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Thursday, January 01
1 Litre of Tears
Alternative Titles : A Diary with Tears, Ichi Rittoru no Namida, One Litre of Tears, 一公升的眼淚, １リットルの涙 Cast : Fujiki Naohito, Sawajiri Erika, Narumi Riko, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Nishikido Ryo
Description : This beautifully moving drama is based on the real-life struggles of a 15-year-old girl named Aya who suffered from an incurable disease, but lived life to the fullest until her death at 25. The script is based on the diary Aya kept writing until she could no longer hold a pen. The book that later followed entitled “One Litre of Tears" has sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan alone. Fifteen year old Ikeuchi Aya was just a normal girl, soon to be high school student and daughter of a family who works at a shop that makes tofu. As time passed, unusual things started happening to Aya lately. She started falling down often and walks in a strange way. Her mother Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration - a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind in the least. How will Aya react when told about her disease? And how will Aya live from now on?
100 Scene no Koi
Alternative Titles :100 Love Scenes, 100シーンの恋 Cast : Mizushima Hiro, Sugimoto Yumi, Uehara Misa, Yuki Saya
Description : Mizushima Hiro stars in three different love stories of 15 minutes each, playing three different roles: an stylist, a surfer and a beautician. First Story: "If it makes you happy" ~ Chapter of the Surfer ~ Hiro Mizushima & Yuki Saya Second story: "Confession kiss" ~ Chapter of the Stylist ~ Hiro Mizushima & Uehara Misa Third Chapter: "The last asking" ~ Chapter of the Beautician ~ Hiro Mizushima & Sugimoto Yumi
100 Tales of Horror
Alternative Titles : Kaidan Hyaku Shosetsu, Kaidan Hyaku Monogatari Cast : Takenaka Naoto, Omura Ayako, Yasuhito Hida
Description : "100 tales of horror" is the follow-up to "Onmyoji Abe no Seimei" in the Tuesday night "Super Jidaigeki" time slot. Featuring 10 classic Japanese horror stories, this drama and its ghostly beings have been brought to life through computer graphics and special effects.
101st Marriage Proposal
Alternative Titles :101 Kaime no Puropozu, 101 Proposals, 101回目のプロポーズ, Hyakuikkaime no Puropozu, The 101st Proposal Cast : Asano Atsuko, Eguchi Yosuke, Ishida Yuriko, Takeda Tetsuya, Tanaka Ritsuko
Description : 101st Marriage Proposal is a "Beauty and the Beast" story starring Takeda Tetsuya (Virgin Road, 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei) as a down-on-his-luck man who has gone through 99 omiai (arranged dates with the intention of marriage if the date goes well). Not particularly smart, nor handsome, nor rich, he is a man who cannot lie and of course, has a heart of pure gold. On the 100th omiai, he meets Kaoru (Asano Atsuko), an extremely beautiful and talented cellist who can't forget her dead fiancee.
11 Nin mo Iru!
Description : A family consisting of a jobless father, a domestic mother, and eight children with different personalities. As the title suggests, the family also has a mysterious “11th member.” Kamiki plays the eldest son Kazuo, a high school student who helps support the family through part time jobs serving at a gas station and doing newspaper delivery. He clashes with his father (Tanabe Seiichi), an artsy photographer with no real earning power. Mitsuura Yasuko plays the part of an obedient wife, while Kato Seishiro plays the shy youngest child who can see a ghost (the “11th member”) but doesn't tell the rest of the family.
13-sai No Hello Work
Description : 35-year-old Kogure Teppei (Matsuoka Masahiro) of Shibaura Police Precinct’s Community Safety Division has longed to be a detective with the First Investigative Division since junior high school. His dream was to take charge of the investigations of violent crimes, but that has still not been fulfilled and he finds himself dissatisfied with his current circumstance. One day, Kogure runs into a karaoke bar and gives in to despair after finding no hope of changing occupations, and being dumped by his girlfriend too. He drowns his sorrows in drink and drifts off to sleep. The next morning when he wakes up, he discovers that he has gone back 22 years to the bubble economy of the 1990s! He cannot believe the situation that he has landed in. However, he encounters his optimistic 13-year-old self (Tanaka Taketo) and begins to consider starting his life over again through retraining …
14 Sai no Haha
Alternative Titles :14-year-old Mother, １４才の母, 14歲的媽媽, Juyon-sai no Haha, Mother at Fourteen, 愛するために 生まれてきた Cast : Miura Haruma, Namase Katsuhisa, Shida Mirai, Tanaka Misako, Yamaguchi Sayaka
Description : Miki Ichinose (Mirai Shida) is the girl next door. She is an average junior high school second grader,who likes spending time with her friends and prefers extra curricular activities to studying. She also enjoys dating her year-older boyfriend, Satoshi Kirino (Haruma Miura).Her teenager life, however, becomes no longer typical when she gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby…
15 Sai no Blues
Alternative Titles : A 15-year-olds Blues, Division 1 Stage 13, 15歳のブルース Cast : Tegoshi Yuya, Iwasa Mayuko, Chiyo Shota, Higashi Ayu, Zeebra
Description : Sanada Kohei is in his third year of junior high school, and is constantly bullied by three classmates, one of which happens to like the same girl that he does. Along with a troubled school life, Kohei doesn't get very good grades and his family life isn't too great either. The only company he keeps is that of flowers, and he has many potted flowers in his room that he takes care of. Kohei has already gone through ten tutors by the time that the drama takes place. Hip-hop singer ZEEBRA plays Shunsaku, his newest tutor. Shunsaku is not the usual kind of tutor; he's a bit perverted and throws Kohei around when he's being difficult. Ultimately, it's Shunsaku's influence that changes Kohei...
