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jdfan's drama votes (9)
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Good plot, moving acting performances from the cast.
GTO [麻辣教師]
Classic school teacher style dorama that started a trend...
Koori no sekai [冰の世界]
Top stars paired together! Great script that keep you hanging until the end.
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
This is what Japanese Dorama is about. Great acting, chemistry betwwen actors, top stars and great music
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション]
What a pair! They just look great together... and some memorable romantic scenes.
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人]
Unusual storyline. Great acting! The leads looked great together....
Shiroi kage [白い影]
A very moving and under rated show. It moved me in every episode.
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
This is how it started! Romantic love stories with great acting from some top stars...
Yamato Nadeshiko [やまとなでしこ【大和撫子】]
Nanako Matsushima steals the whole show. She is sooo good in this one!

jdfan's artiste votes (9)
Kaneshiro Takeshi [金城武]
Kaneshiro is a good actor that showed in his range too. In addition to his good look, he found himself quite comfortable with different styled doramas. I believed he pick and choose roles that challenge him as an actor. Just look at his list... His latest dorama, Golden Bowl, demonstrated that he can be the lead of a comedy too!
Kimura Takuya [木村拓哉]
He looks comfortable with any role....just look at his dorama list! He got great range and not that many Japanese actors could be so flexible. From good guy to bad guy roles, he is quite convincing. He might not be the best looking actor out there, but he always show up in top rated doramas.
Matsu Takako [松たか子]
She has the perfect "Girl next door" look for dorama. She has that on screen power to draw audience. Especially, when she could burst in tears so naturaly.... She has amazing acting skills!!!
Matsushima Nanako [松嶋菜々子]
Amazing range in acting...just give her a role. Nice girl, bad girl, cool girl, funny girl, current date role and costumed role etc.... She is definitely one of the best in the business.
Nagase Tomoya [長瀬智也]
He has range too. From serious gangster to Cool singer role! He just have to pick better projects.
Sakai Noriko [酒井法子]
She has some great dorama series under her belt... She is extremely popular many Asian countries. She is the older generation dorama queen, but she is still getting leading roles!
Sorimachi Takashi [反町隆史]
He is a perfect star for darker roles. Just cool!
Takenouchi Yutaka [竹野内豊]
Just a cool on screen look! And he can act...just look at his list. I'm more impressed with his earlier work. He is just so Stylish on screen....
Takeuchi Yuko [竹内結子]
I love Yuko! I think she is the most under-rated actress. I believe she will be the dorama queen of the newer generation of actresses. She has the girl next door look that can make viewer laugh or cry. Just watch some of her work....

jdfan's dramas (150)
101 Kaime no Puropozu [101回目のプロポーズ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a classic! Consider this was aired in 1991. You have to fall in love with Asano Atsuko and Takeda Tetsuya. An unlikely couple but you would cheer for them. Typical happy ending. There were quite a few touching scenes that you will remember for a long time.
29-sai no Kurisumasu [29歳のクリスマス]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
An average script with good acting performances. Yamaguchi Tomoko was good but I like her better in Long Vacation. A lot of fan like this one. In my opinion, this is just an average show.
Africa no yoru [アフリカの夜]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
I like Kyoka Suzuki's acting performance. This is as above average drama. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Not boring at all…I questioned the ending a little bit. For some reason, the writer did not want a happy ending for the main characters…what a shame!
Age 35 koishikute [Age,35 恋しくて]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is an older drama series about an extra marital affair created twist and turns in 4 persons lives.(Plus 2 kids) With good casting job, the main stars are perfect. They are all well known leads and they show case their skills here. Even the kids were good. This maybe a touchy subject for some viewer! The ending is quite touching and it will keep your attention till the end. Good performances!
Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu [愛なんていらねえよ、夏]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
I like this drama series. It was a little dark but both leads put in a good performance. Watabe Atsuro and Hirosue Ryoko showed that thier skills are maturing. This drama is well received by a lot of fan.
Aishiteiru to Ittekure [愛していると言ってくれ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
A real classic for many drama fans…all over the world! I would consider this as one of the top ten dorama. This is what Japanese trendy drama is all about. Love story with many twists and turns. Great performance from the main actors. Takako was amazing! Well, the main characters has to learn sign language before this show! That has to be a difficult requirement! And this show demonstrated why Tokiwa Takako is considered one of the best.
Algernon ni Hanataba o [アルジャーノンに花束を]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Wow, this is one moving dorama! Great Script indeed. I haven't seen one this good for a while now. Yusuke Santamaria demonstrated that he is one skillful actor. His interpretation of the character is just amazing! Kanno Miho performance is also powerful. Don't miss this one.
Antique [アンティーク〜西洋骨董洋菓子店]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
An interesting story line with above average performances from the stars. The setting is very unusal and misterious. An eye-candy show? This was vote the season's best show. It's different! I wish they develop relationship between the main characters a little bit more.
Beach boys [ビーチボーイズ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Beach Boy is one of those early dorama that captured followers. An eye candy shows with a straightforward storyline. If you haven't seen it yet, go ahead and watch it. One of the classic must see.
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Natural-flowing dialogs and acting from the two leads and supporting roles help this drama to glide easily. It strikes as very life-real with lots of pause between dialogs, but even then there's no wasted moment. A deep blow for Kitagawa Eriko, the screen-writer. But not recommended for those who like happy dramas though. Beautiful Life has a gem of a soundtrack with a superb main theme by B'z and heart-breaking numbers by Mizoguchi Hajime, a well-known cellist, who also composed music for "Hoshi No Ginka /Heaven's Coin 1 & 2".Convincing job form Takako Tokiwa again. I adored the moving but sad ending. Kimura and Tokiwa were a great combination! I wish to see them in another one.
Beauty 7 [ビューティ7]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a strange story about a beauty salon with a ghost hanging around. It builds on customers situations and life stories. It is not the best but it keeps me watching till the end.
Bijo ka Yajuu [美女か野獣]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
The 2nd highest rating show this season only behind "Good Luck". Nanako and Masaharu were good leads. A "Typical" heart warming drama evloves around a TV news room. Since there were many news room related drama, the drama storyline is quite predictable! A Worth watching show but not the best…and the ending is too wide opened too! You would say "That's it!".
Boku dake no Madonna [僕だけのマドンナ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
An average script with good acting performances. I never have been a Taki fan but I enjoyed like this one. A very predictable romantic comedy/Eye candy!!
Boku to Kanojo to Kanojo no Ikiru Michi [僕と彼女と彼女の生きる道]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
A good drama with convincing performances from Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Koyuki. I think this is Kusanagi best so far. The rating is extremely high for a family type drama. Very good show!
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi [僕とスターの99日]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Storyline is predictable and the ending is too straight forwrd. I love Kim tae Hee... so cute in everyway. Better than I expected but all characters needs to be defined and developed.
Brand [ブランド]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Imai Miki looks good in the show. It shows how difficult it is to be a business woman in Japn, where males dominate. The supporting case is quite good too. You'll stick around for the ending.
Bus stop [バスストップ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
The story reminds me of "101 Proposal" because of the beauty and the beast roles here, but it is funnier and the story-line goes deeper into the minds of the main characters. Iijima Naoko is good as the hard and snobbish career woman and she owns incredible collection of beautiful shoes (!) while Uchimura's bus-driver character is heart-warming. Simple story line but with great acting jobs from the member of the case. Naoko Iijima looked amazing in the show. Naoko is great as usual.
CHANGE
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good story line but it is not Kimura's best.
Cheap Love [チープラブ]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
A very dark story with a sad ending. A very unusual story line. Lack of chemistry between the main characters. I just feel that the ending can be better... Sorimachi Takashi, Tsuruta Mayu both did a good job with the roles. What if they change the ending?! Well, come think of it Overtime ended in a similar fashion. Poor Sorimachi! But it's not the same in real life for him.
Chuushingura 1/47 [忠臣蔵 1/47]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is one of those story that shows the Japanese samuri culture of the old world. Honor is more important than life. Not a bad short series. I prefer all these actors in a modern setting.
