Saturday, November 30, 2019

The 102nd Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2019) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Nagi no Oitoma
2) Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
3) Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
2) Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
3) Semi Otoko
4) Kantan na oshigoto desu. ni ouboshitemita
5) Nagi no Oitoma

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
2) Nagi no Oitoma
3) Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
4) Natsuzora
5) Dakara watashi wa sashimashita

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Nagi no Oitoma
2) Natsuzora
3) No Side Game
4) Kore wa keihi de ochimasen! / Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen - / Kansatsui Asagao

Source: The Television

Winners of the 44th Hochi Movie Awards (2019)

Best Japanese Movie: Mitsubachi to Enrai

Best Foreign Movie: Joker

Best Animation Movie: Tenki no Ko

Best Leading Actor: Nakai Kiichi (Kioku ni gozaimasen!)

Best Leading Actress: Nagasawa Masami (Masquerade Hotel / Confidence Man JP)

Best Supporting Actor: Narita Ryo (Chiwawa-chan / Ai ga nanda / Sayonara Kuchibiru)

Best Supporting Actress: Komatsu Nana (Kuru / Heisa Byoutou - Sorezore no Asa -"

Best Director: Sato Shinsuke (Kingdom)

Best Newcomer: Suzuka Oji (Mitsubachi to Enrai) / Tamashiro Tina (Diner / Aku no Hana)

Special Award: Tonde Saitama

Source: Natalie

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The 102nd Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2019) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Tanaka Kei - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
2) Ooizumi Yo - No Side Game
3) Yamada Ryosuke - Semi Otoko

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Tanaka Kei - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
2) Yamada Ryosuke - Semi Otoko
3) Ooizumi Yo - No Side Game
4) Karasawa Toshiaki - Voice 110 Kinkyuu Shireishitsu
5) Miura Haruma - Two Weeks

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Tanaka Kei - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
2) Ooizumi Yo - No Side Game
3) Yamada Ryosuke - Semi Otoko
4) Miura Haruma - Two Weeks
5) Harada Taizo - Sado

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Ooizumi Yo - No Side Game
2) Yamada Ryosuke - Semi Otoko
3) Tanaka Kei - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
4) Oomori Nao - Sign - Houigakusha Yuzuki Takashi no Jiken
5) Muro Tsuyoshi - I Turn

Source: The Televison

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 23rd & 24th Nov 2019

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

1) Frozen 2 (382)

2) Kessan! Chuushingura (338)

3) Terminator: Dark Fate (376)

4) Eiga Sumikkogurashi Tobidasu ehon to himitsu no ko (114)

5) IT: Chapter Two (350)

6) Joker (323)

7) Saenai heroine no sodatekata Fine (121)

8) Machine no owari ni (322)

9) Zombieland: Double Tap

10) Eiga Star Twinkle Puri Kyua Hoshi no uta ni omoi wo komete (231)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The 102nd Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2019) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Kuroki Haru - Nagi no Oitoma
2) Tabe Mikako - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
3) Hirose Suzu - Natsuzora

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Tabe Mikako - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
2) Kuroki Haru - Nagi no Oitoma
3) Harada Tomoyo - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -
4) Fukada Kyoko - Lupin no Musume
5) Ueno Juri - Kansatsui Asagao

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Kuroki Haru - Nagi no Oitoma
2) Hirose Suzu - Natsuzora
3) Tabe Mikako - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
4) Ueno Juri - Kansatsui Asagao
5) Harada Tomoyo - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Kuroki Haru - Nagi no Oitoma
2) Ueno Juri - Kansatsui Asagao
3) Hirose Suzu - Natsuzora
4) Tabe Mikako - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
5) Sakurai Yuki - Dakara watashi wa sashimashita
Kimura Fumino - Sagideka
Fukada Kyoko - Lupin no Musume

Source: The Television

Monday, November 25, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 16th & 17th Nov 2019

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

1) Terminator: Dark Fate (376)

2) Eiga Sumikkogurashi Tobidasu ehon to himitsu no ko (114)

3) IT: Chapter Two (350)

4) Joker (323)

5) Machine no owari ni (322)

6) Saenai heroine no sodatekata Fine (121)

7) Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (367)

8) Angel Has Fallen (182)

9) Hitoyo (266)

10) Re: Zero kara hajimeru isekai seikatsu Hyouketsu no kizuna (79)

Source: Eiga.com

The 102nd Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2019) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Takahashi Issei - Nagi no Oitoma
2) Shigeoka Daiki - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
3) Kusakari Masao - Natsuzora

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Shigeoka Daiki - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
2) Yokohama Ryuusei - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu-Hangekihen-
3) Masuda Takahisa - Voice 110 Kinkyuu Shireishitsu
4) Miyake Ken - Semi Otoko
5) Takahashi Issei - Nagi no Oitoma

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Takahashi Issei - Nagi no Oitoma
2) Shigeoka Daiki - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
3) Kusakari Masao - Natsuzora
4) Nakamura Tomoya - Nagi no Oitoma
5) Yokohama Ryuusei - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu-Hangekihen-

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Takahashi Issei - Nagi no Oitoma
2) Kusakari Masao - Natsuzora
Nakamura Tomoya - Nagi no Oitoma
4) Takasugi Mahiro - Sagideka
Miyazawa Hio - Gisou Furin

Source: The Televison

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The 102nd Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2019) - Best Supporting Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Nao - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu -Hangekihen-
2) Nishino Nanase - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu-Hangekihen-
3) Yamaguchi Tomoko - Natsuzora

