Anticipated j-dramas: Fall 2015
Okashi no Ie
Ono Machiko, Odagiri Joe, Yachigusa Kaoru
slice of life
The story of an old candy shop struggling to stay afloat and of the people who are connected to it. Taro’s (Odagiri Joe) grandmother is trying to keep her candy shop alive. Meanwhile, Taro eats candy with the shop’s regular customers and childhood friends. One day, Taro’s old classmate Reiko (Ono Machiko) returns to the neighborhood with her son after getting a divorce.
“He [Taro] and his friends start to notice what is truly important to them as they face up to their pasts, dreams and pains.” – Jdrama Weblog
I’m so ready to see Odagiri Joe & Ono Machiko starring together!!! I enjoyed Odagiri Joe in River’s Edge and Ono Machiko in various dramas like Saikou no Rikon, Mother, etc. so of course I wanna see them together! 😉 As for the story itself, it looks like it’ll be heartfelt and slow-paced. But admittedly I’m still kinda uncertain as to what’s actually going to happen in the plot. From the trailer & synopsis, it sounds like Reiko’s (Ono Machiko) return will spur Taro & his old friends to revisit the past and reconsider the present.
For the Cast
Ono Machiko plays the role of Fujiko, a serial killer. She was traumatized after surviving the murder of her entire family as a young child.
First of all, this is a HULU jdrama which came as a surprise to me! The timing of having a HULU jdrama is good considering Netflix is also dabbling in its jdrama Underwear. Anyways, obviously I’m interested in this drama because it stars Ono Machiko. On top of that, she’s playing the role of a SERIAL KILLER which I never imagined her in!
Gisou no Fuufu
Amami Yuki, Sawamura Ikki
Hiro (Amami Yuki) and Choji (Sawamura Ikki) used to go to the same university–and used to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Their relationship ended when Choji dumped Hiro by disappearing without any explanation. 25 years later, the two of them randomly meet again and end up in a fake marriage for the sake of Choji’s mom, who doesn’t have much time left to live.
I want to try out this drama because of the interesting pairing of Sawamura Ikki & Amami Yuki. I never imagined this pairing before so I’m curious to see how their chemistry will be.
Note: This drama has already started airing.
For the ‘New’ Factor
Kiritani Mirei, Sakai Wakana, Chiba Masako, Maiko, Kaito Ken, Sakurada Dori
A Netflix original Japanese series about a young woman who starts working at a high-end lingerie brand in Ginza.
The main appeal of this jdrama is that it’s the first Netflix original jdrama. So Underwear is kinda like uncharted territory. However I don’t have much interest in high fashion lingerie so…this show may not be my thing. BTW, for Rich Man Poor Woman fans, this drama is written by the same scriptwriter!
P.S. I still think the title of the drama will take some getting used to…
Note: This drama already started airing.
Thoughts on other upcoming jdramas
Otona Joshi–I’m glad to see Shinohara Ryoko in another drama. Plus the scriptwriter wrote Shiroi Haru and Black President, both of which I heard were good. BUT there are a few things that make me hesitant about Otona Joshi: 1) It’s yet another rom-com about single women who are “past their prime age”. Is this a possible Last Cinderella 2.0? If so, count me out. 2) In the trailer there’s the line “40-year old women aren’t women.” I do hope that that’s not one of the intended messages from the drama as I don’t find this to be an empowering message at all.
Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku–Aragaki Yui plays the role of a detective who loses her memory at the end of each day. Why in the world did her character become a detective when she loses her memory everyday in the first place?! Does this make any sense?!?
5-ji Kara 9-ji Made ~ Watashi ni Koi Shita Obousan–This rom-com might be popular because it’s starring Ishihara Satomi & Yamapi. The most memorable thing about this drama’s synopsis though, is that Yamapi’s character is a MONK. And not just a monk, but a monk searching for a marriage partner.
Rugged–Ashida Mana drama. At first I didn’t recognize her in the promo poster because she looks older than when I last saw her in Ashita, Mama ga Inai!
My #1 anticipated jdrama thus far is Okashi no Ie for sure! I’m hoping that other jdramas will pleasantly surprise me as well. It looks like there will be a good amount of j-drama rom-coms this fall, for those of you who are looking for a rom-com fix. Sadly, none of the WOWOW dramas really caught my eye. Let me know which jdramas you’re looking forward to and why! 🙂
Source: Jdrama Weblog