Date: From 8.00 a.m., Mondays – Saturdays, 30 September 2019
Scriptwriter: Mizuhashi Fumie (Haha ni Naru, Hayami-sensei Kekkon Surutte Hontou desu ka?, Sharehouse no Koibito)
Cast: Toda Erika, Kitamura Kazuki, Tomita Yasuko, Sakuraba Nanami, Fukuda Mayuko, Sato Ryuta, Oshima Yuko, Hayashi Kento, Zaizen Naomi, Magy, Mizuno Miki, Mizobata Junpei, Kimoto Takehiro, Hano Aki, Mitsubayashi Kyoko, Nishikawa Takanori, Matsushita Kohei, Issey Ogata
Synopsis: Shortly after the end of the war, Kawahara Kimiko (Toda Erika) moves to Shigaraki, a pottery town in Shiga Prefecture, from Osaka. The eldest of three girls, she is a hardworking person who has supported her family (Sakuraba Nanami, Fukuda Mayuko, Kitamura Kazuki, Tomita Yasuko) since she was a child. Having grown up around Shigaraki ware, Kimiko eventually plunges into the male-dominated world of ceramics where she proceeds to blaze a trail as a pioneering female ceramic artist. She falls in love and gets married to her husband who is also a ceramic artist. United by their aspiration to be the ideal creative couple, they strive to create unique Shigaraki ware with their own kiln. She becomes a mother of two children and also cultivates many disciples.
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Mondays, 14 October 2019
Station: Tokyo MX
Scriptwriters: Nagamori Yuji (Nekonin Series, Nekozamurai Series), Ayabe Shinya, Taguchi Kei
Genre: Food comedy
Cast: Ichihara Hayato, Takeda Rena, Sato Taishi, Tsujimoto Tatsunori, Toyoshima Hana, Ito Maiko, Sako Yoshi
Synopsis: Amarida Yukio (Ichihara Hayato) is a teacher at Tokiwa Junior High School in the summer of 1984. He has a secret. That is, he will not forgive fellows who have no love for school meals because he loves them deep down in his heart. It is not an exaggeration to say that he came to school because of school meals. If it is known that a teacher looks forward to school meals more than his students, he will lose his dignity. However, one student throws down a challenge. The boy’s name is Go (Sato Taishi). This 13-year-old calls for change because he loves school meals. Who will enjoy the meal? A quiet “battle” between a teacher and student who are fanatic about school meals is about to begin.
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Mondays, 7 October 2019
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Inoue Yumiko (Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu Series, Harassement Game, Pandora Series)
Original Work: Sherlock Holmes Series by Arthur Conan Doyle
Cast: Dean Fujioka, Iwata Takanori, Yamada Maho, Yutaro, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Nakao Akiyoshi (guest star)
Synopsis: Freelance crime consultant Sherlock Holmes (Dean Fujioka) has been fascinated with how people become criminals and with original sin since childhood. He is a genius who has cracked all sorts of cases from the time he was a student. However, he is a dangerous man with the impulse to commit crime and could turn into a criminal himself. Sherlock only takes on investigation requests from the police and individual clients that interest him. One day, he meets a psychiatrist Jon Watson (Iwata Takanori), who works at a hospital in Tokyo, through a case. At first, Watson comes away feeling that Sherlock is a haughty and insulting fellow. However, he gets comfortable with Sherlock’s personality as they work together and they team up to solve difficult cases.
Haru ~ Sougou Sousha no Onna
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Mondays, 21 October 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Tatsui Yukari (Anata ni wa Watasanai, Koshiji Fubuki Monogatari, Mama to Papa ga Ikiru Riyuu), Honda Takaaki (Watashi Danna o Share Shiteta, Silent Voice, Daishou)
Cast: Nakatani Miki, Fujiki Naohito, Shirasu Jin, Oshinari Shugo, Yamanaka Takashi, Kaji Masaki, Watanabe Kunito, Terada Kokoro, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: Single mother Umihara Haru (Nakatani Miki) was active in the American business community until she was directly headhunted by the CEO of Itsuki Trading, a leading Japanese general trading company, and returned to Japan. She takes up the position of assistant manager of the elite Corporate Planning Department but her direct superior turns out to be Wada Hisashi (Fujiki Naohito), the ex-husband whom she divorced 10 years ago. From ramen to rockets, Haru takes on all sorts of problems within Itsuki Trading’s enormous departments and affiliate companies. She proclaims that she wants to enjoy work and does things that defies common wisdom amid an atmosphere of paralysis due to a conservative deputy CEO.