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Nao - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu -Hangekihen-
2) Ito Sairi - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!
3) Nishino Nanase - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu-Hangekihen-
4) Kinami Haruka - Semi Otoko
5) Eguchi Noriko - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Nao - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu -Hangekihen-
2) Nishino Nanase - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu-Hangekihen-
3) Matsushima Nanako - Natsuzora
4) Shiraishi Sei - Dakara watashi wa sashimashita
5) Kimura Tae - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu-Hangekihen-

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Nao - Anata no ban desu / Anata no ban desu -Hangekihen-
Yamaguchi Tomoko - Natsuzora
3) Mita Yoshiko - Nagi no Oitoma
4) Koshiba Fuuka - Beshari Gurashi
5) Kinami Haruka - Semi Otoko

Source: The Television

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The 102nd Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2019) - Best Theme Song

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Uma to Shika - Yonezu Kenshi (No Side Game)
2) Yasashii ano ko - Spitz (Natsuzora)
3) Aitaiyo - Tezuka Shota (Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Doushimasuka, anata nara - Abe Mao (Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!)
2) Fanfare! - Hey! Say! JUMP (Semi Otoko)
3) Make It Hot - Snow Man (Kantan na oshigoto desu. ni oubou shitemita)
4) Aitaiyo - Tezuka Shota (Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -)
5) Uma to Shika - Yonezu Kenshi (No Side Game)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Yasashii ano ko - Spitz (Natsuzora)
2) Uma to Shika - Yonezu Kenshi (No Side Game)
3) STAND-ALONE - Aimer (Anata no ban desu & Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -)
4) Doushimasuka, anata nara - Abe Mao (Kore wa keihi de ochimasen!)
Aitaiyo - Tezuka Shota (Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -)
Asagao - Orisaka Yuta (Kansatsui Asagao)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Uma to Shika - Yonezu Kenshi (No Side Game)
2) Yasashii ano ko - Spitz (Natsuzora)
3) us - millet (Gisou Furin)
4) Aitaiyo - Tezuka Shota (Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen -)
5) Fanfare! - Hey! Say! JUMP (Semi Otoko)
Reboot - miwa (Nagi no Oitoma)
Sonachine - Tempalay (Zadou)

Source: The Televison

Monday, November 18, 2019

Winners of the 11th TAMA Film Awards (2019)

Best Movie: Randen / Nagai Owakare

Special Award: Tenki no Ko / Shinbun Kisha

Best Actor:
Yamazaki Tsutomu (Nagai Owakare)
Iura Arata (Randen / Kohaku / Akai Yuki / Tomerareruka, oretachi wo / Miyamoto kara kimi e / Dragon Quest Your Story)

Best Actress:
Aoi Yu (Nagai Owakare / Miyamoto kara kimi e / Zan / Aru sendou no hanashi / Kaiju no Kodomo)
Maeda Atsuko (Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari / Soushiki no Meijin / Machida-kun no sekai / Masquerade Hotel / Confidence Man JP)

Best New Actor:
Narita Ryo
Shimizu Hiroya

Best New Actress:
Kishii Yukino
Shim Eun-kyung

Source: Tama Film Awards

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sawajiri Erika arrested for possession of synthetic narcotics on 16 Nov 2019

Yet another actress is arrested for drug-related offences and you would have thought that these celebrities would have been scared after seeing what happened to those caught before them. Just this year alone, we already had high-profile cases like Pierre Taki and Taguchi Junnosuke who were convicted in their respective cases.

It is especially regrettable to see that Sawajiri Erika literally squandered what she built up over recent years after her controversial behaviour in the past with just one action. In particular, I wonder what will happen to NHK's 2020 Taiga "Kirin ga kuru" which already began filming in June this year and she plays a pretty significant role in it.

Here is a summary of the key facts as reported by the media:

- The police showed up at Sawajiri's apartment in Meguro Ward, Tokyo around 8.30am on 16 Nov where they found 2 capsules containing MDMA in powder form (about 0.09 grams). These capsules were in a plastic bag and kept in her 3-tiered accessories shelf. It was reported that she admitted to the drugs being hers and she was brought to the Metropolitan Police Department's HQ before being formally arrested at 1.30pm. The capsules and Sawajiri's mobile phone were seized during the raid. Sawajiri's mother lives with her in the same apartment and she was also there when the search by the police was taking place.

- Sawajiri was sent from the MPD's HQ to Wangan Police Station at 7.15pm and will be sent to the prosecutors on the following day i.e. 17 Nov.

- Coincidentally, Sawajiri was caught on video by Japan News Network (JNN) the night before her arrest. She was said to have left her apartment around 9.45pm on 15 Nov and took a taxi to a club in Shibuya. It was reported that the police came knocking on her door just as she returned to her home the following morning.

- Since the beginning of this month, there have been a number of high-profile arrests of people involved in drug-related offences including former talent Tashiro Masashi, professional snowboarder Kokubo Kazuhiro and financial trader KAZMAX (Yoshizawa Kazuma). This coincides with the campaign spearheaded by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the local prefectural governments to stem out drug abuse. It was reported that the authorities received information about Sawajiri thus leading to the search of her apartment.

