Monday, April 18, 2011

Japanese Drama - BOSS Season 2

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The popular detective drama “BOSS“, which aired back in spring of 2009, has come back for a second season! The first episode aired on April 14th, and has received a rating of 16.3%, kick starting what is seen to be an exciting new season.

Amami Yuki, along with Takenouchi Yutaka and Toda Erika, has come back as the head of the Special Crime Measures Unit. The first episode picks up two years after the dissolution of the group at the end of the final episode in season one. The group is now back together, and it’ll be interesting to see the members of the group interact with each other after a two year hiatus. Guest stars for this episode include Narumi Riko, Oomori Nao, and Nishida Toshiyuki.

I first wrote about this drama in 2009 and enjoyed watching its first season and am excited that season 2 has started showing in Japan last week and is available online at and Season two of “BOSS” begins Thursday, April 14th at 10 PM JST on Fuji TV, and the season premiere was an extended episode fifteen minutes longer than usual.


“BOSS” was broadcasted in Japan from April to June of 2009. In the drama, actress Amami Yuki played a female detective who led her ragtag group of subordinates by showing excellent qualities of a “boss”. The show was created using the concept of “a detective drama for women”, and it received high popularity marks, as evidenced by its average rating of 17.0% and its peak of 20.7%. Due to the drama, Amami was chosen as the “ideal boss”, and there were many viewers who desperately wanted “BOSS” to make a return. Luckily for them, they got their wish, and furthermore, other cast members from the previous series, such as Takenouchi Yutaka and Tamayama Tetsuji, will also appear in the sequel.

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On April 9th, Amami Yuki attended a press conference at movie theater Shinjuku Ward 9 in Tokyo for the new season of “BOSS”, a popular detective drama in which she stars. The actress opened by saying, “Although it is a tough time right now, I hope that we can pull through together with cheerful spirits. We put our hearts into making [this drama] a source of joy for everyone, so please look forward to its release”.

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At the talk show, Amami also answered questions from fans such as, “How do you grow so tall?” Advising, “Take in calcium, exercise well, and believe [that you will] ‘grow! grow!’ I grew until I was 25, so it’s okay.” When asked, “What is something you were happy about recently?”, the actress responded, “Being able to take part in ‘BOSS’ once more”, and continued with a smile, “It’s fun. The filming site. Everyone is just silly. It is wonderful to be on set because everyone responds to one another’s acting and discusses openly how we should each improve.”

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The second season will feature Narumi Riko, Shaku Yumiko, Oomori Nao, Hasegawa Kyoko, and Nishida Toshiyuki, in addition to the already brilliant cast of Amami Yuki, Tamayama Tetsuji, Toda Erika, Takenouchi Yutaka, Mizobata Junpei, Kichise Michiko, Nukumizu Yoichi and Kendo Kobayashi.

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The first season aired between April and June of 2009 with the theme “a detective drama women would want to see” in mind, and the first episode during season one received ratings of 18.1%. The very unique characters of the Special Crime Measure Unit portrayed everything from very serious moments to comical scenes with good pace and tempo. The final episode of season one brought in a viewership rating of 20.7%, making the drama’s average rating an impressive 17.0% overall.

BOSS’s return has been anticipated by many fans, and it’s the second most anticipated drama this season behind “JIN,” mainly by women. Now that the drama has started, we look forward to seeing what new and interesting crimes Amami Yuki and her team solve throughout the new season!

Videos From BOSS 1


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