A Life (2017), Daibinbo (2017), Dansui! (2017), Gin to Kin (2017), Hitoya no Toge (2017), Kirawareru Yuuki (2017), Nekoshin (2017), Onna no Naka ni Iru Tanin (2017), Quartet (2017), Rakuen (2017), Rental no Koi (2017), Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai (2017), Totsuzen Desu ga Ashita Kekkon Shimasu (2017), Uso no Senso (2017), Zenigata Keibu (2017)
Without a doubt, there are so many dramas this season that I want to see. I was very fortunate that almost every drama on my wish list was subbed! As a matter of fact, I ended up watching a whole lot more! Thank you, subbers for making my dismal 2016 bearable. Now, if I can put these in my drama shopping list now, here are the dramas I am BEGGING get subbed this season! Yeah, the list is long once again!
Starring Ohno Takuro as Kiryu Kagerota, this drama continues in the vein of Neko Zamurai which I simply loved! Young ninja Kagerota of the Kiryu family was separated from his father when he was 10 and has lived without knowing love. His father is the legendary ninja, Kenzan. One day, Kagerota goes to Edo on a mission with fellow ninjas. It is a simple mission to steal special goldfishes from the residence of a feudal lord. They successfully get into the place and are about to steal the gold fishes when they sense something by the side. It is a fat cat with a red nose. There is something about the familiar cat that bears resemblance to his father. Sounds like fun!!
Stars Ito Atsushi and Kato Koyuki, two actors that I can get behind and watch. The company that Saegusa Yuzuko, a single mother with two children, works at suddenly goes bankrupt and she loses both her income and savings. Just as she is at her wit’s end, Yuzuko is contacted out of the blue by a lawyer Kakihara Shinichi. However, she is the only one who thinks he is a complete stranger. Kakihara is actually her former high school classmate. He has liked Yuzuko since high school days and mustered the courage to get in touch with her after hearing about her situation. Although Kakihara advises that there is a secret behind her company’s bankruptcy, Yuzuko is more concerned about finding employment rather than the reason why her life has been thrown into upheaval and turns him down. Kakihara’s investigation reveals the possibility that the mysterious large 3 billion yen amount that partly caused the bankruptcy was pooled together. By the time Yuzuko realises it, she has become involved in exposing this secret.
Stars Ikematsu Sosuke and Lily Franky in the leads. Morita Tetsuo (Ikematsu Sosuke) is a good-for-nothing who cannot get ahead in and has been venting his anger through gambling. He keeps losing until he is penniless. One day, Tetsuo meets Hirai Ginji (Lily Franky), an influential fixer who controls the underworld, at a race track. Drawn to Ginji’s villainy and ease at making billions, Tetsuo decided that he wants to become a person called “Kin” to surpass “Gin” and sets foot into the underworld.
Stars Seto Asaka and Omi Toshinori. It is the synopsis which has captured my attention! Tanuma Yuriko (Seto Asaka) is a housewife who lives with her husband Kazuo (Omi Toshinori), their two children and mother-in-law Hatsue. One day, Saori, the wife of Kazuo’s friend Kusumoto Masafumi is strangled to death and Kazuo confesses that he had been having an affair with her. Yuriko suspects that he murdered Saori. Realizing that he cannot get away, Kazuo acknowledges that he killed her and tries to give himself up to the police. However, Yuriko desperately holds him back. She decides to cover up his crime to protect their peaceful family life. Before Yuriko realizes it, a stranger within her starts to take action for the sake of protecting her beloved family.
Stars Nakama Yukie, this drama surrounds an incident is talked about all over Japan. The case involves the Doizaki couple that killed their 15-year-old daughter and hid her body under their house for 16 years. One day, housewife Toshiko Hagitani visits Shigeko Maehata who works for a small editing company. Toshiko tells Shigeko that her 12-year-old son Hitoshi might have a special ability to see other people’s memories. She pulls out a picture drawn by Hitoshi. The picture has a girl with a grey colored face lying in a house that has a bat shaped weather vane on its roof. The picture seems to depict the incident involving the Doizaki couple. Shigeko decides to do some research, but Hitoshi dies in a car accident. Meanwhile, the attorney for the Doizaki couple tells their second daughter Seiko that the couple has cut off all ties with her. Around that time, a female high student is confined.
Stars my Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and continues down the path that Zeni no Senso from 2015 (one of my favorites for the year), Koichi (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) was 9-years-old, Koichi’s father was accused of killing his wife and youngest child. He was also accused of committing suicide. In reality, Koichi’s father was framed for the murders and Koichi saw the person who killed his family. He told a cop that his father didn’t kill anyone and he saw the killer, but nobody believed him. Afterwards, his relatives called him a liar and he grew up with the nickname of Liar. Koichi eventually moved overseas and changed his name. He became a swindler. Koichi meets the killer who killed his family and goes back to Japan to take revenge.
Stars Kato Shigeaki and Karina, based on the book ‘Courage to be Disliked’ by Fumitake Koga, Ranko Ando (Karina) is a 32-years-old single detective who does her job well and has solved difficult cases. She doesn’t listen to others and doesn’t care what others think about her. However her partner, detective Toshio Ooyama (Kato Shigeaki), holds a strong sense of justice and does care what others think about him.
Stars Tsutsumi Shinichi and Koizumi Kyoko, this looks like pure, stupid fun! 52-year-old Saenai is an ordinary middle management salaryman. One day, he is forcibly handed a super suit by a strange old man and reluctantly takes over as superman. With a wife from hell Enko and two adolescents, Saenai is stuck between world peace and domestic problems. Life does not go well just by becoming superman. What is justice, peace and happiness?
I need no other reason than: KimuTaku!! When Okita Kazuaki was starting out as a doctor, he was forced to resign from the hospital. He left his girlfriend Danjo Mifuyu behind and went to the US alone. 10 years go by and he comes back as a surgeon with outstanding skills to save his former teacher from illness. His teacher is none other than his ex-girlfriend’s father. In the time that Okita was away, Mifuyu had married his own good friend Masao, who is now the deputy director and the heir of the hospital. To make matters worse, this friend was the one who plotted to drive him out form the hospital 10 years ago. Okita has to face all sorts of ordeals to save his teacher. But he never gives up amid the swirl of love, desire, friendship, jealousy and pride. Okita may be awkward but deals with patients with all his heart. His way of life gets the people working at the hospital to start asking themselves what real healthcare is.
Stars Matsuda Ryuhei, Mitsushima Hikari, Matsu Takako, and Takahashi Issei; any drama that incorporates music gets my vote! Maki Maki, Sebuki Suzume, Beppu Tsukasa and Iemori Yutaka happen to meet and form a quartet. They even begin to live together in Karuizawa during the winter, but there is a big hidden secret. Maki, who has a negative personality and barely gives her opinions, plays the lead violin in the quartet. She has family and only goes to Karuizawa on the weekends for performances. Suzume, who is unemployed, plays the cello, while Yutaka plays the viola in the quartet. The leader of the quartet and the one providing his grandfather’s villa as a base for them is Tsukasa. He plays the second violin in the quartet and comes from a musical family. A man of many secrets, he also works at a donut company.
Stars Gouriki Ayame and Taiga, just the title along (translates to Rental Love) sounds like my kind of drama! Takasugi Remi is the most popular rental girlfriend of Rental Lovers, a company which provides a girlfriend rental service. Men who date Remi fall in love with her in the blink of an eye. Although she understands the likes of customers and completely becomes the ideal girlfriend in attitude, speech and even character, when her work ends, she never smiles. Moreover, there is a strange bandage around her neck. Then Remi gets rented by a university student Yamada Kosuke who is madly in love with her.
Stars Miyazaki Shuuto, Akazawa Tomoru, and Matsuda Ryo, this is one for me and my buddy, Nelly as well as her son! The 3 of us enjoy these sports dramas immensely! Higashigaoka High School’s male swimming club presently has only three second-year members – leader Sakaki Shuhei, Shinozuka Daiki and Koganei Haruyoshi. They welcome the new school year with the aim of getting members.
Stars Nishiuchi Mariya and Yamamura Ryuta, neither am I really familiar with. Again, it is the synopsis that looks promising. Successful career woman Takanashi Asuka (Nishiuchi Mariya) has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career goals, she encounters Nanami Ryu (Yamamura Ryuta), a popular newscaster at PTV. Asuka and Ryu get along well, but the last thing she wants is to ever get married. This level-headed pair who want the opposite things in life should never get involved, except Nanami thinks people will lose their freedom once they get married. Moreover, marriage is just an escape place for a woman. “I absolutely don’t want to get married,” he said. For Asuka, Nanami is an ideal partner, except for his value concerning marriage. And the ‘Battle of Value’ begins.
Stars Suzuki Ryohei, Maeda Atsuko, and Miura Takahiro. Zenigata Koichi (Suzuki Ryohei) is not the bungling inspector who is always given the slip by the elusive great thief, Lupin Sansei. He is a stubborn, but righteous and compassionate detective who will never forgive bad people.
Stars Kubota Masataka and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. The combination of these two Kubota (Death Note, Mars) and Yukiyoshi (Death Cash) makes this a MUST-SEE!! Takeshima Ryota (Kubota Masataka) has followed in his father’s footsteps and now works as a prison officer at Kitakanto Prison. He has witnessed corrupt prison officers who tolerate bullying and gambling. Nakui Soichi (Yukiyoshi Ozawa) then becomes the newly appointed prison chief. Soichi gives an order to Ryota, informing him that he will get rid of prison corruption.
As you can see, this season is full of the crime and a few romance. Once again, I get my fix on the medical with KimuTaku to boot!! As this is a wish list, none have been confirmed to be subbed. But as soon as they are, You’ll be the first to know!!! What about you? What’s your wish list?