- Sawajiri's agency avex management released a statement in the evening of 16 Nov where they apologised for this case causing worry and concern to their work partners and her fans. They stressed that they are trying to find out more about the case and will announce in the near future as to what they will do to deal with this. Sawajiri had her contract cancelled by her previous agency in September 2009 for breach of contract and inappropriate behaviour after she showed her displeasure at the first-day-screening event of her movie in September 2007. She transferred to avex in April 2010.

- In response to her arrest, Sawajiri's CMs for Suntory's Horoyoi has been removed from the company's YouTube channel in the same evening. Her CM and behind-the-scenes clip for recruitment search engine Indeed Japan which were just released on 15 Nov, were also removed from the company's YouTube channel.

- With regard to her role in NHK Taiga drama "Kirin ga kuru" which will begin its run from 5 Jan 2020, NHK said that they are discussing what to do about this especially since she will appear from the first episode and plays an important character in the story. She is acting as Kicho (Nohime), the daughter of Saito Dosan (Motoki Masahiro), who will become Oda Nobunaga's (Sometani Shota) first wife later. Filming for the drama began on 4 June this year.
Coincidentally, this is the second year in a row that NHK's Taiga dramas are facing a similar issue i.e. a cast member caught for drug offences. Pierre Taki who initially appeared in this year's "Idaten", was caught in March and his role was taken over by Miyake Hiroki who had to redo the filming.

- Sawajiri was the host for NHK BS Premium's documentary "Another Stories Unmei no Bunkiten" for 2 years from Oct 2016 which could be watched on NHK On-demand previously. Following her arrest, her 10 episodes have been taken off from the site.

- Sawajiri also appears in the movie "Ningen Shikaku Dazai Osamu to Sannin no Onnatachi" starring Oguri Shun which has been showing since September 2019. It remains to be seen if her arrest will affect the movie's release in any way.

Sources: Chunichi Sports / Daily / Sponichi Annex / BuzzFeed Japan / TBS News / Oricon

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 9th & 10th Nov 2019

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

1) Terminator: Dark Fate (376)

2) IT: Chapter Two (350)

3) Eiga Sumikkogurashi Tobidasu ehon to himitsu no ko (114)

4) Joker (323)

5) Machine no owari ni (322)

6) Re: Zero kara hajimeru isekai seikatsu Hyouketsu no kizuna (79)

7) Hitoyo (266)

8) Sekai kara kibou ga kieta nara (179)

9) Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (367)

10) Saenai heroine no sodatekata Fine (121)

Source: Eiga.com

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 2nd & 3rd Nov 2019

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

1) IT: Chapter Two (350)

2) Joker (323)

3) Machine no owari ni (322)

4) Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (367)

5) Sekai kara kibou ga kieta nara (179)

6) Saenai heroine no sodatekata Fine (121)

7) Eiga Star Twinkle Puri Kyua Hoshi no uta ni omoi wo komete (231)

8) Heisa Byoutou Sorezore no asa (279)

9) Gemini Man (352)

10) Black Kousoku (155)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Winners of the 17th Confidence Award Drama Prize (Summer 2019)

Best Excellence Award - Drama: Nagi no Oitoma (TBS)

Excellence Award - Drama: Dakara watashi wa oshimashita (NHK)

Excellence Award - Drama: Kansatsui Asagao (FujiTV)

Best Leading Actor: Ooizumi Yo - No Side Game (TBS)

Best Leading Actress: Ueno Juri - Kansatsui Asagao (FujiTV)

Best Supporting Actor: Nakamura Tomoya - Nagi no Oitoma (TBS)

Best Supporting Actress: Mita Yoshiko - Nagi no Oitoma (TBS)

Best Newcomer: Shigeoka Daiki - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen! (NHK)

Source: Oricon

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Preview of "Kyoujou" (Drama SP)

Title: Kyoujou 教場 (Classroom)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Dates: 4 & 5 Jan 2020 at 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original novel by: Nagaoka Hiroki
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Kudo Asuka, Kawaguchi Haruna, Hayashi Kento, Aoi Wakana, Inowaki Kai, Nishihata Daigo, Tomita Miu, Mikata Ryosuke, Murai Ryota, Sato Hitomi, Wada Masato, Ishida Akira, Takahashi Hitomi, Kakei Toshio, Mitsuishi Ken, Oshima Yuko, Miura Shohei & Kohinata Fumiyo

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Winners of the Tokyo Drama Award 2019

Drama Series - Grand Prix: Sannen A-gumi - Ima kara minnasan wa, hitojichi desu - (NTV)

Drama Series - Excellence Award: 
- Toumei na Yurikago (NHK)
- dele (TV Asahi)
- Dairenai ~ Boku wo wasureru kimi to (TBS)
- Kinou nani tabeta? (TV Tokyo)

Drama SP - Grand Prix: A dewa nai kimi to (TV Tokyo)

Drama SP - Excellence Award:
- Sagi no Ko (NHK)
- Mangan (NHK)
- Les Miserables Owarinaki Tabiji (FujiTV)

Best Leading Actor: Suda Masaki (Sannen A-gumi - ima kara minnasan wa, hitojichi desu -)

Best Leading Actress: Kiyohara Kaya (Toumei na Yurikago)

Best Supporting Actor: Yokohama Ryuusei (Hajimete koi wo shita hi ni yomu hanashi)

Best Supporting Actress: Kuroki Hana (Kemono ni narenai watashitachi)

Best Scriptwriter: Adachi Naoko (Toumei na Yurikago / Kinou nani tabeta?)

Best Director: Fukuda Yuichi (Kyou kara ore wa!!)