Dekichatta Kekkon [できちゃった結婚]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hirosue Ryoko was quite good in this show. Takenouchi Yutaka is in his familiar cool/carefree guy image. The plot is simple but this is an above average show. The story is about a couple trying to get married because of a baby is on it's way. With these two stars in the cast, rating was not a problem. The supporting cast was quite good considering many of them can be leads in other shows. This was the season's best.
Densha Otoko [電車男]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Itoh Misaki is really beautiful in this drama. Interesting plot and it was a sweet ending. Worth watching.
Double score [ダブル スコア]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
If you like American TV cop show, you will like this one. This is a Japanese version of action packed cop show. Lots of gun shots and fighting scenes.... Oshio Manabu, SudoRisa, Sorimachi Takashi they all did a good job.
Dr. Koto Shinryojo [Dr.コトー診療所]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Highest viewership of the season. Dr Koto is an entertaining dorama with a mixture of funny and moving moments. I wish they had developed the relationship a little bit more between the two leads. Worth watching
Egao no Hosoku [笑顔の法則]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
The story line is quite routine but Takeuchi Yuko and Abe Hiroshi did a good job. This show exposed the changing culture in Japan where there are differences in traditional and modern way of like. There were some moving scenes and I enjoyed it. I hope Yuko picks up better scripts/projects next time. Ah...I still remember her top notch performances in Muko-Dono and Shiroi Kage (White Shadow)!! This show really didn't give her enough chance to show her stuff. She has one of the sweetest smile in the business.
Eien no ko [永遠の仔]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Prepare yourself because this is another "screwed up" drama. I mean screwed up as in dark where something bad looms overhead. This one is about three abused children met in a mental hospital. 18 years later they meet again and all of a sudden murders start happening. Hmm... Consisder this is a tough subject for a script writer, this is a great job. The top notch cast's performace is just first rate! Don't miss it!
Engine [エンジン]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Kimura has the magic but this is not a typical boy meet girl love story. A family type show with race car background. This is definitely not Kimura's best.
Eve ~santa claus dreaming~ [イヴ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is an above average show. Good cast but all three main the characters have a lot of emotional weaknesses! This is not a typical boy meets girl love story. I enjoyed it...
Food fight [フードファイト]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
A very unusually story/topic about some underground food eating contest! How many some can eating before they pass out!! The story line is simple and flat. The romance between the main actors never get developed. Even with popular stars, I'm not that impressed.
Friends [フレンズ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a short drama series with Japanese and Korean Stars involved. I like the 4 episodes story line and the fast pace of the story. Therefore, there were no unecessary scenes! The direction was great, very close to Japanese dorama. Without surprise, Kyoko is in her typical sweet girl role. I like how they showed the differences between the two cultures, especially in kid's marriage and career. Note: I like the sound track too.
Gakkou no sensei [ガッコの先生]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a nice drama with a few touching GTO type of moments at the ending. The lead actors were great. The ending is wide open for a part 2 series. Copy cat of GTO?!
Gokusen [ごくせん]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nakama Yukie did a good job in this female version of GTO. This is a comedy that also packed with many touching moments. If you like comic book style dorama. This is a good one for you. Well, there are many GTO copy cats out there! But they just cannot match the leading pair in GTO!!
Golden Bowl [ゴールデンボウル]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
I like Kaneshiro in a romantic comedy setting. It was a great change from God, please give me more time and Love 2000. This clearly showed his range. The storyline was smooth and attractive. I am a bowler and I get excited watching all these strikes and spares. As for the female lead, Hitomi Kuroki, at 40 she shines considered there are many younger beautiful actresses in the show.
Good Luck !! [グッドラック!!]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This drama scored a rating 31.6% first week. Kimura Takuya magic did it again. This is a very enjoyable and he proves to many drama fans that he still has it. The interesting relationship between the leads and suppoting case is great! In addition, this is rare that Kimura had shown a father and son relationship, except "A Sleeping Forest"! A MUST watch for the season... you won't find an all star cast like this too often!!
GTO [麻辣教師]
Rating: 10/10
Sorimachi's strong performance make this comic-book based drama a fun and energetic show to watch. What's more, it sometimes makes you reconsider whether or not you have always done everything 'by the book'. Maybe breaking the rules can also be fun and useful once in a while... A very nice comedy. High rating with two very popular stars. Never a dull moment. This was my first Japanese Dorama and I can't stop thereafter! It's really good…
Hakoiri Musume! [ハコイリムスメ!]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
A surprisingly good dorama. I enjoyed that storyline of two sisters with a huge age difference has to face love in their own term. The message is to listen to your heart. Naoko Iijima and Kyoko Fukada both looks great in the show. Fukada lost a lot of weight and now she looks more like a lead. lijima is so pretty!
Hakusen nagashi [白線流し]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a very nice story about six youngster (High-school seniors) dealing with their future. A sweet drama! If you are fans of Tomoya Nagase, Miki Sakai, and Takashi Kashiwabara then you have to see this one! This is how they get started...
Hana Yori Dango 2 [花より男子]
(Bought)
Hanayome wa 16-sai! [花嫁は16才!]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Tomosaka Rie just looks amazing in this earlier work and her acting was great! Her face just shined on screen. I really enjoyed this emotional ride from start to finish! The plot is simple but tight, with no dull moments in between. It draws your attention through the whole show. I consider this a must see drama classic for fans. In my opinion, its right up there with the best. I know this is an older one but don't miss it.
Handoku [ハンドク]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
The drama writer used the "Hero" style (multi-storyline) in a private hospital setting! If you cannot handle surgery scenes, don't watch this one. I'm a little bit disappointed because I'm a fan of Nagase Tomoya. His gangster look doesn't look right in a doctor's role! Some of the hottest young stars are in this one, but I'm not impressed...
Hatsu Taiken [初体験]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Miki Mizuno, Naohito Fujiki are very popular these days! Even with these stars in the show, the story doesn't provide any real spark! The story evolved around three women in their late 20s bumped into their childhood crush… Just another average show.
Hero
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
One of the top rating show but I think this one is a bit overrated. Very good story lines. Kimura was very funny. Interesting relationship between Kimura and Matsu…but it is not clear, just hints at the end! Boy, I wish they develope the relationship a little bit more. Simply too cool!!!
Hikon Kazoku [非婚家族]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Convincing performances! I like how the drama showed the women's point of view on conflicts between career and family. The ending will leave you hanging….wondering what really happened.
Hito ni Yasashiku [人にやさしく / 3ピース]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This dorama got the best rating (Average 21.53%) for that season. It is very high these days. This dorama is geared for a family oriented audiance, for example, no love scenes and no kisses etc. There are funny scene as well as touching moments. This is the Japanese version of "Three men and a baby". By the way, the little kid in the show is just adorable. Well, if you are sick of Love story, then it will not hurt to pick this one up. This a a good comdey.
Hitotsu yane no shita 1 [ひとつ屋根の下 1]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Another drama to weep buckets on. The difference from Heaven's Coins is this drama emphasizes on family's value. Eguchi is perfect as Tatsuya, always the big brother who takes care of everything when he's actually as confused as everyone. It's overall a heart-warming drama and not to forget that the two series got the highest rating among all 90s drama. Great cast and good performances. That why this series became a classic. An interesting story line based on family bond between brothers and sisters.
Hitotsu yane no shita 2 [ひとつ屋根の下 2]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great cast and good performances. That why this series became a classic. The ending was a little unexpected.
Honke no Yome [本家のヨメ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This reminded me of the earlier show Muko-Dono/Son in Law. This is my first Viian show and her performance was very good. Even though rating is not that high in Japan, this is a must see for the season.
Hoshi no kinka 1 [星の金貨]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
For you who like tragedy dramas to weep buckets on, stop your search! This is the one of best tear-jerker drama ever written. The cast is well-known for their strong acting. Just watch how Noriko makes Aya's sign-language look so tragically beautiful and you'll start wiping your eyes already. Plus great theme songs and melodious soundtrack to add to the sad atmostphere! Great cast chemistry and great performances. That why this series became a classic. And Noriko has to learn sigh language first! This show will keep you around for every epidsode until the end. And you would want to see more….
Hoshi no kinka 2 / Zoku hoshi no kinka [續。星の金貨]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great cast chemistry and great performances. That why this series became a classic. You will stay till the end. This series is darker than the first one. Takenouchi Yutaka's performance is just amazing considering he was still new at this.
Hotman [ホットマン]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hitotsu yane no shita (2003)?!! This dorama reminded me of the aforementioned classic. The older brother trying to take care of his brothers and sisters but this time they throw in a little 5 year old girl. Yes, I enjoyed every episode. I wish they further developed the relationship between the two leads. The little girl is so adorable and she can act...
Hyakunen no monogatari [百年の物語]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's interesting to watch how a woman's position in the world periodically changed in the last century. Matsushima Nanako is believable as the three women and supporting roles are as good. A family type show with good stories that tied together. Nanako was very good.
Imouto yo [妹よ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Wakui Emi and Karasawa Toshiaki performances were good. This story is about how a poor country girl fell in love with a rich business executive. There are many obsticles in between. The ending was a little rush. In general, this is a very good one.
Itazura na Kiss [イタズラなKiss]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Based on a popular comic book, this drama is hillariously funny and exagerated. Just take on a really light, un-serious attitude while watching it and you'll find that it's quite entertaining! Saito Aiko and Kashiwabara Takashi were great in this earlier work. If you like comic style comedy, this is one of those great one with many follower. Just kick back, laugh and enjoy the ride…I have to say Saito Aiko is too loud at times!
Itsumo futari de [いつもふたりで]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This drama is written in a typical dorama love story fashion where three main characters in love with more than one person. Matsu is in her element and her character does alllow her to show her stuff. Predictable but enjoyable storyline!
Joshiana [女子アナ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Not a bad show. Rie Tomosaka's best is still the 16 year old bride. Miki Mizuno's character is a bit too much! For News Room story, Channel 2 is better. But I still consider this a watchable show.
Jotei [女帝]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Uncommon and uninteresting subject for a drama. So so at the end!
Kamisama mou sukoshi dake [神様、もう少しだけ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's hard to build a story around a disease like Aids. But they did it. Both Kaneshiro Takeshi and Fukada Kyoko did a great job. A very story about how a high school girl contacted AIDs through a one night stand. The drama ending was touching. For the ladies, maybe its Kleenex time!
Karei naru Ichizoku [華麗なる一族]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good story line and this allow Kimura to show some acting skill. I enjoyed it.
Karei naru Spy [華麗なるスパイ]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
It is a comdey type drama that has no real story line between the characters. Kyoko Fukara could never regain her magic since the drama "Kamisama mou sukoshi dake".
Kaseifu no Mita [家政婦のミタ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
I missed Nanako. She needs a good script. T his is just an average drama. Ending is pointless.
Keizoku [ケイゾク]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
A very different drama but it kept my attention till the end. It won the best drama in 99. The ending is quite surprising! It has the power to draw you in for more. The last epidsode was first rate…Must see. The special is quite good too.
Kiken na kankei [危険な関係]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Highly entertaining and intelligent. Toyokawa's superb performance is more and more fascinating to watch as the story develops. Not much to say about Fujiwara here. I guess her acting here can be rated as moderate, that's all. But the whole drama is worth watching because of the gripping thriller atmosphere it exudes. This is a good drama about a taxi driver had taken a high school friend's identity and events developed thereafter. Fukiwara performance was good. Worth watching…
Kimi ga oshietekureta koto [君が教えてくれたこと]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Tomosaka Rie's acting performance was great! I'm convinced that she is one of the best. I cannot imagine too many top actress can handle this role. I really like this story. It'll keep your attention through the whole show. A must see drama. Don't miss it.
Kimi to ita mirai no tame ni ~ airu bi bakku [君といた未来のために I'll be back]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is one of those sci-fi dorama that keep me watching till the end. The cast did a go job.
Kimi wa Petto [きみはペット]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
The female character brings a young boy in, cleans him up and essentially adopts him as her pet, naming him Momo. This storyline sounds strange and unusal at first. But Koyuki is so kawaii and her acting skill has matured. I enjoyed the way the writer developed their relationship. Worth watching!
Kindaichi shonen no jikenbo 1 [金田一少年の事件簿 1]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is an aged dorama I recently watched. It was a good detective type drama with multiple short stories involved the young Dohmoto and Tomosaka. When compared with their latest works, the leads are much better now!
Kinyoubi no Koibitotachi e [金曜日の恋人たちへ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This dorama had more attention in other countries than Japan. There are good performances all around. I think Norika did a good job and her acting skills are a lot better than what people thinks. A worth watching dorama…
Koi no Chikara [恋ノチカラ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
I like this dorama. Set in the winter of Tokyo, this is a straight to the heart love story about men and women in their 30's.This story show how true love can be close and un-noticed at the same time. Great performances.
Koibito yo [恋人よ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
I lot of fans considered this a a classic. This drama presented a very different way of looking at unfaithful relationships. A four way love affair and also they became neighbours. Suzuki Honami was great and wish she had worked on more dramas. Not as good as Tokyo love story.
Koishite Shinitai [恋して死にたい]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great performances from Domoto Tsuyoshi and Fukuda Kyoko with a very interesting setting. This is problably Kyoko's best dorama. A really good/watchable drama with some touching moments. This drama has a movie feel to it and I like it…
Konna koi no hanashi [こんな恋のはなし]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sanada is a very good actor in a role of a dying man. And the supporting cast is great too. The young Nanako clearly showed her potential. This is a good story about love, friendship and money.
Koori no sekai [冰の世界]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
With great directing and acting skills, plus amazing soundtrack, this drama is like a roller-coaster-ride, will not only keep you holding your breath tensely right to the end, it will also be so entertaining that it's one satisfying way to spend weekends at home! Fantastic soundtrack by Taro Iwashiro who also composed all the romantic numbers in "With Love". One of my favorites too. The ending was full of suspense and no to mention surprises! I spent almost 12 hours straight to find out who the real killer is. Takenouchi Yutaka and Matsushima Nanako looks great together but this is not just an eye-candy show. I hope they have the opportunity to work together soon."Kori-no Sekai" is one MUST-SEE drama!
Kowloon de Aimashou [九龍で会いましょう]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Even without big names as leads, this is pretty good. I read some good reviews from some fans and it keeps me watching till the end.... I was quite surprised! By the way, this drama script is from the same writer who wrote Wednesday Love Affair.
Kyousoukyoku [協奏曲]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a story about a love triangle between Masakazu Tamura, Rie Miyazawa and Takuya Kimura. In comparision, this dorama is at a slower pace but the the all star cast performance was good. Overall, an interesting story about a woman fell in love with two men...
Kyumei byoto 24 ji [救命病棟24時]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
It is a great change from typical love and family dramas. A Japanese version of the popular US show ER. Not the best drama but certainly is worth watching. Great performances all around. Nanako was great as usual.
LADY ~ Saigo no Hanzai Profile ~ [LADY〜最後の犯罪プロファイル〜]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good multi story lines detective type drama that is fun to watch. And Kitagawa Keiko is soo pretty!
Last Christmas [ラストクリスマス]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
A pleasant surprise with this unlikely couple. There is a big age difference between the leads considering Yada was still in 4th grade when Oda played in Tokyo love story! A Predictable Christmas story….
LIAR GAME 2 [ライアーゲーム 2]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Odd but it is an unusual story. Keep me watching till the end.
Long Love Letter [ロング・ラブレター〜漂流教室]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is the first science fiction type of Japanese Drama I watched. It just feels strange. This is about a group of people travelled in time and things happened. This brings the innerself from everyone. In my opionion, it's OK. Something different.
