Tropes: Something that happens on a regular basis and is norm for Japanese Dramas (if not all asian dramas)

Almost married the wrong person OR jilted at the altar.

Kabe-don (Ashi-don, Atama-Don or whatever-don).  

Piggy back ride to love

Plot Cancer: A story that just when you thought things were horrible..someone gets terminally ill (or reveals they are).

Lover’s separated –Either by their own choice or outside forces they are apart for x amount of time before they reunite forever

Couple not accepted-either by parents or society

One Way Love-unrequited love is so sad

Amnesia—who are you again? I don’t know but I must go find you in this blizzard.

Co-habitation

Rain: When everything is just horrible it rains too.

BONUS-A drama with 5 or more of the above rolled into one

 

Buckets (or Litres) of tears

 Terminal illness (unlike above) the main character is sick from the beginning and an inspiration to us all

Relative of a criminal Prejudice (seriously this is HUGE in Japan)

Bullying

Business shut down by a bank

In debt

Housewife bullying (you didn’t sort your trash correctly!)

School

Teacher/student Romance

Yankee Student

Transfer Student

School Festival

Persistent Teacher (miss coming to school- they come to your house, get in a fight with a gang - they kick the gangs butt)

Delinquent Teacher  

Sci fi

Aliens

Robots

Giant Monster

Super power

Gods

Time Travel

History –NeNe-Whats over there? Can we take it? (pointers, look for notable people or events in that era, then look for a work about that)

Heian period (806-1199)

Kamakura period (1199-1331)

3 eras before Edo (1334-1570)

Edo (1603-1867)

Meiji (1868 – 1912)

Taisho (1912-1926)

Showa (1926-1989)

Heisei (1989 –2019)

First Shino-Japanese War (Qing–Japan War, Japan–Qing War, or War of Jiawu)(25 July 1894 – 17 April 1895)  

Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905

Second Shino-Japanese War (Key word:Manchukuo Est 1932) July 7, 1937, to September 2, 1945

Occupation of Korea (1910-1945)

WWII

Horror

Yokai or Ghost

Psychological

Suspense

Serial Killer

Sports

Baseball

Soccer

Hockey

Basketball

Cards, tiles or dice  games

Food

Bento destroyed (crushed, stepped on, dumped out)

Bento with a heart

Bento with a panda /cat (or other animal)

Forgotten Bento

Food from the conbiini

Homemade food

 

Misc.

Comedy

Festival

Fireworks

Single parent
Toumei na Yurikago

Lawyer

Detective

Doctor

Chef

Character with a disability

Gay character

Yakuza

Age Gap

return to the countryside/rural hometown

 

Japan’s Entertainment   Talent Industry - watch something with a talent from these agencies (hint: Wikipedia lists some of their talent if you don’t know where to start)

AKS (company)

Avex Group

Horipro

Johnny & Associates

Ken-On

LDH (company)

Amuse

Other agency I forgot or did not know of

 

Watch with a friend Challenge:

Pick a topic on the challenge and both (or All) finish in one week and compare notes

Pick something off your friends watched list to complete a challenge topic

Pick a genre you hate off your friends watch list that they rated over a 6 to complete a challenge topic (this way you have someone to discuss with afterwards)

Repeat as often as you like

 

MDL Challenge

Add/update a title

Add/update a person

Tag a title

Watch 3 recommends off of an “ask MDL” article

Tropes: Something that happens on a regular basis and is norm for Japanese Dramas (if not all asian dramas) 

  1. Almost married the wrong person OR jilted at the altar. :

  2. Kabe-don (Ashi-don, Atama-Don or whatever-don).  

  3. Piggy back ride to love :

  4. Plot Cancer: A story that just when you thought things were horrible..someone gets terminally ill (or reveals they are). :

  5. Lover’s separated –Either by their own choice or outside forces they are apart for x amount of time before they reunite forever :

