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jo's drama votes (8)
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Incredible story, it was like reading a novel. The ending was sad, but it was really done exceptionally well. I was not particularly fond of the first 5-6 episodes, the last couple were emotionally captivating. Watch it and you will understand. 9/10.Kimutaku was GOOD! Tokiwa was great!! A must see A+++
H2~Kimi to itahibi [2〜君といた日々]
Temporary Vote.
Hero
Just love this drama, I thought this was really great. I was kind of tired watching regular dramas(those same plot/story dramas), THIS ISN'T ONE OF THEM. This has all the ingredients of a great series: comedy, adventure, mystery, romantic scenes, it also include some hard drama acting by Kimura along with his strange and crazy antics. Just really funny for me, 2 THUMBS WAY WAY UP IN THE AIR! Watch it! Though do not expect too much from Kimura and Matsu.
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション]
FAVORITE DRAMA OF ALL TIME! THIS SHOULD BE THE NO. 1!!!! IF THERE'S A QUESTION OF "WHICH JAPANESE DRAMA GOT YOU HOOKED?". I would say this is THE ONE. This drama has started everything for me, I have watched this over and over again and never gets tired of watching it. The songs were great, the theme song SHIAWASE by Cagnet, TRUE TRUE and Hear Me Cry were also the reason that this drama BECAME SOO POPULAR. I've never been a Japanese Drama fan before but after seeing this drama, it made me want to watch MORE. This drama is just SUPERB. A++++++ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, A MUST-SEE!!
Satorare [サトラレ]
HEHE, This one is RECOMMENDED HIGHLY!!!! This is funny and their is also a VERY SAD scene in the later part of the story. Odagiri Joe was born to do this role, with great support and cast this drama has FORCED ME to give them a TWO THUMBS UP! Don't worry there is HAPPY ENDING in this story. GREAT ACTING BY ODAGIRI JOE, TSURUTA MAYU AND FUBUKI JUN. UNO KANDA WAS HOT, specially her outfits, she almost changes her clothes every scene. LOL!!!
Summer snow
Tsuyoshi was good, this drama is very heartwarming. Really great, recommended to all. A must see A+++
Tengoku e no Kaidan
I have my own requirements and qualifications for voting doramas, and this one has barely made that line of limit for my highly voted doramas.
Wedding Planner [ウエディングプランナー]

jo's artiste votes (9)
Fujiwara Norika [藤原紀香]
Good actress, sex appeal is another reason.
Hasegawa Kyoko [長谷川京子]
Beautiful...sexy....and just plain HOWWWWTTTTT!
Kimura Takuya [木村拓哉]
Good actor!
Kimura Yoshino [木村佳乃]
Beautiful, fell in love with her perfect smile, considering that many japanese artist have bad teeth.
Matsu Takako [松たか子]
Very Good Actress!
Seto Asaka [瀬戸朝香]
plain beauty.
Tokiwa Takako [常盤貴子]
Exceptional actress, with rare beauty!
Tsuruta Mayu [鶴田真由]
beautiful woman, great actress!
Yada Akiko [矢田亜希子]
beautiful actress!

jo's dramas (81)
Batsu Kare [バツ彼]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good. Overacting sometimes. C+
Beach boys [ビーチボーイズ]

Havn't watched yet.
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great, I love the story, I was not particularly fond of the first 5-6 episodes, but the last couple episdoes were emotionally captivating. Watch it and you will understand. 9/10.
Boku dake no Madonna [僕だけのマドンナ]
(Watched)
Still Watching..but Hasekyo is hot....:)!
Dekichatta Kekkon [できちゃった結婚]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Don't like this story that much, Abe hiroshi is funny. But this one is just too boring. C-
Densha Otoko [電車男]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Funny moments are good...OVER ACTING IN SO MANY SCENES..wwwwwaattasshiii bakaaaaaa....dessssssuuuu. I'd be blunt that was stupid acting by the lead character, always crying out for no reason. Geez, man I've know many geeks and fanboys, they're not so emotionally weak like this drama was trying to portray them..They said it's a true story but they changed so much stuff in the script to make it more look funny..that it wasn't funny anymore. Jinkkama-san was funny & hot though. I'll take her anytime. B -
Diamond Girl [ダイヤモンドガール]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Its Ok story, I don't like the actor and actress, though.
