Dramas I’ve Seen

I began to watch Asian dramas in late 2005, early 2006.
You’re welcome to tell me what you think about the dramas I’ve seen.

Japanese dramas
14 Sai no Haha
(2006) Well… what to say. This drama is well acted most of the time. I especially liked Tanaka Misako and Namase Katsuhisa’s (Miki’s mother and father) contribution to this drama. Shida Mirai did also do well acting as Miki. In some way I think Satoshi, being Miki’s boyfrined, should have been there more for her. The soundtrack for this drama is good, maybe not top-notch, but still good. During the first episodes I kept wondering if it could be possible that the reporter could’ve been Satoshi’s father. This drama does not make it to be favorites list, even though it’s well acted. Personally I think it’s wrong of 14 year old to give birth, risking both her own and the baby’s life, and that she’s too young to become a parent. However maybe the purpose of this drama was to show young persons to responsibility of their actions – I’m talking about things in general here.
15 Sai no Blues
(2005)
3 nen B gumi Kinpachi Sensei
[Season 6] + Graduation Special (2001)
3 nen B gumi Kinpachi Sensei
[Season 7] + Graduation Special (2004)
Ai wa Mieru (2010)
Aishiteiru to Ittekure
(1995) Very good drama, highly recommended if you like the dramas from the 1990s.
Akai Ito
(2008-2009) It was first at the two last episodes that I began to like this drama. There are other school dramas that I would recommend over this one. “Asunaro Hakusho” and “Hakusen Nagashi” being two of them.
Ame to Yume no Ato ni (2005) An okay drama, not the best I’ve seen or the worst.
Aoi Tori
(1997)
Asunaro Hakusho
(1993) This is a drama serie that I really like
Bara no nai Hanaya
(2008) Wonderful drama! Absolutely worth watching.
Beautiful Life
(2000)
Blackjack ni Yoroshiku
(2003)
Bokutachi no Sensou
(2006)
Byakuyakou
(2006) Another drama that makes it to my “Best dramas”. Great acting, a very interesting story and good music overall. At first I felt sorry for Yukiho, then I thought she was just using Ryouji, by episode 9-10 I disliked both of them. Memoriable quote from this drama: “You’re the worst.”
Fumo Chitai (2009) Good drama, but it felt a little bit too long at times.
Gokusen
(2002) A fun drama, smiliar to GTO. If you liked GTO I’d suggest you watch Gokusen. I’m not going to debate over which is better.
Gokusen 2
(2005) Kumiko returns yet again. This time to new school with a bunch of new students. My first reaction when seeing Odagiri Ryu (Kamenashi Kazuya) He reminds of Shinya, from Dir en Grey.
Great Teacher Onizuka
(1998) Also known as “GTO”.
Hakusen Nagashi
(1996) This drama made me long for my own (secondary) high school days. Wishing that I could go back in time. For the most part I enjoyed going to school.
Hanaikusa (2007)
Hatsu Tsubomi
(2003)
Hito ni Yasashiku (2002)
Hitorigurashi (1996)
Hitsudan Hostess (2010)
Homework (1992)
Ichi Rittoru no Namida (1 Litre of Tears)
(2005) + Special (2007) The drama that is no. 1 at my list. A great plot, with deep message, good acting and soundtrack. Tissues are needed for this show.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
+ Special (2000) Also known as “IWGP”.
Innocent Love (2008)
Iryu – Team Medical Dragon
(2006) [Season 1]
Itoshi Kimi e
(2004)
Joou no Kyoushitsu
+ Special (2005) In a way I almost liked the Special more than the actual drama serie itself.
Jotei
(2007) Based on the manga with the same name. I began watching this drama, then dropped it after three episodes. Recently I picked it up again. From the very first moment I saw Rina (and Reiko) I disliked both of them. I guess that many of the girls that ‘agreed’ with Reiko of everything she said about/to Ayaka did it since they was afraid of being the next bully victim. Ayaka developed into a strong young woman, but I think she payed a (too high?) prize for it. The theme song “Kanata”, sung by Nanamusica is really good. I wish I could find more music with this artist.
Kamisama, Mou Sukoshi Dake
(1998) A little bit of over-acting, but a really great soundtrack. Thanks to S.E.N.S. and Luna Sea. This serie isn’t bad, I just say, it could have been better.
