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

Monday, May 30, 2022

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


Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Kamishiraishi Mone - Come Come Everybody
2) Fukatsu Eri - Come Come Everybody
3) Hamabe Minami - Dr. White

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Kamishiraishi Mone - Come Come Everybody
2) Kiyohara Kaya - Fight Song
3) Fukatsu Eri - Come Come Everybody
4) Hamabe Minami - Dr. White
5) Takahata Mitsuki - Muchaburi! Watashi ga shachou ni naru nante

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Fukatsu Eri - Come Come Everybody
2) Hamabe Minami - Dr. White
3) Kiyohara Kaya - Fight Song
4) Kamishiraishi Mone - Come Come Everybody
5) Haru - Itoshii uso ~ yasashii yami ~

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Kamishiraishi Mone - Come Come Everybody
2) Kuroki Haru - Gossip Kanojo ga shiritai hontou no ○○
3) Fukatsu Eri - Come Come Everybody
4) Kishii Yukino - Koisenu futari
5) Kawaei Rina - Come Come Everybody

Friday, May 27, 2022

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


Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Matsumura Hokuto - Come Come Everybody
2) Odagiri Jo - Come Come Everybody
3) Yokohama Ryuusei - DCU

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Matsumura Hokuto - Come Come Everybody
2) Kato Seishiro - Dame na otoko ja dame desuka?
3) Inukai Atsuhiro - Kei x Yaku 
4) Kikuchi Fuuma - Fight Song
5) Yokohama Ryuusei - DCU

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Matsumura Hokuto - Come Come Everybody
2) Odagiri Jo - Come Come Everybody
3) Kikuchi Fuuma - Fight Song
4) Yokohama Ryuusei - DCU
5) Nagayama Eita - Mystery to iu nakare

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Odagiri Jo - Come Come Everybody
2) Mamiya Shotaro - Fight Song
Yokohama Ryuusei - DCU
3) Sorimachi Takashi - Aibou season 20
Itagaki Rihito - Shijuu kara
Tozuka Junki - YouTuber ni musume wa yaran!

Thursday, May 26, 2022

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


Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Maida Nono - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
2) Ito Sairi - Mystery to iu nakare
3) Fujiwara Sakura - Fight Song

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Miyazaki Yoshiko - Dame na otoko ja dame desuka?
2) Ichikawa Mikako - Come Come Everybody
3) Fujiwara Sakura - Fight Song
4) Maida Nono - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
5) Yoshine Kyoko - Shinhannin Flag

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Maida Nono - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
2) Ito Sairi - Mystery to iu nakare
3) Fujiwara Sakura - Fight Song
4) Yoshine Kyoko - Shinhannin Flag
5) Ueto Aya - Tonari no chikara

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Maida Nono - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
2) Ito Sairi - Mystery to iu nakare
3) Matsushima Nanako - Tonari no chikara
4) Ishida Yuriko - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
5) Karina - Shinhannin Flag
Ueto Aya - Tonari no chikara
Yoshida Yo - Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru
Kinami Haruka - Oi Handsome!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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


Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Aldebaran by AI (Come Come Everybody)
2) Chameleon by King Gnu (Mystery to iu nakare)
3) Tomoshibi by Yuga (Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Aldebaran by AI (Come Come Everybody)
2) Change My Life by THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE (Dame na otoko ja dame desuka?)
3) Santa Monica Lollypop by FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE (FUN! FUN! FANTASTICS SEASON 2)
4) Comedy na hero ni nareta nara by Van de Shop (Dame na otoko ja dame desuka?)
5) Startline by Ashida Haruka i.e. Mamiya Shotaro (Fight Song)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Chameleon by King Gnu (Mystery to iu nakare)
2) Aldebaran by AI (Come Come Everybody)
3) Tomoshibi by Yuga (Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru)
4) I WISH by Morning Musume '22 (Mayonaka ni hello!)
5) Kokoro to iu na no fukakai by Ado (Dr. White)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Aldebaran by AI (Come Come Everybody)
2) Chameleon by King Gnu (Mystery to iu nakare)
3) Tomoshibi by Yuga (Tsuma, shogakusei ni naru)
4) Kokoro to iu na no fukakai by Ado (Dr. White)
5) Startline by Ashida Haruka i.e. Mamiya Shotaro (Fight Song)

