Namae o Nakushita Megami Fuji TV Spring Drama 2011

  • Drama: Desperate Motherhood (International English title)
  • Romaji: Namae o Nakushita Megami
  • Japanese: 名前をなくした女神
  • Director: Narihide Mizuta, Masaki Nishiura, Naomi Kinoshita
  • Writer: Chiho Watanabe
  • Network: Fuji TV
  • Episodes: 11
  • Release Date: April 12 – June 21, 2011
  • Runtime: Tuesday 21:00-21:54
  • TV Ratings: 11.7%
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan


“Namae o Nakushita Megami” centers around 28-year-old Yuko Akiyama (Anne Watanabe) who suddenly becomes a fulltime housewife after becoming laid-off from work. Prior to her unemployment, Yuko worked at a home builder company. With her husband Takumi Akiyama (Takeshi Tsuruno), the couple also just bought a new apartment. Now as full-time housewife Yuko meets a group of housewives at her son Kenta’s (Kanata Fujimoto) new elementary school. New to the world of housewives, Yuko learns the positives and negatives of their situations …

Reina Motomiya (Yoshino Kimura) – sends her daughter Ayaka (Seiran Kobayashi) to the same kindergarden as Yuko’s child. Since Reina’s elementary school days she has always attended prestigious schools. She is bright and beautiful. From a young age, Reina only dated men from privileged backgrounds, but became tired of that. During that time, she met her present husband. She currently works as a model for a female magazine. Other housewives envy her, but she became estranged from her husband shortly after their marriage. Her friends, who graduated from the same high school, all send their kids to the same prestigius kindergarden so she can’t let her daughter fail the elementary exam.

Chihiro Anno (Machiko Ono) – a mother with a positive outlook even though she carries the weight of a troubled childhood. Her father was violent and she grew up as a loner, while experiencing bullying at school. After the birth of her child Sow (Terumi Nagashima), Chihiro became estranged from her husband. Although there was no physical abuse, she was verbally abused by her husband.

Mao Shindo (Kana Kurashina) – gave birth to her daughter at the age of 18, before she married her current husband. After her father-in-law passed away, he left the couple with 10,000,000 yen. With that money and a loan, they bought a small studio apartment in a luxurious apartment complex which they find difficult to afford. Mao is excited that model Reina lives in the same apartment complex and happy her daughter Rara (Kanon Tani) is friends with Reina’s daughter. Mao wants her daughter Rara to take the elementary exam. She attends the school’s presentation and is shocked to learn that the entry exam is hard even for her.

Rikako Sawada (Ryo) – runs an internet shopping mall selling imported baby items. She is the only one of the housewives who works. Rikako possesses a rational character. She has 2 children, one from her ex-husband and the other from her current husband. Her husband is model Kei (Keiji), who is 12 years younger than her. Although he treats the kids well, he is more of a friendly figure to the kids and not a father figure. Rikako becomes close to Yuko.


Namae o Nakushita Megami-Anne Watanabe.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Machiko Ono.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Kana Kurashina.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Ryo.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Yoshino Kimura.jpg
Anne Watanabe Machiko Ono Kana Kurashina Ryo Yoshino Kimura
Yuko Akiyama Chihiro Anno Mao Shindo Rikako Sawada Reina Motomiya
Namae o Nakushita Megami-Takeshi Tsuruno.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Kanata Fujimoto.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Issei Takahashi.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Terumi Nagashima.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Shunji Igarashi.jpg
Takeshi Tsuruno Kanata Fujimoto Issei Takahashi Terumi Nagashima Shunji Igarashi
Takumi Akiyama Kenta Akiyama Hidetaka Anno Sow Anno Riku Shindo
Namae o Nakushita Megami-Kanon Tani.jpg Keiji Namae o Nakushita Megami-Junki Uchida.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Yuki Imai.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Hiroyuki Hirayama.jpg
Kanon Tani Keiji Junki Uchida Yuki Imai Hiroyuki Hirayama
Rara Shindo Kei Sawada Kaito Sawada Kuto Sawada Koji Motomiya
Namae o Nakushita Megami-Seiran Kobayashi.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Masato Hagiwara.jpg Namae o Nakushita Megami-Mari Natsuki.jpg
Seiran Kobayashi Masato Hagiwara Mari Natsuki
Ayaka Motomiya Hiromi Yuki Yuriko Togo

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Episode Ratings

Episode Date Ratings
(Kanto Region)
01 04/12/2011 9.5%
02 04/19/2011 11.2%
03 04/26/2011 10.8%
04 05/03/2011 10.5%
05 05/10/2011 10.8%
06 05/17/2011 10.8%
07 05/24/2011 12.0%
08 05/31/2011 13.1%
09 06/07/2011 12.4%
10 06/14/2011 12.2%
11 06/21/2011 15.7%
Average 11.7%