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Fuzz Rez

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The old GTO was a national TV sensation in Japan (if I remember my J-Drama lore correctly). I don't know why, but I did love the initial TV series. I don't have as fond of memories for the specials (and a movie? Was there a movie?) that came after though.
I know, the last episode still holds the title of most watched television program ever in Japan. Doesn't change anything for me. Everything about the show was terrible and didn't capture the feel of anime nor manga at all.
 

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Ive always been intending to watch jdramas but have always put my time into kdramas. Is there any different between the two? I absolutely adore the few kdramas that I have watched.

edit: I may have to watch nodame cantabile because Im almost done with the anime of it.
Nope, there are no big differences. The major one is, obviously, the language.
 
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Ive always been intending to watch jdramas but have always put my time into kdramas. Is there any different between the two? I absolutely adore the few kdramas that I have watched.

edit: I may have to watch nodame cantabile because Im almost done with the anime of it.
There is a difference between KDramas and JDramas. KDramas focus strongly on personal bonds between people and love. JDramas while also having that connection, tend to focus more on the situation that the characters are in then the characters themselves. There are exceptions of course but thats just the general overview.

And Nodame is a good Drama. I loved it. The complete series is 2 seasons and a movie.
 

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So...
I watched the first episode of Galileo, Orange Days and Haikei, Chichiue-sama.
Galileo is mystery drama based on Higashino Keigo's books. It's pretty good, the main duo is really likeable. I'm sure I like it as much as Kagi No Kakatta Heya.

Orange Days (which is, I guess, a well-known drama around here) is a romance drama where a guy falls for a deaf girl. Even without talking she's one of the best characters.

Haikei, Chichiue-sama focuses on a young cook in small town. The first episode basically introduced the characters and whatnot, there's not much to say. It's off to a great start though, I really like the setting and since Kazunari Ninomiya is the lead...
 

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Which of these dramas are on Crunchy Roll? I've thought about venturing into the J-Drama arena, but I knew very little about it prior to this thread. It might be time.
 

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Which of these dramas are on Crunchy Roll? I've thought about venturing into the J-Drama arena, but I knew very little about it prior to this thread. It might be time.
I honestly have no idea since non U.S viewers can't see what they have... (or maybe France is one the countries you can't watch them from)

I think they mostly have Korean dramas anyway.
 

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Started watching Going My Home and I love it. I had no idea Koreeda Hirokazu was behind the show but soon as I had watched about 30 minutes I knew it had to be him, then I checked it from IMDB and I was right. It kinda has that Still Walking feel to it, it's just more light hearted. Actors have done superb job so far and Koreeda knows how to create nice mellow atmosphere not to mention he has great knack of showing nature. Too bad the show didn't do too well in Japan since I really would like to see more shows from Koreeda. I guess his career is in the movies.
 

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The only Japanese drama that I have ever watched was about a Yakuza heir going to high school and his misadventures. He liked pudding a lot, anybody know the name of the show? It was pretty funny IMO.

Edit: Just found out it's called My Boss My Hero.
 
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There's a Japanese drama thread and no one mentions One litre of Tears?

It's the only series I've watched from beginning to end. I also bought the book but still haven't read it. I'm looking for a new one but I tend to find that Japanese dramas have cringe worthy acting...unless it's only those low-budget dramas I've seen at 11pm.

Edit: But the freeter buying a house has an NHk vibe and thus sounds interesting. I think I'll watch it.
 

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There's a Japanese drama thread and no one mentions One litre of Tears?

It's the only series I've watched from beginning to end. I also bought the book but still haven't read it. I'm looking for a new one but I tend to find that Japanese dramas have cringe worthy acting...unless it's only those low-budget dramas I've seen at 11pm.
Even the prime time shows do have cringe worth acting or they are just other vise overly melodramatic. There are shows here and there where the acting is bordering normal to western sense. Current show that I'm watching (going my home) is really good acting vise but I guess the subject of the show isn't for all but I would still recommend it to everyone.
 

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I watched some of Freeter, ie wo kau when I was in Japan, but it didn't do anything for me, even though it ought to be very interesting to analyze. I really don't like Ninomiya and the general tone of the drama just seemed... off to me. I don't know, I just watched half of two episodes and ended up changing channels.

I've been watching Densha Otoko with my mom (we're at episode 10 now) and we're both enjoying it lots! There are times when I'm screaming at the TV because I'm angry with Yamada and his lisp annoys me to no end, but that's part of the experience, I guess? I love the depiction of the Internet culture with all its linguistic and social intricacies. It's a shame so much of it gets lost in translation... The subtitles are shit to begin with and I feel bad for my mom because she's missing out on so much on the language level.
 

