ATARU TV Series to Continue in Movie

On January 6th, TBS offered a pleasant surprise for the fans of the popular drama ‘ATARU‘ at the end of its four-hour long special episode.

The drama – starring SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro – is going to be continued even further with an upcoming movie titled ‘ATARU THE FIRST LOVE & THE LAST KILL‘ (tentative).

Not much information is known about the movie adaptation other than TOHO is going to distribute it nationwide and that its official website can be accessed via

‘ATARU’ is an original drama by scriptwriter Sakurai Takeharu and features Nakai Masahiro as the lovable ‘Chokozai’ aka ‘Ataru’, who is suffering from the savant syndrome. Chokozai helps out two detectives – played by Kuriyama Chiaki and Kitamura Kazuki – solve various difficult cases by using his extraordinary memory and deductive skills. The drama started off with a high television rating of 19.9% and even recorded a single-episode rating of 21.7% during its run.

Therefore, TBS offered it a special episode that aired on the 6th. It was split into two separate stories titled ‘Suteyama Tanteisha Monogatari ~’Anan Kota-kun Yuukai Jiken’ ni Chokozai tachi ga Idomu!!~‘ and ‘ATARU Kanzen Shinsaku Special – New York Kara no Chousenjo!!‘. The latter featured guest stars such as Horikita Maki, Okada Masaki, and AKB48’s Shimazaki Haruka.

“ATARU” Special Episode on TBS

TBS has announced that it will bring back the popular mystery drama series “ATARU” for a special episode early next year. The drama has SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro playing an autistic savant named Ataru (also known as Chokozai) whose incredible memory is the key to solving various crimes. The series got ratings as high as 21.7% during its broadcast from April to June of this year.

The main cast will naturally stay the same, as Nakai once again teams up with police detectives played by Kitamura Kazuki and Kuriyama Chiaki. The episode’s guest stars have not yet been announced.

At the end of the original series, Chokozai returned to New York, but when his younger brother Tasuku (who did not appear in the original show) becomes the suspect of a series of murders, Chokozai heads back to Japan to clear his brother’s name. Although he will be reunited with the two detectives, Chokozai will also have to deal with his toughest opponent yet – someone who has the same mental abilities as him.

TBS plans to broadcast the episode during the New Year’s period in 2013, but the specific date and time are still to be determined.