Dr. Koto Shinryojo [Dr.コトー診療所]
Rating: 2/10 (Watched)
Finished watching, I'm really disappointed on this one.
Fire Boys [ファイアーボーイズ 〜め組の大吾〜]
(Watched)
Not done yet.
First Love
Rating: 2/10 (Watched)
Patterned after "Majo No Jouken", difference? It's vice versa, the teacher is male and the student is female. This drama is NOT recommended for everyone. Kyoko's sister(Wakui Emi) is a derange lunatic, she hates her adapted family because she thinks they don't love her. This simple stupid reason has set her to destroy her sisters' life and her family's reputation, she even tried to kill Watabe Atsuro and herself, I was telling myself, "what a moronic reason to become a crazy ass bitch. This has got to be the second worst drama, I have ever seen. Atsuro's acting is ridiculous, he just can't act, he can't keep his mannerisms off(note: his eyebrows was twitching all the time, he pretty much does this little annoying act to all his dramas). This is just really bad and ugly. Period. Buy it or watch it, it's up to you. You have been warned.
Friends [フレンズ]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Fukada, not bad in her acting, but she wasn't great either. Won Bin was good, but I thought this drama was heavily in favor of Korean side, Won Bin spoke a few words of japanese while Fukada has spoken Korean almost all the time. Story was good, but I'm no fan of these two actors. So sorry.
Gokusen [ごくせん]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Hilarious, patterned after GTO, Nakama Yukie was great(she's the teacher here, who has a deep secret, in-line to become the next gang leader), her henchmen(all boys) are afraid of her, cause she could kick their asses anytime. She was assigned to teach an all-boys school, and just like in GTO, she was put in the WORST group of students, class 3-d. Just watch it! This is really great. The song "FEEL YOUR BREEZE" was sung by V6 and it was great, I thought it fit the drama theme well.
Gokusen 2 [ごくせん2]
(Watched)
Still Watching!
Good Luck !! [グッドラック!!]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
A nice drama, but the story was kinda boring. Dorama acting was horrible for some characters, and I wouldn't say this here, but for the first time, Kimutaku acting was freakin ordinary. Still it was very interesting. C+
GTO [麻辣教師]
Rating: 9/10
Good and funny but the anime version was still more WHACKY than this.
H2~Kimi to itahibi [2〜君といた日々]
(Bought & Watched)
Still watching...though Ishihara is really good and funny.
Hana Yori Dango [花より男子]
(Watched)
Still finishing
Hero
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I was kind of tired watching regular dramas, THIS ISN'T ONE OF THEM. This has all the ingredients of a great series: comedy, adventure, mystery, romantic scenes, it some hard drama acting by Kimura along with his strange and crazy antics. Just really funny for me, 2 THUMBS WAY WAY UP IN THE AIR! Watch it! Though do not expect too much from Kimura and Matsu.
Hoshi no kinka 1 [星の金貨]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Average drama, good at times. Nothing special here.
Hoshi no kinka 2 / Zoku hoshi no kinka [續。星の金貨]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Was better than HOSHI NO KINKA I, so that was surprising that part 2 can actually be better than part I. Still, I wasn't blown of my chair like other dramas, it's still a slow and average drama. C+
Hotman [ホットマン]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Okay story, it's boring and shallow sometimes, I can't understand why they would argue all the time with silly simple things, and Enzo would burst out with his stupid loud voice. Nanami is one lovely, smart cute little girl. Makes my day when I see her smile, Misuzu was nice too, but can't really find this drama worth watching ever again. C-
Itoshi Kimie [愛し君へ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Only watched a couple episodes on this one, but I must say this one was really good, a little draggy in the story but the ending was good. B++
Itsumo futari de [いつもふたりで]
Rating: 2/10 (Watched)
To bad the guy left the 2nd episode..he was quite funny. The acting wasn't up-to-par, not good story, plus some force acting by the lead guy irritated me a lot. I love the women though. Kyoko and Matsu looked fine, but wasn't their best acting.
Kao [顔]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Not your typical drama, good but not my kind of drama. Just wasn't impressive. Odagiri Joe was good in "Satorare" but I was disappionted in his role in this drama(maybe I expected too much, after his great work), Nakamura Yukie was alright. Slow, dark, and an average story. C-
Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho [こちら本池上署]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's a so so drama, not particularly well done. But has some good spots in the show. Although I won't ever watch it again, due to very shallow story lines.