Honki no Shirushi
Date: From 12.54 a.m., Tuesdays, 14 October 2019
Station: Nagoya TV
Scriptwriter: Mitani Shintaro
Original Work: Honki no Shirushi by Hoshisato Mochiru
Genre: Love suspense
Cast: Morisaki Win, Tsuchimura Kaho, Uno Shohei, Ishibashi Kei, Fukunaga Akari, Oshinari Shugo, Kitamura Yukiya
Synopsis: Tsuji Kazumichi (Morisaki Win) is an employee of a small trading company who has been drifting through daily life to ward off the sense of emptiness that he feels. He has a good reputation in the company and also seems to have a romantic relationship. However, he is neither good at endearing himself to other people nor developing feelings for others, and has never truly been in love. Then one day, Tsuji encounters a woman (Tsuchimura Kaho) with an aura of mystery at a convenience store and … …
Mada Kekkon Dekinai Otoko
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 8 October 2019
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Ozaki Masaya (Signal, Chinmoku Houtei, Kekkon Dekinai Otoko)
Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Yoshida Yo, Fukagawa Ai, Tsukamoto Takashi, Sakihi Miyu, Taira Yuna, Anami Atsuko, Nao, Arai Atsushi, Onodera Zuru, Mion, Fuwa Mansaku, Miura Rieko, Omi Toshinori, Inamori Izumi, Kusabue Mitsuko
Synopsis: Kuwano Shinsuke (Abe Hiroshi), a successful architect, is well-to-do, knowledgeable and good-looking. He is now 53, still lives alone in the same apartment, which has the latest gadgets, and enjoys single life. Although he fell for Hayasaka Natsumi, the doctor who treated him and changed his perspective toward marriage, and even dated, they later broke up. So Kuwano’s heart is shut firmly to love again. He is even more eccentric now, and feels a little anxious when he thinks about the future. One day, the wheels of fate start to move all of a sudden after a chance encounter with some women – the lawyer Yoshiyama Madoka (Yoshida Yo), new neighbour Tonami Saki (Fukagawa Ai), and cafe manager Okano Yukie (Inamori Izumi).
G Senjou no Anata to Watashi
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Tuesdays, 15 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Adachi Naoko (Kinou Nani Tabeta?, Toumeina Yurikago, Dainbinbo)
Original Work: G Senjou no Anata to Watashi by Ikuemi Aya
Cast: Haru, Nakagawa Taishi, Sakurai Yuki, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Mao, Takizawa Karen, Morioka Ryu, Natsuki Yoko, Matsushita Yuki
Synopsis: Kogure Yaeko (Haru) is about to resign from her company to get married when her fiance Murano Satoshi (Morioka Ryu) tells her that there is someone else that he likes and breaks off their engagement. A teary Yaeko staggers to a shopping mall in a daze. At the mall, she happens to hear a live performance of Bach’s Air on G String. Moved by the piece, she begins to take violin lessons for adults in the hopes of being able to play it. A university student Kase Rihito (Nakagawa Taishi) and housewife Kitagawa Yukie (Matsushita Yuki) are in the same class as Yaeko. Both interpersonal relationships and the violin prove difficult for the three of them to deal with.
Preview: G Senjou no Anata to Watashi Teaser
Aibou Season 18
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 October 2019 (for two seasons)
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Koshimizu Yasuhiro (Aibou Series)
Cast: Mizutani Yutaka, Sorimachi Takashi, Kawahara Kazuhisa, Yamanaka Takashi, Yamanishi Atsushi, Asari Yosuke, Ashina Sei, Jinbo Satoshi, Sugimoto Tetta, Nakama Yukie, Ishizaka Koji, Funakoshi Eiichiro (guest star), Kimura Yoshino (guest star), Kita Kana (guest star), Dan Jiro (guest star)
Douki no Sakura
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Yukawa Kazuhiko (Haken Uranaishi Ataru, Kahogo no Kahoko Series, Gisou Fuufu)
Cast: Takahata Mitsuki, Hashimoto Ai, Arata Mackenyu, Ryusei Ryo, Okayama Amane, Aibu Saki, Kusakawa Takuya, Ono Ito, Shiina Kippei, Tsukayama Masane
Synopsis: Kitano Sakura (Takahata Mitsuki) hails from a small, sparsely populated northern island. She is a new employee of Hanamura Construction, the largest construction company, in the spring of 2009. At the welcome ceremony for newcomers, she announces to the CEO, “My dream is to build a bridge that joins my hometown to mainland!” Sakura single-mindedly charges toward her dream. However, her inability to consider the feelings of others causes unexpected situations and throws a wrench into the works. She sticks to her principles despite adversity and gradually inspires her colleagues, who are initially lukewarm, to get involved.
