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Code Blue (コード・ブルー) also known as Code Blue -Doctor Heli Kenkyuu Kyuumei- (コード・ブルー -ドクターヘリ緊急救命-) is a medical dorama series broadcast on Fuji TV network. It's consists of three seasons, two specials and a movie released in the span of 10 years.

Season 1

Code Blue Season 1

The first aired from July 3rd to September 12th, 2008 and consisted of 11 episodes. It had an average viewership rating of 15,7% in the Kanto region. Both the average and the highest audience ratings ranked first out of the dramas aired in its period, and it was the only one exceeding an average of 15%.

Synopsis

If it can be treated one second earlier, the heart might start beating again. If there is one extra helicopter, another life in danger may be saved. If one more life can be saved, the Japanese medical community may regain trust. There are more lives in this country that can be saved.

The "Doctor Helicopter" system was legalized in Japan in June 2007. A medical team is dispatched to the patients on a helicopter to provide medical care in the field as soon as possible. One day, four young physicians are assigned to this latest medical system. The doctors experience traumatic medical situations, deal with personal ambitions, witness the fragility of life, and they grow personally and professionally.[1]

Main Cast

Relationship Chart

Main Staff

Screenwriter
Hayashi Koji
Director
Nishiura Masaki, Hayama Hiroki
Music
Sato Naoki
Producer
Masumoto Jun

Episodes

Episode Japanese title English title Airing date Director Rating
1 Deai
(出会い)
Encounter 2008.07.03 Nishiura Masaki 21.2%
2 Ishi no Sekimu
(医師の責務)
Doctor's responsibility 2008.07.10 16.0%
3 Kyuuhen
(急変)
Sudden change 2008.07.17 16.0%
4 Haha no Ai
(母の愛)
Mother love 2008.07.24 Hayama Hiroki 13.2%
5 Kako
(過去)
Past 2008.07.31 15.7%
6 Mushou no Ai
(無償の愛)
Free love 2008.08.07 Nishiura Masaki 15.6%
7 Kokuhaku
(告白)
Confession 2008.08.14 Hayama Hiroki 10.8%
8 Yokerarenu Ketsudan
(避けられぬ決断)
Inevitable decision 2008.08.21 Nishiura Masaki 13.4%
9 Kowareta Kizuna
(壊れた絆)
Broken bond 2008.08.28 Hayama Hiroki 15.8%
10 Yureru Kokoro
(揺れる心)
Swaying heart 2008.09.04 14.9%
11 Sei to Shi
(生と死)
Life and death 2008.09.11 Nishiura Masaki 19.5%
DVD/Blu-ray BOX cover
BD-DVD BOX cover

Releases

The first season was released in a compiled box DVD and Blu-ray formats. Additionaly, it was also released in BD-DVD version, a hybrid new technology by which you can have both DVD and Blu-ray properties on the same disc.

Home-media Releases
Format Release date Catalog Number Price Oricon Charts
DVD 2009.02.18 PCBC-61508 ¥25,080 #19 / 13 weeks
BD-DVD PCXF-60001 ¥37,584 -
Blu-ray 2013.08.07 PCXC-60035 ¥25,080 #97 / 14 weeks

New-Year SP

The first special aired on January 10th, 2009. It had a viewership rating of 23.1 in the Kanto region.

Synopsis

After their suspension from the tunnel incident, the four interns: Aizawa, Shiraishi, Hiyama, Fujikawa together with nurse Saejima, are back on Shohoku's Emergency Medical Services. But as soon as their return, Kuroda suddenly handed his resignation. While, on the other hand, a train in Chiba had a major accident. How will they be able to manage the situation without Kuroda's supervision?

Main Cast

Main Staff

Screenwriter
Hayashi Koji
Director
Nishiura Masaki, Hayama Hiroki
Music
Sato Naoki
Producer
Masumoto Jun
DVD cover
BD-DVD cover
Blu-ray cover

Releases

The first special was released in a compiled box DVD and Blu-ray formats. Additionaly, it was also released in BD-DVD version, a hybrid new technology by which you can have both DVD and Blu-ray properties on the same disc.

Home-media Releases
Format Release date Catalog Number Price Oricon Charts
DVD 2009.03.18 PCBC-51450 ¥5,280 #33 / 24 weeks
BD-DVD PCXF-50001 ¥7,344 -
Blu-ray 2013.08.07 PCXC-50089 ¥5,280 #97 / 14 weeks

Season 2

Code Blue Season 2

The second season aired from January 11th to March 22nd, 2010 and consisted of 11 episodes. It had an average viewership rating of 16,6% in the Kanto region. It was the only drama in its airing period achieving an average audience rating superior to 15%.