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
One of my all time favorites. A lot of fun and very refreshing, with loveable and funny characters. No self-pity around here, just positive attitude and a loud message 'Live your life !' A very good thing with J-dorama is once again: the amazingly cool soundtrack. The ending was no surprise! Typical Kimura type character and Yamaguchi's character could drive people crazy!! Her character will stay with you for a while. The sound track is simply great and I have the 3 CDs version in my collection. Good romantic plot, amazing cast and good music, just can't beat this combination.
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
A fun-to-watch drama with relaxing pace and romantic atmosphere. Although I feel it's sort of an extension from Long Vacation, because Miki's crazy character feels almost the same with Minami's (but she's definitely lacking Minami's originality). And the old girfriend theme annoys me a little bit. But the ending was quite alright. Altogether a nice drama and hey, it's Kimura Takuya... And his acting is always good. One of my all time favorites. Great chemistry between stars, this couple looks great together, and the ending make you feel happy! This is what Japanese drama is all about. This is an all time classic. A must watch for dorama fans.
Love Revolution [ラブレボリューション]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This a typical romantic drama. It is funny that all four main characters are not perfect. Eye candy is the word.
Love Story
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
An above average dorama. The story line is too smooth. Limited touching moments. This is not the best Miho Nakayama show.
Lunch no Joou [ランチの女王]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Yuko Takeuchi was good as usual! This dorama reminds me of another drama named Antique. Is fun to watch! Yuko's character is such a tom-boy. It is hard too throw in more romantic scenes! If you are looking for a love story, this will not be the one for you.
Mahiru no tsuki [真晝の月]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
The story line evolved around a serious subject, rape. The top leads are top notch and this is a must watch!
Majo no jouken [魔女の条件]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
A story line that makes parents worry! Love story between a student and a teacher! But Nanako Matsushima was quite good in it. Note:Nice soundtracks.
Mayonaka no Ame [真夜中の雨]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Oda Yuji is back to his typical good guy role, a surgent, in a hospital setting. Ysauko Matsuyuki is just beautiful. This is one of those stories that will keep you until the end. This is worth watching. In general, good performance from the cast.
Mona Lisa no hohoemi [モナリザの微笑]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This show is quite different from a typical Eguchi Yousuke show. If you are looking for a romantic story, it's nothing here! It is similar to the style of the drama "Hero" with multiple short stories. Above average.
Moto Kare [元カレ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is an old fashion love triangle dorama! The story is a little predictable but it is a nice break from your theme related dorama. (i.e. Doctors, pilot, swimming team etc.) Hirosue Ryoko is one of my favorite actresses and she shines in this one. Ryoko and Uchiyama Rin looks more mutured in this show and they looks more like leading ladies now, especially Hirosue Ryoko!! Domoto Tsuyosh's acting has also improved too. I enjoyed this one.
Mukashi no otoko [昔の男]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is an above average storyline but there are a couple of great acting performanaces, especially the wife of the ex-boyfriend. I enjoyed it. This drama shows you that love has many forms.
Mukodono 2003 [ムコ殿2003]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nagase Tomoya and Takeuchi Yuko combination were better. This is similar to the first one and with as many moving scenes. The ending of the 2003 version lacks the punch. That's why I give it a 9. Worth watching Tomoya san again! He is just as cool!
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Nagase Tomoya and Takeuchi Yuko were great. The rest of the cast was great too. The funny and emotional moments are timed perfectly. A very interesting story line about the diffenent personalities of a rock star. The subtle things there threw in were great. i.e. the couple's clothings, how they talk on the phone etc.
My Little Chef
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
It is a comic little romantic comady series. Nice short stories in between. And Yada Akiko looks very cute in the drama.
Nankyoku Tairiku ~Kami no Ryouiki ni Idomunda Otoko to Inu no Monogatari~ [南極大陸〜神の領域に挑んだ男と犬の物語〜]
(Bought)
Narita Rikon [成田離婚]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Seto Asaka blew me away. The two main actors were great in this comedy. I enjoyed every episode.
Nemureru mori [眠れる森]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
The same people who produced "Koori No Sekai, The Ice World" later, this is a great mystery drama laced with a sad love story between two leads. It keeps you guessing who is the real bad guy, creepy and fascinating to the end. Beautiful memorable soundtrack, especially the classical pieces! Good story line but it was a little slow at the beginning.The ending is vague/not clear! I believe something is missing at the end of this dorama. I think the original book is a little bit different. Although this was written by the same writer as the "Ice World", I like the other one a lot better. This one is a little bit on the dark side.
News no onna [ニュースの女]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good show! You will stick around till the end. Too bad Suzuki Honami is not in more drama.
Nisennen no koi [二千年の恋]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good actors and a so call (eye-candy) show. The story was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up at the end. I don't know why nut most Miho's shows are slower than other drama. For example, Lover Story is another one. The ending was full of suspense! Above average show.
Nurseman [ナースマン]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This drama cast included TOKIO drummer, Matsuoka Masahiro, Morning Musume's Abe Natsumi, former SPEED member Uehara Takako. A nice looking group. This is a surprise hit of the season. They even threw in the priminister's son in a doctors role! A heart warming comedy in a hospital setting. The first six month of 2002 is not that strong but this is a better one!
Odoru Daisousasen [踊る大捜査線]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This show is awesome! You'll like every epidsode. The script is one of the all time best in a police setting. The movie special was just as good as the series.
Oishii Kankei [おいしい關係]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nakayama Miho and Karasawa Toshiaki had good on-screen chemistry. I enjoyed this drama.Very smooth.
Okuman chouja to kekkon suru houhou [億万長者と結婚する方法]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
The story line is just not good. This is a story about callgirls who tried to marry a rich husband. I felt bad for the cast since they are all capable actresses! The three girls tried hard. Enough said! Just save your money and go get a classic instead....
Omiai kekkon [お見合い結婚]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
One of my favorites. Great chemistry between stars but is an unlikely combination! Matsu was funny, adorable and cute. As his first leading man job, Yusuke Santamaria was very funny. The ending make you feel happy! I was actually surprised about how good this drama turned out to be! I'm just curious whether Matsu is really like this in person. There were a few touching moments and Matsu stole the whole show. That's why she is one of the top leading ladies in Japanese dorama. Note: the soundtracks were good too.
Orange Days [オレンジデイズ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Shibasaki Kou' performance has changed my opinion of her acting skill. She is getting better. The chemistry is OK but the story line is good. I like how the writer showed the inner self of the characters.
Over Time [オーバー・タイム]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This drama is written by Kitagawa Eriko (who wrote Long Vacation and later the huge-hit Beautiful Life). I specially like this drama because of Sorimachi's VERY good mature acting here and Esumi Makiko is as always very good too! In GTO or Beach Boys, Sorimachi always does his funny faces (I like that too, but believe me, he's a lot more mature/cooler here!) Many beautiful dialogs exchanged between Sorimachi and Esumi who hovers between friends and lovers. I don't wanna spoil the atmosphere but the ending is not what we would expect. But still VERY touching ending. The heart-breaking last scene really makes the whole drama worth watching. Not enough touching moments in between. Although this was written by the same writer created Long Vacation, its not at the same level. I'm a little disappointed with this drama when comparing it to Long Vacation.
Oyaji~ [オヤジぃ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good family drama. A little above average. A mixture of funny and touching moments. Just look at the rating and you will know that Hirosue has a big following.
P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei [P.S.元気です、俊平]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
I'm not a Dohmoto fan but I just fall in love with Seto Asaka's Character. Seto was the bright light of this dorama. This is an above average drama. I enjoyed this.
Perfect love [パーフェクトラブ!]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Kimura Yoshino gave a good performance. I do not enjoy the chemistry. An average story line.
Pride [プライド]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
From Million stars, last year's Good Luck and now Pride, Kimura Takuya keep bringing it on. Yuko showed her acting skill here and she has that loverable girl next door look to go with the part. Kimura, Takeuchi Yuko and also the supporting cast looked good together! I wish the main characters had more romantic moments in it!! This has potential as the year's best.... Must see for dorama fans.
Proposal Daisakusen [プロポーズ大作戦]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Fun to watch till the end. Greta chemistry between the leads. Masami is so cute.
