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Japanese Winter 2022 Dramas

We compiled as many of the shows as we could find from several sources in both English and Japanese.  We put in descriptions when available at the time of compilation.  Also remember any times listed after midnight are the morning of the following day.  MDL may have a different day listed than what  Japanese sources do.  There may be multiple airing times for certain shows but we will only list the first showing.

Why Monkeys? Saru? Because chilling in hot spring surrounded by pristine snow and your best buds sounds so serene right now.  And it is a very Japanese scene.


Taigas/Asadoras/Multiple Seasons/Shows still running

Kamakura dono no 13 nin

Taiga

Airs: Jan 9, 2022 – Nov 13, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm
Airs on: Sunday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 45 min.

Official Site

Following the ascension to power of Taira no Kiyomori, the Minamoto clan is exiled. Minamoto no Yoritomo meets Masako, the sister of Hojo Yoshitoki, and later marries her. Following this marriage, the gears of Yoshitoki’s destiny begin to turn.

Aibou: Season 20

Aired: Oct 13, 2021 – Feb 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Aired On: Wednesday
Original Network: TV Asahi
Duration: 54 min.

Official Site

Kasouken no Onna: Season 21 

Episodes: 10
Airs: Oct 14, 2021 – Dec 16, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Airs On: Thursday
Original Network: TV Asahi
Duration: 54 min.

Come Come Everybody

Airs: Nov 1, 2021 – Mar 18, 2022
Time: 8:00 am
Airs On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 15 min.

Official Site

Depicts the lives of three generations of women who have close links to the English lessons on radio which began in 1925.

Utsukushii Kare 

Airs: Nov 18, 2021 – Dec 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm
Airs On: Thursday
Original Network: MBS
Duration: 30 min.

Official Site

Hira Kazunari, a high school student who doesn’t talk much, has no friends and belongs to the bottom of his class. The person he falls in love with at first sight is Kiyoi Sou. He is “The King” who doesn’t hang out with anyone, is equally ruthless, and reigns at the top of the class. With the hope Sou will notice his presence, Kazunari serves him devotedly, running errands and buying lunch. But his faith in the absolute monarch gradually falls into lust.


Higuma 2

Airs: Dec 13, 2021
Time: 11:30 am
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 5 min.

Official Site

This drama is based on a 4-frame manga that became very popular through SNS about a child bear whose parents have died and who is separated from his older brother.  He works in a fish factory.

Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai Season 2

Airs: Dec 27, 2021 – Dec 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Airs On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 49 min.

Official site

The next installment of the story of Kishibe Rohan, a Manga Artist, in the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Universe.

Koi Senu Futari

Airs: Jan 10, 2022 – Feb 28, 2022
Time: 10:45 pm
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 30 min.

Official Site

Sakiko finds it difficult to live in a society which operates under the assumption that people will fall in love with each other. She meets supermarket employee Takahashi when she goes to support a “fall-in-love” campaign by her junior at work. She is startled when she hears him say that there are people who don’t fall in love. As Sakiko’s mother keeps hurrying her to get married, she decides to move out and rent an apartment with her friend but her friend backs out at the last minute after reconciling with her ex-boyfriend. Just when Sakiko is about to give up, she ends up living with Takahashi under one roof because of their similar values towards romance.

Wakako Zake Season 6

Airs: January 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 am
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: TV Tokyo

Official Site

Koi no Yamai to Yarougumi Season 2

Airs: January 2022
Time: 12:59 am
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: TV Tokyo
Duration: 26 min.

Official Site

Mystery to Iunakare

Airs: Jan 10, 2022 – Mar 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 am
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: Fuji TV
Duration: 54 min.

Official Site

Follows mystery-solving college student Kuno Totono. At the beginning of the story, the police bring him in for questioning on suspicion of murdering his classmate.

Dr. White

Airs: January 2022
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: Fuji TV

Official Site

A collapsed woman, wearing white clothes, is found at a park in the early morning hours. The woman introduces herself as Byakuya. Except her name, she doesn’t remember anything else about herself. She doesn’t know general stuff either, but she holds extensive medical knowledge and has a genius-like diagnostic ability. With just the smallest amount of information, she is able to diagnose any disease. She begins to work with a diagnosis team at a hospital.

