Philippines, 17 October 2018 – Exciting line-ups of the best Japanese drama and variety show is coming this October, brought to you by GEM. Start your month full of smiles with Kazunari Ninomiya’s witty comments on NINOSAN. Fall in love together wih Akira and Kosei on Weakest Beast. Join in tricky investigations with cop and robber duo on Cops’n Robbers. At the end of the month, relax and sit back with TOKYO alien BROS. and get to know kawaii Japanese culture through Way Too Kawaii!

Weakest Beast

 Starring Yui Aragaki as Akira Shinkai and Ryuhei Matsuda as Kosei Nemoto, Weakest Beast is written by Akiko Nogi. Weakest Beast is the 4th drama in which Aragaki and Akiko Nogi work together.

Weakest Beast follows the story of Akira Shinkai and Kosei Nemoto. Despite being loved by everyone, perfect-girl Akira Shinkai wants to break free from her painstakingly-maintained image and be her true self. She meets a street-smart ladies’ man, Kosei Nemoto, at a craft beer bar where working adults gather to unwind. As charming as he appears to be, he trusts no one and is cynical about everything.

Despite having an extensive filmography with a wide range of roles, Matsuda has less TV drama works, especially in romance genre. “I believe everyone has an unseen side of him and the portrayals of that side of him vary from person to person. Be it distinctive or vague, I hope to portray them in a style that is unique to Nemoto,” said Matsuda, who is best known for his role as a part of Japanese gangster in the sequel of The Raid, called Berandal.

Ryuhei Matsuda also shared his hope for the role that he plays on the drama, “This role is going to be fun and I am looking forward to it. It would be great if there were twists to the fabric of relationships between men and women. I hope to portray the role of Kosei Nemoto based on my intuitive feelings of the character; a character that will speak whatever that comes to his mind,” said Matsuda.

Finally collaborating again after 11 years, Aragaki shared her experience in working together with Matsuda, “It has been 11 years since Matsuda and I last starred together in a movie; I am elated to work with him again and it is a treasured opportunity for me. Back then, I was still a high school kid. This time, I will do my best to showcase a different set of acting skills and not to be a burden to him,” said Aragaki.

An original love comedy that delves into topics on the realities of adults, such as how one lives in society with concealed emotions, Weakest Beast follows the romantic journey of two complete strangers, who are never brutally honest and guard their hearts. Can they finally follow their instincts and let their feelings lead the way?
Weakest Beast airs every Saturday at 7.30PM, same week as Japan.

Below is the interview:

Weakest Beast Every Sat, 7.30PM (6.30PM JKT/BKK).

Same Week as Japan

Starring: Yui Aragaki, Ryuhei Matsuda and Kei Tanaka.

 Q 1: Please tell us about your role in the drama. Yui Aragaki:

My role, Akira, is a capable woman at work and has a boyfriend. While everything seems to be going smoothly, she's been tiring herself out from being too considerate. When she is working hard on something, she is always smiling. Even when she wants to convey something to people, she does it with a smile in order not to spoil the atmosphere. I think it is important to portray that, so I intentionally pull up my lips for a bigger smile.

 Ryuhei Matsuda: My character, Kosei Nemoto, has a sharp tongue. While the characters that the other cast members portray cannot express themselves genuinely, my character, Kosei, is one who speaks his mind. I pay attention to bring out his aggressive personality in my portrayal of Kosei.

Q 2: How is the atmosphere like on set? Yui Aragaki: The director does not rehearse much. Even for the actual shoot, it was more or less done in just one take and we just keep going with the flow. It felt like the story unfolded quickly. But if there is something in particular that he wants to shoot, then the pace would slow down, and we will take things step by step. It was rather strange.

 Ryuhei Matsuda: There are not too many rules and it is very enjoyable to work on the set.

Q 3: How do you feel about working with each other again after 11 years?

Yui Aragaki: As compared to the past, we have more topics to talk about now and I find it enjoyable. Ryuhei Matsuda: She was 18 when we first met. I was only in my early twenties, so we were both very young. I cannot recall what we talked about, but I feel that I have grown up.