37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku
Alternative Titles :37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku ~Kenshui Junjo Monogatari~ Cast : Mizukawa Asami, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Suzuki Kosuke, Mimura, Kiriyama Renn, Yaotome Hikaru
Description : The model for the story is a doctor named Kawafuchi Keiichi (52). After graduating from Tokyo University, he spent some time making a living off of pachinko and worked various jobs before becoming a hikikomori (shut-in) for a year. At the age of 30, he decided to enter the medical school at Kyoto University, and he finally became an intern at a university hospital at the age of 37. Kawafuchi wrote an essay-like novel about his experiences in 2002 that sold roughly 100,000 copies. His follow-up book, “Furikaeru na Doctor,” was released in 2011 and is being used as the basis for the drama.
99-nen no Ai ~ Japanese Americans
Alternative Titles :99年の愛～JAPANESE AMERICANS～ Cast : Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Matsuyama Kenichi, Nakai Kiichi, Nakama Yukie
Description : The story follows a family of Japanese immigrants who crossed over to America 99 years ago. Kusanagi plays both the young Hiramatsu Chokichi (later taken over by Nakai) and his son, Ichiro. When the war breaks out the Japanese immigrants face racism and segregation. Ichiro pledges his alliance to America and gets sent to Europe, second son Jiro stays back with Ichiro's beloved Shinobu (who he has a crush on) and tries to protect his parents' farm. Their two sisters Shizu and Sachie are sent back to Japan and have to experience the horrors of war, one in Hiroshima and the other in Okinawa.
A Clinic On The Sea
Alternative Titles :Umi no Ue no Shinryojo, 海の上の診療所 Cast : Matsuda Shota, Arakawa Yoshiyoshi, Terajima Susumu, Takei Emi, Kato Ai, Aso Yumi, Fujiwara Norika
Description : The Kaishinmaru is a hospital ship which goes around to islands without hospitals in the Seto Inland Sea to provide medical services. The doctors and staff live communally on this ship which has facilities like a hospital as it circles theislands. One day, a lone doctor is supposed to come to the Kashinmaru. His name is Sezaki Kota. He is a young freelance general physician who hails from Hokkaido. The nurses Togami Mako and Misaki Noboru; physician Uchimura Aoi; clerical officer Hiuchi Akira who is also Aoi’s husband; ship’s captain and chef Kaito Takeshi; and the rest of the staff prepare Kota’s welcome party. However, Kota arrives much later than the appointed time. He comes across Mako who has just taken a bath and is mistaken for a prowler. She sends him a flying kick. The next day, Kota re-introduces himself to the staff and immediately gets to work. This time, the Kaishinmaru visits Chitosejima. In the morning, Kota examines the island’s residents that have gathered. However, Mako is half-outraged by Kota’s irresponsible attitude such as a recommendation to a patient who cannot get relief from a stomachache to drink carbonated drinks. In the afternoon, Kota goes out with Mako for house calls. It appears that there will be a festival on the island tomorrow and they see a man practising on drums. On the way back from the house calls, Kota notices a woman, Murakami Mizuki, crying in front of a tombstone and he is captivated by her beauty. Mizuki is the daughter of Michinori who runs a shipbuilding business on this island. She and her father are at odds. Learning that Mizuki wants to protect the house filled with memories of her late mother and opposes her father’s intention to discontinue the business and sell the house, Kota decides that he will marry her and be Michinori’s successor. And so, he announces out of the blue to the Kaishinmaru staff that he is getting off the ship tomorrow … … Kota has a terrible weakness when it comes to beautiful women. He would fall in love with a woman he meets on each island he visits, declare that he is going to live with her and make every effort to solve the problem she has. However, various people would get drawn into this fuss. In the end, he would be dumped by the woman. Then, he would tearfully go on to the next island and fall in love with another woman and the same thing would happen over and over again
A Million Stars Falling From The Sky
Alternative Titles :Hundred Million Stars, Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi, The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, 空から降る一億の星 Cast : Akashiya Sanma, Fukatsu Eri, Igawa Haruka, Kimura Takuya, Shibasaki Kou
Description : The story opens after a young female student kills herself by jumping off a balcony. It's soon discovered that she was in fact stabbed, and the room arranged to make it look like a suicide. And so we begin. A few minor details lead Detective Kanzo (Akashiya Sanma) to suspect that Ryo (Kimura Takuya), an enigmatic chef's assistant, knows more about her death.The two have run into each other by chance a few times, and each time left Kanzo with an uncomfortable feeling. Every clue that is revealed seems to lead to more questions about Ryo, his obsessive girlfriend, his callous and manipulative relations with several women, and about a painful memory from Kanzo's past. Things get more complicated when a powerful love/hate relationship develops between Ryo and Kanza's little sister, the beautiful Yuko (Fukatsu Eri). What exactly is their connection? As the evidence (and body count) rises, Kanza tries desperately to save his sister from Ryo's influence. He's no saint, but is he the Devil Kanza thinks he is? And why? The answers will floor you, even when you think you've got them figured out already.
