More cast members revealed for Nakai Masahiro's upcoming drama "ATARU"

March 28, 2012 @ 7:34 am
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On March 26th, TBS announced more cast members for Nakai Masahiro's upcoming drama, 'ATARU'.

This mystery drama tells a story about Ataru (Nakai), a man with autism as well as savant syndrome, uses his extraordinary memory and deductive skills to solve various cases.

Among the newest additions is Kis-My-Ft2's Tamamori Yuta, who will play Ebina Noboru, a medical student and the younger brother of Ebina Maiko (Kuriyama Chiaki). He's the first to discover that Ataru is a savant, and takes part in analyzing and explaining the condition when symptoms occur.

As his first time co-starring with Nakai, Tamamori showed her nervousness saying, "I was nervous before entering the set, but I would like to take in as much as possible." He also commented on his role as a medical student, "Since there are many difficult lines, I've been studying by reading books. I'm able to understand the words within the lines, and I feel it would be for my own sake, so it's fun."

It was also revealed that AKB48 Research Student Mitsumune Kaoru will make her drama debut asIshikawa Yui. Ishikawa is a member of the Metropolitan Police Department's mobile forensics unit, which carries out on-site inspections for Ataru's cases. She has a harsh personality and is rough-spoken, but loves going on group dates.

Mitsumune commented, "My co-stars are all very kind and very funny! It's my first time acting and I don't have any confidence, but I hope to blend in with the atmosphere by using the things I've been taught, the things I learned by seeing, and practicing."

Additionally, Rola will be making a guest appearance on the first episode of the drama as a grocery store employee. She expressed, "This is the first time I'll be serious, so I think I'm really going to be nervous. Okay!"

In the drama, Rola had to challenge herself when it came to using a cash register. She shared, "I got used to it, I'm perfect now. But it made me think of how difficult it was. I learned a lot from it, and it made me want to study even more."

"ATARU" will air on TBS every Sunday at 9:00 pm starting April 15th.

Sources: Mantan Web & Sports Hochi


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