January’s J-Drama Watch : A Brief Look At (3) Upcoming Series
There are many dramas to look forward to (is there any time when there aren’t though? ;p ) in January but in particular, these are three that picked my interest the most, and they’re likely gonna be the ones I will recap weekly :
disclaimer – this post was written by an ecstatic- arsenaaal-top of the leagueee- kipzizz on a cold Saturday night-
01) Never Let Me Go (TBS)
Based on the popular Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, it’s probably one of the most anticipated dramas of the year. The story is set in a dystopian society, where Kyoto (Haruka Ayase), Miwa (Asami Mizukawa) and Tomohiko (Haruma Miura) grow together and have a “special mission” to accomplish when they reach a certain age.
I haven’t read the novel (or seen the film) but I know that it got great reviews and I hope that the series will give me the incentive to (..finally) pick it up. The cast is pretty solid; Haruma used to be the epitome of hit-or-miss but the last couple years he has improved tremendously so I’m confident he will pull off that dramatic role. Ayase is consistently good and I don’t think Mizukawa will have any problems either.
I am really looking forward on getting my heart ripped out because this is gonna be one overwhelming ride! (Funny story, one of my mom’s favorite books (and films) is “The Remains of the Day” and has been bugging me to read it for ages, so maybe this will be the month where I get to read two Ishiguro’s novels.)
02) Yamaneko The Phantom Thief (NTV)
The Phantom Thief, will follow Yamaneko (Kamenashi) a mysterious and uncommon thief who steals from evil and corrupted people/organizations exposing their wicked deeds along the way. A mag reporter (Narimiya Hiroki) and a genius hacker (Takasugi Mao) will assist him on his missions.
I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love this show; eccentric thief (played by Kame!) a la Robin Hood (in a way I guess lol) with two companions hunting down “bad guys”? Sign me up! Already looking forward to this unusual team playing the pick-pocket-vigilante game!
03) Fragile (FujiTV)
Nagase Tomoya will play Keiichiro Kishi, a pathologist that can diagnose his patients without actually seeing them; he is excellent at his work but he is also very self-centered.
It’s not out of the norm to have House-alike doctors the last years but Tomoya is such a great actor, that I just can’t pass on a series that he stars; Emi Takei (does this girl EVER rest?!) is another reason I will watch this, and I also want to see how Nomura Shuhei is gonna do here.
Recap-radars are waiting to kick in; hopefully Greece hangs on for another 3 months so I can properly finish those recaps in time, lool. Onwards! ; )
p.s not gonna mention Sakamoto’s new series cause I want to watch his stuff in one go, so yeah.