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7:07 am - 02/17/2012

Fuji TV to revive old Saturday drama time slot with new drama starring Okada Masaki


On February 16th, Fuji TV announced that they are going to revive their drama time slot on Saturday night, which already spawned many incredible series, such as ‘LIFE‘, ‘SP‘, and ‘LIAR GAME‘. The first drama to revive the time slot is titled, ‘Mirai Nikki -Another:World-‘ and is going to star young actor Okada Masaki.

The said drama time slot at 11:10 pm on Saturday had been quite popular since April of 2007 and recoded viewer ratings as high as 17.4% ('LIFE', starring Kitano Kii). In May of 2011 Fuji TV decided to give the time slot to the variety show 'Picaru no Teiri', but with the show ending next month, Fuji TV decided to fill that time slot with dramas once again. The target audience for this revived time slot will be young people between their late teens and the age of forty.

'Mirai Nikki -Another:World-' is based on a very popular manga of the same name, which is also currently being adapted into a TV anime series. The manga is about various young people, who are forced to participate in a survival game in which they obtain a special diary. In this diary they get to write down and predict events that are going to happen within the next 90 days. All the things written down in the diary become true, but the rules say that only one of the contestants can survive this game. The drama is going to feature an original character, 'Hoshino Arata' (Okada), but the premise should remain the same.

In 2009, Okada made his starring drama debut in 'Otomen', which also was a Saturday drama of Fuji TV. Therefore it has a special meaning for him to return to this time slot.

Fuji TV's producer stated, "We think that Okada has more than enough expressive power to portray the difficult role of an ordinary young man who gets dragged into an unimaginable situation, in which he has to bear getting toyed with and has to face his own fate."

Okada himself commented, "I hope we can turn it into such an exciting drama that people will be really anxious to find out what's going to happen in the next episode."

As it was already mentioned, Fuji TV is going to air 'Mirai Nikki -Another:World-' every Saturday at 11:10 pm.

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totally looking forward to this drama!!!


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lillie_frost 16th-Feb-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! I love these type of dramas. Hope it'll be awesome like Liar Game.
myjulien 16th-Feb-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'll watch it.


Anybody else watching Seinaru Kaibutsutachi? This season I seem to be watching only it properly!
december_clouds 17th-Feb-2012 10:23 am (UTC)
Saw the first ep which I thought was good but I was afraid it would give me nightmares after that. :(
ethereal_limbo 16th-Feb-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
ahh, i was in the process of making this post. i wonder which actress will take up the female lead role of psycho stalker yuno.



that manga description is so wrong it's hilarious. unless that is supposed to be the live-action description.

"Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano is a loner who never really interacts with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space, and Muru Muru, Deus's servant.

However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is real when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royal with eleven other people. Within this "Diary Game," the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, with each diary having unique features that gives them both advantages and disadvantages.

The rules of the game are simple: the contestants have 90 days to find and kill all the other contestants, and the last one standing will become the new God of Time and Space.
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kat_desu 16th-Feb-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
lol! I wonder too~ :D
hmm.. maybe its the live-action description since the anime is currently airing.
loverboy 16th-Feb-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
This is all I can think of when I see his name.

kat_desu 16th-Feb-2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
LOOOOL! XDDDDDD
dori_liv 16th-Feb-2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Death Note x Battle Royale?
sounds interesting
hopefully i'll get to watch it despite the death of megaupload
kuronochou 16th-Feb-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
The drama looks interesting plus, Okada is my fave among the young actors so I'll definitely watch this!
hey_insomnia 17th-Feb-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
looking forward to this :D
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kat_desu 17th-Feb-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
and we'll be waiting for you to upload it. XD
(Thanks in advance! XD)

yeah~ a drama after a drama... I hope he is getting his rest too.
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rui_matsuri 17th-Feb-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm assuming that original starring character->original plot->no crazy yuno?
Yuno pretty much made the original Mirai Nikki, but the premise itself will probably make for a good story as long as the characters are written well.

Either way, I'll probably end up watching this anyways for Okada Masaki ♥
kanaala 17th-Feb-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
sounds promising! can't wait~
tsuyoi_hikari 17th-Feb-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
The drama sounds interesting so I'm really looking forward to it. Isn't Okada Masaki is acting with Nakatani Miki in a drama now? Boy, he sure has a busy year ahead of him.

BTW, not related, but did anybody actually enjoy watching Kitano Kii's LIFE? I hate the drama since the bad guys always win and unpunished (like what she really deserve) in the end. I expect Kii's character to be more smart in handling the twisted Fukada's character but guess she never really deliver. I really felt like wasting 10 hours of my life watching it. :((((
whited_79 17th-Feb-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I love LIFE in overall though...and the ending makes more sense and the message is powerful, that is no need to be another bully to justify your action...

the most impressive is of course, Fukuda Saki...still her best character and acting to date IMO...
frozenstar35 17th-Feb-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
sounds interesting but also sounds like a horror/thriller and if it is then i can't watch it :'(
kazeyumi 17th-Feb-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
watching mirai nikki animu rn, can't wait for thissss!
sundaetea 17th-Feb-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
*____* yay!! I love him, and I think he's really talented as an actor.
eevaleena 17th-Feb-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Woah! Mirai Nikki got drama adaption?? Cool! I've read the manga, and currently watching the anime. And it's quite good! Tho, Yuno character creep the hell out of me ^^; Maybe stalker type of girl scares me A LOT ;p
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