Saturday, April 23, 2022

QuickReview #07: Hiyama Kentarou no ninshin (Netflix drama)


Title
: Hiyama Kentarou no ninshin (ヒヤマケンタロウの妊娠)

Season: Spring 2022

Broadcast by: Netflix

Rating: 7 / 10

Recommended for: those who want to watch a quirky and thoughtful story where traditional gender roles are reversed in this modern fantasy about pregnant men

Liked:
- The premise of the story was interesting where traditional norms were projected from the opposite perspective and offered lots of food for thought. For example, many men think nothing of women having to "interrupt" their careers and lives for marriage, pregnancy, childbirth and childcare and they go to the extreme of belittling their peers who try to do their share in shouldering such responsibilities which they see as the women's job. I was really angry to see how they mocked a colleague for having to go home to take care of his kids and that he was useless for not asserting his authority at home to make the wife do his bidding and not affect his work. As such, it was refreshing and very gratifying to see Hiyama Kentarou himself suffer in the beginning when he got pregnant and I couldn't help but think "serve you right". 
- Clichés like how men love to question the women if the baby is his when told of their pregnancies turn out to be really amusing when seen from the opposite perspective even though this is usually very offensive. When men ask this question, it shows how they think that the women are promiscuous so this can be downright insulting. However, when Aki asked Kentarou if he was sure that the baby was hers, the fact that he actually indicated in the calendar who he slept with on which day and which time made me chuckle.
- The drama which consists of 8 episodes lasting less than 30 minutes each, comes across as a 2-part movie and is very easy to get through. The pacing of the developments is rather fast so the touch-and-go approach makes this serious topic of male pregnancies a lot more palatable and easier to watch.
- The chemistry between Saito Takumi & Ueno Juri or rather a slight lack of intimacy between them on screen, is actually just nice since Kentarou and Aki are not lovers in the first place but merely sleep together at times. As such, you don't get to see many lovey-dovey displays between them even as they decide to raise the child together and they don't rush into marriage just because they have a child. To them, their relationship is a work-in-progress and there are issues which must be worked out between them so I'm glad that the drama does not try to force a happily-ever-after ending for them and these actors have managed to show the right distance in their characters' relationship.

Disliked: 
- On the contrary, the short length of this drama may not satisfy those looking for a more in-depth story as the key points are brought up briefly but the viewer will have to do the thinking and come to their own conclusions about the issues raised rather than be fed standard answers by the drama.
- The most obvious missing piece in this entire story is, how does a man get pregnant and how does the pregnancy develop in the absence of a womb? What are the odds of a male pregnancy happening? Perhaps the original manga does give further insights on this but the lack of such background information in the drama and diving straight into Kentarou's pregnancy may make viewers feel lost from the start and gradually lose interest since this part is never addressed properly and comprehensively.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Preview of "Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo" - Spring 2022


Title: Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 金田一少年の事件簿 (The Files of Young Kindaichi)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Sundays at 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Amagi Seimaru, Kanari Yozaburo, Satou Fumiya
Cast: Michieda Shunsuke, Kamishiraishi Moka & Sawamura Ikki

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Preview of "Pandora no Kajitsu ~ Kagaku hanzai sousa fairu ~" - Spring 2022


Title: Pandora no Kajitsu ~ Kagaku hanzai sousa fairu ~ パンドラの果実~科学犯罪捜査ファイル~ (The fruit of Pandora ~ Scientific crimes investigation files ~)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 23 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV & Hulu
Original novel by: Nakamura Hiraku
Theme Song: "Apple" by Dean Fujioka
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Kishii Yukino, Sato Ryuuta, Nishimura Kazuhiko, Motokariya Yuika, Ando Masanobu, Itao Itsuji, Ishino Mako & Yusuke Santa Maria

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Preview of "Kaseifu no Mitazono 5" - Spring 2022