Shinya Shokudo ~ Tokyo Stories Season 2
Date: Fall 2019
Network: Netflix Japan
Scriptwriters: Manabe Katsuhiko (Shinya Shokudo Series), Mukai Kosuke (Shinya Shokudo Seasons 1 – 3), Kojima Kensaku (Shinya Shokudo ~ Tokyo Stories Season 1,) Oshima Mari
Original Work: Shinya Shokudo by Abe Yaro
Cast: Kobayashi Kaoru, Fuwa Mansaku, Ayata Toshiki, Ando Tamae, Matsushige Yutaka, Yo Kimiko, Odagiri Joe, Nakamura Toru (guest star), Emoto Akira (guest star), Emoto Tasuku (guest star), Katsuji Ryo (guest star), Nagayama Kento (guest star)
Synopsis: There is a small eatery ‘Meshiya’ in a back alley of a busy street which is run just by its owner (Kobayashi Kaoru). Called the “midnight eatery”, its opening hours are from midnight to 7 am in the morning. The only items on the menu of are miso soup with pork and vegetables set, beer, sake and shochu. All sorts of customers visit the eatery which is based on the owner’s policy of “making whatever can be done”. The encounters between the owner, food and customers are humorous and at times heartrending.
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Thursdays, 17 October 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Masaike Yosuke (Miki Clinic de Kanpai o, Zettai Seigi, Miss Sherlock), Miura Kisa (Watashi Danna o Share Shiteta), Karasuma Natsume
Original Work: Shiyakusho by Azumi Kishi
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Kuroshima Yuina, Kiyohara Sho, Matsumoto Marika, Denden
Synopsis: The first place that departed souls visit is the Death Office. This office determines the destinations of those who have died of various reasons such as suicide, murder, illness and accidents. Shimura (Matsuoka Masahiro) is a staff at the Death Office’s General Information Desk and he treats the endless stream of dead people who show up with feigned politeness. They range from those who accept death to those who do not grasp reality. Their behaviour while they were alive is revealed by their application forms. The innocent go to heaven while the guilty go to hell. In fact, the staff (Kuroshima Yuina, Kiyohara Sho, Matsumoto Marika, Denden) of the Death Office have a secret. Why do they end up working in this place after death? And what is Shimura’s secret past?
Date: From 1.35 a.m., Thursdays, 10 October 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Masaike Yosuke (Miki Clinic de Kanpai o, Zettai Seigi, Miss Sherlock)
Original Work: Million Joe by Juguchi Ryoji
Genre: Comedy suspense
Cast: Kitayama Hiromitsu, Hagiwara Masato, Imaizumi Yui, Fukami Motoki, Nagano, Miura Masaki, Takeda Kohei, Tsuda Kanji, Sugawara Daikichi, Okada Koki (guest star), Kinoshita Houka (guest star), Kusakari Mayu (guest star), Watanabe Hiroyuki (guest star)
Synopsis: Kurei Soichi (Kitayama Hiromitsu) gave up on his dream to be a manga artist and is now the editor in charge of the huge hit manga Million Joe at manga magazine Shukan Shonen Glory’s editorial department. However, he is unmotivated and has no love for the manga. One day, Magata Tsuneo, the eccentric author who created Million Joe, dies all of a sudden. Believing that the widely popular Million Joe, which has avid fans all over the world, cannot be left uncompleted, Kurei hides Magata’s death. He persuades Magata’s trusted chief assistant Terashi Ryota (Hagiwara Masato) who draws the pictures, and makes a shocking suggestion. They will try to contine the series based on the creative notes that Magata left behind. But will they be able to fool the fans and spin the story with new characters?
Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko Season 6
Date: From 9.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 October 2019
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriters: Nakazono Miho (Sego-don, Doctor X Series, Hatsukoi), Hayashi Makoto (Doctor X Seasons 2 – 5, Isan Sozoku Bengoshi Kakizaki Shinichi, Strawberry Night)
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Santamaria Yusuke, Uchida Yuki, Endo Kenichi, Katsumura Masanobu, Suzuki Kosuke, Takeda Shinji, Shimizu Michiko, Fujimori Shingo, Tozuka Junki, Kishibe Ittoku, Ichimura Masachika, Nishida Toshiyuki
Synopsis: Totei University Hospital faces a huge deficit like never before as the medical community is inundated by a host of challenges such as balancing the next generation with an authoritarian generation, and also coexisting with computers and AI close in. An investor Nicholas Tange, with the nickname Vulture, arrives at this “white tower” which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Tange, who is one of the best professionals in the world for corporate restructuring, puts Totei University Hospital on the path to a turnaround as part of his plan. However, this also forces a rationalisation of medical care, and the hospital is faced with the reality of restructuring and cost-cutting. With business now taking top priority, the hospital transforms into a ground for politics and power struggles. Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko) is summoned by Tange and comes to Totei University Hospital. She fights a solitary battle once again as a new power game intensifies.
Related: Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko Season 5
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Thursdays, 17 October 2019
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriter: Tsubota Fumi (Kounodori Series, Onna Michi, Heat)
Original Work: Motokare Mania by Takinami Yukari
Genre: Love comedy
Cast: Kora Kengo, Araki Yuko, Hamano Kenta, Tanaka Minami, Yoshiko, Morita Kanro, Sekiguchi Mandy, Kato Toranosuke, Daichi, Inoue Shota, Kote Shinya, Yamaguchi Sayaka
Synopsis: Nanba Yukari (Araki Yuko), a 27-year-old office lady, is not unattractive or inferior to the girls around her. Nevertheless, her romantic relationships have not gone well. She cannot forget her ex-boyfriend Saito Makoto (Kora Kengo) whom she nicknamed Makochi. She loves him so much that she looks up his name on social media every morning, has imaginary conversations with him and looks ecstatic when she finds faint similarities in the men she meets for the first time through the “ex-boyfriend scouter” that she activated. Makoto vanished after the two of them broke up five years ago. However, they are reunited as colleagues at the real estate company where Yukari works. He stirs up Yukari with his words and actions without realising. Meanwhile, Yukari’s first client Yamashita Akio (Hamano Kenta), a salaryman with a promising future at a leading food company, proposes that they date … …
Cheat ~ Sagishi no Minnasan, Gochuui Kudasai
Date: From 11.59 p.m., Thursdays, 3 October 2019
Scriptwriters: Matsumoto Miyoko (Seigi no Se, Koi ga Heta de mo Ikitemasu, Higanbana), Yamashita Subaru (1-page no Koi)
Cast: Honda Tsubasa, Kaneko Daichi, Uesugi Shuhei, Fukuhara Haruka, Tomita Miu, Yokota Mayu, Kiyohara Sho, Ikeuchi Mansaku, Kiriyama Ren, Kazama Shunsuke
Synopsis: 25-year-old Hoshino Saki (Honda Tsubasa) is the brains of a mysterious specialist team called CHEAT, which deceives and exposes swindlers in return. Gifted with the ability to read people’s minds, she brilliantly corners them. However, she is actually a struggling third-rate idol with the stage name Kisaragi Momo. As far as Saki is concerned, this is her main profession. She was scouted by detective Anzai Kazuki (Kazama Shunsuke) and joined CHEAT in order to earn a living. Because the talent agency that Saki belongs to does not permit idols to work part-time, she cannot let anyone know about her activities with CHEAT. At the same time, she keeps her idol status a secret from the members of CHEAT. She pursues her dream of becoming a top idol while engaging in mind games with swindlers.
Preview: Cheat Teaser
Ai Naki Mori de Sakebi
Date: From 11 October 2019
Network: Netflix Japan
Scriptwriter: Sono Sion (Tokyo Vampire Hotel, Minna ESPer dayo! Series, Jikou Keisatsu Series)
Cast: Shiina Kippei, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Denden, Hinami Kyoko, Kamataki Eri, Matobu Sei
Synopsis: Murata Jo (Shiina Kippei) is a ruthless criminal. On the surface, he is cheerful and lively. But he emotionally controls other people, milks them for money and makes them commit brutal crimes.
Preview: Ai Naki Mori de Sakebi Teaser
Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan
Date: From 1.00 a.m., Fridays, 11 October 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Seki Erika (Strawberry Night Saga, Gosaigyou, Ima kara Anata o Kyohaku Shimasu), Imanishi Yuko (Izakaya Fuji), Soma Hikaru
Original Work: Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan by Hiiragi Yutaka
Cast: Yamada Anna, Otomo Karen
Synopsis: Sachi (Yamada Anna) and Ayari (Otomo Karen) become sisters all of a sudden when their parents remarry. The two of them have to live together after their newly wed parents set off immediately for an overseas trip. However, Sachi gets scared of Ayari who does not say much and gives her piercing looks. She is feeling very anxious about life under the same roof when they receive ham from their parents. Ayari briefly glances at a bewildered Sachi before she begins prepare the ham. This helps the two of them to start opening up to each other and their bond as sisters deepen through cooking.
Tokumei Keiji Kakuho no Onna Season 2
Date: From 8.00 p.m., Fridays, 18 October 2019
Network: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriter: Hata Takehiko (Soshite Daremo Inakunatta, Danda Rin, Unfair Series)
Cast: Natori Yuko, Aso Yumi, Daito Shunsuke, Masana Bokuzo, Onozuka Hayato, Hasegawa Hatsunori, Takahashi Katsunori (guest star), Kato Masaya
Synopsis: Miura Aya (Aso Yumi) has been feeling depressed even though she was given a promotion, and assigned from Kanagawa Prefectural Police headquarters to a police precinct as a deputy police chief. However, this is only a job title. In reality, all she has been doing is counter work. Hojo Yuriko (Natori Yuko) retired but has returned as a part-time detective. This odd pair who are like oil and water team up once again. Freed from the constraints of the police organisation in their current positions, they run riot.
4-punkan no Marigold
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Fridays, 11 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Sakurai Tsuyoshi (Room Laundering, Fuwaku no Scrum, Bakumatsu Gurume Bushi Meshi Series)
Original Work: 4-punkan no Marigold by Kirie
Cast: Fukushi Sota, Nanao, Yokohama Ryusei, Nishimura Motoki, Ito Asahi, Sekimizu Nagisa, Suzuki Yuka, Aso Yumi, Miura Masaki, Nishio Mari, Hashimoto Jun, Kiritani Kenta
Synopsis: 25-year-old Hanamaki Mikoto (Fukushi Sota) is a paramedic with the special ability to see the final moments of the person whose hand is in his, and there is a sober reality that he cannot tell anyone about. Mikoto’s mother died when he was a child and after that, his father remarried. The three children (Nanao, Kiritani Kenta, Yokohama Ryusei) from his stepmother’s (Aso Yumi) previous marriage became his family. Mikoto has secretly had feelings for his older step sister Sara (Nanao) who lives under the same roof. However, at one time, he ends up seeing that Sara would die on her 28th birthday. Wishing for her happiness, Mikoto desperately considers how to save her life. But the visions he has had so far have all come true despite him trying all he can as a paramedic. Nevertheless, can he change this cruel destiny precisely because he has this special ability? As Mikoto tries to do so, he gets overwhelmed by his feelings for Sara which he has kept to himself.
Preview: 4-punkan no Marigold Teaser
Jikou Keisatsu Hajimemashite
Date: From 11.15 p.m., Fridays, 11 October 2019
Station: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Miki Satoshi (Atami no Sousakan, Jikou Keisatsu Series)
Genre: Comedy mystery
Cast: Odagiri Joe, Aso Kumiko, Yoshioka Riho, Isomura Hayato, Toyohara Kosuke, Fuse Eri, Eguchi Noriko, Hida Yasuhito, Naito Risa, Tanaka Makoto, Mitsuishi Ken, Iwamatsu Ryo, Koyuki (guest star)
Synopsis: Kiriyama Shuichiro (Odagiri Joe) returns to Japan after a 12-year secondment to the FBI in the US, and rejoins the Statute of Limitation Management Division at Sobu Police Precinct. The primary job of this division is to send documents on cases where the statue of limitations have run out to the prosecution, and to manage these investigation materials. However, ever since the statue of limitation was abolished for serious cases such as murders, the division has become more redundant than ever. Kiriyama returns to his old haunt and gets started on his hobby again with his assistant Mikazuki Shizuka (Aso Kumiko). It is to personally investigate cases where the statute of limitation is expiring. He is not particularly concerned about identifying the criminal or the size of the cases. All he wants to do is to make sure his deductions are correct.
Kodoku no Gurume Season 8
Date: From 12.12 a.m., Saturdays, 5 October 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Taguchi Yoshihiro (Nihon Boro Yado Kikou, Kodoku no Gurume Series, Hondana Shokudo), Kodama Yoriko (Kodoku no Gurume Seasons 2 – 3 & 5 – 7, Onna no Naka ni Iru Tanin, Sakura)
Original Work: Kodoku no Gurume by Kusumi Masayuki
Cast: Matsushige Yutaka
Synopsis: Inogashira Goro (Matsushige Yutaka) runs an imported general merchandise business. He enjoys eating on his own and would visit dining establishments whenever there are intervals of free time during work.
