Best Japanese Dramas

by Bengalifob | created - 04 Jul 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Jdramas that I highly recommend.

Jdramas that I could not find on IMDB:

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1. 1 Litre of Tears (2005– )

48 min | Drama, Romance

This TV drama version of "Ichi rittoru no namida" tells the story of 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya, an ordinary girl and a new highschool student. But soon she discovers she has spinocerebellar ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Ryô Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Takanori Jinnai

Votes: 1,727


My very first Asian drama and still one of the best. Everyone will have this on their jdorama list and you will too.

2. Raifu (2007– )

36 min | Drama

Ayumu passes an entrance exam of a high school with help of Yuko, her best friend, but Yuko fails and blames Ayumu for her failure. Broken heart from the broken friendship, Ayumu shuts her ... See full summary »

Stars: Saki Fukuda, Nanase Hoshii, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Masataka Hosoi

Votes: 119


[also known as Life] A fast-paced emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you physically drained.

3. Strawberry on the Shortcake (2001– )

Irie is an unhappy bullied kid. His life starts getting better as his father gets remarried and her daughter moves in.

Stars: Hideaki Takizawa, Kyoko Fukada, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Rina Uchiyama

Votes: 95


Two of my fave Japanese actors in a drama with ABBA as it's soundtrack. What more could I ask for?

4. Taiyo no kisetsu (2002– )


Tatsuya, a tormented college student who was once an all-around nice guy but now seems to be balancing a gigantic grudge on his shoulder. For some reason, he has taken to hanging around ... See full summary »

Stars: Hideaki Takizawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Hirofumi Arai, Shinpei Asanuma

Votes: 20


Revenge drama that will make you want more Taki!

6. Yama onna kabe onna (2007– )


Based on the manga of the same title by, Atsuko Takakura. The story revolves around a woman working in a department store whose meager bust has earned her the nickname of "kabe onna." ... See full summary »

Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Misaki Itô, Hiroki Kawata, Eiko Koike

Votes: 57


Seriously funny. xD

7. Gokusen (2002– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama

Gokusen is the story of recently graduated Kumiko Yamaguchi, aka. Yankumi, and her life as a new high school teacher. Unlike the other new teachers at her school Kumiko gets placed with teh... See full summary »

Stars: Yukie Nakama, Katsuhisa Namase, Ken Utsui, Ken Kaneko

Votes: 1,017


Who has not heard of this popular series?!

8. Densha otoko (2005–2006)

Comedy, Drama

With the help of an online community, a nerdy and socially awkward man gathers the courage to start dating an attractive lady he met on a train.

Stars: Misaki Itô, Atsushi Itô, Miho Shiraishi, Risa Sudou

Votes: 873


The geek and the beauty. Based on a true story.

9. Orenji deizu (2004– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

Yuuki Kai is a senior at a university studying social welfare psychology and trying to find a job. One day, he encounters a girl, Hagio Sae, playing the violin, and becomes intrigued.

Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ko Shibasaki, Hiroki Narimiya, Miho Shiraishi

Votes: 401


[Orange Days]

One of the best jdramas with an incredible story and cast.

10. Last Friends (2008– )

56 min | Drama

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: Shigenori Yamazaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 443


Riveting story of friendship, love, and abuse. Just watch the first episode and I guarantee you won't stop.

11. Dragon Zakura (2005– )


Kenji Sakuragi is a lawyer and former member of a motorcycle gang. He takes on the challenge of preparing a special class for a famous stupid school, Ryuuzan to enter the prestigious Toudai University.

Stars: Kôjun Itô, Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Hasegawa, Tomohisa Yamashita

Votes: 530


Learnt some interesting studying tips.

12. Operation Proposal (2007– )

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Ken and Rei have been friends since childhood. Though he has been in love with her for years he was never able to tell her. On the day of her wedding to another man Ken sees a picture of ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Masami Nagasawa, Nana Eikura, Yûta Hiraoka

Votes: 622


[Proposal Daiskusen] A young man gets multiple chances to go back to the past to change his future. An interesting storyline coupled with great chemistry between the secondary characters.

