J-Drama: 2011 Winter Quarter

December 30, 2010

Now that 2010 is almost over, it’s time to invite 2011 and its Japanese dramas. This winter quarter it seems there is a bunch of crime and psychology dramas, but I did not bother putting them all, only two. Only a few dramas manage to catch my interest this time around, hopefully I’ll be able to watch at least two of the dramas that I listed. If you’re curious about other dramas that are going to be showing, just check out the sources after the drama bunch.

[ Official Website | Commericial ]

Title: バーテンダー / Bartender
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Network: TV Arashi
Episodes: TBA
Airs: January 4, 2011 – …
Stars: Aiba Masaki, Kanjiya Shihori
Description: Upon return from Paris, Sasakura Ryu spends some time wandering amiss, but after some time he decides to start anew by becoming a bartender. On a daily basis as a bartender, he helps solve the various problems burdening his customers, including work and love and family troubles, one cocktail at a time. Furthermore, what will happen to the romantic relationship between Ryu, who seeks the best cocktail, and Kurushima Miwa, who is pertinent to his growth as a person. Also in the drama you’ll see the fateful showdown between Kuzuhara Ryuichi, referred to as Mr. Perfect, and Master Kase Goro. — TV Asahi

[ Official Website ]

Title: CONTROL: 犯罪心理捜査 / CONTROL: Hanzai Shinri Sousa
Genre: Psycho-thriller
Network: Fuji TV
Episodes: TBA
Airs: January 11, 2011 – …
Stars: Fujiki Naohito, Matsushita Nao
Description: An overly passionate woman and an overly chill man. Like water and oil, Matsushita plays handsome Segawa Rio a passionate detective with a sense of justice, while Nagumo Jun, played by Fujiki Naohito, is a brilliant and sharp psychology professor with the special ability to analyze human actions and mentality. Kanjani 8′s Yokoyama Yuu is a part of Rio’s police academy. – Drama-Otoko

[ Official Website ]

Title: フェイク 京都美術事件絵巻 / Fake ~ Kyoto Bijutsu Jiken Emaki
Genre: Mystery
Network: NHK
Episodes: TBA
Airs: January 4, 2011 – …
Stars: Zaizen Naomi, Minamino Yoko, Sano Shiro, Terada Minori,
Fujimura Shiho
Description: 40-year-old Urasawa Yu (Zaizen Naomi) is a part-time university lecturer. She is single, has no boyfriend and is awkward in interpersonal relationships. However, just as her name suggests, she is such a good judge of works of art that she is in a league of her own – able to tell the real from the fake when the issue of authenticity arises.

[ Official Website ]

Title: 示談交渉人ゴタ消し / Jidan Koushounin Gota Keshi
Genre: Psychological, Drama
Network: NTV
Episodes: TBA
Airs: January 6, 2011 – …
Stars: Nishino Akihiro, Kutsuna Shiori
Description: Shirai Torajiro (Nishino Akihiro), nicknamed Byakko (‘White Tiger’), is a former diplomat whose hair turned white overnight after he was subjected to tremendous physical abuse. He dislikes people and is a loner, but during his time as a diplomat, he was trained in areas such as negotiation techniques and behavioural psychology, and conditioned to be the trump card in political diplomacy. Assisted by Sakura Ayano (Kutsuna Shiori), a freeter, Shirai applies his negotiation skills to penetrate the lies of those who have maliciously created trouble, and free people from the depths of despair.

[ Official Website ]

Title: Quartet
Genre: Drama
Network: TBS
Episodes: TBA
Airs: TBA
Stars: Fukuda Saki, Matsushita Yuya, Natsuna, Kamikawa Takaya
Description: Shun (Fukuda Saki), who has tattoos and piercings all over her body, is the third generation descendant of a Japanese orphan left behind in China during World War II. Takeru (Matsushita Yuya) is a lonely and reckless hooligan whose family was murdered when he was a child. Shun, Takeru and a third youth with an equally troubled past and background, become collaborators in police undercover operations in the city of ‘Midori’, a neighbourhood for illegal residents. They infiltrate a criminal gang to investigate, and find illicit human drug experiments and slave treatment staring them in the face. They grow to trust one another and mature through this experience.

[ Official Website | Commericial ]

Title: 大切なことはすべて君が教えてくれた / Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta
Network: Fuji TV
Episodes: TBA
Airs: January 17, 2011 – …
Stars: Toda Erika, Miura Haruma
Description: Toda Erika plays a high school English teacher. She is engaged to a fellow biology teacher (Miura Haruma). They graduated from the same university and their wedding will take place in six months. She is enjoying her life, but trouble brews when the biology teacher has a relationship with a female student (Takei Emi). The biology teacher was unaware that he would actually become her teacher, but he is now determined to help the girl with her problems. Meanwhile, he agonizes over his act of betrayal. Can the two teachers relationship last?

[ Official Website | Commercial ]

Title: 美しい隣人 / Utsukushi Rinjin / Beautiful Neighbor
Genre: Human Drama
Network: Fuji TV
Episodes: TBA
Airs: January 11, 2011 – …
Stars: Nakama Yukie, Dan Rei, Watabe Atsuro
Description: A sudden encounter between a gracefully attractive but mysterious woman, Saki (Nakama Yukie), and an ordinary housewife, Eriko (Dan Rei), who has a happy family, causes Eriko’s serene daily life to fall apart. Eriko’s husband, Shinji (Watabe Atsuro) becomes the target of Saki’s advances and finds himself caught between her and his wife.

SOURCE: Official Websites listed, Jdrama Weblog, Drama-Otoko


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