I like to think the higher-ups at Fuji TV took a look at its upcoming line up and realized that Summer was coming and it needed to let loose and have some fun. Right now its Getsuku (Monday@9) time slot is filled by the high profile Galileo 2 (with Fukuyama Masaharu back but the leading lady got sacked for a chick a decade younger who can’t act but was brought in because she has less wrinkles so I’m boycotting this one on principle alone), but last year the Summer Getsuku was filled by Rich Man, Poor Woman and I can’t help but be totally spoiled by having such a fun dorama livening up my Summer nights. Have no fear because Fuji TV is at least attempting to recapture the magic of the effervescent RMPW last Summer by premiering Summer Nude come July 8th starring my Yamashita Tomohisa, Karina, and Toda Erika. As if this cast wasn’t enough, the network is throwing in Nagasawa Masami as a freebie to reunite her with Yamapi from when they starred in their first Getsuku together which was Proposal Daisakusen way back in 2007. Masami is guest-starring in Summer Nude as Yamapi’s ex-girlfriend who suddenly disappeared 3 years ago from his life and he’s totally hung up on her. Erika plays Yamapi’s closest female confidante and loves him despite knowing he hasn’t gotten over his ex. Karina plays the older woman, a chef who’s moved to the resort town where this story is set to get over a bad break up when she is left at the altar, and Yamapi’s photographer character happens to capture that moment on camera. Sounds like a round of Summer lovin’ is in store for everyone after they all get their hearts broken first. Yamapi has starred with all three of his leading ladies before, multiple times in fact, from Dragon Zakura to ProDai (Masami) to Nobuta wo Produce and Code Blue (Erika) not to mention Ashita wa Joe (Karina). I’m a little bit annoyed that Masami is playing Yamapi’s ex-girlfriend here, since with the beach setting it feels like Ken and Rie from ProDai totally didn’t work out in the end, and after all they went through to end up together that is super depressing. At least the ex isn’t being played by Horikita Maki, I think I would fry a blood vessel if those two played exes before a drama actually let them end up together first. Still forever my dream OTP.
First look at Summer Nude: