'Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji' to return with a 5th season this summer
Fans of the widely popular medical drama series 'Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji' will be delighted to hear that Fuji TV has just announced that there is going to be a new season this summer.
'Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji' is set at an emergency ward and follows a team of doctors as they try to save as many lives as possible. This time the main cast will be slightly different due to the sudden withdrawal of actor Eguchi Yosuke, who had been portraying 'Shindo Kazuo' since the first season.
Actress Matsushima Nanako, who has also been part of this series since the beginning except for the second season, is going to reprise her role as 'Kojima Kaede'. It's her first drama starring role since 'Kaseifu no Mita' (NTV) in 2011. Actor Sasaki Kuranosuke was already confirmed as a new addition to the main cast, while actor Tokito Saburo was approached after the withdrawal of Eguchi just before the start of the production.
DREAMS COME TRUE are once again going to write the theme song for the new season. The title for the song has yet to be announced.
The plot of the new season focuses on Kaede, who has become the chief of the medical staff of the emergency and critical care center at a university hospital. She has difficulties gathering a team of doctors around her and still lacks the confidence to be a leader, yet has to work under the pressure of the expectations of a university hospital. The only member of her team is emergency doctor 'Honsho Masaharu' (Sasaki), but one day the organ transplant specialist 'Natsume Mamoru' decides to become an emergency doctor and joins her team. This season is going to depict Kaede's struggles as a doctor, medical chief and as a woman.
It will be interesting to see how this series can compensate for the loss of the character 'Shindo Kazuo', at least for this season. The expectations are high, since the previous four seasons never recorded average ratings of less than 19% and Matsushima's previous drama engagement with a leading role reached ratings as high as 40%.
Fuji TV is going to start airing the fifth season of 'Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji' in July.
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