Ryūsei no Kizuna

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Ryūsei no Kizuna
流星の絆
Also known as Ties of Shooting Stars
Genre Mystery
Suspense
Created by Keigo Higashino
Written by Kankurō Kudō
Directed by Kaneko Fuminori
Yasuharu Ishii
Starring Kazunari Ninomiya
Ryo Nishikido
Erika Toda
Theme music composer Takuya Harada
Opening theme Beautiful Days by Arashi
Composer(s) Shin Kōno
Country of origin Japan Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) Aki Isoyama
Jun Nasuda
Running time approx. 49 minutes
Release
Original network TBS
Original release October 17 (2008-10-17) – December 19, 2008 (2008-12-19)
Chronology
Preceded by Maō
Followed by Love Shuffle
External links
Website

Ryūsei no Kizuna (流星の絆 lit. Meteor Bonds?) is a detective novel by Keigo Higashino. It was serialized in Weekly Gendai from September 16, 2006 to September 15, 2007 and was published into one tankōbon volume by Kodansha on March 5, 2008. The novel was published in paperback format by Kodansha on April 15, 2011.

The novel was adapted into a Japanese television drama in 2008 starring Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryo Nishikido, and Erika Toda. With the opening theme "Beautiful days" by Arashi and the insert song "Orion" by Mika Nakashima, the drama series began on October 17, 2008.

Cast[edit]

  • Ryusei Saito as young Koichi
  • Issei Kakazu as young Taisuke

Guests[edit]

  • Taiyo Sugiura as Kazuya Saigō (ep 1,4)
  • Shoko Ikezu as Miwa Katsuragi (ep 1)
  • Tomiyuki Kunihiro as Nobuo Yazaki (ep 3,6)
  • Seminosuke Murasugi as Katsuo Tsukimura (ep 3-5,8)
  • Kazuaki Hankai as Teranishi (ep 3,6)
  • David Ito as Takehiro Sawai (ep 4)
  • Eri Tokunaga as Chiemi (ep 4)
  • Yumi Aso as Toko Yazaki (ep 5,6)
  • Aiko Morishita as Kimiko Togami (ep 5-10)
  • Shoichiro Tanigawa as a restaurant manager (ep 5)
  • Kiyohiko Ichihara as a shopkeeper (ep 5)
  • Akio Kaneda as chief clerk (ep 7)
  • Yusuke Shoji as Tsujimura (ep 7)

Staff[edit]

  • Script: Kankurō Kudō
  • Soundtrack: Shin Kōno (河野 伸 Kōno Shin?)
  • Producer: Jun Nasuda (那須 田淳 Nasuda Jun?), Akira Isoyama (磯山 晶 Isoyama Akira?)
  • Director: Kaneko Fuminori (金子 文紀 Fuminori Kaneko?), Yasuharu Ishii (石井 康晴 Ishii Yasuharu?)

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Viewers[1]
(%)
1 "Higashino Keigo x Kudo Kankuro! The No.1 Tearful, Moving, Epic Mystery" Kaneko Fuminori Kankurō Kudō October 17, 2008 (2008-10-17) 21.2
2 "The Umbrella, the Portrait, and the Mysterious Woman" Kaneko Fuminori Kankurō Kudō October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24) 17.3
3 "Parents' Secret and the Hashed Meat Prince" Yasuharu Ishii Kankurō Kudō October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31) 15.0
4 "A Memory That is Connected to the Real Perpetrator" Yasuharu Ishii Kankurō Kudō November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07) 15.6
5 "Enemy's Son and the Stolen Flavour" Kaneko Fuminori Kankurō Kudō November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14) 15.1
6 "We Are Not Real Brothers and Sister" Kaneko Fuminori Kankurō Kudō November 21, 2008 (2008-11-21) 14.8
7 "Our Sister is in Love with the Enemy's Son" Yasuharu Ishii Kankurō Kudō November 28, 2008 (2008-11-28) 14.5
8 "Our Sister's True Self and the Cornered Perpetrator" Yasuharu Ishii Kankurō Kudō December 5, 2008 (2008-12-05) 11.5
9 "Final Confession On the Day the Statute of Limitation Ends" Kaneko Fuminori Kankurō Kudō December 11, 2008 (2008-12-11) 15.4
10 "You Are the Perpetrator! The Fate of the 3 Siblings... A Tearful and Moving Final Episode!" Kaneko Fuminori Kankurō Kudō December 18, 2008 (2008-12-18) 22.6

It was broadcast in Taiwan through Videoland Japan from Monday through Friday from August 3 to 14, 2009.[citation needed] It was broadcast in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico through TV Japan, US affiliate of NHK, every Saturday from October 10, 2009.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video Research Ltd." (in Japanese). Video Research Ltd. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ "This month's highlight - October" (in Japanese). TV Japan. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 

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