Ashida Mana to star in her first drama next season

February 24, 2011 @ 9:43 pm
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A little under a month ago it was announced that child actress Ashida Mana (6) was going to become the youngest lead star in Japanese drama history. Back then we were reporting about her upcoming drama special "Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien" (NTV), but who knew that the same headline could be used yet again in such a short time.

Fuji TV has revealed that the young gifted actress is going to star in their spring drama called "Marumo no okite" together with veteran actor Abe Sadao (40).

"I'll be able to learn a lot about acting from Abe," Ashida commented all mature yet with a slightly ashamed smile.

"Marumo no okite" is going to be a fantasy family drama about a single male called Mamoru (Abe) who suddenly gets approached with the request to take in the six year-old young twins of a very close friend that had died. On top of that he is going to have to deal with the pet dog, a 10 month-old Miniature Schnauzer, the twins brought along with them. He is not an ordinary dog, as he is able to communicate with humans. Now Marumo, a nickname given to Mamoru by the twins, has the great burden of feeding the two mischievous twins as well as a speaking dog.

Despite being twins, Ashida's character is going to be more like an reliable older sister who watches over her younger brother. She commented, "I'm very excited to star in my first drama and I was very happy when I heart that I am going to work together with such a great senior as Abe. I will work hard while learning from him."

Abe himself is also already excited and said, "Suddenly I'm a father of twins! And a speaking dog! I'm so excited. I will work hard in order to turn it into a drama that you are going to look forward to every Sunday evening!"

Unlike Fuji TV, other channels like TBS, NHK and NTV already have a track record of having very young actors in leading their prime time dramas, but closest to Ashida's age was Miyawaki Yasuyuki who was seven when he starred in "Janken Ken-chan" back in 1969. She is now going to take the crown as the youngest lead star in a drama series as well as the youngest lead star in a special drama.

Like most spring dramas, "Marumo no okite" is scheduled to start airing in April and will run every Sunday at 9pm.

Source: Sanspo


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