Hitori Camp de Tabete Neru
Date: From 12.52 a.m., Saturdays, 19 October 2019
Station: TV Tokyo
Scriptwriters: Tominaga Masanori (Dias Police, Nocon Kid), Hosaka Daisuke, Iizuka Kasho
Cast: Miura Takahiro, Kaho
Synopsis: Oki Kento (Miura Takahiro) loves cooking meals with canned foods and eating them at a campsite more than anything else. Nanako (Kaho) likes going into the sea, mountains and rivers to get her own natural ingredients and then preparing and eating them at the campsite. If there is one thing in common between Kento and Nanako, it is eating and sleeping on their own at camp. Although the two of them enjoy this, they are further captivated by the world of food through the people they meet whereever they go.
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 5 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Shinozaki Eriko (Saka no Tochuu no Ie, The Good Wife, Hanzai Shokogun Series)
Original Work: Top League by Aiba Hideo
Cast: Tamayama Tetsuji, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Sakuma Yui, Mitsuishi Ken, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Hashimoto Manami, Kuroba Mario, Nakamura Eriko, Nomaguchi Toru, Sano Shiro, Koyuki, Jinnai Takanori, Kobayashi Kaoru
Synopsis: Matsuoka Naoki (Tamayama Tetsuji) is a journalist who has worked for the business desk of Daiwa Shimbun, a major Tokyo-based newspaper publisher, for 15 years. One day, he is told that he is being transferred to the political desk for a year. Matsuoka caught the attention of Chief Cabinet Secretary Kondo (Kobayashi Kaoru) when he disregarded the rules and posed the question, “What do you think about the safe discovered in a landfill in Minato ward?” at the Chief Cabinet Secretary’s first scheduled briefing. He rises to the top of the league in a flash. Meanwhile, Sakai Yuji (Ikeuchi Hiroyuki), a weekly magazine reporter who used to be Matsuoka’s colleague, has been pursuing the truth of the safe found in the landfill. Then a robbery takes place. The victim is someone whom Sakai had just interviewed regarding the safe. Matsuoka and Sakai have gone along different paths as reporters. However, they meet again after 10 years, and the biggest taboo in the official residence which rocks the country’s political centre is gradually exposed.
Ore no Hanashi wa Nagai
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Saturdays, 12 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Kaneko Shigeki (Boku Unmei no Hito desu, Momikeshite Fuyu Series, Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu)
Cast: Ikuta Toma, Koike Eiko, Yasuda Ken, Kiyohara Kaya, Sugino Yosuke, Harada Mieko, Mizusawa Rintaro, Hamatani Kenji, Honda Chikara, Kinari, Nishimura Masahiko
Synopsis: 31-year-old Kishibe Mitsuru (Ikuta Toma) has been unemployed since seven years ago. After graduating from university, he got hooked on coffee and started a business but it failed. However, no one can beat him in a war of words and he keeps using twisted logic to gloss over his own hopelessness. Mitsuru lives off his mother Fusae (Harada Mieko), who runs the cafe left to her by her late husband. But his life suddenly changes when his older sister Ayako (Koike Eiko) and her family (Yasuda Ken, Kiyohara Kaya) come to live with them while their house is being rebuilt. Ayako concludes that Mitsuru is simply escaping from reality and faults their mother for how he turned out. Will he be able to overcome this misfortune and stand on his own two feet?
