Anticipated jdramas: Summer 2013
The jdrama spring season of 2013 did not live up to the winter season at all. I don’t have high hopes for the summer season but there are a few dramas that I will keep an eye on!
I’m most excited for…
Doctors – Saikyou no Meii – Season 2
Notable cast: Sawamura Ikki, Manami Higa, Masanobu Takashima
About: A continuation of DOCTORS Season 1, in which Dr. Sagara helped transform a failing hospital with his unorthodox ways.
Why I’m looking forward to it: This is definitely one of my most anticipated upcoming jdramas because the first season of DOCTORS was super awesome. It is no-frills and is not like your typical medical jdrama. I really love Sawamura Ikki as Dr. Sagara and the supporting cast is excellent as well. If you haven’t seen the first season yet, I’d definitely recommend it. Here’s hoping for another solid season of DOCTORS!
Notable cast: Mitsushima Hikari, Oguri Shun, Tanaka Yuko
Short summary: Mitsushima Hikari plays the role of a mother with two children. Her husband (played by Oguri Shun) died in an accident, leaving her as a widow and as a single mom.
Why I’m looking forward to it: First of all, the writer is Sakamoto Yuji. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, just think of Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (which also starred Mitsushima Hikari) and Saikou no Rikon. So already I have high expectations for this drama. Also I’m a fan of Mitsushima Hikari because she’s an excellent actress. And of course, although Oguri Shun will not be in this drama for very long, I’m still looking forward to seeing what he can do with his role.
Notable cast: Mikami Hiroshi, Fukuishi Kazue, Kobayashi Kaoru
Short summary: A detective begins investigating an unsolved murder case. It turns out that the murder is linked to a much larger conspiracy. He works with a reporter to investigate the case and a meat processing factory called the “Meat Box”
Why I’m looking forward to it: Actually I wasn’t even going to watch this based on the summary. But the trailer gave me chills, it is so good! I thought it would be a typical detective jdrama, but this drama is by WOWOW so it will probably be much darker and more serious. This drama has already started airing but I haven’t found it subbed anywhere so I’m still including it here. 😉
For the synopsis…
Notable cast: Sakuraba Nanami, Tsuchiya Tao, Suzuki Katsuhiro, Kudo Ayano, Masuda Yuka, Yamashita Rio
Short summary: A live action of the manga Limit. A high school class goes camping in the woods, but they get into a car accident. Only five girls survive the crash. They must either work together or go their separate ways to survive in the forest.
Why I’m interested in the synopsis: I know this live action has the potential to be really cheesy, but if it’s done right it could also be really interesting and exciting. I want to see more of a gritty thriller jdrama. Also I don’t recognize any of the cast members, hopefully the acting will be ok.
For the cast…
Saito-san Season 2
Notable cast: Mizuki Alisa!
Short summary: Mizuki Alisa is back again as Saito-san, a strong and independent mom who is never afraid to speak out for what’s right…even if that means she makes enemies out of the other housewives in her neighborhood. She and her family move to a new neighborhood where new challenges await.
Why I’m looking forward to it: Honestly I never finished the first season of Saito-san because I was annoyed by the league of arrogant moms that Saito had to deal with. But I’m curious to see whether or not the second season can do something new with this concept. And of course..Mizuki Alisa is great.
Notable cast: Toda Erika, Yamapi, Karina
Short summary: Love triangle between Toda/Yamapi/Karina.
Why I would watch it: The only reason I would watch this would be for Toda Erika. I’m not a huge Yamapi or Karina fan. Obviously the big draw of this drama is the cast but aside from that I have low expectations. The preview says nothing about what the drama is about except that it’s SUMMERY. Anyways I bet you this will be a really popular summer jdrama because of the Yamapi/Toda Erika/Karina fans.
Notable cast: Kaho
Short summary: Kaho plays a nurse who can sense the supernatural. Strange things happen in the hospital where she works.
Why I would watch it: Ok this might also count for the “excited for” and “interested in the synopsis” categories but…I don’t really like scary dramas. T___T So I’m putting it here, in the “for the cast” category because Kaho is a great actress. I think this drama has the potential to be really good but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle it. If it is a horror drama there is no way I’m watching it. But if it’s just sorta scary maybe I will give it a go. (Yeah I’m a scaredy cat >_<)
Notable cast: Koizumi Kotaro, Fukada Kyoko, Maya Miki, Kuninaka Ryoko,
Short summary: Koizumi Kotaro plays a normal guy who is married to the daughter of a wealthy chairman.
Why I’m interested: I doubt I will watch this drama all the way through but the casting of Koizumi Kotaro (Gokusen, Haken no Hinkaku) as the lead caught my interest. Usually he plays supporting characters. I’m curious to see whether he can pull off the lead role.
Notable cast: Ono Machiko (Saikou no Rikon!)
Short summary: Ono Machiko plays the character of a geisha who falls for a man. Eventually she quits her job as a geisha to be with the man she loves. This is based on a novel and was also made into a movie version a long time ago.
Why I would watch it: I so want to see Ono Machiko in a period drama!!!