• Drama: Dearest (English title) / Deepest Affection (literal title)
  • Romaji: Saiai
  • Japanese: 最愛
  • Director: Ayuko Tsukahara
  • Writer: Satoko OkuderaYukako Shimizu
  • Network: TBS
  • Episodes: 10
  • Release Date: October 15 – December 17, 2021
  • Runtime: Friday 22:00-22:54
  • TV Ratings: 8.7%
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©

In 2006, Rio Sanada (Yuriko Yoshitaka) lived in a country village where a missing person case took place. Rio Sanada later studied in the pharmacy department at a university in Tokyo. Now, at the age of 30, Rio Sanada takes the CEO position at Sanada Wellness, which is a subsidiary of Sanada Holdings. Rio Sanada’s mother runs Sanada Holdings. Rio Sanada receives attention from the media and public because of her young age as a CEO.

Rio Sanada then becomes a material witness in a series of murder cases. The murder cases took place recently and is somehow related to the missing person case from 2006. Three lawyers on Rio Sanada’s side try to protect her. Meanwhile, a detective, whose first love was Rio Sanada, chases after the truth behind the cases.


  1. “Dearest” takes over TBS‘ Friday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by “#bemyfamily” and followed by “If My Wife Becomes An Elementary School Student” on January 21, 2022.



Dearest-Yuriko Yoshitaka.jpg Dearest-Kouhei Matsushita.jpg Dearest-Arata Iura.jpg Dearest-Hiroko Yakushimaru.jpg Dearest-Ken Mitsuishi.jpg
Yuriko Yoshitaka Kouhei Matsushita Arata Iura Hiroko Yakushimaru Ken Mitsuishi
Rio Asamiya Daiki Miyazaki Kenichiro Kase Azusa Sanada Tatsuo Asamiya
Dearest-Eita Okuno.jpg Dearest-Hinata Hiiragi.jpg Dearest-Narumi Kayashima.jpg Dearest-Amane Okayama.jpg Dearest-Sonde Kanai.jpg
Eita Okuno Hinata Hiiragi Narumi Kayashima Amane Okayama Sonde Kanai
Masanobu Sanada Yu Asamiya Megumi Nagaoka Hayato Fujii Toru Nagashima
Dearest-Ken Sugawara.jpg Dearest-Ayame Misaki.jpg Dearest-Daichi Asai.jpg Dearest-Yoshi Sakou.jpg
Ken Sugawara Ayame Misaki Daichi Asai Yoshi Sakou
Ryunosuke Takagi Nana Aoki Kosuke Watanabe Akira Watanabe

The Present

Dearest-Yuriko Yoshitaka1.jpg Dearest-Kouhei Matsushita1.jpg Dearest-Arata Iura1.jpg Dearest-Yui Sakuma1.jpg Dearest-Kenjiro Tsuda1.jpg
Yuriko Yoshitaka Kouhei Matsushita Arata Iura Yui Sakuma Kenjiro Tsuda
Rio Sanada Daiki Miyazaki Kenichiro Kase Hitomi Kuwata Atsushi Yamao
Dearest-Eita Okuno1.jpg Dearest-Hiroko Yakushimaru1.jpg Dearest-Ken Mitsuishi1.jpg Dearest- Amane Okayama1.jpg Minami Tanaka
Eita Okuno Hiroko Yakushimaru Ken Mitsuishi Amane Okayama Minami Tanaka
Masanobu Sanada Azusa Sanada Tatsuo Asamiya Hayato Fujii Shiori Tachibana
Dearest-Yoshi Sakou1.jpg Dearest-Mitsuhiro Oikawa1.jpg Dearest-Fumiya Takahashi1.jpg Dearest-Kanako Miyashita1.jpg
Yoshi Sakou Mitsuhiro Oikawa Fumiya Takahashi Kanako Miyashita
Akira Watanabe Shinsuke Goto Informant Ayaka Kojima

Additional Cast Members:


Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments