KIKU – Channel 9

KIKU – Channel 9

“Office in the Sky,” premieres Sunday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.
Rika Inaba dreamed about being a reporter from the time she was a child and works in her dream job as a director at the Teito TV Network. However, her aggressive style of interviewing causes her to be transferred against her will to become the co-director of an evening information program. In her new assignment, Rika is put in charge of a special feature focused on the Self Defense Forces and uniformed personnel. Angry at having her dream destroyed, Rika is determined to make a comeback as a reporter, and searches constantly for whatever scoop may be found in the military.

“King of the House,” premieres Monday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m.
Yosuke Kurumisawa is a popular news anchorman, also known as KING. His interviews are very engaging and he is able to keep his emotional center while fighting for justice. Kurumisawa has great support from his viewers but prefers to keep his personal life private. At home, he is just your average husband and a father to three children.

“Broken Vow (Filipino drama),” Sunday at 5 p.m.
Roberto Sebastian falls in love with a country girl, Melissa Santiago. On their wedding day, Roberto learns Melissa was raped and is now pregnant. He cannot live with this, so he abandons her. With her perfect world shattered, Melissa attempts to take her own life only to be saved by Felix Castro. Their love blooms and Felix vows to win Melissa’s trust. But Roberto contemplates reuniting with Melissa. Will she give him a second chance?

“Losing Heaven” (Filipino drama w/ English subtitles), Sunday at 6 p.m.
Ellery and Bridgitte have been best friends since childhood. The best friends become sisters when Bridgitte’s parents die and she is adopted by Ellery’s dad. Their lives and relationship as best friends/sisters continue until Jonas enters their lives.
Starring Carla Abellana, Michelle Madrigal and Mike Tan.

“Strategist Kanbe,” Sunday at 7 p.m.; Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The 2014 Taiga drama, “Strategist Kanbe,” is about the life story of Yoshitaka Kuroda, otherwise known as Kanbei Kuroda, who was the chief strategist for Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Yoshitaka was born on Dec. 22, 1546, and was a daimyo (lord) during the late Sengoku through early Edo periods. (The Sengoku period is often referred to as the warring period and was a time of great social, political and military upheaval.) Kanbe was a brilliant military strategist and faithful to Toyotomi.
Starring Junichi Okada, Miki Nakatani, Kyoheo Shibata, Nao Toda and Raita Ryu.

“Mysteries of Asia,” Sunday at 9 p.m.
Asia is a mix of ancient cultures and fast-growing technology. This program explores cities across Asia, visiting famous landmarks and the hot new nightspots.

“Doko ga TV,” Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Pali Ka‘aihue and Sachiko Uchida bring their popular show about all things Japan to KIKU. This family-fun show showcases the best of Japan‘s history, food, lifestyle, people, attractions and pop culture that so many people in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. mainland find interesting.

“Soko ga Shiritai,” Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.
The wildly popular docu-tainment/info-logue that takes you all over Japan seeking out everything from customs, to food and all things interesting. Satisfy your need to know!

“Mr. Son-in-Law,” Monday at 9 p.m.
After the death of his father-in-law, Hiromasa Akiyoshi is forced to run as mayor by his mother-in-law Otome. He does not welcome fights and finds happiness in an ordinary life and initially refuses to enter the election. However, with the support of his wife Mari and other people around them, he eventually resigns himself to the decision to run.
Starring Atsuko Watanabe, Yoshie Ichige, Yuka Kurotani, Marie Soda and Runa Matsumoto.

“The Inner Chamber,” Tuesday at 9 p.m.
During the Edo period under the rule of Tokugawa Iemitsu, an epidemic affecting only men and boys dramatically decreased the male population to one fourth that of females. Shogun Iemitsu falls ill and dies. The head lady, Kasuga no Tsubone is concerned about the future of the Tokugawa family and begins training a girl to become the next Shogun.

Mystery Theater airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m.; repeats Thursday at noon.

“Doctor X,” Thursday at 8 p.m.
Michiko Daimon is a freelance doctor. She was dispatched to a university hospital that lost a number of doctors all at once because of harsh work conditions. When Michiko arrives at the hospital dressed like a fashion model, other doctors cannot hide their surprise. But more than her appearance, it is what she does in the hospital that creates a major stir.

“Partners 10,” airs Thursday at 9 p.m.
Season 10 is here! The Special Mission Task Team sounds more important than it is. Positioned in the lowest section of the Metropolitan Police Department, it is headed by Ukyo Sugishita. Co-workers have nicknamed Ukyo “the gravekeeper of human resources” because it appears that anyone who works under Ukyo eventually leaves the office. However, the other reason for this name is that when Ukyo first transferred to this section, all of his direct reports somehow died mysteriously.
Starring Yutaka Mizutani as the calm, meticulous elder partner who plays Detective Ukyo Sugishita.

“Ultraman Leo,” Friday at 6:30 p.m.
In the tradition of “Kikaida,” KIKU-TV brings sci-fi, live-action hero drama back to Hawai‘i television! “Ultraman Leo” was produced and first aired in the mid-1970s, and was the seventh show in the Ultra series about warriors from other planets who help defend Earth against monsters and alien invaders.

“Mission to Kill (Hissatsu Shigotonin),” Friday at 8 p.m.
Shigotonin refers to a team of hired assassins. In this samurai drama consisting of multiple series and specials, police are left to unravel crimes committed by hired assassins. What becomes obvious is that the real criminals are not just the assassins, but the people who hired them.
Starring Noriyuki Higashiyama, Masahiro Matsuoka, Emi Wakui and Makoto Fujita.

“Japan’s Local Secrets,” Friday at 9 p.m.
Although Japan is a relatively small country geographically, each prefecture has its own traditions, dialects, and . . . foods!!! This program takes us to the secret places throughout Japan known to the people of the area and introduces us to things unique to each place.

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