a little late, some of these have already started. but here's the list of new summer drama!
Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku
Taiga is a struggling second-generation actor who has developed a complex due to his father, a famous actor in his time. Taiga, only get to appear in variety shows, most of the time. One day when his friend bring him out for a skydiving, a big wind dragg him away from the dropping point and he got stuck in a tree. A beautiful woman, Shiori (Takeuchi Yuko), come to rescue him. Shiori is a cheerful woman who laughs away all worries she has. She's exactly the opposite of Taiga...
# Matsumoto Jun as Kusunoki Taiga
# Takeuchi Yuko as Kitamura Shiori
# Sawamura Ikki as Kusunoki Daiki
# Kiritani Mirei as Miyase Sakura
# Kasahara Hideyuki as Ueno Keita
Joker Yurusarezaru Sosakan
Date Kazuyoshi (Sakai) is a detective on the Kanagawa prefectural police force. During the day, he is known as a "Buddha" for his gentle personality, pouring all of his energy into resolving each case. At night, however, he transforms into a cruel punisher as his gentleness gives way to his anger towards the criminals. The series poses questions about what justice and evil truly are.
# Sakai Masato as Date Kazuyoshi
# Nishikido Ryo as Kudo Kenji
# Anne as Miyagi Asuka
# Hirayama Hiroyuki as Kurusu Junnosuke
# Ryo as Katagiri Saeko
The suspenseful story follows an enthusiastic lawyer who becomes a nationally wanted man after being falsely accused of murder, arson, and embezzlement. He goes on the run, and while trying to hunt down the real criminal, he encounters various people and helps them with their troubles.
# Kamiji Yusuke
# Ishihara Satomi
# Kitamura Kazuki
# Kyo Nobuo
# Murakawa Eri
# Maekawa Yasuyuki
Kasouken no Onna
no cast information
Keishicho Keizoku Sosakan
In April 2010, Japan abolished the statute of limitations for murder, inspiring the idea for a drama focused on a police unit relentlessly pursuing criminals with the latest scientific techniques.
# Kimura Yoshino
# Tsutsui Michitaka
# Tajima Ryo
# Yoo Min
# Yo Kimiko
Yuri Saotome is a charismatic beautician who runs a major sports gym and aesthetic salon. Her older brother died in an accident just before his opportunity to achieve a gold medal at the Olympics, so she chose to marry a wrestling gold medalist. After giving birth to four children, she and her husband broke off their marriage, leaving Yuri to raise the kids by herself. With their excellent genes, three of them have been raised as possible candidates for the next Olympic games.
# Amami Yuki as Saotome Yuri
# Nagasawa Masami as Nikura Rika
# Mikami Kensei as Saotome Shuichi
# Matsuzaka Tori (松坂桃李) as Saotome Kou
# Yano Masato (矢野聖人) as Saotome Ren
# Takei Emi as Saotome Akira
Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo
Kano Haruko (Naka Riisa) is a charismatic shop assistant who has such excellent fashion sense that she has been featured in fashion magazines. However, she is unable to give up her dream of being a high school teacher. Haruko is asked by her former teacher to teach Japanese to foreigners for three months on the understanding that he would introduce her for the high school’s Japanese language teaching position. And so, she becomes a trainee teacher at a Japanese language school where she coaches nine foreign students with strong personalities, including an Italian anime enthusiast and a Swede who is in love with ninjas, according to her own convictions, while setting her sights on becoming a high school teacher.
# Naka Riisa
# Shibutani Yusuke
# Aoki Munetaka
# Harada Natsuki
# Ikeda Narushi
Gakeppuchi no Eri
"Gakeppuchi no Eri" describes the turbulent life of Eriko (Yamada), who has been extremely poor since childhood, due to the debt left by her parents. Despite constant misfortune, she aims to achieve happiness and money by moving to Tokyo to pursue life as a manga artist.
# Yamada Yu as Aihara Eriko
# Koizumi Kotaro as Hirabayashi Masamune
# Tsukaji Muga as Kamoda Joichi
# Osugi Ren as Umemoto Katsuo
# Watanabe Eri as Aihara Mitsuyo
A 30-year-old single detective (Nagase Tomoya), who is under the illusion that he is popular with females is called 'Unubore' by friends. He is an ultra romantic and susceptible to conceitedness. He has such a strong desire to marry to the extent that he has bought an apartment for his newlywed life. He falls in love with female criminals at first sight each time. While the sheer desire to meet wraps around him, he will get proof that the female is the culprit. And so, he will thrust both the arrest warrant and marriage papers at her, proposing with the words, "If you marry me, I won’t arrest you." If that still does not work, he will hold out an engagement ring and his handcuffs. In the end, the criminal will choose to be arrested and his heart will be broken. He will cry as he puts the handcuffs on her...
# Nagase Tomoya as Unubore
# Ikuta Toma as Honjo Sadame
# Nakashima Mika as Higurashi Rie
# Arakawa Yoshiyoshi as Saeki Masaru
# Kaname Jun as Matsuoka Seishiro
Atami no Sousakan
The story begins with the disappearance of a school bus and four high school girls. Still unsolved three years later, the case gets revived when one of the girls reappears. Odagiri plays a sharp national investigator searching for the truth behind the incident, which leads back to a seemingly peaceful town.
# Odagiri Joe
# Kuriyama Chiaki
# Tanaka Tetsushi
# Matsushige Yutaka
# Fuse Eri
Moriyama plays a temp worker who has never had any luck with women. One day, he suddenly starts getting invitations from several beautiful women, and he finds himself confused about how to deal with this new experience of having a "moteki" (a period when one is very popular and attractive to others).
# Moriyama Mirai as Fujimoto Yukiyo
* Izumisawa Yuuki as 15-year old Yukiyo
# Nonami Maho as Doi Aki
# Mitsushima Hikari (満島ひかり) as Nakashiba Itsuka
# Matsumoto Rio as Komiyama Natsuki
# Kikuchi Rinko as Hayashida Naoko
# Hayami Mokomichi
# Shida Mirai
# Higa Manami
# Suda Masaki
One day, Taichi, an ordinary university student meets Mioka, a girl who is like a storm. Taichi finds himself drawn to Mioka, who lives freely as she wishes without holding back, and they eventually fall in love. However, Mioka tells Taichi of her shocking truth. She has an incurable brain disease, with no medicine or treatment that can help her.
The progressing disease.
The loss of control over her own body.
The precious memories slowly fading away.
The fear of losing herself.
The limited time she has left.
Even with such a cruel fate, Mioka lives her life to the fullest extent till the end. Taichi, wholeheartedly loving her, decides to become the witness of her very existence in this world.
# Yoshitaka Yuriko as Minegishi Mioka
# Hayashi Kento as Hashimoto Taichi
# Katsuji Ryo as Kasagi Kunihiko
# Mizusawa Elena as Goto Mari
# Yuki Jutta as Kitamura Yoji
Tetsu no Hone
Koike plays a young employee of a general contracting company who faces a moral dilemma when he is forced to participate in bid-rigging.
# Koike Teppei as Tomishima Heita
# Toyohara Kosuke as Endo Yasuo
# Jinnai Takanori as Ogata Soji
# Nakamura Atsuro as Mihashi Manzo
# Usada Asami as Nomura Moe
GM Odore Doctor
no cast information
also a couple sequels, Hotaru no Hikari 2 and Hancho 3
looks like some good stuff this summer, awwwyeah