"ANIMALS" (アニマルズ) is a drama started on June 23, 2022, starring
Airi Suzuki as the leading role. The last episode aired on August 10, 2022, but a spin-off with two supplementary episodes was announced : the first one was directly available, and the second one aired on August 18, 2022.
Airi Suzuki plays the role of Umi Shikamori, an office worker in an exploitive
company. Busy with work, she spends her days forgetting about her dreams and
When she experiences a major turnover and joins a cosmetic company, a love triangle develops between her character, a cocky younger cameraman (Kyoya Honda) and the handsome president of a new cosmetics company (Jun Shirasu) who is older than her, very talented, but not good at love.
AIRI'S OFFICIAL COMMENT
The subtitle of this drama is "The weak and the strong in love and work.". I think there are always things that are hard, things that can't be said to others, and things that we have to endure in our work, love, and human relationships.
I want people who experience all of these to watch this drama. It's not just a work drama, nor it's just a romantic drama. In a sense, it's a very realistic human series.
I want this show to cheers those who are working hard every day. I hope that by the end of it, you'll love yourself a little more than you do now.
I hope it will be a time when many of you can experience excitement and thrill, and that it sends you the power to live true to yourself from tomorrow !
All of the characters have a straightforwardness and human strength that makes you love them.
I'm a person who tries hard to live every day, but tends to lose sight of herself, and lives so desperately in the present that she can't even notice her needs.
I was offered the role by director Katsuhiko Ikeda, who was also involved in the Abema drama "Black Cinderella" in which I appeared last year.
When the role was decided, I was very anxious but he said "Just be as you are now and you'll be fine."