From April this year there’s going to be another new drama airing on TV Asahi called Shinigami-kun. Shinigami-kun is originally based off a Manga with the same name authored by Koichi Endo who is also well-known for a range of other manga hits including END ZONE and Rift Rain. This is the first time that one of Endo’s manga works been turned into a drama series. There was also new information this week that Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno has been selected to play the lead role in the drama. The last regular drama Satoshi Ono appeared in was called “Uta no Onii-san” which aired 5 years ago on the same network.
Shinigami-kun is a story that shows the relationship between the souls’ of dead people and the reapers that carry them over to the next world. The main character, “Shinigami-kun”, is known as Reaper Number 413 to his colleagues. He’s fairly new to the death god business so there are some times when his actions break the reaper code and that tends to get him into trouble with his superiors. His duties mostly involve telling people that they’re dead or going to die and trying to convince people not to commit suicide. Shinigami-kun dresses in a black suit and looks like he’s around his early 30’s but nothing else is known about him, not even his real name.
I think Satoshi Ohno will be good for this role if they’re aiming for a character that looks around 30 years old. That being said Ohno is a good 30 while I’m sure there are a lot of other people around who are 30 but look a lot older. I was kind of surprised reading that this is his first regular drama appearance in 5 years considering how many Arashi appearances there are in other dramas lately. Shinigami-kun will be airing on Friday nights from 11:15pm to 12:15am in April. There is still no further details about exact dates.