* Title: 生まれる。
* Title (romaji): Umareru.
* Format: Renzoku
* Genre: Human drama
* Episodes: TBA
* Viewership ratings: TBA
* Broadcast network: TBS
* Broadcast period: 2011-Apr-22 start
* Air time: Friday 22:00
* Theme song: 365 Nichi Kazoku by Kanjani∞
A story about a woman who got pregnant at age 51 and the impact of her pregnancy on her four children.
* Horikita Maki as Hayashida Manami
* Okura Tadayoshi as Hayashida Taichi
* Nakajima Kento as Hayashida Koji
* Taketomi Seika as Hayashida Miko
* Tanaka Misako as Hayashida Aiko
* Miyake Yuji as Hayashida Shinpei
* Suzuki Ryohei as Okawa Yoichi
* Toda Keiko as Kuniki Miwa
* Kaneda Akio as Nagasawa
* Fuchikami Yasushi (淵上泰史) as Koike Haruma
* Kugasawa Toru (久々沢徹)
* Sakai Wakana as Mizukawa Maho
* Saito Ayumu as Nakano Eita
* Nishimura Tomomi as Uchida Rumi
* Shinohara Tsugumi as Koyama Yuki
* Miyatake Matsuri as Nishijima Maruko
* Fukushi Sota as Yamanaka Yuya
* Otake Koichi (大竹浩一) as Moriwaki Tetta
* Osugi Ren as Kondo Takumi
* Hofuku Norihiko (法福法彦) as Doctor Omori (ep1)
* Hosono Kyoko (細野今日子) as the nurse (ep1)
* Fujita Masahiro (藤田昌宏) as the civic building clerk
* Akiyama Yu (秋山優) as Koji's group date member (ep1)
* Hamada Jun (濱田准) as Koji's group date member (ep1)
* Sato Kanna (佐藤栞菜) as Koji's group date member (ep1)
* Screenwriter: Suzuki Osamu (鈴木おさむ)
* Producer: Suzuki Sanae (鈴木早苗)
* Directors: Kaneko Fuminori, Yoshida Akio, Muto Jun (武藤淳)
* Music: Kanno Yugo
* Music Producer: Shida Hirohide
The Hayashidas are a family of six. Hayashida Shinpei and Aiko are a happily-married couple who run a small bakery called Pannten. They have four children and appear to be a typical, ordinary family. Their eldest daughter, Aimi, works as an editorial production assistant of a small magazine in Tokyo. She has tremendous respect for her successful superior, Kuniki Miwa, but her own projects do not quite make the grade. She understands her mother the best among the family members, and is a level-headed person who takes care of her three other siblings. Their eldest son, Taichi, is a designer who works at a design company. However, his designs do not get through and every day is an uphill struggle. The only person he opens up to is his senior, Mizukawa Maho, who gently gives him advice. Taichi is secretly attracted to Maho. One day, a man suddenly shows up in front of Taichi and tells him some facts. He is greatly shaken to hear this, but … … Koji, their second son is a university student. He indulges in matchmaking parties everyday, and is exceptionally popular with girls. However, Koji appears to have a hidden past. The youngest child is Yoshiko, a high school student with outstanding academic results and the ambition to be a lawyer. Yoshiko also has worries which she cannot tell her family. The situation undergoes a drastic change with the sudden death of their father, and Aiko finds herself at a loss with her husband’s passing. Seeing her mother like this, Aimi tries hard to support the family, but clashes with her siblings who say whatever they like. Aimi has yet to recover from the pain of losing her father when she is suddenly told by Aiko that she is pregnant … …
Hayashida Aiko (51)
Mother of the Hayashida children. With her husband Shinpei, they're a lovey-dovey married couple. She constantly support and helps at "PANNTEN", the bakery her husband manages. She's kind with her children, but can occasionally be strict, in other words she's a typical japanese mother. Even though she's 51, she bears Shinpei's child...
Hayashida Shinpei (55)
Husband of Aiko and father of the Hayashida children. When he was young, he quitted a salaryman job and launched his business, he now manages a bakery called "PANNTEN". He's bright and cheerful, and a lot of people comes to his shop because of Shinpei's personality.
