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Keiko Horiuchi (堀内敬子)
花のち晴れ～花男 Next season～ 꽃보다 맑음 花过天晴〜花男 Next Season〜
67 min × 11 eps｜11 episodes
The massive hit comic BOYS OVER FLOWERS returns with a brand new chapter and television drama Season 2. Ten years have passed since the legendary boy foursome, F4, graduated from the elite Eitoku Academy Senior High School. A new generation has risen including sophomore, Oto has recently seen her life completely overturned by the bankruptcy of her father’s blue chip cosmetics company. She now lives in near poverty with her mother, but tries to hide it from her Eitoku Academy classmates. Meanwhile, big man on campus, Haruto scion of the much-revered Kaguragi Holdings has formed the C5 group in a bid to emulate his hero, Domyoji of F4, but he’s on a mission to purge the school of “commoners” who can’t pay their school donations to leave the school as unfit to attend. Oto is engaged to marry Tenma, a student of Eitoku’s rival school, Momonozono Academy. But Tenma’s stepmother insists that Oto attend Eitoku until she turns 18, making her even more determined to hide the fact that she has been reduced to a “mere commoner” among society’s elite families in this spirited spring-of-youth fable.
砂の塔～知りすぎた隣人 모래의 탑 ～ 너무 잘 아는 이웃 砂之塔
75 min × 1 ep / 60 min × 9 eps｜10 episodes
Aki Takano is a homemaker who has built an ordinary yet amply content family life. When she and her family move into a luxurious, high-rise condo with all the latest security advancements, Aki anticipates the start of the kind of family life of which dreams are made. Until, that is, she meets her creepy and scary neighbors. Behind the walls of this ivory tower, life is a social ecosystem dictated by strict rules and decorum of vainglorious housewife residents. There are “compulsory Halloween parties”, “hellishly exorbitant lunches”, “floor discrimination”, and even “strictly enforced proper attire for putting out the trash.” Though farcical and comical at first glance, the housewives’ behavior easily becomes sinister, as Aki begins to discover in unexpected ways. Someone is trying to tear her life and family apart.
表参道高校合唱部 오모테산도 고교합창부 表参道高校合唱部
75 min x 1 ep / 60 min x 9 eps｜10 episodes
Tokyo metropolitan Omotesando Senior High School is lorded over by a group of popular kids dubbed “the first team.” The rest of the student body either fall into the “second team” or lower, “the outsiders.” One day, a transfer student arrives at the school from the remote countryside as an unlikely heroine who “loves to sing!” The high school used to have one of the country’s best choruses, but is now facing the threat of closure. But the story’s heroine is determined to resuscitate the chorus and sets out to recruit new members. Fighting off a storm of ridicule and booing, she gradually begins to win allies to her cause with single-minded passion and hard work. What begins as a ragtag collection of misfits in a dorky glee club crescendos to a refreshing and bittersweet spring-of-youth drama!
夜のせんせい 밤의 선생님 血夜愛上貓
75 min x 1 ep / 60 min x 9 eps｜10 episodes
After migrating from job to job, 38-year-old Sakura Yoruno, finally settles in as a bar hostess at a pub called “Raimu Raito” on the outskirts of town. It seems the perfect job for a woman who has witnessed and experienced just about everything in life. But her life takes another change when a regular customer compels her to take up a teaching position at an evening high school. Here, she’s warned that “if even one student drops out, you’re fired.” But the class assigned to her is a veritable smorgasbord of troubled students. They vary in age and social background, and suffer from problems that make any one of them a potential drop out at any time. But the boundlessly cheerful Sakura is determined to succeed. “No matter what happens,” she promises, “I’m not letting go of your hand.” Here is an inspiration tale about a rookie teacher at a night high school with the ability to turn people’s lives around.
こうのとりのゆりかご 황새의 요람 小鳥的搖籃
120 min x 1 ep｜1 episode
May, 2007. The Jikei Hospital is a small clinic in Kumamoto Prefecture operating out of a pri-vate dwelling that begins accepting anonymous “deposits” (“Baby Post”) of unwanted infants abandoned by their parents for various reasons under the operational name, “Stork Nest.” Based on a true story, this moving human drama, fictionalized to protect privacy, depicts the passion and dedication of hospital staff as they rescue 92 abandoned infants over a period six years, all the while overcoming public criticism.