Psycho Doctor [サイコドクター]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This drama has good performances. Yutaka was quite good but this might be a bit too depressing for many folks!
Pure [ビュア]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Wakui Emi performance was really good. The script was great and I was moved. This is what Japanese Drama is all about.
Remote [リモート]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Fukada Kyoko and Dohmoto Koichi performances were good and the story is quite unusual. I wish they had developed a little bit more romance. Fukada lost some weight and she looked a lot more like a leading lady now.
Renai Hensachi [恋愛偏差値]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
A drama evolved around 4 women and their view on love. This is just an average show! Big name cast…but still something is missing.
rinbukyoku [輪舞曲]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
A newer type of drama with a lot of outside location scenes. Storyline is good and it needs more development on characters. The leads were good.
Risou no kekkon [理想の結婚]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
The first few episodes although laughable were quite dull, But the real gem here, is again the last episode. VERY satisfying end with HAPPY TEARS all over. Great performances by Takenouchi Yutaka as a perfect NERD ! He's so clueless sometimes and you can't help feeling sorry for him. Tokiwa is as good as usual. Brilliant performances come from the older generation, four elders who play both side's parents. Now, that's GREAT acting! Nogiwa Yoko is a very good actress who played Tsukikage Sensei in "Garasu No Kamen/ Glass Mask". Takenouchi Yutaka and Tokiwa Takako are quite good. I enjoy the drama.
Ruten no Ouhi - Saigo no Koutei [流転の王妃・最後の皇弟]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a quality WWII period drama with a top notch cast. The leads are great and the storyline is quite touching. If you are a fan of either Yutaka Takenouchi or Takako Tokiwa then this is a must see short series.
Saigo no koi [最後の恋]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is another dorama that Tokiwa co-star is a member of SMAP. I thought the two leading actors didn't have much chemistry together. This drama was OK but Tokiwa Takako's acting skill out shined Nakai, this will be a great drama if Yutaka Takenouchi takes over the leading role! Imagine that! It was OK...but not great.
Saimin [催眠]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Asaka Seto was amazing here. Her skill out shined all other actors performances in the show. There are a lot of twist and turns. As usual, the final epidsode was the show stopper that tied everything together. This reminded me of the other drama named "Ice World". Don't miss it!
Seikei Bijin [整形美人。]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Yonekura Ryoko was quite good in this dorama considered this was her first dorama as a lead. This is predictable but entertaining. It's a relaxing show!
Seikimatsu no uta [世紀末の詩]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Weak story line with a great cast. I don't get it at all! I wish I know Japanese…..
Shinya Tokkyu [深夜特急]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
This show is quite blend.
Shiroi kage [白い影]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nakai Masahiro and Takeuchi Yuko were great. Yuko was voted the best actress of the season for this drama. After you finished, you'll still be thinking of the storyline for days… This dorama stirred up dicussions in many forums too. This is one of the best in 2001. Don't miss it!
Shiroi Kyoto [白い巨塔]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought)
A high quality show with lots of famous stars. One of the better show of 2003.
Shomuni [ショムニ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is story about 6 OL and how they inspired the whole company. The write used the "Hero" technique, which included multiple short stories. I enjoyed the show.
Shomuni 2 [ショムニ 2]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is story about 6 OL and how they inspired the whole company. The write used the "Hero" technique, which included multiple short stories. I enjoyed the second series too.
Shota no sushi [将太の寿司]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Based on a comic books, this drama is naturally funny and a bit exaggerated. If you want to know everything about sushi-culture and have fun while at it, this is the drama for you. But be prepared to crave for sushi when you are watching, because every sushi roll shown in this show look scrumptiously delicious. This is an inspiring story! With a happy ending and good cast, this drama is one of my favorites. After you watched this show, you'll never taste Sushi the same way.
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi [空から降る一億の星]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a show that had stirred up a lot of opinions. Most of all, they are quite extreme. Because I have been exposed to these opinions, I decided to watch it in a very careful way. Since the Sleeping Forest, the maturing writer's view of human emotion/nature gets a lot deeper now. All three main stars were great, especially Takuya and Fukatsu. In pure acting evaluation, this is a great show! This show gave room for Takuya to show his stuff...I believe this script is not suitable for all dorama viewers. Only some Fan could appreciate this one! I do....
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Kusanagki Tsuyoshi and Fujiwara Norika were surprisingly good in this show. Norika Fujiwara was the best actress of the season, voted by viewer. And also the Best dressed. They spent some money on her outfits. In general, I like the chemistry.
Strawberry on the shortcake [ストロベリー・オンザ・ショートケーキ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Love story based on four teenagers. An above average show. The plot is simple but it keeps your attention through the whole show.
Suiyoubi no Jouji [水曜日の情事]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is an interesting story about an extra marital affair created twist and turns in 3 persons lives. With excellent casting job, the main stars are perfect. They are not the most well known but their skills were shown here. For some reason, the rating is not great in Japan but there are quite a following in other countries. Maybe this is a touchy subject! The ending is quite interesting too! And it will keep you till the end. Good performances!
Summer snow
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
The story line is gear for families. A very sad ending. What if….? A lot of fans like this drama.
Suna No Utsuwa [砂の器]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a dark drama (also visually dark) that started with a murder case. The whole production has a movie look and feel to it. Nakai did a good job and the rest of the cast was good too. It was a little too slow at the end but it's worth while …..
Sweet season [スゥイート・シーズン]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is one of those early Nanako show. Nanako did a great job and the supporting cast is great. The story line is typical Japanese drama plot…
Toi Shinseki Chikaku no Tanin? [遠い親戚近くの他人]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a short drama series. Noriko is good as usual.
Tokyo Love Cinema [東京ラブ・シネマ]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
I like Yosuke Eguchi, but the pacing was really slow! A typical theme related drama with a happy ending. Chemistry if the leads was weak!!!
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
A great 5 ways (involved 5 characters) love story with a sad ending. Suzuki Honami was the spark of the show and she was great. You cannot help it but fall in love with her character. As a fan, you would like to see a different ending though. This is also voted as one of the top 10 most memorable dorama. Classic, classic!!!
Tomodachi no koibito [友達の恋人]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
I was happy with the dorama overall except what happened in the finale. It got my attention all through. This story shows how people can change because of love typical love-triangle theme. I think Seto Asaka is so pretty here! The Angel theme is misleading....no angels in this dorama!
Tsuki no Koibito [月の恋人]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
OK story and it is not Kimura's best.
Uso Koi [ウソコイ]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
Faye Wong was only OK in this series. Consider she does know the Japanese language and this is her first TV series.
Utsukushii hito [美しい人]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
I enoyed this drama. Tokiwa Takako is the spark of this show. Acting performances were excellent. The only complain I have is that Tamura doesn't look right with Takako as a pair. Come think of it, I'll have a tough time finding a lead Japanese drama actor for this part. Who?
Virgin Road [バージンロード]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
An all around excellent acting performance. Wakui Emi and Takeda Tetsuya were in some amazing scenes. Very touching at times but the ending makes you feel good. Get a box of Kleenex ready! Very touching!
Visual Battle 1
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sarina Suzuki was amazing in this comic strip type comedy. Lots of funny moments! Very funny...
Visual Battle 2
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sarina Suzuki was amazing in this comic strip type comedy. The second series added a few twists and turns to the story line. Lots of funny moments! A must watch..
Water Boys [ウォーターボーイズ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
A story that makes you cheer along! A story about a couple of boys who had a dream and tired so hard to organize a Syncorize swimming team. This dorama is targeted for vacationing teenage students. It's very funny! Even it is predictable but I enjoyed it...especially the last episode!!!
Wedding Planner [ウエディングプランナー]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a fun-to-watch comedy. This dorama has a high quality cast with a lot of popular and famous dorama actors and addresses. In general, this is one smooth comedy with a good blend of funny and touching moments. Iijma Naoko is just beautiful and her comedy skill is as good as ever. Her acting is so natural and when paired with a comedy expert like Yuusuke....the result is a high quality drama that leaves you with a warm feeling afterwards.