Hayashida Manami (25)
Hayashida family eldest daughter. With her sense of responsibility distinctive of eldest daughters, she endures a lot of things and she protects her younger siblings. She has by nature an older sister temperament, she can be relied on, and even if she says "Aaaah~ it's annoying. Why does it have to be me!", she'll do her best.
She respects Kuniki, the boss of her company, and everyday she works hard with a job that doesn't well up her interest as an apprentice editor.
Hayashida Taiichi (24)
Hayashida family eldest son. Kind and meek, he's consequently always reserved. He has a weak personality in crucial moments. He's the most delicate of the siblings.
He works in a design company in town. He embraces the dream to become a famous designer in the future, but Taiichi's plans are not accepted in competition. He's interested in Mizukawa Maho, the company's copy editor, but Maho has a secret...
Hayashida Kouji (20)
Hayashida family second son. Student in 2nd year of university. The time when he'll have to think about finding employment is coming, but he doesn't show any sign of doing it. As a child he suffered from leukemia and grew up pampered, even now that he's an adult he kept the habit of being spoiled. He's a goukon addict who attends them everyday without going to school, but when he learns about the pregnancy of his mother, he'll start to fully realize the importance of "life"...
Hayashida Miko (17)
The youngest child of the Hayashida family. Among her siblings, she's a show-off caring about "the way other people see her", and she's very proud. She's bright, and goes to a school preparing for university exams. Some of her friends, jealous, torment her in secret, but she's not able to honestly talk about it to her family. The pregnancy of her mother will be exposed, and the ijime will keep escalating...
Kondo Takumi (55)
Very capable obstetrician gynecologist. While the number of doctors dealing with childbirth sharply drops, he's a professional delivering more than 200 babies a year. He's cold, and generally speaking scary, but in fact he loves chocolate. Everytime, Kondou's medical treatment informations become the source of information for anxious women reaching the time of "declining birthrates" and "childbirth at an advanced age", making him yell.
Uchida Rumi (40)
Aiko's friend. She married a man a friend has introduced to her. She thought she would be able to immediately have a child, but she couldn't and she's treated for sterility. Completely absorbed by the infertility treament, she doesn't pay attention to her surroundings and has complicated feelings for Aiko who got pregnant at 51.
Kuniki Miwa (51)
Manami's boss in the company. She's Manami's favourite sempai. She's a capable editor and writer, and she gains the deep trust of the people she interviews. To evaluate the way she works, she's strict with Manami. In the past, she suddenly wanted to have children, but she thought it would stop her career, so she choosed her work.
President Nagasawa (55)
The president of the publishing house where Manami works. He's been Kuniki's work associate for a long time. Hi wife gve birth at the age of 43, and he proposed to Kuniki the idea of publishing a book on advanced age pregnancy.
Oogawa Youichi (28)
Manami's ex-boyfriend in the same company. He was cohabiting with her in Manami's house but they recently broke up. He was employed on several different jobs and moved from place to place, but now he finally arrived in the publishing house.
Mizukawa Maho (29)
Copy editor in Taiichi's company. She's kind with Taiichi and is someone he can rely on. She occasionally covers up for the numerous honest mistakes that Taiichi makes at work and gives him advices. Taiichi seems to somehow be interested in Maho, but she seems to have a secret...
Koike Haruma (29)
Taiichi's sempai, he's an ace designer in the company.
Nakano Eita (50)
Enigmatic man. Suddenly appearing in front of Taiichi, he gave him a speech with a profound and hidden meaning. There's a reason behind his appearance...
Moriwaki Tetta (36)
Long-time employee in "PANNTEN" together with Shinpei.
Nishijima Maruko (11)
"PANNTEN" regular customer. She loves the bread Shinpei makes, she always goes to buy some for her younger brother.
Credits: jillia_and_luca @ okura_tadayoshi lj
Official Site: http://www.tbs.co.jp/umareru2011/
aw shucks! I wanted Maki and Ohkura to play a romantic pair!! but they get to play siblings....TT__TT
Nevertheless, I'll still watch this for Ohkura Tadayoshi. And oh yay! Nakajima Kento! I liked him in Koishite Akuma! Glad he's part of this!