Synopsis

It has been one and a half years since Aizawa Kosaku, Shiraishi Megumi, Hiyama Mihoko and Fujikawa Kazuo were assigned to Shoyo University's North Hospital. They have only three months left of their fellowship programme (specialised training programme) to be flight doctors and each of them have come to the crossroads where they have to think of their lives after graduation. Tachibana Keisuke, a veteran flight doctor, takes up a new post. He has been put in charge of certifying the fellowship programme which will decide their future.

Main Cast

Relationship Chart

Main Staff

Screenwriter
Hayashi Koji
Director
Nishiura Masaki, Hayama Hiroki, Sekino Munenori
Music
Sato Naoki
Producer
Masumoto Jun

Episodes

Episode Japanese title English title Airing date Director Rating
1 Seiya no Kiseki
(聖夜の奇跡)
Christmas Eve miracle 2010.01.11 Nishiura Masaki 18.8%
2 Mizukara no Michi
(自らの道)
Own way 2010.01.18 17.1%
3 Shinjitsu to Uso
(真実と嘘)
Truth and lies 2010.01.25 Hayama Hiroki 17.2%
4 Sugishi Hi
(過ぎし日)
Past days 2010.02.01 16.2%
5 Aisuru Hito
(愛する人)
Loved one 2010.02.08 Nishiura Masaki 16.5%
6 Himitsu
(秘密)
Secret 2010.02.15 Hayama Hiroki 15.1%
7 Ayamachi
(あやまち)
Ayamachi 2010.02.22 Nishiura Masaki 15.9%
8 Riyuu
(理由)
Reason 2010.03.01 Sekino Munenori 15.3%
9 Kokoro no Kizu
(心の傷)
Emotional scars 2010.03.08 Hayama Hiroki 16.6%
10 Kiro
(岐路)
Crossroad 2010.03.15 Nishiura Masaki 16.8%
11 Sotsugyou ~ Kiseki no Teigi
(卒業〜奇跡の定義)
Graduation ~ Miracle definition 2010.03.22 16.6%
BOX cover

Releases

The second season was released in a compiled box DVD and Blu-ray formats. Additionaly, it was also released in BD-DVD version, a hybrid new technology by which you can have both DVD and Blu-ray properties on the same disc.

Home-media Releases
Format Release date Catalog Number Price Oricon Charts
DVD 2010.07.14 PCBC-61646 ¥25,080 #14 / 11 weeks
BD-DVD PCXF-60002 ¥30,456 -
Blu-ray 2013.08.07 PCXC-60036 ¥25,080 #71 / 18 weeks

Season 3

Code Blue Season 3

The third season aired from July 17th to September 18th, 2017 and consisted of 10 episodes. It had an average viewership rating of 14,63% in the Kanto area. Both the average and the highest audience ratings ranked first out of the dramas aired in its period, and its highest audience rating exceeded 15%.

Synopsis

It's been 10 years since the Code Blue team made their first debut on to the medical scene. Each of them have begun to make a career for themselves during this time. Aizawa Kosaku has left the emergency services at his last hospital and now works as a brain surgeon, aiming for the best performance every day. Shiraishi Megumi has been working hard as a staff leader for flight doctors at Shohoku Emergency Medical Services. Hiyama Mihoko wanted to become a flight doctor, but she left the Shohoku Emergency Medical Services to work as an obstetrician. Saejima Haruka still works as a nurse for flight doctors, pursuing her career as a top worker. Also, like Shiraishi Megumi, Fujikawa Kazuo works at the Shohoku Emergency Medical Services as a plastic surgeon specialist. Each member work face to face with life or death situations every day, and they face a new challenge which awaits them.

Main Cast

Relationship Chart

Main Staff

Screenwriter
Adachi Naoko
Director
Nishiura Masaki, Hayama Hiroki, Tanaka Ryo
Music
Sato Naoki
Producer
Masumoto Jun
Co-producer
Nakano Toshiyuki

Episodes

Episode Japanese title English title Airing date Director Rating
1 Seiya no Kiseki
(聖夜の奇跡)
Christmas Eve miracle 2017.07.17 Nishiura Masaki 16.3%
2 Mizukara no Michi
(自らの道)
Own way 2017.07.24 15.6%
3 Shinjitsu to Uso
(真実と嘘)
Truth and lies 2017.07.31 Hayama Hiroki 14.0%
4 Sugishi Hi
(過ぎし日)
Past days 2017.08.07 13.8%
5 Aisuru Hito
(愛する人)
Loved one 2017.08.14 Nishiura Masaki 13.8%
6 Himitsu
(秘密)
Secret 2017.08.21 Tanaka Ryo 13.7%
7 Ayamachi
(あやまち)
Ayamachi 2017.08.28 Nishiura Masaki 13.4%
8 Riyuu
(理由)
Reason 2017.09.04 Tanaka Ryo 15.4%
9 Kokoro no Kizu
(心の傷)
Emotional scars 2017.09.11 Hayama Hiroki
Nishiura Masaki
13.9%
10 Kiro
(岐路)
Crossroad 2017.09.18 Nishiura Masaki 16.4%
DVD BOX cover
Blu-ray BOX cover

Releases

The third season was released in a compiled box DVD and Blu-ray formats. They were both released on February 28th, 2018.

