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Maō (魔王?)
Genre Drama
Created by Park Chan Hong
Kim Ji Woo
Lee Duk Kwun
Written by Yōichi Maekawa
Masafumi Nishida
Directed by Arata Katō
Toshio Tsuboi
Tsuyoshi Katayama
Starring Satoshi Ohno
Toma Ikuta
Ryoko Kobayashi
Theme music composer Hydrant
Opening theme truth by Arashi
Composer(s) Hiroyuki Sawano
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 11
Executive producer(s) Masanao Takahashi
Ryōsuke Watanabe
Running time approx. 49 minutes
Original network TBS
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Surround
Original release July 4 – September 12, 2008
Followed by Ryūsei no Kizuna
Related shows The Devil
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Maō (魔王?, lit. The Devil, or Demon King), is a Japanese remake of the Korean suspense drama series titled The Devil (Hangul마왕; RRMawang) which aired on KBS 2TV in 2007. The drama stars Satoshi Ohno of Arashi and Toma Ikuta, both under the talent agency Johnny & Associates.


Ryo Naruse (Satoshi Ohno) is a two-faced lawyer: on the surface, he is a kind-hearted soul, representing the poor and earning the nickname "The Angel Lawyer" from the press; but unbeknownst to anyone else, he is also a "devil," meticulously plotting the perfect revenge against those responsible for his younger brother's death. Naoto Serizawa (Toma Ikuta) is a gung-ho detective whose overzealous methods mask a dark past which he is trying to overcome. When a family acquaintance of Serizawa's is murdered, Serizawa is thrust in the middle of a multiple-homicide case which stirs up memories of a dark event from his past.

Opening theme song[edit]

The theme song for this series is "Truth" by Arashi, a popular Japanese boy band which Satoshi Ohno is the leader of. In a preview of "Truth" promotional video on TBS morning entertainment news program 2jichaō, Ohno explains that the meaning of the song is very close to the content and feel of the whole drama. Arashi displayed their dancing in the promotional video of "Truth" with Ohno as the lead. It was revealed in Maō's official blog (written by the staffs / producers and posted at their official site) Ohno diligently practiced the intricate dance move in between takes because of his busy schedule.


Primary cast[edit]

  • Satoshi Ohno as Ryo Naruse
  • Toma Ikuta as Naoto Serizawa
  • Ryoko Kobayashi as Shiori Sakita
  • Kei Tanaka as Hitoshi Kasai
  • Shugo Oshinari as Mitsuru Souda
  • Tomohiro Waki as Yosuke Ishimoto
  • Misa Uehara as Kaoru Takatsuka
  • Mai Shinohara as Eri Nishina
  • Yutaka Shimizu as Keita Yamano
  • Kisuke Iida as Kanrikan Ishihara
  • Toshihide Tonesaku as Takashi Kurata
  • Michiko Kichise as Mari Serizawa
  • Hitori Gekidan as Noriyoshi Serizawa
  • Yuji Miyake as Hiromichi Nakanishi
  • Koji Ishizaka as Eisaku Serizawa

Secondary cast[edit]

  • Hiroki Kouno as young Toomo Manaka
  • Toshi Takeuchi as Hideo Manaka
  • Haruki Kimura as young Naoto Serizawa
  • Kayano Masuyama as young Shiori Sakita
  • Yuto Uemura as young Hitoshi Kasai
  • Haruo Honma as young Mitsuru Souda
  • Ryunoshin Nakamura as young Yosuke Ishimoto

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Kazunari Ninomiya as Masayoshi Kumada (episode 1)
  • Mayumi Asaka as Yoshimi Manaka (episodes 1, 2, 4)
  • Tetsuo Morishita as Takahiro Kumada (episodes 1, 2)
  • Kitaro as Kunio Hayashi (episodes 1, 2)
  • Kaoru Okunuki as Tae Shintani (episodes 2–4)
  • Momoka Oono as Sora Shintani (episodes 2–5, 7)
  • Naomasa Musaka as Takahiro Ikehata (episodes 4–7)
  • Yūka as Makiko Naruse (episodes 4–7)
  • Outa Tanino as the real Ryo Naruse (episode 5)
  • Kyusaku Shimada as Oosumi Kazuma (episodes 5–7, 9)


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Ratings[1]
1 "The vengeful demon who threw away love – the grieving devil" Arata Katō Yōichi Maekawa July 4, 2008 (2008-07-04) 14.0%
2 "A treacherous snare... Parent and child torn apart" Arata Katō Yōichi Maekawa July 11, 2008 (2008-07-11) 12.6%
3 "One's true face is exposed, revenge for the sake of love" Toshio Tsuboi Yōichi Maekawa July 18, 2008 (2008-07-18) 9.2%
4 "Targeted devil, the gates of hell have opened" Toshio Tsuboi Masafumi Nishida July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25) 10.1%
5 "An advance murder notice...!? Receiving a red envelope from the devil" Tsuyoshi Katayama Masafumi Nishida August 1, 2008 (2008-08-01) 10.9%
6 "Tell me... who the real perpetrator is!!" Arata Katō Masafumi Nishida August 8, 2008 (2008-08-08) 7.6%
7 "The false siblings... A kind lie that invites death" Toshio Tsuboi Masafumi Nishida August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) 12.1%
8 "The end to an impermissible love... For revenge, once more" Tsuyoshi Katayama Masafumi Nishida August 22, 2008 (2008-08-22) 11.5%
9 "I am the real perpetrator. The tragedy of a man who knew too much." Arata Katō Masafumi Nishida August 29, 2008 (2008-08-29) 11.5%
10 "The crumbling of a household... The last card is death!!" Toshio Tsuboi Masafumi Nishida September 5, 2008 (2008-09-05) 12.3%
11 "The final showdown. A bond severed by death!!" Arata Katō Masafumi Nishida September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12) 14.1%


12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Summer)
Year Recipient Category Result
2008 Maō Excellence Award Won
Satoshi Ohno Best Actor Won
Kei Tanaka Best Supporting Actor Won
Ryoko Kobayashi Best Supporting Actress Won
12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix
Year Recipient Category Result
2008 Maō Best Drama Won[2]
Satoshi Ohno Best Actor Won[3]
5th TV Navi Drama Awards (July–September)
Year Recipient Category Result
2008 Maō Excellence Award Won
Satoshi Ohno Best Actor Won
Kei Tanaka Best Supporting Actor Won
Ryoko Kobayashi Best Supporting Actress Won
5th TV Navi Drama Awards
Year Recipient Category Result
2009 Maō Drama of the Year Won
Satoshi Ohno Best Actor Won
18th Annual TV Life Awards
Year Recipient Category Result
2009 Maō Best Drama Won
Satoshi Ohno Best Actor Won
Arashi Best Theme Song Won


  1. ^ "Video Research Ltd." (in Japanese). Video Research Ltd. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ "作品賞には「魔王」/日刊ドラマGP" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "大野智が主演男優賞/日刊ドラマGP" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 

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