Title: Kaseifu no Mitazono 5 家政夫のミタゾノ 5 (Housekeeper Mitazono 5)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 22 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "area" by Hey! Say! JUMP
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Inoo Kei, Yamamoto Maika, Shuhama Harumi, Hirata Atsuko & Yo Kimiko

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Preview of "Sabishii oka de kari wo suru" - Spring 2022


Title: Sabishii oka de kari wo suru 寂しい丘で狩りをする (Hunting on a lonely hill)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 22 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 1.53am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original novel by: Tsujihara Noboru
Total number of episodes: 8
Theme Song: "HIBANA" by krage
Cast: Kurashina Kana, Kubota Sayu, Takezai Terunosuke, Maruyama Tomomi, Kuroba Mario, Inori Kirara, Oshinari Shugo, Seto Saori, Fujita Yumiko, Hirayama Hiroyuki & Takahashi Hideki

Monday, April 18, 2022

Preview of "Jizoku kanou na koi desuka? ~ Chichi to musume no kekkon shinkoukyoku ~" - Spring 2022


Title: Jizoku kanou na koi desuka? ~ Chichi to musume no kekkon shinkoukyoku ~ 持続可能な恋ですか?~父と娘の結婚行進曲~ (Is this a sustainable romance? ~ A father and a daughter's wedding march ~)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme Song: "Lens" by Ikuta Rira
Cast: Ueno Juri, Tanaka Kei, Isomura Hayato, Yurian Retriever, Misaki Ayame, Shimizu Kurumi, Takeda Rena, Suzuki Kosuke, Suzuki Tano, Yuzuki Reon, Yagi Akiko, Igawa Haruka & Matsushige Yutaka

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Preview of "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?(What good is there to be serious about something like love?)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 19 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 10pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV
Theme Song: "Hatsukoi ga naiteiru" by Aimyon
Cast: Hirose Arisu, Matsumura Hokuto, Nishino Nanase, Iitoyo Marie, Okayama Amane, Ono Karin, Ando Niko, Osada Seiya, Makino Rika, Miura Ryota, Tozuka Junki, Mikata Ryosuke, Akira 100%, Furukawa Yuuta, Kashii Yuu & Fujiki Naohito 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Preview of "Ore no kawai wa mou sugu shouhi kigen!?" - Spring 2022


Title: Ore no kawai wa mou sugu shouhi kigen!? 俺の可愛いはもうすぐ消費期限!? (Is my cuteness about to expire!?)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 11.30pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Koi wo surunda" by Hey! Say! JUMP
Cast: Yamada Ryosuke, Yoshine Kyoko, Oohashi Kazuya, Sakoda Takaya, Sayashi Riho, Nishida Naomi & Furuta Arata

Friday, April 15, 2022

Preview of "Invisible" - Spring 2022


Title: Invisible インビジブル
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme Song: "Tiny world" by Dragon Ash
Cast: Takahashi Issei, Shibasaki Kou, Arioka Daiki, Hotta Akane, Tani Kyosuke, Ohno Ito, Hirano Kinari, Itagaki Rihito, Nishimura Motoki, Yuki Moe, Tanaka Makoto, Murai Ryouta, Sakou Yoshi, Harada Taizo & Kiritani Kenta

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Preview of "Mirai e no 10 count" - Spring 2022


Title: Mirai e no 10 count 未来への10カウント (10 counts to the future)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "COMEBACK - Itoshiki hahen -" by B'z
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Mitsushima Hikari, Yasuda Ken, Takahashi Kaito, Yamada Anna, Murakami Nijirou, Baba Tooru, Orakio, Bandou Ryouta, Sakumoto Takara, Kiryu Sakura, Sakurai Kaito, Akutsu Nichika, Otsuki Takehiro, Yashima Norito, Ichige Yoshie, Tomita Yasuko, Uchida Yuki, Namase Katsuhisa & Emoto Akira

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Preview of "Yangotonaki Ichizoku" - Spring 2022


