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.
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.
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.