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Japan’s Spring Season 2022 Line Up

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Welcome to this season’s TV line up for Japan. This was compiled over the days of January 20 – 26th, using what information I could find on English language sites as well as Japanese ones. I added a new feature this time with what is currently airing through the season that started in previous seasons. If I missed anything, please comment below with the MDL link to the title so that others can find them.


Chimudondon

  • Airs On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 8 am
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site
Higa Nobuko was born and raised with her four siblings in a farmhouse in the Yanbaru region in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. She aims to become a chef drawing inspiration from Okinawan cuisine. The four siblings follow very different paths, but the memories of their hometown connect their hearts and they’re able to overcome their hardships as a family.  

Sayonara no Sono Mae ni Fantastic 31 Days 

  • Airs: Mar 1, 2022 – Mar 31, 2022
  • Airs On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 7:50 am
  • Original Network: NTV
  • Official Site

Dare ka ni Hanashitaku Naru Yamamoto Shugoro Higawari Dorama 2 

  • Airs: Feb 3, 2022 – Feb 18, 2022
  • Airs On: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site


  • Aibou: Season 20
  • Kokichi no Nyoubou 2
  • Koisenu Futari 
  • Itoshii Uso: Yasashii Yami
  • Rokuhodo Yotsuiro Biyori
  • Youtuber ni Musume wa Yaran! 
  • Mayonaka ni Hello! 
  • Shijukara 
  • Mattari! Akado Suzunosuke 
  • Dr. White 
  • Oi Handsome!
  • Kamen Rider Revice 
  • Bittomo x Senshi Kirameki Powers! 
  • Kumokiri Nizaemon Season 5
  • Shimobee
  • Tonari no Chikara
  • Moshimo, Ikemen Dake no Koukou ga Attara
  • Fuujinshi 
  • Buchou to Shachiku no Koi Modokashii 
  • Chuzai Keiji Season 3 
  • Tetsu Ota Michiko, 2 Man Kiro 
  • Mystery to Iunakare 
  • Gossip: #Kanojo ga Shiritai Honto no 〇〇 
  • Kon Katsu Tantei 
  • Ultraman Chronicle D 

Ojisan ga Watashi no Koi wo Oen Shite Imasu

  • Airs: Feb 14, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Monday
  • Time: 10:00 pm
  • Original Network: Tokyo MX
  • Official Site
Matsuri Miyashita is an ordinary office lady (aka OL) with a crush on the handsome prince of a partner company. Seiichiro Kiyokawa is an experienced salaryman with 30 years in the sales department, a devoted family man. One day, the lives of these two unrelated people come together in an unfortunate way.

Kingyo Tsuma

  • Airs: Feb 14, 2022
  • Airs On: Monday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Official Site
Due to an accident, Sakura Hiraga gave up on her dream. She is now married and her husband runs a hair salon. They live in a luxurious penthouse apartment. Her life seems glamorous and she is envied by everyone. What everyone does not know is that Sakura Hiraga is abused physically and verbally by her husband

Motokare no Igonjo

  • Airs: Apr, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Monday
  • Time: 9:00
  • Original Network: Fuji TV
  • Official Site
About a strong-willed lawyer whose ex-boyfriend recently died, leaving a mysterious will bequeathing his entire fortune to the person who murdered him.

Liar

  • Airs: Feb 15, 2022 – Apr 19, 2022
  • Airs On: Tuesday
  • Time:  12:59 am (Wednesday Morning)
  • Original Network: MBS, TBS
  • Official Site
Narita Misao is a rookie employee at a company. She doesn’t like Ichikawa Kazuya, who works in the same department. He is brutally honest when he talks to other people. Nevertheless, an incident leads to Narita Misao developing feelings for him.  

Short Program 

  • Airs: Mar 1, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Tuesday
  • Original Network: Amazon Prime
  • No official site: Twitter

Mitsuru Adachi ‘s short story “Short Program” will be made into a drama. All the members of the boy group JO1 will play leading roles. Short Program is a collection of short programs depicting the faint love of youth.


Damena Otoko ja Dame Desu ka? 