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Woah more Galileo. Will check it out. Movie that they made was also pretty good. Also again seriously watch Legal High, very fun series.
 

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Last Friends was pretty good..


Priceless was really good. After that I got nothing. I wish Japanese TV was better most times.
 

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Last Friends was pretty good..


Priceless was really good. After that I got nothing. I wish Japanese TV was better most times.
Ah I actually finished Priceless a few days ago.
It was good yeah, I was just annoyed by the kids. Really liked the main actor, Kimura Takuya.
 

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I want to recommend IS: Intersexual if only because it's a topic that really isn't discussed in the media. Of course, the jdrama is full of Japanese acting, but the issues it raises make up for that.



“IS” stands for “intersexual,” a term referring to people who cannot clearly be classified as male or female, and who may biologically possess characteristics of both sexes. Rokuhana's manga primarily deals with the troubles faced by the young Hoshino Haru (played by Fukuda), an intersexual who was registered as a girl at birth but has been raised as a boy.
Goriki plays Aihara Miwako, a mysterious classmate who tries to get close to Haru. Inoue Masahiro has been cast as Ibuki Kenji, a member of the soccer club whom Haru begins having feelings for. Nishida Naomi and Minami Kaho play Miwako's and Haru's mothers, respectively.

Strawberry Night is interesting because it's a lot like a Japanese version of The Closer or Prime Suspect. It just needs more money to look as good as its American or British counterparts.



Himekawa Reiko is a police officer working for squad 1 of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. As the only female squad leader in charge of inspecting a crime scene, Reiko uncovers the mystery behind a merciless murder, a man who was found dead covered in a plastic sheet in the bushes near a pond. Reiko realizes that the crime is not an independent incident, but one that had just begun. The code "Strawberry Night" eventually surfaces from the investigations, a word that eventually leads to another police officer, an elite detective.
 

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What @ Liar Game.

Here's money. You lose it if you give it away. Oh no, I got tricked into giving it away!!

...What? How?
 

Fuzz Rez

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Ah I actually finished Priceless a few days ago.
It was good yeah, I was just annoyed by the kids. Really liked the main actor, Kimura Takuya.
I personally hate Kimura Takuya. He seems to do the same role every time and his relationship with women is always the same. Nonetheless watch Hero if you haven't already. Kimura Takuya is starring in that one as well but it was actually great show. Priceless wasn't bad either but not just my cup of tea.
 

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Interesting list of doramas. I've actually sat down and seen a few of them; others I've seen second-hand from being the same room as my wife while she's watching TV.

Seems you really like your Nino;D Then again, it's pretty hard to find a drama that doesn't have Arashi or another member from Johnny's.

There are a few things I really don't care for about Japanese dramas. A lot them are content to just rehash the same old themes. You can predict what character developments (if any) are coming, and usually any plot twists because they're just so cliche. It's rare that you get a solid acting performance as characters are frequently way too one-dimensional. Half the time, it seems like the drama exists to push some new single.

I'm being harsh though. I liked Ono in Kagi no Kakatta Heya. Actually, Ono in general is pretty fun to watch because he gets himself into weird roles like the one he played in Monster. Rich Man, Poor Woman was good, but predictable. The special that was on last night was pretty bad. Liar Game got decent reviews, but I still need to see it.

I imagine part of the trouble with J-Dramas is their need to cram everything into one, 8-12 episode season. I'm not saying that you need long ass dramas spanning multiple seasons, but look at western TV shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, The West Wing, Homeland and how the characters / storylines progress over a long period of time. I tend to think that the best shows have interesting characters that change meaningfully as the story progresses. J-Dramas tend to focus more on the event happening in the story rather than the characters. I wonder if that is a product of shorter seasons or just cultural differences.

It's definitely an acquired taste.

I'd recommend checking out some of KudoKan's dramas like Ikebukuro West Gate Park, or my favorite - Tiger & Dragon.

I personally hate Kimura Takuya. He seems to do the same role every time and his relationship with women is always the same. Nonetheless watch Hero if you haven't already. Kimura Takuya is starring in that one as well but it was actually great show. Priceless wasn't bad either but not just my cup of tea.
Yeah, seriously. KimuTaku has got to be getting close to Ossan territory. I don't know how much longer Johnny's can keep throwing him in as the main love interest and rake in the cash. Dood is starting to look old and not in a good way.
 
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There is a difference between KDramas and JDramas. KDramas focus strongly on personal bonds between people and love. JDramas while also having that connection, tend to focus more on the situation that the characters are in then the characters themselves. There are exceptions of course but thats just the general overview.

