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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/18~09/20

    September 23, 2012 @ 1:36 am

    [caption id="attachment_268232" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/18~09/20"][/caption] It's never good to come in last and the same can be said about the dramas that haven't yet aired their final episode, because it definitely won't become easier with all those mid-season variety specials touting for viewers. The Tuesday drama 'Iki mo Dekinai Natsu' (Fuji TV) was able to gain some viewers compared to las

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/10~09/13

    September 16, 2012 @ 1:24 am

    [caption id="attachment_266905" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/10~09/13"][/caption] There is almost only one week left for most of the summer dramas and some dramas are able to pick up pace on their the final sprint. The Monday drama 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji TV) truly seems to be on a roll right now with. Over the last four weeks it continuously gained viewers and this week endowed itself with the

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/03~09/06

    September 9, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    [caption id="attachment_265282" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/03~09/06"][/caption] The summer season is gradually coming to an end and the first three dramas have already aired their last episodes earlier this week. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) is still doing doing pretty bad and reached a new personal low of 5.4% (minus 0.3%). You can't say the same about 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji T

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/27~08/30

    September 1, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    [caption id="attachment_263851" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 08/27~08/30"][/caption] This week the Tuesday dramas had some trouble attracting viewers and on Thursday it was the U-20 women's soccer match between Japan and South Korea that stole the show. As for Monday, there is nothing special to report about the dramas. 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) didn't change at all (rating: 5.7%), while 'Rich Ma

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/20~08/23

    August 26, 2012 @ 1:13 am

    [caption id="attachment_262579" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 08/20~08/23"][/caption] It was another positive week for some of the more popular dramas, but the rest also didn't lose all too many viewers. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) continued to stay around its current season average with a rating of 5.7% (minus 0.9%), but 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji TV) finally escaped from its Olympic s

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 08/13~08/16

    August 18, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    [caption id="attachment_261294" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 08/13~08/16"][/caption] The ratings are beginning to normalize again after the conclusion of the 2012 London Olympics. Almost half of the dramas that air from Monday until Thursday were able to recover enough to even improve their respective season average. Of course the Monday dramas had it a bit more difficult. Although the closing ceremony

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – July 23rd~July 26th

    July 29, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    [caption id="attachment_256894" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – July 23rd~July 26th"][/caption] Finally a rather pleasant week for most of the dramas again and the London 2012 Olympics are starting strong with two football (soccer) matches. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) was able to recover by 1.5% up to an acceptable level again with 7.1%, while 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji TV) surprised with

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – July 16th~July 19th

    July 21, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_255094" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – July 16th~July 19th"][/caption] This week's highlight was a very strong finale by the NHK drama 'Hatsukoi'. Some dramas were able to recover from the poor ratings last week, while others had yet to experience the second-episode-plunge. It looks like viewers aren't taking to Monday drama 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) anymore this season. Des

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  • Mr.Children to provide a theme song for Inoue Mao's drama 'Tokkan'

    June 8, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    On June 7th, it was announced that Mr.Children's new single (title and release date undecided) will be providing a theme song for Inoue Mao's new drama 'Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushukan'. This new NTV drama is scheduled to air starting on July 4th, and every Wednesday at 10:00 pm. For the band, this will be the first time in two years to provide their songs for drama after "HANABI" for Fuji T drama 'Code Blue 2nd season' (2010). The

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  • Inoue Mao to star as tax collector in new drama 'Tokkan'

    May 14, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Actress Inoue Mao will be starring in NTV's upcoming drama series, 'Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushukan', starting in July. In the drama, Inoue will play the role of a tax collector who deals with the most malicious cases. This will be her first drama series in about a year and three months, with her last being NHK's morning drama, 'Ohisama'. The drama will be based on Takadono Madoka's novel of the same title, which is currently being se

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