Jdramas


♦ ♦ ♦  My Top Rated ♦ ♦ 


Atashinchi no Danshi

Year
2009
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Mukai Osamu // Horikita Maki
Themes:
Life preaching // Family love // Shoujo-manga-like
Comments
Amazing cast // Obsessively loved the OTP // My first Jdrama love so I admit to being biased 






Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
Year
2013
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Gouriki Ayame // Kurosawa Ryohei
Themes:
Endearing mysteries // Pinch of 
Comments
Nostalgically captivating // A romantic atmosphere throughout // Highly recommended

Dear Sister

Year
2015
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Ishihara Satomi
Themes:
Im/mature sister // Looking for love
Comments
Never thought I'd appreciate sisterly love over romantic love // Ishihara Satomi nailed the sweetheart bitch and wannabe sister role // Highly recommended




Galileo
Year
2007
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Fukuyama Masaharu // Shibasaki Kou
Themes:
Clever mysteries // Best kind of teasing romance
Comments
LOOOOOOOOVE // This will forever remain highly recommended

Hard Nut!
Year
2013
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Hashimoto Ai // Kora Kengo
Themes:
Girl desperately vying for a man's love // Math solvable crimes
Comments
I just illogically love this

Hotaru no Hikari
Year
2007
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Ayase Haruka // Fujiki Naohito
Themes:
Living under the same roof // An actual comedy // Naive idiots in love  
Comments
Over-the-top yet simple rom-com // Despite how weird Hotaru is, she's completely relatable // Obsessively in love with the main OTP 

Itazura na Kiss - Love in Tokyo

Year
2013
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Miki Honoka // Furukawa Yuki
Themes:
Living under the same roof // Unrequited love // Dumb girl, smart guy
Comments
Definitely made me giddy // How many times must I be a victim to this overdone story? 




Kaseifu no Mita
Year
2011
Chemistry:
N/A
Actors:
Matsushima Nanako
Themes:
Episodic thriller of a dysfunctional family
Comments
Dark and complex isn't my cup of tea but once I sat through the first episode I was captivated and there was no return // I cried not because it was terribly sad but because of how touching it was  


Liar Game Series
Year
2007, 2009
Chemistry:
♥  ♥  
Actors:
Toda Erika // Matsuda Shota
Themes:
Mind games // Human nature at its best and worse // Yearn-ful romance   
Comments
Simply ingenious // Enthralled by the greater plot behind the games // The romantic me was a sucker for Akiyama x Nao

Love Shuffle
Year
2009
Chemistry:
♥  ♥ 
Actors:
Tamaki Hiroshi // Karina // Matsuda Shota // Yoshitaka Yuriko
Themes:
Surreal characters in surreal love // Romantic but not romantic
Comments
The entire cast made this worthy  

N no Tame ni
Year
2014
Chemistry:
♥  ♥  
Actors:
Kubota Masataka // Eikura Nana
Themes:
Mystery thriller romance mashup // Beautiful, subtle romance
Comments
Ending: its likely there's a greater (romantic) meaning // Slow to start but I never wanted it to end // Those clicks! Su-go-i!

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
Year
2010
Chemistry:
♥  ♥  
Actors:
Kamenashi Kazuya // Oomasa Aya
Themes:
Low-confidence, kick-butt girl // Handsome. hot-tempered guy // Friendship, family, and the usual
Comments
My guilty pleasure // Loved the anime, so how can I not love this? 





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37.5 C no Namida
Year
2015
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Narimiya Hiroki // Renbutsu Misako
Themes:
Heartwarming families // Dark past // More than a pinch of romance
Comments
Unexpectedly emotional // Children were endearing // Romance was cute


Beginners!
Year
2012
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Gouriki Ayame // Fujigaya Taisuke 
Themes:
Underdog feels // Youth (+ cute) romance
Comments
Loved the character developments // Typical yet satisfying 

Code Blue Series
Year
2008, 2010
Chemistry:
N/A
Actors:
Toda Erika // Higa Manami // Aragaki Yui // Yamashita Tomohisa
Themes:
Egoistical doctor // Emergency medical situations
Comments
Over-hyped but still a consistent drama // Zero romance // Entirely a medical drama sprinkled with touching scenes


