The best Japanese dramas to enjoy while practicing social distancing (part 1)

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Jul 232020
 

We are living in strange times, trying our best to practice social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For those who find it boring to be stuck at home for the whole long days, the best way to spend our time is to enjoy some TV shows. Japan is not short of entertainment, and there is a variety of Japanese dramas for you to enjoy watching while staying at home.

1. Code Blue

First hitting TV screens in 2008, Code Blue quickly became one of the most popular Japanese dramas. This series has three seasons and a movie, revolving around the “Doctor Helicopter” system, which was placed in Japan in mid-2007. This system dispatches a medical team from a helicopter to patients as quick as possible. The first season of the series follows four newly-assigned young physicians to the system when they encounter different types of medical situations. The series highlights the growth of the characters and the fragility of life.

2. Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

It seems that we don’t need to introduce more about Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) – one of the most popular Japanese dramas ever since it aired in 2005. It follows the only poor student Makino Tsukushi at a school for the rich and privileged, Eitoku Gakuen, which is informally ruled by the Flower 4 (known as the F4) including four boys who are sons of influential families. Makino just wants to get through her school days as peacefully as possible, but unluckily, she gets on the bad side of one of the F4 boys. The drama tells the story of her school life as she battles through bullying and other mishaps in this prestigious school.

3. Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook)

Released in 2015, Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook) is aJapanese drama that gives an in-depth look into the life of Tokuzo Akiyama, a countryside young man, who is as fickle-minded as anyone can get. He gets obsessed with new things as quickly as he gets into a new hobby and then loses his interest.

However, there’s one exception. After savoring a delicious breaded cutlet, he falls in love with cooking and is quickly inspired to become a chef specializing in Parisian cuisine. Tokuzo goes to Paris to train in the culinary arts, facing a lot of prejudices, discrimination, and other trials along his way. Despite all of these things, he does his best to chase the dream of becoming the personal chef to the emperor of Japan.

World Trigger season 2: Plot, main characters, and Release Date

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Jun 272020
 

World Trigger is an anime series of Japan. It is a manga format series illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara, produced by Toei Animation, and published in Shonen Weekly Magazine. The first series came in 2014, October, and finished in April 2016. It is compiled of a total of 73 episodes. Let’s see further updates and information about World Trigger season 2.

World Trigger season 2: Plot

The story of World Trigger season 2 revolves around a point as humans and monsters being neighbors. It is mainly about how neighbors protect themselves from others so that they don’t become extinct. Our hero has great powers to fight and shoot the bullets. The story begins when Yuma Kuga Osamu Mikado, who is a human life with monsters next door so he has to try to hide his identity as it is dangerous.

World Trigger season 2 will show the Mikumo group. On the other hand, the Galppoula military comes up with a sudden attack. World Trigger season 1 was such a hit that it ran for two years. Fans hope that this season will be a big hit and a feast to the anime lovers, too.

World Trigger season 2: Main characters

The main characters of World Trigger season 2 are Yuma Kuga, Chika Amatori, Mikumo, Yuichi Jin, and House.

World Trigger season 2: Release date

The renewal of World Trigger season 2 has been announced at Jump Festa 2020. The announcement about the trailer has also been made in that fest. This is an official announcement by the producers. But they did not mention any certain release date of the coming season. It will be released soon. For now, we haven’t had any information about the release date and trailer. For further updates, stay tuned to update everything without missing any info.

The Best Japanese Sports Anime Series of All Time (part 1)

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May 282020
 

Anime which refers to Japanese computer or hand-drawn animation is a global phenomenon. Animes have even been nominated for Oscars and their movies have grossed across the world. It was dubbed and reached the western shores from where it became popular in the entire globe. Although most of the famous animes like Dragonball Z and Naruto are of the action genre, sports animes are also among the best animes ever made. Here we enlist some of the best Japnanese sports anime series of all time.

1. Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal is about cycling and although it may sound kinda boring, stick with it and you will be surprised. It is about an otaku (person obsessed with anime) who has no friends and discover in high school that he has an uncanny talent in cycling.

