New fall drama “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de”

Published on August 20th, 2011.

Sitting in a comfortable chair at Starbucks, having my birthday Venti Mocha coconut frappucchino (I got a post card for a free birthday drink), I pretended to be a hipster with my MacBook Pro and iPhone, while working with Adobe InDesign. I wasn’t listening to any music, but if I were posing as a hipster it would probably have been something no one has heard of. I wonder if Arashi counts, since no one knows who they are where I’m from.

Anyway, continuing with my story, a recent tweet caught my eye. Of course, any tweet with the name of an Arashi member is going to make me want to check it out. The link led me to Tokyo Hive where I read that Fuji TV made an announcement yesterday about a new fall drama, Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de starring Sakurai Sho and Kitagawa Keiko.

I nearly jumped for joy, but I kept my cool, because that’s what hipsters do. That and the fact that there was some old dude sleeping on the couch on one side of me and a cute Asian guy playing on his phone on the other. You can’t lose your cool when a cute Asian guy is next to you! Psssh. (and I would have taken an instragram photo of the old dude sleeping if his wife wasn’t eyeballin’ me)

I think by now it goes without saying that I am an Arashi fan, and so I was really excited to see that Sho has a new drama coming up. However, the part that almost caused my death was the fact that he was being paired up with Kitagawa Keiko, who I have to say is my favorite female actress in Japan. I liked her ever since she played Sailor Mars and absolutely loved her performance in Buzzer Beat.

The fall drama is based on the novel Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de, (Solving mystery after dinner) published in 2010 and written by Higashigawa Tokuya.

Sakurai plays “Kageyama” a butler and chauffer with a “wicked tongue” who helps “Honsho Reiko” (Kitagawa) who is the daughter of a powerful businessman and a novice detective, solve various cases.

The producer was very happy to have Sakurai playing the role of Kageyama, stating

“We wanted to have Sakurai for the role as the protagonist, because he is able to portray his cool and intellectual as well as his comical and warm side. I think we have the perfect man for this modern detective butler.”

Before he received the offer, Sakurai revealed that he had already read the novel, and was quite excited to see the drama adaptation.

 “The conversations were incredibly thrilling and I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. It feels like the drama is going to be even more humorous than the original. I’m excited about this and will work hard to make it a drama you are going to look forward to every Tuesday at 9pm.

“Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de” will air every Tuesday in October at 9pm on Fuji TV.

Maybe I’m over reacting over a simple drama, but since I’ve been too busy to watch the summer dramas, I’m really looking forward to some time off and J-dramas! Anyone else going to be watching this drama?

Sources: Tokyo Hive,

  • キミ君

    This looks interesting, specially about Sakurai Sho, not really about Kitagawa however. What I’m more interested is about the artwork of the novel, it looks a lot like the ones made by Yusuke Nakamura that made some covers for Asian Kung-fu Generation and Spitz.

    • Jonas

      Ooh it really does look like his artworks! It’s nice. Not a big fan of Kitagawa Keiko either, but she’s not bad.

    • Anonymous

      Now that you mention it the cover does look like some of the Asian Kung-fu Generation album covers. :)
      You guys don’t like Keiko that much?? I think she is super pretty. Well, I also think Sho is super pretty too. haha!

    • Jonas

      She’s definitely cute, that doesn’t make her a good actress though :P But I think she’s a good actress, I’m just not a huge fan(^.^)

  • ねこちゃん

    Thanks for your comment! This looks like a cool blog! Just what I need to start discovering J-Drama ;)

    • Jonas

      Thank you! Been a little slow on the drama reports lately but I hope you’ll be able to find something good :)