Kanojo to no Tadashii Asobikata
(2007)
Kita no Kuni kara (1981) A very good drama, one of my favorites. You can’t dislike Jun no matter how many troubles he gets himself into. :) I’ve also watched the SP: Fuyu.
Koinu no Waltz
(2004) A very strange drama.
Konna Koi no Hanashi (1997)
Konno-san to Asobo
(2008) A little bit odd serie – but hilarious! ^o^
Kono yo no Hate
(1994) Also known as “End of the World”
Kou Kou Kyoushi 1993
(1993) This was the second drama I watched. Compared my first, being Summer Snow. This was much darker. I can’t praise the soundtrack of this drama enough, thanks to Douji Morita (森田童子).
Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003
+ Special (2003) New story but some old character(s) appears from “Kou Kou Kyoushi 1993″.
Last Friends
(2008) A must watch for anyone.
LIFE
(2007) Adapted from Keiko Suenobu’s manga with the same title. A very good drama about bullying. If you like the manga LIFE I can also suggest you read “Confidential Confessions” by Reiko Momochi.
Long Love Letter
(2002)
Loss Time Life
(2008)
Mahiru no Tsuki
(1996) Takes up the topic rape seen from the victim’s point of view and the consequences of it.
Majo no Jouken
(1999)
Maou
(2008)
Maria
(2001) I good drama. I recommend it.
Meguri Ai
(1998)
Mother (2010) Another drama that makes it to the top. A very god and very sad drama. The drama in general had the theme of mothers, it would have been interesting if more of the legal aspect of the abduction and aftermath was covered too.
Naka nai to Kimeta Hi (2010) An okay drama, 3 out of 5. Reminds of LIFE.
Nobunaga
(1992) The 30th NHK Taiga drama. Year 1540-1585. This was a very long watch, 51 episodes! It took a few months. A good way to learn of Japanese history, especially how Christianity was brought to Japan.
Orange Days
(2004)
Otousan
(2002) I thought this drama was slow.
Prison Girl (2006)
Rinne no Ame (2010)
Saigo no Yakusoku (2010) Okay drama, but I’m not a die-hard fan of Arashi. I believe that there are others that appreciate it more than me.
Satokibi Batake no Uta
(2003)
Seija no Koushin
(1998)
Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu
(2004)
Shiroi Kage
(2001)
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi
(2002)
Sotsu Uta (2010)
Summer Snow
(2000)
Sweet Room (2010)
Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta (2011)
Tempest (2011)
To Heart
(1999)
Toi Shinseki Chikaku no Tanin
(1999)
Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi
(2006/2007) [Season 1 and 2] I loved this drama. Just too bad each season was so short, only four episodes.
Warui Yatsura
(2007)
Yoshitsune (2005) The 44th NHK Taiga drama. Year 1159-May 17th, 1189. A good historical drama with many great actors and actress.

Korean dramas
Bad Guy [DramaWiki] (2010) Very good drama, highly recommended. Even though it was a little to many characters to keep track of in the beginning. Also very good OST.
Red Candy (2010)
Soul (2009)

  • Rob

    Hi,
    I’m also a J drama fan, interesting we all end up watching the same dramas…

    I don’t think I’ve watched as many as you, well not sure, but recently I’m a little lost as to what to watch… When I first started watching I’d look at the top 100 list at http://www.jdorama.com and try and watch some of those, but see what was available on the daddicts as well.

    Then over the last 2 years I got into some of the recent dramas going up on daddicts and also some I bought at chinese dvd stores here in Australia. When I moved back here from London, I was really surprised to find in the asian stores so many J dramas… The steal them from daddicts and sell them, sometimes they are really poor though, if they can’t get they translation from daddicts they do some kind of computer translation from chinese into english which is often terrible…

    Anyhow, I don’t always have so much time recently :( I also try and put time into Japanese study.

    I think I should start my own Jdorama blog though too, it’s good to keep a record and but also share with people alike. I can learn from what other people are watching and thier recommendations.

    Rob
    My favourite all time drama is probably Byaku Yakou.