13. Nobuta wo produce (2005– )

Comedy, Drama

Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the most popular guys in school. He tries to avoid Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita), because of his constant annoyance. But Kame isn't just like that. At home, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazuya Kamenashi, Tomohisa Yamashita, Maki Horikita, Eric Matahira

Votes: 1,162


A crack-tastic drama about friendship between three unlikely characters.

14. Liar Game (2007– )

36 min | Drama

Trusting, gullible Nao suddenly finds herself participating in the mysterious Liar Game, a game where the players are issued large sums of money which they then have to cheat each other out... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Toda, Shôta Matsuda, Michiko Kichise, Kazuma Suzuki

Votes: 1,307


A battle of wits to survive against a million dollar debt.

15. Kurosagi (2006– )

45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Kurosaki, aka Kurosagi (Yamashita Tomohisa), is a swindler who cheats other professional con artists to help their victims and avenge the death of his own family. Kurosaki buys information ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Maki Horikita, Shion Hatakeyama, Shôichirô Masumoto

Votes: 539


The Robin Hood of swindlers with a slightly darker tone.

16. Hotaru no hikari (2007–2011)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hotaru and her manager Seiichi work together, by coincidence live together and soon fall for each other. In the way though is two seasons of drama, romance, propriety, overseas assignments and friends and colleagues.

Stars: Haruka Ayase, Naohito Fujiki, Yuka Itaya, Ken Yasuda

Votes: 466


Working glamorously and living ...well, she'd rather you didn't find out.

17. Love Generation (1997– )


Katagiri Teppei (Kimura Takuya) is a promising creative agent, but whose attitude gets him transferred to the sales department. He has to learn to adapt to the new working environment, ... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Takako Matsu, Ryuta Kawabata, Yôko Moriguchi

Votes: 276


A Kimu Taku drama. Nuff sed.

18. Beautiful Life (2000– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

A talented hairstylist meets the love of his life, a terminally ill woman.

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Takako Tokiwa, Atsuro Watabe, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 320


A Kimu Taku drama. Nuff sed.

19. Pride (2004– )

50 min | Drama, Sport

Halu (Kimura Takuya) is the captain and star player of an ice hockey team, who is greatly respected by his teammates. For him, hockey is serious business that fully occupies his mind, while... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Kôichi Satô, Yûko Takeuchi, Kenji Sakaguchi

Votes: 316


A Kimu Taku drama. Nuff sed.

20. Nagareboshi (2010– )


Takenouchi plays an aquarium employee named Kengo, who seems ordinary at first glance but actually possesses a secret that he would sacrifice everything in order to protect. Meanwhile, Ueto... See full summary »

Stars: Yutaka Takenouchi, Aya Ueto, Shôta Matsuda, Kii Kitano

Votes: 77


21. The Man Who Can't Get Married (2006– )


40 year old gifted architect enjoys living by himself and does not communicate well with people. He has 3 women friends. Will he ever marry?

Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, Ryôko Kuninaka, Takashi Tsukamoto

Votes: 368


22. Papa to musume no 7-kakan (2007– )

Comedy, Drama

This home comedy tells the story of Kyoichiro (Tachi Hiroshi) and his teenage daughter Koume (Aragaki Yui). One day, the two ride a train together after visiting Kyoichiro's mother-in-law. ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazuyuki Aijima, Shigeaki Katô, Hitomi Sawano, Yûko Takayama

Votes: 138


23. Buzzer Beat (2009– )


Fate brings together Shirakawa Riko and Kamiya Naoki-but fate is fickle.While Riko is an aspiring violinist,and Naoki a hopeful pro-basketball player, both strive to achieve their dreams ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Keiko Kitagawa, Saki Aibu, Shihori Kanjiya

Votes: 373


24. Rich Man, Poor Woman (2012)

54 min | Comedy

Sawaki Chihiro, a hardworking student from Tokyo University right out of college, is having a hard time finding a job due to her lack of experience. At a job interview she meets Hyuga Toru,... See full summary »

Stars: Shun Oguri, Satomi Ishihara, Saki Aibu, Arata Iura

Votes: 551

25. Sapuri (2006– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

After her lover doubts her, a 28 year old office worker (Misaki) meets a young man (Kazuya) in her company.

Stars: Misaki Itô, Kazuya Kamenashi, Eita, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 106

DRAMA, ROMANCE, WORK ——— A good balance of both the personal and work angles.

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