Doctor X

Year
2012
Chemistry:
N/A
Actors:
Yonekura Ryoko // Uchida Yuki // Kishibe Ittoku
Themes:
Eccentric doctor 
Comments
Entertaining medical drama with a tad of mystery // But the mystery was a little too repetitive // I like it but I think it's over-hyped






Kasuka Na Kanojo

Year
2013
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Katori Shingo // Higashide Anne // Miki Honoka
Themes:
Ghost x Human // Teasing student romance // Indifferent students + indifferent teacher + overenthusiastic ghost 
Comments
Funny and endearing // It was the entire cast and story that made me fall in love with this drama 






Papa to Musume no Nanokakan
Year
2007
Chemistry:
♥  
Actors:
Aragaki Yui 
Themes:
Swapping bodies // Pinch of 
Comments
Imagine your dad dating your crush in your body. The horror! The fun! // I'm a Aragaki Yui fan, just sayin'

Soratobu Koukoushitsu
Year
2007
Chemistry:
♥  ♥ 
Actors:
Aragaki Yui, Ayano Go
Themes:
Obstinate, career-driven girl // Awkward, sincere idiot guy
Comments
I said I was Aragaki's fan, right? // Not that spectacular but a soothing watch

Zenkai Girl
Year
2011
Chemistry:
♥  ♥ 
Actors:
Aragaki Yui, Nishikido Ryo
Themes:
Obstinate, career-driven girl (again!) // Sincere idiot guy (again!) // Cute children factor (new!)
Comments
Do I need to repeat myself? // I would have rated this better if the drama didn't always take one step forward and two steps back




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Asuko March!

Year
2011
Chemistry:
♥ ♥ 
Actors:
Matsuzaka Tori // Kaku Kento // Takei Emi 
Themes:
Unlikely friendships // High school preaching // Shoujo-manga-like
Comments
The teasing romance kept me in check; unfortunately I was rooting for the sinking ship





Kazoku no Katachi

Year
2016
Chemistry:
♥ 
Actors:
Katori Shingo // Ueno Juri
Themes:
Prickly leads // Importance of company
Comments
Probably would have liked it more if I didn't have a high expectation // Forced romance // Characters, unfortunately, were unrelatable // Cheesy happy ending






Lady Girls

Year
2015
Chemistry:

Actors:
N/A
Themes:
Mature romance // Struggles of women // Hate to love
Comments
Not a young girl but a lady girl has a younger boyfriend who's a jerk and then she meets a guy who's constantly bickering with her who looks like a jerk but isn't a jerk // Been there done that // Typical happy ending 



Mop Girl

Year
2007
Chemistry:

Actors:
N/A
Themes:
Light mystery + supernatural   
Comments
Slightly better than your average Jdrama but still your average Jdrama 



Otenki Onee-san

Year
2013
Chemistry:

Actors:
N/A
Themes:
Eccentric and emotionless heroine // Weather-themed mystery // Pinch of unexpected romance
Comments
Interesting premiere but stayed at a nice, boring plateau throughout 







Saikou no Rikon

Year
2013
Chemistry:
♥ 
Actors:
Eita // Ono Machiko // Maki Yoko // Ayano Go
Themes:
Eccentric characters  // Romance in divorce 
Comments
Eita and his oddball quirks // Amazing monologues and dialogues // The drama had the skill to make something simple so utterly complex // Unfortunately, it lost me emotionally 







Sennyuu Tantei Tokage
Year
2013
Chemistry:
♥ 
Actors:
Matsuda Shota
Themes:
The cool guy with dark past // The clueless girl who's helpless 
Comments
I think it tried to be too cool // Romance was bland // Average drama that won't stress you out 



Soredemo, Ikite Yuku
Year
2011
Chemistry:
♥  
Actors:
Mitsushima Hikari //Eita
Themes:
The painful path of forgiving // Socially awkward couple // Forbidden love
Comments
I don't know what possessed me to finish this heart-wrenching drama // I really, really, really cannot handle tragedy, which is why I'm not recommending this – people say it's hopeful though. O-kay. // Despite my aversion towards tragedy, I finished this – I guess that's a compliment? 




Suikyuu Yankees
Year
2014
Chemistry:
♥ 
Actors:
Sakurako Ohara // Yamazaki Kento // Mamiya Shotaru
Themes:
Ultra-lame main character // Teamwork and friendship // Promising romance (sorta)
Comments
Guys in showy swimwear but all are so scrawny // First few minutes were lame but ended with potential // Solid drama through and through

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