Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno and Masaki Aiba will star in dramas starting from April, it was announced on February 21, reports Sponichi Annex and Oricon.
Ohno will play a detective in “鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya, The Locked Room)”, while Aiba will play a police detective who solves cases with his partner, a cat, in “三毛猫ホームズの推理 (Mike-neko Holmes no Suiri, Calico Cat Holmes’ Mysteries)”.
“Let’s go out for drinks when we’ve finished shooting! If you’re having trouble solving a case then let me know,” Ohno said.
“Let’s go fishing when we finish shooting. I hope we’ll never give up, even when we can’t crack a case,” Aiba said.
“Kagi no Kakatta Heya” is based on Yusuke Kishi’s novel of the same name. Unlike normal detective stories, the novel focusses on cases that happened inside a room with locked doors and windows. It is up to Ohno’s detective character to solve the mystery. The Arashi leader said his new role is a complete change from his Kaibutsu-kun drama.
“It’s my first human role in a long time. It’s also a character I’ve never had experience with playing so I’m hoping to do my best! I’ll see you behind the closed door!”
“Mike-neko Holmes no Suiri” is based on Jiro Akagawa’s novel of the same name. It follows a police detective who manages to solve cases with the help of a calico cat who can understand human language and has a talent for solving mysteries. Aiba said there would be extra things to look out for in the drama other than his scared-of-looking-at-blood-and-scared-of-women police detective character.
“I want my acting to balance out my character’s comical side and serious side. There’ll also be a number of new characters made for the drama that don’t come up in the book.”
Lastly, Aiba had some advice for Ohno.
“Don’t get too sunburnt that the make up department tells you off!”