Title: Yangotonaki Ichizoku やんごとなき一族 
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 21 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original manga by: Koyama Yukari
Theme Song: "Walkin' In My Lane" by milet
Insert Song: "Koidaro" by wacci
Cast: Tsuchiya Tao, Matsushita Kouhei, Onoe Matsuya, Matsumoto Wakana, Watanabe Keisuke, Matsumoto Kiyo, Baba Fumika, Sasaki Nozomi, Ishino Mako, Baisho Mitsuko, Kimura Tae & Ishibashi Ryo

Preview of "Tantei ga hayasugiru 2 Haru no trick gaeshi matsuri" - Spring 2022


Title: Tantei ga hayasugiru 2 Haru no trick gaeshi matsuri 探偵が早すぎる 春のトリック返し祭り
Official website: here 
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
Official YouTube: here
O.A. Start Date: 14 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 11.59pm
Broadcast by: YTV / NTV
Original novel by: Inoue Magi
Theme Song: "Betrayal Game" by BE:FIRST
Cast: Takito Kenichi, Hirose Arisu, Hagiwara Riku, Shiono Akihisa, Kinoshita Ayane, Shinjo Yume, Wada Masato, MEGUMI, Sonin, Nagano Munenori, Miyazaki Yoshiko & Mizuno Miki

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Preview of "Waru ~ Hataraku no ga kakkowarui nante dare ga itta? ~" - Spring 2022


Title: Waru ~ Hataraku no ga kakkowarui nante dare ga itta? ~ / 悪女 ~ 働くのがカッコ悪いなんて誰が言った? ~
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Fukami Jun
Theme Song: "Rokutousei" by J-JUN with XIA(JUNSU)
Cast: Imada Mio, Eguchi Noriko, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Takahashi Fumiya & Mukai Osamu

Preview of "Nanba MG5" - Spring 2022


Title: Nanba MG5 ナンバ MG5
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original manga by: Ozawa Toshio
Cast: Mamiya Shotaro, Kamio Fuuju, Morikawa Aoi, Morimoto Shintaro, Tomita Miu, Hara Nanoka, Kato Ryo, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Suzuki Sarina & Ukaji Takashi

Monday, April 11, 2022

Preview of "Motokare no yuigonjou" - Spring 2022


Title: Motokare no yuigonjou 元彼の遺言状 (The ex-boyfriend's will)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original novel by: Shinkawa Hotate
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Ooizumi Yo, Ikuta Toma, Sekimizu Nagisa, Mori Kanna, Fueki Yuuko, Kaname Jun, Nomaguchi Tooru, Satoi Kenta, Sasano Takashi, Manda Hisako & Asano Kazuyuki

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Preview of "Kichijoji Losers" - Spring 2022


Title: Kichijoji Losers 吉祥寺ルーザーズ
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Mondays at 11.06pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Cast: Masuda Takahisa, Tanaka Minami, Katagiri Jin, Tajima Meru, Hamada Mari & Kunimura Jun

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Preview of "Chimudondon" - Spring 2022


Title: Chimudondon ちむどんどん
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Mondays to Saturdays at 8am / Repeat at 12.45pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Narrator: Jon Kabira
Theme Song: "Sansan" by Miura Daichi
Cast: Kuroshima Yuina, Nakama Yukie, Oomori Nao, Ryuusei Ryo, Kawaguchi Haruna, Kamishiraishi Moka, Miyazawa Hio, Yamada Yuuki, Maeda Gouki, Yamaji Kazuhiro, Takada Kaho, Katagiri Hairi, Ishimaru Kenjirou, Watanabe Daichi, Kyan Hitomi, Ameku Michiko, Kawata Hiroki, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Inowaki Kai, Iitoyo Marie, Satsukawa Aimi, Yamanaka Takashi, Nakahara Takeo, Harada Mieko, Takashima Masanobu, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Nagano Satomi & Fujiki Hayato

Preview of "My Family" - Spring 2022


Title: My Family マイファミリー
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Sundays 9pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Cast: Ninomiya Kazunari, Tabe Mikako, Kaku Kento, Takahashi Maryjun, Sakoda Takaya, Nasu Yuto, Yamada Kinuo, Watanabe Kunito, Fujima Sawako, Matsumoto Koshiro, Tomizawa Takeshi, Ootomo Kohei, Kanno Misuzu, Ooshima Miyu, Hamada Gaku & Tamaki Hiroshi