Kochira Hon Ikegami Sho 4 [こちら本池上署 4]
(Watched)
Still watching!
Koi ga shitai Koi ga shitai Koi ga shitai [恋がしたい恋がしたい]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Stupid drama
Koi wo nan nen sundemasu ka?
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Great story, watched the whole series and the SPECIAL ep., it was good, Naoko and Kyon-kyon were great here. But, I must say that this drama is kinda slow. I hated Nakamura Toru's character here, thought this cause me to hate him too. ^O^
Koibumi [恋文~私たちが愛した男]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Really weird story, but I do like this one. Mizuno Miki is one cool girl, can't find someone who will stick for you til the end, even though you're one crazy sonamavich. Thats what her character did, she stayed with a stupid husband after all the things that he had done. A++++
Kokoro [こころ]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
Kokoro....wha....where's my kokoro? :)
Konya Hitori no Beddo de [今夜ひとりのベッドで]
(Watched)
Not finish yet.
Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 3 [救命病棟24時 3]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
Why don't I like this show? First of all, too much emphasis on the world of doctors and surgeons again. Eguche Yusuke seems to be falling in love with the stereotypical characters, the last couple dramas he accepted, he played as a doctor. Somehow this kind of soured me so bad, even though Matsushima was on this drama. D+
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
WAS ranked no.1 here in the TOP 50, and I read some comments about this drama, so I thougt this was going to surpass my expectation built by LOVE GENERATION, sorry but I was disappointed. Tomoko was great, but I thought this drama was an average. Boring at times. If you are reading this, this is an unbiased comments, I am a big fan of Kimura Takuya, Matsu Takako, Yutaka, Tomoko, and Izumi, so I would never say anything bad about their acting, but the story was kinda slow and it really disappoint me, BIG TIME. Thought it would be more SUPERB because of the casting. The writer of this story did a poor job. Watch it or buy it, it's all up to you. You have been warned. Good collection though for Kimura Takuya and Matsu Takako fans.
Love complex [ラブコンプレックス]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
Weird drama...Kimura Yoshino is HOT.
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
FAVORITE DRAMA OF ALL TIME! THIS SHOULD BE THE NO. 1!!!! IF THERE'S A QUESTION OF "WHICH JAPANESE DRAMA GOT YOU HOOKED?". I would say this is THE ONE. This drama has started everything for me, I have watched this over and over again and never gets tired of watching it. The songs were great, the theme song SHIAWASE by Cagnet, TRUE TRUE and Hear Me Cry were also the reason that this drama BECAME SOO POPULAR. I've never been a Japanese Drama fan before but after seeing this drama, it made me want to watch MORE. This drama is just SUPERB. A++++++ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, A MUST-SEE!!
Love Revolution [ラブレボリューション]
(Watched)
Still finishing...but from the looks of it...I don't know If I can finish this.
Lunch no Joou [ランチの女王]
(Bought & Watched)
Not done yet
Majo no jouken [魔女の条件]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
KOOOLLL!
Moto Kare [元カレ]
(Bought & Watched)
Still finishing
Mukodono 2003 [ムコ殿2003]
(Watched)
Still Finishing
Musashi [武蔵]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Musashi is okay, just don't like the lead actor. Love all the actresses, REI MIYAZAWA, NAKAMA YUKIE, YONEKURA RYOKO, and the cute and sexy UCHIYAMA RINA
Nanbaa Wan [ナンバーワン]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Ridiculously plotted story, Kobuzuka can't act, Santamaria can't act. Just really awful. I hate this drama.
Nemureru mori [眠れる森]
(Watched)
Still Finishing
Nisennen no koi [二千年の恋]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL, NAKAYAMA MIHO CAN'T ACT! She was like a tree who stood there doing nothing, she didnt show some freaking emotion. This is another one of those SPY movies, not for everyone, slow and dark. The only bright spot in this drama, is the acting of FAYRAY and her sexy outfits(I wonder if she makes more drama). Alright back to this, this is not recommended for everyone but if you like slow, dark dramas, then this is for you.
Omiai kekkon [お見合い結婚]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Boring story....Matsu is funny and witty although I never liked the opposite actor. No chemistry at all, same thing with the background casts. TOO BORING. D - is deserving.