And Nodame is a good Drama. I loved it. The complete series is 2 seasons and a movie.
Thanks. Ive always wanted to watch " last friends " too. Just because hikki sang the theme for it prisoner of love. If anybody saw it let me know if its good.
 

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Currently watching Priceless. It's great.

Will recommend Freeter to everyone as Kurita also has.
 

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The only Japanese drama that I have ever watched was about a Yakuza heir going to high school and his misadventures. He liked pudding a lot, anybody know the name of the show? It was pretty funny IMO.

Edit: Just found out it's called My Boss My Hero.
Oh yeah, that was a fun drama. A lot of Nagase's dramas are good, if only for the fun factor. His last drama, Naku na, Haru-chan was baaaaaaaaaaad. I liked him in MBMH, Tiger & Dragon, Unobore Keiji, and Ikebukuro West Gate Park.
 

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Priceless was pretty meh imo. A typical golden time drama for housewives with Kimutaku playing Kimutaku.
On the other hand, +1 for Going my home, best show of the season it was aired (fall 2012 I think?)

As for this season, I'm definitively going to watch Tokage and Take five, unless they end up sucking fast... I'm not sure about the others, maybe if I'm not busy when they air.
 

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Man I can't remember the last jdrama I watched. And I have probably seen 50+ dramas. I mostly watch kdramas now, had a lot to catch up on.. I think I lost the patience to look for good dramas.
 
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Just came to post that Freeter is really good so far. I was hooked right from the first episode. I still have a couple episodes left but figured I'll look for another drama since it's only 10 episodes long.

As for Liar Game, I heard it's not close to the manga but good. I rather just read the manga even with the constant hiatus.
 

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Glad you like Freeter Ie wo Kau.

I really think Liar Game is worth checking out, the atmosphere is way better than in the manga imo
 

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I got sick and had time to kill so I marathoned My Boss My Hero in two days. It was pretty good, silly fun all around. I did fast forward couple of the last episodes but they weren't bad episodes. I just kinda figured out where it was going so I just didn't have the patience to sit through the later episodes.

On other note there is only 4 more episodes of Going My Home left for me :( It's been a great show so far and I wish there was more of it since I really don't want it to end. I have been saving the last four episodes but since I'm still bit ill I might finish the show today. After that I'm pretty much out of shows to watch. I'll try to pick up Bloody Monday and Liar Game again but I doubt results will be any different then on my previous attempts.

Strawberry Night might be something. I'm still looking for good cop drama since even Shinzanmono turned out to be unwatchable.
 

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Because I have no life and am highly susceptible to words, I started watching Freeter Ie wo Kau (because it was the first show mentioned), and have watched 6 episodes now.

Generally speaking I like it. There are some things that, as someone used to western shows, strike me as odd, like the excessive use of flashbacks of things that just happened. My memory is not so bad I need to be reminded of a scene from 10 minutes ago. But as a whole I have enjoyed the show, and I like it that these all seem to be more like mini series, and not something that just goes on and on for years as long as the ratings hold up (by the way, does Japan have shows like that, with actual seasons? Googling the shows mentioned in the thread, they all seem to have 10 or 11 episodes max).

Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. Always good to try new things.
 

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(by the way, does Japan have shows like that, with actual seasons? Googling the shows mentioned in the thread, they all seem to have 10 or 11 episodes max).
Some shows do have multiple seasons yes, but you often have a single season of 10-11 episodes and if the show was popular enough, a special episode (SP) like one year later.
I like it better that way to be honest, thus you can watch a lot of "fresh" shows when a new season (Winter, Spring...) starts.
 

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Because I have no life and am highly susceptible to words, I started watching Freeter Ie wo Kau (because it was the first show mentioned), and have watched 6 episodes now.

Generally speaking I like it. There are some things that, as someone used to western shows, strike me as odd, like the excessive use of flashbacks of things that just happened. My memory is not so bad I need to be reminded of a scene from 10 minutes ago. But as a whole I have enjoyed the show, and I like it that these all seem to be more like mini series, and not something that just goes on and on for years as long as the ratings hold up (by the way, does Japan have shows like that, with actual seasons? Googling the shows mentioned in the thread, they all seem to have 10 or 11 episodes max).

Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. Always good to try new things.
There are some long running shows, some shows have been running even from 60s. Many of the historical dramas seem to run for many years. Just by quick Google search I found Atsu-hime (56ep) and Junjo Kirari (123ep). I have never watched these longer shows but I might just give it a shot if I find something interesting. Or are these just Japanese equivalent of day time soap opera?