Best Theme Song: "inside you" by milet (Scandal Senmon Bengoshi QUEEN)

Source: Natalie

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 26th & 27th Oct 2019

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

1) Joker (323)

2) Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (367)

3) Sekai kara kibou ga kieta nara (179)

4) Gemini Man (352)

5) Saenai heroine no sodatekata Fine (121)

6) Eiga Star Twinkle Puri Kyua Hoshi no uta ni omoi wo komete (231)

7) Saikou no jinsei no mitsukekata (348)

8) Yesterday (106)

9) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

10) Sora no aosa wo shiru hito yo (318)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Preview of "Ossans Love - in the sky -" - Autumn 2019

Title: Ossans Love - in the sky - おっさんずラブ - in the sky -
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 2 Nov 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Negai" by sumika
Cast: Tanaka Kei, Yoshida Kotaro, Chiba Yuudai, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Satsukawa Aimi, MEGUMI, Masana Bokuzo, Kizaki Yuria, Kataoka Kyoko & Suzuka Oji

Monday, October 21, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 19th & 20th Oct 2019

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

1) Joker (323)

2) Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (367)

3) Eiga Star Twinkle Puri Kyua Hoshi no uta ni omoi wo komete (231)

4) Sekai kara kibou ga kieta nara (179)

5) Saikou no jinsei no mitsukekata (348)

6) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

7) Sora no aosa wo shiru hito yo (318)

8) Yesterday (106)

9) HiGH & LOW THE WORST (322)

10) Rakuen (297)

Source: Eiga.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 12th & 13th Oct 2019

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

1) Joker (323)

2) Saikou no jinsei no mitsukekata (348)

3) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

4) Sora no aosa wo shiru hito yo (318)

5) HiGH & LOW THE WORST (322)

6) Mitsubachi to Enrai (323)

7) Yesterday (106)

8) Tenki no Ko (358)

9) Kaguyasama wa kokurasetai Tensaitachi no renai zunousen (290)

10) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (200)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Chou no Rikigaku Satsujin Bunsekihan" - Autumn 2019

Title: Chou no Rikigaku Satsujin Bunsekihan 蝶の力学 殺人分析班 (The dynamics of the butterfly Murder analysis unit)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 17 Nov 2019
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 6
Original novel by: Asami Kazushi
Cast: Kimura Fumino, Aoki Munetaka, Watanabe Ikkei, Kitami Toshiyuki, Fujimoto Takahiro, Koyanagi Yu, Kanno Misuzu, Katsumura Masanobu, Danta Yasunori, Nakamura Tooru & Kikuchi Rinko

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Preview of "Hidarikiki no Eren" - Autumn 2019

Title: Hidarikiki no Eren 左ききのエレン (The left-handed Eren)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 20 Oct 2019 (MBS) / 22 Oct 2019 (TBS)
Timeslot: Sundays 12.50am (MBS) / Tuesdays 1.28am (TBS)
Broadcast by: MBS & TBS
Original manga by: Kappi & nifuni
Theme Song: "Megami" by Polkadot Stingray
Ending Theme Song: "Atosaki" by GOOD ON THE REEL
Cast: Kamio Fuuju, Ikeda Elaiza, Ishizaki Huwie, Nakamura Yurika, Imaizumi Yui, Yoshimura Kaito, Tanaka Makoto, Kubota Sayu, Yagi Arisa, Itabashi Shunya, Maruyama Tomomi, Murasugi Seminosuke, Sakata Masanobu, Hannya & Horibe Keisuke

Monday, October 14, 2019

Preview of "Million Joe" - Autumn 2019

Title: Million Joe ミリオンジョー
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Wednesdays 1.35am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Toguchi Ryoji & Ichimaru Iroha
Theme Song: "Edge of Days" by Kis-My-Ft2
Cast: Kitayama Hiromitsu, Hagiwara Masato, Imaizumi Yui, Fukami Motoki, Nagano, Miura Masaki, Takeda Kohei, Tsuda Kanji & Sugawara Daikichi

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Preview of "Haru Sougou Shosha no Onna" - Autumn 2019

Title: Haru Sougou Shosha no Onna ハル総合商社の女 (Haru The woman of a general trading company)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 21 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Mondays 10pm
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Theme Song: "Baton" by wacci
Opening theme song: "Shiroku nuritsubuse" by Kotone
Cast: Nakatani Miki, Fujiki Naohito, Shirasu Jin, Oshinari Shugo, Yamanaka Takashi, Kaji Masaki, Watanabe Kunito, Terada Kokoro & Okuda Eiji

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Preview of "Doctor X 6 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~" - Autumn 2019

Title: Doctor X 6 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~ ドクターX 6 ~ 外科医大門未知子 ~
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start DateL 17 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Thursdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "So What" by P!NK
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Yusuke Santa Maria, Uchida Yuki, Endo Kenichi, Katsumura Masanobu, Suzuki Kosuke, Takeda Shinji, Shimizu Michiko, Fujimori Shingo, Imada Mio, Tozuka Junki, Kawakita Mayuko, Kawase Riko, Kishibe Iitoku, Ichimura Masachika & Nishida Toshiyuki