Friday, April 08, 2022

Preview of "Youkai Sharehouse 2 - Kaettekitankai -" - Spring 2022


Title: Youkai Sharehouse 2 - Kaettekitankai - 妖怪シェアハウス 2 - 帰ってきたん怪 - (Monsters Sharehouse 2 - The monsters who had returned -)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 11pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "ayaho" by Ami feat. Wanuka
Cast: Koshiba Fuuka, Matsumoto Marika, Maiguma Katsuya, Toyoda Yudai, Igashira Manami, Osaki Ichika, Iketani Nobue, Ikeda Narushi & Ookura Koji

Preview of "Sensei no otoriyose" - Spring 2022


Title: Sensei no otoriyose 先生のおとりよせ 
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 12.52am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Nakamura Asumiko & Enoda Yuuri
Opening theme song: "Somebody" by SOMETIME'S
Ending theme song: "Sashiiro" by Bialystocks
Cast: Mukai Osamu, Kitamura Yukiya, Hashimoto Manami, Kamio Fuuju & Zaizen Naomi

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Preview of "Crosstail Tantei Kyoushitsu" - Spring 2022


Title: Crosstail Tantei Kyoushitsu クロステイル 探偵教室 (Crosstail Detective Classroom)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 11.40pm
Broadcast by: Tokai TV
Original manga by: Yatsu Hiroyuki
Theme Song: "Ryuuseigun" by Penthouse
Cast: Suzuka Ouji, Hotta Mayu, Kusakawa Takuya, Shinoda Mariko, Fukuyama Shodai, Ito Masayuki, Yusa Ryosuke, Takagi Katsuya & Yamaguchi Kaori
Guests: Takada Nobuhiko, Togashi Makoto, Dan Rei & Itao Itsuji

Preview of "Hanayome miman escape" - Spring 2022


Title: Hanayome miman escape 花嫁未満エスケープ 
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Thursdays at 12.30am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Ogawa Maruni
Cast: Okazaki Sae, Asaka Koudai, Nakagawa Daisuke, Miyama Karen, Kobayashi Ryoko & Matsumura Sayuri

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Preview of "Tokusou 9 Season 5" - Spring 2022


Title: Tokusou 9 Season 5 / 特捜 9 Season 5 (Special Investigation 9 Season 5)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 6 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Yume no shima serenade" by 20th Century
Cast: Inohara Yoshihiko, Hada Michiko, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Taguchi Hiromasa, Yamada Yuuki, Mukai Koji, Fukagawa Mai, Nakagoshi Noriko, Hara Sachie & Nakamura Baijaku

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Preview of "Non-REM no mado" (Drama SP)


Title: Non-REM no mado ノンレムの窓 (The window of non-REM)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Date: 5 Apr 2022 at 11.59pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Scriptwriter & Navigator: Baka Rhythm
Cast: Kazama Shunsuke, Nomaguchi Tooru & Matsuoka Mayu

Monday, April 04, 2022

Preview of "Shoujiki Fudousan" - Spring 2022


Title: Shoujiki Fudousan 正直不動産 (Honesty Real Estate)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 10
Original manga by: Ootani Akira, Natsuhara Takeshi & Mizuno Mitsuhiro
Cast: Yamashita Tomohisa, Fukuhara Haruka, Ichihara Hayato, Kusakari Masao, Daichi Mao, Takahashi Katsunori, Kurashina Kana, Hasegawa Shinobu & Izumi Rika

Sunday, April 03, 2022

Preview of "Nanji no na" - Spring 2022


Title: Nanji no na 汝の名 (Your name)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays 12.30am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original novel by: Akeno Teruha
Theme Song: "Himitsu" by Miyuna
Cast: Yamazaki Hirona, Kitano Kii, NAOTO, Kyoten Waku, Nagai Mijika & Mashima Hidekazu

Saturday, April 02, 2022

QuickReview #06: Avalanche アバランチ (Autumn 2021)


Title: Avalanche アバランチ

Season: Autumn 2021

Broadcast by: Kansai TV / FujiTV

Rating: 5 / 10

Recommended for: those who want to watch a story about people who want to fight against the injustice, the rich and powerful and the corrupt authorities in not-so-lawful ways OR fans of Ayano Go

Liked:
- It looked promising at first with the storyline and characters shrouded in secrecy to make viewers curious. However, at the end of the entire drama, that was the only point I could come up with.

