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No Side Manager
- Starts Sunday, July 7 at 9 p.m. (First episode extended by 25 mins.)
- Cast:Yo Oizumi, Takako Matsu, Mitsuomi Takahashi, Gordon Maeda, Rena Sasamoto, Teruhiko Saigo, Ryohei Otani, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Shikan Nakamura, Takaya Kamikawa
Yo Oizumi stars in a drama based on a Jun Ikeido novel for the first time!
A dramatization of Ikeido’s latest novel, “No Side Manager” depicts a businessman at a major automaker who finds himself off the career track and fighting tooth and nail to rebuild the company’s debt-ridden rugby team - a story of corporate workers persevering against all odds.
Hayato Kimishima (Yo Oizumi) works in corporate strategy at Tokiwa Motors and seems destined for success. But his career comes to an abrupt halt when, after a run-in with his boss Takigawa (Takaya Kamikawa) about a major M&A deal, he is transferred to a factory managerial position. On his first day, he heads to his new office after a pep talk from his wife, Maki (Takako Matsu). There, he is told that his job also involves acting as general manager of the company’s rugby team “The Astros,” despite knowing nothing about the sport. Although the Astros were once a strong team, they are now struggling, draining the company’s finances. Kimishima tries to get rid of the team, but…
Nagi's Long Vacation
- Starts Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. (First episode extended by 15 mins.)
- Cast:Haru Kuroki, Issey Takahashi, Tomoya Nakamura, Mikako Ichikawa, Nagisa Katahira, Yoh Yoshida, Yoshiko Mita
A popular manga series that has sold 2.5 million copies to date has been made into drama, starring Haru Kuroki! After the first book of the series, also called “Nagi’s Long Vacation,” came out in 2017, the manga became popular through word of mouth and received many awards, including the “anan Manga Grand Prize.”
28-year-old Nagi Oshima (Haru Kuroki) works at an electronics manufacturer and goes along with whatever others say or do in order to avoid conflict and drama. But one day, a careless comment by her boyfriend, Shinji Gamon (Issey Takahashi), forces her to rethink her life. As a result, she quits work, break off all contact with Shinji, and moves to a small, dinky apartment. Wanting to live true to herself, she stops straightening her natural curly hair, a painstaking ritual she used to do every morning. Her new next-door neighbor, Gon Arashiro (Tomoya Nakamura), is a strange man, unlike anyone she has ever met.
Heaven?〜My Restaurant, My Life〜
- Starts Tuesday, July 9 at 10 p.m. (First episode extended by 10 mins.)
- Cast:Satomi Ishihara, Sota Fukushi, Jun Shison, Masanobu Katsumura, Yasunori Danta, Ittoku Kishibe
A dramatization of a popular manga by Noriko Sasaki, starring Satomi Ishihara. This unpredictable comedy-drama centers around the eccentric owner of a French restaurant in the middle of a cemetery whose motto is “Of the owner, for the owner, by the owner,” and her eccentric employees.
Kanako (Satomi Ishihara) is about to open a French restaurant, for the sole purpose of making herself happy with good food and wine. She recruits Iga (Sota Fukushi), a waiter who is undervalued at his current restaurant. After Kanako declares, “I’m convinced that you will become a great waiter,” he decides to work for her. However, he quickly finds out that not only is the restaurant poorly located – it’s in the middle of the cemetery, far away from downtown and residential areas – but none of the other staff, such as former hairdresser Kawai (Jun Shison), have ever worked at a French restaurant.