Dramas With Little Or No Romance

sometimes we just wanna watch something that's not so romance focused, each drama in the list has a comment explaining why i put the drama in this list

INCLUDES:

  • dramas i think personally have no romance
  • dramas that only have romantic subtext but no obvious canon romantic main couple
  • dramas that have no main couple but might have romantic side couples

obviously this only includes dramas i've seen so it'll continue to be updated the more i watch

note: there may be an imbalance of what country the drama is from as a lot of the korean, thai, taiwanese, & chinese dramas i've watched have a romantic plot with  heavy focus within them, so that's why there's a lot of jdramas above anything else

Lex Apr 9, 2021
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  • 17-sai no Teikoku

    1. 17-sai no Teikoku

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • definitely an implied romance but it can be ignored
  • 19th Floor

    2. 19th Floor

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 30 episodes

    9.0
    • romantic sideplot, definitely has a heavier focus nearer the end of the series compared to the beginning
  • 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu

    3. 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 10 episodes

    10
    • very minor background romances that can be ignored
    • more student/mentor & platonic focused dynamics
  • 49 Days with a Merman

    4. 49 Days with a Merman

    Taiwanese Drama - 2022, 14 episodes

    8.5
    • romantic side plot that i think can be easily ignored
      (tbh you could view it as platonic if you ignore like a few lines)
    • focuses more on the bromance
  • A League of Nobleman

    5. A League of Nobleman

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 29 episodes

    9.0
    • bromance focused
    • no romance
  • Advent of an Aristocrat: Prince of Legend
    8.5
    • very minor romance 
  • Aogeba Toutoshi

    7. Aogeba Toutoshi

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 8 episodes

    9.0
    • platonic & mentor focused
    • i don't remember there being any romance in this
  • Aoki Vuanpaia no Nayami

    8. Aoki Vuanpaia no Nayami

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • no explicit romance but could be read as romantic subtext 
  • Are You Safe

    9. Are You Safe

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 31 episodes

    7.5
    • romance sideplot between 2 support characters that can be ignored
    • bromance focused
    • mentor/mentee focused
  • Aristocratic Birth: Prince of Legend

    10. Aristocratic Birth: Prince of Legend

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 6 episodes

    9.0
    • no romance 
  • Atom no Ko

    11. Atom no Ko

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 9 episodes

    • mostly postentially implied subtext
  • Bad Prosecutor

    12. Bad Prosecutor

    Korean Drama - 2022, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • barely any romance here and if there is you need to squint to see it
  • Bangkok Breaking

    13. Bangkok Breaking

    Thai Drama - 2021, 6 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romance but the main focus of the drama is the corruption 
  • Barakamon

    14. Barakamon

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 11 episodes

    8.5
    • no romance
    • platonic/familial focused
  • Be with You

    15. Be with You

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    8.0
    • i'd say there was no romance in this but it could've been implied but the mangotv subs were so bad idk wtf was going on half the time
  • Beyond Evil

    16. Beyond Evil

    Korean Drama - 2021, 16 episodes

    9.0
    • there's pretty much no romance in this (the only thing really is a very incredibly minor subplot of a romance of a dead character in like one flashback)
    • romantic subtext
  • Bittersweet

    17. Bittersweet

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    9.5
    • platonic focused 
    • mentions of romance 
  • Black Postman

    18. Black Postman

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 7 episodes

    7.0
    • barely any romance
  • Blind

    19. Blind

    Korean Drama - 2022, 16 episodes

    9.5
    • very little romance, which is mostly subtext 
  • Boss-dol Mart

    20. Boss-dol Mart

    Korean Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.0
    • small romance sideplots
  • Brush Up Life

    21. Brush Up Life

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • friendship focused
    • very minor romantic sideplot near the beginning / mentions of an old crush/relationship
  • Cat Property: The Movie

    22. Cat Property: The Movie

    Japanese Movie - 2022

    8.5
    • barely any romance you pretty much have to squint to see it if you really want to but very platonic focused
  • Cheat

    23. Cheat

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • anzai flirts with literally everyone but that's about it
  • Cheer Boys!!

    24. Cheer Boys!!

    Japanese Movie - 2019

    8.5
    • platonic focused
    • maybe a very minor subtext towards a romance 
  • Chicken Nugget

    25. Chicken Nugget

    Korean Drama - 2024, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • romance sideplot that well is only mentioned a few times because the FL turns into a nugget
  • Code: Negai no Daisho

    26. Code: Negai no Daisho

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.0
    • romantic subplot that doesn't last long
    • revenge focused
  • Coffee Ikaga Deshou

    27. Coffee Ikaga Deshou

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    7.5
    • romantic subtext but kind of not really at the same time 
  • Company: Gyakuten no Swan

    28. Company: Gyakuten no Swan

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    9.0
    • minor romance (husband/wife going through divorce) but it's not the main focus
    • hints at potential romances that don't go anywhere
  • Cool Doji Danshi

    29. Cool Doji Danshi

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • no romance
  • Crosstail: Tantei Kyoushitsu

    30. Crosstail: Tantei Kyoushitsu

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 8 episodes

    6.0
    • very little romance from what i can remember
  • Da Capo Shimasen ka?

    31. Da Capo Shimasen ka?

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    5.5
    • aint no time for romance in this drama tbh
  • Death Note

    32. Death Note

    Japanese Drama - 2015, 11 episodes

    9.5
    • there is a romantic relationship but i think it was more out of convenience than love & can be ignored imo
  • Death Note NEW GENERATION

    33. Death Note NEW GENERATION

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 3 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance i think
  • Death Note: Light up the New World

    34. Death Note: Light up the New World

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    8.0
    • no romance if i remember correctly
  • dele

    35. dele

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 8 episodes

    9.0
    • very little romance (mostly related to side characters)
  • Desire Catcher

    36. Desire Catcher

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    8.5
    • maybe romantic subtext
  • Divorce Attorney Shin

    37. Divorce Attorney Shin

    Korean Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    7.0
    • drama is mostly about divorce so there's that
    • romance sideplots
  • Doctor Prisoner

    38. Doctor Prisoner

    Korean Drama - 2019, 32 episodes

    9.5
    • hints to a possible romance
  • Dominator of Martial Gods

    39. Dominator of Martial Gods

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 30 episodes

    8.0
    • very very minor romantic subplot but imo it was unrequited most of the time
  • Dr. White

    40. Dr. White

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember
  • Dream

    41. Dream

    Korean Movie - 2023

    9.0
    • no romance
  • Enjiya

    42. Enjiya

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 6 episodes

    8.0
    • only the first 2 eps are somewhat romance focused but it's more about revenge & heartbreak than the romance itself
  • Eternal Brotherhood

    43. Eternal Brotherhood

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 24 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic sideplots but the main focus is on the 3 MLs as a unit and separately as characters
  • FAKE MOTION: Takkyu no Osho

    44. FAKE MOTION: Takkyu no Osho

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 8 episodes

    8.5
    • no romance
    • platonic focus
  • Fermat no Ryori

    45. Fermat no Ryori

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.5
    • basically none
    • there might be subtext between one of the MLs & his friend but it's very unrequited imo from her side
  • Fighting for Love

    46. Fighting for Love

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 36 episodes

    8.5
    • romance sideplot
  • Fixer

    47. Fixer

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember
  • Fuujinshi

    48. Fuujinshi

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 9 episodes

    9.0
    • no romance
    • barely any romantic subtext imo
  • Gifted

    49. Gifted

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • no romance
  • Gifted Season 2

    50. Gifted Season 2

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance
  • Hakozume: Tatakau! Koban Joshi

    51. Hakozume: Tatakau! Koban Joshi

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 9 episodes

    8.5
    • little romance (characters go on mixers/dates but never really lead anywhere)
  • High&Low the Movie 2: End of Sky

    52. High&Low the Movie 2: End of Sky

    Japanese Movie - 2017

    8.5
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance
  • High&Low the Movie 3: Final Mission

    53. High&Low the Movie 3: Final Mission

    Japanese Movie - 2017

    8.0
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance
  • High&Low: The Movie

    54. High&Low: The Movie

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    9.0
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance
  • High&Low: The Red Rain

    55. High&Low: The Red Rain

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    7.0
    • familial relationship is the main focus
    • no romance if i remember correctly 
  • High&Low: The Story of S.W.O.R.D.

    56. High&Low: The Story of S.W.O.R.D.

    Japanese Drama - 2015, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • friendship focused
    • some minor hints to romance here & there but it doesn't lead anywhere & can be ignored
  • High&Low: The Worst

    57. High&Low: The Worst

    Japanese Movie - 2019

    8.0
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance(?)
  • High&Low: The Worst Episode.O

    58. High&Low: The Worst Episode.O

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 6 episodes

    7.5
    • platonic focused
    • (not so) romantic sideplot for a side character in ep 4
  • High&Low: The Worst X

    59. High&Low: The Worst X

    Japanese Movie - 2022

    8.5
    • no romance
    • bromance focused
  • Hiru Season 2

    60. Hiru Season 2

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 6 episodes

    8.0
    • barely any romance compared to the first season
  • Hitotsubashi Kiriko no Hanzai Nikki

    61. Hitotsubashi Kiriko no Hanzai Nikki

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i can remember
  • Hot Stove League

    62. Hot Stove League

    Korean Drama - 2019, 16 episodes

    9.5
    • no romance
    • maybe some subtext between female lead & second male lead 
  • I Am Nobody

    63. I Am Nobody

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 27 episodes

    8.0
    • small romance sideplot
  • Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu

    64. Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 9 episodes

    6.5
    • mostly romantic subtext with a minor romance in flashbacks 
  • Informa

    65. Informa

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romance sideplot
  • Insider

    66. Insider

    Korean Drama - 2022, 16 episodes

    7.5
    • very minor romantic subtext
  • Invert: Jozuka Hisui Toujoshu

    67. Invert: Jozuka Hisui Toujoshu

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • barely any romance unlike the prequel
  • Invisible

    68. Invisible

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic subtext
  • Ishiko to Haneo: Sonna Koto de Uttaemasu?

    69. Ishiko to Haneo: Sonna Koto de Uttaemasu?

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • romance sideplot but it doesn't have much of a focus because you kinda forget about it
  • Janus no Kagami

    70. Janus no Kagami

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 8 episodes

    7.5
    • implied that shindo maybe has feelings for hiromi
    • implied that tatsuya has feelings for yumi
    • no romantic relationships
  • Joshi Kousei no Mudazukai

    71. Joshi Kousei no Mudazukai

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 7 episodes

    6.5
    • mentions of romance
    • friendship focused
  • Kaidanshita no Gogh

    72. Kaidanshita no Gogh

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 8 episodes

    7.0
    • could be romantic subtext in this but you can read it platonically and/or as admiration
  • Kanakana

    73. Kanakana

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 28 episodes

    8.5
    • main focus is familial and platonic
    • romance sideplot that's mostly unrequited
  • Kashimashi Meshi

    74. Kashimashi Meshi

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic sideplots but the main focus is the friendship
  • Kazama Kimichika: Kyojo Zero

    75. Kazama Kimichika: Kyojo Zero

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 11 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember
  • Keiji to Kenji, Tokidoki Hanji

    76. Keiji to Kenji, Tokidoki Hanji

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 9 episodes

    8.0
    • minor romantic sideplots that either are unrequited or are from guest characters
  • Keishicho Outsider

    77. Keishicho Outsider

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 9 episodes

    8.5
    • bromance focused
  • Kichijoji Losers

    78. Kichijoji Losers

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romantic subplots that last really one ep or half an ep but overall there's not much
  • Kiwadoi Futari: K2: Ikebukurosho Keijika Kanzaki Kuroki

    79. Kiwadoi Futari: K2: Ikebukurosho Keijika Kanzaki Kuroki

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 6 episodes

    9.5
    • no romance
    • family focus 
  • Knockin' on Locked Door

    80. Knockin' on Locked Door

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 9 episodes

    7.5
    • no romance
  • Koisenu Futari

    81. Koisenu Futari

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 8 episodes

    10
    • no romance as it focuses on two aromantic characters who don't want romantic relationships
    • though it does touch upon past romantic relationships & romantic relationships in general in regards to combating amatonormativity
  • Kyoso no Bannin

    82. Kyoso no Bannin

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 11 episodes

    6.0
    • barely any romance & if there is it's guest couples
  • Law School

    83. Law School

    Korean Drama - 2021, 16 episodes

    9.0
    • minor romance
  • Liaison: Kodomo no Kokoro Shinryosho

    84. Liaison: Kodomo no Kokoro Shinryosho

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    9.5
    • no romance
  • Maestra: Strings of Truth

    85. Maestra: Strings of Truth

    Korean Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.0
    • barely any romance it's revenge focused so there aint no time for that
    • 2ML(? not the FL's husband her childhood ex) definitely has feelings for the FL tho
  • Malice

    86. Malice

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    7.5
    • no romance
  • Mars: Zero no Kakumei

    87. Mars: Zero no Kakumei

    Japanese Drama - 2024, 9 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember if there was some i didn't catch on
  • Miraculous Brothers

    88. Miraculous Brothers

    Korean Drama - 2023, 16 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance
    • bromance focused
    • ehhh could be a very very minor subplot of romance if you squint between side characters
  • Mirai e no 10 Count

    89. Mirai e no 10 Count

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 9 episodes

    9.0
    • student/mentor focused
    • grieving widower
    • definitely implies romance from the FL but feels one sided imo
      (it's literally so minor that you can ignore it which i did)
    • minor romantic sideplot love triangle between 3 students in an early episode
  • MIU 404

    90. MIU 404

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 11 episodes

    9.0
    • barely any romance just mentions here and there
  • Mob Psycho 100

    91. Mob Psycho 100

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 12 episodes

    9.0
    • i'm pretty sure there's no romance in this but it's been so long since i watched it ngl or if there is it's only hints to romance 
  • Move to Heaven

    92. Move to Heaven

    Korean Drama - 2021, 10 episodes

    9.5
    • minor romance between support characters
    • minor mentions of potential future romance between some main characters
  • Muscle Grandpa

    93. Muscle Grandpa

    Korean Movie - 2021

    8.5
    • no romance
    • familial focus (grandpa & grandson)
  • My Name

    94. My Name

    Korean Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic sideplot that really only surfaces in episode 8 it can be viewed as platonic before this episode
  • Mysterious Lotus Casebook

    95. Mysterious Lotus Casebook

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 40 episodes

    9.5
    • romantic sideplot which is minor that you can ignore
  • Nakuna Kenshui

    96. Nakuna Kenshui

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • little romance
    • friendship / colleagues focused 
  • Nami yo Kiite Kure

    97. Nami yo Kiite Kure

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    7.0
    • minor romance subplot
  • Nanba MG5

    98. Nanba MG5

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    10
    • there is a romantic sideplot that does have a somewhat major role to the drama but i think the platonic bonds & familal bonds are stronger in this and you can view the romantic sideplot as platonic
  • Nao-chan wa Shogakusannensei

    99. Nao-chan wa Shogakusannensei

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 6 episodes

    6.5
    • friendship focused
    • it's a show about kids so that's why
  • Navillera

    100. Navillera

    Korean Drama - 2021, 12 episodes

    10
    • minor romance
    • student/mentor & familial focus 

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