Home-media Releases
Format Release date Catalog Number Price Oricon Charts
DVD 2018.02.28 PCBC-61763 ¥20,900 #3 / 15 weeks
Blu-ray PCXC-60079 ¥25,850 #7 / 11 weeks

Special Edition SP

Code Blue Special 2

The second special was aired on July 28th, 2018 with the subtitle Mou Hitotsu no Senjou (もう一つの戦場; Another Battlefield). It reached a viewership rating of 13.5%.

Synopsis

The story follows Dr. Haitani in his battle against his PTSD, after having an helicopter accident in one of his missions.

It starts off parallel to the story in season three, but it ends up being a bridge chapter between the previous season and the upcoming movie.

Main Cast

Main Staff

Screenwriter
Kanazawa Tatsuya
Director
Noda Keisuke
Music
Sato Naoki
Producer
Noda Keisuke
Co-producer
Wakamatsu Hiroki

Movie

Code Blue: The Movie

The movie was released in theaters on July 27th, 2018 in Japan. It was also released in China and Hong Kong. It was the movie with most income in 2018 in terms of Japanese films, with a box office revenue of 9,3 billion yen, and the second overall.[2]

Synopsis

The 'helicopter doctor' team is back with perfect hair, perfect skin and perfect body and ready to take on expected and unexpected disasters and accidents at Japan's Narita airport and points near and far. They work together through these professional emergencies and deal with personal calamities in and out of their blue uniforms too.[3]

Main Cast

Main Staff

Releases

Deluxe BOX contents
DVD cover
Blu-ray cover
The movie was released in a both DVD and Blu-ray formats. Additionaly, each one of them had a 'Deluxe' and a 'Regular' eiditon.

The deluxe edition contains a book, CODE BLUE chronicle Gekijou Koukai made no 6143-nichi, which offers a 164 pages look on the history of the series. It also includes a special video commentary with the 5 main actors, a making of documentary, a VFX making, and more special video features.

Home-media Releases
Format Release date Catalog Number Price Oricon Charts Notes
DVD 2019.04.01 PCBC-52636 ¥7,480 #1 / 28 weeks Deluxe Edition
PCBC-52637 ¥4,180 Regular Edition
Blu-ray PCXC-50145 ¥9,460 #1 / 28 weeks Deluxe Edition
PCXC-50146 ¥5,170 Regular Edition

Music

Theme song
Insert songs
Soundtracks

Recognition

[W] = WON
[N] = NOMINATED

Season 1

58th Television Drama Academy Awards
[W] Best Director - Nishiura Masaki, Hayama Hiroki

Season 2

64th Television Drama Academy Awards
[W] Best Drama
[N] Best Actor: Yamashita Tomohisa
[N] Best Director: Nishiura Masaki, Hiyama Hiroki
TV Navi Drama Awards [Jan-Mar][4]
[W] Best Drama
[W] Best Actor: Yamashita Tomohisa
[W] Best Supporting Actress: Aragaki Yui

Season 3

21st Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix
[W] Best Drama
[W] (Jul-Sep 2017) Best Actor: Yamashita Tomohisa
[W] (Jul-Sep 2017) Best Supporting Actor: Asari Yousuke
[W] (Jul-Sep 2017) Best Supporting Actress: Aragaki Yui
Yahoo! Grand Prix Award 2017
[W] Best TV Drama
94th Television Drama Academy Awards
[W] Best Drama
[W] Best Actor: Yamashita Tomohisa
[W] Best Supporting Actress: Aragaki Yui
[N] Best Supporting Actress: Toda Erika
[N] Best Supporting Actor: Asari Yousuke
[N] Best Theme Song: "HANABI" by Mr.Children
[N] Best Director: Nishiura Masaki, Hiyama Hiroki, Tanaka Ryo
27th TV LIFE Annual Japanese Drama Awards[5]
[N] Work Award
[N] Best Actor: Yamashita Tomohisa
[W] Best Supporting Actress: Aragaki Yui
[N] Best Supporting Actress: Toda Erika
[N] Newcomer: Araki Yuuko
[N] Newcomer: Baba Fumika
[N] Best Theme Song: "HANABI" by Mr.Children
45th Ito Kisaki Award[6]
[N] Main Award: Iizuka Hiroyuki (Art design)

Movie

43rd Hochi Film Award
[N] Best Movie
[N] Best Director: Nishiura Masaki
[N] Best Actor: Yamashita Tomohisa
[N] Best Supporting Actress: Aragaki Yui
[N] Best Supporting Actor: Arata Mackenyu

References

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