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Country (Nationality):  United States
Location:  Naha, Okinawa, Japan
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snow_san's drama votes (3)
Jyoou no Kyoushitsu [女王の教室]
Amami Yuki; devilish, beautiful to watch. Shida Mirai; always positive. Enjoyed watching both. Final shot was priceless.
Musashi [武蔵]
NHK 49 Episodes. Ichikawa Shinnosuke was superb. His kabuki background shines clearly through his expressions. Excellent cast.
Oshin [おしん]
Wonderful drama that'll move you. Filled with tears of joy&sadness. Kurushi. Tsurai. Kanashi.

snow_san's artiste votes (3)
Amami Yuki [天海祐希]
Amami Yuki carries herself very well and always looks sharp. From straight faced sexy&devilish (Queen of the Classroom) to clumsy & funny (Queen of Enka). Enjoyed Rikon Bengoshi 1&2. Some really good episodes of BOSS. Around 40 was ok. Didn't care for Last Present, BOSS 2 , Kaeru no Oujo-sama (quit after 7 ep.), and Kinkyu Torishirabeshitsu (quit after 3).
Ichikawa Shinnosuke [市川新之助]
His expressions say it all. It's no surprise he's a kabuki actor. He is TSUYOI!
Tanaka Yuko [田中裕子]
'Oshin'. Nuff said.

snow_san's dramas (213)
1 Pound no Fukuin [1ポンドの福音]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Kamenashi Kazuya (Nobuta Wo Produce). Kame's obsession for food vs keeping his weight down. Plus his interest in Sister Angela. 1st episode had some good laughs but..... if you've seen one episode, you've seen em all. :(
14 sai no Haha [14歳の母]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought)
End of 10th was touching.
Abarenbo Mama [暴れん坊ママ]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
As much as I enjoy watching Ueto Aya, there's not much here. I guess you could say the series revolves around the kid. He may shine here/there but plenty times is spoiled/annoying too.
Ace wo Nerae! [エースをねらえ!]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
Aishiteru ~ Kaiyo [アイシテル ~ 海容]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's an interesting storyline. I commend the acting. Inamori Izumi especially. Nice theme song also. But it's very slow paced and lacks any comedic relief whatsover which equals a lot of boring time. If you've watched one episode, you've watched the majority of em. It's very redundant. 5th episode was lame (writings weak). There are touching moments but none I felt truly moving. Final episode was somewhat weak. There was more goin on in the final episode than the first 9 episodes put together. This would have been better as a movie or a mini-drama/series. Or...just watch the first and last episodes and there's your story. :p
Akai Ito [赤い糸]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Group of high school~college friends going through the usual difficult issues. Some tragic moments that are so over-the-top it's ridiculous. Drama tends to get more depressing with each episode. Plus it's forgettable.
Alice no Toge [アリスの棘]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
very slow - drama, characters. weak, forgettable.
Answer ~ Keishichou Kenshou Sousakan [Answer 〜警視庁検証捜査官]

Quit after 3. Mediocre. No interest to continue.
Antique [アンティーク〜西洋骨董洋菓子店]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Around 40 [アラウンド40]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Amami Yuki hopes to find love. Otsuka Nene rushed into it and now has doubts. And Matsushita Yuki wants out. Series dealing with relationship issues. Some episodes better than others. Final episode was weak. Amami steps on scale, whispers&motions "safe". lol Oh and the Drifters! I grew up on them! ba ba ba bam bam! :p
Ashita no Kita Yoshio [あしたの、喜多善男]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Split personality, insurance scam, characters crossing paths. While I enjoy a good mystery/suspense, it has to keep you entertained throughout. This series just dragged. The characters are forgettable. By the time the pieces of the puzzle start coming together...who cares! The ending was weak, nothing special.
Ashita, Mama ga Inai
Rating: 1/10
Quit halfway through 2nd. No desire to continue. Writing/characters/actors/acting all forgettable and weak.
At Home Dad [アットホーム・ダッド]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Abe Hiroshi (Kekkon Dekinai Otoko). Abe's daughter Rie when she watches him cook (ep. 2&7)... Chooo kawaiii! So cute! :p An overall enjoyable drama that brings a smile. Nice cast. Rie & the neighbors boy were fun to watch. No spoiled/annoying kids goin on here. ;)
Attention Please [アテンションン プリース]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good cast. Enjoyed Ueto Aya.
Bara no nai Hanaya [薔薇のない花屋]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
More of a light mystery/suspense drama than romantic as the synopsis led me to believe. Some really touching scenes between Eiji&daughter and Eiji&Mio in the first few episodes. From the 4th on, the focus is on the many twists&turns. The pace is very slow. The sappy scenes weak. Shingo's character dull. The final episode moreorless wrapped things up as opposed to finishing strong.
Bengoshi no Kuzu [弁護士のくず]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Please. Don't bother.
Boku dake no Madonna [僕だけのマドンナ]
Rating: 1/10
Takizawa Hideaki worst acting I've ever seen. Dumbfounded look & actions. Constantly in his own thoughts; half ass paying attention to anyone. "Eh?" "Huh?", "What?" will eventually get on your nerves. During times she's away, he non-stop thinks about her.Yet when she reappears, he gets annoyed! Stop watching after 5 ep.
Boku no Ita Jikan [僕のいた時間]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
It starts off OK. ...slow at times~ & episodes get slower. (maybe, might have been better as a movie.)
BOSS
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Some episodes better than others. 6th episode I really enjoyed! ~ Shida & Amami ;)
BOSS 2
Rating: 4/10
Quit after 5 episodes. Mediocre to snooze.
Brother Beat [ブラザー☆ビート]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
3 brothers & mother deal w/ relationship issues. Good cast.
Bus stop [バスストップ]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
He's both annoying & charming. Final episode worth noting.