Friday, October 11, 2019

Preview of "Jikou Keisatsu Hajimemashita" - Autumn 2019

Title: Jikou Keisatsu Hajimemashita 時効警察はじめました (Statute of Limitations Police Begins)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Fridays 11.15pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Theme Song: "Kouzen no Himitsu" by Shiina Ringo
Cast: Odagiri Jo, Asou Kumiko, Yoshioka Riho, Isomura Hayato, Toyohara Kousuke, Fuse Eri, Eguchi Noriko, Hida Yasuhito, Naitou Risa, Tanaka Makoto, Mitsuishi Ken & Iwamatsu Ryo

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Preview of "Hitori Camp de Kutteneru" - Autumn 2019

Title: Hitori Camp de Kutteneru ひとりキャンプ食って寝る (Eating and sleeping during a solo camping trip)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 18 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Fridays 12.52am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Theme Song: "to the moon" by Yogee New Waves
Cast: Miura Takahiro & Kaho

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Preview of "Shiyakusho" - Autumn 2019

Title: Shiyakusho 死役所 (The ward office for the dead)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 16 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Wednesdays 12.12am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Azumi Kishi
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Kuroshima Yuina, Kiyohara Sho, Yo Kimiko, Matsumoto Marika & Denden

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Preview of "Shinmai Shimai no Futarigohan" - Autumn 2019

Title: Shinmai Shimai no Futarigohan 新米姉妹のふたりごはん (Let's Have a Meal Together)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 10 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Thursdays 1am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Hiiragi Yutaka
Theme Song: "Itadakimasu" by Koresawa
Cast: Yamada Anna, Ootomo Karen, Tanaka Mei, Imou Haruka & Ashina Sei

Monday, October 07, 2019

Winners of Nikkansports Dorama Grand Prix (Summer 2019)

There were 855 valid votes for this round of voting between 12 Sep and 19 Sep 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) Natsuzora (140)
2) Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen - / No Side Game (122)
4) Kore wa keihi de ochimasen! (73)
5) Nagi no Oitoma (42)

Best Leading Actor
1) Ooizumi Yo - No Side Game (209)
2) Tanaka Kei - Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen - (156)
3) Karasawa Toshiaki - Voice 110 Kinkyuu Shireishitsu (71)
4) Higashiyama Noriyuki - Keiji Shichinin (66)
5) Miura Haruma - TWO WEEKS (42)

Best Leading Actress
1) Hirose Suzu - Natsuzora (191)
2) Tabe Mikako - Kore wa keihi de ochimasen (129)
3) Fukada Kyoko - Lupin no Musume (109)
4) Ueno Juri - Kansatsui Asagao (85)
5) Sawaguchi Yasuko - Kasouken no Onna (73)

Best Supporting Actor
1) Kusakari Masao - Natsuzora (165)
2) Yokohama Ryuusei - Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen - (65)
3) Kamikawa Takaya - No Side Game (39)
4) Takahashi Issei - Nagi no Oitoma (35)
5) Tokito Saburo - Kansatsui Asagao (33)

Best Supporting Actress
1) Yamaguchi Tomoko - Natsuzora (82)
2) Matsushima Nanako - Natsuzora / Nishino Nanase - Anata no ban desu - Hangekihen - (73)
4) Matsu Takako - No Side Game (55)
5) Maki Youko - Voice 110 Kinkyuu Shireishitsu (44)

Source: Nikkansports

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 5th & 6th Oct 2019

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

1) Joker (323)

2) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

3) HiGH&LOW THE WORST (322)

4) Mitsubachi to Enrai (323)

5) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (200)

6) Kaguyasama wa kokurasetai Tensaitachi no renai zunousen (290)

7) Tenki no Ko (358)

8) Ningen Shikaku Dazai Osamu to Sannin no onnatachi (320)

9) HELLO WORLD (254)

10) Annabelle Comes Home (169)

Source: Eiga.com

Preview of "Kodoku no Gurume Season 8" - Autumn 2019

Title: Kodoku no Gurume Season 8 孤独のグルメシーズン8 (The Solitary Gourmet Season 8)
Official website: here
Official Facebook: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 4 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Fridays 12.12am
Broadcast by: TV Tokyo
Original manga by: Kusumi Masayuki / Taniguchi Jirou
Opening theme song: "Goo, Goo, Goro!" by The Screen Tones
Ending theme song: "Gorou no 12PM" by Denmi
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Preview of "Aibou season 18" - Autumn 2019

Title: Aibou season 18 相棒18
Official website: here
Official blog: here
Official Facebook: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date 9 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Thursdays 9pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi, Nakama Yukie, Asari Yosuke, Suzuki Anju, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Kishibe Ittoku, Sugimoto Tetta, Emoto Akira, Ishizaka Koji etc.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Preview of "Nippon Noir ~ Keiji Y no Hanran ~" - Autumn 2019

Title: Nippon Noir - Keiji Y no Hanran - ニッポンノワール - 刑事Yの反乱 - (Japan Noir ~ The Rebellion of Detective Y ~)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 13 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Sundays 10.30pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: "Ai wa slow ni chotto zutsu" by Southern All Stars
Cast: Kaku Kento, Hirosue Ryoko, Kaho, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Kudo Asuka, Sasai Eisuke, Sugimoto Tetta, Tachibana Eri, Sasano Takashi, Tanoi Ken, Kitamura Kazuki & Iura Arata

Friday, October 04, 2019

Preview of "Ore no hanashi wa nagai" - Autumn 2019

Title: Ore no hanashi wa nagai 俺の話は長い (I have a long story)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Theme Song: "Tomoyo" by Kanjani 8
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Yasuda Ken, Koike Eiko, Kiyohara Kaya, Sugino Yosuke, Mizusawa Rintaro, Hamatani Kenji, Honda Chikara, Kinari, Nishimura Masahiko & Harada Mieko

