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.

Tadatoshi Fujimaki: Author of Kuroko No Basket

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Mar 052019
 

Kuroko No Basket is the most popular sports manga in Japan. When adapted into an anime, it once again created a big craze in Japan in particular and throughout Asia in general. Kuroko No Basket’s author is Tadatoshi Fujimaki. Let’s find out more information about this artist!

The anime version is produced by Production I.G. The film was broadcasted on April 7, 2012 and ended Season 1 on September 22, 2012, with 25 episodes. After the end of season 1, the producer plans to continue broadcasting season 2 in 2013. Information from Shounen Jump newspaper reported that Kuroko no Basket season 3 was in March 2015. Anime has also been released DVD and Blu-ray format.

1. Tadatoshi Fujimaki used to be a basketball player

Kuroko No Basket is based on what Tadatoshi Fujimaki used to experience when playing basketball from secondary school. Therefore, he can understand the terminology and movements in this sport. He gave the character Kagami Taiga the use of shoes and a headband based on Michale Jordan’s model in real life.

2. He dropped out of school to pursue his dream

When Tadatoshi Fujimaki was young, he made money by drawing Dragon Ball and Slam Dunk at the request of his friends. Then he won the grand prize in a drawing contest with ¥50,000. It is a great motivation for this artist to pursue his dream boldly. And when Tadatoshi Fujimaki was in college, he decided to drop out to join Shueisha Publishing. It was this choice that changed his life forever to become a young artist with a huge turnover.

3. He used to be threatened by an overstated fan

Tadatoshi Fujimaki was once sent anonymous letters by an overstated reader. He threatened him not to draw Kuroko No Basket manga anymore. The incident was even more serious when he sent a letter of intimidation and terror to the secondary school that Tadatoshi Fujimaki once studied.

Because of this incident, he could not participate in many events with fans. However, accepting a life-threatening threat, he still tried to complete the ending of Kuroko No Basket manga. Fortunately, the perpetrator was arrested by the police.

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

 

Hollywood Your Name Anime Remake

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Feb 222019
 

Hollywood is planning to remake Your Name – a popular Japanese anime. The movie’s main character will be a country girl and a boy in Chicago. The product received a lot of expectations from audiences in general and those who loved Japanese anime in particular.

Your Name is a romantic and fantasy anime famous in Japan and Asia. It is a story about a rural high school girl who had a body swap with a male student living in Tokyo when the comet was about to reach the Earth in the next millennium. Launched in 2016, the film has become a box office phenomenon in Japan as well as many other countries in the world. Not only that, Your Name also received countless compliments from domestic and international critics.

In the upcoming American film version, all Japanese elements will be “Americanized”. The content of the film will be a swap of souls between a Native American girl (still living in the countryside) and a Chicago boy. Both of them will have to find each other and rescue their world from the impending disaster.

Three studios are responsible for producing Hollywood Your Name Remake Version, Toho, Paramount and Bad Robot. Also, the director is Marc Webb. Webb is famous for his romantic film 500 Days of Summer and two products from The Amazing Spider-Man blockbuster series.

Earlier, original author Makoto Shinkai did not seem very interested in the remake of Your Name. However, he was very excited with the name Marc Webb. Shinkai once shared on Twitter that I was happy when Marc Webb was appointed the director of Hollywood Your Name remake version. He is also the favorite director of the Japanese author. He hopes that Your Name will not be inferior to other works. Shinkai revealed he had secretly honored Marc Webb’s 500 Days of Summer in Weathering With You, a movie that will debut this year by Makoto Shinkai. The author of Your Name also hopes everyone will wait for a remake if they love Marc Webb’s movie.

Top Best Sport Anime

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Feb 102019
 

The sport anime series will bring you emotions from happy, sad, happy to burst, disappointed and angry. Here is a summary of the best anime sports you should watch.

1. Haikyuu: Karasuno Koukou VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou (Volleyball)

The film’s content is about boy Shouyou Hinata who has a strong passion for volleyball. Shouyou decided to revive the volleyball club in school after watching the volleyball match of the Little Giants. Unfortunately, his team lost to Tobio Kageyama. This doesn’t make Shouyou lose his will. He tried hard to practice. When he was in high school, he joined another volleyball club and met his old rival Tobio Kageyama.

2. Kuroko no Basket (Basketball)

Kuroko Tetsuya is a “below average” basketball player because he doesn’t have the height, agility, endurance, and strength that a good basketball player needs. In return, he has an extremely inspiring basketball game.

Seijuro Akashi discovered Kuroko’s ability and used him to create tactics to distract the opponent. Therefore, Kuroko became the 6th player to be called the specter of “Generation of Miracles”. But Kuroko’s passionate pursuit of basketball started only really when he joined Seirin’s team, met Taiga Kagami and fought his former teammates.

3. Slam Dunk (Basketball)

The main character of the anime is the guy with prominent red hair Hanamichi Sakuragi. Sakuragi has an arrogant personality, so he always considers himself the right to be neglected. However, since playing basketball, he has completely changed thanks to his love of the sport. It is the story and meaning of basketball that makes Slam Dunk an extremely memorable anime and worth watching among a lot of anime series about sports.

4. Diamond no Ace (Baseball)

Sawamura Eijun received an invitation to attend one of the most elite schools with a famous baseball club. After hearing this news, his teammates encouraged him to accept the offer and must win the national prize for them. Sawamura Eijun finally agreed to accept the offer. After joining the new baseball club, he met Miyuki Kazuya, both of them helped each other to conquer the national tournament.