & Abe Sadao
Guests: Inowaki Kai, Honda Hirotaro, Nomaguchi Tooru, Kino Hana, Kunihiro Tomiyuki & Takito Kenichi

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

The 111st Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2022) - Best Drama


Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Come Come Everybody
2) Mystery to iu nakare
3) Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Come Come Everybody
2) Dame na otoko ja dame desuka?
3) FUN! FUN! FANTASTIC SEASON 2
4) Fight Song
5) Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Mystery to iu nakare
2) Come Come Everybody
3) Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
4) Shinhannin Flag
5) DCU

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Mystery to iu nakare
2) Come Come Everybody
3) Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
4) Oi Handsome!!
5) Koisenu Futari

Source: The Television

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The 111st Drama Academy Awards (Winter 2022) - Best Leading Actor


Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Suda Masaki - Mystery to iu nakare
2) Tsutsumi Shinichi - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
3) Nishijima Hidetoshi - Shinhannin Flag

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Machida Keita - Dame na otoko ja dame desuka?
2) Suda Masaki - Mystery to iu nakare
3) Nishijima Hidetoshi - Shinhannin Flag
4) Yagi Yuusei - FUN! FUN! FANTASTICS SEASON 2
5) Matsumoto Jun - Tonari no Chikara

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Suda Masaki - Mystery to iu nakare
2) Tsutsumi Shinichi - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
3) Nishijima Hidetoshi - Shinhannin Flag
4) Abe Hiroshi - DCU
5) Matsumoto Jun - Tonari no Chikara

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Suda Masaki - Mystery to iu nakare
2) Tsutsumi Shinichi - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
3) Yasuda Ken - Shimobee
4) Takahashi Issei - Koisenu futari
5) Nishijima Hidetoshi - Shinhannin Flag