Edit. Apparently NHK has something called Taiga drama http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiga_drama
 

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Didn't see this thread until now. I've been out of the drama loop for some years now but I feel like getting in again, even though I don't have the time to follow that many at the same time anymore. Anyway here are some of my absolute favorites:

Byakuyako: very dark and twisted drama & love story.
When Ryoji finds out that the object of his father's perversion is his first love, Yukiho, he kills him. To his horror, Yukiho's mother forced her to do so to relieve their dire economic straits. Yukiho also retaliates in similar manner by staging a suicide for her mother as well as herself. It's been 14 years since then and the boy that gave up everything and the girl that waged her life on the boy are struggling to continue to love each other. They grow up attempting to keep it secret and ride out the statute of limitations. In order to protect Yukiho, and improve her life, Ryoji enters the world of vice and dabbles in crimes to support her.
Summer Snow: great slice of life-ish story with an impeccable cast, young Shun Oguri was impressive.
A love story between a young man who has been forced to grow up too quickly, and a young woman with an ailment that has placed restrictions on her life. Natsuo has been looking after his younger brother and sister since the death of their parents. He has also been running the family bicycle shop. Yuki becomes the only person in the world in whom he can confide. For Yuki, Natsuo becomes the catalyst that has her trying to break out of her cocoon.
1 Litre of Tears: stands out from your typical "young girl with a incurable disease falling in love" type of story thanks to the terrific performance from Erika Sawajiri.
15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya was an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration - a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind in the least. How will Aya react when told about her disease? And how will Aya live from now on?
Proposal Daisakusen: nice romantic story with a great emphasis on time travel and it somehow works.
Iwase Ken and Yoshida Rei have been friends since elementary school. Ken, is obstinate and unskilled in love, but he fell long ago for the lively and cheerful, Rei. But Rei is about to get married to another man. While Ken and other friends from high-school attend the wedding ceremony, a fairy appears and sends Ken back in time, giving him a second chance to win the girl he loves.
Papa to Musume no Nanokakan: quirky body swapping story. I though it was hilarious then but maybe that was just me having a crush on Yui Aragaki.
This home comedy tells the story of Kyoichiro (Tachi Hiroshi) and his teenage daughter Koume (Aragaki Yui). One day, the two ride a train together after visiting Kyoichiro's mother-in-law. He sees it as a chance to get to know his daughter better, but he ends up getting more than that - by some mysterious force, both Kyoichiro and Koume end up with their mind in the other's body! Unfortunately, they have no choice but to swap lives, pretending to be each other at school and work.
Currently I'm trying to finish Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou before moving on to I don't know, maybe Rich Man, Poor Woman. I also would like to continue with Last Friends, I never finished it for some reason.
 

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I haven't seen Japanese dramas in a while. I think the last one I saw was Hana Yori Dango and Stand Up!! a few years ago. Did the quality of Jdoramas improve by any chance? Most of my friends that I know switched over because they were better quality.
 

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"For the sake of the future where we were together"? I've started watching this recently. It's about a 22 year old guy (Atsushi Horigami) who's not all too happy with the life he's currently leading. He appears to have a lot of regrets etc. On new years eve 1999 something happens to him and he somehow finds himself in the past, 4 years earlier as his 4 year younger self with all of his memories in tact. He decides to take this opportunity to lead a perfect life and fix his mistakes. During he rise to fame Atsushi one day meets a mysterious man who tells him to remember his face. He thinks nothing of it. Anyway, he gains fame and fortune but will he get the happiness he seeks? Also, what is the meaning of this mysterious man?
 

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It's common for many shows to have special episodes after finishing, so always remember to search and keep an ear out for those.

Freeter has a lengthy special that caps the series off.
 

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Densha Otoko is the only one I watched. The feels...

Is Ito Misaki retired from showbiz to take care of the family?
She's been gone a long time.

Edit. Apparently NHK has something called Taiga drama http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiga_drama
NHK's taiga drama are yearly affairs mostly semi-historical in nature. They vary in quality, but the most recent one that was very well received (if I'm not wrong) was Ryomaden, chronicling the life of Sakamoto Ryoma. I've watched it, and it's interesting if you're into Japanese history, but otherwise it doesn't really hold up against other top notch drama series.
 

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Can't stop watching Galileo, one of the best detective drama out there.
Almost done with it, I have like 3 episodes + the SP to watch. Can't wait for the 2nd season.
 
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Just finished Buzzer Beat, thought it was great and sometimes i wonder if im watching a korean drama which is quite resfreshing since they mix some melodrama in it plus the 2 leads has great chemistry. So check it out if you haven't.
 
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