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 28th & 29th Sep 2019

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

1) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

2) Kaguyasama wa kokurasetai Tensaitachi no renai zunousen (290)

3) Tenki no Ko (358)

4) Ningen Shikaku Dazai Osamu to Sannin no onnatachi (320)

5) Ad Astra (354)

6) HELLO WORLD (254)

7) Gekijouban Ossans Love LOVE or DEAD (313)

8) Annabelle Comes Home (169)

9) Ninkyo Gakuen (186)

10) The Lion King (372)

Source: Eiga.com

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Preview of "Douki no Sakura" - Autumn 2019

Title: Douki no Sakura 同期のサクラ
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Hashimoto Ai, Arata Mackenyu, Ryuusei Ryo, Okayama Amane, Tsukayama Masane, Kusakawa Takuya, Ohno Ito, Aibu Saki & Shiina Kippei

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Preview of "CHEAT" - Autumn 2019

Title: CHEAT チート
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 3 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Thursdays 11.59pm
Broadcast by: YTV
Theme Song: "stay gold" by Momoiro Clover Z
Cast: Honda Tsubasa, Kaneko Daichi, Uesugi Shuhei, Fukuhara Haruka, Tomita Miu, Yokota Mayu, Kiyohara Sho, Ikeuchi Mansaku, Kiriyama Ren & Kazama Shunsuke

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Preview of "Grand Maison Tokyo" - Autumn 2019

Title: Grand Maison Tokyo グランメゾン東京
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 20 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Sundays 9pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Theme Song: "RECIPE" by Yamashita Tatsuro
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Suzuki Kyoka, Tamamori Yuta, Kanichiro, Asakura Aki, Yoshitani Ayako, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura An, Tezuka Tooru, Oikawa Mitsuhiro & Sawamura Ikki

Monday, September 30, 2019

Preview of "G Senjou no Anata to Watashi" - Autumn 2019

Title: G Senjou no Anata to Watashi G線上のあなたと私 (You and I on the G String)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 15 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Ikuemi Ryo
Cast: Haru, Nakagawa Taishi, Sakurai Yuki, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Mao, Takizawa Karen, Morioka Ryu, Nagano Munenori, Konishi Haru, Iketani Nobue, Hino Yojin, Nagano Satomi, Shida Masayuki, Yazaki Yusa, Ogi Hiroaki, Natsuki Yoko & Matsushita Yuki

Sunday, September 29, 2019

TOKIO's leader Joshima Shigeru holds a press conference to announce his marriage to Kikuchi Risa

Following news of TOKIO's leader Joshima Shigeru's marriage to Kikuchi Risa yesterday, he held a press conference in Tokyo on 28 September where he revealed all the details about his relationship with his wife and touched on topics such as whether and when TOKIO will resume its band activities.

Here are the highlights from the press conference today:

- Before the press conference started, TOKIO's songs were played in the background until Joshima appeared on stage. The songs were also played when Joshima left the venue after the press conference.

- He began by thanking the media for coming to the press conference at such short notice and apologised that despite his marriage being a private matter, he wanted to make the announcement to everyone through this event.

- Kikuchi is currently 4 months pregnant and due to give birth in March 2020. The couple are already living together.

- The couple filed their marriage application today with the help of a representative.

- Joshima admitted with a smile that having been in Johnny's Jimusho for more than 30 years, this press conference was the most nerve-wracking for him to date.

- The marriage proposal to Kikuchi was made at her family home early this year when he visited her family during the New Year holidays. While out on a walk with her, he said "幸せにするので結婚してください" (I will make you happy so please marry me) to which she said yes.

- The couple met through mutual friends in autumn 2015 when they were dining at a restaurant. They started off as friends before going into a relationship later that year. However, he was conscious of how young she was and decided that they should take things slow. Nonetheless, there was a period of time when they decided to go their separate ways but reconciled later because they still had feelings for each other.

- As for plans to hold a wedding and banquet, Joshima said that they didn't have any firm dates in mind. Since he felt that the star of the wedding should be the bride, he will respect her wishes as to when they would do this. He revealed that they would probably just have an intimate gathering with their families for the wedding.

- As for the wedding ring, he admitted that he hasn't prepared that yet and even flashed his left hand to the media to show that he wasn't wearing a ring, much to their amusement.

- When asked about how he felt about his child going to be born next spring, Joshima said that it was an indescribable feeling because he is an only child and had wanted siblings. He never expected that he would become a father one day so he is just very happy about the impending arrival of his child.

- When asked if he would allow his child (assuming it's a boy) to join Johnny's Jimusho in future, Joshima said that he didn't even know whether the baby is going to be a boy or girl so he will think about that after the baby is born. However, he joked that if it's a boy, he would most likely recommend his son to be in a band rather than be in a dance group because "bands would last longer in showbiz compared to idols".

- As for his 24-year age difference with Kikuchi being the talk of town (Joshima is turning 49 in November so the actual age difference should be 25 years old), he said that she is mature beyond her age and he hardly felt their age gap during their daily interactions. He praised his wife for being a great cook especially when cooking dishes with a Kansai style (Joshima was raised in Nara). In fact, Joshima joked that the only time when he felt their age difference was how his body would ache after work.

- When asked about the ages of his in-laws, Joshima said that he didn't want to touch on that but still revealed that his mother-in-law is younger than him while his father-in-law was about the same age as him.