CA to Oyobi [CA(シーI−)とお呼び]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Poor writing. Stories are weak.
Cat Street [キャットストリート]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Strong friendship&bond formed among four individuals who each faced past disappointment and together overcome their fears. Was a nice lil series. Final episode was good. Moment between Keito & Koichi was quite moving. The 6 rating is a C.
Code Blue: Doctor Heli Kinkyu Kyumei [コード・ブルー]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Starts off fast with early jitters. But the 4 come to relax. Enjoyed watching them. I felt the series was a few episodes too long. The operations started getting a lil old and the lack of any humor/laughter or personality from the whole cast didn't help. Still...was a good drama. ;)
Cutie Honey The Live [キューティーハニー THE LIVE]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's ChEeZy!! oVeR-tHe-ToP!! Good vs. Evil! The actors do a good job! The fight scenes are well choreographed!! The writings good!! Credit where it's due!! ;) The costumes, fights and special effects all have that old skool look&feel!! Honey is just sweetness!! Miki is wicked!! & badass!! Don't even mess with her!! The dark&violent scenes will you give you old skool horror creeps!! Yikes!! Enter Yuki! Sweet on the outside but don't mess with her honey!! SH*T! :p
Daisuki!! [だいすき!!]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's a nice idea; just the drama/stories are weak.
Danda Rin ~ Roudou Kijun Kantokukan [ダンダリン 労働基準監督官]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Dandy Daddy? ~ Renai Shosetsuka: Izaki Ryunosuke [ダンディ・ダディ?]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
First 2 episodes funny! But it's downhill from there. Writings weak; overprotective father act gets old.
Dare Yori mo Mama wo Aisu [誰よりもままを愛す]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Ep. 4 funny, slightly touching. 7 funny again w/ Pinko. For comparison sake - Oyaji~ Rating 7/10 (I've yet to watch Otousan).
Denchi ga kireru made [電池が切れるまで]

Watched 2 episodes. Touching 2nd.
Densha Otoko [電車男]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
1st viewing I gave this a 10/10. A 2nd viewing many years later dropped the score to 4/10. I imagine I just went with the flow the 1st time around and enjoyed it for what it was. But in the 2nd viewing - besides the obvious over-the-top/nerves/studdering/fairytale and colorful cast - it's the stories within each episode that are weak. They're slight touching moments here/there - occasional smile, but this time, I rarely LOL. All said, I guess if you go in relaxed vs critical, you should enjoy more. Final ep. was touching with flashbacks from earlier eps. Did drag; cheezy/mushy too.
Doctor-X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko [ドクターX 〜外科医・大門未知子]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
Ya, it's simple. 8 quick episodes. Ryoko's laidback. But skilled. Cuz she never fails. Ha. Comments for Doctor X 2. "boo-hoo~... ...onaka ga suita hotto doggu..." haha [Rating: 1/10]
Double kitchen [ダブルキッチン]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Note. This is more drama driven than comedy. Too much anger, complaining, deceitfulness outweigh the humor. The writings weak. Nogiwa Yoko's (mother-in-law) character is a bit much. Although, Yamaguchi Tomoko (daughter-in-law) does bring problems on herself, so you can't really sympathize for her. 10th episode was alright. New life, anger was kept to a minimum and new living conditions opened eyes to everyone.
Double score [ダブル スコア]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Poor acting, writing.
Dragon Zakura [ドラゴン桜]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Abe Hiroshi plays stern teacher. Students study/take tests. Stories/staff weak. Cut&dry.
Edison no Haha [エジソンの母]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought)
Quit after 1 episode. This is awful. Prodigy kid drills us with a million questions. Awful acting whole cast especially Ito Misaki and the little boy. I fell for the high ratings.
Enka no Joou [演歌の女王 (えんか の じょおう)]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
1st episode annoyed BUT!... it got better and better! Story is more than just enka. While it's frustrating to see everyone taking advantage of Amami's kindness....in the end...??? ;) Amami Yuki delivers again!
Fufudo [夫婦道]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Well written, thought out - credit to the writers. Plenty LOL funny&touching moments! Good cast/acting. The father vs mother arguments can get so fast&2funny!! ;) 2nd episode the mother "EVERYTHING'S MOM'S FAULT!" LOL everyone blamin everyone. I think we can all relate! :p
Fufudo 2 [夫婦道 2]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
2nd episode was nice. 4th funny! Final episode was wonderful! ^_^
Fujoshi Deka [腐女子デカ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Synopsis. Shinohara Mai plays a police officer who is also a fujoshi. A term referring to female fans of manga and novels that feature romantic relationships between men;females who enjoy imagining what it would be like if male characters from manga and anime, and occasionally real-life male performers as well, loved each other. She gets fired up whenever there's an incident involving a good-looking man, and she solves the cases in her own unique way. Colorful cast, costumes, setting, music&sound effects. Shinohara Mai is so funny! It's 25 mins. of oVeR-the-ToP chEEZy LOL FUN! ƂĂ 낢!! :p Note: 5 Ep. x 25 mins. each.
Fuurin Kazan [風林火山]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Starts out promising. Some gripping action along with a teary moment. Mid episodes too much political snooze. The dialogue is so over-the-top serious throughout, and makes for stuffy viewing. It's difficult to look up to Uchino Masaaki's character when too much of the time he's down on knees bowing or teary eyed with some humble plea. Lack of any humor whatsoever doesn't help. Note for the Gackt fans. Appears in ep. 23 and 25.....He sticks out like a sore thumb with those pearly whites. They must have had the Crest whitestrips back in those days too I guess. (/me rolls eyes). I quit after 26 episodes. It's unbearable watching any of these characters.
Gakeppuchi no Eri [崖っぷちのエリー]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Light hearted. Yamada Yu & supporting cast ~ pleasant. 5=C.
