2008 Summer Drama list

【Monday】

20:00 (TBS) 「あんどーなつ」 (Ando Natsu) (TBS系)

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Cast:
Kanjiya Shihori, Kunimura Jun, Omi Toshinori, Hosoda Yoshihiko, Hayashiya Shozo (林家正蔵), Nagira Kenichi (なぎら健壱) , Shibata Rie, Shirakawa Yumi, Fubuki Jun

Story:

Kanjiya plays the role of the protagonist Natsu Ando, a young woman striving to be a pastry chef. (The title is sometimes spelled “AnDonuts,” referring to a type of doughnut with sweet bean paste.)

21:00 (Fuji) 「太陽と海の教室」 (Taiyo to Umi no Kyoshitsu) (フジ系)

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Cast:
Oda Yuji, Kitagawa Keiko, Okada Masaki, Kitano Kii, Hamada Gaku, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Tomiura Satoshi, Kagimoto Akira, etc

Story:
Oda Yuji plays a teacher who guides a group of seniors at a prep school in Shonan, though his character is described as “stupid.”

【Tuesday】

21:00 (Fuji) 「シバトラ~童顔刑事・柴田竹虎~」 (Shibatora) (フジ系)

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Cast:
Koike Teppei, Ohgo Suzuka , Minami Akina, Tsukaji Muga, Maya Miki, Miyagawa Daisuke Daito Shunsuke, etc

Story:
The story follows a rookie cop named Taketora Shibata who, despite his childish looks of a middle-schooler, fights against juvenile crime and has the ability to see anything at a crime scene. Nevertheless, it’s still a struggle to rise out of the ranks and become a real detective.

22:00 (NTV) 「学校じゃ教えられない!」 (Gakko ja Oshierarenai!) (日テレ系)

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Cast:
Fukada Kyoko, Tanihara Shosuke

Story:
Fukada plays Mai Aida, a woman in her third year as an english teacher at a private all-girls high school. Due to declining enrollment, the school decides to admit its first male students. Those five freshmen initially feel they’re in paradise, but the concerned Mai tries to help them adjust by creating a social dance club and inviting five girls. Those ten students become the focus of the drama, which is described as a story of love and adolescence.

22:00 (Fuji) 「モンスターペアレント」 (Monster Parent) (フジ系)

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Cast:
Yonekura Ryoko, Hiraoka Yuta, Sasaki Kuranosuke, Nukumizu Youichi, Kazami Shingo (風見しんご), Mashima Hidekazu (眞島秀和), Ootomo Minami, Hori Mayumi, Kusakari Masao, Kadono Takuzo

Story:
In the drama, Yonekura is a lawyer dispatched to the board of education to resolve problems between schools and the so-called “monster parents.” Her character is intelligent and fashionable, but she struggles with the assignment as her expertise is originally in business law.

【Wednesday】

21:00 (Asahi) 「ゴンゾウ~伝説の刑事」 (Gonzo: Densetsu no Keiji) (テレ朝系)

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Cast:
Uchino Masaaki, Tsutsui Michitaka, Motokariya Yuika, Takahashi Issei, Yajima Kenichi, Sugawara Daikichi (菅原大吉), Wada Masato, etc.

22:00 (NTV) 「正義の味方」 (Seigi no Mikata) (日テレ系)

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Story:
15-year-old Yoko, a young girl who is constantly tormented by her self-centered and devilish older sister Makiko, who works for a government office after having graduated from a famous university. But despite her ill nature, Makiko’s actions tend to somehow make things better for those around her, causing others to praise her as an “ally of justice.”

Cast:
Shida Mirai, Yamada Yu, Sano Shiro, Tanaka Yoshiko, Hongo Kanata

【Thursday】

20:00 (NHK) 「乙女のパンチ」 (Otome no Punch ) (NHK総合)

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Cast:
Yamasaki Shizuyo, Kurotani, Iwasa Mayuko, Kyo Nobuo, Shimizu Koji, Ayata Toshiki (綾田俊樹) , Nagata Akira (永田彬), Kazahana Mai (風花舞), Shinoyama Akinobu (篠山輝信), etc

Story:
Saotome Hikaru, 24, a professional female box, has nothing special about herself, except for her 182cm height. Morita Natsuko is the lightweight national champion, and is from a rival gym. Hikaru and Natsuko will be rivals.

