jdorama.com Forum Index
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   RegisterRegister  Log inLog in 
Top 100
Top 100
Spring 2019   Summer 2019   Fall 2019   Winter 2020  
What dramas are you currently watching?
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 1371, 1372, 1373
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    jdorama.com Forum Index -> Discussions on Japanese Dramas
View previous topic :: View next topic  
junny



Joined: 12 Jul 2011
Posts: 520


PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Finished Nishiogikubo Mitsuboshi Youshudou, nice short drama that is quite relaxing. Also started Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai, and loving Takahashi Issei in this.

Edit: finished Kishibe Rohan, very good if you enjoy weird stuff, and Takahashi was awesome in this. Iitoyo Marie was adorable and the music was very good.
_________________
In love 玉木宏、藤木直人、佐藤健 Smitten

blog
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Finally finished My Daughter can't get a boyfriend starring Kanno Miho (Aoi) and Hamabe Minami (Sora), more than a month after it ended.

Overall it was enjoyable for me, even though it didn't seem well received from the comments I read. Most of the criticism were aimed at the writing, and maybe how Kanno Miho's character seemed a bit clownish at times. I thought the writing is good, I liked almost all the characters, they were all interesting in their own ways. The highlight for most viewers was the budding romance between Sora and Hikaru, even though Sora was unaware of it until almost the end. I really enjoyed their relationship too but central to the entire drama is the mother-daughter relationship between the two leads. How they are so open and honest, how they banter and understand each other, etc. I thought that was very heart-warming, as is the support network of friends around them. Toward the end, I thought maybe this would have been better if it's not a comedy. Even though the lighter moments were enjoyable, the best moments were the quiet ones I felt. For the majority of the drama, it centred around Sora more than Aoi but in the last episode Aoi took centre stage. Was Kitagawa Eriko talking through Aoi about herself at the end?... It didn't come together perfectly in the last episode but there were definitely some food for thoughts. p.s. Hamabe Minami is very cute in glasses. ^^

---

I tried a few first episodes of the new season of dramas. Nothing really stood out unlike last season. I was already a big fan of Hirose Suzu, so I really enjoyed watching her in Nemesis. Was looking forward to Renai Mangaka, but Suzuki Ryohei's role felt underweighted and the dynamics/nuances between the leads were underdeveloped. Hopefully that will improve with time.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
pash



Joined: 11 Nov 2009
Posts: 210
Location: Italy
Country: Italy

PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Started viewing (and subbing...I apologize in advance for any horrible mistake I'll make due to my poor Japanese Bonk ) "Yonimo Kimyona Kimi Monogatari...the 1st episode was nothing special, but the 2nd one is a lil' masterpiece imho!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Kikazaru koi episode 1 was very easy to watch, unlike most other episode 1 this season. I think it's the most promising of the lot. But I haven't tried the one starring Matsu Takako yet, that one has a lot of good reviews.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
pash



Joined: 11 Nov 2009
Posts: 210
Location: Italy
Country: Italy

PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Started "Miyako ga Kyoto ni Yattekita!", very interesting! w00t!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
arnel98



Joined: 19 Jul 2003
Posts: 2200
Location: United States
Country: United States

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

pash wrote:
Started "Miyako ga Kyoto ni Yattekita!", very interesting! w00t!

Just grabbed a few eps today - seems like a keeper.
_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
pash



Joined: 11 Nov 2009
Posts: 210
Location: Italy
Country: Italy

PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

^ Victory! Peace!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Watched first 2 weeks of the new asadora, Okaeri Mone.

Very quiet start to the series, but interesting nonetheless. Why did Mone leave home, and how did she and her family feel about it, that's intriguing for me. The series is quite slice of life, it felt like not much happened at all but engaging throughout. So far the story revolves almost entirely around Mone, wish we can learn more about the other characters. There seems to be a lack of colourful local community members, unlike some previous asadoras, hopefully they will show up in future. I really like Makita Aju too, who plays Mone's sister.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Riko High is the spin-off drama of Rikokatsu and it's nearing the conclusion.

It's about failed relationship or betrayal of two couples. Sakurai Yuki is great here, I have never heard of her before but it would be a waste of talent if she doesn't get a proper lead role soon. Her feelings and emotions were believable and relatable. What stands out about this short series is how interesting and funny it is while being authentic and poignant at times. It's short and sweet, I don't remember there being any filler scene, definitely recommended.