Little Preview of the drama
wah...i wanna watch it... sounds interesting..!
maki is really pretty
Appa ~ 4ever ~ M.S.
Carpe the hell out of this diem.
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For more pics, please visit http://community.livejournal.com/umareru2011/
i want to watch this, cant wait!
Umareru's promo at Ousama no Brunch show and some preview of the drama
So cute <3
Ohkura is so cute...love him!
Boy with Down syndrome to star in TV drama
Hosei Takai will be the first from a special acting class for children with mental disabilities to star in a TV drama series.
The 10-year-old with Down syndrome will play a mentally disabled child with seasoned actors and actresses in the fifth episode of "Umareru" (A baby is born), a Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. program, on May 20.
K Planning, a Tokyo talent agency, runs the special class for mentally disabled children aspiring to become actors or actresses.
The casting of Hosei is a big step forward for President Hidemi Kunieda, who opened the class in May 2008, hoping to make it as common as in Western countries for people with disabilities to appear in Japanese TV programs and movies.
"We've managed to get this far," she said.
Kunieda thought that problems concerning disabilities are not well understood in Japan probably because people with disabilities rarely appear in the media.
About 80 people now practice at the class.
"Hosei loves to sing and dance," said his mother, Yuka, 36. "I want people to find him full of vigor and full of fun."
Hosei was chosen by audition for his role in "Umareru," which revolves around a woman who becomes pregnant at age 51.
The woman, played by Misako Tanaka, wonders whether she should have her amniotic fluid examined to find any chromosomal abnormality in the fetus.
Her eldest daughter, played by Maki Horikita, regrets that she recommended her mother receive the test after spending a happy day with a boy with Down syndrome, played by Hosei.
Episode 1 outline
The Hayashida family, who plays the central role in the story, is a family of 6 with the parents and 4 children, two daughters and two sons.
The main character, the eldest daughter Manami (Horikita Maki), works as an assistant in a small magazine publishing company in Tokyo.
She respects from the bottom of her heart her successful boss Kuniki Miwa (Toda Keiko), whose projects pass one after another, while her own projects almost never pass.
In the family, she's the one who understand her mother the most, and she looks after her 3 brothers and sister.
The eldest son Taiichi (Okura Tadayoshi) works as a designer in a design company. However, his designs are not approved, and he struggles hard everyday.
The only one Taiichi ca trust is his sempai Mizukawa Maho (Sakai Wakana) who kindly gives him advices.
One day, a man suddenly appears in front of him and reveals the truth about Taiichi.
Hearing that violently perturbs Taiichi...
The second son Kouta (Nakajima Kento), a university student, is a gokon addict attending them everyday, furthermore he's extremely popular with girls. But Kouta seems to have a hidden past.
The youngest child Miko (Taketomi Seika) is a high-school student with excellent grades, aiming at becoming a lawyer. Miko too has problems she's not able to talk about to her family.
And Hayashida Shunpei(Miyake Kouji) and Aiko (Tanaka Misako), the parents of the four children, are a happily married couple with harmonious relationships, and they manages a small bakery called "PANNTEN".
At first glance, they look like any normal family.
However, the father Shunpei suddenly dies, and the situation completely changes. Aiko is at a loss after the sudden death of her husband...
Manami, taking care of her mother, earnestly wants to support the family, but she clashes with her siblings who selfishly state their opinion and respective standpoints.
While the grief from the death of the father doesn't heal, Aiko informs Manami that she unexpectdly got pregnant...
Episode 2 outline
Aiko(Tanaka Misako), pregnant at 51, had decided to get an abortion, but she rushed out from the hospital just before the procedure.
Her eldest daughter Manami (Horikita Maki), the only one to whom she told the truth, is worried by Aiko's abortion and she goes to the hospital but she unexpectedly came across Aiko who was rushing out.
A concerned Manami runs after Aiko, who lies to her, saying "I got an abortion".
Manami, who believes Aiko's words, is selected as a new chef and she energetically works for the publication of a book about pregnancies at an advanced age.
Her boss Kuniki (Toda Keiko) tells Manami "I think it won't work if you're alone" and gives her an assistant.
But Manami, who knows him, is completely bewildered.
And for the publication of the book, Manami goes to interview a certain obstetrician gynecologist...
On the other hand, The eldest son Taiichi (Okura Tadayoshi), informed of the fact that he's not related by blood to the Hayashida family by Nakano Eita (Saitou Ayumu) who claims to be biological father, is conflicted and unable to open his heart about it to anyone.
He found an echography picture in his parents' home. Seeing the name on the picture, Taiichi shows it to his sempai Mizukawa Maho (Sakai Wakana) and they discuss it, but Maho's answer leaving him speechless, he wants to check the truth with Manami.
Aiko, who can't tell anyone she didn't get an abortion, visits the "Kondo maternity clinic" advertised in a book and is examined.
Then Aiko and Kondo Takumi (Osugi Ren) meet again. They're momentarily surprised, but he honestly informs her about the reality of her pregnancy. The, Kondo gives her a surprising speech.
With that unexpected speech she receives from Kondo, a decision starts to grow in Aiko...
Episode 3 outline
Taiichi (Okura Tadayoshi) appears as usual at Manami (Horikita Maki)'s house, but Nakano (Saito Ayumu) is there.
Astonished, Taiichi moves over to Nakano, but at that moment Manami comes home. Taiichi, panicking, starts to walk into the house and Nakano, facing Manami, declares "I'm Taiichi's real father".
Hearing that, Manami doesn't understand the situation, and Taiichi's agitation goes stronger than ever. They both go home, and Nakano leaves.
Manami questions Taiichi about his relation with Nagano, but Taiichi can't tell her the truth, disrupting the atmosphere.
Manami, actively facing the publishing of a book about pregnancies at an advanced age, thoroughly investigated about "egg donation" and "surrogate birth", and makes a report to Kuniki (Toda keiko).
Then she interviews Kawakami Chie (Wakamura Mayumi), the president of an underwear company, who got pregnant at 48 after an egg donation in America. Manami interviews Kawakami who visited her, and starting with the egg donation she received, she learns how things got this way through detailed questioning, but as the conversation advances, Kawakami's words gradually start to gives Manami a sense of discomfort. Then Manami and Kawakami...
On the other hand, Aiko (Tanaka Misako), who decided to continue her pregnancy, visits Kondo (Osugi Ren) who gives her a "birth plan card" to fill in, and an advice.
Kondo informs her of the most important thing during pregnancy... It's "the support of family".
Then, the 5 members of the Hayashida family gathers for the Buddhist memorial service of the 49th day after the death of the father, Shinpei (Miyake Yuuji).
Her decision fortified thanks to Kondo's advice, Aiko finally informs her 4 children of her pregnancy, in spite of Manami's opinion...
Episode 4 outline
While interviewing Kawakami (Wakamura Mayumi), who gave birth to a child through egg donation, Manami (Horikita Maki)'s feeling of objection towards the pregnancy of her mother Aiko (Tanaka Misako) starts to falter, as she thinks again about the "Life" that is born.
And she finally informs Kuniki (Toda Keiko) of the fact that her mother Aiko is pregnant, and honestly begin to speak about her own feelings.
Kuniki gives that advice to Manami: "Why don't you honestly talk about your feelings to your mother?". With that advice, Manami visits Aiko, and honestly tell her about the way she feels. Listening to Manami's feelings, Aiko...
The eldest son Taiichi (Okura Tadayoshi) goes on a date with Miho (Sakai Wakana). In the middle of the date, Miho informs Taiichi of a shocking truth...
The second son Kouji (Nakajima Kento) starts to notice abnormal events regarding his health, and cancels a gokon. Then, A decision starts to grow in Kouji, who knows about Aiko's pregnancy.
The second daughter Miko (Taketomi Seika) is strongly opposed to the pregnancy of Aiko, and persecutes her. But what Miko was fearing the most finally happens...
Kondo asks Aiko, who comes to a scheduled medical examination, whether or not she wants an amniocentesis, and she clearly refuses.
On the other hand, similarly, Manami is asked by the company president Nagasawa (Kaneda Akio) to research about amniocentesis for the publication of the book on "pregnancy at an advanced age", and she interviews 3 women who got pregnant at an advanced age about amniocentesis... Then, for the first time, she hears about the expectations and troubles related to amniocentesis.
Then Manami wants to tell her honest feelings, and asks Aiko if she'll have an amniocentesis...
Episode 5 outline
Worried by the words of Manami (Horikita Maki), Aiko (Tanaka Misako) takes an amniocentesis test... And she informs Kondo (Osugi Ren) that if an anomaly were to be found, she'd terminate her pregnancy.
On the other hand, Manami is worried, wondering if asking her mother Aiko to undergo an amniocentesis was right, and she's conflicted. Manami's work starts to be slightly derailed by this conflict. Kuniki (Toda Keiko) throws unsparing words at Manami.
Taiichi (Okura Tadayoshi), who knows thanks to Maho (Sakai Wakana) that Koide (Fuchikami Yasushi) stole his designs, can't throw his anger directly at him even if Koide is in front of him.
At the same time, Nakano (Saito Ayumu) appears again, with other men by his side. And Taiichi is driven into a dilemma because of Nakano and those men.
Miko (Taketomi Seika), whose crual bullying is increasing after someone revealed at school the pregnancy of her mother Aiko, is unable to go to school. And Rumi (Nishimura Tomomi), living for free with the Hayashida family, is told about Aiko's pregnancy. When she knows it, Rumi violenty blames Aiko...
Regular customer Nishijima Maruko (Miyatake Matsuri) comes with a request for Kouji (Nakajima Kento), who started to work at PANNTEN to support Aiko in her pregnancy... Maruko wants him to take her and her younger brother Housei (Takai Housei) to the zoo.
Then Kouji invites Manami, and the four of them go to the zoo... But Tamio, Maruko's younger brother, has Down's syndrom.
Manami is suffering from the succession of event that currently occurs,, but Housei's smiling face, full of carefree happiness, makes the people around him smile too. As she spends time together with Housei, a substantial change starts to arise in Manami's mind.
Episode 6 outline
Spending time with Down's syndrom child Nishijima Housei (Takai Housei), the mind of Manami (Horikita Maki) has been greatly shaken, and she starts to regret pushing Aiko (Tanaka Misako) to undergo an amniocentesis.
And Manami, who had been opposed to Aiko's pregnancy until then, broke through that and starts to help her as much as she can.
Aiko is honestly delighted with the help of her eldest daughter Manami, her best support. But something worries Aiko... It's the strong opposition of her second daughter Miko (Taketomi Seika) and her friend Rumi (Nishimura Tomomi).
Miko is still unable to go to school, her worried classmate Yuki(Shinoara Tsugumi) goes to her house to visit her, and a sad Miko receives from her classmate a letter which content locks her even further into this predicament.
On the other hand, Taiichi (Okura Tadayoshi)'s anger finally explodes with the unforgivable words of Koide (Fuchikami Yasushi), who stole his designs, he hits him and is placed in detention. The condition in exchange for the abandonment of the lawsuit is a large sum of settlement money.
Receiving the news of Taiichi's troubles, Manami acts as a guarantor for Taiichi. And Taiichi, who had been specially adopted*, stays depressed in spite of her homemade dishes and her cheerful behaviour, he tells Manami they're not related by blood and he unleashes his helpless anger at her.
Kouji (Nakajima Kento), who was the only one to support Aiko's pregnancy at first, energetically work at "PANNTEN". But Kouji, for a second time...
*special adotion: all the ties are cut between the child and his biological parents, he's erased from their register, and described as "first son" (or whatever rank he is) just like any biological child on the register of his adoptive parents.
(With a regular adoption, the child is still mentionned on the register of his biological parents, and described as "adopted" on the register of his adoptive parents)
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Episodes Outline translated by: jillia_and_luca @okura_tadayoshi LJ ; CM uploaded by: nomanymore