Child actress Ashida Mana (6) will co-star with Abe Sadao (40) in a Fuji TV drama series titled “Marumo no Okite.” Ashida recently made headlines for becoming the youngest in history to play the lead in a Japanese drama with the upcoming NTV special “Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien.”
Abe plays the single Takagi Mamoru, an employee at a stationery maker. He ends up becoming the guardian of his deceased friend’s twin children, played by Ashida and actor Suzuki Fuku (6). The show is primarily a home drama about the three of them gradually becoming a family, but it also contains an element of fantasy, as the two kids find a dog that can speak (played by a male Miniature Schnauzer).
The “Marumo” in the title refers to the children’s mispronunciation of Mamoru’s name.
“Marumo no Okite” will share the same main staff as last year’s drama “Freeter, Ie wo Kau.” Fuji TV will broadcast the series on Sundays at 9:00pm, beginning in April.