Ooku [大奥]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Didn't finished
Ooku Dai-ishou [大奧第一章]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Not so bad, A-
Ooku~Hana no Ran~ [大奥〜華の乱〜]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Partially watched...not my type of drama.
Otousan [おとうさん]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
AN A+ CAST but a D- Script! Pretty weak on story, I wonder why those four actresses even accepted this drama(maybe they got paid more).Funny at times but I thought the story was just circling around some simple things. Which is kinda sad that they couldn't come up with a better story for each sisters in this drama. Hirosue was FUNNY though! so that's a positive^_^.
P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei [P.S.元気です、俊平]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
SETO ASAKA was hot, I think her character was the bright spot on this drama, the tandem of KOICHI and ASAKA wasn't good though, KOICHI looks like a dwarf standing next to Asaka, which kinda through-off some realism in this drama. Fujiki should have been the leading man in this drama. Good story. B+
Pride [プライド]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Love that H-A song(instrumental), by Keiko Kurubushi, good acting, Yuko is beautiful, takuya acting is alright. Atleast Takuya came back with a better performance from his boring character in Goodluck. Good enough to get 9 from me. Maybe...wha..annoying maybe that is. :)
Rikon Bengoshi [離婚弁護士]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Good, I like the Special episode best.
Rikon Bengoshi 2 [離婚弁護士II〜ハンサム ウーマン〜]
(Watched)
Didn't finished. Seto is looking really fine.
Ruri no shima [瑠璃の島]
(Watched)
Still Finishing
Ruten no Ouhi - Saigo no Koutei [流転の王妃・最後の皇弟]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Good acting by Takenouchie, not particularly fond of Tokiwa's acting. Not sure about the real history, but watching it from Japanese production point of view, I think it's pretty much obvious to assume that they have changed so much of the ACTUAL history. B+
Sarariman Kintaro 4 (TBS) [サラリーマン金太郎]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
I don't like this drama, very unrealistic. Not really good.
Satorare [サトラレ]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
HEHE, This one is RECOMMENDED HIGHLY!!!! This is funny and their is also a VERY SAD scene in the later part of the story. Odagiri Joe was born to do this role, with great support and cast this drama has FORCED ME to give them a TWO THUMBS UP! Don't worry there is HAPPY ENDING in this story. GREAT ACTING BY ODAGIRI JOE, TSURUTA MAYU AND FUBUKI JUN. UNO KANDA WAS HOT, specially her outfits, she almost changes her clothes every scene. LOL!!!
Sekai no chuushin de, ai wo sakebu [世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great drama, not really high in the story, but the script was well done, characters were really good. First time I've seen Yamada he was in Waterboys, and that was pretty good. I didn't know he could act like that. A tear-jerker drama. A++
Shiawase No Shippo
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Mizuno Mike is good, can't say the same thing to Sakaguchi Kenji, I noticed in all his drama, that he just can't act. Maybe he's too masculine or just can't. But Kenji just doesn't have it like most actors can. Sometimes I think you actually have to pinch him, slap him, or say insulting remarks to him just to make him cry or get angry, just not a very good actor in this good drama! C+
Shinsengumi [新撰組]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Done...with this..will never watch taiga drama again. Good dorama though. But taiga drama just prove to be boring.
Shiroi Kyoto [白い巨塔]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Doctors, and more doctors, well maybe some cute nurses. Good and boring at times, it gets draggy in the end. Shot some scenes in Poland, but nothing special here. It tells us about politics in the world of medical profession, how some people would thrive and do anything to reach the top. Just too much for me. 6 is enough.
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
(Watched)
Still finishing...Norika Fujiwara was funny, I think she handled her part for real...the actor is boring. Hasekyo look so young. Norika was the bomb in that show, looks far more beautigul than Kyoko but If I choose today(present) between Norika and Hasekyo, I would definitely choose Hasekyo.
