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Posted by HPriest TH STAFF Saturday, January 4, 2014

Prime Time Drama Preview Winter 2014

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The winter season for dramas is just around the corner, and as usual, tokyohive is giving you a short overview of the upcoming prime time dramas. Maybe you haven't heard about all of them yet, so we hope that this little overview helps you put 1 or 2 more dramas on your radar for the upcoming season.

Please note that all of the information is only based on the information that is currently known (as of January 5), and that taiga drama, midnight and late-night dramas as well as dramas that premiered during fall 2013 and dramas of premium/pay-TV networks are not included in this preview.

Check out the Prime Time Drama Preview for 'Winter Season 2014' below!

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Monday
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Inpei Sousa

Title: ????
Start: January 13th / Time: 20:00 / Channel: TBS
Original: Konno Bin
Cast: Sugimoto Tetta, Furuta Arata, Suzuki Sawa, Mikura Mana, Yasuda Ken, Matsuzawa Kazuyuki, Yasoda Yuichi, Namase Katsuhisa, and more

A police-mystery drama starring Sugimoto Tetta and Furuta Arata as bureaucrats working within the police. It depicts the power struggles and human relations of the organization. Sugimoto plays the chief of the National Police Agency Commissioner-General's Secretariat, a Tokyo University graduate who doesn't care about social class and works hard to enforce his own strong beliefs. Furuta plays the chief of the Metropolitan Police's Criminal Investigation Department, a private university graduate who can skillfully switch between his real face and his public image depending on the situation.

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Shitsuren Chocolatier

Title: ?????????
Start: January 13th / Time: 21:00 / Channel: FUJI TV
Original: Mizushiro Setona
Script: Adachi Naoko ('Rich Man, Poor Woman')
Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Ishihara Satomi, Mizukawa Asami, Mizobata Junpei, Mizuhara Kiko, Arimura Kasumi, Sato Ryuta, Takenaka Naoto, Shigeaki Kato, and more

A live-action drama adaptation of Mizushiro Setona's best-selling manga 'Shitsuren Chocolatier' starring Arashi's Matsumoto Jun. It's Matsumoto first appearance in a drama in two years.

The drama depicts the strenuous efforts of Koyurugi Souta (Matsumoto) trying to win over the heart of the sometimes mischievous Saeko (Ishihara), who he has fallen in love with at first sight. He even decides to become the best chocolatier there is in order to get her to love him as much as she loves chocolate. His plan fails as she continues to give him the cold shoulder and as time passes, she eventually marries another man. However, this doesn't stop him from loving her and from making chocolate.

Other characters include a female colleague of Souta (Mizukawa), a model (Mizuhara), a fellow aspiring chocolatier (Mizobata), and Souta's younger sister (Arimura).


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Tuesday
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Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu

Title: ????????
Start: January 14th / Time: 21:00 / Channel: FUJI TV
Original: Okura Takahiro
Cast: Dan Rei, Inagaki Goro, Emoto Tokio, and more

Dan Rei appeared in many roles of women who are going through various hardships, but this time she gets to play a highly motivated assistant inspector who isn't afraid of doing a lot of legwork in order to solve a case. Her methods are somewhat "analog," and she neither cares about the hierarchical system within the police nor climbing up the career ladder. She is teamed up with another stubborn police inspector played by SMAP's Inagaki Goro.

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Kami no Tsuki

Title: ???
Start: January 7th / Time: 22:00 / Channel: NHK
Original: Kakuta Mitsuyo
Script: Shinozaki Eriko ('Kurosagi', 'Ashita no Joe')
Cast: Harada Tomoyo, Mitsuishi Ken, Mizuno Maki, Nishida Naomi, Mickey Curtis, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Fuji Manami, and more

Harada Tomoyo plays the role of a housewife who escaped overseas after embezzling 100 million Yen. The protagonist is a woman who lived an ordinary life with her husband and a steady household. She worked part-time at a bank and didn't have any money-related problems. However, she likes to help people - especially at her workplace - and eventually helped a young man by embezzling a large sum of money.

