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  • Yonekura Ryoko to return as a super surgeon in sequel to 'Doctor X' this fall

    August 21, 2013 @ 2:13 am

    Actress Yonekura Ryoko will return as the gifted surgeon 'Daimon Michiko' who comes to work in a mini-skirt in a sequel to the hit drama 'Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko' coming this fall.Yonekura plays a strong freelance surgeon who is unrestricted by any medical organization and possesses brilliant perception with the skills of a veteran doctor. Along with an intense development throughout the story, the original drama achieved great ratin

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  • HY to end their contract with TV Asahi Music

    April 16, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    It's been revealed that HY will be ending their contract with their management agency TV Asahi Music on April 23rd. As their contract expires on April 23rd, TV Asashi Music and the members talked it over several times and reached this decision. While the agency had hoped to continue supporting HY, they respected the members' decision to end the contract. On the same day, HY will close down their official website, 'HY Mode', Twitter, Fac

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  • Ito Hideaki & Sakaguchi Kenji to team up as detectives in new drama 'Doubles'

    February 22, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    On February 22, TV Asahi announced that the two actors Ito Hideaki and Sakaguchi Kenji will co-star in the upcoming detective drama titled 'Doubles'. 10 years has passed since Ito and Sakaguchi last starred together in a project and in 'Doubles' they are going to deal with heinous crimes as the strongest detective partners on TV. The drama is set at the central police station in Shinjuku, Tokyo and said to feature plenty of action, drama a

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  • TV Asahi announcers form a campaign unit for 55th anniversary

    January 23, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    On January 22, TV Asahi announcers Mori Yoko (26), Aoyama Megumi (24), Usami Yuka (24), and Hisatomi Keiko (24) revealed their campaign unit “Go-chan. GIRLS” to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the station’s launching. The group will be active from February 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 during the 55th anniversary year period and they appeared in Sentai-style dresses. Announcer Hisatomi, who is “Go-chan. Pink” for the group, shouted, “We

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  • Takahashi Katsunori to return to Friday nights with new drama 'Tokumei Tantei'

    September 6, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    On September 5th, it was announced that actor Takahashi Katsunori is going to portray a hard-boiled anonymous detective in TV Asahi's upcoming Friday night drama 'Tokumei Tantei' (lit. 'Anonymous Detective'). Takahashi is already very familiar with the Friday, 11:15 pm drama time slot. He has previously played the protagonist in the popular drama 'Tokumei Kakarichou - Tadano Hitoshi' ("tokumei" as in "mission", not "anonymous"), which rele

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  • Yonekura Ryoko to play a sexy surgeon in new drama 'Doctor X ~Gekai Daimon Michiko~'

    August 20, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    On August 21st, it was announced that actress Yonekura Ryoko will be starring in the upcoming TV Asahi fall drama titled 'Doctor X ~Gekai Daimon Michiko~'. In the drama, she will be the playing the role of 'Daimon Michiko', who is a freelance surgeon unrestricted by any medical organization and possesses brilliant perception with the skills of a veteran doctor. It's Yonekura's first role as a doctor, but similar to many of the previous pro

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  • Takakura Ken wraps up 'SmaSTATION!!', his very first live broadcast

    August 19, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    On August 18th, actor Takakura Ken (81) appeared as a guest on the live news-variety program 'SmaSTATION!!' hosted by SMAP's Katori Shingo as the 'editor-in-chief' on TV Asahi. Although it's hard to believe, it actually was Takakura's first appearance on a live program in his entire career. However, he isn't a frequent guest on TV shows in general as well. His last recording for a TV show was for the 'BISTRO SMAP' corner in 'SMAPxSMAP' in

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  • More details about Narimiya Hiroki's character in 'Aibou season 11' revealed

    August 13, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    In April it was announced that Narimiya Hiroki is going to become the new and third partner of Mizutani Yutaka in the upcoming eleventh season of the popular crime drama series 'Aibou'. Today they finally revealed the name and more details about his character. The new partner for inspector 'Sugishita Ukyo' (Mizutani) is called 'Kai Toru' (Narimiya) and he's an ambitious policeman who gradually climbed up the career ladder until becoming a

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – May 25th~May 27th

    May 30, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    [caption id="attachment_242874" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – May 25th~May 27th"][/caption] Rather than positive developments some really big drops were recorded over the weekend thanks to the live broadcast of the Women's Volleyball World Olympic Qualification Tournament. On Friday the volleyball match between Japan and Cuba didn't affect the drama ratings that much, since it aired on TBS way before 'M

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  • Yonekura Ryoko to play an eerie housekeeper in the special drama "Atsui Kuuki"

    March 28, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    On March 28th, TV Asahi announced that they are going to bring back the original drama series "Kaseifu wa Mita!" with Yonekura Ryoko replacing the long-time starring actress Ichihara Etsuko. The special is called "Atsui Kuuki", which also is the name of Matsumoto Seicho's original mystery novel that served as the base for the drama. In 1983 it was adopted into a drama special with the same title and recorded a high rating of 27.7%. One yea

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