A Sleeping Forest
Alternative Titles :A Sleeping Forest, Nemureru Mori, 眠れる森 Cast : Kimura Takuya, Nakamura Toru, Nakayama Miho, Natsuyagi Isao
Description : Kimura Takuya plays Ito Naoki, a mysterious man that seems to have some special connection with Oba Minako (Nakayama Miho) by their childhood. But Minako has lost her memory long ago and she won't remember anything about her childhood or him. Naoki knows almost everything about her and he secretly invites her to the "Sleeping Forest". From there on their story begins, into a mix of dark and romantic drama.
Abacus and Sword (2010)
Alternative Titles :Bushi no Kakeibo Cast : Keiko Matsuzaka, Yukie Nakama, Masato Sakai, Masahiko Nishimura, Mitsuko Kusabue, Yuki Ito
Description : Set during the Meiji Restoration period of Edo era Japan, Naoyuki (Masato Sakai) belongs to the 8th generation of the Inoyama family, a wealthy family known for finance & accounting. He is also a gifted mathematician and uses the abacus with extreme skills. Naoyuki works under the declining Kaga domain. Because of this, Naoyuki and his wife Koma (Yukie Nakama) suffer hardships as their stature and wealth dissipates.
Alternative Titles :Abarenbo Mama, Avarenbow Mama, Wild Mom, 暴れん坊ママ Cast : Katase Nana, Oizumi Yo, Shibuya Takeru, Tomosaka Rie, Ueto Aya
Description : 22-year old Kawano Ayu was brought up way out in the country. She's a rough-mannered tomboy. When she meets Tetsu, a divorced beautician, the two fall in love and get married. Immediately after their happy new life begins, they are visited by a 5-year old boy, Yuki, who claims to be Tetsu's son. Ayu reluctantly becomes the boy's mother, but has no idea how to raise a child. What's more, at kindergarten, she must confront the elegant mothers of the neighborhood. Ayu's humorous life as a rookie mother begins. --Fuji TV
Ace wo Nerae!
Alternative Titles : エースをねらえ!, Aim for the Ace! Cast : Ueto Aya, Matsumoto Rio, Sakai Ayana, Ishigaki Yuma, Yoshizawa Hisashi
Description : "Ace", an all time favorite comic book that sold 15 million copies is finally dramatized! A positive success story of an ordinary high school girl who gradually discovers her hidden talent of tennis through severe trainings designed by her strict coach. Can she every become an "Ace" tennis player? Hiromi Oka decides to join the high school tennis club from the moment she saw the star player Reika's (Matsumoto) excellent and smashing play. However, once the tennison began, Hiromi finds herself bored in the succession of simple practice swings. One day, Munakata becomes appointed as the new head coach of the tennis team. His special training was nothing but original, extreme, and severe. In addition, he suddenly chose Hiromi, a tennis beginner, to be the member of the up coming tennis tournament Not only Hiromi, but also her teammates become confused and take the odd situation unfair. Jealousy of her friends and teammates mounted, and they started to talk behind her back. Finally, Hiromi decides to leave the team and run away from the uncomfortable reality, but the coach strongly refused. Instead, he gave her an even more severe and personalized training. --TV Asahi 
Alternative Titles :Judo Kids "Ippon!", 愛情イッポン Cast : Ito Atsushi, Kaito Ken, Matsuura Aya, Yamaguchi Tomomitsu, Yamazaki Shigenori
Description : Tomoe, 17, is an average high-school girl, interested in clothes and guys, but her family life is not so average. Losing her mother at a young age, she lives alone with her father, Shouhei and does all the cooking, laundry, housekeeping, like a mother would do. They have a hard time making ends meet, because Shouhei’s only income is from working as a judo teacher to the neighborhood kids. Tomoe can’t wait to go to the university to get away from her father, and judo which she hates. But because of her father’s unfortunate arrest, she is forced to take over at the dojo. With help from the captain of her high school’s judo team, Tomoe begins to teaching the few kids who still come to learn judo, and even start practicing the judo that she gave up as a child. This heartwarming family drama will entertain kids and adults alike.
Description : Yuki, mother of the Mashiba family, is the grease that keeps this well-oiled machine running and its seven members happy and healthy. But when Yuki herself falls ill and needs to be hospitalized, the rest of the family must cooperate and make sacrifices in order to keep everything running smoothly and make ends meet.