Shitamachi Rocket (TBS)

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Shitamachi Rocket
Contents:  Season 1Season 2


  • Title: 下町ロケット
  • Title (romaji): Shitamachi Rocket
  • Also known as: Downtown Rocket
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Corporate, Drama
  • Broadcast network: TBS
  • Air time: Sunday 21:00

Season 1

  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 18.64%
  • Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-18 to 2015-Dec-20


Tsukuda Kohei (Abe Hiroshi) worked as an investigator, then decided to work in his father's manufacturing factory, strives with his workers to overcome problems and pursue his passion in manufacturing. Although Kohei stops researching at the Space Science Development Agency to succeed Tsukuda Manufacturing, he cannot leave behind his true passion for rocket development. The cost of rocket engine development has put Kohei's company in serious financial trouble, almost on the verge of bankruptcy.

As it struggles to raise funds, its rival company, Nakashima Industrial, sues Tsukuda Manufacturing for patent infringement. The company's reputation soon drops and banks refuse to finance them, but then one of Japan's leading companies, Teikoku Heavy Industries, offers to buy them a Tsukuda patent for 2 billion yen. Although the company is heavily indebted and desperately in need of cash, the patent is what the engineers put all their efforts and dreams into. Kohei, a president who feels responsible for the livelihood of his workers, faces a very tough decision.

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Season 2

Shitamachi Rocket 2
  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 13.6%
  • Broadcast period: 2018-Oct-14 to 2018-Dec-16


Tsukuda Kohei (Abe Hiroshi), a former researcher at JAXA, took responsibility for a failed rocket launch and took over his father’s factory, Tsukuda Manufacturing. His company succeeded in developing and manufacturing a valve system for a rocket engine, and things seemed to be going smoothly for a while…

However, business was deteriorating at Teikoku Heavy Industries, their primary customer for the rocket engine valve system, possibly marking the end of the Stardust Project. Furthermore, the agricultural equipment manufacturer notified them of the reduction in business. In the midst of all this, the father of Tonomura, the accounting manager, falls ill and he decides to go help out at the family farm. Watching Tonomura drive the tractor, Tsukuda realizes something. This was the moment a new dream was born. Moving from the universe to the earth, a new story begins.


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External Links

Summer 2015 TBS Winter 2016
Napoleon no Mura Season 1 Kazoku no Katachi

Summer 2018 TBS Winter 2019
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Season 2 Good Wife