  • Airs: Feb 2, 2022 – Apr 6, 2022
  • Airs On: Wednesday
  • Time: 1:10 AM (Thursday Morning)
  • Original Network: TV Tokyo
  • No Official Site Screen Online
Gonta, a good-looking man living a false life in Tokyo, and Katsuyo, whose grandma is a powerful and energetic woman who lives an honest life in the countryside, suddenly exchange bodies one day.

Nanba MG5

  • Airs: Apr, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Wednesday
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Original Network: Fuji TV
  • Official Site
Born in a family of delinquents, Nanba Tsuyoshi is expected to succeed as the strongest delinquent in school. Unbeknownst to his family however, he decides to enroll in the top high school in town to live as a normal high schooler. Can he maintain his double life as the strongest delinquent in town and as a normal high schooler?

Ase to Sekken

  • Airs: Feb 3, 2022 – Apr 7, 2022
  • Airs On: Thursday
  • Time:  12:59 am (Friday Morning)
  • Original Network: MBS
  • Official Site
A love story between Natori Kotaro who works as a product development planner at a cosmetics and bath products company and has a fetish for smells, and Yaeshima Asako who works in the accounting department and has an inferiority complex about her body smell when she sweats.

Usogui: Kurama Ranko-hen / Kaji Takaomi-hen 

  • Airs: Feb 11, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Friday
  • Time: 9:00 pm
  • Original Network: dTV
  • Official Site

Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni: Season 3

  • Airs: Feb 25, 2022 – Apr 1, 2022
  • Airs On: Friday
  • Original Network: Hulu, NTV
  • Official Site

Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai

  • Airs: Mar 18, 2022 – May 20, 2022
  • Airs On: Friday
  • Time: 11:30 pm
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Official Site
Yuuri Kariya is an airhead who falls head-over-heels in love with Ryuuhei Aono after their very first meeting. Yuuri’s happiness knows no bounds when Aono surprisingly ends up agreeing to go out with her, and thus she starts to enjoy her perfect relationship with her perfect boyfriend. Alas, misfortune strikes when only two weeks into their relationship, Aono tragically dies in an accident. But is something as simple as death really enough to keep the two lovers apart?

Kamisama no Ekohiiki 

  • Airs: Mar 19, 2022 – Apr 9, 2022
  • Airs On: Saturday
  • Original Network: Hulu
  • Official Site
To gain the confidence to confess to his crush, Yashiro visits a secluded shrine for 100 days straight. This earns him the attention of the enshrined deity and his fox attendant Ukon who follow Yashiro on the 100th day to see how the confession turns out.  

Shoutai

  • Airs: Mar 12, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Saturday
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Official Site
Kaburagi Keiichi is arrested as a suspect in a murder case and sentenced to death. He escaped from prison during the transfer, but while fleeing, he rescues the people he meets in his hiding place from the predicament. And when the rescued people realize that Kaburagi is a wanted death row prisoner, they begin to wonder, “Is he really a murderer?”

Imadoki no Wakai Mon wa

  • Airs: Apr 9, 2022 – May 28, 2022
  • Airs On: Saturday
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Official Site
Ishizawa Hajime works as a sales department chief for a trading company. The younger employees complain about the company, including having to work overtime and a lack of innovative working methods. Ishizawa Hajime looks at them with an intimidating glance and the young employees run away from him.

Ningen Kowai

  • Airs: Feb 6, 2022 – Mar 6, 2022
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • 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
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • Time: 10:00 pm
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Official Site
Takano 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 that occurred. An organ was removed from the body, and a balance with a heart and wings was left in the vicinity.

Sotsugyoshiki ni, Kamiya Utako ga Inai 

  • Airs: Feb 27, 2022 – May 1, 2022
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • Time: 1:45 pm
  • Original Network: NTV
  • Official Site

Shizuka-chan to Papa

  • Airs: Feb 27, 2022 – Apr 17, 2022
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • Time: 10:00 pm
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site
Shizuka lives with her father Junsuke, who runs a photo studio in a local shopping district. Her father was born deaf and her mother, who was also deaf, died when Shizuka was little. Shizuka has been Junsuke’s ears since she was a child. Therefore, she has a habit of staring at the other person and talking with gestures.

