Anticipated jdramas: Summer 2013

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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.



Furueru Ushi

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.


Summer Nude

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.



Akuryo Byoto

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 >_<)


Namonaki Doku

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.



Meoto Zenzai
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!!! 


I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • Some interesting dramas there to look forward to. I am very disappointed with the set of Jdramas now – Kazoku Game’s Sho Sakurai is a big letdown the only reason I decided to cover it is Kamiki Ryunosuke who is one of the few capable actors in the show and the young kid brother and maybe my interest will pick up with Woman (Hikari) and Summer Nude (Yamapi).

    • HIIIIIII JED. Long time no see!!!!!

      Heh I tried maybe two episodes of Kazoku Game and was unimpressed (and even a bit freaked out). It tried too hard to be all shocking with the tutor’s unconventional ways. =_= Anyways I hope Kamiki Ryunosuke gets a good role soon!

      Yup I will definitely check out Woman and I’ll probably try Summer Nude. (TODA ERIKA!!)

      • Yes, it’s been a while. But I am always a lurker! hahaha I always take the time to read your post! 🙂

        My work is taking lots of my time so even my blog is updated sporadically. I am just compelled to respond since I am really interested in watching some new shows and your list is posted just the right time, so thanks so much for that!

        You may also see me on your chat! I like it, it’s so cool to leave a message! 🙂

    • I didn’t get far with Kazoku Game either… maybe I’ll go back to it and just watch the Kamiki scenes, because he deserved to be watched.

      Fingers crossed his next dorama will be a good one, and one that he gets the leading role in…

  • I don’t really watch Jdramas, usually I try to stick to Chinese for the language, and I watch a lot of American shows because I work in Hollywood and have to know what’s happening in order to have friends, but some of these look interesting. I really like mysteries/murder mysteries. Have you seen any Chinese mysteries around or is that more rare?

    • Actually I don’t think I’ve ever watched a mystery c-drama. T_T I don’t think they are as common (or maybe they just weren’t subbed)…nowadays there tend to be more period dramas.

  • I’m anticipating DOCTORS season 2 too! I loved the first season. He’s so cheeky and there’s so much to delve into Sawamura Ikki’s character. The main girl in Limit’s poster looks so similar to Emi Takei I thought she got another leading role again. Other than DOCTORS, nothing really catches my attention in this summer’s line up.

    • The Ono Machiko drama… It’s not an asadorama is it? Only cos I’m swoooooning over its premise but want it to be standard renzoku-legnth. I already have her Carnation on my must-see list… Gah!

      *runs away from vid previews*

      Oh wait… TBS doing another joint venture thingy? This time with MBS? Kewl.

  • Hey I think maybe for the Koizumi drama, isn’t it more than just a normal guy marrying a wealthy girl? In the trailer, I’m getting a sense of a focus on somebody’s death from the kanji and dark atmosphere, but I don’t know Japanese so I’m not sure.

    I’m a fan of Yamapi but Summer Nude is so…. plotless? All they do is pretty much nothing in the teaser, I’m not sure why they need to promote it since the fans are gonna see it for their idols anyways xD

    • Yeah it is more than just my short summary, but it’s so complicated I don’t really get exactly what it’s about. >_<

      LOL I know all they have to do for Summer Nude is show Yamapi's face and I'm sure all the fans will come running! Plus there's Karina & Toda Erika! Well apparently the plot is that Toda plays Yamapi's best friend while Karina is the love interest or something like that.

  • I’m not too excited by this batch of doramas at all.. *sigh*

    Woman I’ll give a try. Summer – I just wish it had a different cast, Yamapi so cannot act. I’m not sure I’ll even bother with that one. With Meoto Zenzai you forgot Moriyama Mirai, who can be super-intense on the screen. Let’s hope his role allows for that.

    None of my fave actors seem to be in any summer projects… :-/

    • LOL I know, Summer Nude is so obviously an idol drama with Yamapi. T___T Thanks for adding the cast name for Meoto. I was so excited about Ono Machiko, I overlooked him!

      • I went and read the longer plot synopsis for Meoto Zenzai… Moriyama’s character is a “wild” guy, who seduces the geisha.

        That works well – he should be able to pull of the bad boy, that’s exactly the kind of intense role I had in mind.

  • hei..thanks for post.
    i really need an option..mostly im watch kdrama, but theres no lesson i can get. i mean.. i work in japanese office here in jakarta, when im watch kdrama..i cant practice the words..because theres no korean in my office.

    so i need some reference what jdrama i have to watch…so i can learn and paractce my japanese language.
    your post help me a lot..thanks

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