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This season is shaping up to be all about ikemen and laughs – easy watching, just the thing for college holidays. Except for MOZU season 2. Looking forward most to see Arai in his first drama (GTO), as well as Yuya take on comedic acting with his first lead in a TV series (Aoi Honoo). I love ST – so so happy to see it made into a drama. Water Polo Yankees, hopefully won’t disappoint. Here’s to me suspending everything I know about the sport and just watching for the entertainment value. Although that’s not too hard with guys in trunks. XD. Especially Kento. And Endo is back in another drama with Tomiura Satoshi once more!about television (?) – interesting and intriguing topic.
As you guessed I am not expecting any great breakout acting roles or award-winning dramas for this season. Is it after all summer.
GTO (remake) Season 2
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 8 July 201
Cast: AKIRA, Ryusei Ryo, Katayose Ryota, Sano Reo, Arai Atsushi (to name a few…)
Synopsis: Onizuka Eikichi (AKIRA) goes from Meishu Academy in Kichijoji to his alma mater Tsujido High School in his hometown of Shonan. Tsujido High School has gone under the umbrella of Meishu Academy and Onizuka is dispatched on a temporary basis. This time, various difficult problems such as a pregnant female high school student, a truant student who makes light of life, a male stalker and radical images happen to him. Onizuka’s unknown past is also finally revealed as he meets people who know about his past again … …
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Sundays, 1 July 2014
Cast: Chiba Shinichi (Sonny), Koizumi Kotaro, Katase Nana, Ichikawa Yui, Fukuda Saki, Totsugi Shigeyuki, Tomiura Satoshi, Endo Yuya...
Synopsis: Small and medium subcontractor production companies currently support the TV industry. Chocolate TV is one such company with 20 employees. It undertakes various productions such as varieties, documentaries and dramas. The height of glory of the TV industry is already a thing of the past. Like any ordinary company, they have to be careful of key networks and sponsors as well as struggle to keep alive amidst the meager budgets and tough viewership ratings race. Chocolate TV’s president Aramaki Genjiro (Chiba Shinichi) worked in the industry as a variety programme director and built the company in one generation. The programmes he takes on all have issues. Each time, his employees would unite, devote themselves to producing a programme and ride out the hardships of the TV world.
ST ~ Aka to Shiro no Sousa File
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 16 July 2014
Cast: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Okada Masaki, Shida Mirai, Ashina Sei, Kubota Masataka, Hayashi Kento…..
Synopsis: Akagi Samon (Fujiwara Tatsuya) and Yurine Tomohisa (Okada Masaki) of the Scientific Task Force, or ST for short, solve difficult crimes together.
Hirugao ~ Heijitsu Gogo 3-ji no Koibitotachi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 July 2014
Cast: Ueto Aya, Kichise Michiko, Saito Takumi, Ito Ayumi….
Synopsis: Housewife Sasamoto Sawa (Ueto Aya) works as a part-time supermarket cashier. One afternoon, she unconsciously pickpockets a lipstick at the supermarket. Takigawa Rikako (Kichise Michiko) sees a part of this. What she proposes is Sawa’s assistance in setting up an alibi for her affair in exchange for her silence on that matter. Sawa obeys the demands of Rikako in order to protect her “happiness” even though she is falling apart emotionally. In the process, she meets high school teacher Kitano Yuichiro (Saito Takumi) and gradually cannot stop thinking about him. Before long, she crosses a line which she should not.
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 18 July 2014
Cast: Yagira Yuya, Yasuda Ken, Muro Tsuyoshi, Nakamura Tomoya, Yamamoto Mizuki, Kuroshima Yuina, Urai Kenji, Sato Jiro, Omizu Yosuke, Adachi Osamu….
Synopsis: It is the beginning on the 1980s in Osaka. First-year art college student Honoo Moyuru (Yagira Yuya) is passionate and ambitious about becoming a manga writer. He has misplaced confidence in his own ability, but also an interest in anime and searches for the path he should take. He reaches a decision just before the summer break. It is to bring his manga manuscript to Tokyo publishers. This is the start of a youth of excruciating anguish for Honoo.
Date: From 11.10 p.m., Saturdays, 12 July 2014
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Yamazaki Kento, Takagi Yuya, Ohara Sakurako, Chiba Yudai, Mamiya Shotaro, Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo….
Synopsis: Inaba Naoya (Nakajima Yuto) has returned to Japan after living overseas, and transferred to Kasumino Technical High School. It is a school attended by some of the area’s silliest fellows and is on the verge of being closed. He feels strongly that “a delinquent is the strongest hero” from early experience, and has romanticised notions about delinquents. Although Naoya spent time abroad, he has been influenced by Japanese manga on delinquents and has grown into a youth with fighting spirit and chivalry. He has returned to Japan in order to spend the third year of high school in the country. Kasumino Technical High School once had the delinquents he wanted to be like in his childhood. However, these delinquents have now disappeared from Japan and in their place are mild delinquents. Naoya is dejected but comes across water polo. The district he has moved to is known as the “water polo town”. Learning that water polo is no-holds barred aquatic martial arts, he challenges the formidable Kitajima Torao (Takagi Yuya) of rival school, Suiran High School. However, he is defeated. Naoya promises himself that he will beat Torao in water polo and come out tops.