Youkai Sharehouse: Kaettekita n Kai 

  • Airs: Apr, 2022 – ?
  • Original Network: TV Asahi

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo

  • Airs: Apr, 2022 – ?
  • Airs On: Sunday
  • Time:   10:30 pm
  • Original Network: NTV
  • Official Site
Kindaichi Hajime is a high school student and a private detective with an IQ of 180. He solves murder cases that are riddled with difficult clues. Kindaichi Hajime works with his childhood friend Nanase Miyuki and Kenmochi Isamu. Kenmochi Isamu is now the chief inspector of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

Ending Cut

  • Airs: Mar 19, 2022
  • Airs On: Saturday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site
Yui Sakoda [Yui] (Ashida Mana) is a third-year high school student living in a seaside town. Her parents own a beauty salon and she dreams of going to the big city for college to learn art.

Petto ni do Hamari Shite, Kaisha Yamemashita

  • Airs: Mar 22, 2022
  • Airs On: Tuesday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site
Satomi leaves her job after a bad break up and on the way home she falls in love with a Shiba Inu puppy. She stays at home for a while but when she tries to return to the workforce, Ku-chan cries all day. Ku-chan is diagnosed  with separation anxiety at the vet.

Umi no Mieru Rihatsuten

  • Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
  • Official Site
Set in a barbershop in a small town by the sea, this is a story about a quiet but passionate one-hour encounter between an old owner and a young customer.

Hiru Season 1 and Season 2

  • Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Official Site

Shinomiya Yuki  becomes a fugitive after a stranger appeared in his house one day with a stab wound and claimed he was the one who did it to detectives. 

TOKYO VICE

  • Original Network: WOWOW and HBO Max
  • Official Site

Jake Adelstein is the first Western reporter ever to write for a Japanese-language newspaper. Based on his memoir, Tokyo Vice is Jake’s daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where he embeds himself into the police squad and becomes enmeshed in the hidden, complex, and corrupted cultures of the city’s vice cops and the criminal underworld. Tokyo Vice takes us deep into a series of overlapping worlds, where no one and nothing is who or what they seem.

Kimi no Ashioto ni Koi wo Shita

  • Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site
Kobayashi Daiki is a first-year high school student who has moved from Tokyo to Hita and hates to stand out.

Matsuo Suzuki to 30-pun no Joyu 2

  • Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Official Site

Konsei no Mori

  • Airs: Mar, 2022 – ?
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site

Shoujiki Fudousan

  • Airs: Apr, 2022 – ?
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Official Site
Nagase Saichi is the number one salesperson at a real estate agency whose biggest fault is being overly honest and unable to lie. Tsukishita Sakura is his junior.

Hissatsu Shigotonin 2022 Special
17 Sai no Teikoku 
Yukiguni 
Maiagare! 
Drops of God 
Hiyama Kentaro no Ninshin 

Dou Suru Ieyasu 
Yu Yu Hakusho 
Uto Kawamura Jiken

Pâtissier and Young Lady
Tsuda Umeko: Osatsu ni Natta Ryugakusei 
Imawa no Kuni no Alice 2 
One Night Morning 
Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san 
Showa Kayo Myujikaru Mataauhimade 
Isekai Izakaya “Nobu” 2 
Shitsuren Meshi 
Nijushi no Hitomi 
Himawari: Miyazaki Legend 2 
Kazeyo, Arashiyo 
Socho Shihatsu no Sappukei  
Ultra Galaxy Fight: The Destined Crossroad 

I hope you found a few interesting titles to add to your PTW and remember to comment if I missed one, and heart this article if you like it. 🙂  

Talk to me in the comments: which dramas do you think you’ll like?  Which ones are you waiting for?

Until next time.. Ja Ne! ジャ ね  


Sources (English): Jdrama.Wordpress Sources (Japanese): drama.demebito, dorama9, thetv.jp, Jwiki
Edited by:  SumiTheCat (1st editor), devitto (2nd editor)

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