Kami no Shizuku (神の雫)
NTV, Tuesday 10:00pm, premieres January 13
The popular manga “Kami no Shizuku,” created by Tadashi Agi, comes to life in this live-action adaptation. KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi takes the lead as a young man whose father, a world-famous wine critic, suddenly dies. His father leaves behind a wine collection worth a fortune, but in order to obtain it, he must solve a challenge left by his father to find 13 wines. However, he has no real experience with wine, and his rival is his adopted brother, who happens to also be a prominent wine critic.
Other Cast: Seiichi Tanabe, Riisa Naka, Naho Toda, Nozomi Sasaki
Official Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/shizuku/
Q.E.D. (Q.E.D. 証明終了)
NHK, Thursday 8:00pm, premieres January 8
This show is based on Motohiro Kato’s detective manga “Q.E.D. ~Shomei Shuryo~.” Kana Mizuhara (played by Morning Musume’s Ai Takahashi) is a cheerful and energetic high schooler. One day, a boy named So Toma (Aoi Nakamura) transfers into her class, but it turns out that he’s a genius who graduated from a prestigious American university at the age of 15, leading Kana to wonder why he’s attending her school. One day, the pair come across a murder scene, and they end up becoming a crime-solving team, along with Kana’s policeman father (Ken Ishiguro).
Other Cast: Koichiro Tomioka
Official Site: http://www.nhk.or.jp/drama8/qed/
Hissatsu Shigotonin 2009 (必殺仕事人２００９)
TV Asahi, Friday 9:00pm, premieres January 9
This show marks the return of the jidaigeki series “Hissatsu Shigotonin,” which has had several seasons between the 1970s and the 1990s. The franchise came back in 2007 with a one-shot special, but this is its first full season since 1992. Makoto Fujita returns as the protagonist Nakamura Mondo, one of the “shigotonin,” a team of hired assassins. He is joined by Johnny’s stars Noriyuki Higashiyama, Masahiro Matsuoka, and Tadayoshi Okura.
Other Cast: Emi Wakui, Mitsuki Tanimura, Noriko Nakagoshi, Takashi Ukaji, Seiji Fukushi
Official Site: http://hissatsu2009.asahi.co.jp/
Uta no Oniisan (歌のおにいさん)
TV Asahi, Friday 11:15pm, premieres January 16
After a dramatic performance in “Maou” last year, Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno turns to comedy in this series about a young man named Kenta, who loses his band and his girlfriend (played by vocalist Chisa of GIRL NEXT DOOR) but somehow winds up as a cast member on a children’s music show. The series also features Yoshino Kimura as the show’s producer and Kanjani8’s Ryuhei Maruyama.
Other Cast: Nana Katase, Masahiko Ono, Risa Sudo, Saori Takizawa
Official Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/utaoni/
RESCUE: Tokubetsu Koudo Kyuujotai (ＲＥＳＣＵＥ～特別高度救助隊)
TBS, Saturday 8:00pm, premieres January 24
Similar to Fuji TV’s “Code Blue” last year, “RESCUE” is an action-filled series revolving around people saving lives. Yuichi Nakamaru of KAT-TUN plays the lead as Daichi Kitajima, a young man inspired to become a firefighter after a childhood incident in which he was saved by a rescue squad. Now he is aiming to become part of an elite rescue team, along with several other candidates, including characters played by Takahisa Masuda (NEWS) and Yusuke Yamamoto. To heighten the realism, the show is being produced in collaboration with a real-life rescue squad based in Yokohama.
Other Cast: Hideo Ishiguro, Shunsuke Daito, Yosuke Asari, Jun Kaname, Ryo Ishibashi, Ken Ishiguro, Yui Ichikawa, Yuko Fueki, Aki Nishihara
Official Site: http://www.tbs.co.jp/rescue2009/
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