First Look at Oguri Shun Leading Star-studded Cast for Time-travel J-dorama Nobunaga Concerto

Holy mamacitas what is this crazy star-studded cast of what is shaping up to be the biggest fall J-dorama around. Oguri Shun is headlining the upcoming Fuji TV 50th anniversary special dorama Nobunaga Concerto, a time-traveling story based on the popular same name manga. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, wait til you hear the line up for the entire cast. With Oguri Shun playing a dumb jock high school teenager who time-travels back to 16th century Japan during the end of the Warring States period, he’s joined in the main cast by real life best buddy and phenomenal leading man Yamada Takayuki as his rival, heartthrob Mukai Osamu as Oda’s retainer, most gorgeous man over-40 Fujiki Naohito as a genius consigliere and battle strategist, and forever charming Shibasaki Kou as Oda’s put upon wife. Rounding out the cast is Hamada Gaku, Kaho playing Kou’s maid, Saotome Taichi, third generation Zainichi Korean actor Arai Hirofume, and grown up child actor Yagira Yuya.

I think my brain started short circuiting when I heard Shun and Takayuki were reuniting in a dorama, forever those bromance feels from Crows Zero plus their travelogue hilarity over the years. Then it basically fully fried itself once Mukai Osamu and Fujiki Naohito were added to the cast. This is actually the second time-traveling dorama in the last year involving Oda Nobunaga, which begs the question of why no one is time-traveling back to the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu? The earlier time-traveling dorama I’m talking about is Nobunaga no Chef with perpetually wide-eyed Tamamori Yuta where he plays a chef who time travels back and becomes Oda Nobunaga’s head chef. Talk about random. The dorama even got a second season so clearly there is interest in the topic so Nobunaga Concerto might actually be arriving at the perfect time. The dorama premieres October 13th as a getsu9 so get ready for hilarity and awesomeness on your Monday nights!

The director behind this dorama has great stylistic taste having directed Shitsuren Chocolatier, Liar Game, and Honey and Clover so the visuals won’t be a problem. I did find the humorous tone in the first teaser rather out-of-left field but I haven’t read the manga so have no clue if the story was meant to be silly.

Teaser for Nobunaga Concerto:


First Look at Oguri Shun Leading Star-studded Cast for Time-travel J-dorama Nobunaga Concerto — 21 Comments

  1. Japanese forever stuck in sengoku era XD! we see Oda Nobunaga once in every two year in Taiga though.
    Nobunaga concerto is a shounen manga and the anime quite good.

    • Apparently NHK is planning a taiga drama about Nobunaga, according to some
      rumors they want Kimutaku as Nobunaga.
      Well, the warring states period is interesting with many characters and events but some more recent taiga have had the Meiji revolution which I consider more “modern” times.

  2. I was just admiring your Rich Man, Poor Woman header and thinking about how much I missed that dorama. I then scrolled down and read about this & all I can say this must be a sign.:) I hope that we are able to get subs for this. I love my kdramas but there is also something nice about having a jdrama in the mix.

    • He will play two roles. One as the real Oda Nobunaga, and as Saburo, the high-school student who time-slips, and was asked by Nobunaga to pretend to be him because of their similar looks.

      Speaking of Toyotomi, I’m not exactly sure but Yamada’s role is that of Kinoshita Tōkichirō/Denjiro, who will eventually become Toyotomi Hideyoshi in later part.

  3. Basically Shun called Yamada, do you want to do a dorama with me and he was like ok. (Really that’s what happened)
    This cast is amazing, Saotome Taichi. Will he dress up as a woman (he is a traditional dancer specializing in female roles, it’s not really kabuki what he does but very similar)
    This cast is quite amazing, see you can do a dorama without a Johnny, even though I know Shun if bff’s with Matsujun and Toma.

  4. Currently watching the anime. Didn’t care for the first episode much but since then it’s been quite enjoyable. Can certainly picture all of these actors doing an excellent job. Especially Oguri, Yamada and Fujiki-san. The swooning will be unending… These are some pretty keen roles for their talents.
    Can not wait!

  5. did i read the name Fujiki Naohito there? and the others just cherry on top? i didnt watch any historical kinda j-dorama but i am in!!!

  6. Oguri shun is the narrator in anime version and i really love with mamoru miyano,the seiyuu for oda nobunaga. He did a great job back then. You should check it.

  7. Is this cast for real? Is it even legal for a dorama to be so star-studded? Its like a time slot monopoly or something.

    BTW how long is drama gonna be?

  8. hi. new blood here. i find it funny that even though Oguri Shun is already in his 30s he can still be cast as a teenage character and pull it off quite nicely.

    in the other hand, mukai and shun in one movie! yay! although i’m not really familiar with the other actors, these two i love, love love not just for the visuals but also for their talent.

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