The best Japanese dramas to enjoy while practicing social distancing (part 3)

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Oct 222020
 

8. Suits

Suits is a remake of the original American TV series and it is as good, if not to say better. This 2018 TV series tells the story of skilled lawyer Shogo Kai from one of Japan’s biggest law firms. Shogo prioritizes winning more than anything else. And another character is extremely intelligent young man Daiki Suzuki who has suffered hardships in his past. Shogo hires Daiki as an associate since he is impressed by Daiki’s remarkable memory recall. They later together form an unstoppable team.

9. Mare

This 2015 Japanese drama is a heartwarming story that can lift your spirit. Mare tells a story about a girl of the same name who grew up in a family that is constantly running from debt. They settle in a small village town called Noto where she rebuilds her life. Growing up, Mare chases after her dream of being a patissier since her childhood. The drama follows Mare’s journey from childhood to adulthood, focusing on her struggle to become a world-class patissier – with a little romance for extra spice.

There are hundreds of Japanese dramas in every genre, from action-packed storylines to heartfelt romance. In addition, the drama will also teach you a thing or two about Japan without having to leave the comfort of your own home. For instance, while Todome No Kiss introduces the host culture of Japan, Mare gives an insight to the pastry scene in the country.

10. Kinou Nani Tabeta? (What Did You Eat Yesterday?)

Kinou Nani Tabeta? is not anordinary Japanese drama. It tells a tale of two Japanese men: one is Kakei Shiro, a lawyer at a small law firm, and the other is Yabuki Kenji, a hairdresser working at a salon. Shiro is assigned to keep the food budget to 25,000 yen each month and make dinner usually with rice, soup, and three different dishes. Dinner is particularly important for this couple. It is the time when they talk about almost everything. Yabuki is pretty open about his relationship with Shiro but it’s not the case of Shiro.

The best Japanese dramas to enjoy while practicing social distancing (part 2)

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4. Todome No Kiss (Kiss That Kills)

Airing in 2018, Todome No Kiss (Kiss That Kills)quickly gained wide fame. It tells the story of Dojima Otaro, who is nothing but cocky and only strives for power and money. Suddenly one day, a mysterious lady with a pale face and red lips kisses him. Otaro dies but quickly regains consciousness the next moment but with a big difference: he wakes up seven days in the past.

5. 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima Kara Mina-san Wa, Hitojichi Desu (or Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom)

If you are finding something a little suspense mixed with mystery, 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima Kara Mina-san Wa (or Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom) is the Japanese drama of your choice. The major character, Ibuki Hiiragi, is a teacher to Class three A. While his career started normally two years ago, it was a twist just a few months before graduation day. Hiiragi brings with him all of his students only ten days before graduation and allows none of them to leave or graduate until the truth behind a past student’s suicide is showed out.

6. Good Doctor

The 2018 Japanese drama Good Doctor follows the journey of Minato Shindo, a passionate man with savant syndrome. Due to his older brother’s death when they were young, Minato wants to become a doctor. He has an incredible memory. He can memorize the human organs at the age of seven, which amazes the doctor Akira Shiga. After Minato passes the national exam for medical practitioners, Dr. Shiga recommends him for a position in the pediatric surgery department.

7. 99.9: Criminal Lawyer

Airing in 2016, 99.9: Criminal Lawyer tells the story of Hiroto Miyama, a lawyer who takes on criminal cases. Since the conviction rate for such cases in Japan is 99.9%, Hiroto finds it not easy to make money in his line of work. Teaming up with Atsuhiro Sada, a successful civil lawyer, the duo manages to uncover the truth about the remaining 0.1%.

Characteristics of Japanese Dramas

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Apr 032019
 

Japanese dramas always have their own characteristics that make audiences easy to remember and identify.

Describe many characters

Compared to Korean or Taiwanese dramas, Japanese dramas tend to portray more characters. Japanese films often have large actors and often appear between 3 and 4 central characters. Besides, supporting characters are also very important and they are often mentioned quite a lot in the episodes.

The system of supporting characters in Japanese films all has different roles. In each scene and every situation, they are the ones who influence the main character. One audience shared that Japanese films sometimes have up to 6 central characters. For example, in Love Shuffle and Sunao ni Narenakute, inner scenes depicting characters are divided equally among all 6 people.

Seasonal drama

This is a unique feature of Japanese drama. In general, Japanese television programs are divided into 4 parts equivalent to 4 seasons: January to March (winter), from April to June (spring), July to September (summer ), and October to December (fall). During the cold weather months, when people spend more time at home and watch more TV, the TV station will be especially interested in the TV series that will be broadcast. Usually, it will be a movie with famous casts.

Pay attention to friendship

Japanese movies have a variety of genres such as detective, health, horror, romance, murder mystery and more. However, the common feature of most Japanese films is often to mention friendship. In Japanese films, friendship often takes the place of romantic love elements in stories. Many Japanese films describe friendship as a very important part of life. It is stronger than the romantic love factor. The most important relationship in the film is also friendship.

Japanese films often go in the direction of depicting the dark corners inside people’s hearts quite a lot. Besides, Japan also has a lot of romantic romance films from shoujo (comic for girls) and shounen (Comics for men) based on special characters.

Top 10 Japanese Dramas of 2018

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Mar 042019
 

A survey of favorite dramas was conducted with readers of the Modelpress newspaper from December 8, 2018 to December 15, 2018, collecting 14,570 votes. Here are 10 best dramas that received the most votes from Japanese audiences.

The top three spots are Ossan’s Love, Chugaku Sei Nikki, and Hana Nochi Hare. All are pure romantic love movies that explode Japanese forums and social networks in the past year. The Blu-ray Box and DVD Box Ossan’s Love ranked No. 1 in 2018 film sales, showing that the love of old-fashioned young people is still very hot even though the movie aired on TV. In particular, Ossan’s love is a rare Japanese love movie that is officially shown on television and is currently hot to the social network.

Medical and criminal dramas are also two types of dramas that are extremely popular with Japanese people. These genre dramas have been aired throughout the year. Therefore, it is not surprising that the list appears some detective dramas like 99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II or Unnatural. And the hot drama in the medical section are Black Pean and Good Doctor. 99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II and Black Pean are both films with the highest average rating by period, with the numbers surpassing 17.4% and 14.2% respectively.

Meanwhile, Unnatural not only won the audience but also scored with hard-hitting critics when receiving a lot of important prizes at 96th Drama Academy Awards ceremony. In it, we can’t ignore the best TV Drama category. A lot of viewers are waiting for Unnatural to come out next season 2 next year. As for Good Doctor, the Korean drama remake has set the highest record of the highest rewatching in the Fuji TV drama series renzoku history through FOD-paid movie service.

Below is a specific ranking.

1. Ossan’s Love

2. Chugaku Sei Nikki

3. Hana Nochi Hare

4. Dorokei

5. 99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II

6. Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka

7. Black Pean

8. Unnatural

9. Dai Renai

10. Good Doctor