Disliked: 
- Been-there-done-that: as the story progressed, it was clear that there was nothing new about Avalanche nor its motive or what it was trying to achieve. In fact, it looked like they didn't really have a Plan B in ensuring their own survival and were just throwing their lives away without a justifiable or substantial reason. And in the end, everything looked like a fiasco and so in vain.
- Illogical developments: a bomb disposal expert bringing a ticking time bomb up to the rooftop, throwing it up to the sky and standing below it as it explodes without taking cover? Or that seemingly-cool translucent mask which hardly conceals the face - surely some software can remove that mask and show the face underneath with a few clicks? Or leaving a physical trail by having a fixed base in an office building? Or leaving a digital trail by printing documents in the police station meant for these illegal activities? Seriously??? Isn't the group supposed to be a bunch of elites out to save the country?
- The characters who seemed to be a group of experts in their fields just looked like a fumbling and disorganized bunch by the end. Although the ending looked like there might be a sequel, I think it's a bad idea to do so unless they can improve on the script and characterization. 
- The only thing that's stopping me from giving this a failing grade is the effort put in by the cast and how the whole thing was packaged as something really promising (enough to dupe me into staying till the end although I wanted to give up by mid-season). However, to have it become a serious letdown was simply... Maybe it's best not to overpromise right from the start and be pleasantly surprised instead.

Preview of "Murai no koi" - Spring 2022


Title: Murai no koi 村井の恋 (Murai's Romance)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official TikTok: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Tuesdays 12.58am
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Shima Junta
Opening theme song: "Peace" by FINLANDS
Ending theme song: "Niji wo yobu" by Reaction The Buttha
Cast: Takahashi Hikaru, Miyase Ryubi, Sota Ryosuke, Ito Asahi, Hara Nanoka, Riko, Tsurushima Nao, Tatezawa Tateto, Kamiya Keisuke, Saito Shinji & Asaka Koudai

Friday, April 01, 2022

QuickReview #05: Kyouen NG 共演NG (Autumn 2020)


Title: Kyouen NG 共演NG

Season: Autumn 2020

Broadcast by: TV Tokyo

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Recommended for: those who want to get a glimpse into the world of drama production & the taboo topic of actors who can't act together for all sorts of reasons

Liked:
- The premise is interesting - actors who can't act together for all sorts of reasons, be it bad blood, rivalry or simply dislike for each other with no apparent reason, being forced to work together and behave as if they are chummy with one another on screen and in the public eye.
- A look into the world of drama production and the hiccups that happen along the way
- Great acting and chemistry from the cast especially the leads Nakai Kiichi & Suzuki Kyoka
- Although it seemed headed for a boring ending as seen in the incessantly long recap of the entire story, the twist at the end was a clever touch to round things up.

Disliked: 
- The touch-and-go light approach - the story could have delved deeper into the taboo topic and the characters could have been more reflective of the rumoured Kyouen NG people in real life. As I see it, the story was trying to play it safe with a generalization approach since you can't really identify the real people in J-ent through these characters (less likelihood of offending people) who seem like an accumulation of traits from various people. That's why it feels like the story was barely scratching the surface of the issue underneath.
- Although the drama ended well, 75% of the last episode was so boring because of the extremely detailed recap through that to-and-fro interview between Saito Takumi & Hashimoto Jun. You need to have the patience to sit through it in order to see the good part at the very end.
- Saito Takumi's role - practically on remote mode throughout - I guess he's the only one in the cast who had it easiest since he didn't have to be on set. And his obnoxious character in the drama certainly didn't add any brownie points for him too.

