After sharing to you guys my current favorite japanese films, I now wanna share my top jdorama favs. Compared to the movies, I had watched quite alot of japanese dramas. Dunno how much, but I do know its less than the animes. LOL. Not only jdramas, but also kdramas & chinese/taiwanese dramas but thats for another set of entries.
This list is all over the place when it comes to genres. From drama, crime drama to comedy, I watch them all. I don’t have s specific type of genre to watch, as long as I like the actors in the series then everything is all good. So might notice that most of the series mentioned below has the same set of casts. Hehehheehhe.
It was hard for me to pick the top 7 jdramas cuz I enjoyed alot of them, but still I was able to choose. But before share them, I do wanna share some honorable mentions. These jdramas I’m about to mention are really good ones and had a chance to be part of my top 7 list but got shortlisted. Anyway, here they are:
Taiyou no Uta
Joker: Yurusarezaru Sousakan
Doctor X series
I won’t give much details about them, I just wanna let you know guys that you also need to check them out. They are all worth it.
Now for the main feature, here’s my top favorite japanese tv series: (this is in order)
7. My Boss, My Hero
Synopsis: The show is about Makio Sakaki (榊 真喜男), also known as “Tornado”, a 27-year-old yakuza, who wants to succeed his father at the head of the gang. But Makio is a little dumb, so his father decides to send him back to high school and makes a deal with him: if he can graduate he can become the new leader of the gang. If Makio doesn’t graduate, the position of boss will be given to his younger brother, Mikio. And that is how the hero goes back to school, hiding his identity and age. (Asianwiki)
My Thoughts: Before I even know/watched the famous and well-known school series, GTO & Gokusen, My Boss, My Hero was my jam…even until now. The mix of comedy, school, drama, and gangsta in the series was the best thing I had seen. Its so fun to watch. Even now, I still laugh my ass off watching this series. Seeing Tomoya Nagase of TOKIO as a high school student is already hilarious, and with that kind of storyline, bruh, full enjoyment is indeed the end game after watching the series.
6. Hotaru no Hikari: It’s Only A Little Light In My Life
Synopsis: It is said that many working women in their twenties are clandestinely, sloppy and lazy homebodies. At work, they put on a facade of living it up in glitz and glamour, but at home, they live as ultimate sexless slobs! Hotaru Amemiya (Haruka Ayase), who works in the interior design industry in Tokyo, is truly one such homebody. She would rather sleep than date and loves to dilly-dally at home, clad in a stained T-shirt and sweat pants, drinking beer while scratching her behind. But her comfy homebody life is threatened when one day, her boss, Takano (Naohito Fujiki), moves into her house out of the blue. Then, at work, an up-and-coming young designer, Makoto Teshima (Kazuki Kato) returns from London, and Hotaru’s life takes a new turn. She falls in love! How will the homebody girl respond to Makoto’s bold move? Will she remember how to be feminine again? (Asianwiki)
My Thoughts: A japanese tv series about a woman in her 20’s who is a hikikomori and loveless, who doesn’t like that plot??? I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Hotaru no Hikari is so funny, lighthearted, and romantic. I always feel good after re/watching this series. Its not just the story that made this series really really good, but also the characters and the actors portraying them. Haruka Ayase did a wonderful job in portraying the main character. She is so good. Also, I actually had a crush with Naohito Fujiki as the male lead through out the franchise. One of the best rom-com Jdorama I had ever seen in my whole life.
5. Ryuusei no Kizuna
Synopsis: At the age of 11, Koichi Ariake discovers his parents brutally murdered in their home. Furthermore, Koichi must tell his two younger siblings the aweful truth about their parents disappearance. 14 years later the three siblings still feel as much rage against their parents murderer as the day it happened. Then one day they locate the murderer… (Asianwiki)
My Thoughts: I didn’t expect I would love Ryuusei no Kizuna. What got me hook in this series was the fact that the 3 main characters were portrayed by my favorites, Nishikido Ryo, Ninomiya Kazunari & Toda Erika. Eyegasms overload. Not only the characters, but also the intriguing plot, very interesting stories in every episode and that shocking twist reveal at the last episode of the series. I totally didn’t expect that at all. It was an amazing experience. No matter how much I rewatch this, I still enjoy watching this series.
PS: I still have the theme song of this series on my ‘need to cry’ playlist. Ooohohohoho.
4. Bloody Monday
Synopsis: Based on Ryo Ryumon’s manga, “Bloody Monday” centers around high school student Fujimaru Takagi (Haruma Miura). Fujimaru Takagi is a white hat computer hacker who must clear his father’s name by solving the “Bloody Monday” mystery involving Russian terrorists.