- Joshima revealed that he announced his marriage to his TOKIO members at the same time when they were together and was greeted by cheers of "Wa!" because they were so surprised. The members even joked to him that they are relieved because they would no longer have to take care of Joshima in his old age now that he's married.

- In the congratulatory comments released by the members, Kokubun Taichi said that he never imagined that there would be a day when they could congratulate Leader for getting married while Matsuoka Masahiro joked that his marriage is a huge relief for them. Nagase Tomoya reminded Leader not to push himself too hard since he has a family now and that he should take good care of his health.

- When asked about TOKIO's activities as a band, Joshima said that when something starts, there will come a day when it ends but it is not easy to end things. The challenge is how to continue when faced with difficulties. The band do feel that they want to continue their music activities even in the 30th or 40th year of their career. He revealed that they have been talking about this especially with Nagase who has been their music producer for a while on how they want to make a comeback, in what format and when. However, rather than rush into things, they would like to let nature run its course because this is not something as simple as just writing a new song. In the meantime, it's best that they try to improve themselves and make a great comeback when it's the right time.

- When asked to comment on his still-single band members Matsuoka & Nagase, he began by saying that meeting the right person is sometimes dictated by destiny and hoped that they would find someone in future.

- Joshima had declared in the past that he would be the last in the band to marry after everyone else got hitched. When asked by the media that he had gotten married ahead of the two youngest members in TOKIO and "went back on that promise", he commented that he was young then and felt that work was more important than marriage at that time. As for being told by the media that he is the first and only leader of a still-active Johnny's group to get married, Joshima said that he didn't realise this though but joked that he will leave it to Kishi Yuuta of King & Prince (the newest group in Johnny's to have made their major debut) to break this jinx in future.

- Joshima had also informed his seniors such as Kondo Masahiko, Higashiyama Noriyuki, Kimura Takuya & Nakai Masahiro and juniors in the agency about his marriage. However, he hasn't had the chance to tell V6's Sakamoto Masayuki who is about the same age as him because he feels a bit sorry for "leaving him behind in bachelorhood" and will contact him after the press conference. Joshima joked that he will probably "poke fun" at Sakamoto since he will be experiencing marriage life and fatherhood ahead of the latter.

- At the end of the 1-hour-long press conference, Joshima went to the venue's exit and greeted every single member of the media while passing them a souvenir which contained a message card about his marriage announcement and Japanese sweets from Nagaokake in Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture which had the words "kansha" (gratitude) and "J" printed on them. Fukushima Prefecture is the place where the DASH Village from NTV variety show "The Tetsuwan Dash" was located at.

Sources: Natalie / Oricon 1 / Oricon 2

Preview of "4 Punkan no Marigold" - Autumn 2019

Title: 4 Punkan no Marigold 4分間のマリーゴールド (Marigold in 4 Minutes)
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official LINE: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Fridays 10pm
Broadcast by: TBS
Original manga by: Kirie
Cast: Fukushi Souta, Nanao, Yokohama Ryuusei, Nishimura Motoki, Ito Asahi, Sekimizu Nagisa, Suzuki Yuuka, Asou Yumi, Miura Masaki, Nishio Mari, Hashimoto Jun & Kiritani Kenta

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Preview of "Motokare Mania" - Autumn 2019

Title: Motokare Mania モトカレマニア (Ex-boyfriend Mania)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 17 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Thursdays 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original manga by: Takinami Yukari
Theme Song: "Revival Love" by Choutokkyuu
Opening Theme: "Asymmetry" by Yasuda Rei
Cast: Araki Yuuko, Koura Kengo, Hamano Kenta, Tanaka Minami, Yoshiko, Morita Kanro, Sekiguchi Mandy, Kato Toranosuke, Daichi, Inoue Shota, Kote Shinya & Yamaguchi Sayaka

Friday, September 27, 2019

Preview of "Mada Kekkon Dekinai Otoko" - Autumn 2019

Title: Mada Kekkon Dekinai Otoko まだ結婚できない男 (The man who still can't get married)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Tuesdays 9pm
Broadcast by: Kansai TV
Theme Song: "Mada Swimmy" by Mochida Kaori
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Yoshida Yo, Fukagawa Mai, Tsukamoto Takashi, Sakihi Miyu, Taira Yuna, Anan Atsuko, Nao, Arai Atsushi, Onodera Zuru, Fuwa Mansaku, Miura Rieko, Omi Toshinori, Inamori Izumi & Kusabue Mitsuko

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Preview of "Sherlock: Untold Stories" - Autumn 2019

Title: Sherlock: Untold Stories シャーロック アントールドストーリーズ
Official website: here
Official Instagram: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Mondays 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original novel by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Theme Song: "Shelly" by Dean Fujioka
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Iwata Takanori, Yamada Maho, Yuutarou & Sasaki Kuranosuke

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Preview of "Rika" - Autumn 2019

Title: Rika リカ
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Saturdays 11.40pm
Broadcast by: Tokai TV / FujiTV
Original novel by: Igarashi Takahisa
Theme Song: "STRIP" by Kouda Kumi
Cast: Takaoka Saki, Koike Teppei, Ootani Ryohei, Natsuna, Tokunaga Eri, Kashiwabara Shuji & Nishioka Tokuma

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 21st & 22nd Sep 2019

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

1) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

2) Kaguyasama wa kokurasetai Tensaitachi no renai zunousen (290)