Date: From 11.40 p.m., Saturdays, 5 October 2019
Station: Fuji TV
Scriptwriters: Muta Keiko (Koi ga Heta de mo Ikitemasu, Kazoku Houtei), Shimada Ureha (Babysitter Gin!, Diary, Zenryoku Sousa Series)
Original Work: Risa by Igarashi Takahisa
Cast: Takaoka Saki, Koike Teppei, Otani Ryohei, Natsuna, Tokunaga Eri, Kashiwabara Shuji, Nishioka Tokuma
Synopsis: Amemiya Rika (Takaoka Saki) has been starved of family love. She feels empty. Lonely. Her yearning for a family steadily grows. When she meets the man who fits her idea of the perfect husband, marriage and family, her pure love explodes. She is oblivious to anyone other than this person of her destiny. Actually, anyone who blocks her marriage will end up becoming her enemy. She will do everything she can to get the man she loves. Rika’s first target is Oya Masashi (Koike Teppei), a surgeon. He has a fiancee and everything is going well for him until he meets Rika who has been hired as a nurse. This is all part of her plot. Mysterious incidents keep happening at the hospital and patients, nurses as well as doctors vanish. Then Rika also gets her clutches on Oya’s fiancee … … Three years later, Honma Takao (Otani Ryohei) becomes Rika’s second target. Honma is living apart from his wife Yoko (Tokunaga Eri) and their 7-year-old daughter because of Yoko’s infidelity. He makes the acquaintance of a woman who uses the name Rika through a matchmaking app and suggests that they meet. However, she keeps stalking him on his mobile phone with a deluge of messages and phone calls, and even at his office and home. Honma’s colleagues, wife and daughter and even detectives get entangled.
Grand Maison Tokyo
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 20 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Kuroiwa Tsutomu (Maison de Police, Monte Cristo Haku, Kizoku Tantei)
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Suzuki Kyoka, Tamamori Yuta, Kanichiro, Asakura Aki, Yoshitani Ayako, Onoe Kikunosuke, Nakamura Anne, Tezuka Toru, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Sawamura Ikki
Synopsis: A talented Japanese chef Obana Natsuki (Kimura Takuya) in French cuisine has devoted his life to food. He opened his own restaurant in Paris and earned two Michelin stars. Hailed as a superstar chef, his confidence has turned into conceit. But no matter how he tries, three Michelin stars are beyond his reach. He feels pressured and up against a wall. At this moment, a serious incident occurs at the restaurant and he ends up losing both the place and his team (Tamamori Yuta, Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Sawamura Ikki). While Obana is feeling at his lowest, he happens to meet a female chef Hayami Rinko (Suzuki Kyoka) and makes the decision to start over again as a chef. He makes it his goal to create the world’s greatest three Michelin star restaurant and tries to put together the best staff. However, he is spurned by his former colleagues and has problems even though he has found new talent. But he does not give up. He shove unreasonable demands at other people and aims higher himself. The attitudes of the people around him gradually begin to change as they watch him.
Preview: Grand Maison Tokyo Teaser
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 3 November 2019
Station: NHK BS Premium
Scriptwriter: Mukai Kosuke (Shinya Shokudo Series, Ueno Juri to Itsutsu no Kaban)
Original Work: Yuganda Hamon by Shiota Takeshi
Cast: Matsuda Ryuhei, Matsuyama Kenichi, Katsuya, Koshiba Fuka, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Katsumura Masanobu, Sakai Maki, Kimura Midoriko, Maya Kyoko, Mimura Rie, Tsutsui Michitaka, Kadono Takuzo, Issey Ogata, Nagatsuka Kyozo
Synopsis: Sawamura Masahiko (Matsuda Ryuhei) is a reporter with a local newspaper, Shin Kanagawa Nippo. One day, he gets an scoop on a hit-and-run case. The grieving wife Morimoto Atsuko (Koshiba Fuka) of the man who died, is reportedly the culprit. Masahiko is excited by this scoop which is the first he has had in a long while. However, it is false information planted by his colleague Kirino (Tsutsui Michitaka). Masahiko’s university schoolmate Mitazono (Matsuyama Kenichi), who is now the chief editor of online news, points this out. Masahiko pursues Kirino who has disappeared. Meanwhile, Oga Masakazu (Nagatsuka Kyozo), a former journalist of a national newspaper and a old friend of Sawamura’s father, visits Masahiko. Oga has started investigating whether the suicide of a former colleague Kakiuchi Tomonari (Issey Ogata) was due to an incorrect story that Kakiuchi published 15 years ago.
Chou no Rikigaku ~ Satsujin Bunsekihan Season 3
Date: From 10.00 p.m., Sundays, 17 November 2019
Scriptwriter: Anabuki Ichiro (Dr DMAT, Gunshi Kanbei)
Original Work: Chou no Rikigaku Keishichou Satsujin Bunsekihan by Asami Kazushi
Genre: Crime suspense
Cast: Kimura Fumino, Aoki Munetaka, Watanabe Ikkei, Kitami Toshiyuki, Fujimoto Takahiro, Koyanagi Yu, Kanno Misuzu, Katsumura Masanobu, Danta Yasunori, Nakamura Toru, Kikuchi Rinko
Synopsis: A wealthy man is brutally murdered at home and “blue flowers” are arranged in his neck which was slit open. Detective Kisaragi Toko (Kimura Fumino) from the Eleventh Section of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigative Division has to tackle her most difficult case. The man’s wife Mayumi has disappeared and an email hinting at her whereabouts is addressed to a newspaper publisher from the criminal who calls himself Cluster 16. With Toko’s most trusted partner, Takano Hideaki (Aoki Munetaka), due to transfer to the Public Security Bureau in a few days, the responsibilities and hopes for her grow. Contrary to expectations, the investigation of the case runs into difficulty and Toko’s impatience and anxiety grows at what seems to be a dead end.