My Thoughts: Bloody Monday was one of the first japanese drama I had watched that doesn’t have any romance, and was more into suspense, action thriller. I was still in highschool when I watched it and it amazed me to the max. I had always been a fan of this kind of series/movies since I was a kid, so seeing it portrayed and executed really really well, I’m stoked. The way the story flowed, from start to finish, had me on the edge of my seat. It was intense and I can’t stop watching it. Even the 2nd season, didn’t even disappoint. Though storywise, the sequel was abit all over the place, but still it was still enjoyable to watch. The characters were really engaging and intriguing, It was so fun to watch them grow and be awesome. It was also through this series where I discover Miura Haruma and Sato Takeru. They were still so young here, and their acting were on point. Though I am abit weirded out (and still am) with Takeru’s hair in this series. Thank goodness he looks so good now.
This series also made me check out its manga, and bruh, its really good.
3. Code Blue
Synopsis: The “Doctor Helicopter” system was legalized in Japan in June 2007. A medical team is dispatched to the patients on a helicopter to provide medical care in the field as soon as possible. One day, four young physicians are assigned to this latest medical system. The doctors experience traumatic medical situations, deal with personal ambitions, witness the fragility of life, and they grow personally and professionally.
My Thoughts: Yamapi. Aragaki Yui. Toda Erika. In a medical drama series? With a star-studded cast like this and amazing plot…How can I not love this one??
Code Blue was the first ever medical drama I had seen that is Japanese. I was in med school when I first watched it and I got hooked…so bad. Everything about this series made me check out more and more Japanese medical dramas. The plot itself is really interesting and quite unique. Though it is episodic, the situations the characters faced in every episode were really intriguing and it really spiked my interest in medicine. It was awesome to watch.
2. SPEC: Birth
Synopsis: Like the original series, “SPEC” will revolve around a pair of police detectives as part of a special division solving difficult cases (Mishou). Touma Saya is a woman with an IQ of 201 and an inability to “read the atmosphere” in social situations. Due to a previous case, her left arm is in a sling. Her partner Sebumi Takeru used to be the star performer of the Metropolitan Police. After some incident however, he was transferred to Mishou. Those two track down offenders with special abilities(SPEC) who managed to get away with their crimes. (DramaWiki)
My Thoughts: What got me hooked to this series was the plot. Yes, Toda Erika is the main character. I do admit, I checked this out cuz she is here in the series. But it was the synopsis that made me watch the series. The plot was really intriguing. A detective with an IQ of 201? Special abilities? Unsolved cases? HELL YEAH. This series didn’t disappoint. I really really love the story, the amazing writing, and mix of genres. Usually, comedy doesn’t mix well with crime drama, but in this series, it was mixed well. You won’t even question the absurdiness of everything that was going on. You just relax and binge-watch the whole damn thing and then you’ll go on a roller coaster ride of enjoyment. Its that fun. I mean, this series even get alot of special sequels, its that awesome! Ooohohohohooh.
1. One Litre of Tears
Synopsis: The story of a family whose 15-year old eldest daughter comes down with an incurable disease (Spinocerebellar Degeneration) but puts up a fierce battle to live while bearing up under her infirmity. It also recounts in a positive manner the warm-hearted days of her family, boyfriend and friends who cried and laughed while supporting her. The original work of the same name is a diary that a girl kept after the outbreak of her disease to gain courage in grappling with the illness and including her words of encouragement to her self, her reflections and her words of gratitude that were written until she could no longer hold a pen. The fresh and sensitive texts and poems created a sensation among the reading public in Japan, becoming a best seller with sales of more than 1.1 million copies. Even today, 19 years after it was originally published, it continues to provide the courage to live to many people. (Asiawiki)
My Thoughts: Uuuwwwaaaa…. this series. 1 litre of tears will forever be my number 1 japanese tv series of all time. No matter how much I rewatch this series, the result is still the same, I would be a crying mess. I have no words to describe how much I love this series. Its both heartwretching and painful, yet it also gives me hope and courage. The story, the characters, the struggles, the happy moments, their relationship with each other, the life lessons I learnt watching this series….everything. I cherish them all. And yeah, I won’t forget to mention my bae, Nishikido Ryo. It was through this series that I became I huge fan of him, and he will always be my number 1 Japanese male idol crush in my heart.
That was a bit longer than I expected it to be. Heh.
Please do check out the Japanese tv series I mentioned above. They are all worth it of your time and are MUST WATCH.
Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading!!