First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts: Todome no Kiss (Kiss That Kills)

Japanese dramas are usually not on my radar as much as Chinese or Korean. But every now and then something just catches my eye and I have to give it a try. OK, I’ll admit that I am watching this because the leading man looks really really hot in this poster. Luckily, the drama turned out to be top notch and I can’t get enough of Todome no Kiss. Come find out why I think you should join me for this fun and quirky descent into smooch induced time leaps. Continue reading

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I Am Reiko Shiratori! Japanese Drama Review

I Am Reiko Shiratori! is a fun show to watch with kids. It’s about Reiko, a nineteen-year-old girl who has unlimited money, can talk her parents into anything, and whose only problem is that she told the boy she likes that she won’t go out with him. It was adapted from a manga that was written for teen and pre-teen girls, and is really targeted to that age. It retains many of the qualities of a comic book, with a lot of magical-looking special effects. Just expect it to be silly!

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Japanese Drama Review: Atelier

I have been looking for light and fun Japanese dramas to watch on the legal sites while avoiding the overacted slapsticky ones – of which there are a lot! What I found recently was Atelier (pronounced a-tel-yay) which was a new one to me. It is like an office drama only set in a lingerie company. The twist is that they added in the mean boss lady from The Devil Wears Prada.

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A Different Kind of Prosecutor: Hero (2001)

Thanks to suggestions from Dramas With a Side of Kimchi reader Junny, I have been watching some classic older Japanese dramas lately. Today I am talking about Hero, which aired in 2001 and was so popular it spawned a special, a second season, and two movies. It stars Takuya Kimura and Takako Matsu, who had already been together in two dramas (including Long Vacation) and had an established chemistry. It is a humorous view of a young prosecutor who had been a high school delinquent, and his unorthodox way of investigating cases. Let’s look at it and see why people loved it so much!

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Date: What’s it Like to Be in Love?

Japanese Title – Deto: Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira

A while back I wrote about my favorite Japanese dramas and happily several readers suggested their favorites too, which all went on my viewing list. This is the first one I watched; it is very different and perhaps is the best Japanese comedy I have seen. It’s about a perfectionist economist who gets matched up with a slacker who failed to launch.

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4 Reasons to Watch the Japanese Drama Crisis: Kouan Kidou Sousatai Tokusou-han (Spoiler Free)

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At least once a year this inevitably happens. I start watching a Korean crime drama and get so pissed off at police stupidity that I start searching elsewhere for my crime trope fix. Sure enough, I started Criminal Minds and within an hour I was yelling, “Nope, nope, nope.” and searching for something else. Just so happens that my all time Japanese bias had released a crime drama earlier in the year and it was completely subbed! It is amazing the things you miss when you actually have real life interfering with drama addiction. But in this case, it is a great surprise since I can now binge the heck out of Oguri Shun’s newest show Crisis. And that, of course, means writing a blog post to try and encourage all of my amazing readers to give it a try with me. Drama enabling is alive and well here at DWASOK. Continue reading

Getting Into Japanese Dramas

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My husband speaks Japanese, and from time to time we tried to find Japanese movies, but never came across much. Four years ago we were introduced to Korean dramas by our daughter-in-law and her mother, and that was amazing because there was so much available. There are companies that provide Asian dramas! Wow! We watched them and enjoyed them but eventually we said, “Aren’t there some Japanese dramas too?”

It turns out that there are, in the same places that offer other Asian dramas. Not as many as Korean ones, and they are slower to get subtitles. But they are out there.

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