ABS-CBN through video teaser posted on their Youtube channel, ABSTVPromo, announces its upcoming Asian drama series or “Asianovelas”  this 2012

Included in the list were manga turned live action adaptation, City Hunters, Skip Beat, Absolute Boyfriend and Hayate the Combat Butler. Teaser did not mentioned the airing dates of the said Taiwanese drama series while City Hunter will start airing on January 23.

Last year, ABS-CBN’s official Asianovela Multiply site also posted teasers of Asian drama series that had been acquired by Channel 2 and the above-named titles were included. Link [1][2]

Here is the full teaser

City Hunter (South Korea)

Based on the manga “City Hunter” by Tsukasa Hojo
20 episodes | May 25, 2011 – July 28, 2011

Main Cast

Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung (Ryo Saeba)
Park Min Young as Kim Na Na (Kaori Makimura)
Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Joo (Hideyuki Makimura)

Manga Sypnosis
Ryo Saeba works the streets of Tokyo as the City Hunter. He’s a “sweeper” and with his sidekick Kaori Makimura, he keeps the city clean. People hire the City Hunter to solve their dangerous problems, which he does with a Colt Python. When Ryo’s not working on a case, he’s working on getting the ladies, and Kaori must keep him in check with her trusty 10 kg hammer. [ANN]

City Hunter | ABS-CBN Full Trailer

Hayate the Combat Butler (Taiwan)

Based from manga Hayate the Combat Butler by Kenjiro Hata
13 Episodes |  June 19 – September 11, 2011

Main Cast

George Hu  as Xiao Sa / Ling Qisa (Hayate Ayazaki)
Park Shin-hye as Xiao Zhi / Sanqianyuan Zhi (Nagi Sanzenyin)
Tia Li as Maria

George Hu plays a man who is buried by his parents’ gambling debts. With no way to pay back the money, he thought about going to the dark side by getting into the kidnap and ransom business. But instead of becoming a kidnapper, he ended up saving a girl from a real kidnapping. The girl turned out to be the sole heir of a conglomerate who faced these kinds of threats every day. In a case of kidnapping gone wrong vs. mistaken love confession, she hires him to be her butler and helps repay his parents’ debts. Grateful to have gangster collectors off his back, he vows to protect her from harms, which is no easy task. [Dramawiki]

Skip Beat! (Taiwan)

Based from manga “Skip Beat” by Nakamura Yoshiki
14 episodes | December 18, 2011 – present

Main Cast

Ivy Chen as Gong Xi (Kyoko Mogami)
Siwon as Dun Helian(Ren Tsuruga)
Donghae as Bu Po Shang (Shō Fuwa)

Gong Xi sacrificed her life to support her boyfriend, Bu Puo Shang, so he could become a successful singer. One day, Shang suddenly breaks up with Gong Xi, leaving her with nothing, and Gong Xi vows revenge. She decides to delve into the entertainment world and become even more successful than Shang to get back at him. Gong Xi therein meets Dun He Lian, another actor in her agency, who helps motivate her to become a top entertainer.

Absolute Boyfriend (Taiwan)

Based from manga “Zettai Kareshi” by Watase Yu
Upcoming Drama – To start April 2012

Main Cast

Jiro Wang as Chen Nai Te (Tenjo Night)
Goo Hye Sun as Lu Xiao Fei (Izawa Riiko)
Kun Da as Qian (Asamoto Soshi)

Manga Synopsis
Riiko is a girl unlucky in love. One day a strange-looking salesman gives her a business card for a website that sells “love figures” (androids designed for love-making). On the spur of the moment and without really understanding the implications, Riiko orders one for a 3-day free trial. She forgets to return him before the deadline, and must then work out some way to return the one million debt she now owes without anyone discovering about this embarrassing secret.





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