Fight Song

Airs: Jan, 2022 – ?
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs On: Tuesday
Original Network: TBS

Official Site

Kisara Hanae, a girl who retired from karate due to an accidental injury and was at the bottom of her life, meets Ashida Haruki, the songwriter of a song she used to listen to before every match. But he is now a failed musician, a one-hit wonder, and a weirdo with a lot of problems! Hanae’s childhood friend, Natsukawa Shingo, who is always watching over her gets involved and a love triangle develops. Hanae has a “secret” that she can’t tell anyone, and decides that “this is the last love of her life”.

Izakaya Shinkansen

Airs: Dec 14, 2021 – Jan 18, 2022
Time: 01:00 pm
Airs On: Tuesday
Original Network: MBS, TBS
Duration: 30 min.

A gourmet drama starring Hidekazu Mashima. Mashima plays Susumu Takamiya, a salaryman who works in the internal audit office of an insurance company, who eats local gourmet food on the Shinkansen on the way home from a business trip and enjoys the “Izakaya Shinkansen”. Takamiya, who travels all over the country on a day trip, spends a blissful time enjoying ekiben, local cuisine, local sake, and sweets on the Shinkansen.

Tabiya Okaeri

Airs: Jan 25, 2022 – Jan 28, 2022
Airs On: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 30 min.

Official Site

Using her stage name, Oka Erika works as an entertainer and a program reporter. She is in her 30’s and her real name is Okabayashi Eriko. Erika loves to travel. Her program “Chobit Tabi” is also about traveling, but the show is stopped due to a mistake by Erika. At that time, a letter is delivered to her management company. The letter asks if Erika can go on a trip instead of her sick daughter.


Muchaburi

Airs: January 2022
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Wednesday
Original Network: Ntv

Official Site

A love story between a president’s secretary who suddenly became the president of a subsidiary, the charismatic president, and his subordinate.

Tabikurage Tantei Nikki 

Airs: Jan 6, 2022 – ?
Time: 12:59 am
Airs on: Thursday
Original Network:
MBS

Depicts a detective who takes on a request for what he is looking for while wandering in a camper

Shinbun Kisha

Airs: Jan 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 am
Airs on: Thursday
Original Network: Netflix
Duration: 50 min.

Official Site

Anna Matsuda is a reporter for the Toto Newspaper. She is known as the “Shinbun Gyokai no Itanji” (non-conformist in the newspaper field). Following her strong beliefs, she carries out her work as a journalist.

Tonari no Chikara 

Airs: January 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Thursday
Original Network: TV Asahi
Duration: 54 min.

Official Site

Nakagoshi Chikara is married and has two children. His family lives together at a complex in Tokyo. He introduces himself as a novelist, but he is actually a ghost writer and writes essays for famous people. He is usually busy with his writing and doing house chores, but, when he sees people who need help, he can’t ignore them. He approaches those people and asks them if they are doing okay and if they have a problem.

Gossip

Airs: ?
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Thursday
Original Network: Fuji TV
Duration: 54 min.

Official Site

Kanfuru News is an online news media website run by a large publishing company. Their articles are written by the editorial team, who are all men, and consists mostly of rearranged stories and comments from other websites. Their goal is to only increase page views. One day, Seko Ririko is transferred to the editorial team from the accounting department.

Kei×Yaku: Abunai Aibou

Airs: Jan 13, 2022 – Mar 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 am
Airs on: Thursday
Original Network: NTV, YTV
Duration: 45 min.

Official Site

Ichiro is a detective in the Public Security Department of the Metropolitan Police. One day, by order of his superior, he approaches Shiro, a yakuza who usually accompanies various politicians, to keep him under control. To his surprise, Ichiro learns that Shiro is the younger brother of his mentor, who has long since passed away. So the two decide to secretly join forces to find the superior, pretending to be lovers to deceive the enemies that surround them.

No Activity: Honjitsu mo Ijou Nashi

Airs: Dec 17, 2021 –
Time: 12:00 am
Aired on: Friday
Original Network: Amazon Prime Japan
Duration: 30 min.

