Anticipated J-dramas: Winter 2016
Otousan to Yobasete
Notable Cast Members:
Endo Kenichi, Renbutsu Misako, Watabe Atsuro
About age differences in marriage. Tamotsu (Endo Kenichi)–age 51–is in a relationship with a young 23-year old woman, Miran (Renbutsu Misako). Miran’s father (Watabe Atsuro), who is around the same age as Tamotsu, struggles to accept her relationship.
I like all the cast members & am totally looking forward to seeing them working together:
- Endo Kenichi–I most recently saw him in Fuben na Benriya, which was also a comedy. Endo Kenichi has a wide acting range and a lot of experience so I have no doubts he will be great in this role.
- Renbutsu Misako–You may recognize her from her recent drama 37.5°C no Namida. I remember her role from Nanase Futatabi the most. I generally like her acting.
- Watabe Atsuro–I first saw him in Gaiji Keisatsu, which I enjoyed immensely. I mainly associate Watabe Atsuro with serious dramas, like his recent role in Kageri Yuku Natsu. So it’ll be interesting seeing him in a comedy.
I watched some comedy j-dramas in 2015 and I gotta say, they have a great effect on me. They make me laugh and they elevate my mood. On top of that the premise of the story for Otousan to Yobasete has already caught my attention. I’m so ready for a funny story about age differences in relationships.
You can watch the preview on the drama’s official site.
Watashi o Hanasanaide
Never Let Me Go
Notable Cast Members:
Ayase Haruka, Miura Haruma, Mizukawa Asami, Suzuki Rio
Sci-fi, dystopian, novel adaptation
This is about three children who grew up together in a mysterious school. They had normal lives until they learned that they’re fated to have a special mission.
*Updated* So at first when I watched the previews, I thought that they reminded me of a play that I saw about human clones who were created so that their organs could be harvested. The children clones grew up in a secret school where they were given a “normal childhood,” only to donate their organs (aka die) when they became adults. Well it turns out that YES, Watashi o Hanasanaide follows the same plot as the play. Because both of them are based on the same original novel! *MIND BLOWN*
So it turns out that Watashi o Hanasanaide is based off of an English novel Never Let Me Go, written by the Japanese British author Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel was adapted into a British movie of the same name in 2010. And obviously, there are other adaptations as well since I saw a play version. o_O Anyways, I’ll definitely be checking out this drama because the play I saw was great so I know the story itself is good. The question is whether the drama & cast can do the story justice or not.
(Thanks to the commenters who cleared up the confusion for me!)
Itsuka Kono Koi o Omoidashite Kitto Naiteshimau
Notable Cast Members:
Kora Kengo, Arimura Kasumi
A love story about six youngsters whose paths cross when they move from the countryside to Tokyo.
The title is such a mouthful, eh? The main reason why I’m hopeful about this drama is because 1) It’s written by Sakamoto Yuji (Soredemo Ikite Yuku, Woman) 2) Kora Kengo is one of the lead actors! However, the synopsis doesn’t really catch my eye just yet, and it’s hard to tell how the drama will be based off of the preview. I’m also wondering how well-developed the 6 main characters will be. Here’s hoping for another Sakamoto Yuji drama!
- Higanbana ~ Keishichou Sousa Nanaka–A new Horikita Maki drama about an all-ladies detective unit. Apparently Maki’s character has some kind of ESP ability where she can sense evil…so she wears headphones to block it out?! Huh? Does she hear evil or something?
- Sumika Sumire–About a 65 year old woman who reverts back to age 20 and gets to live as a young woman once again. This issue arises: If a 65-year old woman in a 20-year old body goes out with a 20-ish year old guy, isn’t that a huge age difference?!
- Kinpika–I gotta include a WOWOW drama, right? 😉 The story is about an unlikely alliance between a gangster, secretary to a politician, and government official. Sounds interesting but I doubt it’ll get subbed.
>_< I feel like this winter season has a good amount of seasoned cast members and interesting combinations in the casting. I never imagined Renbutsu Misako and Endo Kenichi playing the role of a couple, nor did I imagine Miura Haruma with Ayase Haruka & Mizukawa Asami in a SCI-FI drama. As for the other dramas aside from the top 3 I mentioned, there aren’t many that caught my attention. Here’s hoping for a great winter 2016 season!
Let me know what winter 2016 jdramas you’re anticipating in the comments! 🙂
Source: J-drama Weblog