3) Ad Astra (354)

4) Tenki no Ko (358)

5) Ningen Shikaku Dazai Osamu to Sannin no onnatachi (320)

6) HELLO WORLD (254)

7) Gekijouban Ossans Love LOVE or DEAD (313)

8) The Lion King (372)

9) Mienai Mokugekisha (248)

10) Annabelle Comes Home (169)

Source: Eiga.com

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 14th & 15th Sep 2019

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

1) Kioku ni gozaimasen! (351)

2) Kaguyasama wa kokurasetai Tensaitachi no renai zunousen (290)

3) Tenki no Ko (358)

4) Ningen Shikaku Dazai Osamu to Sannin no onnatachi (320)

5) The Lion King (372)

6) Gekijouban Ossans Love LOVE or DEAD (313)

7) A Dog's Journey (254)

8) Violet Evergarden Gaiden Eien to jidou shuki ningyou (83)

9) Gekijouban ONE PIECE STAMPEDE (352)

10) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (282)

Source: Eiga.com

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

And so, this is probably why the ending of "Anata no ban desu" was "incomplete"...

If this article is to be believed, there is a valid reason why the ending of "Anata no ban desu" was "incomplete". I have highlighted the key points here and tried to avoid posting any spoilers so you can read this without any worries:

- Despite the high rating achieved by the finale, NTV has been flooded with complaints on the phone and online because of many unanswered questions in the ending. It was estimated that more than 90% of posts and comments online were from dissatisfied viewers.

- Despite the real killer being arrested, the final moments of the finale hinted at more new mysteries and the presence of yet another mastermind.

- Apparently, this was done on purpose by NTV because there is supposed to be another 2-part special episode which will be streamed via its affiliate company Hulu on 23rd and 29th September. Akimoto Yasushi who conceptualised the story, will answer all the questions from the viewers in this programme.

- The producer of "Anata no ban desu" initially wanted to add a telop at the end of the finale saying that "the story will be continued on Hulu" but the NTV director in charge of programming was furious about this and objected to the idea. This was because this producer had created a big fiasco back in 2017 when the "real ending" of Summer 2017 drama "Aishitetatte, Himitsu wa aru" starring Fukushi Souta was shown on Hulu after the airing of the final episode. The director concerned was said to have scolded the producer for ignoring the interests of viewers and that this was wrong morally.

- Due to the absence of such a telop, the viewers were left with an "incomplete" ending with many unanswered questions causing a lot of confusion.
However, if the telop was included, this could have caused a bigger outburst from viewers and get NTV into trouble with BPO (Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organisation) for its overly aggressive tactics to make people sign up for Hulu just to watch the full ending.

- NTV is said to be bidding its time to find the right moment to make the announcement about the SP. Although fans would probably be glad to have the complete answer, they would probaly be eager to flood NTV with criticism over the way it is done as well.

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Apparently, NTV still hasn't learned its lesson from 2017 when it was scolded for airing the real ending of Fukushi Souta's drama on Hulu. At that time, they even tried to argue their way out by saying that the Hulu episode was not the true ending but the explanation was hardly believable. Anyway, NTV has never been afraid of courting controversy and this probably won't be the last time it will pull a publicity stunt and have it backfire on them.

To me, a TV drama is meant to be shown entirely on TV. If you want to have alternative content like "Tobira no mukou" which explains more about the stories behind the characters, that's fine because I see it more as "enrichment" content which I can choose to view or not and probably doesn't matter so much to the main story. By showing the drama on a free-to-air channel, everyone should be entitled to watch it without having to pay extra unless you are subscribing to a cable network like WOWOW. And mind you, I am actually paying subscription fees to watch Gem which is related to NTV so I am not getting access for free.

As such, when it's a critical part of the story such as the ending that is deliberately shown elsewhere for no apparent reason other than to compel people to sign up for a paid service, I find this rather immoral. If you have no intention of delivering the full deal, I probably wouldn't have bothered watching the drama from the start if you tell me this upfront. After 6 months of following this drama, you are telling people that you have to pay to watch the ending? And so what if I do sign up for Hulu? When not all of the content can be viewed by international viewers due to region restrictions, it is meaningless for me to pay for such an "incomplete" service because I don't get all of what I want. And this is precisely why I still do not want to sign up for Netflix or other similar services even though there are some Japanese content which I want to watch.

Regardless of when NTV makes the announcement about the SP, they will surely suffer a backlash. Sooner or later doesn't make much of a difference. As far as I am concerned, I will be done with this drama when I watch the finale on Gem tonight. No way am I going to sign up for Hulu just to see Akimoto tell me the answers. Oh well, I probably won't be able to see it even if I do sign up because of region restrictions again! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Preview of "Aku no Hadou Satsujin Bunsekihan Spinoff" - Autumn 2019

Title: Aku no Hadou Satsujin Bunsekihan Spinoff 悪の波動 殺人分析班スピンオフ (The wave motion of evil - Murder analysis section spinoff)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 6 Oct 2019
Timeslot: Sundays 10.30pm
Broadcast by: WOWOW
Total number of episodes: 5
Original novel by: Asami Kazushi
Cast: Furukawa Yuuki, SUMIRE, Fukazawa Tatsuya, Hirano Kinari, Chiba Tetsuya, Anan Kenji, Nikaidou Satoshi, Tsurumi Shingo, Ikeda Tetsuhiro & Kimura Fumino