Japanese Drama Ratings

OK all, before I post long drama reviews I’m just going to put ratings and quick thoughts for all the dramas I have seen that I can remember… later I’ll add pics… here goes:

Japanese:

1 Litre of Tears – Tragedy/Romance – first drama I watched, I was blown away by the acting and convinced that nothing could be better for a long time… It will make you think. It really is life-changing.
Need to rewatch to confirm rating, but 9-10/10

Gokusen – Comedy – Ah so good. I watched 2 and part of 1. The actress who plays the main teacher makes the show. It’s hilarious! But the plot is basically the same in each series, so you might be able to stomach only one. If you like Jun Matsumoto from Arashi, pick 1, if you like Kattun more, pick 2, and if you want younger guys pick 3… =P Just kidding, but I’d recommend to try 1 and THEN 2, or 3 on its own =)
9.5/10 for your first one, 5/10 for the third one

Hana Yori Dango 1 and 2 – Romance – HYD 1 was SO SO good. Although I’m not a Jun fan, I LOVED him in this series. So much better than the Korean remake. HYD 2 dragged on though. Too much frigging melodrama in that one. The ending was OK though. Watch 1 or both. But don’t even look at the movie.
9/10 HYD 1, 7.5/10 HYD 2

Hanakazari no kimitachi e – Romance/Comedy – I prefer the Taiwanese version (Hana Kimi). But many people prefer this one. Basically a girl that wants to meet a high-jump champion goes to his all-guys school and pretends to be a guy. Except this girl was so OBVIOUSLY not a guy. They didn’t make her like one or speak like one. The director just wanted to make her look cute. And the boys had all these crazy antics and CLUBS… oh dear…
Well, if you REALLY like Shun Oguri or Japanese dramas in general this is a must-watch, you’ll tell if you’ll like it or not in 1-2 eps.
7.5/10

Nobuta wo Produce – Drama/Comedy – This is interesting. Two guys try to give a girl a “makeover” so that she can become popular and gain self-esteem. A great friendship story, with places for laughter and places for tears (although overall I think the story is light). Yamapi is very funny here, the girl is good, Kattun guy is OK.
8.5/10

Now for the darker ones…

Last Friends – Drama/Romance – Not ALL dark, but… If you want a serious drama that explores um, deep issues like gender confusion and domestic abuse, watch this. Great performances, great opening song – it may be one of the best of this genre, but probably only for serious viewers.
9/10

Yasha – Action/Mystery/Thriller – THE MOST UNDERRATED DRAMA EVER!!!!!!!!! Why does no one know about this? The science aspect is very believable (or you can easily suspend your disbelief like in Jurassic Park) and the acting by Ito Hideaki is just beyond words. Seriously amazing. I love the opening song, I loved the ending… Just watch it, try it PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!
10/10

A Million Stars Falling From the Sky – Mystery/Romance – I totally LOVE the insert song that comes in whenever something crazy happens. The acting is amazing. Not perfect for me, but if you like stories about imperfect – well, VERY imperfect characters, but for a reason – then you’ll like this. Takuya is totally hot. Tragic though, watch if you dare.
9/10

Korean and Taiwanese dramas will wait until sometime within next week!

Video of the day:

Konayuki from 1 Litre of Tears (gives you an idea of what the series is like)

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