The J-dorama gods have answered my prayers – Fuji TV‘s next Getsu 9 (Monday @ 9) dorama is not only a romance, it’s going to star two of my faves as the OTP! Hallelujah for the rousing production news to juice me up for the fall 2015 dorama season. Fuji TV’s current Getsu 9 Koinaka is by and large a disappointment, I checked out one episode and found it okay but mostly boring. Doesn’t help that male lead Fukushi Sota has gone back to having barely any charisma, and not much chemistry with female lead Honda Tsubasa either. Hope the next Getsu 9 fares better with the confirmation that it’ll star Yamashita Tomohisa and Ishihara Satomi.
Fuji TV is pulling out bigger guns for the fall season and the dorama to follow Koinaka will be the adaptation of ladies romance manga From Five to Nine (5-ji kara 9-ji made) by Aihara Miki. It tells the story of capable English teacher Sakuraba Junko and her odd but compelling romance the handsome Buddhist monk Hoshikawa Takamine. In Japan monks are allowed to get married, but in this story Junko has no intention of being a stay at home temple wife so rejects Takamine while finding herself attracted to and falling for him. Apparently the manga is quite realistic about romance/marriage issues in modern Japan, and quite steamy as the characters are all adults and behave that way in terms of skinship. Nice!