05-06-2011 05:02 AM
JDrama Recommendations from Pro's to a Newbie.
I'm fairly new to the Asian Drama world but I love them! since I stumbled upon Kdrama's first that is what I know. I've watched one Japanese Drama and loved it but can't remember the name (lame) and one Tiawanese drama (MARS).
I need some advise from the experts on recommendations of some really great Japanese dramas to start with? Genre's I like: Romantic Comedy, Romantic Melodrama, Action/adventure and historical.
Any help would be very appreciated!! And also, if it's not a "no-no" maybe you could message me or post where I can find them to watch? Thank you so much in advance... Jeanie
05-06-2011 05:12 AM
oh to have an edit button... "Pros to a Newbie" no apostrophe "s". duh.
05-06-2011 08:16 AM
watch my list and you'll become drama guru like me............................ XDD
DON'T EVER WATCH ANNA-SAN NO OMAME! it's TOTAL waste of time
05-06-2011 08:39 AM
Hotaru no Hikari and Hotaru no Hikari 2 its a pretty good rom com..
05-06-2011 09:33 AM
Thanks to both of you! HR ~ I will check out your list. Phoenixtearz ~ I'll search for those on DramaCrazy!
05-06-2011 09:49 AM
jeanie65jh: I don't feel like a pro but maybe you would like Hanazakari to kimitachi e? It's a great commedy but the romantic part is better in TW version I don't know or I don't remember any melodrama but try Kagen no tsuki, it's twisted but it's Yazawa Ai's story after all And Tsubasa no oreta tenshitachi series?
05-06-2011 10:18 AM
Try Atashinchi no Danshi and Mei-chan no Shitsuji xD These really caught my attention xP
Oh and watch the new J-Drama called Muscle Girl too xD I don't know if you'll like it but the plot caught my attention
Taiyou no Uta(Movie) is good also but kinda sad... won't tell why xD
Nodame Cantabile will crack you up for sure xD Both the leading actress and actor are realllly good
Buzzer Beat is kind of sport-ish drama but it has some good romance you can look forward too... xD
Well, I'd love to add more but it seems that your thread will be flooded if I do xD I was trying not to add any spoilers but... I tried my best xP
05-06-2011 11:28 AM
Thanks! I have all weekend to get started watching!
05-06-2011 01:46 PM
I've read so many of your good and helpful reviews that I want to try to return the favor when I have the chance. I've watched only (checking my drama list) 18 Japanese dramas or movies, so I don't feel I'm an expert in the area either but I'd recommend at least the following ones:
Kimi wa petto My all time favorite. <3 It's a romantic comedy. Great characters and acting. Highly recommended!
Nodame cantabile Whether you liked classical music or not, this is a very entertaining and interesting drama.
Tatta Hitotsu no Koi A bit on the melodrama side. Very heart-warming drama with good actors.
Nobuta wo Produce It doesn't really belong to romance genre but I'd still highly recommend it. It's based on a book actually and maybe that explains why it is kind of more mature drama (allthough set on high school). Very likeable and realistic main characters and good acting.
Gokusen and Hana Yori Dango wouldn't be waste of your time either, I think.
Next I'll be waiting for your reviews of these Japanese dramas then!
05-06-2011 02:44 PM
Bloody Monday - Riveting, plot-twisting drama of a young computer hacker and terrorism.
Just when you think you know everything, a twist comes in, that makes the drama exciting.
Who is/are the traitor(s)? Who will die next?
It's also touching and heartwarming. The love of a father, brother, sister, friend, fiancee.
loyalty. science. nationalism. belief. cult. power. ambition.
Hotaru No Hikari - Heart-warming comedy about a girl who falls in love with a co-worker and finds herself co-habiting with her manager - she faces the challenge of having the courage to show her feelings and change her sloppy ways.
Although the ending was anti-climactic, the second season makes up for it. The humor and romance was never lost in the plot that defines this drama. The supporting casts did an incredible job adding interest to the plot.
Last Friends - Yes, there's a gay man and a gender-torn woman and affairs and violence. But in the end, this is show is about living and loving as a person. It's about being lonely when you're not even alone and about being broken and yet still breaking and friendships that really last.
This drama isn't pretty. It's not frou frou, it's not a fairy tale. However, it touches profound on its borders and through our three main characters' soliloquies.
The turmoil and the fear and the love and yearning and the PAIN was all in their faces and the directing of the movie was also great. If you don't watch this drama for anything else, perhaps watch it for just the superb cinematic-ness of it all.