Netflix Pairs Up Sato Takeru and Mitsushima Hikari in J-dorama First Love Based on the Songs of Utada Hikaru

I’m so sold on this in every single way lol. Netflix continues to flex not only its K-drama muscles but also the J-dorama fare, with Alice in Borderland being a huge hit and season 2 to commence filming shortly. The streaming giant has a slate of doramas it plans to produce and one of the most high profile will be a romance drama inspired by the hit song First Love and Hatsukoi (which is Japanese for first love) by Japanese-American songstress Utaka Hikaru. The dorama will star Sato Takeru, coming off hit romance Love Lasts Forever/An Incurable Case of Love (Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomademo), along with rising actress Mitsushima Hikari. It’s set in the 1990’s through the 2000’s and follows the couple through their romance which sounds a lot like the oldie J-dorama Meguriai with Fukuyama Masaharu and Tokiwa Takako. I love this pairing and can’t wait to see what production has in store with the visuals and a guaranteed great OST.

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Demon Slayer Anime Movie Becomes Japan’s #1 All Time Box Office Hit as Talk Goes to Live Action Adaptation with Casting News Spoilers

Over Christmas 2020 the anime movie Demon Slayer: Infinity Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train) surpassed Spirited Away to become the #1 box office hit in Japan. Along the way it passed Your Name and Titanic as well, and honestly … Continue reading

Stepmom to Daughter Blues with Ayase Haruka is the Ratings Winner of the Summer 2018 J-dorama Season

The summer 2018 J-doramas are done or nearly done with airing and there were three big name cast ones caught my eye. Ueno Juri was back with the J-remake of Good Doctor and Ishihara Satomi was being her most fabulous … Continue reading

Snapshot of the Most Popular Japanese Actors of 2014 From Popular Year End Polls

The end of the year starts counting down now and with it comes the unending stream of polls, surveys, and lists. Which makes it a good time to check back in with Japan entertainment to see how the tastes have … Continue reading