Tokita Shingo gave up on the career track and is the eternal low-ranking veteran detective. He seems competent but is a burden in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, having actually lost out on promotions. Tokita does not demonstrate any motivation even when he is at investigation scenes and bewilders people as he repeatedly says mysterious and meaningless phrases which initially seem wise. However, he is somehow impossible to hate. Tokita teams up with an unusual rookie detective, Shiina Asobu, who used to be a driving school instructor before joining the police force. While on a stakeout to investigate a narcotics case, they find themselves in an unexpected situation.

Shimobee

Airs: Jan 7, 2022 – Feb 25, 2022
Time: 10:00 am
Aired on: Friday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 44 min.

Official site

Yurina, a mystified high school girl, casually downloaded a mysterious app. Since then, whenever Yurina is in trouble, a silent, mysterious old man servant appears and helps her!

Kamiki Ryunosuke no Satsukyu

Airs: Jan 7, 2022 – Feb 25, 2022
Time: 11:00 pm
Aired on: Friday
Original Network: WOWOW
Duration: 30min.

Official Site

Depicts how Kamiki Ryunosuke spends his holidays while taking a break from filming.

Shijukara

Airs: January 2022
Time: 12:12 pm
Airs on: Friday
Original Network: TV Tokyo

Official Site

A story about love, work, and life from the turning point of 40 years old.

Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni: Season 3

Airs: Feb 25, 2022 – Apr 1, 2022
Time: N/A
Airs on: Friday
Original Network: Hulu, NTV
Duration: 55 min.

Official Site

Zombies, Zombie Apocolypse.

Kumokiri Nizaemon Season 5

Airs: January 12, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm
Airs: on Friday
Original Network: BS Premium
Duration: 43 min.

Official Site

This series depicts the battle between the Kumoichi party, led by Nizaemon Kumo, and the fire thief’s secretary-general, Abe Shikibu. The rare thief, Nizaemon, aims at the hidden money in Ooku, targeting Takiyama, who has great power in Ooku. Meanwhile, Shikibu approaches the secret hidden in Takiyama.

Shitsuren Meshi

Airs: Jan 14, 2022
Airs on: Friday
Original Network: Amazon Prime
Duration: 10 min.

Official Site

Chuzai Keiji Season 3

Airs: Jan 14, 2022 – ?
Time: 8:00 pm
Airs On: Friday
Original Network: TV Tokyo
Duration: 45 min.

Official Site

Hakuoki

Airs: Jan 7, 2022 – Mar 11, 2022
Time: 11:30 am
Airs on: Friday
Original Network: WOWOW
Duration: N/A

Official Site

A young girl, Chizuru Yukimura, travels from Edo to Kyoto in search of her missing father and becomes entangled in the affairs of the Shinsengumi.

Tsuma, Shogakusei ni Naru

Airs: January 2022
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Friday
Original Network: TBS
Duration: 54 min.

Official Site

A story that begins when a husband and his daughter, who lost their beloved wife and mother 10 years ago and lost the meaning of life, unexpectedly reunite with their wife (mother). As she is reborn as a 10-year-old elementary school student, the family is reborn.

Itoshi Uso: Yasashi Yami

Airs: Jan, 2022 – ?
Time: 11:15 pm
Airs On: Friday
Original Network: TV Asahi
Duration: 60 min.

Official Site

One day Nozomi attends a middle school reunion and is reunited with her first love, Shuichi. Her love is rekindled when the guy approaches her, but they get caught up in an incident where members of the reunion start dying one after another.

Wagemon: Nagasaki Tsuyaku Ibun

Airs: Jan 8, 2022 – Jan 29, 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 50 min.

Official Site

Tetsu Ota Michiko, 2 Man Kiro

Airs: Jan 7, 2022 – ?
Time: 12:52 am
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: TV Tokyo
Duration: 30 min.

Official Site

Oogane Michiko, who works in the planning sales department of a famous furniture maker, had a traumatic experience with her ex-boyfriend in the past. Being a railway otaku for 10 years, she uses her free time to visit train stations on local lines nationwide where she meets various people, and enjoys the scenery and delicacies.

Kon Katsu Tantei

Airs: Jan 8, 2022 – ?
Time: 1:00 pm
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: TV Tokyo
Duration: N/A

Official Site

A middle-aged detective, Kurosaki Ryuji, who can work but is not popular with women, is depicted working hard to marry while solving the mysteries and incidents that come to the office.

Hey Handsome!

Airs: Jan 8, 2022 -Feb 26, 2022
Time: 11:40 pm
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: Fuji TV
Duration: 60 min.

Official Site

Touboui F

Airs: Jan, 2022 – ?
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: NTV

Official Site

Fujiki Keisuke is a neurosurgeon, possessing vast medical knowledge and genius surgical skills. As a doctor, his mindset is that all people should be treated the same, even criminals. One day, Fujiki Keisuke’s lover is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. To find out the truth behind her death, Fujiki Keisuke becomes a fugitive. While on the run, he can’t ignore the sick people who need help.

Dakara Korosenakatta

Airs: Jan 9, 2022 – Feb 6, 2022
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Sunday
Original Network: WOWOW
Duration: 60 min.

Official Site

“Try stopping my murders with words.” This is the line in a letter delivered to Ippongi Toru, a roving reporter for Taiyo Shimbun’s local news desk, and the random serial murders which have shaken the Tokyo metropolitan area are described in detail. The criminal designates Ippongi and demands a public debate in the newspapers. Using a journalist’s power of words, Ippongi goes head to head with the criminal who warns of another murder. The unprecedented dialogue between the serial killer and newspaper reporter eventually rocks society.

Hare-kon

Airs: Jan, 2022
Time: 11:55 pm
Airs on: Sunday
Original Network: ABC
Duration: 30 min.

Official Site

Koharu, tired of all the men in her life being lying, married philanderers, decides to move back home, away from the city. Once there, she finds her family saddled with a huge debt and no way out until a handsome but creepy stranger offers to pay the debt, at the same time asking her to marry him. But, as if things weren’t crazy enough, he already has two wives!

DCU

Airs: January 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Sunday
Original Network: TBS
Duration: 54 min.

Official Site

Niina Masayoshi is the leader of DCU. The group was newly created by the Japan Coast Guard and stands for Deep Crime Unit. Their mission is to find evidence and dead bodies hidden underwater, that are crucial to solving criminal cases. Niina Masayoshi never gives up investigating the truth.

Ningen Kowai

Airs: Feb 6, 2022 – Mar 6, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Airs On: Sunday
Original Network: WOWOW
Duration: 30 min.

Official Site

Rakugo has the image of a humorous story, but it is also a treasure trove of “scary stories”. Among them, this work boldly arranges a performance in which “human fear” stands out, and does it in an omnibus format.

There are four rakugo plays that will be drawn as a drama this time: “Kokoro”, “Tatsumi’s Tsuji Zou”, “Konya Takao”, and “Miyatogawa (upper/lower)”.

Jashin no Tenbin Koan Bunseki Han 

Airs: Feb 13, 2022 – Apr 17, 2022
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs On: Sunday
Original Network: WOWOW
Duration: 60 min.

Official Site

Takano (Munetaka Aoki) has been transferred to the Public Security Department, which is considered to be an elite among the Japanese police. A murder of a ruling party tycoon occurred near the scene of a bombing. An organ was removed from the body, and a balance with a heart and wings was left in the vicinity. Takano, who attended the scene of the bizarre incident, felt uncomfortable with the killing method that imitated ancient Egyptian mythology, and even though he began to tell the story, his colleague Himuro (Yasuko Matsuyuki) dismissed it.

Ikite, Futatabi Hogoshi Fukaya Zensuke

Airs: Nov 28, 2021 – Jan 16, 2022
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs On: Sunday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 49 min.

Official Site

Fukaya Zensuke was a teacher for many years and decided to become a probation officer during the second phase of his life. Within eight months of taking on this new role, he has been helping people who are about to complete their prison sentence and on parole turn over a new leaf and return to society. In fact, Zensuke had been looking for an opportunity to do what he hadn’t finished during his time as a teacher by serving as a probation officer. He gets someone he had never met before who doesn’t fit the mold when he is appointed Koyama Yuko’s parole officer. Yuko was convicted of killing her own son. On the day of her release from prison, Zensuke goes to meet her. However, she does something unexpected that takes him by surprise. What is her true intention and how will Zensuke guide her as a parole officer?  

