[2013] J-Winter Drama * Nakuna, Hara-chan
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Posted 11/19/12

Nagase Tomoya to star in a tailor-made drama again after two years

On November 19th, it was announced that TOKIO’s Nagase Tomoya is going to star in the upcoming NTV drama ‘Nakuna, Hara-chan‘.

‘Nakuna, Hara-chan’ is an original romantic comedy written by Okada Yoshikazu (‘Churasan’) and features Nagase as a sullen and grumbling manga character who suddenly leaps out to the real world and falls in love with the female mangaka that created him. The actress who is going to play the mangaka will be announced at a later date.

Nagase hasn’t starred in a TV drama since ‘Umebore Deka‘ (TBS) two years ago. This time he gets to play a manga character who is going through various struggles in the real world for the woman he loves. He commented excitedly, “Similar to this woman who is relieving all of her stress through her manga, I’m going to let everything I’ve been saving during those two years out in this drama!”

Producer Kono Hidehiro revealed that the whole screenplay was written with the mindset that Nagase is going to play the protagonist in the first place. Therefore we can look forward to a Nagase being completely in his element with his enthusiastic performances. He stated, “Through a very powerful presentation, we want to convey the reasonable and rather simple idea that it’s okay to think about other people (more often).”

NTV is going to air ‘Nakuna, Hara-chan’ every Saturday at 9:00 p.m. starting in January 2013.


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Aso Kumiko chosen as the heroine for Nagase Tomoya’s upcoming drama



It’s been revealed that Aso Kumiko has been chosen as the heroine in Nagase Tomoya’s upcoming drama series, ‘Nakuna, Hara-chan‘. She will play ‘Echizen-san’, the creator of Nagase’s character ‘Hara-chan’. “It’s been a long time since I’ve starred in a drama series, so I feel uneasy, but with Nagase-san, my co-stars, and staff, I hope to have fun and create a fantasy world where the hero jumps out of a manga,” she said.

‘Nakuna, Hara-chan’ is a love story about ‘Echizen-san’, an ordinary woman who works at a kamaboko factory. Instead of a diary, she draws manga in her notebook to express her daily resentment. One day, the main character ‘Hara-chan’ suddenly jumps out of the manga and falls in love with his creator. The script will be written by Okada Yoshikazu, who was in charge of NHK’s morning drama series ‘Ohisama‘, and it will be produced by the staff of ‘Yokai Ningen Bem‘, a drama that aired from October to December of 2011.

Producer Kawano Hidehiro commented, “I think she’s an actress who can play an everlasting admiration. Hara-chan, who leaves the manga world, falls in love for the first time and continues to run after her. I thought she was perfect for the part. I am looking forward to the birth of a new heroine for this Saturday drama.”

Additionally, Kanjani8’s Maruyama Ryuhei will play ‘Tanaka-kun’, an employee of the kamaboko factory who has feelings for ‘Echizen-san’. Kutsuna Shiori, Kaku Kento, and Yakushimaru Hiroko has also been added to the cast.

NTV will air ‘Nakuna, Hara-chan’ starting in January of 2013.


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