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Autumn Drama Series Expectations Ranking (秋ドラ期待度)
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Oricon announced the most highly anticipated dramas among viewers.

According to the survey the most highly anticipated drama is “ Liar Game Season 2(ライアーゲーム シーズン2 )“, starring Erika Toda (戸田 恵梨香) and Shota Matsuda(松田翔太). The first season broadcast in the spring of 2007 received rave reviews and became a big hit. Since “Liar Game Season 2 ” is the direct sequel to the popular season 1, viewers are expecting a lot from the upcoming drama.
Photo: Liar Game

“Tokyo DOGS (東京DOGS )” came in at No.2. Shun Oguri (小栗 旬) and Hiro Mizushima(水嶋ヒロ), who are easily the most popular of all young actors, will play the main characters. Mariko Yoshitaka (吉高由里子)will become the heroine. “Tokyo DOGS” also stoked interest by becoming the first serious detective drama to be broadcast from 9 o'clock in the evening on Mondays(月9), which is usually the time that the most popular dramas are broadcast. Viewers are looking forward to seeing the popular actors in action.
The abovementioned two dramas practically dominated the charts, with the two titles becoming the most popular among both male and female viewers, and also people in their teens, 20s and 30s.

Photo:Tokyo DOGS

“Fumo Chitai [lit. Barren Land] (不毛地帯)” took the No.3 spot. The drama has a gorgeous cast with Toshiaki Karasawa (唐沢寿明) playing the lead role alongside a team of accomplished actors. The large scale drama's filming was conducted overseas for an extended period of time. It perked the interest of people in their 20s or above, and was No.3 among viewers in their 20s and 30s, and No.1 for people in their 40s. The viewers are especially excited about the deliberate, serious storyline.

Photo: Fumo Chitai

For No.4, the 8th installment of the popular drama series “Aibo [Partner] season8 (相棒 season8) ” ranked in. ‘Aibo' was followed by two other sequels, “Otomen 〜Autumn〜(オトメン(乙男) 〜秋〜)” and “THE NEGOTIATOR (交渉人)”. Arashi (嵐) member Masaki Aiba (相葉 雅紀) will star in his first lead role for “My Girl(マイガール)”, popular young actor Haruma Miura (三浦春馬) changes into a samurai in “Samurai High School (サムライ・ハイスクール)”, and the list goes on.


As a whole, dramas featuring up and coming young actors and sequels of popular series ranked high. On the other hand, dramas gearing toward a more mature audience are equally popular. “Fumo Chitai” and “Aibo season8” are cases in point. They deal with social issues and other realistic issues concerning life. Recently in Japan dramas referred to as “real dramas” are in high demand. They depict the bonds shared between people and portray complex human relationships. Today's ranking reflected those trends.

Makoto Kurita

 2009/09/30 21:39  この記事のURL  / 

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