Japanese Drama

Now that I’ve watched quite a few (more than 80) complete Korean Dramas, I’m getting interested in Japanese Dramas.

Ideas for Possible Future JDrama Viewing

  1. Sumika Sumire (Vimeo and YouTube, 8 episodes)
  2. Ouroboros
  3. Shitamachi Rocket
  4. Hanazawa Naoki
  5. ST: Scientific Task Force (aka Scientific Investigation Squad)
  6. IQ246
  7. Jin (time travel)
  8. Doctors Affairs (busy; meets @ older age)
  9. Dear Sister (missing 10 years)
  10. Lady Girls (40-year-old career woman)
  11. Bewitched in Tokyo
  12. Juhan Shuttai
  13. Hayako Sensei
  14. Sora from furu Ichioku no Hoshi

In Progress (1/13/2018)

  • Blue Fire
  • Mischievous Kiss
  • Hibana

JDramas completed

  1. Ando Lloyd = 安堂ロイド.  A physicist dies and comes back to life as an android. His fiancée tries to love the android.
  2. Minami-kun no Koi-bito (My Little Lover) = 南くんの恋人 (5 stars). Finished on 2/3/2016. The perfect fairy tale. My favorite JDrama. 5 stars.
  3. Future Diary = 未来日記. Manga-based drama about 7 people with special phones that predict the future.  (DramaFever).
  4. Tenchū = 天誅. Female ninga time travels 400 years ahead to the present day.
  5. The Hours of My Life = 僕のいた時間.  An ordinary university student learns that he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Extremely heart warming. 5 stars.
  6. Galileo = ガリレオ.  A university professor helps a detective woman solve some “mysteries.” Episodic. Each episode is self-contained. Originally abandoned after watching all but two episodes. Decided to return to watch it.
  7. Clinic on the Sea = 海の上の診療所. A hospital boat goes around the inland sea of Japan visiting small islands. After abandoning this after two episodes, returned to watch all 11 episodes. 3 stars.
  8. Good Morning Call = グッドモーニング・コール.  Based on a manga series. On Netflix. Finished 11/23/2016.
  9. From Five to Nine =  5時から9時まで. Quit after 5 episodes of the male lead–a Buddhist monk–being a total jerk.  Revisited later and liked the last 5 episodes (6-10). Finished  1/27/2017. On KissAsian.com
  10. We Married as a Job = 逃げるは恥だが役に立つ. An unemployed woman cleans house for a terminally shy man 10 years older. They decide to (pretend to?) get married “as a job.” Very funny–one of my favorite Japanese Dramas. Finished on 2/1/2017. On NewAsianTV.me.
  11. It’s Sudden but Tomorrow We’re Getting Married = 突然ですが明日結婚します(on @KissAsian and @NewAsianTV and maybe a few others.) A girl from a happy family meets a television star. She wants to get married; he doesn’t. (I won’t spoil it for you.)
  12. Koinaka = 恋仲 (“Love” or “Love Relationship”). Two grade schoolers named Aoi fall for the same girl. Years later one of them marries the girl. Which one will it be? Finished on 3/27/2017 on @Viki.
  13. I’m Mita, Your Houskeeper = 家政婦のミタ.  A dysfunctional family becomes even more dysfunctional until a dysfunctional housekeeper shows up. Watched last episode 4/23/2017 on @Viki.
  14. I’m Your Destiny = ボク、運命の人です (on @KissAsian)
  15. Dating: What’s It Like to Be in Love? = デート – 恋とはどんなものかしら?  [ Deto – Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira?] (on @KissAsian)
  16. Sunshine = おひさま.  This would have been our 11th Japanese Drama, but its subtitles weren’t all translated. Initially watched episodes 1-21 and 31-40 in late 2016. In June or July 2017 we noticed that episodes 22-30 and 41-52  had been translated, so we resumed. Finished episode 52 on 5 Oct 2017 on @Viki. The plot had its ups and downs, but ended on a happy note. It begins in the period leading up to World War II and ends in about 1953, as narrated by a woman in the  present-day.
  17. Teddy Go! 4 30-minute episodes. Not sure what it was about, but it was good Japanese practice.
  18. Long Vacation (YouTube, 11 episodes). A piano student’s roommate is a no show, leaving his prospective bride high and dry.
  19. Hero [2001] (YouTube, 11 episodes). About prosecutors in Tokyo.
  20. Gokusen [Part 1] (YouTube). 3rd generation yakuza heiress becomes a high school teacher to a bunch of hoodlums.

JDramas Abandoned

  1. Secret Message (JDrama/Kdrama). No plot. Couldn’t figure this one out.
  2. Rainbow Rose. Hyper giggly Korean drama, overdubbed in Japanese with English subtitles. Slept through episode 1 on 12/2/2016.  Can’t bear to watch another episode.
  3. Second to Last Love. I was initially very hopeful about this. However, after the two main actors slept together in episode 2 and talked openly about it at the beginning of episode 3, I lost all interest.
  4. 99 Days with a Star = 僕とスターの99日
  5. Samurai Gourmet (Netflix)
  6. Doctor X (medical)
  7. You’re My Pet. Watched one episode. Too “kinky.”
  8. Atelier. A company in Tokyo makes custom women’s underwear.
  9. No Dropping Out, Back to School (an adult in high school)