Ryoma-Den : Airing in other countries, soon!

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UPDATES - 14.10.2010
A follow up/update to the news previously blogged below thanks to Mashamasha of MashaPlus Info Forums for the translation. Picture taken from the source news at Yahoo Japan which was posted today!

masha today held a press conference to announce the on air of ryomaden in asia!, the places confirmed now are Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand, while HK and China and Vietnam are still in progress of negotiation

Ryoma-Den is going global Asia (I admit my original word is rather not suitable) and it also means the series will either be dubbed or with subtitles. On TV you see, not those cable TV I think. Sadly no Malaysia on the list. In fact Malaysian TV has never broadcast such series if my memory serves me right. It will be fun to see how the subtitles are in Malay though. I mean depending on which channel, some did manage to translate amazingly well the Journey To The West series and mind you, that had a lot of names and the translator actually used the Buddhas' original names! Anyway, he looks good by the way.


Interesting, very interesting! I always had this impression that taiga dramas are aired exclusively in Japan only, no one would be interested in them! But I was wrong and all the more better because for once Masha's profile will be raised higher than just kept in Japan alone! Now how I wish he sang the themesong! Can't blame everybody for thinking like I did; that he is an actor first and foremost. Does this mean the eventual DVDs will have subtitles other than Japanese?

Anyway the news thanks to Izumisano to which I summarise as below:-

Taiwan TV will be airing Ryoma-Den starting from November 2010 with Chinese subtitles 5 days a week [Source, source]. Not sure if it is dubbed with subtitles or original sound with subtitles or dual sound. Korea, Thailand and Vietnam may be airing the series in their local TV too.

I am not surprised about Korea since Korean press did do an exclusive interview with him just recently. BUT Thailand and Vietnam?

How about Malaysia? You suppose ASTRO will show this series in one of the channels? I do know we don't have NHK!

Anyway who knew 2009-2010-2011 will be the year of Masha eh? Not bad for a 41 year old ojisan! And 5 days a week is great! I am more used to this format and I think the Taiwanese may find Ryoma-Den a bit too fast paced than their usual sappy idol drama, which is a good thing really!

Anyway... the news proper as translated after Read More link.

Translated by River from mainichi article.

Ryomaden will be aired in Taiwan with Chinese subtitles

NHK Taiga drama (Sunday, 8pm) Ryomaden, starring Fukuyama Masaharu will be broadcasted in Taiwan this November. It was the next taiga to do so after Toshie and Matsu (2002). Korea, Thailand and Vietnam are hoping to follow Taiwan's steps, due to Fukuyama's popularity in Asian countries

In Taiwan, Ryomaden will be broadcasted in cable channel. It was set to air from Mon-Fri, from November with Chinese subtitles.

The last taiga drama to do so is Toshie and Matsu. The drama boasted an impressive cast of Toshiaki Kurusawa, Matsushima Nanako and Amami Yuki. Sakai Noriko, who was popular in Taiwan, even went there to promote the drama. She played the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The press conference has become a big news during that time.

Fukuyama's fujitv drama, Under One Roof has been broadcasted in many other Asian countries, so he was popular and quite well-known. There were many fans from Asia that came to visit his photography exhibition when he held it in Nagasaki in 2008.

Korea, Thailand and Vietnam have also expressed an interest in airing the drama. NHK are currently negotiating with the respective stations. It is likely that Ryomaden will be aired in other Asian countries too.

The Taiwan's Cable TV were subscribed by 80% of the households. The station has planned its own promotion to attract viewers, like running the TV ads and also putting posters on the bus.


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