Whether you’re an avid fan of Hiroyuki Nishimori’s ‘Kyō Kara Ore Wa!!’ (From Today, It’s My Turn) manga or you just ticked off the last Japanese-Drama-To-Watch from your list and you’re out to find a new one, bookmark this because we have some exciting news for you:
The 2018 TV drama adaptation of the popular ‘80s manga will premiere on GEM TV this January!
‘From Today, It’s My Turn!!’ tells the story of two youthful boys determined to break the mold during their high school years.
One sharp-witted blond hell-bent to conquer the day and one spiky-haired fellow with a strong sense of justice come together and spring to life this one gag of a classic shounen comedy.
Over the decades we have seen a generous amount of animation and live-action videos produced based from Nishimori-sensei’s narrative, but last year’s series by Nippon TV was the first full-blown drama version of the story.
Lead actor Kento Kaku, who portrays protagonist Takashi Mitsuhashi, said that while the mood and the visuals of the drama differ from the classic works, he is confident that he has remained true to the core of the material in his performances.
Despite the 11-year age gap between Kaku, 29, and his character Mitsuhashi, a high schooler around 17 or 18 years old, the actor said he didn’t feel “too foreign” about the light-hearted nature of the latter.
Kaku shared that he approached the work by stopping to read the manga and by “moving around the set” to connect better to his role and the entire environment surrounding it. With the aid of thorough mentorship from his director, Yuichi Fukuda, he eventually found the Mitsuhashi he wanted to portray.
Kaku credits Fukuda for his well-balanced leadership on set; he allows his actors to be playful when the scenario permits but he reprimands them for performances he deems lacking. But the overall good atmosphere that often surrounded the workplace helped the cast build bond that extended beyond work.
With this, we can expect yet another Japanese drama masterpiece that mirrors both the beauty and the inconvenient truths of life while highlighting how one can create a positive impact by facing day-to-day struggles with compassion and sincerity.
The series starring Kento Kaku, Kentaro Ito, Nana Seino, and Kanna Hashimoto premieres January 7, 2019 on GEM TV, with an airing schedule of 9 p.m. PST (8 p.m. JKT/BKK) every Monday and Tuesday.
The following shows also premiere on GEM TV on the same month:
Premieres January 12, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Premieres January 23, Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Premieres January 4, Friday at 8:30 p.m. Followed by Tuesday, 10 p.m. from January 22
Premieres January 23, Wednesday at 8 p.m.