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Old 2012.02.28, 02:03 PM   #1
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Does anyone watch j-drama and feel like making some recommendations? To get Japanese listening practice I've decided to start watching raw j-drama episodes... but not sure where to start. Anyone watching or watched anything good?
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Old 2012.02.28, 05:59 PM   #2
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One Litre of Tears made my brother and me cry together. Kinda awkward, but we both accepted it. I would rate the acting at about 4/10, but it was rather good at accomplishing its goal. I recommend watching it, although it's the only one I've ever seen, so I don't know how it stacks up.
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Old 2012.02.28, 06:44 PM   #3
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You could watch Carnation

Other than that, I don't know, never watched (nor intend to watch) any full series. Unless that crappy miniseries (MPD Psycho) by Takashi Miike counts.
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Old 2012.02.28, 11:35 PM   #4
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Or Atami thingy Investigators. The Tengoku e Youkoso one with Chiaki.

I watched a few back in the day. Great Teacher Onizuka. And one about some girl who gets bullied and it's nine episodes of her being endlessly bullied. And a silly one called Gal Circle of some circle of ghetto Tokyo girls and a cowboy, and they do para para in the ending. Oh, and there's Densha Otoko, about an otaku who falls in love with a woman on 2ch and it's nine episodes of him trying to stammer out his feelings while his internet friends root for him. It was quite charming, actually. I haven't found a The Sopranos or Mad Men of J-Drama (aren't many of them based on manga? MPD Psycho rings a bell. edit: yes it is) or anything but they can be fun, light entertainment.
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Old 2012.02.29, 12:14 AM   #5
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Carnation is good show but most part is spoken in Kishiwada (a south side city of Osaka) dialect.

Another series recently became a talk of was probably Kaseifu no Mita (Mita, the Housekeeper).
Though I can't recommend it because didn't watch it.

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Originally Posted by EmilScherbe View Post
Carnation is good show but most part is spoken in Kishiwada (a south side city of Osaka) dialect.

Another series recently became a talk of was probably Kaseifu no Mita (Mita, the Housekeeper).
Though I can't recommend it because didn't watch it.
Yeah, exactly I don't think I could parse all the dialect. Plus, it's at like 70 episodes by now?! Toooo much of a commitment.

I definitely want to watch things that are culturally relevant so thanks for the tip

Also thank you to everyone making recommendations and sharing amusing drama-related stories. I like the idea of fluffie and his brother manfully weeping together. If anyone has any more keep em coming! Of course actually finding these is the real test...
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I just got through Quartet a short series about undercover cops busting a drug empire that exploits Chinese. Fun stuff, a late-late-night thing with pretty harsh violence and lots of lip gloss and high heels and tattoos and cell phones.

I've gotten through the first season of the mega-hit Ryomaden with Fukuyama Masaharu as Sakamoto Ryoma. 3 more seasons to go, and the only thing keeping me watching is the wild revisionist history and the promise of Yu Aoi as a geisha in Season 3.

Just saw the short series Shirasu Jiro, about the "man who defied MacArthur." Stars Iseya Yusuke and my favorite Japanese actress, Nakatani Miki.

I can recommend Hotelier and Rondo as well.
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Yeah, exactly I don't think I could parse all the dialect. Plus, it's at like 70 episodes by now?! Toooo much of a commitment.
Latest episode is 125 actually.
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Only thing I've seen recently was Orange Days and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Also Hana Yori Dango! As corny and exaggerated as a lot of these dramas are, there's a strange appeal to them that I can't quite explain.
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Some that i like in the recent years...

Detective:
SPEC
Boss 1 & 2
Atami no Sousakan

Drama:
Last Friends
Jin 1 & 2
Kazefu no Mita

Romance:
Hotaru no Hikari
Love Shuffle
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