In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

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For fans of the ikemen (handsome dude), Wowow’s new mini-series “Akira and Akira” is like manna from heaven. Kicking off July 9, it stars actors Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito, and the hype at this point may as well be soundtracked by The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men.” As the ...

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

May 10, 2017

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

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There comes a moment of truth in every episode of reality-dating series “The Bachelor” when the handsome and wealthy bachelor must eliminate at least one of the 25 women vying for his affection during a “rose ceremony.” In “The Bachelor Japan,” the series’ first ...

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

Apr 6, 2017

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

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In the first episode of Japan’s latest contribution to original Netflix programming, “Samurai Gourmet,” Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That’s it. For ...

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

Jul 16, 2016

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

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Ultraman has been defending humanity against monsters and aliens for half a century. We examine the superhero's enduring legacy.

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'Doctor X'; 'The Man With the Divine Tongue" Kagome

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Ryoko Yonekura returns as the genius freelance surgeon Dr. Michiko Daimon in a special two-hour installment of “Doctor X” (TV Asahi, Sun., 9 p.m.). Michiko happens to be in Kanazawa when national politician Aiko Ichinose (Kayako Kishimoto) collapses on the street after an intimate ...

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

Jun 30, 2016

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

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Actress Kasumi Arimura on Thursday was selected for the lead role in an NHK drama titled “Hiyokko” that will be aired from April 2017. Arimura was chosen without an audition, with producer Hiroshi Kashi describing her as “an actress with the ability to play ...