Whiteout
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a movie not a dorama
With love
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Beautiful soundtrack, especially the piano pieces! This drama sounds a lot like 'You've Got Mail', but it will take you further and deeper to see the impact of words in someone's heart and mind. It's interesting to watch a cold-empty hearted person like Takashi can still be filled with warmth by just the simplest form of words. The couple didn't get together until the last two shows will drive most fans crazy!
Yamato Nadeshiko [やまとなでしこ【大和撫子】]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
A fun-to-watch drama in a relaxing pace. And not to forget the beautiful theme song by Misia. Matsushima Nanako is fun to watch as a head-strong air-stewardess whose life philosophy is not necessarily correct. A strong supporting cast of Nishimura Masahiko as Osuke's true-blue friend. NICE! The script is well-written, the story flows well and there are some parts that are really very funny! Nanako's performance was great even batter than GTO. A very watchable drama that leaves you with a warm feeling afterwards.
Yan Papa [やんパパ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Dispite of the low rating, this is a good family oriented drama. Tomoya's first role as a Step-Papa! I guess he is getting older and he has to pass on those gangster roles! It is different from his other roles. Well, predictable but I enjoyed this one.

jdfan's drama reviews (89)
101 Kaime no Puropozu [101回目のプロポーズ]
Great one! [Rating: 10/10]
his is a classic! Consider this was aired in 1991. You have to fall in love with Asano Atsuko and Takeda Tetsuya. An unlikely couple but you would cheer for them. Typical happy ending. There were quite a few touching scenes that you will remember for a long time.
29-sai no Kurisumasu [29歳のクリスマス]
OK [Rating: 7/10]
An average script with good acting performances. Yamaguchi Tomoko was good but I like her better in Long Vacation.
Africa no yoru [アフリカの夜]
I like it [Rating: 8/10]
This is a good drama. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Not boring at all…I questioned the ending a little bit. Kyoka Suzuki is my favorite.
Age 35 koishikute [Age,35 恋しくて]
Good old-fashioned dorama! [Rating: 8/10]
This is an older drama series about an extra marital affair created twist and turns in 4 persons lives.(Plus 2 kids) With good casting job, the main stars are perfect. They are all well known leads and they show case their skills here. Even the kids were good. This maybe a touchy subject for some viewer! The ending is quite touching and it will keep your attention till the end. Good performances!
Aishiteiru to Ittekure [愛していると言ってくれ]
One Classic show [Rating: 9/10]
A Classic! This is what Japanese drama is all about. Love story with twists and turns. Great performance from the main actors. Takako was amazing! And this show demonstrated why she is one of the best.
Antique [アンティーク〜西洋骨董洋菓子店]
Above Average [Rating: 8/10]
An interesting story line with above average performances from the stars. This was vote the best show in 2001 by the viewers. But I think something is missing. It lacks touching moments. I cannot recall any great scene? A disappointment! In general, the setting, the direction and mood were good.
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
One of the Best [Rating: 10/10]
Great and convincing acting job form Takako Tokiwa. Touched on the life and love of a handicap person. A very interesting character setup. A very moving but sad ending. Kimura and Tokiwa were a great combination!
Beauty 7 [ビューティ7]
Average only [Rating: 7/10]
This is a strange story about a beauty salon with a ghost hanging around. Not the best but it keeps me watching till the end.
Bijo ka Yajuu [美女か野獣]
I enjoyed this one! [Rating: 9/10]
The 2nd highest rating show this season only behind "Good Luck". Nanako and Masaharu were good leads. A "Typical" heart warming drama evloves around a TV news room. Since there were many news room related dramas out there, that makes this drama storyline a bit predictable! A Worth watching show but not the best…and the ending is too wide opened for my taste! They should throw in more ramantic scenes or at least expand the relationship between the leads. You would say "That's it!"!!!!
Brand [ブランド]
OK [Rating: 8/10]
Imai Miki looks good in the show. The supporting case is quite good too. You'll stick around for the ending.
Bus stop [バスストップ]
Unlikely couple! [Rating: 7/10]
Simple story line but with great acting jobs from the member of the case. Naoko Iijima looked amazing in the show.
Cheap Love [チープラブ]
OK only [Rating: 5/10]
A very dark story with a sad ending. A very unusual story line. Lack of chemistry between the main characters and I don't enjoy the ending!
Eien no ko [永遠の仔]
Great acting! [Rating: 9/10]
Prepare yourself because this is another "screwed up" drama. I mean screwed up as in dark where something bad looms overhead. This one is about three abused children met in a mental hospital. 18 years later they meet again and all of a sudden murders start happening. Hmm... Consisder this is a tough subject for a script writer, this is a great job. The top notch cast's performace is just first rate! Don't miss it!
Friends [フレンズ]
Only 4 episodes but GREAT!! [Rating: 9/10]
This is a short drama series with Japanese and Korean Stars involved. I like the 4 episodes story line and the fast pace of the story. Therefore, there were no unecessary scenes! The direction was great, very close to Japanese dorama. Without surprise, Kyoko is in her typical sweet girl role. I like how they showed the differences between the two cultures, especially in kid's marriage and career. Note: I like the sound track too.
Gakkou no sensei [ガッコの先生]
Good [Rating: 8/10]
This is a nice drama with a few touching moments. The lead actors were great. The ending is wide open for a part 2 series.
Golden Bowl [ゴールデンボウル]
Kaneshiro is preety good in a comedy setting! [Rating: 8/10]
I like Kaneshiro in a romantic comedy setting. It was a great change from God, please give me more time and Love 2000. This clearly showed his range. The storyline was smooth and attractive. As a bowler, I get excited watching all these strikes and spares. As for the famale lead, Hitomi Kuroki, at 40 she shines considered there are many younger beautiful actress in the show. A funny and relaxing show!
Good Luck !! [グッドラック!!]
Awesome! [Rating: 10/10]
I haven't seen one like this one for a while. Great pace, top notch casting and good script. I was moved by every episode. This is a MUST see for dorama fans...
Hanayome wa 16-sai! [花嫁は16才!]
Old but a classic [Rating: 10/10]
Tomosaka Rie looks amazing and her acting was great! I really like this emotional ride! The plot is simple and tight. It'll keep your attention through the whole show. A must see drama classic. It's right up there with the best. Don't miss it.
Handoku [ハンドク]
Not that good! [Rating: 6/10]
The drama writer used the "Hero" style (multi-storyline) in a private hospital setting! If you cannot handle surgery scenes, don't watch this one. I'm a little bit disappointed because I'm a fan of Nagase Tomoya. His gangster look doesn't look right in a doctor's role! Some of the hottest young stars are in this one, but I'm not impressed...
Hatsu Taiken [初体験]
SO SO! [Rating: 6/10]
Miki Mizuno, Naohito Fujiki are very popular these days! Even with these stars in the show, the story doesn't provide any real spark! The story evolved around three women in their late 20s bumped into their childhood crush… Just another average show.
Hero
Very Nice [Rating: 9/10]
One of the top rating show but I think this one is a bit overrated. Very good story lines. Kimura was very funny. Interesting relationship between Kimura and Matsu...is not clear, just hints! I wish they develop the relationship a little bit more.
Hikon Kazoku [非婚家族]
I love it! [Rating: 8/10]
Convincing performances! I like how the drama showed the women's point of view on conflicts between career and family. Also, true love can be in many forms which include caring and forgiving. The ending will leave you hanging….wondering what really happened...just hints! I watched it months ago, but it still think about the characters. This is what true great drama is about? Don't miss this one.
Hitotsu yane no shita 2 [ひとつ屋根の下 2]
One of the classics [Rating: 10/10]
Great cast and good performances. That why this series became a classic. An interesting story line based on family bond between brothers and sisters.
Hitotsu yane no shita 2 [ひとつ屋根の下 2]
Hitotsu yane no shita 2 [Rating: 10/10]
Again the second series was great too. That why fans all over the world love these series. The ending was unexpected.
