In celebration of Kansai TV’s 55th anniversary, Fuji TV is presenting a drama, “Kamisama no Beret-bo” (“God’s Beret”; Tues., 9 p.m.), about a late episode in the life of cartoonist Osamu Tezuka.
The story is framed as a fantasy. Sakura (Yuko Oshima) is hired by the editorial department of a comic magazine after searching high and low for a job. Shortly after starting work an employee magically transports her to 1973 and the office of Tezuka, the creator of “Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy)” and other beloved manga and anime.
Tezuka is different from the image Sakura had of him, and not just because he’s played by SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. At this point in his career Tezuka is nearly bankrupt, since he hasn’t had a hit in years, and then he comes up with a story about a daredevil physician.
The long-running late-night variety show “Tamori Club” (TV Asahi, Fri., 12:20 a.m.) is for the nerdy obsessive, and though it’s reputation is for lascivious content, it can also get pretty deep into things like railroad schedules and arcane pop music.
This week the topic is shotgun microphones, extremely directional audio tools that pick up sounds with startling clarity from far away. Often used on TV and film sets where there is lots of ambient noise, shotguns are also the perfect tools for eavesdropping.
Host Tamori and his guests, comedy duos Hong Kong and TKA, as well as Ryo of the theatrical group Ketsumeishi, discuss the best ways to use the highly sensitive devices and show off their own collections.
CM of the week: Hair Jam
Hair Jam is one of those Japanese product names that may turn off native English speakers. Part of the youth-targeted Gatsby men’s cosmetics line marketed by Mandom, the styling liquid comes in a container that looks like it should be holding eye drops, and one can only imagine its goopy consistency.
The newest TV ad doesn’t make it any more appealing. A young Japanese man with a shiny gray-black complexion laconically narrates a slide show of hairstyles, pointing out which ones use, or should use, Hair Jam. Interestingly, it only seems good for conservative hairdos, not the spiky Mohawk or the guy with half his head shaved — nor, for that matter, the hentai (perverse) octogenarian who appears sporting bunny ears and carrying a whip.