The anime does not only do a good job in explaining the world of cycling but also via its exciting races makes the viewer clearly understand the underlying strategy and tactics involved in cycling.

2. Captain Tsubasa

No Japanese sports anime list is complete without Captain Tsubasa. It is to sports anime like what Dragonball is to action – enough to signify its importance. It follows 11-year-old Tsubasa who comes to a new school and soon becomes an integral part of its soccer team, which then starts his journey to join the national team.

This anime-inspired a generation of children to get out of their houses and enjoy the sports. This anime now deserves its place on the list of top 10 best sports anime series of all time.

3. Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21 is the only anime focusing on American Football and it does a great job in explaining the game along with its rules. Eyeshield 21 tells the story about Sena, a weak and coward high school student who has become unbelievably fast in his years of escaping from bullies.

Three reasons why you should watch J-drama Followers right now

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Apr 282020
 

Whether you are a fan of Japanese drama or not, you really should check out the J-drama Followers on Netflix.

Set in the glamorous world of Tokyo’s fashion and celebrity, the story of Followers focuses on Limi Nara (by Miki Nakatani), a 38-year-old in-demand fashion photographer, who sees talent in struggling young actor Natsume Hyakuta (by Elaiza Ikeda). The drama is about women in different stages of their lives, goals, and aspirations, along with the realities of fame in the modern world.

Here are three reasons why you should start watching it right now.

Women to the front

The women are the center of this J-drama: our two major protagonists are women at different points in their lives. Followers does really great work in showing the contrasts between someone who has fought her way to the top versus someone starting out in their career. It doesn’t neglect the human side, these women have their own real stories! From fears to concerns of never making it, these women aren’t bystanders in their lives, which makes for excellent viewing.

Sumptuous visuals

Directed by Mika Ninagawa, the aesthetics are as much a character in Followers as the actors themselves. From the set design to the camera angles, every shot seems to be perfectly crafted. You will be drawn into the world of each character, whether it is Rimi’s ostentatious palatial home or the artsy studio space the 20-somethings hang out in. You will want to screenshot for interiors again and again.

Outfit inspo

In terms of inspiration, the costume design is impeccable throughout the drama. The personality and social status of each character are reflected perfectly in their clothing. Rimi is all sleek and chic in high-end, tailored fits, while Natsume wears impossibly edgy combinations working to showcase her rebellious spirit. It showcases the diverse fashion that Tokyo is so well-known for, as well as gives you plenty of ideas for how to mix and match items to create unique looks.

Three Things Japanese Anime Does Better Than Western Animation

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Mar 302020
 

The long-live argument of who does better has existed for years. While hard anime fans are convinced that Japanese anime is the superior form, those who prefer Western animation are convinced otherwise. In fact, they are too different for a definitive answer. Each style has its strengths and faults, depending on personal preference. This article focuses on three things that Japanese anime does better than Western animation.

Volume

Japanese anime has sheer volume of episodes, which tends to trump Western animation. With hundreds of episodes sometimes enabling a story to progress through a lot of story arcs, there is more to watch. That is a solid advantage in this age of binge-watching and streaming.

Utilizing its limited animation style makes Japanese anime become easier and cheaper for studios to make, giving them the freedom to pump episodes out at an astounding rate. For example, extremely popular anime Fairy Tail has nine seasons with a combined episode and that doesn’t include the count for the latest season, Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest.

Middle Ground

Western animation typically sticks to two categories: for adults and for children. The stigma cartoons for kids began to break apart through the efforts of Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks with their family films. However, there remains a dramatic age gap in what people watch. While the adult shows are typically crude comedies, kids shows are light, adventure-filled, and avoid taboo subjects like death and war, such as Steven Universe and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Genre Variety

Japanese anime has more sheer range of variety than Western animation. Japanese anime offers something for everyone of every genre, with shows for many demographics, including things that Western animation doesn’t aim for.

From dark fantasy psychological thriller Madoka Magica to cyberpunk space-western Cowboy Bebop, Japanese enimes cover all genre of audiences. Certain Japanese animes such as the hit show Yuri On Ice also features LGBT romances, which is totally absent in Western animation.