Upcoming Japanese Dramas for Summer 2018 (Jul-Sep)

Start date: ? July
Cast: Takayuki Yamada, Masaki Suda
Genre: Friendship, Business

Himo Men
Start date: ? July
Cast: Masataka Kubota, Haruna Kawaguchi
Genre: Comedy

Manager Rinko Kazehana’s Love
Start date: 5 July
Cast: Ryo, Ryo Ryusei, Hiroyuki Hirayama
Genre: Business, Romance

Sachiiro no Wan Rumu
Start date: 7 July
Cast: Anna Yamada, Shuhei Uesugi
Genre: Romance, Drama

Zettai Reido: Mizen Hanzai Sennyu Sousa
Start date: 9 July
Cast: Ikki Sawamura, Aya Ueto
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Detective

Iryuu Sousa 5
Start date: 12 July
Cast: Takaya Kamikawa, Chiaki Kuriyama
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Detective

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Viewership Ratings – Spring Dramas Apr-Jun 2018 (Final)

Final Average Viewership Ratings for Spring Season

Black Pean – (10 episodes) 14.29%
Mikaiketsu no Onna – (8 episodes) 13.02%
Seigi no Se – (10 episodes) 9.77%
Confidence Man JP – (10 episodes) 8.88%
Anata ni wa Kaeru Ie ga Aru – (11 episodes) 8.46%
Hana Nochi Hare – (11 episodes) 8.30%
Miss Devil – (10 episodes) 8.24%
Signal – (10 episodes) 7.79%
Gakeppuchi Hotel! – (10 episodes) 7.45%
Kaseifu no Mitazono 2 – (8 episodes) 6.73%
Monte Cristo Haku – (9 episodes) 6.23%
Love Rerun – (10 episodes) 3.03%

Source, and translated from: http://artv.info

Quotes – Bara no Nai Hanaya / Maruho no Onna

Bara no Nai Hanaya Episode 8

俺たちが 信じているのは… 世界で 俺たちだけ.
Oretachi ga shinjite iru no wa… sekai de oretachi dake.
In this world, we only believe in ourselves.
– Shiomi Eiji (Katori Shingo)

Bara no Nai Hanaya Episode 11

灯台下 暗しでしょ。
Toudai moto kurashi desho.
It is dark below the lamp post.
– Shirato Mio (Takeuchi Yuko) 00:43:40

Note: From a Japanese proverb 灯台下暗し (toudai moto kurashi), meaning it’s difficult to know what’s happening nearby to you.

Maruho no Onna Episode 1

仕事があるだけ 幸せと思え。
Shigoto ga aru dake shiawase to omoe.
Be happy that you still have a job.
– Tono Aki (Aso Yumi)

Review – Anone

Drama: Anone

Broadcast date: Jan 10, 2018 – Mar 21, 2018

Synopsis (from mydramalist.com):
The story begins with a girl who has no family, strayed from the right path and lost her perspective in life, meeting a much older woman. Both of them were deceived, betrayed and have lost faith in other people, but somehow they gravitate towards each other and so the older woman gives shelter to the girl. Triggered by a certain incident, the two of them eventually find true humanity.

This drama is about the wonderful friendship of 4 persons of different ages, and how they are sucked into the world of crime.

It has everything — drama, romance, suspense, action, comedy and crime, all meshed together amazingly into this excellent drama. And there are touches of delightful quirkiness as well.

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News – Japanese Drama News Roundup June 1-15

  1. Masaki Aiba will be playing a veterinarian in TV Asahi’s drama, Sakanoue Animal Clinic Story (Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka), which is based on a manga.This drama series will be aired in October, 2018.
  2. Ryo Yoshizawa will play the main character in a TV Tokyo drama, Giver: Revenge’s Giver (Giver: Fukushu no Zoyosha). His character works in an agency that takes revenge on behalf of its clients.Broadcast starts on July 13, 201.
  3. Kento Yamazaki, Juri Ueno and Naohito Fujiki are the mains casts for Good Doctor, a drama by Fuji TV.Good Doctor starts airing on July 12, 2018.

Quotes – Anone (2)

Anone Episode 2

カレーは辛い 辛いからうまい。 人生もまた同じ。
Karee wa tsurai, tsuraikara umai. Jinsei mo mata onaji.
Curry is spicy, it’s tasty because it’s spicy. Life is the same.
– Mochimoto Kaji (Abe Sadao)

Anone Episode 6

Tabeta hi ga shoumi kigendesu.
The day you eat it is the expiry date.
– Tsujisawa Harika (Hirose Suzu) (Speaking while cooking with expired food.)

Anone Episode 7

願い事は 泥の中だよ。 泥に手を突っ込まないと叶わないんだよ。
Negaigoto wa doro no nakada yo. Doro ni te o tsukkomanai to kanawanai nda yo.
Things you wish for are inside the mud. If you don’t dig in, they won’t true.
– Nakaseko Riichi (Eita)

Anone Episode 8

Genjitsu ga kowai ndeshou ne.
Reality is scary.
– Hanafusa Manpei (Hino Shohei)

Trivia – Gakeppuchi Hotel!

Interesting facts about the locations, people, words, and objects appearing in Gakeppuchi Hotel!

Episode 1

1. Natto / 納豆

Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans.

2. Sprinkling salt

In Japanese tradition, it is believed salt can ward off evils.

3. Guest number 8 / 八番客

Guest number 8 means a troublesome guest/customer.

This phrase came from the Eight-ball pool game, where a player loses if the number 8 ball is pocketed unintentionally.

Subtitles – Gakeppuchi Hotel!

Title: Gakeppuchi Hotel! / 崖っぷちホテル!
Broadcast date: April 15, 2018 –
Network: NTV
Casts: Erika Toda, Takanori Iwata, Kosuke Suzuki, Ikkei Watanabe

A once exclusive hotel in the outskirts well-known to only people in the know, is now on the brink of bankruptcy with a debt of 300 million yen, under the management of incapable and unmotivated staff. The diligent, rookie general manager Sakuri Sana is too young, the new patissier Hourai Haru cannot read situations, the sous chef Eguchi Ryuji is obsessed with boat racing, the cleaner Yoshimura Naomi is an amenities thief,the bartender Edakawa Kozue is always drunk and the assistant general manager Tokisada Masao is suspected of embezzlement. Then an unlikely young man Ukai Naoya shows up as a mysterious guest, and the staff who only have an abundance of pride, regard him disagreeably. No one knows just yet that his arrival will overturn everything about this hotel… (Source: mydramalist.com)

English subitles available now at D-addicts.

Trivia – Chief – Keishichou IR Bunsekishitsu

Interesting facts about the locations, people, words, and objects in the drama.

Ferris wheel

Redhorse Osaka Wheel
(Photo credit: osaka-info.jp)

The tallest Ferris wheel in Japan is the Redhorse Osaka Wheel in Expocity, Suita, Osaka. It was completed in 2016 with a height of 123 meters.

Meanwhile, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world is the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. It opened in 2014. The height is 167.6 meters.

There are 47 Prefectures (similar to State) in Japan. In Japanese, a prefecture is called ken, fu, or to.

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