Gal Cir [ギャルサ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Over-the-top. Shinnosuke's good heart, Geronimo's antics and Momo's (little girl from Hotman) cuteness makes this an enjoyable one. Great supporting cast.
Garasu no kamen 1 [ガラスの仮面]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Overdramatic. Over-the-top. Episode 9 takes it step further to unbelievable and absurd. Final episode dragged was weak.
Gokusen [ごくせん]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nakama Yukie as Yankumi ;) "FIGHT OH!"
Gokusen 2 [ごくせん2]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Too identical to the 1st. Preferred 1st season casting. Lost some star power.
GOLD
Rating: 4/10
Watched 6 episodes. Mixture of serious drama and comedy. "Sonna" :p
Golden Bowl [ゴールデンボウル]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Safe bet one. Relaxed, light hearted. Good leads, supporting cast.
Gonzo - Densetsu no Keiji [ゴンゾウ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Credit writers/casting/actors - Uchino Masaaki (strong performance [w/disorder]), Tsutsui Michitaka supporting cast. 7th ep. (&on) strong/emotional.
Good Life ~Arigato, Papa. Sayonara~ [グッドライフ〜ありがとう、パパ。さよなら〜]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Quit after 5. Weak. Forgettable.
GTO [麻辣教師]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Sorimachi Takashi as Great Teacher Onizuka! Classic.
Haikei, Chichiue-sama [拝啓、父上様]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Story revolves around Ippei's work; who his father might be (mother won't tell him); a brief love triangle and his first love. This is a nice relaxed drama that brings a smile here/there. With each episode, it gets more interesting with a nice twist near the end. Good cast. Credits after the final episode was a good laugh. The 6 rating is a solid C. OSU!
Haken no Hinkaku [ハケンの品格]
Rating: 1/10
Through 5 episodes, seen enough. The drama itself is weak~lame. Shinohara's character remains dry (dull) throughout.
Hana Yori Dango [花より男子]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
4 pretty rich boys who run the school. A girl who stands up to the leader of the 4 and their back and forth relationship afterwards. Plenty of colorful characters make this an enjoyable one.
Hana Yori Dango 2 [花より男子]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
If you like the 1st, you'll like the 2nd. (Surprised at the foul language at the beginning. Not sure we needed to hear that.)
Hanawake no Yon Shimai [華和家の四姉妹]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e [花ざかりの君たちへ]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
Touching and TOTEMO OMOSHIROIII!!! Horikita Maki (Nobuta Wo Produce) wow! Complete change from Nobuta character (versatile actor). Good for her! Like her character. Oguri Shun (Hana Yori Dango) plays the cool lead she looks up to. Only first few ep. worth watching.
Hanzawa Naoki [半沢直樹]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
First 5 ep. make up the first part. 6th - new story, larger amount. Sakai does a good job, I like his character. Good support from Oikawa, Takito, (Akai in the first part,) and Ueto. I didn't have a problem with the verdicts at the end. Besides... --->season2. hehe
Haruka 17 [はるか 17]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Hataraki Man [働きマン]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Don't bother.
Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi [早海さんと呼ばれる日]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
It's your family drama that takes turns dealing with each members personal problem. Light hearted ~pleasant with some strong emotions here~there. Matsushita Nao and Kaname Jun are a plus. And the SP is another plus! 2nd part! ~ Funakoshi!! ;)
Hisho no Kagami [秘書のカガミ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought)
Quit after 6.
Hissatsu Shigotonin 2009 [必殺仕事人2009]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hitori Shizuka [ヒトリシズカ]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Hitsudan Hostess [筆談ホステス]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Honjitsu mo Hare. Ijo Nashi [本日も晴れ。異状なし]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
Light hearted. Smile/touching moment here/there. The writings simple -bit on the weak side. But it's still an alright~ok drama. Ending was nice. The 4 rating is a C-
Hotaru no Hikari [ホタルノヒカリ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Fujiki Naohito (Gal Cir) and Ayase Haruka fun to watch.
Hotman [ホットマン]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Ichi Ritoru no Namida [1リットルの涙]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
A sad drama. Enjoyed the father's spirit (comedic relief).
Ikebukuro West Gate Park [池袋ウエストゲートパーク]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Show has a very Takeshi Miike look&feel to it. Colorful cast. Final episode was strong.
Iryu [医龍 Team Medical Dragon]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Medical drama. Great cast, cool lead.
Iryu 2 [医龍 2]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
1st ep. EXPLOSIVE! 2 HOURS! Quickly reminded me how much I love this series! There's no real surprises with this 2nd season, just more of the crazy operations we loved in the 1st. I do feel Iryu has run it's course and they should leave it at this but... final ep., last shot, looks like a 3?
Itazura na Kiss [イタズラなKiss]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
COMPLETELY OVA-DA-TOP! & SO FUNNY! ƂĂ 낢!!! Kashiwabara Takashi (Irie Naoki) plays the cool lead with good looks&brains. Sato Aiko (Aihara Kotoko) plays the 'not too bright' girl who's head over heels in love with Naoki. And yes! She's LOUD!!! HA! She's got a big heart and determined to win Naoki over. Over-the-top acting&expressions of Kotoko and her friends, especially Aoki Shinsuke (Nakamura Kinnosuke [Kin]) are just too funny. Episode 8 was TOO MUCH!! I couldn't stop laughing! I think Kotoko's mouth is a laugh-o-meter! The louder it gets, the louder the laughs! Final episode not the strongest. Seemed like that they tried to cram in too much. Although it still ended nicely. Kotoko "NANI KORE!" and "OH MY GOD!" LOL
Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de [いつか陽のあたる場所で]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
weak.
