Drama

Look into the exciting world of Japanese dramas of Winter 2020!

With the close of 2019 upon us, we now turn our sights on a new year, with new dramas to watch and with new stories to enrich our viewing lives.  The following is what we know, at the time of this publication, of what is going to air this winter season (January -March) in Japan.


Continues from Previous seasons:

Scarlet
Sep 30, 2019 – Mar 28, 2020
NHK | Weekdays
Born in Osaka in 1937, Kawahara Kimiko is the eldest of 3 sisters. At age 9, she moves with her family to Shigaraki in Shiga Prefecture. 
Kasouken no Onna Season 19
Apr 18, 2019 – Feb 29, 2020
Tv Asahi | Thursday
Sakaki Mariko uses forensic science to catch sophisticated criminals. 
The Devil’s Attorney 

Dec 7, 2019

Fuji Tv | Sunday
Rei Mikoshiba, is a lawyer who will do anything to win.

Starts in January (1 月- Ichi Getsu) 

Zettai Reido 4 

Fuji TV | Monday

Set several months from the present day, massive bombs are placed in several locations around Tokyo including Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Kasumigaseki…

Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo

TBS | Tuesday 
Nanase Sakura is a 23-year-old rookie nurse. She met Doctor Kairi Tendo several years ago and fell in love with him. To meet him again, she studied hard… 

10 no Himitsu 

Fuji TV, KTV | Tuesday

Shirakawa Keita works as a building inspector. He is a single father, who has raised his 14 year-old-daughter Hitomi alone since his divorce with ex-wife Sendai Yukiko… 

Where Do I Come From?

TV Tokyo | Wednesday

Takeuchi Kaoru is a young man with a special ability. He can experience the thoughts of others, just by copying their writings.  

Hamura Akira: 
Sekai de Mottemo Funna Tantei

NHK | Friday

Akira Hamura likes mystery books. She is 34-years-old, single and works part-time at the Murder Bear Bookshop…

Byoshitsu de Nenbutsu o Tonaide Kudasai

TBS | Friday

Matsumoto Shouen entered monkhood because he could not rescue his childhood friend who was drowning right in front of him when he was a kid… 

Top Knife: 
Tensai Nougekai no Joken 

NTV | Saturday

Miyama Yoko works as a doctor at Touto Hospital. She specializes in brain aneurysms in the neurosurgery department. She is a good doctor, aware of her responsibilities and importance of her work…

Karera o Mireba Wakaru Koto 

WOWOW | Saturday

Momoko Uchida lives in an expensive apartment in Tokyo. She is a manga writer. Momoko Uchida is in her second marriage…

Providing Alibi Cracking 

TV ASAHI | Saturday

A girl who works at watch store, accepts the job to break an alibi related to time for difficult case. 

Homeroom

MBS | Thursday

Based on psycho-love-comedy drama about a high schoo girl who bullied daily but she can hold it because her beloved sensei is always there for her. 

Kirin ga Kuru 

NHK | Sunday

After the Onin War, the world is plunged into chaos. Amid this situation, heroes of the warring states begin to emerge in an attempt to unify the country and rule in these turbulent times…

Theseus no Fune 

TBS | Sunday

Tamura Shin is a young man who has been pursuing the mystery of the murder that his father, a police officer, caused and changed the fate of their family…

Shiro demo Kuro demo Nai Sekai de, Panda wa Warau 

NTV | Sunday

Miss Panda is a mysterious woman with extraordinary physical ability. She has a male keeper who manages her. Miss Panda and her keeper receive a request from…

Wake Atte Kasei ni Sumimashita: Erabareshi 4nin 

WOWOW | Friday

A project to colonize Mars will take place in 2030. Scientists will select 4 people to travel to Mars, which will hopefully benefit humanity and its future…

Zetsumeshi Road 

TV TOKYO | Friday

Suda Tamio is an ordinary salaryman. He experiences various stresses throughout his daily life. His only pleasure is to set out on trips to find “Zetsumeshi.” Zetsumeshi refers to endangered meals, that may no longer exist in the future….

Byouin no Naoshikata

TV TOKYO | Monday

Based on the true story about Aizawa Hospital ( Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture ), where Nao Kodaira who won a gold medal at the 500m Woman’s speed skating at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 works , has received a miracle after falling into a bankruptcy crisis due to large debt. 

Yameru Toki mo, Sukoyaka Naru Toki mo

NTV | Monday

Sudo Issei is a furniture maker. Although he works earnestly, he has not been able to produce a new piece that surpasses his teacher and has made little progress as a craftsman…

Yurucamp

TV TOKYO | Thursday

Kotaki Brothers and Shikuhakku

TV TOKYO | Friday

A slice of life comedy where Furutachi Kanji and Takito Kenichi play poor brothers Ichiro and Jiro respectively. Older one (Ichiro) is very serious while the younger one (Jiro) is trying to start rental father/uncle service and they have to deal with issues from their clients. 

Alive – Oncologist’s Medical Record 

FUJI TV | Thursday

Onda Kokoro is an oncologist called Dr Onkoro for short by the people around her and teased that she was born for this path. She got married to Takumi, whom she had known since she was a student, and they had a son. Life was going smoothly for her…

Followers

| NETFLIX |

Nara Rimi, an established and popular photographer, meets Momota Natsume who has come to Tokyo with dreams of becoming an actress. Although Natsume suffers setbacks, she grows from these experiences in this story about the lifestyles of women whose lives intersect in this world dominated by social media. 

Kokoro no Kizu wo Iyasu to Iu Koto 

NHK | Saturday

An Kazutaka (Emoto Tasuku) is a young, bashful psychiatrist whose jazz piano skills are as good as a pro. He also has a love for records and books. He searches for his place in the world in his youth. But when he meets the cheerful Shuko (Ono Machiko), who becomes his wife, he finally feels at peace with himself…

President Nozaki Shuhei 

WOWOW | Sunday

Three years after Ozora Bank was nationalised, there are still no signs of a turnaround. Nozaki Shuhei (Oda Yuji), who previously exposed the bank’s illegal dealings as an auditor, becomes its president in an unconventional promotion…

Tonight is U-Shaped 

TV TOKYO | Monday

Two people, sake and gourmet. Yoshioka (Asaka), who is stressed by work, reunited with Keiko (Nakamura), a longed-for senior, because of his work in the “U-shaped bar” with a U-shaped counter. 

Sedai Wars

TBS , MBS | Sundays

Set in the near future of Japan, a battle to decide which generation Japan should be entrusted to. 

Chuzai Keiji Season 2

TV TOKYO | Friday

Being a Fake Man is Tough

NHK |Sunday

It has been 30 years since he left his hometown, “Kurumaya”, with his father as a kid. Kojiro, meets a trio of women from Kansai, and celebrates the autumn tourist season…

Saint Oniisan 3

NHK | Saturday

High Position

TV TOKYO | Saturday

Based on Manga action series “High Posi” by Takashi Kira. Mitsuhiko Amano returned to his 16-year-old body while remaining 46 years old. The time is 1986. 

Chocolate War

tvK | Friday

An incident occurred on Valentine’s Day when a student died due to poisoned chocolate. The teacher, Nishina (Ozawa), who is cold and ridiculed by students, tries to unravel the truth.  

Raise de wa Chanto Shimasu

TV TOKYO | Wednesday

Omori Momoe is 27-years-old and single, but has intimate relationships with five male friends. She thinks of physical intimacy as a hobby that doesn’t cost money. 

Kono Otoko wa Jinsei Saidai no Ayamachidesu

| TV ASAHI |
The story of a young president who volunteers to be a slave of his temporary employee.

Lunch Gokon Tantei: Koi to Gurume to Nazotoki to 

NTV |Thursday

Reiko Akutsu (Reina Triendl) works for a residential construction company. She plans a lunch matchmaking meeting to find love with someone in the same company.  

Shiranakute I Koto 

NTV | Wednesday

Keito (Yuriko Yoshitaka) is a reporter for a weekly magazine. The magazine covers everything from corruption by politicians to entertainers’ scandals.

Joshi Kosei no Mudazukai 

TV Asahi  | Friday
Tanaka Nozomu is one of the three high school students. People call her “Baka” (“Idiot”).  

Starts in February (2 月- Ni Getsu)-

Sousa Kaigi wa Living de! Season 2

| NHK |
Sequel to ‘Sousa Kaigi wa Living de!’.  

Densetsu no Oka-san 

NHK | Saturdays

Mei was a legendary witch and also part of a legendary brave group. The brave group defeated Satan, as it tried to engulf the world with its dark power. Satan was sealed off and the world became peaceful again. Now, Mei is a housewife…

Starts in March  (3月 – San Getsu)

Pareto no Gosan – Kesuwaka Satsujin Jiken

| WOWOW |

About a woman who works at welfare section has been involved in the darkness of the town surrounding welfare, municipal administration, medical care and the dead of her co-worker. 

Pinboke no Kazoku

| NHK |

Yusuke Saito is a 28-year-old man, who works in Tokyo. To take care of his grandmother, he quits his job and goes back to his hometown of Suwa. 

Tapatsu (Specials)

Hatenkou Phoenix Kyojo 
Saigo no Onna What Did You Eat Yesterday? SP 
Gibo to Musume no Blues SP  Boukyaku no Sachiko: New Years Special 
Tachibana Noboru Seishun Tebikae: New Year Special  Soroban Samurai Kaze no Ichibei SP
Naoki Hanzawa Commemoration Year: Episode Zero General Affairs Department Manager is Transgender
Tomorrow’s Family Fukyowaon-en no Keiji VS Kori no Keiji

Sneak Peak at Later Seasons of 2020

Yell (asadora)

BS Premium and NHK
Monday April 2020

THE HEAD

Hulu

Hanzawa Naoki Season 2

TBS Saturday ~9:00pm
April 2020

The First 70 year old to Give Birth

BS Premium after April 2020

Ru: Taiwan Express

May 2020 NHK Saturday

Ochoyan

BS Premium Monday 7:30
NHK 8:30

24 Japan

Tv Asahi

The above tv station was in negotiation with Fox for 2 years before getting the okay to remake the first season.  No casting decisions have been made

Tetsu No Hone

WOWOW Saturday
April 2020

Sabu

NHK

The Naked Director Season 2

Netflix August 2020

Imawa no Kuni no Arisu

Netflix

 

Taiyo wa Ugokanai 

WOWOW | May 2020
Takano Kazuhiko (Fujiwara Tatsuya), an agent for a secret organisation, has a small bomb embedded in his heart and is pushed to breaking point. His partner is Taoka Ryoichi (Takeuchi Ryoma)…

These will be included in the correct season, this is as it says, a sneak peak, because this is all we know : )

We will make a post in the comments for updates for February and March

Sources include

The tv.jp ~ dorama.com~Shiawase-chan.net ~ dramap.jp ~ fmax.com ~ arasuziataizen.com ~ tvkansou.info ~ drama.damebito.com  ~ Tv.asahi ~D-addicts ~ Asian Wiki ~ Jdramas.wordpress.com


Are there any we missed? 

 Which ones have been added to your ptw?  

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