Renai Mangaka was really good in episode 7, if you can manage to get through the early episodes which had many problems.

Kikazaru Koi has been good from the first episode. Kawaguchi Haruna is likeable but I was impressed by Yokohama Ryosei. Their relationship is sweet and heartwarming.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
junny



Joined: 12 Jul 2011
Posts: 520


PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

xploring wrote:
Riko High is the spin-off drama of Rikokatsu and it's nearing the conclusion.

It's about failed relationship or betrayal of two couples. Sakurai Yuki is great here, I have never heard of her before but it would be a waste of talent if she doesn't get a proper lead role soon. Her feelings and emotions were believable and relatable. What stands out about this short series is how interesting and funny it is while being authentic and poignant at times. It's short and sweet, I don't remember there being any filler scene, definitely recommended.

Renai Mangaka was really good in episode 7, if you can manage to get through the early episodes which had many problems.

Kikazaru Koi has been good from the first episode. Kawaguchi Haruna is likeable but I was impressed by Yokohama Ryosei. Their relationship is sweet and heartwarming.


Sakurai Yuki is underrated. She's been good in most things I've seen her in - she particularly impressed me in Monte Cristo Haku. For this season, she's also in Ichikei no Karasu as a supporting character.

I am enjoying Renai Mangaka despite how problematic it is, cuz the leads are fun together and have good chemistry.

Kikazaru Koi has that vibe that I really like, even though it's early eps for me yet. I am really liking Yokohama Ryusei's character, and have one of the instrumentals on loop. Kawaguchi Haruna is inoffensive in this one, and it's always nice seeing Natsukawa Yui.

Also enjoying Ichikei no Karasu even though the premise is unrealistic. And Coffee Ikaga deshou is nice and mellow.

Koi wa Deep ni's wasted potential is sad.
_________________
In love 玉木宏、藤木直人、佐藤健 Smitten

blog
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2021 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I only watched the first episode of Ichikei no Karasu. Kuroki Haru was really good, but this series felt too much like Hero for me.

Third week of Okaeri Mone did not disappoint. The storytelling felt seamless, acting top notch. I really enjoyed it when everyone got together at Mone's home, laughing, drinking and talking together. Many characters were intriguing with their own story to tell even with limited screen time, looking forward to learning more about them. Next week is about Michi, I like her a lot.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
junny



Joined: 12 Jul 2011
Posts: 520


PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I am really enjoying Kikazaru Koi, which is unexpected (considering this is from the scriptwriter who did Koi Tsuzu, which was shit). The drama is hitting all the right notes for me, especially Yokohama Ryusei's character Shun, whom I love. I am only up to ep 6, so fingers crossed the rest of the drama does his character justice. Yokohama is doing a fine job and has some nice chemistry with Kawaguchi Haruna, who is actually doing pretty decently (she's generally mediocre for me). The second leads are also lovely, as is the dog.

The instrumental "Your Story" is gorgeous, I love it and have it on loop. I hope they release the full version soon. Hoshino Gen's theme song "Fushigi" is growing on me too.

Outside of the spring dramas, I'm about halfway through Junjo Kirari, and have reached the expected separation point between the leads. Still pretty engaging though, so looking forward to the second half.
_________________
In love 玉木宏、藤木直人、佐藤健 Smitten

blog
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Restarted watching Uchi no Otto wa Shigoto ga Dekinai out of the blue. This is the one where Nishikido Ryo and Matsuoka Mayu played a married couple. Completely unexpected, the rap part in episode 4 hit it out of the park. Just wanted to share it with someone.