She becomes the main topic at a class reunion and many of her old classmates believe that she is using this money to support a younger man. However, her two old friends - played by Mizuno Maki and Nishida Naomi - don't believe that's the whole truth and try to find out what really happened while thinking back on their time together as a group of three.

Teaser on official website!

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Team Batista 4: Raden Meikyu

Title: ????????4????
Start: January 7th / Time: 22:00 / Channel: FUJI TV
Original: Kaido Takeru
Script: Goto Noriko
Cast: Ito Atsushi, Nakamura Toru, Yanagiba Toshiro, Kuriyama Chiaki, Mizuno Miki, and more

The latest season in the popular 'Batista' medical-mystery drama series that depicts the struggles of the two main protagonists, Taguchi Kohei (Ito) and Shiratori Keisuke (Nakamura). This time the story focuses on life-prolonging treatments of patients with no chance of recovery that aims to raise their quality of life (QOL) until their final moments.

Teaser on official website!

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Wednesday
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Ashita, Mama ga Inai

Title: ?????????
Start: July 15th / Time: 22:00 / Channel: NTV
Script: Matsuda Saya ('PERSONA-trinity soul-')
Director: Inomata Ryuichi ('Kaseifu no Mita')
Cast: Ashida Mana (9), Suzuki Rio (8), Sakurada Hiyori (11), Watanabe Konomi (7), Miura Shohei, Kimura Fumino, Shirota Yu, Suzuki Sawa, Mikami Hiroshi, Sakai Miki, and more

A human drama set at an orphanage featuring two popular child actresses Ashida Mana ('Mother') and Suzuki Rio ('Woman'). It depicts the lives of young children who struggle with the strict rules of the orphanage and a cold society that seems to ignore them. However, they don't get discouraged by those hardships and live on thanks to their strong will.

It's the first time for Ashida Mana to play a serious leader-like role, but she is looking forward to this challenge. Meanwhile, Suzuki Rio is just happy and excited to act alongside Ashida Mana for the first time.

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Boku no Ita Jikan

Title: ??????
Start: January 8th / Time: 22:00 / Channel: FUJI TV
Script: Hashibe Atsuko ('Freeter', 'Around 40')
Cast: Miura Haruma, Tabe Mikako, Saito Takumi, Yamamoto Mizuki, Nomura Shuhei, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Asada Miyoko, Harada Mieko, and more

A human drama about a young man with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) that raises questions such as, "What's important in life?" or "What's the meaning of life?"


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Thursday
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Nezumi, Edo wo Hashiru

Title: ???????
Start: January 9th / Time: 20:00 / Channel: NHK
Original: Akagawa Jiro
Cast: Takizawa Hideaki, Kutsuna Shiori, Kyomoto Taiga, Katase Nana, Takashima Masahiro, and more

A thrilling historical drama starring Takizawa Hideaki as Nezumi Kozo. On the outside, he is just a playboy running an amazake shop in Shitamachi, but he is actually a brilliant thief whose specialty is to creep into samurai residences. The drama doesn't only focus on how Jirokichi steals from the rich and helps the poor during the Edo period, but also on his relationship with his much younger sister (Kutsuna).

Whether it's Takizawa fighting with bare hands or Kutsuna Shiori yielding the short sword, there will be many action scenes to excite viewers.

No teaser available.

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Kinkyu Torishirabe Shitsu

Title: ?????
Start: January 9th / Time: 21:00 / Channel: TV ASAHI
Script: Inoue Yumiko ('GOOD LUCK!!', 'Shiroi Kyoto')
Cast: Amami Yuki, Tanaka Tetsushi, Hayami Mokomichi, Suzuki Kosuke, Sasai Eisuke, Kusakari Masao, Denden, Osugi Ren, Kohinata Fumiyo, and more

A new detective drama that puts a big focus on the interaction with the suspects inside the interrogation room. Amami Yuki plays an interrogation expert who is very skilled at negotiating with criminals. The actress cut her hair short in order to portray the image of the protagonist. She is backed up by a fine cast and a veteran scriptwriter.

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Dr. DMAT

Title: Dr.DMAT
Start: January 9th / Time: 21:00 / Channel: TBS
Original: Takano Hiroshi & Kikuchi Akio
Cast: Okura Tadayoshi, Kato Ai, Takimoto Miori, Aso Yumi, Ichikawa Mikako, Sato Jiro, Hosshan, Matsuo Satoru, Takizawa Saori, Takaki Yuya, Hidari Tompei, Ishiguro Ken, Kunimura Jun, and more

The first starring role of Kanjani8's Okura Tadayoshi in a commercial drama. It's a classic medical drama based on a popular manga with focus on impromptu medical treatments in extreme situations.

Okura plays a doctor with an unparalleled power of observations who switches from being an emergency physician to being an internist after his own error of judgement caused his younger sister (Takimoto Miori) to end up in a vegetative state. However, the hospital director orders him to use his skills as a member of DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) instead. Together with his childhood friend / nurse (Kato Ai) and senior doctors, he begins to save the lives of disaster victims.

Teaser on official website!

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Iryu 4

Title: ??4
Start: Janary 9th / Time: 22:00 / Channel: FUJI TV
Cast: Sakaguchi Kenji, Inamori Izumi, Koike Teppei, Abe Sadao, Takahashi Katsunori, Hira Mikijiro, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Natsuki Mari, Kishibe Ittoku, and more

The fourth season of the popular medical drama starring Sakaguchi Kenji that portrays cutting-edge medical treatments in a thrilling overall package. Three years after the previous season, brilliant surgeon Asada Ryutaro (Sakaguchi) and his "Team Dragon" are back to achieve their goal of creating the perfect hospital where patients are the priority again.

Two new exciting additions to the characters include Asada's former teacher (Hira Mikijiro) and a competent management consultant of the government (Takahashi Katsunori). The story in this season focuses on globalization.


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Friday
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Tenchu ~Yami no Shiokinin~

Title: ?????????
Start: January 24th / Time: 20:00 / Channel: FUJI TV
Cast: Ono Yuriko, Izumi Pinko, Kyomoto Masaki, Yanagisawa Shingo, Mitsuya Yuji, Shimada Kyusaku, Takezai Terunosuke, Aoi Wakana, Nogi Ryosuke, Shiraishi Miho, and more

Fuji TV has created a new time slot for dramas on Friday at 8:00pm that is supposed to offer dramas that adults can enjoy. The first drama features Ono Yuriko as a female ninja named Sana with superhuman strength and unparalleled beauty from the Sengoku period who somehow ends up in modern-day Japan. There she joins hands with a mysterious woman (Izumi Pinko) who commands Sana to become a weapon of judgement against all kinds of scum the police can't seem to handle.

No teaser available.

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Sanbiki no Ossan ~Seigi no Mikata, Kenzan!!~

Title: ????????????????!!?
Start: January 17th / Time: 20:00 / Channel: TV TOKYO
Original: Arikawa Hiro
Script: Sato Kumiko
Cast: Kitaoji Kinya, Izumiya Shigeru, Shiga Kotaro, and more

A live-action adaptation of Arikawa Hiro's popular human mystery novel. Kitaoji Kinya plays a former kendo master who now works at an arcade, Izumiya Shigeru plays a judo practicioner and innkeeper, and Shiga Kotaro a very skilled mechanic. The three of them decide to form a private vigilante corps on their 60th birthday in order to make their neighborhood a better place. Together with the help of their children and grandchildren, they fight against juveniles, swindlers, molesters and so on.