Preview of "Solokatsu joshi no susume 2" - Spring 2022


Title: Solokatsu joshi no susume 2 ソロ活女子のススメ2
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 6 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Wednesdays at 1am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original essay by: Asai Mayumi
Narrator: Ootsuka Akio
Theme Song: "my story" by Day and Night
Ending theme song: "i care" by Homecomings
Cast: Eguchi Noriko, Kobayashi Kinako, Shibuya Kento & Sasaki Haruka
Guests: Fujiwara Itsuki, Yanai Yumena, Kote Shinya, Saeki Daichi, Triendl Reina & Mizutani Jun

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Preview of "Shimobee" - Winter 2022


Title: Shimobee しもべえ
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 Jan 2022
Timeslot: Fridays at 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 8
Original manga by: Murata Hiroyuki
Cast: Yasuda Ken, Shiraishi Sei, Kaneko Daichi, Yahagi Honoka, Naitou Shuuichiro, Ikema Natsumi & Yada Akiko

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

QuickReview #04: Kingyozuma 金魚妻 (Netflix drama)


Title: Kingyozuma 金魚妻

Season: Winter 2022

Broadcast by: Netflix

Rating: 6 / 10

Recommended for: those who like stories about extramarital affairs peppered with lots of explicit intimate scenes

Liked:
- The visuals - be it the artistic direction of the scenes, the set, the scenery in outdoor scenes or the good-looking cast members - are a sight to behold

Disliked: 
- This being based on a R-rated manga, there are bound to be lots of "adult scenes" but to have these scenes being "prolonged" on screen can be a real pain to sit through. I found myself wondering at times just when the scenes would end especially since the time could have been devoted to making the story better. Granted that the physical relationship element is integral to the wives featured in this drama, the level of "detail" was still excessive. I feel especially bad for the actresses here though - did they really have to go to that extent and show that much nudity for these scenes?
- Much as the story tries to "justify" why these wives had to look for comfort in men other than their husbands, not every story was convincing enough. If there was more time for each story, it would have strengthened the argument for these wives rather than leave an ambiguous aftertaste.
- The lead couple's ending is rather illogical - it wasn't as if the wife was going back to her ex-husband so why was there a need for her to part with her younger lover? For the sake of regaining her independence with relying on her lover? Maybe the intention is to show that they could be together again when their circumstances improve after some time but it could have been presented in a more convincing manner.

Preview of "Atai no Elegance" - Spring 2022


Title: Atai no Elegance 私のエレガンス (My Elegance)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 2 Apr 2022
Timeslot: Saturdays at 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Total number of episodes: 6
Theme Song: "Open the Door" by First Summer Uika
Cast: First Summer Uika, Kusakari Tamiyo & Yoshizawa Hisashi

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

QuickReview #03: Sekai ichi muzukashii koi 世界一難しい恋 (Spring 2016)


Title: Sekai ichi muzukashii koi 世界一難しい恋

Season: Spring 2016

Broadcast by: NTV

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Recommended for: those who like light office romance comedies where the lead couple is fumbling their way through to love

Liked:
- The quirky and hilarious journey of how Samejima Reiji (Ohno Satoshi) tries to win the heart of his subordinate while being held back by his clumsiness and awkwardness. 
- Engaging and interesting supporting characters who stand out in their own ways especially Muraoki Maiko (Koike Eiko) - the motherly figure who teaches Reiji how to woo the woman he loves - and Wada Hideo (Kitamura Kazuki) - the rival-turned-mentor for Reiji who can be quite obnoxious at times but knows what he is talking about
- Yokohama. I like the city a lot and to see that the hotel featured as Reiji's hotel was where I stayed at before and to see so many familiar sights of Yokohama in the drama bring back a lot of fond memories.
- And of course, seeing Ohno in a love comedy (his first & only) which coincidentally happened to be his last drama series before going on hiatus.

Disliked: 
- Haru is a good actress. However, when it comes to romance stories like this, I always have this feeling that she's emotionally detached from or should I say, not involved in the character. Maybe it's her cool image getting into the way at times but when the lead couple didn't look like they were in love, I found it difficult for me to root for them and get more invested emotionally in this drama.
- The pacing of the drama was generally fine but when it got to the emotional conflict towards the end, I found it too draggy. And the conclusion was...hmm...hard to say that it was bad but it certainly wasn't that impressive either.