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. The Girls Speech (high school)
  9. Doctor X (medical)
  10. Doctors Affairs (busy; meets @ older age)
  11. Dear Sister (missing 10 years)
  12. Doctor X 2013
  13. No Dropping Out, Back to School (an adult in high school)
  14. Vampire Heaven (2 vampires like the same human)
  15. Galileo 2007
  16. My Little Nightmare (student has dreams about people)
  17. Lady Girls (40-year-old career woman)

In Progress (5/22/2017)

  • Samurai Gourmet

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. Sunshine = おひさま. I really wanted to see all 52 episodes of this one. However, episodes 22-30 and 41-52 are only partially translated. We watched 1-21 and 31-40 on Viki. If the others are ever translated, I’ll watch the rest.
  12. 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.)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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

well done …