Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi

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Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi
Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi (Season 1).jpg
Promotional poster (Season 1)
Also known as My Second Last Love[1]
Genre Romance, Drama
Written by Yoshikazu Okada
Directed by Rieko Miyamoto, Masaki Tanimura, Michiko Namiki, Yusuke Kato, Ryo Miyawaki
Starring Kyoko Koizumi
Kiichi Nakai
Naoko Iijima
Kenji Sakaguchi
Yuki Uchida
Opening theme "Hello New Me" by Ayumi Hamasaki (season 2)
Ending theme

"How Beautiful You Are" by Ayumi Hamasaki (season 1)[2]

"Teijiro" by Kyoko Koizumi and Kiichi Nakai (season 2)
Composer(s) Atsushi Hirasawa
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Producer(s) Hiroki Wakamatsu, Sumi Asano
Production location(s) Kamakura, Kanagawa
Running time 54 minutes
Original network Fuji TV
Original release January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) – June 26, 2014 (2014-06-26)
Related shows Second To Last Love
External links
Official website

Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi (最後から二番目の恋, My Second Last Love) is a Japanese television drama series, starring Kyoko Koizumi and Kiichi Nakai.[3] The series aired Thursdays at 22:00 - 22:54, on Fuji Television from January 12, to March 22, 2012.

A second season entitled Zoku—Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi (続・最後から二番目の恋) was broadcast by Fuji TV from April 17 to June 26, 2014.


Described as an adult love story,[2] Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi narrates the tale of Chiaki Yoshino (Kyoko Koizumi), a 45-year-old TV drama producer. As she is becoming older, Chiaki becomes increasingly more concerned about her health and retirement, instead of building romantic relationship with someone: The hope she once had of sharing her life with someone seems distant. Chiaki is subsequently troubled about deciding on taking a break from her ruling life, and such questions lead her to Kamakura, where she decides to settle. In this ancient city she meets Wahei Nagakura (Kiichi Nakai), a 50-year-old widower and father of one child who works for the city office.

Chiaki and Wahei start getting closer as they learn more about each other's lives. However, Wahei's family start obstructing the development of their relationship. Wahei's brother, Shinpei, starts courting Chiaki, creating a conflicting triangle relationship. On the other hand, Wahei's sister, Noriko, constantly harasses Chiaki. Facing these problematic family members, Chiaki and Wahei try to build and sustain their budding romance.[1]


  • Kyoko Koizumi as Chiaki Yoshino
  • Kiichi Nakai as Wahei Nagakura
  • Kenji Sakaguchi as Shinpei Nagakura
  • Mariko Watanabe as Erina Nagakura
  • Hiroko Moriguchi as Keiko Araki
  • Kazuyuki Asano as Hiroyuki Mizutani
  • Naoko Iijima as Noriko Mizutani
  • Yuki Uchida as Midori Hatanaka


Season 1[edit]

No. Air date Title Directed by Ratings[4]
1 January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) There aren't adults who aren't lonely
Rieko Miyamoto 12.1%
2 January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19) Being single is a freedom that ends hurting
3 January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26) Don't laugh at adults enjoying their youth!
4 February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02) Aging is a heart-wrenching thing for a woman
Masaki Tanimura 11.4%
5 February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09) What will the last love of my life be?
Michiko Namiki 12.6%
6 February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) Unlike any love until now
Rieko Miyamoto 11.7%
7 February 23, 2012 (2012-02-23) How should I love?
Masaki Tanimura 13.1%
8 March 1, 2012 (2012-03-01) An adult's kiss is painful but laughable
Rieko Miyamoto 11.5%
9 March 8, 2012 (2012-03-08) A kiss can be as eloquent as one's words
Masaki Tanimura 12.3%
10 March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) Even an adult's future shines
Rieko Miyamoto 13.0%
11 March 22, 2012 (2012-03-22) A love that hasn't ended yet
Average rating: 12.4%


No. Air date Title Directed by Ratings[4]
1 November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi 2012 Aki
(最後から二番目の恋 2012秋)
Rieko Miyamoto 10.6%

Season 2[edit]

No. Air date Title Directed by Ratings[4]
1 April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17) It's difficult to deal with adultness' youth
Rieko Miyamoto 14.0%
2 April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24) The grownups who suck at romance
3 May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01) Bury a past love with laughter
Yusuke Kato 12.2%
4 May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08) My life, miscalculated
5 May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15) What exactly is an adult being?
Rieko Miyamoto 12.8%
6 May 22, 2014 (2014-05-22) Even so, life is wonderful
Ryo Miyawaki 11.2%
7 May 29, 2014 (2014-05-29) Get older and purify yourself
Yusuke Kato 12.1%
8 June 5, 2014 (2014-06-05) Every adult is a problem child
Ryo Miyawaki 13.3%
9 June 12, 2014 (2014-06-12) There's nothing wrong with an adult crying out of love
Yusuke Kato 12.4%
10 June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) Excluding love, I'm doing well
Ryo Miyawaki 13.4%
11 June 26, 2014 (2014-06-26) Life's still funky!
Rieko Miyamoto 13.8%
Average rating: 12.9%


  • Tokyo Drama Awards 2013 - Excellence Award (Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi 2012 Aki)[5]
  • Tokyo Drama Awards 2014 - Best Screenplay (Yoshikazu Okada)[6]


  1. ^ a b "My Second Last Love / Saigo Kara Nibanme No Koi Japanese Tv Drama". Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Hamasaki Ayumi to sing the theme song for "Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi"". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Koizumi Kyoko, Nakai Kiichi star in romance drama "Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi"". Tokyograph. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  4. ^ a b c "メディア・マーケティングデータ、広告プランニング・効果測定、市場調査ならビデオリサーチ" (in Japanese). Video Research Ltd. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  5. ^ "あまちゃん:「東京ドラマアウォード」グランプリほか"じぇじぇじぇ"の7冠". Mantanweb (in Japanese). 22 October 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Winners of 'Tokyo Drama Awards 2014' announced". Tokyo Hive. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.