I stopped watching this years ago after the first episode but now I am enjoying it. Matsuoka Mayu is not on the small screen a lot so I kind of forgot how much I like watching her. It's encouraging to see Nishikido Ryo's character improving at work and see his effort being rewarded too.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
wai



Joined: 17 Jun 2003
Posts: 913
Location: Singapore
Country: Singapore

PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Just started koi wa deep ni today. Curious about Satomi’s character and wonder why it’s cut short.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
junny



Joined: 12 Jul 2011
Posts: 520


PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2021 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Finished Kikazaru Koi. What a lovely, heartwarming drama. I really enjoyed it throughout and thought the cast did very well overall. Kawaguchi Haruna did better than I expected, though there were still some emotional beats where I thought she lacked subtlety. Yokohama Ryusei was enjoyable to watch and I adore his character, Shun, and looked forward to his scenes. I think of all the younger actors these days, he's surprisingly become the one I sort of look forward to watching. The supporting cast was solid as usual and I enjoyed all their arcs. There were perhaps a couple of rushed points, but overall, I liked it. Very spring-like and fun, and the theme song by Hoshino Gen is lovely.
_________________
In love 玉木宏、藤木直人、佐藤健 Smitten

blog
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2021 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Yeah I was really impressed with Yokohama Ryusei too. He brought a lot of the nuances in his character to life. As for Kikazaru Koi, I enjoyed the first few episodes a lot but by the end my interest waned. Although I like Kawaguchi Haruna, I felt her character was rather forgettable at times, maybe it's partly due to the script not sure.

Watching Dear Sister now, this one is from a few years ago. Ishihara Satomi was great, her acting reflected her character so well, this has got to be one of her best performances I think. In contrast, Matsushita Nao's character was rather self-centred and unlikeable. The story itself is nice but not really special. It reminds viewers to value the people and opportunities they have, and also showed me how much people resent being told the unpleasant truth.

Enjoying Okaeri Mone too, but feels like it's meandering by 6th week. Wish we can learn more about island life and the main characters apart from Mone.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hakozume episode 1 was so much fun. Big Grin I didn't know police can be so funny lol. The ending was poignant as well, very much looking forward to the rest of this series now, and I wasn't really interested to begin with. Nagano Mei is so cute. The drama has a very good balance between the comedic and serious elements of police work/realities.

Kazoku Boshu Shimasu episode 1

Wow that went by in a flash, even though it was one hour. Reminds me a lot of Home Drama, which is special imho. I am not sure they got the emotions perfectly right but it was a great effort and moving nonetheless. Kimura Fumino was especially good in her role. Definitely a must watch for me.

I watched the batting cage drama too (Hachigatsu wa Yoru no Batting Center de). It was short, 23 minutes. Pretty good, but it's episodic in nature so I am not sure if there will be enough development for the main characters. The theme song and opening credit are great though.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
xploring



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
Posts: 2051
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2021 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Started watching Medaka again. Her speech at the end of episode 1 was like a thunderbolt that made my stomach clench, they don't make dramas like this anymore.

Waiting for new episodes with ongoing dramas now, Hakozume is clearly the best of this season. Episodes 2, 3 and 4 were all really good. I started watching Boku no Satsui ga Koi wo Shita too, the comedy about male lead trying to kill the female lead but kept failing. Those parts are really funny but the rest are not very interesting. Still, I am enjoying the drama and will continue watching.

Watched Okaeri Mone up to week 8. It's enjoyable but I feel it lacked character development, and the story focuses far too much around Mone (while not saying very much) and too little around her family and friends and life on the island. I really like Makita Aju despite her limited screen time. There is no hook or anything really compelling to keep audience watching like some asadoras in the past, but overall I like it and will continue watching.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
junny



Joined: 12 Jul 2011
Posts: 520


PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I finished Ichikei no Karasu and it was overall enjoyable. Perhaps a mellower version of HERO, with characters upgraded to the judiciary. I wonder if a season 2 might be possible, given how the last episode ended?

Also really enjoyed Renai Mangaka, Suzuki Ryohei and Yoshioka Riho were so cute together!

Four episodes into Sakura no Tou, fairly typical police infighting drama, but will persevere for Tamaki Hiroshi.

I'm almost done with Mada Kekkon Dekinai Otoko and am enjoying it, but I think it doesn't quite have the zing of the first season. I like Yoshida Yo, but I still feel Abe Hiroshi and Natsukawa Yui had that special chemistry that just can't be replaced.
_________________
In love 玉木宏、藤木直人、佐藤健 Smitten

blog
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    jdorama.com Forum Index -> Discussions on Japanese Dramas All times are GMT + 8 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 1371, 1372, 1373
Page 1373 of 1373

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum