Manpuku ~ Week01-02

  • Drama: Mampuku
  • Romaji: Manpuku
  • Japanese: まんぷく
  • Director: Yoshio WatanabeMojiri Adachi
  • Writer: Yasushi Fukuda
  • Network: NHK
  • Episodes: 151
  • Release Date: October 1, 2018 – March 30, 2019
  • Runtime: Monday – Saturday 8:00-8:15 (15 min.)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©

Set in Osaka before the war.

Fukuko (Sakura Ando) has a mother and two older sisters. She and her family are poor, but she is loved by her family. Her oldest sister becomes sick and dies. Her second sister gets married and leaves their home. Fukuko decides to encourage herself.

A few incidents leads to Fukuko meeting young businessman Manpei (Hiroki Hasegawa). They fall in love and eventually marry. Manpei’s business goes through a cycle of success and failures. Fukuko at first only tolerates Manpei’s ideas, but she gains strength and supports him in his unique business ventures. Finally, the couple develop instant ramen.


  1. “Manpuku” is NHK’s 99th asadora.
  2. Based on the true story of Momofuku Ando and Masako Ando. Momofuku Ando founded Nissin Food Products which introduced the first instant ramen noodles Chikin Ramen and later Cup Noodles.


Mampuku-Sakura Ando.jpg Mampuku-Keiko Matsuzaka.jpg Mampuku-Yuki Uchida.jpg Mampuku-Ryohei Otani.jpg Mampuku-Nao Matsushita.jpg
Sakura Ando Keiko Matsuzaka Yuki Uchida Ryohei Otani Nao Matsushita
Fukuko Imai Suzu Imai Saki Imai Shinichi Onozuka Katsuko Koda
Mampuku-Jun Kaname.jpg Mampuku-Yukino Kishii.jpg Mampuku-Hiroki-Hasegawa.jpg Mampuku-Kenta Kiritani.jpg Mampuku-Koji Seto.jpg
Jun Kaname Yukino Kishii Hiroki Hasegawa Kenta Kiritani Koji Seto
Tadahiko Koda Taka Koda Manpei Tachibana Katsuo Sera Shigeru Kanbe
Mampuku-Akiyoshi Nakao.jpg Mampuku-Ainosuke Kataoka.jpg Mampuku-Isao Hashizume.jpg Mampuku-Manami Hashimoto.jpg Mampuku-Senjiro Fujiyama.jpg
Akiyoshi Nakao Ainosuke Kataoka Isao Hashizume Manami Hashimoto Senjiro Fujiyama
Kosuke Oka Keisuke Kajitani Ryozo Mitamura Megumi Hoshina Kokichi Noro
Mampuku-Narumi.jpg Mampuku-Kantarou Soganoya.jpg Mampuku-Kenta Hamano.jpg Mampuku-Rena Matsui.jpg Mampuku-Kumi Kureshiro.jpg
Narumi Kantarou Soganoya Kenta Hamano Rena Matsui Kumi Kureshiro
Utae Kashida Saburo Omaeda Zennosuke Maki Toshiko Kano Hana Ikegami
Mampuku-Mana Ashida.jpg
Mana Ashida





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