New year means new fuyu dorama or winter dorama on TV. Be sure to watch Bunkalabo’s dorama recommendation as compiled below!

Quartet

quartet

(TBS, every Tuesday at 10 PM. Cast: Takako Matsu, Hikari Matsushima, Issei Takahashi, Ryuhei Matsuda. Screenplay: Yuji Sakamoto)

Story: A human love story mixed with suspense about four thirty-something musicians who gather together in Karuizawa to start a string quartet. Maki Maki (Takako Matsu) the leading character is a violinist with elusive character. Each of them has their own secret, and as they play music together, they also try to review their own life.

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Tokyo Tarareba Musume

tokyo-tarareba

(NTV, every Wednesday at 10 PM. Cast: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Nana Eikura, Yuko Oshima, Ryohei Suzuki, Kentaro Sakaguchi. Screenplay: Yuko Matsuda)

Story: Rinko Kamata (Yuriko Yoshitaka) is already a 30 years old unpopular screenwriter who tries to find happiness on career and love life. This is a comedy drama based on Akiko Higashimura’s manga with the same title, about the life of single girls in Tokyo who always wonder, ‘what if?’ (“tara” or “reba” means ‘what if’).

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Kirawareru Yuuki

kirawareru

(Fuji TV, every Thursday at 10 PM. Cast: Karina, Shigeaki Kato, Kippei Shiina. Screenplay: Yoichi Tokunaga)

Story: This dorama is loosely based on Ichiro Kishimi’s best seller self-help book “Kirawareru Yuuki” (literally meaning “the courage to be hated”). Ranko Ando (Karina) is a 32 years old single female detective who doesn’t listen to others and doesn’t care about what others think about her, so she becomes disliked by her colleagues.

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Ubai Ai, Fuyu

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(TV Asahi, every Friday at 23:15 PM.  Cast: Kana Kurashina, Shohei Miura, Ryohei Otani, Miki Mizuno. Screenplay: Osamu Suzuki)

Story: Ubai Ai, Fuyu means “Stolen Love, Winter”, is a dramatic love story about Hikaru Ikeuchi (Kana Kurashina), an employee in a design company who is already engaged with her co-worker, but suddenly meets her ex-boyfriend who was disappeared before. The conflict also expands to her ex-boyfriend’s wife and colleagues who secretly fall in love with her fiancée.

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A LIFE: Itoshiki Hito

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(TBS, every Sunday at 9 PM. Cast: Takuya Kimura, Yuko Takeuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Kenichi Matsuyama. Screenplay: Atsuko Hashiguchi)

Story: A medical and love story about Kazuaki Okita (Takuya Kimura), who just returned to Japan after sharpening his skills as a surgeon in the United States. Returning home, he then involves with some affectionate drama at the hospital he was previously employed.

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