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J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:55 pm
by iheartaiba
Share your j-drama recommendations here! A word or two why the drama is worth watching would be nice.

You can also ask for drama recommendations.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:24 pm
by Descole
Is it okay to ask for recs? Because now that sakiboku is over, I'd like to find something else to watch that's got the same overall positive feel-good vibes it had.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:07 am
by pknumba1
I'm waiting for season 2 of 99.9 to come out now that SakiBoku finished.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:53 am
by elarasakurai
Descole wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:24 pm
Is it okay to ask for recs? Because now that sakiboku is over, I'd like to find something else to watch that's got the same overall positive feel-good vibes it had.
It's hard to match the vibes of sakiboku but there are some that are other school themed and/or feel-good dramas out there. If you are you up for old dramas, even ones without arashi/johnny's, please check out these ones below:


H2: yamada takayuki in his still "cute phase" combined with baka ishihara satomi, ignore the obvious out of season weather (they had to shoot several years in just 1 season, sometimes it showed) and you will be transported to your HS fays again (that is if you are already out of HS). funny, nice and feel-good drama

jin: both seasons. a bit melancholic with the finish but the premise of a doctor who traveled thru time and helps cure diseases during the last days of the shogunate is definitely feelgood. plus bonus sakamoto ryouma!

juhan shuttai: feel-good, you'd want to root for the heroine and the under-dog manga writers. bonus odagiri joe in a bun :)

kimi wa hannin jyanai yo ne: funny, oh so funny, sometimes a bit pointless in the plot but funny nonetheless

manhattan lovestory: this one is old. this one has masa-nii. hilarious story of cross-purposed alphabet lovers as diagramed by tenchou. i highly recommend (my none jdrama watching friends watched this thru the end)

nazotoki wa dinner no ato de: i just had to . . . good vibes, funny (a bit contrived but it's fine), ojou-sama, AND sho in a butler suit :)

otomen: explores the concept of a "soft" man and a "strong/fighting" woman. good vibes telling everyone to be basically just be you and it is all fine

tiger and dragon: just because it's rakugo and it has okada/nagase

tonbi: feel-good but it'll make you cry first. honestly the dad is perfect for the role (he was perfect as ryouma in jin as well)

tsubaki bunguten: feel good slow pace, you'd want to be transported to kamakura so that you can slow down and smell the tsubaki



there's a bunch more . .. i just ended up starting at "H" and working my way down. will try and give other recommendations later.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:55 am
by iheartaiba
Descole wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:24 pm
Is it okay to ask for recs?
Yes, that's fine! I will edit the first post.


There's one j-drama I always recommend and that's Holyland. It's dark and has violence, sure, but it's very interesting. It actually has a good storyline. Also, acting is beyond awesome!

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:49 am
by imsakura
I am mostly into medical drama, detectives, police and alike, but sometimes I need some family drama and last week I watch yuube no curry ashita no pan , with naka riisa as the lead.

It is a story about how a wife trying to move on and continue living after the death of her husband.

I would like to recommend this to those who likes family drama theme 😊

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:20 pm
by kantanaamaya
imsakura wrote:
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:49 am
I am mostly into medical drama, detectives, police and alike, but sometimes I need some family drama and last week I watch yuube no curry ashita no pan , with naka riisa as the lead.
I'll look into this! I also watch a lot of detective and police dramas, but sometimes I do want to watch something more heartwarming!

Dear Sister is a familial drama I watched recently that was really good. It's a drama about two sisters who had a bad relationship in the past and are meeting again as adults. It also stars Ishihara Satomi :heart: so that's a plus!

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:26 pm
by ShoKitten
I would also love recs, namely something similar to Tokyo DOGS if anyone here remembers it? If not... it's been ages since I've seen it but majorly recommend. I love action and that drama was really nicely balanced with all its other elements too. It's been years so I'll try to find a way to watch it again, but I would love some recommendations of anything with a similar vibe. Action, police stuff, suspense, men in suits... that kind of stuff. A bit of humour added to the mix is always nice too.

Also some light comedy that's not too silly or over the top would be much appreciated - something lighthearted and fun like Hana Kimi...

I've been really out of touch with both dramas and J-pop until recently, so I can guarantee that if it came out after 2011, I probably haven't seen it.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 pm
by iheartaiba
kittensho wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:26 pm
I would also love recs, namely something similar to Tokyo DOGS if anyone here remembers it?

[...]

Also some light comedy that's not too silly or over the top would be much appreciated - something lighthearted and fun like Hana Kimi...
Have you watched Bitter Blood? It's not exactly like Tokyo DOGS, but it has a lot of similarities (action, comedy, detective story... - and suits lol) and I really liked it.

Have you seen both Japanese versions of Hana KImi? I really enjoyed the second version because Tokuyama was hilarious as Oscar. Kimi Hannin Janai yo ne? is not a new drama so maybe you've already seen it. It can be a little over the top, but I laughed so much while watching it.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:34 pm
by ShoKitten
iheartaiba wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 pm
Have you watched Bitter Blood? It's not exactly like Tokyo DOGS, but it has a lot of similarities (action, comedy, detective story... - and suits lol) and I really liked it.