Related: Suisho no Kodou ~ Satsujin Bunsekihan Season 2
Nippon Noir ~ Keiji Y no Hanran
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 13 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Muto Shogo (3-nen A-kumi, Kaito Yamaneko, Kazoku Game)
Cast: Kaku Kento, Hirosue Ryoko, Iura Arata, Kitamura Kazuki, Kaho, Kudo Asuka, Takahashi Hikaru, Tachibana Eri, Tanoi Ken, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Sasai Eisuke, Eishin
Synopsis: Yusa Kiyoharu (Kaku Kento) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is a cool-headed detective who is in charge of the investigation frontline and will do whatever it takes to achieve his objectives. One day, when he wakes up in a forest, he finds a gun in his right hand, and a dead female detective, Usui Kaoru (Hirosue Ryoko), lying beside him … … This woman was his superior. Did he kill her or was he set up by someone? There is a gap of several months in his memory. Yusa’s buddies turn enemies overnight and he is pursued as a murder suspect. His only partner is a boy who is the female detective’s only son, Katsuki (Tanoi Ken). Eventually, the case gets linked with the truth of the unsolved 1 billion yen heist.
Hikinukiya ~ Headhunter no Ryuugi
Date: November 2019
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Chiho (Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen!, Beppin-san, 5-nin no Junko)
Original Work: Hikinukiya Series by Shizukui Shusuke
Cast: Matsushita Nao, Uchida Yuki, Kote Shinya, Watabe Atsuro
Synopsis: “I’ve been fired?” Kanoko Saho (Matsushita Nao), who works in management for Faun, the outdoor gear manufacturer, where her father serves as CEO, is taken aback. She had inherited his conviction in craftsmanship and worked hard, but one day, the appearance of someone her father invited through a headhunter caused her to be ousted from the company all of a sudden. Watarai Kaori (Uchida Yuki), who introduces herself as a headhunter, shows up in front of Saho. Oddly enough, Saho ends up working at the headhunting firm where she is employed. When Saho is taken to her first job by the boss Namiki Tsuyoshi (Kote Shinya), a rival headhunter Togari Masaki (Watabe Atsuro) is there … … Saho gets entangled in the bargaining, treachery and cheating between headhunters while facing off against business clients and headhunting candidates that are hard to deal with, and begins to find meaning in a job that takes care of people’s lives. Meanwhile, clouds start to gather over Faun, and behind this is … …
Aku no Hadou ~ Satsujin Bunseki-han Spin-off
Date: From 10.30 p.m., Sundays, 6 October 2019
Scriptwriter: Shimizu Masashi (Mushikago no Jomae, Otoko Meshi)
Original Work: Ishi no Mayu Keishichou Satsujin Bunseki-han by Asami Kazushi
Genre: Crime suspense
Cast: Furukawa Yuki, Sumire, Fukazawa Tatsuya, Hirano Kinari, Chiba Tetsuya, Anan Kenji, Nikaido Satoshi, Tsurumi Shingo, Ikeda Tetsuhiro, Kimura Fumino
Synopsis: In 2014, a series of murders targeting women takes place in Kawasaki City. All the victims have been killed as if they had hanged and these are dubbed the “Hanging Murders” in public. The police investigation runs into difficulties without clues on the murderer. However, Detective Iguchi Tomokazu (Ikeda Tetsuhiro) from the First Investigation Division, has his eye on a man whom he suspects to kill for pleasure. This man is Nogi Naoya (Furukawa Yuki). He lies about his identity, erases his traces in public and lives as if he is holding his breath. Nogi is actually Yaginuma Masato, the victim in the sensational Akishima mother and son kidnapping case. He gets his neighbour Asada Yoshika (Sumire) involved as he tries to escape the police dragnet but comes to realise some facts. What is his true motive?
Preview: Aku no Hadou Teaser
Related: Suisho no Kodou ~ Satsujin Bunsekihan Season 2