Netflix Partners with TBS to Bring Japanese TV Series to a Global Audience

Netflix has today announced a partnership with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS), a leading Japanese television network, to release three new TV series. The series are “Japan Sinks: People of Hope”, “The Future Diary”, and “Let’s Get Divorced” and will expand Netflix’s lineup of Japanese live action content. You can see details of the shows below:

JAPAN SINKS: People of Hope – (Weekly from October 10th)

The series is based on Sakyo Komatsu’s timeless masterpiece JAPAN SINKS published in 1973. A year after the novel’s publication, TBS made it into a TV drama, and soon followed by media mix: movies, anime and manga. Now, nearly half a century after its initial release, TBS added a major arrangement to the original series and produced the new series JAPAN SINKS: People of Hope, focusing on environmental issues in light of the present situation. All the characters, as well as the protagonist, are newly created so that they could tell a more realistic story set in Tokyo in 2023. With famous actors such as Shun Oguri (Godzilla vs. Kong), Kenichi Matsuyama (Norwegian Wood), Anne Watanabe (Midsummer’s Equation), Toru Nakamura (Midnight Diner -Tokyo Stories- S2), and Teruyuki Kagawa (Whistleblower), this human drama depicts the struggle of people searching for hope in the midst of a crisis in Japan of tremendous scale.

The Future Diary – (December 2021)

The Future Diary was born about 20 years ago, as a project of a variety show of TBS that became a huge hit in the world. It was then made into a movie, an event, and even a game, and the theme songs of the drama TSUNAMI and SAKURAZAKA were big hits and became a social phenomenon. This legendary love reality project will be updated and rebooted as a Netflix series.

Synopsis: Two people who have never met before are cast to live out a romantic storyline by following a rough “script” in the diary that is handed to them containing only a rough outline of a story. Their semi-fictional exchange, based on the casts’ own words, takes them through an experience that could ultimately influence how they view one another. Viewers will be left asking themselves whether the casts’ scripted adventures will lead to real romance. A reboot of a top reality series that made waves from 1998 to 2002.

Let’s Get Divorced – (Coming 2023)

Kankuro Kudo (Amachan) and Shizuka Oishi (Second Virginity), two of Japan’s top screenwriters who have been leading the Japanese TV series industry for many years, are co-writing a brand new comedy drama series together for the first time. Let’s Get Divorced, the inaugural collaboration produced by Aki Isoyama (TBS Sparkle), will be globally released as a Netflix series.

Synopsis: There are many shows and movies depicting a couple’s divorce and its hardships, but in this romantic comedy, we see a high-powered couple secretly join forces to achieve a divorce… but with so many forces working against them, will they succeed.

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