Honke no Yome [本家のヨメ]
I like this one! [Rating: 9/10]
This reminded me of the earlier show Muko-Dono/Son in Law. This is my first Viian show and her performance was very good. Even though rating is not that high in Japan, this is a must see for the season. This is very funny!
Hoshi no kinka 1 [星の金貨]
Wow!!! [Rating: 10/10]
Great cast chemistry and great performances. That why this series became a classic. You will stay till the end.
Hoshi no kinka 2 / Zoku hoshi no kinka [續。星の金貨]
Must see!!! [Rating: 10/10]
Great cast chemistry and great performances. That why this series became a classic. You will stay till the end. This series is darker than the first one. Takenouchi Yutaka's is just amazing. This really show the actor's (ALL of them) abiliies!! A must see.
Hyakunen no monogatari [百年の物語]
I enjoyed the 3 stories [Rating: 8/10]
A family type show with good stories that tied together. Nanako was very good.
Itsumo futari de [いつもふたりで]
Is a good show! [Rating: 8/10]
This drama is written in a typical good old love story fashion where three main characters have developed friendship and love relationship. Matsu is in her element here and her character does alllow her to show her stuff. I can tell her acting skill is at a higher level now! A predictable sort but truely enjoyable!
Joshiana [女子アナ]
Average [Rating: 7/10]
Not a bad show. Rie Tomosaka's best is still the 16 year old bride. Miki Mizuno's character is a bit too much! For News Room story, Channel 2 is better.
Kamisama mou sukoshi dake [神様、もう少しだけ]
Touching [Rating: 10/10]
It's hard to build a story around a disease like Aids. But they did it. Kaneshiro Takeshi and Fukada Kyoko did a great job. A very touching ending. For the ladies, its Kleenex time!
Keizoku [ケイゾク]
Great Show! [Rating: 9/10]
A very different drama but it kept my attention till the end. It won the best drama in 99. The ending is quite surprising!
Kiken na kankei [危険な関係]
Worth a shot [Rating: 7/10]
This is a good drama. Fukiwara performance was good. Worth watching…
Kimi ga oshietekureta koto [君が教えてくれたこと]
Not well known but great [Rating: 9/10]
Tomosaka Rie's acting performance was great! I'm convinced that she is one of the best. I cannot imagine too many top actress can handle this role. I really like this story. It'll keep your attention through the whole show. A must see drama. Don't miss it.
Kinyoubi no Koibitotachi e [金曜日の恋人たちへ]
Norika' Best? [Rating: 8/10]
Good performances all around. Norika did a good job. Worth watching…
Koibito yo [恋人よ]
Worh a try [Rating: 9/10]
I lot of fans considered this a a classic. This drama presented a very different way of looking at unfaithful relationships. Suzuki Honami was great and wish she had worked on more dramas. Not as good as Tokyo love story.
Koishite Shinitai [恋して死にたい]
Fukuda Kyoko's Best [Rating: 10/10]
Great performances from Domoto Tsuyoshi and Fukuda Kyoko with a very interesting setting. A watchable drama with some touching moments.
Konna koi no hanashi [こんな恋のはなし]
Good drama [Rating: 9/10]
Sanada is a very good actor and quite a supporting cast. This is a good story about love, friendship and money.
Koori no sekai [冰の世界]
The Best [Rating: 10/10]
One of my favorites. The ending was full of suspense and surprises! This story will keep you up all night!! I spent almost 12 hours straight to find out who the killer is. What happened at the end was amazing. If you think you know who the killer is, you will be wrong. Takenouchi Yutaka and Matsushima Nanako looks great together but this is not just an eye-candy show. I hope they have the opportunity to work together soon.
Kyousoukyoku [協奏曲]
Slower pace...but enjoyable. [Rating: 7/10]
This is a story about a love triangle between Masakazu Tamura, Rie Miyazawa and Takuya Kimura. In comparision, this dorama is at a slower pace but the the all star cast performance was good. Overall, an interesting story about a woman fell in love with two men...
Kyumei byoto 24 ji [救命病棟24時]
Very Good! [Rating: 9/10]
It is a great change from typical love and family dramas. Nanako is great. A Japanese version of ER. Not the best but certainly is worth watching.
Long Love Letter [ロング・ラブレター〜漂流教室]
OK only [Rating: 7/10]
This is the first science fiction type Dorama I have watched. Since I am so used to love stories, it just feels strange. This is about a group of people travelled in time and strange things happened. In my opionion, it's OK. Something different with lots of computer generated visiual effects....
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
Best of the best! [Rating: 10/10]
One of my favorites. The ending was no surprises! Typical Kimura type character and Yamaguchi's character could drive people crazy!! Her character will stay with you for a while. The sound track is simply great and I have the 3 CD version in my collection. Good romantic plot, amazing cast and good music, just cannot beat this combination. they don't make dorama like this anymore!
Love Revolution [ラブレボリューション]
Above Average [Rating: 7/10]
This a typical romantic drama. It is funny that all four main characters are not perfect. Both men were not worth fight for. Eye candy is the word...there are a lot of beautiful people are in this one.
Lunch no Joou [ランチの女王]
Lots of FUN! [Rating: 8/10]
Yuko Takeuchi was good as usual! This dorama reminds me of another drama named Antique. Is fun to watch! Yuko's character is such a tom-boy (not girlish) and it is hard too throw in more romantic scenes! If you are looking for a love story, this will not be the one for you. But this is FUN show....
Majo no jouken [魔女の条件]
Parents nightmare! [Rating: 8/10]
A story line that makes parent worry! Love story between a student and a teacher. Nanako Matsushima was quite good. This might spark fure student and teacher love dramas!
Mayonaka no Ame [真夜中の雨]
A Good Dorama! [Rating: 9/10]
Oda Yuji is back to his typical good guy role, a doctor this time, in a hospital setting. Ysauko Matsuyuki is just beautiful. This is one of those mysteries that will keep you until the end. Not well known but this is one of the top show in that season. Worth watching. Also. good performance from the cast...
Mona Lisa no hohoemi [モナリザの微笑]
Worth a try [Rating: 7/10]
This show is quite different from a typical Eguchi Yousuke show. If you are looking for a romance story, it's nothing here! It is similar to the style of the drama "Hero". One drama with multiple stories. Above average.
Moto Kare [元カレ]
I like it! [Rating: 8/10]
I think the person who gave this dorama a "1" is a bit harsh. This is an old fashion "soap"script that you don't see too often these days. After I finished watching this show, I kept thinking about the characters. The 3 leads had done a good job in creating the characters' personalities. Well, I also like the realistic ending. The truth came out. All three character is being truthful to each others and their own feelings...
Mukashi no otoko [昔の男]
Not Bad [Rating: 8/10]
This is an above average storyline but there are a couple of great acting performanaces, especially the wife of the ex-boyfriend. I enjoyed it. This drama shows you that love has many forms.
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人]
One of the best [Rating: 10/10]
Nagase Tomoya and Takeuchi Yuko were great. The rest of the cast was great too. The funny and emotional moments are timed perfectly. A very interesting story line.
Narita Rikon [成田離婚]
A Good one [Rating: 8/10]
Seto Asaka blew me away. The two main actors were great in this comedy. I enjoyed every episode.
Nemureru mori [眠れる森]
OK [Rating: 7/10]
Good story line but it was a little slow at the beginning. Full of suspense and surprises. The ending is vague! Something is missing at the end of this dorama. Although this was written by the same writer as the "Ice World", I like the other one a lot better. This one is a little bit on the dark side. I like the title song.
News no onna [ニュースの女]
Very Good! [Rating: 8/10]
Good show! It is a nice change from love stories. You will stick around till the end. Too bad Suzuki Honami is not acting in more dramas.
Nisennen no koi [二千年の恋]
Above Average [Rating: 8/10]
Good actors and a so call (eye-candy) show. The story was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up at the end. The ending was full of suspense! Above average show.
Odoru Daisousasen [踊る大捜査線]
Great one! [Rating: 9/10]
This show is awesome! You'll like every epidsode. The script is one of the all time best. This is one of the most popular hit in Taiwan and Japan.