20:00 (Asahi) 「その男、副署長」 (Sono Otoko, Fuku-Shocho 2) (テレ朝系)

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Cast:
Funakoshi Eiichiro, Ukaji Takashi

20:00 (NHK) 「キャットストリート」(Cat Street) (NHK総合)

21:00 (TBS) 「渡る世間は鬼ばかり」 (Wataru Seken wa oni Bakari )(TBS系)

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Story:
Wataru is based on the life of Okakura Daikichi, a father of five daughters. Daikichi owns Okakura, a 5-star Japanese restaurant most people can only dream of dining. The storylines are based on each of the five daughters’ lives, ranging from bitchy mother-in-laws, the kids, their husbands, and so forth.

The second oldest daugther is Kojima Satsuki. She is married to Isamu, who’s family runs Koraku, a typical Chinese ramen restaurant. Satsuki and Isamu have two kids, Ai and Shin. Isamu’s mother, Kimi once lived with the Kojima family (their home is upstairs, in the same building as Koraku). Due to declining health, Kimi moved to the United States and is living with her daughter Hisako. As of the 8th season, Hisako moves back to Koraku, and attempts to earn back her birthright. Satsuki’s biggest problem is having to deal with Hisako, as well as Seiko who is very loyal to Kimi and Hisako. Because Satsuki has to work all day at Koraku and tend to her immediate family, she has no time for herself, or even for her four other sisters and her father.

The other sisters include Noda Yajoi, Takahashi Fumiko, Munakata Yoko, and Honma Nagako. Yajoi is a retired nurse, and has to deal with her divorced daughter Akari and her grandson. Fumiko runs a travel agency; she too has a problem with her son, Nozomi, who chose to become a guitarist instead of attending college. Yoko is an interior decorator and was recently married. And Nagako is a housewife who married into the Honma family. The Honma family are all physicians, who run Honma Hospital.

Cast:
Honma Nagako, Munakata Yoko, Takahashi Fumiko. Bottom left to right: Kojima Satsuki, Okakura Daikichi, Noda Yajoi, etc.

21:00 (Asahi) 「四つの嘘」 (4 lies) (テレ朝系)

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Story:
This renzoku follows four women in the “around 40” generation. Shifumi is an attractive woman who stole her classmate’s boyfriend in high school, and despite criticism from others, she got married and had a child. However, she soon divorced and currently keeps a younger boyfriend. Three of Shifumi’s former classmates: ordinary housewife Mariko, work-focused doctor Neri, and housewife Miwa. Miwa is having an affair with Shifumi’s ex-husband Keishi (the boyfriend Shifumi originally stole from her.) Eventually, the various secrets and lies kept by the four women all come to light.

Cast:
Nagasaku Hiromi, Terajima Shinobu, Takashima Reiko, Hada Michiko, Katsuji Ryo, Watanabe Ikkei, Nogiwa Yoko, Nakamura Toru, Fukaura Kanako

22:00 (Fuji) 「コード・ブルー -ドクターヘリ緊急救命-」 (Code blue) (フジ系)

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Cast:
Yamashita Tomohisa, Aragaki Yui , Toda Erika, Asari Yosuke, Higa Manami , Kodama Kiyoshi, Katsumura Masanobu , Ryo , Yanagiba Toshiro , Sugimoto Tetta, Terajima Susumu, Hiwatashi Shinji (樋渡真司)

【Friday】

20:00 (Tokyo TV) 「刺客請負人」 (Shikaku) (テレ東系)

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21:00 (Asahi) 「ロト6で3億2千万円当てた男」 (Lotto 6 de San-oku Ni-senman En Ateta Otoko) (テレ朝系)

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Story:
Takashi Sorimachi stars as Satoru Tachibana, an advertising firm employee slaving away under a younger boss for a meager salary. With a pachinko habit, no savings, and no prospects of romance since his divorce, Tachibana is left wondering what the future holds for him. One day, he desperately enters a lottery, trying to make enough money to pay for his child support, but his sense of self-disgust kicks in. However, his curiosity gets the better of him, and he later discovers that the ticket is a winner, turning him into a millionaire overnight.

