In This Corner Of The World
- July 15, 9pm
- Cast:Honoka Matsumoto, Tori Matsuzaka, Nijiro Murakami, Sairi Ito, Kaho Tsuchimura, Fumi Nikaido, Machiko Ono, Hana Kino, Sansei Shiomi, Tomorou Taguchi, Nobuko Sendo, Ran Ito, Nobuko Miyamoto
A drama depicting the every-day life of a woman who married into a family in Kure, Hiroshima during World War II.
Material shortages and the military drafting of family and friends cast a dark cloud over war-time Hiroshima, but the heroine lives each day to the fullest, with hard work and positivity. Based on Fumiyo Kono's classic manga that has sold over 1.2 million copies.
Suzu Urano (Honoka Matsumoto) was born in the Eba area of Hiroshima City, the mild-natured oldest daughter of a family that processes seaweed for a living. She loves to draw and is often caught in a daze. One day, a man visits the Urano household and asks her family for her hand. Shusaku Hojo (Tori Matsuzaka) is a clerk at the court-martial in Kure City and says he has met Suzu before, but she has no recollection of it. Suzu has a hard time imagining herself as a wife, but before it all sinks in, her parents, Juro (Dronz Ishimoto) and Kiseno (Nobuko Sendo), accept the proposal and begin preparations. Suzu's grandmother Ito (Nobuko Miyamoto) gives her a beautiful kimono to take with her to her new home.
We Are Rockets!
- July 13, 10pm (First episode: an extended episode)
- Cast:Tao Tsuchiya, Anna Ishii, Yui Sakuma, Maika Yamamoto, Aya Asahina, Karen Otomo, Yumena Yanai, Sara Shida, Hiroya Shimizu, Rikako Yagi, Rikka Ihara, Kana Adachi, Mayu Hatta, Momoko Fukuchi, Suzu Hirose, Yuko Araki, Houka Kinoshita, Sawako Agawa, Jo Odagiri
A coming-of-age story of high school cheer dancers passionately chasing the "impossible" dream.
When Wakaba (Tao Tsuchiya) was a little girl, Fukui Chuo High School's cheer dancing team JETS won the US championship, the first time ever for a Japanese team. Wakaba was captivated by their performance, and ever since then, she has hoped to become a cheer dancer on the team herself. But she does not pass the school's entrance exam, losing confidence in herself, and winds up at Fukui Nishi High in the next town over, a school mediocre in studies and in sports. There, she spends her days cheering at games as a member of its tiny, weak cheerleading squad.
One day, a new student transfers in - Shiori (Anna Ishii), a headstrong teen from Tokyo. She presses Wakaba to form a cheer dancing team with her, and although Wakaba is taken aback at first, she slowly regains her passion for cheer dance.
Stepmom and Daughter Blues
- July 10, 10pm
- Cast:Haruka Ayase, Yutaka Takenouchi, Takeru Satoh, Moka Kamishiraishi, Naho Yokomizo, Yousuke Kawamura, Mami Hashimoto, Marin, Yoshie Okuyama, Yosuke Asari, Kazuyuki Asano, Yumi Asou
A heartwarming drama starring Haruka Ayase, based on a comic strip about a stepmother and daughter's loving relationship as it grows over the years. The script was written by Yoshiko Morishita, who also wrote "Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World," "JIN," and "Journey Under the Midnight Sun," which all starred Ayase as the heroine. In this drama she plays a woman for whom work was her life. She is proposed to by a single father, played by Yutaka Takenouchi, and the couple and child become a family, experiencing life’s little moments of happiness, sadness, and laughter together.
Eight-year-old Miyuki (Naho Yokomizo) lost her mother several years ago and has since lived with just her father, Ryoichi (Yutaka Takenouchi). One day, she is suddenly introduced to Akiko (Haruka Ayase), who is to be her new mother. Akiko uses her stellar business skills to try to win the little girl over, only to fail miserably. Ryoichi tries to reason with Miyuki, but to no avail. Akiko changes tactics and tries to get Shimoyama, a woman in the neighborhood who knows Miyuki well, on her side.