Suekko chounan ane san nin [末っ子長男姉三人]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Ahhhh....it's just okay. I get bored sometimes. C+
Summer snow
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great song, great story, just a very heartwarming love story, good lessons and good actors. A+
Taiyo no Kisetsu [太陽の季節]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Good story, I think it was really nice. The only flaw in this drama is the ending, I didn't like the outcome. It was really predictable, it needs a better ending just my opinion. B- minus
Tengoku e no Kaidan
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Slow start, story picks up in the middle. Good twist, not for everyone. A young man who has lost everything vowed to take a revenge against a rich man who took away the love of his life and his dreams. Lots of mystery, that will unravel in every episode, pretty good but again not for everyone. Slow & dark drama, B+ . Thumbs up.
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
I watched this because people who wrote on the LOVE GENERATION section said this was the original one, the classic drama where the writers copied the story from, well, I don't think so, It was a completely different story, can't predict what would happen next, I was even assuming the story was like Love Generation, and started guessing what's gonna happen next but I was always wrong no similarities not even close, nothing similar between the two, except maybe that Rika Akana and Riko Usuegi(LG) are both cheerful persons. Good in some parts, boring in some, bad and repetetive on some. It's like going over and over again over mindless shallow things. Still, I kinda love the character of Suzuki Honami. Don't like the male character , ending sucks, not something that can keep you watching or remember forever. Good acting and good theme song though. So I give it a B-
Tokyo Wankei [東京湾景]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sensie needs to go back to the school of acting...Nakama Yukie just isn't built for heavy crying dramas like this, the 3-D class needs her comical/funny side than this. Plus, it's a cheap rip-off on Korean dramas, trying to make quick bucks on Korean boom in Japan right now. Not to mention, they actually hired the korean guy from WINTER SONATA to guest in to their drama. C+
Toshiie to Matsu [利家とまつ]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Taiga drama with superb all star cast!
Toshishita No Otoko [年下之男]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Good Drama, but I think the format of "Older Woman going for a youger man" is kind of old, I mean really old and repetetive (Ex. Long Vacation, etc.) . What's ironic is Inamori Izumi was one of the star in Long Vacation (she was 24 then), I think she was making fun of Tomoko going for a yonger Kimura, and now that Izumi is old, she accepted the same role that Tomoko did. Still this drama has its own style, so I give it a 7.
Trick [トリック]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Didn't like the first scenes of the episodes, thought it was just one of those lousy voodoo type dramas, I was wrong. This is really good. Good enough to get a 7/10 rating and good enough to be recommended to other people. Watch it!
Trick 2 [トリック2]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hmmm...Kinda like this Trick 2 better than Trick 1. Anyways, this is really funny and good! They are the Agent Scully and Agent Moulder of Japanese Television, except this is less serious and really whacky! Funny series! Love Naoko and Ueda!
Trick 3 [トリック3]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
GOOD ENOUGH...but then.
Tsuhan-Man
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hehe..funny..this one is recommended highly. A+++
Watashi no Aozora [私の青空]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
C-
Watashi no Aozora 2002 [私の青空2002]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
C+
Water Boys [ウォーターボーイズ]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Hilarious, this is good! Watch it!!!! A- I also want to correct some PEOPLE's comments here. LISTEN AND READ! THIS IS NOT the MOVIE, this is the TV SERIES DRAMA.
Water Boys 2 [ウォーターボーイズ2]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Good, well maybe even better than the first series. I like the new characters. A++
Wedding Planner [ウエディングプランナー]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Very good...I love tht acting, Yusuke was funny and the girls were funny as hell, the drama was well done acting and storylines. A-
Wonderful Life [ワンダフルライフ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Baseball story, Sorimachi is okay but sometimes overdid his acting once again. I like the leading lady though. B+
Yasha [夜叉]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good acting, unique story. I actually like this fantasy story about 2 genuises who grew up in the different world. B+ respectable.

jo's drama reviews (1)
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
Not even close [Rating: 7/10]
I watched this because people who wrote in the LOVE GENERATION section said this was the original one, the classic drama where the writers copied the story from, well, I don't think so, It was a completely different story, can't predict what would happen next, I was even assuming the story was like Love Generation, and started guessing what's gonna happen next but I was always wrong no similarities not even close, nothing similar between the two, except maybe that Rika Akana and Riko Usuegi(LG) are both cheerful persons. Good in some parts, boring in some, bad and repetetive on some. It's like going over and over again over mindless shallow things. Still, I kinda love the character of Suzuki Honami. Don't like the male character , ending sucks, not something that can keep you watching or remember forever. Good acting and good theme song though. So I give it a B-

   

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