JIN [JIN-仁-]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
Starts off great ~ some touching episodes. From mid on same episodes over~drags ~dare I say~ at times boring. Too often over dramatic & characters are too one dimensional (same personality throughout). Osawa Takao's expression is tiring&gets old. Final episode determines C or F grade. Final episode drags. It's a bit longer with flashbacks from earlier episodes but that's fine. Not great nor good. Nor enough for a passing grade. Final grade is a F. Hints~looks like a season 2. Scene with the yuki falling was beautiful.
Jodan Janai! [冗談じゃない!]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
The humor&comedy is lame&weak. Oda Yuji is reasonable. The rest of the cast is annoying. Ohtake Shinobu is old and looks it! She's obnoxious, deceitful, plays a bad drunk and not the least bit funny. I tend to forget Ueno Juri is in this as most of her dialogue is just loud whining & her childish acts get old. You're not getting 'Swing Girl Nodame' here. And last, the beautiful Iikima Naoko (Bus Stop, Messengers). I didn't even recognize her at first! But I guess that pretty much sums up this series. Jodan Janai. No, I'm not kidding!
Jyoou no Kyoushitsu [女王の教室]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Amami Yuki; devilish, beautiful to watch. Shida Mirai; always positive. Enjoyed watching both. Final shot was priceless.
Kaeru no Oujo-sama [カエルの王女さま]
Rating: 1/10
Through 7 episodes seen enough.
Kamo, Kyoto e Iku. [鴨、京都へ行く。]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
"Ohayou!! Bonba taiso no jikan desu!!" :p
Kansahojin [監査法人]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Well the last 10 minutes being slightly touching. It doesn't make up for the other 5 hrs. 50 mins. of lame, boring & weak. I'm not going into details why. You see the look on Tsukamoto Takashi's face on the dvd cover. ya. try 6 hrs. of that... >.<
Karamazov no Kyodai [カラマーゾフの兄弟]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Kare, Otto, Otoko Tomodachi [カレ、夫、男友達]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Karei naru Spy [華麗なるスパイ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought)
As much as I enjoy watching Nagase..... Drama and acting (whole cast) is awful. Quit after 4 episodes. For ChEeZyFuNaction writer~director should have taken notes from Fujoshi Deka. ;
Kaseifu no Mita [家政婦のミタ]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Keizoku 2: SPEC [ケイゾク 2: SPEC]
Rating: 1/10
Through 5 episodes I've seen enough. Slow and boring just like our 2 detectives.
Kekkon Dekinai Otoko [結婚できない男]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Abe Hiroshi. (At Home Dad)
Kikujiro to Saki 3 [菊次郎とさき3]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's a well intentioned family drama. Pleasant enough if killing time. Smile here~good feeling there. 6th episode with the G.I.s was mildly entertaining. haha 8th slightly touching. 10 is a good one. The more you watch it, the more you'll enjoy the family. :)
Kimi to ita mirai no tame ni ~ airu bi bakku [?N???]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Kimi wa Petto [きみはペット]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Kingyo Club [金魚倶楽部]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
6=C. I'll add a + for the nice ending. Note: 20 min. episodes.
Kinkyu Torishirabeshitsu [緊急取調室]
Rating: 1/10
Through 3 episodes, I've seen enough.
Kita no Kuni Kara [北の国から]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought)
A couples divorce. The father taking his kids Jun and Hotaru to the cold countryside setting of Hokkaido (Northern Japan) which is a big change from the city life of Tokyo. Relaxed viewing with much of nothing going on. Stopped watching after 11 episodes.
Koizora [恋空]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Story of high school love with some pretty dramactic&tragic moments. With but 6 episodes, the story IS (and I guess can't help be) rushed. Over-the-top moments adding emphasis but maybe a bit much at times. This series might have been better served had it been longer allowing for the story&characters to slowly develop. Final episode was nice.
Konna koi no hanashi [こんな恋のはなし]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Sanada Hiroyuki (Twilight Samurai). Old skool drama. Relaxing pace allowing good character development. Sanada Hiroyuki plays the cool lead. Matsushima Nanako the sweet girl and Tamaki Koji the nice guy. Enjoyed watching the three.
Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003 [高校教師 2003]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Interesting twist in holding back on the truth. Series moves at a snore pace with much of nothing going on. Narimiya Hiroki's character brings some spark but it gets old quickly. Final episode was weak. Everything wrapped up in the first few minutes. End of the show they surprise us with the ???. I guess we have to watch the SP for the outcome. No thanks. I'll pass. Illness/disability love story with a dash of violence here/there. What else is new. With all the JDorama out there... ;)
Kumo no Kaidan [雲の階段]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Note. Drama medical suspense, not comedy. Hasegawa Hiroki (since not pictured) was the father in 'Kaseifu no Mita'. GREAT 1st episode! Started fast never let up! Good acting. 3rd ep. good. End of 5th! Some adrenaline moments~ keeps you on edge a bit.
Kuro no Onna Kyoshi [黒の女教師]

Through 1 episode. enough. no thanks.
Kurosagi [クロサギ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought)
Awful acting whole cast. Yamashita Tomohisa should take some acting lessons. Budget looks cheap too. Quit after 6.
Kurumi no Heya [胡桃の部屋]
Rating: 1/10
Quit at beg. of 3rd. Drama sucks. Screw the spoilers. Father gets fired - abandons family (caring lady takes him in off streets). Jealous mother tries to take her life (ya, forget about your four kids, and granddaughter). Oldest sis suspects husband cheating... So. A happy family that lives with each other all their lives. And the writers want us to believe they're all complete strangers now. I'm OK with some 'annoying'. But I'll pass on this POS.
Last Friends [ラスト・フレンズ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
You've seen 1 ep., you've seen em all.
LIFE [ライフ]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
One I was looking forward to seeing. The episodes gradually build up. No problem with the cast. The bullying, alienation & blackmail is all there. You'll get what the synopsis reads. It was ok. Do I care to watch it again? Probably not. I give it a C grade.