Have you seen both Japanese versions of Hana KImi? I really enjoyed the second version because Tokuyama was hilarious as Oscar. Kimi Hannin Janai yo ne? is not a new drama so maybe you've already seen it. It can be a little over the top, but I laughed so much while watching it.
I have seen precisely none of those and now I'm really excited to do so, thank you! :heart:

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:38 am
by elarasakurai
iheartaiba wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:56 pm
kittensho wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:26 pm
I would also love recs, namely something similar to Tokyo DOGS if anyone here remembers it?

[...]

Also some light comedy that's not too silly or over the top would be much appreciated - something lighthearted and fun like Hana Kimi...
Have you watched Bitter Blood? It's not exactly like Tokyo DOGS, but it has a lot of similarities (action, comedy, detective story... - and suits lol) and I really liked it.

Have you seen both Japanese versions of Hana KImi? I really enjoyed the second version because Tokuyama was hilarious as Oscar. Kimi Hannin Janai yo ne? is not a new drama so maybe you've already seen it. It can be a little over the top, but I laughed so much while watching it.
funny that we thought of the same drama when Tokyo DOGS was mentioned :D (think of it as kamen rider kabuto passing the torch to den-o)

try Take 5 as well. a bit more drama and it is on the other side of the law (they are thieves) but i appreciated the comedic moments of this one, Last Cop may be good as well (same actor as the lead thief in Take 5). it is a bit over the top sometimes but funny nonetheless. yongou keibi is another one i'de recommend just because i like both leads. funny and a bit sad at the same time,

as for comedy i'd definitely agree with kimi hanin jyanai yo ne. rei no ryoukusha odagiri kyoko is another. then there is the 2 season of toshi densetsu no onna (with masami's fabulous legs). if you wanna try one with a "jiaigeki" twist, bakumatsu gurume bushimeshi is fun and will make you hungry.

for comedy along the lines of hanakimi (school setting) try yuukan club (if you have not seen it yet), ouran highschool club is another. meichan no shitsuji is fun but you'd have watched that already. the one with kame and uchi is another but for the life of me i cannot remember the title :). maybe atashinchi no danshi also.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:08 pm
by ShoKitten
Oh wow, so many awesome-sounding recs, thank you so much! And yes, I've seen Mei-chan no Shitsuji, haha. But the rest of those are new to me (aside from Ouran, kind of, but only in the sense that I read the manga some years ago, which is far from being the same thing). I'm looking forward to watching all of those!

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:59 am
by imsakura
kantanaamaya wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:20 pm
imsakura wrote:
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:49 am
I am mostly into medical drama, detectives, police and alike, but sometimes I need some family drama and last week I watch yuube no curry ashita no pan , with naka riisa as the lead.
I'll look into this! I also watch a lot of detective and police dramas, but sometimes I do want to watch something more heartwarming!

Dear Sister is a familial drama I watched recently that was really good. It's a drama about two sisters who had a bad relationship in the past and are meeting again as adults. It also stars Ishihara Satomi :heart: so that's a plus!
Our interest is same, please let me know if you have recommendation for police drama ;) I like naka riisa so I gave a try, and I like it :)

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:01 pm
by Queajy
imsakura wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:59 am
kantanaamaya wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:20 pm


I'll look into this! I also watch a lot of detective and police dramas, but sometimes I do want to watch something more heartwarming!

Dear Sister is a familial drama I watched recently that was really good. It's a drama about two sisters who had a bad relationship in the past and are meeting again as adults. It also stars Ishihara Satomi :heart: so that's a plus!
Our interest is same, please let me know if you have recommendation for police drama ;) I like naka riisa so I gave a try, and I like it :)
If you like police dramas you can try unfair, a bit old but it's great
and if you don't mind too old dramas you can watch Keizoku 1999


If someone could recommend to me a mystery drama that looks like the old drama TRICK i would be thankful :3

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:11 pm
by spacewhistler
ShoKitten wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:26 pm
I would also love recs, namely something similar to Tokyo DOGS if anyone here remembers it? If not... it's been ages since I've seen it but majorly recommend. I love action and that drama was really nicely balanced with all its other elements too. It's been years so I'll try to find a way to watch it again, but I would love some recommendations of anything with a similar vibe. Action, police stuff, suspense, men in suits... that kind of stuff. A bit of humour added to the mix is always nice too.
I highly recommend watching BG: Personal Bodyguard starring Kimura Takuya. It's a very recent drama but it's soooo goood.

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:51 pm
by ShoKitten
spacewhistler wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:11 pm
ShoKitten wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:26 pm
I would also love recs, namely something similar to Tokyo DOGS if anyone here remembers it? If not... it's been ages since I've seen it but majorly recommend. I love action and that drama was really nicely balanced with all its other elements too. It's been years so I'll try to find a way to watch it again, but I would love some recommendations of anything with a similar vibe. Action, police stuff, suspense, men in suits... that kind of stuff. A bit of humour added to the mix is always nice too.
I highly recommend watching BG: Personal Bodyguard starring Kimura Takuya. It's a very recent drama but it's soooo goood.
Thank you so much! I'll add it to my list :D

Re: J-drama recommendations

Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:09 pm
by Stulti
hey,
does anyone have any recommendations for dramas like Happy Marriage? just watched it on youtube and it was really good (yes I have a weird thing for the do-S male leads I blame it on MatsuJun :-P)

also does anyone maybe know where to watch Monte Christo Haku ? and is it worth watching?
I love Eitos Okura-kun and he hasn't acted in so long, at least not in something serious. would love for him to do more stuff like his role in ooku :heart: