Pursuing dream/career with mentor guidance

I like this kind of drama when:

  • The MC starts from zero, preferably is an underdog and not genius/talented in the field
  • Meets strict seniors/mentors and learn from them
  • Makes a lot of beginner mistakes and thinking of stopping in the middle
  • Grows at the end of drama
  • Lesser romance involvement

The list contains all dramas in the genre, with those meeting above criteria the most are sorted higher.

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  • Attention Please
    1. Attention Please

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 11 episodes

    8.5
  • Bambino!
    2. Bambino!

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 11 episodes

    8.0
  • Amachan
    3. Amachan

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 156 episodes

    8.5
  • Real Clothes
    4. Real Clothes

    Japanese Drama - 2009, 11 episodes

    8.0
  • Good Luck!!
    5. Good Luck!!

    Japanese Drama - 2003, 10 episodes

    8.5
  • Miss Pilot
    6. Miss Pilot

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 11 episodes

    8.0
  • Nodame Cantabile
    7. Nodame Cantabile

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 11 episodes

    9.0
  • Ace wo Nerae!
    8. Ace wo Nerae!

    Japanese Drama - 2004, 9 episodes

    8.0
  • Big Money!
    9. Big Money!

    Japanese Drama - 2002, 12 episodes

    8.5
  • Spark
    10. Spark

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    9.0
  • Hokaben
    11. Hokaben

    Japanese Drama - 2008, 10 episodes

    7.0
  • Bengoshi no Kuzu
    12. Bengoshi no Kuzu

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 12 episodes

    8.0
  • Legal High
    13. Legal High

    Japanese Drama - 2012, 11 episodes

    9.0
  • Juhan Shuttai!
    14. Juhan Shuttai!

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    9.5

    This is one of the best dramas I have watched, but ranked lower in here due to the fact that there's not so much learning curve for the MC in the drama.

  • Gokuaku Ganbo
    15. Gokuaku Ganbo

    Japanese Drama - 2014, 11 episodes

    8.0
  • Haikei, Chichiue-sama
    16. Haikei, Chichiue-sama

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 11 episodes

    8.0
  • 1 Pound no Fukuin
    17. 1 Pound no Fukuin

    Japanese Drama - 2008, 9 episodes

    7.5
  • Koe Girl
    18. Koe Girl

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 10 episodes

    8.0
  • Fragile
    19. Fragile

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    8.0
  • Angel Bank
    20. Angel Bank

    Japanese Drama - 2010, 8 episodes

    7.5
  • Egao no Hosoku
    21. Egao no Hosoku

    Japanese Drama - 2003, 12 episodes

    8.5

    In this one, the mentor is not in the field but teaches MC to be a better person.

  • Gakeppuchi Hotel
    22. Gakeppuchi Hotel

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 10 episodes

    8.0
  • Keiji Yugami
    23. Keiji Yugami

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 10 episodes

    8.5
  • Kurokouchi
    24. Kurokouchi

    Japanese Drama - 2013, 10 episodes

    8.5
  • Kirakira Kenshui
    25. Kirakira Kenshui

    Japanese Drama - 2007, 11 episodes

    7.5
  • Attack No.1
    26. Attack No.1

    Japanese Drama - 2005, 11 episodes

    7.5
  • Iryu Team Medical Dragon
    27. Iryu Team Medical Dragon

    Japanese Drama - 2006, 11 episodes

    9.0

    Although it was a side-plot, I loved how MC trains an intern to become better surgeon in this drama.

  • Ganbatte Ikimasshoi
    28. Ganbatte Ikimasshoi

    Japanese Drama - 2005, 10 episodes

    6.5