Yui Aragaki: Indeed. Both have us have grown up. Ryuhei Matsuda: Aragaki-san is really mature.

 Q 4: This is the 4th time that you are working on a drama scripted by Akiko Nogi. How do you feel about it and what are you looking forward to?

Yui Aragaki: I trust her a lot. I was very excited from when I was offered the role and looking forward to the shoot. I was able to start the shoot feeling very assured. I am grateful to be able to work with her on so many occasions.

 Q 5: This is your (Ryuhei Matsuda) first lead role in a drama series with Nippon TV. What are your thoughts about it? Ryuhei Matsuda: I'll do my best (makes a pose)!

 Q 6: What advice do you have for people who cannot express their true self? Yui Aragaki: Probably just "please watch the drama." Ryuhei Matsuda: (laughs) The answers are in the drama. Yui Aragaki: You are right! Ryuhei Matsuda: They might be able to relate. Yui Aragaki & Ryuhei Matsuda: And use them as references. Yui Aragaki: And feel encouraged and be understood … I think people who are struggling with expressing themselves and having a hard time could possibly find something that they can relate to. By watching how the characters meet and how they progress, we hope the audiences will feel better after watching the drama.

Ryuhei Matsuda: Just as what Aragaki-san said, be it work or relationship, there are people who cannot express themselves or do not understand their feelings or clueless about what they really need - this is a story about a helpless group of people. I think everyone would probably have experienced something similar. The actors in this drama play different characters. I hope the audiences can find themselves in these characters and enjoy the drama.


Featuring Kazunari Ninomiya of ARASHI, the 2nd best-selling boyband in Asia under Johnny & Associates, NINOSAN first premiered on Nippon TV in April 2013. NINOSAN started as a short ‘experimental’ program, with Nino working with different directors to produce different segments every week.

Despite having starred in numerous television drama, movie and stage productions, hosting NINOSAN was Nino’s first time to be the sole MC of a program. Nino will bring you through different topics with his witty comments. The everchanging themes, guests, and sets are the true unique appeal of the show that keeps the programme feels refreshing and new. Call it a talk show, a quiz show, a game show, an animal act or even a food programme, NINOSAN has everything under the house!
NINOSAN airs every Friday at 8.30PM.

 Cops’n Robbers

Novice detective, Tsutomu Madarame, is assigned to the Third Investigative Unit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department that investigates thefts. Unenthusiastic Tsutomu loses his motivation for his job in the face of the police organization's logic and reality. One day, he meets the legendary master thief, Kemuri Garasu (Smoky Crow), who leaves no traces and whom no one has ever seen. For some reason, Kemuri meddles with Madarame at every opportunity and even helps him solve cases. Watch how this extremely unlikely ‘cop and robber’ duo work together!
Cops’n Robbers premieres on October 17, every Wednesday at 9PM, same week as Japan.

 Way Too Kawaii!

Why would anyone debate over denier tights, animal print trends and even types of fluffy pancakes with heaps of whipped cream? The ace of a large publishing company, Yoshitaka Niimi, is unexpectedly transferred from a literary editorial department to Pipin, a Harajuku-style fashion magazine. A resentful Niimi soon realizes that the job is not simple and superficial after witnessing the professionalism of the various hardworking people who create kawaii culture. He decides to be professional about his work and begins to understand the passion that fuels the job and its people!
Way Too Kawaii! Premieres on October 22, every Monday at 9.00PM, same week as Japan.

In year 2020, a creature from outer space appears before white-haired university student, Fuyunosuke. Realizing that this creature is his brother, he names him Natsutaro, to fit into his surroundings of Tokyo. The alien brothers are on a surveillance mission to find out if their species could survive on another planet. While on Earth, the brothers must learn about humans and the only way is to interact with them. What will the alien brothers discover in Tokyo?
 TOKYO alien BROS. premieres on October 22, every Monday at 9.35PM.

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