First Penguin – EPISODE01-10 [COMPLETE]

  • Drama: The First Penguin
  • Romaji: First Penguin
  • Japanese: ファーストペンギン!
  • Director: Hidemi Uchida, Michihito Ogawa
  • Writer: Yoshiko Morishita
  • Network: NTV
  • Episodes: 10
  • Release Date: October 5 – December 7, 2022
  • Runtime: Wednesday 22:00-23:00
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©

Nodoka Iwasaki (Nao) is a single mother, with a son. She has recently moved to a port city and experiences a hard time adjusting to the area. She begins to work at a hotel as staff member. One day, Nodoka Iwasaki meets fisherman Hiroshi Kataoka (Shinichi Tsutsumi) at the hotel. He is attending a banquet there. Circumstances leads Hiroshi Kataoka to praise Nodoka Iwasaki’s resourcefulness and he asks her to work for the fisherman. Nodoka Iwasaki doesn’t know anything about the fishing industry, but she decides to work for the fisherman. Due to her unfamiliarity with the industry, she proposes a new idea of selling fish directly to businesses. A sensation in the fishing industry is created.


  1. “The First Penguin” takes over NTV‘s Wednesday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “Home Tutor” and followed by “Reversal Orchestra” on January 11, 2023.
  2. Screenplay is based on the life of Chika Tsubouch. She founded Hagi Oshima Sendanmaru in 2011, which sold fish from fishermen to businesses directly.


The First Penguin-Nao.jpg The First Penguin-Shinichi Tsutsumi.jpg The First Penguin-Rikuto Ishizuka.jpg The First Penguin-Nobuyuki Suzuki.jpg The First Penguin-Mitsuru Fukikoshi.jpg
Nao Shinichi Tsutsumi Rikuto Ishizuka Nobuyuki Suzuki Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Nodoka Iwasaki Hiroshi Kataoka Susumu Iwasaki Kazuki Nagasawa Takashi Isoda
The First Penguin-Zen Kajihara.jpg The First Penguin-Yu Uemura.jpg The First Penguin-Daichi Watanabe.jpg The First Penguin-Mirai Shida.jpg The First Penguin-Wakana Matsumoto.jpg
Zen Kajihara Yu Uemura Daichi Watanabe Mirai Shida Wakana Matsumoto
Atsushi Yamanaka Takumi Yamanaka Yusuke Kotohira Soyo Yamafuji Shizuka Mizoguchi
The First Penguin-First Summer Uika.jpg The First Penguin-Noriko Nakagoshi.jpg The First Penguin-Tomio Umezawa.jpg The First Penguin-Mio Tanaka.jpg The First Penguin-Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi.jpg
First Summer Uika Noriko Nakagoshi Tomio Umezawa Mio Tanaka Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Rinka Shigemori Miyako Kataoka Hisamitsu Sugiura Taizo Oshima Chuji Nakagawa
The First Penguin-Minoru Matsumoto.jpg The First Penguin-Toshiya Toyama.jpg
Minoru Matsumoto Toshiya Toyama
Shoichi Kotoge Shigeru Yasuno

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