  6. Couple not accepted-either by parents or society :

  7. One Way Love-unrequited love is so sad :

  8. Amnesia—who are you again? I don’t know but I must go find you in this blizzard. :

  9. Co-habitation :

  10. Rain: When everything is just horrible it rains too. :

BONUS-A drama with 5 or more of the above rolled into one :

 

Buckets (or Litres) of tears 

  1.  Terminal illness (unlike above) the main character is sick from the beginning and an inspiration to us all :

  2. Relative of a criminal Prejudice (seriously this is HUGE in Japan) :

  3. Bullying :

  4. Business shut down by a bank :

  5. In debt :

  6. Housewife bullying (you didn’t sort your trash correctly!) :

School 

  1. Teacher/student Romance :

  2. Yankee Student :

  3. Transfer Student :

  4. School Festival :

  5. Persistent Teacher (miss coming to school- they come to your house, get in a fight with a gang they kick the gangs butt) :

  6. Delinquent Teacher :

Sci fi 

  1. Aliens 

  2. Robots 

  3. Giant Monster 

  4. Super power 

  5. Gods 

  6. Time Travel 

HistoryNeNe-Whats over there? Can we take it? (pointers, look for notable people or events in that era, then look for a work about that) 

  1. Heian period (806-1199) :

  2. Kamakura period (1199-1331) :

  3. 3 eras before Edo (1334-1570) :

  4. Edo (1603-1867) :

  5. Meiji (1868 – 1912) :

  6. Taisho (1912-1926) :

  7. Showa (1926-1989) :

  8. Heisei (1989 –2019) :

  9. First Shino-Japanese War (Qing–Japan War, Japan–Qing War, or War of Jiawu)(25 July 1894 – 17 April 1895)  :

  10. Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905 :

  11. Second Shino-Japanese War (Key word:Manchukuo Est 1932) July 7, 1937, to September 2, 1945 :

  12. Occupation of Korea (1910-1945) :

  13. WWII :

Horror 

  1. Yokai or Ghost :

  2. Psychological :

  3. Suspense :

  4. Serial Killer :

Sports 

  1. Baseball :

  2. Soccer :

  3. Hockey :

  4. Basketball :

  5. Cards, tiles or dice  games :

Food 

  1. Bento destroyed (crushed, stepped on, dumped out) :

  2. Bento with a heart :

  3. Bento with a panda /cat (or other animal) :

  4. Forgotten Bento :

  5. Food from the conbiini :

  6. Homemade food :

 

Misc. 

  1. Comedy :

  2. Festival :

  3. Fireworks :

  4. Single parent :

  5. Lawyer :

  6. Detective :

  7. Doctor :

  8. Chef :

  9. Character with a disability :

  10. Gay character :

  11. Yakuza :

  12. Age Gap :

  13. return to the countryside/rural hometown :

 

Japan’s Entertainment   Talent Industry - watch something with a talent from these agencies (hint: Wikipedia lists some of their talent if you don’t know where to start) 

  1. AKS (company) :

  2. Avex Group :

  3. Horipro :

  4. Johnny & Associates :

  5. Ken-On :

  6. LDH (company) :

  7. Amuse :

  8. Other agency I forgot or did not know of :

 

Watch with a friend Challenge: 

  1. Pick a topic on the challenge and both (or All) finish in one week and compare notes :

  2. Pick something off your friends watched list to complete a challenge topic :

  3. Pick a genre you hate off your friends watch list that they rated over a 6 to complete a challenge topic (this way you have someone to discuss with afterwards) :

Repeat as often as you like 

 

MDL Challenge 

  1. Add/update a title :

  2. Add/update a person :

  3. Tag a title :

  4. Watch 3 recommends off of an “ask MDL” article :

Start Date: 19th Oct

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Tropes: Something that happens on a regular basis and is norm for Japanese Dramas (if not all asian dramas) 

  1. Almost married the wrong person OR jilted at the altar. - Todome no Kiss

  2. Kabe-don (Ashi-don, Atama-Don or whatever-don). - Takane to Hana

  3. Piggy back ride to love 

  4. Plot Cancer: A story that just when you thought things were horrible..someone gets terminally ill (or reveals they are). 

  5. Lover’s separated –Either by their own choice or outside forces they are apart for x amount of time before they reunite forever - Semi Otoko (although slightly ambiguous)

  6. Couple not accepted-either by parents or society 

  7. One Way Love-unrequited love is so sad  - Tori Girl (probably most hilarious unrequited love ever seen)

  8. Amnesia—who are you again? I don’t know but I must go find you in this blizzard. 

  9. Co-habitation - Joshi-teki Seikatsu

  10. Rain: When everything is just horrible it rains too.

BONUS-A drama with 5 or more of the above rolled into one 

 

Buckets (or Litres) of tears 

  •  Terminal illness (unlike above) the main character is sick from the beginning and an inspiration to us all 

  • Relative of a criminal Prejudice (seriously this is HUGE in Japan) 

  • Bullying - 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima Kara mina san wa hitoiichi desu

  • Business shut down by a bank 

  • In debt 

  • Housewife bullying (you didn’t sort your trash correctly!)  - Kazuko Game

School 

  1. Teacher/student Romance 

  2. Yankee Student - Flying Colours

  3. Transfer Student 

  4. School Festival 

  5. Persistent Teacher (miss coming to school- they come to your house, get in a fight with a gang they kick the gangs butt) 

  6. Delinquent Teacher  

Sci fi 

  1. Aliens 

  2. Robots 

  3. Giant Monster 

  4. Super power  - Temp staff psychic ataru

  5. Gods 

  6. Time Travel 

HistoryNeNe-Whats over there? Can we take it? (pointers, look for notable people or events in that era, then look for a work about that) 

  1. Heian period (806-1199) 

  2. Kamakura period (1199-1331) 

  3. 3 eras before Edo (1334-1570) 

  4. Edo (1603-1867) 

  5. Meiji (1868 – 1912) 

  6. Taisho (1912-1926) 

  7. Showa (1926-1989) 

  8. Heisei (1989 –2019) 

  9. First Shino-Japanese War (Qing–Japan War, Japan–Qing War, or War of Jiawu)(25 July 1894 – 17 April 1895)  

  10. Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905 

  11. Second Shino-Japanese War (Key word:Manchukuo Est 1932) July 7, 1937, to September 2, 1945 

  12. Occupation of Korea (1910-1945) 

  13. WWII 

Horror 

  1. Yokai or Ghost 

  2. Psychological - Battle Royale

  3. Suspense 

  4. Serial Killer 

Sports 

  1. Baseball 

  2. Soccer 

  3. Hockey 

  4. Basketball 

  5. Cards, tiles or dice  games 

Food 

  1. Bento destroyed (crushed, stepped on, dumped out) - Zenkai Girl

  2. Bento with a heart 

  3. Bento with a panda /cat (or other animal) 

  4. Forgotten Bento 

  5. Food from the conbiini 

  6. Homemade food 

 

Misc. 

  1. Comedy 

  2. Festival 

  3. Fireworks 

  4. Single parent 

  5. Lawyer 

  6. Detective - Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri

  7. Doctor 

  8. Chef 

  9. Character with a disability 

  10. Gay character 

  11. Yakuza 

  12. Age Gap 

  13. return to the countryside/rural hometown 

 

Japan’s Entertainment   Talent Industry - watch something with a talent from these agencies (hint: Wikipedia lists some of their talent if you don’t know where to start) 

  1. AKS (company) 

  2. Avex Group 

  3. Horipro 

  4. Johnny & Associates 

  5. Ken-On 

  6. LDH (company) 

  7. Amuse 

  8. Other agency I forgot or did not know of