Fall 2009 Jdoramas: “Tokyo Dogs”
Fuji TV’s “Tokyo Dogs”

Attention drama otakus! What’s your must see jdorama this fall season?

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed watching a jdorama. The last Japanese drama I’ve seen was “Kimi Wa Petto,” an old drama I downloaded just because I missed Matsumoto Jun. I wasn’t even able to finish “Smile” since no one was subbing it. 🙁

Anyhoo, Tokyograph came up with a list of dramas this fall and I’m pretty excited to see that two of my favorite Japanese leading men are back. Yay!

Shun and Hiro

First up, Oguri Shun (“Hana Yori Dango”). Shun stars in the drama “Tokyo Dogs” with another ikemen, the newly-married Mizushima Hiro (“Zettai Kareshi”). Looking at the photos and the trailer, the drama seems to be action-packed, which isn’t really my cup of tea, but who cares? It’s Oguri Shun.

Tokyo DOGS (東京DOGS)
Fuji TV, Monday 9:00pm, premieres October 19
As a child, Sou Takakura (Shun Oguri) witnessed the murder of his father. Vowing to someday catch the culprit, he grew up to become an elite detective on the New York police force, regarded highly for his composure, discipline, adaptability, and military training. One day, he takes on a case involving a major drug operation linked to his father’s killer. Maruo Kudo (Hiro Mizushima), a member of a special investigative division in Japan, arrives in New York to help out. The investigation leads them to Yuki Matsunaga (Yuriko Yoshitaka), who holds some crucial info about the case but has lost part of her memory due to a traumatic incident. Sou and Maruo team up to continue the case in Japan, but their completely opposite personalities may be a hindrance. And as Yuki regains her memory, her knowledge begins to expose a painful past.

Fuji TV’s “Liar Game 2”

Next, Matsuda Shota (“Hana Yori Dango”) reprises his role as the cool as a cat swindler Akiyama Shinichi in “Liar Game 2.” If you haven’t watched the first season of this drama, go check it out. It’s the most clever and engaging jdorama I’ve seen so far.

LIAR GAME 2 (ライアーゲーム ~シーズン2~)
Fuji TV, Tuesday 9:00pm, premieres November 10
The hit “LIAR GAME” drama returns for a second season, which will lead into a movie version being released next year. The new series takes place two years after the first one. The naïve Nao Kanzaki (Erika Toda) and expert swindler Shinichi Akiyama (Shota Matsuda) have not heard anything from the LIAR GAME organization since the end of the previous game, so it seems they may have actually escaped. But Nao suddenly gets another invitation and is once again caught up in the game. This time, she has to team up with Shinichi and one of their previous rivals named Fukunaga (Kosuke Suzuki), facing off against three more opponents in new games of deception, such as “24 Rensou Russian Roulette” and “17 Poker.”

For more info on these new dramas go check out their official websites:
Tokyo Dogs
Liar Game 2

Credits: Tokyograph for the drama info

Myla Torres-Eder

Myla writes news stories for a living and watches K-dramas for leisure. She enjoys doing both for Hallyudorama.

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