Matsumoto Jun’s “What to do about Ieyasu” is struggling…but Yoshitaka Yuriko’s next year’s Taiga “Hikaru Kimi e” is sure to be a big hit. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Matsumoto Jun’s “What to do about Ieyasu” is struggling…but Yoshitaka Yuriko’s next year’s Taiga “Hikaru Kimi e” is sure to be a big hit.

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Yoshitaka gets out of the car and enters a Japanese restaurant with a beautiful boy on a night in April 19, 2007.

Matsumoto Jun ( 39 The backstage of NHK’s While the NHK historical drama “Dare Ieyasu” starring Jun Matsumoto (39) is struggling a bit, Yuriko Yoshitaka (34), who will play the main character Murasaki Shikibu in next year’s “Hikaru Kimi He. 34 (34), who will play the main character Murasaki Shikibu in next year’s “To the Luminous Kimi. In the new drama “On a Starry Night” (TV Asahi), she caused an uproar on the Internet by performing a kissing scene within the first minute and a half of the drama.

This year’s Taiga has been controversial for its innovative direction, including the extensive use of computer graphics and the speed at which the story unfolds. While some commented, “Ieyasu the badass is fresh and interesting,” many others said they could not “keep up” with the novelty of the story and dropped out of the series. One such comment that has been glancing around is, “I’ve given up on this year’s show. I’ve given up on this year, and I’m looking forward to next year’s big drama.

Since Yoshitaka is unquestionably popular, talented, and accomplished in every respect, interest in her may already be shifting to next year’s drama. The timing of her appearance in the new drama was such that she was under a lot of pressure, but she seemed to have a good grasp of the situation.

The same scriptwriter as for “On a Starry Night

In response to this, many people involved in the entertainment and drama industries are giving their assurances that next year’s Taiga will be a success. This is not wishful thinking, but a backed-up confidence.

In fact, the scriptwriter for both the drama in which Yoshitaka-san is currently starring and next year’s Taiga drama is the same Mr. Shizuka Oishi. That is why the new drama has been attracting a lot of attention as a predictor of the future of the Taiga.

The first-run ratings were7.7 The first rating was only 7%, which is mediocre, but Yoshitaka’s dramas always start out slow. However, everyone was gradually drawn in by her performance, and the ratings grew. The last drama in which she starred, “Saiai” ( (21 years, TBS), in which she starred in the last episode. (21 years, TBS), in which she starred in the last episode, also saw its viewer ratings rise toward the end of the drama, reaching double digits in the final episode.

This drama has the fastest number of views on TVer’s missed streaming service in TV Asahi’s history. million views. With this start, the drama should ultimately be considered a success.

There is one more factor that will work in Yoshitaka’s favor.

The period in which Yoshitaka plays the role of “Hikaru Kimi he” is set in the middle of the Heian period, which is very unusual. Last year’s “Kamakura-dono no 13 Last year’s “Kamakura-dono no 13-nin” also received favorable reviews, with viewers saying, “I understand the history of this period well” thanks to its detailed depiction of the Kamakura period, which had not been a familiar subject for drama productions.

The most recent Taiga depicting the Heian period is 12 The only other historical drama depicting the Heian period is “Taira no Kiyomori” starring Kenichi Matsuyama, which was produced in 1949. However, like Kamakura, this period is not only fresh but also very suitable for drama, as there are many power struggles centering on the Fujiwara clan that washed blood from the hands of the people.

On the other hand, Ieyasu, the subject of this year’s drama, is a character who has been depicted many times before, so it was necessary to portray him in an unconventional way. This has caused some viewers to say, “I can’t keep up with it,” which is a bit of a pity,” said a TV station spokesperson.

In addition, the scriptwriter, Shizuka Oishi, says that he wants to depict “sex” as well as violence in “Hikaru Kimi he”. For the time being, it seems unlikely that we will be able to take our eyes off of Yuriko Yoshitaka.

  • Interview and text by Nanako

    Born in Ehime Prefecture. After working at a broadcasting station, she became a freelance writer. She specializes in interviews with celebrities and analysis of popular events, and is always checking out serial dramas and popular Japanese movies. She is a well-known beautiful writer in the magazine industry.

  • Photographed by Yuri Adachi

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