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maxcriden



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Gloves wrote:
Hello, I would love recommendations.

Lately I've enjoyed Freeter Ie wo Kau, Osozaki no Himawari, Good Luck!, Ando Natsu and Ghostwriter.

I'm looking for something with a feel-good atmosphere (not super sad like 1 Litre of Tears and probably not crime or police dramas).

I also enjoy shows that detail an artesan craft or an aspect of Japanese culture that is not so familiar in the west (like the manju-making in Ando Natsu or karuta in Chihayafuru).

Something outside of Tokyo might be interesting too (like in Osozaki no Himawari).

If anyone has any pointers, thank you!


Hi,

I'm happy to provide some recommendations in this vein. Osozaki no Himawari and Freeter are faves of ours. (BTW, does Ando Natsu get a bit less slow as it goes on? We watched one or two eps and found it a bit slow for our taste.)

So, recently we just finished Mother Game, you may recognize the protagonist as an all-grown up Hamura (Kimura Fumino) from Osozaki. She's really blown up in the drama scene the last couple years. Well, the feel good aspect of this drama is mostly down to her and her sweet relationship as a single mom with her son, the show does get heavy at times though, especially in relation to the other moms in the well-to-do preschool setting of the show.

Looking over our list of viewed dramas, a couple jump out at me to recommend as feel good shows. First, priceless. Provided you don't have a Kimutaku aversion, I think this is quite a feel good show. It's a riches to rags story with a stellar cast including Karina and Fujiki Naohito.

Two more feel good shows for you as well. Attention Please, if you haven't seen it, is an Ueto Aya starrer wherein she plays a budding flight attendant and it has charm to spare, plus you get to learn something about the ins and outs of being a flight attendant. Nishikido Ryo is in that one, too. Then, a bit older still, My Little Chef is a fave, very pleasing show with Yada Akiko as the titular cook, Abe as her amusingly semi-stone-faced restaurant manager and then Ueto in a supporting role as well. Hard to believe it's from 2002 as it still holds up excellently!

If you've seen these or if they don't strike your fancy, please let me know and I'll gladly recommend others! Happy watching! Victory! Peace!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

maxcriden wrote:


Hi,

I'm happy to provide some recommendations in this vein. Osozaki no Himawari and Freeter are faves of ours. (BTW, does Ando Natsu get a bit less slow as it goes on? We watched one or two eps and found it a bit slow for our taste.)

So, recently we just finished Mother Game, you may recognize the protagonist as an all-grown up Hamura (Kimura Fumino) from Osozaki. She's really blown up in the drama scene the last couple years. Well, the feel good aspect of this drama is mostly down to her and her sweet relationship as a single mom with her son, the show does get heavy at times though, especially in relation to the other moms in the well-to-do preschool setting of the show.

Looking over our list of viewed dramas, a couple jump out at me to recommend as feel good shows. First, priceless. Provided you don't have a Kimutaku aversion, I think this is quite a feel good show. It's a riches to rags story with a stellar cast including Karina and Fujiki Naohito.

Two more feel good shows for you as well. Attention Please, if you haven't seen it, is an Ueto Aya starrer wherein she plays a budding flight attendant and it has charm to spare, plus you get to learn something about the ins and outs of being a flight attendant. Nishikido Ryo is in that one, too. Then, a bit older still, My Little Chef is a fave, very pleasing show with Yada Akiko as the titular cook, Abe as her amusingly semi-stone-faced restaurant manager and then Ueto in a supporting role as well. Hard to believe it's from 2002 as it still holds up excellently!

If you've seen these or if they don't strike your fancy, please let me know and I'll gladly recommend others! Happy watching! Victory! Peace!


Thank you! I watched the first episode of Priceless and it was entertaining.

I've seen Attention Please before but I'll check out the other recommendations for sure.

Ando Natsu did not pick up speed as it progressed, you are right about that!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Gloves wrote:


Thank you! I watched the first episode of Priceless and it was entertaining.

I've seen Attention Please before but I'll check out the other recommendations for sure.

Ando Natsu did not pick up speed as it progressed, you are right about that!


Thanks for the info!

And, it's my pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed Priceless ep 1. Hope you continue to dig it. Please let me know if you want more recs!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

maxcriden wrote:


Thanks for the info!

And, it's my pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed Priceless ep 1. Hope you continue to dig it. Please let me know if you want more recs!

I already finished watching Priceless and I liked it a lot in all its goofiness. Pretty much just what I was looking for. So certainly do throw more recommendations my way if you've got them. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Does anyone know if there are dramas about a deaf/mute character beside Hoshi no Kinka and Orange Days?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Smile Again wrote:
Does anyone know if there are dramas about a deaf/mute character beside Hoshi no Kinka and Orange Days?


http://jdorama.com/drama.aishiteiru-to-ittekure.19.htm

http://jdorama.com/drama.kimi-no-te-ga-sasayaite-iru.1258.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Great! Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Gloves wrote:

I already finished watching Priceless and I liked it a lot in all its goofiness. Pretty much just what I was looking for. So certainly do throw more recommendations my way if you've got them. Thanks!


Hi Gloves! I'm glad you dug Priceless. I really liked Naohito's character in that one. You've seen him in Hotaru, right? And you've seen Karina in Love Shuffle? Those are two of our all-time faves so in addition to the prior recs of Mother Game, Attention Please (ah, which you mentioned you saw) and My Little Chef, those are two more I would advocate for, unless you are actively disinterested in romance stories. Hotaru stars Haruka Ayase as an office worker who finds herself in an unorthodox living situation, and Love Shuffle is simply brilliant and... best to know as little as possible about that one going in. It's not a traditional drama rom-com at all, though. Very offbeat.

In terms of feel good stories with less focus on romance, though, Marumo no Okite is a favorite. It's about a guy who takes in two young kids. Ashida Mana, the best child actor in Japan, is in the series. There's a talking dog. So definitely check that one out no matter what!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

maxcriden wrote:


Hi Gloves! I'm glad you dug Priceless. I really liked Naohito's character in that one. You've seen him in Hotaru, right? And you've seen Karina in Love Shuffle? Those are two of our all-time faves so in addition to the prior recs of Mother Game, Attention Please (ah, which you mentioned you saw) and My Little Chef, those are two more I would advocate for, unless you are actively disinterested in romance stories. Hotaru stars Haruka Ayase as an office worker who finds herself in an unorthodox living situation, and Love Shuffle is simply brilliant and... best to know as little as possible about that one going in. It's not a traditional drama rom-com at all, though. Very offbeat!


For Fujiki Naohito, I also recommend Love Revolution.

I second the rec for Love Shuffle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

maxcriden wrote:


Hi Gloves! I'm glad you dug Priceless. I really liked Naohito's character in that one. You've seen him in Hotaru, right? And you've seen Karina in Love Shuffle? Those are two of our all-time faves so in addition to the prior recs of Mother Game, Attention Please (ah, which you mentioned you saw) and My Little Chef, those are two more I would advocate for, unless you are actively disinterested in romance stories. Hotaru stars Haruka Ayase as an office worker who finds herself in an unorthodox living situation, and Love Shuffle is simply brilliant and... best to know as little as possible about that one going in. It's not a traditional drama rom-com at all, though. Very offbeat.

In terms of feel good stories with less focus on romance, though, Marumo no Okite is a favorite. It's about a guy who takes in two young kids. Ashida Mana, the best child actor in Japan, is in the series. There's a talking dog. So definitely check that one out no matter what!


I am now watching Mother Game, and the protagonist's straightforwardness totally pulled me in after a couple of episodes. I will definitely check out the other recommendations too. いつもありがとう!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Gloves wrote:


I am now watching Mother Game, and the protagonist's straightforwardness totally pulled me in after a couple of episodes. I will definitely check out the other recommendations too. いつもありがとう!


Oh, it's my pleasure entirely! Big Grin

Mother Game gets heavier at times, just to warn you. But yeah, it's a great show and offers a diverse array of compelling characters.
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