Oishii Kankei [おいしい關係]
Smooth [Rating: 8/10]
Nakayama Miho and Karasawa Toshiaki had good on-screen chemistry. I enjoyed this drama.Very smooth.
Okuman chouja to kekkon suru houhou [億万長者と結婚する方法]
I'm being nice [Rating: 3/10]
The story line is just not good. I felt bad for the cast. They tried.
Omiai kekkon [お見合い結婚]
Great love story [Rating: 10/10]
One of my favorites. Great chemistry between stars but is an unlikely combination! Matsu was funny, adorable and cute. Yusuke Santamaria was very funny. The ending make you feel happy! I was actually surprised about how good this drama turned out to be! I'm just curious whether Matsu is really like this in person.
Over Time [オーバー・タイム]
Average only [Rating: 7/10]
Simple story line but with good acting jobs from the member of the cast. Not enough touching moments in the show. Chemistry between the main characters is not developed. Although this was written by the same writer created Long Vacation, its not at the same level. I'm a little disappointed with this drama.
Oyaji~ [オヤジぃ]
Average [Rating: 7/10]
Good family drama. A little above average. A mixture of funny and touching moments. A little slow.
P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei [P.S.元気です、俊平]
Sweet [Rating: 8/10]
You'll fall in love with Seto Asaka's Character. This is an above average drama.
Perfect love [パーフェクトラブ!]
OK [Rating: 7/10]
Kimura Yoshino gave a good performance. I do not enjoy the chemistry. An average story line.
Pride [プライド]
Another great one! [Rating: 10/10]
Last year's Good Luck. This is another great one from Kimura Takuya and Takeuchi Yuko. They looked good together! I wish they had more romantic moments!! This has potential as the year's best.... Must see.
Psycho Doctor [サイコドクター]
Too depressing! [Rating: 7/10]
This drama has good performances from the cast. Yutaka was quite good but this might be a bit too depressing for many folks! Especially with war in the middle east, depressed world economy and now SARS! The rating shows. I think most fans prefer more cheerful/funny doramas.
Pure [ビュア]
Great Acting [Rating: 9/10]
Wakui Emi performance was really good. The script was great and I was moved. This is what Japanese Drama is all about.
Renai Hensachi [恋愛偏差値]
3 short stories in 1! [Rating: 7/10]
A drama evolved around 4 women and their view on love. My favorite is the second story with Tokiwa Takako. This is a good show! But I want more from this well known cast.
Risou no kekkon [理想の結婚]
Fun to watch but predictable [Rating: 8/10]
Takenouchi Yutaka and Tokiwa Takako are quite good. I enjoy the drama.
Saimin [催眠]
Don't miss it [Rating: 9/10]
Asaka Seto was amazing here. Her skill out shining all other performances. There are a lot of twist and turns. As usual, the final epidsode was the show that tied everything together. His reminded me of the other drama named "Ice World". Don't miss it!
Shigatsu no monogatari [四月の物語]
OK movie [Rating: 7/10]
This movie has a very simple story.
Shiroi kage [白い影]
Love this drama [Rating: 10/10]
Nakai Masahiro and Takeuchi Yuko were great. Yuko was voted the best actress of the year for this drama. After you finished, you'll still be thinking of the storyline for days… This is one of the best in 2001. Don't miss it!
Shomuni [ショムニ]
Nice warm story [Rating: 9/10]
This is story about six so call OL and how they inspired the whole company. The script writer used the "Hero" technique, which included multiple short stories in one drama. I enjoyed the show. I'm not a big Fan of Esumi but she was great!
Shomuni 2 [ショムニ 2]
As good as the 1st one [Rating: 9/10]
If you like the 1st series, you will like the second one. Starting July 2002, they will air the 3rd and final series. I can't wait to watch that one!
Shota no sushi [将太の寿司]
An inspiring story! [Rating: 9/10]
This is an inspiring story! With a happy ending and good cast, this drama is one of my favorites. After you watched this show, you'll never taste Sushi the same way.
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi [空から降る一億の星]
Some great acting! [Rating: 9/10]
This is a show that had stirred up a lot of opinions all over the world. Most of all, they are quite extreme. Because I have been exposed to these opinions, I decided to watch it in a very careful way. Since the Sleeping Forest, the maturing writer's view of human emotion/nature gets a lot deeper now. All three main stars were great, especially Takuya and Fukatsu. In pure acting evaluation, this is a great show! This show gave room for Takuya to show his skill... I believe this script is not suitable for all dorama viewers. Only some Fan could appreciate this one! I do....
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
Above Average [Rating: 8/10]
Kusanagki Tsuyoshi and Fujiwara Norika were surprisingly good in this show. Norika Fujiwara was the best actress of the year, voted by viewer. And also the Best dressed. They spent some money on her outfits. In general, I like the chemistry.
Strawberry on the shortcake [ストロベリー・オンザ・ショートケーキ]
OK only [Rating: 7/10]
Love story based on four teenagers. An above average show. The plot is simple but it keeps your attention through the whole show. May be the stars are the reason. Not enough tense moments!
Suiyoubi no Jouji [水曜日の情事]
A good one [Rating: 8/10]
This is an interesting story about an extra marital affair created twist and turns in 3 persons lives. The ending is quite interesting and it will keep you till the end. Good performances!
Summer snow
A little slow [Rating: 7/10]
The story line is gear for families. A very sad ending. What if….? A lot of fans like this drama.
Sweet season [スゥイート・シーズン]
An early Nanako show [Rating: 8/10]
This is one of those early Nanako show. Nanako did a great job and the supporting cast is great. The story line is typical Japanese drama plot…
Toi Shinseki Chikaku no Tanin? [遠い親戚近くの他人]
Average only [Rating: 7/10]
This is a short drama series. Noriko is good as usual.
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
Memorable!! [Rating: 10/10]
Great love story with a sad ending. Suzuki Honami was great. You'll like a different ending. This is also voted as one of the most memorable dorama.
Uso Koi [ウソコイ]
One of the worst! [Rating: 2/10]
Faye Wong was only OK in this series. Consider she does know the Japanese language and this is her first TV series.Too generous to give a 10 or 9 even if you are fans of Faye Wong!!!
Utsukushii hito [美しい人]
Very Good! [Rating: 9/10]
I have waited so long to buy this one but I'm glad that I did! I truely enjoyed this drama. Tokiwa Takako is the spark of this show and she looks so pretty in this show. Acting performances were excellent all around. The only complain I have is that Tamura doesn't look right with Takako as a pair. A little too old. Come think of it, I would have a tough time finding a lead Japanese drama actor for this part. Who?
Virgin Road [バージンロード]
Go get this! [Rating: 10/10]
An all around excellent acting performance. Wakui Emi and Takeda Tetsuya were amazing. Very touching at times but the ending makes you feel good. Get a box of Kleenex ready! There are a few very touching moments in the dorama!
Wedding Planner [ウエディングプランナー]
Heart warming and funny! [Rating: 8/10]
This is a fun-to-watch comedy. This dorama has a high quality cast with a lot of popular and famous dorama actors and addresses. In general, this is one smooth comedy with a good blend of funny and touching moments. Iijma Naoko is just beautiful and her comedy skill is as good as ever. Her acting is so natural and when paired with a comedy expert like Yuusuke....the result is a high quality drama that leaves you with a warm feeling afterwards.
With love
Love this drama [Rating: 8/10]
Interesting story line; a Japanese version of "You've got mail". The couple didn't get together until the last two shows will drive you crazy!
Yamato Nadeshiko [やまとなでしこ【大和撫子】]
Love this drama [Rating: 10/10]
The script is well-written, the story flows well and there are some parts that are really very funny! Nanako's performance was great even batter than GTO. A very watchable drama that leaves you with a warm feeling afterwards.
Yan Papa [やんパパ]
I like it! [Rating: 8/10]
Dispite of the low rating, this is a good family oriented drama. Tomoya's first role as a Step-Papa! I guess he has passed that gangster role! It is sure different from his other roles…Predictable but I enjoyed this one.

   

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