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Yoru no Sensei

Title: ??????
Start: January 17th / Time: 22:00 / Channel: TBS
Script: Hayashi Koji ('BOSS', 'Iryu Team Medical Dragon', 'Code Blue')
Cast: Mizuki Alisa, Renbutsu Misako, Tanaka Kei, Yamamoto Koji, Omasa Aya, Takahashi Issei, Horiuchi Keiko, Sasano Takashi, and more

'Yoru no Sensei' is set at a part-time high school where Mizuki Alisa portrays a bright and cheerful yet unlucky and clumsy teacher who helps students - who range from teenagers to old men/women - to find a way back into society. Other teachers are played by Omasa Aya, Mitsuishi Ken and Nakahara Takeo, while the students are a really colorful bunch played by Renbutsu Misako, Yamamoto Koji, Tanaka Kei, Okura Koji, Horiuchi Keiko, Takahashi Issei, Sasano Takashi, and others.


Watashi no Kirai na Tantei

Title: ???????
Start: January 17th / Time: 23:15 / Channel: TV ASAHI
Original: Higashigawa Tokuya
Script: Fukuda Yuichi ('Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro', '33-pun no Tantei')
Cast: Goriki Ayame, Tamaki Hiroshi, Shiraishi Shunya, Watanabe Ikkei, and more

Another live-action drama adaptation of one of Higashigawa Tokuya's ('Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de') popular novels. It's the first time that Goriki Ayame and Tamaki Hiroshi will be co-starring in a drama. Tamaki plays a private detective with an office in the Reimei Building that is owned by a rich young college student (Goriki). The young owner offers the detective very cheap rent in return for allowing her to participate in his work since she is nuts about mystery stuff. This unique duo will surprise you with their astounding reasoning. The script is handled by famed Fukuda Yuichi.


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Saturday
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Senryoku Gai Sousakan

Title: ??????
Start: January 11th / Time: 21:00 / Channel: NTV
Original: Nitadori Kei
Script: Kokami Shoji (mainly plays so far)
Cast: Takei Emi, TAKAHIRO, Yashima Norito, Tokushige Satoshi, Kinoshita Takayuki, Hamada Mari, YOU, Emoto Akira, and more

A comical detective drama that features actress Takei Emi in her first role as a detective. She plays a young woman who loves reasoning and wants to make a career as a detective. She gets help from the Superintendent General of the Metropolitan Police who assigns her to a team, but her new colleagues immediately try to ignore her in order to avert trouble with the top brass. This drama also marks EXILE's TAKAHIRO drama debut. He plays the good-looking partner with a strong sense of justice.

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Lost Days

Title: ??????
Start: January 11th / Time: 23:10 / Channel: FUJI TV
Cast: Seto Koji, Ishibashi Anna, Triendl Reina, Yoshizawa Ryo, Kojima Fujiko, Miyoshi Ayaka, Kiriyama Ren, and more

A romance-suspense drama starring D-BOYS Seto Koji. The story is set at a mountain cottage where a murder occurs while a group of students of a tennis club use it for lodging during their graduation trip. Each of the drama's 10 episodes depicts one day at the cottage from the day of the incident. This way the viewers get to enjoy the trill of solving this murder case together with the group of students in "real-time." 

No teaser available.


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Sunday
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S -Saigo no Keikan-

Title: S???????
Start: January 12th / Time: 21:00 / Channel: TBS
Original: Komori Yoichi
Script: Furuya Kazunao ('Galileo', 'LIAR GAME', 'PRICELESS', 'Ninkyo Helper')
Director: Hirano Shunichi ('Summer Snow', 'GOOD LUCK!!', 'Bloody Monday')
Cast: Mukai Osamu, Ayano Go, Fukiishi Kazue, Tsuchiya Anna, Takashima Masahiro, Kondo Masaomi, Omori Nao, and more

An intense Sunday drama that follows the members of the newly established "National Police Safety Rescue" (NPS) team whose purpose is to make sure that various hostage situations get resolved quickly with both the hostages and the criminals still alive. The two protagonists are the NPS member Kamikura Ichigo (Mukai), sports-minded former boxer whose specialty is close combat, and a very skilled sniper of the Special Assault Team (SAT) named Soga Iori (Ayano) who couldn't care less about NPS or whether a criminal survives. The commanding officer of NPS is portrayed by Omori Nao, while the heroine - a nurse - is played by Fukiishi Kazue.

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