Chushingura Rhapsody Daigoban

Airs: Dec 4, 2021 – Dec 11, 2021
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: NHK ( BSプレミアム・BS4K )
Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.
Official Site

Kaze no Mukou he Kakenukero

Airs: Dec 18, 2021 – Dec 25, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm
Airs on: Saturday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 1 hr. 13 min.

Official Site

The story of a girl who lost her father, meets a man, and keeps challenging the jockey’s dream after the earthquake.

99.9: Keiji Senmon Bengoshi SP 

Airs: Dec 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Wednesday
Original Network: TBS
Duration: 2 hrs. 27min

Official Site

Tv Special before the Movie release the next day – 99.9 Criminal Lawyer: The Movie

London No Yamamoto Isoroku

Airs: Dec 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 pm
Airs on: Thursday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 1 hr. 13 min.

Official Site

Shimura Ken to Dorifu no Dai Bakusho Monogatari

Airs: Dec 27, 2021
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: Fuji TV
Duration: 2 hrs. 3 min.

Official Site

Nyokei Kazoku

Aired: Dec 4, 2021 – Dec 5, 2021
Time: 9:00 pm
Aired On: Saturday, Sunday
Original Network: TV Asahi

Official Site

Sensuikan Cappellini go no Boken

Airs: Jan 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: Fuji TV
Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.

Official Site

A story of Japanese Navy soldiers and Italians who met during World War II.

Kinkyu Torishirabeshitsu Special 2022

Airs: Jan 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Airs on: Monday
Original Network: TV Asahi
Duration: N/A

Official Site

Bakumatsu Aibouden

Airs: Jan 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 am
Airs On: Monday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.

Official Site

Sakamoto Ryoma and Hijikata Toshizo receive a secret mission from a senior statesman. Their mission is to find the person who attempted to kill the shogun and they are given only 2 days to complete their mission. While sometimes having conflicts and sometimes cooperating with each other, Sakamoto Ryoma and Hijikata Toshizo try to find the person who attempted to kill the shogun.

Yasashi Ongaku: Tears in Heaven

Airs: Jan 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 am
Airs on: Friday
Original Network: TV Tokyo

Official Site

The “wheels of mystery” begin to move when a man working at a small shipyard meets a female student who seems to get upset at the sight of him. While they eventually get closer and end up dating, they need to take a step forward as their pasts come in between.

No Assigned Day

Hiru

Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
Original Network: WOWOW

Official Site

Shinomiya Yuki is a 21-year-old man who doesn’t have friends. He spends his lonely days working part-time jobs. One day, he comes back home from work and finds a strange man sitting in his room. The man has a knife stab wound. The man is taken to the hospital and he introduces himself as Shinomiya Yuki to a detective there. He also points to Shinomiya Yuki and tells the detective that he stabbed him. Shinomiya Yuki runs away from the hospital and becomes a fugitive. At that time, a mysterious woman named Zoka appears in front of Shinomiya Yuki and asks him to help her take revenge on the person responsible for her father’s death. Zoka is a Hiru, who stay at an empty house. Shinomiya Yuki stays with Zoka and they meet Kara, who is a legendary Hiru. Kara lives for his revenge.

Matsuo Suzuki to 30-pun no Joyu 2

Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
Original Network: WOWOW

Official Site


Hissatsu Shigotonin 2022 Special
Kimi no Ashioto ni Koi wo Shita 
Matsuo Suzuki to 30-pun no Joyu 2 
Chimudondon 
Imadoki no Wakai Mon wa 
Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai
TOKYO VICE 
Shoutai 
Maiagare! 
Drops of God 
Hiyama Kentaro no Ninshin 
Dou Suru Ieyasu 
Yu Yu Hakusho 
Uto Kawamura Jiken 
Kamisama no Ekohiiki 
Pâtissier and Young Lady

We hope you find something interesting to watch this season. What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments and be sure to heart the article to show us some love.  

See you next season! Ja ne.


Sources (English):
Jdrama.Wordpress
d-Addicts
Sources (Japanese):
drama.demebito, dorama9-
thetv.jp
Edited by: devitto (1st editor)

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