Yoko Shimada (Japan)
Must See Japanese Dramas (JDramas)
Japanese dramas have their own niche. It is as popular as the Korean dramas internationally. Some say that Japanese dramas are the best among the lot. 🙂
Well having watched various dramas from South Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand and even the Philippines, Japanese dramas I think are the most cerebral and the most arty. They are shorter as well.
When you are watching a Japanese drama, you’ll find the ending as not as predictable as its counterparts from the above countries.
I say Japanese dramas are quirkier and often have original and unexpected take on life and love.
Perhaps this is the reason why many of Japanese dramas are remade by the other Southeast Asian countries.
Anyway, my list is not complete, a work in progress, and not in any order: –
Ramen Loving Girl
It is a simple story and comprising of 4 short episodes. Koizumi is an attractive, quiet high schooler, who is an ace ramen eater. She would travel for hours to find the best noodle shop. Koizumi together with schoolmates Yu and Misa ate ramen from restaurant to restaurants. They tried level 5 spicy ramen, pineapple ramen, creamy ramen, sweet ramen and more. Along the way, they met the Jirokians, disciples of the Jiro Ramen Restaurant, which apparently was mentioned by a British newspaper, The Guardian, as 50 Restaurants to Eat at.
I love this medical drama. It gives you a different perspective about hospital, doctors and the medical profession.
According to the lead character, it is not the doctor but the pathologist that diagnose illnesses. It is the pathology department that go into what disease a patient is suffering from by looking into the blood and other samples.
Really worth a watch
Age of Harassment
This is a very enlightening, provocative and politically correct drama.
If you a gainfully employed, you must watch this drama. It tackles typical instances that can usually happen in an office that are just sometimes taken for granted but shouldn’t be.
A lot of those “that is true’ moment in this drama.
My Boss My Hero
A really funny and engaging school drama.
It is about a 27 years old son of a Yakiza/Mafioso who is rather intellectually challenged. The Don, father, forced him to return to finish high school at least if wanted to be the next mafia boss.
There are so many hilarious scenes and also there is a heart to this drama.
Seigi no Mikata
This is a real gem. It is a story of a 15 year old girl and her ‘trials and tribulations’ suffered from the hand of her older sister.
Her sister is rather cruel to her and yet despite this the older sister’s actions always end up with a positive effect, which made her more vain and yet popular.
Totally recommend this!
Sengyou Shufu Tantei
This drama actually is very memorable not only because the lead woman Fukada Kyoko is so pretty and the two male leads are gorgeous.
No, the drama actually tackles marriage, love, trust, fidelity and forgiveness, amongst other.
Serina is married to Fumi, who works in a large corporation. Serina is a stay at home wife who is utterly devoted to her husband, that often she would confess that she is her husband’s shadow and proud of it.
Fumi’s work is competitive and stressful and involved pretty late nights duties. His chief, a woman, started seducing him. Before too long he was attracted to her.
Serina on the otherhand secretly started working for a detective agency as an assistant to Jinnai, who developed feelings for her because of her innocence and purity. Jinnai gave Serina self-worth and confidence.
Despite Fumi’s cheating, Serina loved him with all her heart.
It is an enjoyable series. Well recommended.
I have just finished today (2 Sept 2017) this drama series. It was first shown in Sept 2011 starring Meisa Kuroki as Isaki and Mikako Tabe as Kadokura. These two girls where like chalk and cheese. Isaki is a detective and was super fit and get defeat most of the men in her team. Kadokura is a very girly detective (she got the moniker of Miss Cannes because of her winsome appearance) but very intuitive.
Together in their own way tried to get Jiu, a blond haired, white suited mysterious man, who was involved in kidnapping. He suffers from Stockholm syndrome being once a kidnap victim.
Anyway that is the precis. I am not going to reveal the plot in its entirety as the twists and turns make this drama so watchable. Highly recommended.