Cast:
Sorimachi Takashi, Nakajima Tomoko, Shibuya Takeru, Nishimura Masahiko, Ozawa Maju , Manabe Kaori , Sakura, Toyohara Kosuke , Izumiya Shigeru , Ishigaki Yuma , Degawa Tetsuro, Yamasaki Mami (山崎真実) , Suzuki Kosuke

22:00 (TBS) 「魔王」 (Maou: The lucifer) (TBS系)

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Story:
This drama is a remake of the popular suspense drama The Devil that was aired in Korea last year. Ohno Satoshi will be playing the role of a two-faced lawyer, one of which is a kind hearted soul and the other who is plotting revenge, using his brilliant mind, on the person who killed his relative. On the other hand, Ikuta Toma will play the double lead role of the man, who has become a detective due to his dark past, who is pursuing the mysterious series of murders and fighting against the devil (maou).

Cast:
Ohno Satoshi, Ikuta Toma, Kobayashi Ryoko, Tanaka Kei, Oshinari Shugo, Waki Tomohiro, Uehara Misa, etc.

00:00 (Asahi) 「打撃天使ルリ」 (Dageki Tenshi Ruri) (テレ朝系)

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Story:
Kikukawa plays the protagonist Ruri, a seemingly ordinary OL who one day discovers she possesses an unbelievable power born from her anger. With it, she takes down bad guys one by one.

Cast:
Kikukawa Rei

00:00 (Tokyo TV) 「ウォーキン☆バタフライ」 (Walking Butterfly) (テレ東系)

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【Saturday】

19:00 (NHK) 陽炎の辻 2 Kagero no Tsuji 2

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Story:

A story about a gifted swordsman who faces with various troubles brought to him with strong sense of justice and genuine sympathy to commoners. Sakazaki Iwane is a ronin who spends idle days in Edo. Until a few months ago, he was a promising son and successor to a powerful family in Bungo. He has came back to Edo, where he lived for a while for swordplay training with his two best friends, after a tragedy in the three’s home domain—both of the two friends died, one of them killed by Iwane by command of the domain lord’s chief retainer. Iwane left his home for Edo, leaving behind his fiancée, a sister of the friend he killed. Eventually, Iwane detects the conspiracy behind the deaths of the two friends and struggles to reform his domain.

Cast:
Yamamoto Koji, Kawamura Yosuke

19:30 (NHK) 「オトコマエ!」 (Otoko mae) (NHK総合)

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Story:

A story about two young samurai who set out to fight against evil. Todo Itsuma and Takeda Shinsaburo, both 25 years old, are best friends and work at the north magistrate’s office. Their ultimate goal is to become like their boss Toyama Kinshiro, who supports the less privileged commoners, and be recognized as a first-class man. –NHK

Cast:
Fukushi Seiji, Saito Takumi, Shibata Kyohei, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Inoue Waka, Konno Narumi, Asada Miyoko, Fujimura Shunji, Kawano Naoki, etc

20:00 (TBS) 「恋空」(Koizora) (TBS系)

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Story:
Last fall, over 3 million people were brought to tears by the movie Koizora. The original story of Koizora, by the author Mika, was popularized on the cell phone novel site, Mahou no Land, and since then has been turned into a novel, a movie, and now a drama. The highly popular movie will be turned into a drama, which follows the life of a normal higschool girl who experiences many unbelievably sad events, but through it all proving that love conquers all, and this true love story remains unchanged from the movie. Not only does it simply portray the first love of the highschoolers, it shows the warmth from the family, the importance of life, the bonds with friends, and the common happenings of teens, and through it all Mika and Hiro’s love story gets unwound.

Cast:
Mizusawa Elena, Seto Koji , Aoi , Miura Shohei, Haru (波瑠) , Nagayama Kento , Kikuchi Akiko (菊池亜希子) , Satake Uki (佐武宇綺), Kobayashi Sari (小林さり), Miyazawa Sae (宮澤佐江), Nakamura Kaori , Matsushita Nao, Hada Michiko , Kishitani Goro, etc.

21:00 (NHK) 「監査法人」(kansahoujin) (NHK総合)

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Story:
A drama about an auditor caught between duty and compassion. Miyazaki Kenji works at an audit firm where he confronts his co-workers who tolerate window-dressing to save companies suffering from economic downturn. He tries to stick to rules, yet begins to waver as he sees clients being driven into a corner under strict rules.

Cast:
Tsukamoto Takashi, Matsushita Nao, Toyohara Kosuke

21:00 (NTV) 「ヤスコとケンジ」 (Yasuko to Kenji) (日テレ系)

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Story:
The show focuses on a man named Kenji and his younger sister Yasuko, whose parents died in an accident 10 years earlier. Kenji was once the leader of a gang, but in order to support him and his sister, he began making a living as a shojo mangaka. His character normally wears glasses and appears to be a gentle guy, but he throws off his glasses and reverts to his violent side whenever he tries to protect Yasuko from danger. Part of the story follows Yasuko’s romance with an intelligent and good-looking man named Jun Tsubaki. Jun’s older sister Erika now runs a flower shop, but Erika was once a leader of a female gang, and she used to be in love with Kenji during those days.

Cast:
Matsuoka Masahiro, Tabe Mikako, Okura Tadayoshi, Hirosue Ryoko, Yamaguchi Sayaka

00:00 (Fuji) 「33分探偵」 (33 mins Detective) (フジ系)

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Cast:
Each episode’s mystery is solved within that short time span, but unlike typical detective shows, this comedy features a slow-witted sleuth named Rokuro Kurama (Domoto). While viewers will be able to identify the criminal right away, Domoto’s character constantly comes up with incorrect theories, leading him to always accuse the wrong person. The show’s name come from its time slot (Saturday nights at 11:10pm), which runs a total of 33 minutes after commercial time is subtracted.

Cast:
Domoto Tsuyoshi

【Sunday】

20:00 (NHK)「篤姫」( Atsu-hime ) (NHK総合)

Story:
A drama about an auditor caught between duty and compassion. Miyazaki Kenji works at an audit firm where he confronts his co-workers who tolerate window-dressing to save companies suffering from economic downturn. He tries to stick to rules, yet begins to waver as he sees clients being driven into a corner under strict rules.

Cast:
Tsukamoto Takashi, Matsushita Nao, Toyohara Kosuke, Katsumura Masanobu, Mitsuishi Ken, Hashizume Isao, Riju Go (利重剛), Otani Mitsuho, Tanaka Koutaro, Abe Sadao, Shimizu Shogo, Tateishi Ryoko, Hirota Shiho (広田思帆), Ryu Raita

21:00 (TBS) 「Tomorrow」(TBS系)

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Story:
Takenouchi plays a surgeon who retired 8 years ago to work for the municipal government. However, he ends up returning to the profession to help a local hospital on the verge of bankruptcy. Kanno plays a co-worker, taking on the role of a nurse for the first time in her acting career.

Cast:
Takenouchi Yutaka, Kanno Miho, Ogawa Tamaki, Kurokawa Tomoka, Edo Harumi (エドはるみ) as Harada Kazuko, Nagata Akira (永田彬), Hashimoto Mami (橋本真実), etc.

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All Story and Cast summary credit to d-addict

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3 Responses

  1. hello!
    I just wanna ask what is the next project of toma after the Maou? ehehehe thank you!

  2. Hi Riia07

    Aint he in this season “Voice”!?

    ~nana~

  3. ohhh… it is good to know he has a new project… tnx for the answer I really appreciate it… Does it is a drama or comedy? I am sorry because I am not updated…

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