LIMIT [リミット]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Loss:Time:Life [ロス:タイム:ライフ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
The only people who are gonna LOSS TIME LIFE are those who watch this! I want all my LOSS TIME LIFE back! Ugh...I know, that was bad...but true! :p 5th episode is the ONLY one worth watching. Our Densha Otoko comes through. Nice twist. It'll bring tears.
Lost Days
Rating: 1/10
Through 2 1/2 episodes enough. I want my time back. Amateur writing, acting, lame characters - more like aquaintances than friends.
Lotto 6 de San-oku Ni-senman En Ateta Otoko [ロト6で3億2千万円当てた男]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sorimachi although a nice guy, is repeatedly taken advantage of and deceived. You can't help roll your eyes a million times while watching this. Sorimachi spends foolishly without carefully thinking anything through and never learns from his mistakes. And we're not talkin small amounts here. ALL the characters are pathetic. Through the first 4 episodes I was ready to quit anytime. It's the 5th&6th that got interesting but... Don't bother with this. Supposedly based on a true story. Ya, probably just the part he won the lottery.
Love Shuffle [ラブシャッフル]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Through 5 episodes, I'd seen enough. Four couples taking turns 'shuffling' partners ~ lil soul searchin goin on ~ come full circle ~ & I'm guessing live happily ever after. Course I'll never know. Course I don't care. It's a support group. And it's lame. It's not funny nor touching. Perhaps they should have 'shuffled' the actors? Typecasted Tamaki Hiroshi playin the whining Deer-Man again, Matsuda Shota the playboy and Tanihara Shosuke nother calm/soft spoken guy.
Lunch no Joou [ランチの女王]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi [まほろ駅前番外地]

Enough through 2. Light entertainment for killing time.
Manhattan Love Story [マンハッタン ラブストーリー]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
1st episode was great! Matsuoka Masahiro is a man with few words but we hear his thoughts throughout and he's too funny! Unfortunately, routine/characters get old. Stopped watching middle of 9th. Note to self: Didn't care for IWGP and Tiger & Dragon. Don't watch anything more this guy writes! "Love Love Manhattan, Wo Wo, Manhattan Love Love"
Maou [魔王]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Massugu na Otoko [まっすぐな男]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Stories/cast are weak. Quit after 5 episodes. Alright. Since there hadn't been anything new that's caught my eye, I pulled this dvd back out and finished it up. Episode 9 was ok, the rest killing time.
Mei-chan no Shitsuji [メイちゃんの執事]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Messengers [メッセンジャー]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Plenty of laughs & fun movie! Ending credits was cute with the lil rap.
Miss Pilot [ミス・パイロット]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Monster Parent [モンスターペアレント]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Through 7 episodes I've rolled my eyes enough. Stop watching.
Mop Girl [モップガール]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Lead girl is new to J-dorama and with the right script, could be fun to watch. Enjoy her goofy personality in this but after few episodes..... stop watching.
Mother
(Bought & Watched)
Good cast; well written - annoying/melodramatic parts few and far between. There's several stories - much of the cast with their own personal issues - adds to the interest. It is slow paced so make it relaxed viewing.
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nagase Tomoya (My Boss, My Hero) funny&touching! Moves in with his bride's family helping each with issues that in the end bring all closer together.
Musashi [武蔵]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
NHK 49 Episodes. Ichikawa Shinnosuke was superb. His kabuki background shines clearly through his expressions. Excellent cast.
My Boss, My Hero [マイボスマイヒロ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
1st ep. Race for the pudding. TOO FUNNY! ƂĂ 낢!!! Tomoya Nagase has the funniest expressions.From bad guy to good guy, this is a must!
My Little Chef
Rating: 1/10
Stories are weak. Guests have more lines than the staff. :p Show is forgettable. Reminds me of Antique. Stop watching after 5 episodes.
Naka nai to Kimeta Hi [泣かないと決めた日]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
The bullying is completely over-the-top far fetched; most likely made the story up as they filmed. ;) Eikura's character at times is not the brightest~ and annoying~ so some sympathy lost. Lot goin' on in the final episode but finished good. Saved the drama from a failing grade. 4=C
Namae o Nakushita Megami [名前をなくした女神]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Over-the-top, dramatic, and annoying -but entertaining. Whole cast did a good job. 7th episode good one ~kept it going. 10th wonderful & powerful! ayaka ~ rara kawaii!! Though the synopsis mentions the mothers; the fathers and children deserve mention also. Everyone shared equal screen time. Again, the whole cast did a good job.
Naruyouni Narusa [なるようになるさ。]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
you've seen 1ep, you've seen several. repeated/long-winded conversations. but, it's a nice cast. enjoyable. the disagreements civil. relaxed light viewing. (funny the change in Asano Atsuko character - from serious mother in 'Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de' to :)
Nichiyoubi wa Dame yo [日曜はダメよ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought)
Old skool drama. Quit midway through first. Comedy/characters weren't cutting it. No interest to continue.
Nobuta wo Produce [野ブタ。をプロデュース]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Some episodes better than others.
Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Franz (Takenaka Naoto- talented actor) steals the show; his mannerisms/broken Japanese 2funny! Chiaki, Nodame, and rest with their quirky personalities good intro. Unfortunately, Franz leaves us after the 5th (and takes the comedy with him). From then on, it's basically orchestral/piano practicing/performing. A plus if you carry one of these instruments and/or are into classical music.
Ohitorisama [おひとりさま]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Light hearted. Final episode was nice. 5=C.
Oishii Gohan [おいしいごはん]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Light-hearted family comedy drama. Relaxed, enjoyable. Good cast. Mizukawa Asami in her loligoth dancing to Pink Lady! :p
Okusama wa Majo [奥さまは魔女]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
First 2 ep. were fun. Ep. 8 Okashikatta! and touching. Takenaka Naoto is hilarious! Ep. 10 Tsubasa (girl from Hotman, Gal Cir is so cute and good acting. This little girl is something).
OL Nippon [OLにっぽん]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Starts off ok with the training/cultural differences. But that soon becomes a side story and then you're left with no story. >.< Writings weak. Quit watching after 7 episodes.
Omoni Naitemasu [主に泣いてます]

Through half of the first episode, seen enough. Awful.
Oniyome Nikki [鬼嫁日記]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Story of controlling wife, poor husband and their neighbors. Poor guy keeps a daily blog. :p Mizuki Arisa and Gori are fun to watch. The neighbors play a big role. Many times it's the guys vs. girls with Koike Teppei always tipping the scale towards Mizuki's side which bring big laughs.
Oniyome Nikki 2 [鬼嫁日記 2]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Not as good as 1st season. Lost some star power but Katochan! (Drifters) good to see.
Onna Keiji Mizuki 2 [女刑事みずき 2]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought)
Quit after 1.
Orange Days [オレンジデイズ]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
Osen [おせん]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Well it was nice to see Aoi Yuu again after enjoying her in Hula Girls. She plays a sweet&fun character. Few lol moments with her. Not much else to be said about this drama. Stopped watching after 5 episodes. Yuu's response when Hiroki asks if she'd been drinking "he he he" LOL
Oshin [おしん]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
NKH 297 Episodes x 15 mins. each. Wonderful acting. Very natural. Nazukashi (nostalgic) feelings. A look at the hardships of being poor. Lil Oshin wa totemo kawaii~with the cutest rosey red cheeks. It's fun watching her. When spoken to, she always listens attentively with interest~eye contact. Enter 16 year old Oshin. Very well mannered in moral&etiquette. Kayo hasn't changed! :p Oshin hits Tokyo! New work, changes in her personal life. And episodes filled with smiles&laughter! Oshin is even quite silly at times! :p Late teens/early 20s continues with struggles of work and family life. There's a long run of episodes that'll anger and exhaust many. It did me and although I'm not sure keeping the viewer in such an angry state for so long is good viewing, it was addicting. As we near the 200 mark, we'll be reminded of lil Oshin again! ;) And again, tears of joy! The series is a tearfest! Most will flow during the early episodes so have your tissues! The series will touch all emotions, from sadness to laughter to anger. Nakamura Masatoshi (early episodes) delivers some really powerful lines that'll move you! Kurushi~Tsurai~Kanashi! (edit after watching years later a 2nd time). The first go-around, little Oshin had captured my heart. But after watching it again, it's definitely Tanaka Yuko who makes this drama. Elder Oshin covers her rise in business; the lives of her now grown children. Much back and forth bickering with her son Hitoshi on business decisions/personal life (both can be annoying and each take blame). This third act is forgettable at times; not to say it's not entertaining, just more people being covered and the consequences not as dire. Regardless, this still stands as my all-time favorite Japanese drama. Note just an fyi. This drama is up and down throughout (tears of sadness/joy go back and forth). So the drama moves and keeps it entertaining.
Osozaki no Himawari [遅咲きのヒマワリ]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
It's not a bad drama. It's just that it's weak, and forgettable. I can't remember anything that happened in any of the episodes. That's what I mean.
Otoko no Kosodate [オトコの子育て]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Light hearted ~ simple ~ pleasant ~ relaxed viewing. The 2 girls R fun 2 watch. Oldest ~ headstrong. Lil 1 2 cute! totemo kawaii!! kee kees!! ^_^ Nice ending.
Otome-san [オトメさん]
Rating: 1/10
The uploads have stopped - through 4 eps, 1 rating anyway.
Oyaji~ [オヤジぃ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
6th episode touching. "Doitsumo koitsumo" :p
Papa to Musume no Nanokakan [パパとムスメの7日間]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
TOTEMO OMOSHIROIII!!! Before the switch, father&daughter weren't on speaking terms/getting along. After the switch ??? ;) Funny&touching! Final episode was good!
Pride [プライド]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
He waits outside her apt. She waits outside his apt. The whole time, neither uses their cell to call the other. This wins 'Most Annoying Scene' in all of J-drama. 8th ep. good.
Proposal Daisakusen [プロポーズ大作戦]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Annoying. 11(ep.) blown opportunities. He even plants one on her which she blows off. (/me rolls eyes). Lot of running last few episodes (/me roll eyes again). Yamashita Tomohisa's care free character/roles are getting old (I've done typecast him).
Rasuto Purezento [ラストプレゼント 〜娘と生きる最後の夏〜]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Through the first 4 episodes, it's relaxed viewing. Amami&cast good acting. Hopefully the tear jerker the synopsis leads us to believe. But.. unfortunately... episode 5 and 6 end on sour notes you can't help roll your eyes (at Fukuda Mayuko in 5th and Nagasaku Hiromi 6th). And episode 7 gets worse! Fukuda Mayuko's character is extremely moody, thinks too hard and changes her mind every second. The stunt she pulls in this episode..... I don't know that these incidents (annoyances) were really necessary with what already could have been a nice drama. Although there are some touching moments, it's no tear jerker.
Rikon Bengoshi [離婚弁護士]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Amami Yuki (Enka no Joou, Jyoou no Kyoushitsu). Amami Yuki + cast + directing + editing + setting + writing + music (like dat acoustic guitar goin on 2nd ep. ~) = GREAT 1ST EPISODE!! It's no wonder Amami's one of my favs! It's an excellent cast with many familiar faces! Camera movement, editing/flashbacks are spot on & well thought out! Amami & Takenouchi Yutaka at the bar was a beautiful setting. Their playful conversation was a fitting end to a fast paced first episode! ;) The rest of the episodes are good to ok. Final episode was good. I give the series an edge as I enjoy watching Amami Yuki & the other actors in this.
Rikon Bengoshi 2 [離婚弁護士II〜ハンサム ウーマン〜]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
An edge/bias for Amami Yuki - rest of cast are enjoyable; relaxed viewing.
Rinjo [臨場]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
The stories are weak, boring & forgettable just like the whole cast. Uchino Masaaki's 'Gonzo' character ain't savin this show. He looks unenthused&tired all the time. ~ unenthusing & boring... If you've seen 1 episode, believe me, you've seen em all. Quit after 6 episodes.
ROOKIES [ルーキーズ]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sato Ryuta (Utahime, Gal Cir). Sato Ryuta's first lead role. Funny, compassionate and driven with an infectious smile. Exciting 90 min. first episode! Over-the-top with the motivational speeches but plenty that'll move you. Endless&tiring bickering can get old but then later episodes has more meaning. 8th episode was great game! Final episode was way overboard with the speeches and slowed the pace down for what should have been (imo) a more exciting/fast paced game. But... you'll still walk away with a smile.
Ruri no shima [瑠璃の島]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
Plenty of moments filled with tears of sadness&joy! Narumi Riko knows how to play the troubled teen. We saw that in 1 Litre. Ogata Ken is great! Their emotions will move you. And plenty other good actors in this make for a great watch. The beautiful scenery along with the sounds of the shamisen don't hurt either. ;) Coconut Crab! LOL Note: The SP was a bit of a let down although it was nice to see the cast again. Give it a wait if you do feel inclined to watch it.
Ryusei no Kizuna [流星の絆]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi [最後から二番目の恋]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
4th ep. - Young scriptwriter, Kuriyama Haruka-sensei with the three older ladies. Too funny. Koizumi and Nakai's arguments bit on the annoying side but 8th ep., it got so hot & heated...couldn't stop grinning. OMG! End of 8th the funniest!! chu!! <3 Kudos to the writers. Some really funny lines in this drama. Good cast. Small knock - if you've seen 1ep, you have seen several ~ you get some repeated stuff. The SP is more a continuation~ like extra episodes, more of the same.
Saikou no Rikon [最高の離婚]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
The dialogue was fast and funny at times. Though. Wishy washy flaky four. Drama doesn't go anywhere. You've seen one episode, you've seen several. Or can I say you've seen em all? :p Ep. 8 slice of life was boring. ther've been several long boring~unmoving conversations throughout this drama. editor must have been out sick this ep. Regardless of yet another twist at the end of this ep., I'm done. If you've seen one ep. you've seen em all.
Saito-san [斉藤さん]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Mizuki Arisa (Oniyome Diary). Series really picks up from 4th episode. Dealing with moral issues. Mizuki always standing up for what's right while the others would prefer look away. Some episodes dealing with the bullying high schoolers, some with the little kids and some the parents. It's really nice to see the change in Mimura's character through the series. Her bubbly personality sometimes, can't help but make you laugh. I enjoy watching Mizuki Arisa and I'm glad she came back with a good one. Oni Yome Nikki 2 wasn't as good as the 1st and CA to Oyobi was awful. Oh, and Takashima Reiko. Having watched her in several J-Dorama.....I have to say, she is quite the attractive lady (for her age too!).
Saitou-san 2 [斉藤さん 2]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Disappointing - stories, supporting cast, Mizuki herself. Don't bother. ~Ep7 nice.
Saka no Ue no Kumo [坂の上の雲]
(Bought)
There's 5 episodes (90 mins. each) for 2009. They'll be 4 more for 2010 and 4 for 2011. The first episode was wonderful. 2nd dropped a bit. Half way through the 3rd I was so bored, I said enough. Absolutely no interest to continue.
SCANDAL
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Toda Naho mysteriously disappears after her wedding. In the search for her...the four wives, their husbands and the detective are all guilty of (false) assumptions, deceitfulness, gossip and we learn that many of them had crossed paths with one of the other in the past. Every character is despicable. Worthless husbands, gossiping wives. That's what you get every episode. Seen one, you've seen em all & with each episode it gets worse. This drama plays so hard for laughs it's lame. The writings weak. Maybe they just made it up as they were shooting. Momoi Kaori's character is trash. Constant playin/scratchin her hair is disgusting. 8th episode. The four share a teary moment. You gotta see the breakdown! Bust out the awards! Final episode's a joke just like this drama. If you want a real drama, check out Four Lies.
Seigi no Mikata [正義の味方]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Shida Mirai (Jyoou no Kyoushitsu). Light hearted. Fun watching both sisters; their expressions.
Seikei Bijin [整形美人。]

From princess to stalker. Enough after 3. I'll skip the fairy tale ending.
Sekai no chuushin de, ai wo sakebu [世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought)
Stopped after 8 episodes. Drama is slow and just drags. She's sick in a hospital bed. Next episode, she's sick in a hospital bed. Next episode, she's sick in a hospital bed. This drama doesn't go anywhere. Touching? Slightly here/there. Moving? No. I fell for the high ratings on this one.
Semishigure [蝉しぐれ]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Episodes: 7 x 43 min. or 3 x 89 mins. Based on a novel by Shuhei Fujisawa, who also wrote the source material for Twilight Samurai and The Hidden Blade. Little action (not until 3rd part. already 3 hours into!) with no real moving moments. VERY DISAPPOINTING!
Shiawase ni Naritai [幸せになりたい]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Shika Otoko Aoniyoshi [鹿男あをによし]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
First 2 episodes interesting. 3rd boring. 4th/5th wakes us up with the kendo match. 6th-9th & final episode boring. This treasure hunt has been a bore just like Tamaki Hiroshi's character.
Shimokita Sundays [下北サンデーズ]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
2nd episode only (LaughedOL) worth watching.
Shinya Shokudo [深夜食堂]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Shinya Shokudo 2 [深夜食堂]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
2nd ep. ~ saya-chan kawaii ~ yakuza no hito 2 funny&cool ;)
Shiroi Haru [白い春]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
It's relaxed viewing. Same episodes over. Light touching moments here/there. I give it an edge because of Abe Hiroshi. Although he doesn't have my vote (yet), I do enjoy watching him. 9th episode. His eyes. Holding em back. Now that's powerful. Final ep. determined whether this drama would be a C or F grade. Regardless of the craziness/negativity goin on; the drama was already over. And I was ready for it to finish. 5 = F.
Shokojo Seira [小公女セイラ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Shida Mirai (Seigi no Mikata, Jyoou no Kyoushitsu). 90 min. 1st episode was good. Touching. Continues good throughout ~ tears of joy&sadness. Shida's character reminds me bit of Queen of Classroom; her character keeping a positive attitude despite difficulties. Higuchi Kanako as the dean does a good job, along with her sis Emiko, and Alan the French teacher.
Shokuzai [贖罪]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
weak.
Shomuni [ショムニ]
Rating: 4/10 (Watched)
Fun watching Esumi Makiko and Toda Naho go at it. Starts good, then mediocre.....Final episode was good with Jinnai Takanori (father in 1 Litre Tears) playing bad guy.
Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi [書店員ミチルの 身の上話]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Amateur writing. Actually, I think they just made it up as they filmed.
Smile [スマイル]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Drama driven~bit of suspense, courtroom. Oguri Shun adds a bit of spark. It's slow. Forgettable. Some bad over-the-top scenes. Matsumoto Jun needs to work on his acting. Aragaki Yui adds nothing to the drama.
Soratobu Taiya [空飛ぶタイヤ]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
not bad...
Souri to yobanai de [総理と呼ばないで]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Tamura was kinda thrown into the position having no desire for it. And it showed as he was lazy and could care less. It's mostly petty scandals that Tamura and his worthless staff try to cover, by paying off each time. Lame and weak. don't bother.
Sprout [スプラウト]
(Watched)
High school first love sort of thing. Simple light drama with no meanness. This is better geared toward younger teen crowd. short episodes.
Sugarless [シュガーレス]
Rating: 6/10 (Watched)
23min episodes of kickin&punchin~shirahama :D &HA RU KAAA <3 final episode weak.
Swan no Baka [スワンの馬鹿]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Pleasant ~ light hearted. Kamikawa Tayaka plays a charming nice guy along with a nice cast. It's relaxed viewing. Nothing moving + 4gettable = 3 rating.
Sweet Home [スウィート・ホーム/甜蜜家庭]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hiroshi & Tomoko move into new neighborhood where all the kids go to cram school. Tomoko feels pressured/obligated to enroll her son too. It's budgeting to make ends meet. Drama is weak. First half of this drama is light-hearted comedy. Hiroshi, Tomoko, and rest of cast are animated and fun to watch. Though Hiroshi's character at times can be loud/obnoxious/disgusting; it's his lies that are annoying as he DOESN'T NEED TO! It leads to misunderstanding/friction/some boring snooze episodes. The whole second half is preparation for interviews at potential schools - zzz... Animated acts get old, non-factor, forgettable drama. Tomoko and dem gloves. :p
Taiyo to Umi no Kyoshitsu [太陽と海の教室]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Covering the usual topics. Oda Yuji & cast go through the motions and play their parts well enough. A smile here, touching moment there. No real lol moments but it doesn't get dull as it moves fairly quickly. Some episodes better than others. 3rd episode was touching. End of 6th moves into more serious issue. Episode 9 sad&touching. Final episode was weak. It's a hint of GTO but nowhere near the emotion. Oda Yuji's character is good but dry.
Tenshi no Wakemae [天使のわけまえ]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Mediocre. Goes nowhere. If longer than 5, I would have quit.
Teru Teru Ashita [てるてるあした]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
I fell for the reviews/comments and different storyline. Please, don't bother.
Tiger & Dragon [タイガー&ドラゴン]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
1st episode awful! Ready to quit anytime! Reminded me a lot of IWGP. Loud colorful cast. Lot of camera movement goin on. From 2nd on, it's toned down and moves along. You're getting 3 stories. The story itself. The story told on stage. And that story, they'll act out too. The colorful characters keep me returning. But the lack of any lol moments, gets the 1 rating. Well folks, the 5th episode confirmed it. This episode was just one stupid after another. I've seen enough. PS I just did read same guy responsible for this did IWGP. Note to self: Stay away from this writer!
TOKYO Airport [TOKYOエアポート]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Light viewing. Simple...weak, and forgettable. Plenty of Fukada's signature dazed zoned out look. Ep.5 nice. Final episode really brings out the bad acting; you've reached that point where you've had enough~ tired of Fukada's one dimensional acting, and her preachin' cheezy lines on the mic.
Tokyo Friends [東京フレンズ]
Rating: 7/10 (Watched)
Nice drama. Great camaraderie whole cast. Lot of familiar faces. Refreshing to see everyone just speak their mind. Kitamura's quite charming considering the 'bad guy' type roles I usually see him play.
Tokyo Tower ~Okan to Boku to, tokidoki, Oton [東京タワー2007]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Heartwarming story of a mother & son's relationship. From childhood days when his mother was his hero to college days/adulthood when he wished mother would just leave him alone! until.....mother's illness. :( Great cast of characters. Warm, fun, and touching drama.
TONBI [とんび]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
Quit after 6. 2nd 3rd 6th episodes lame. 4th slightly touching. 40mins of annoying (Uchino) + 5min nice ending = I've had enough. That's what you get every episode.
Top Sales [トップセールス]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Here's a cut&paste of the synopsis since it's not up. A drama about a woman who changes her career and eventually becomes a president of a car sales company in a male-oriented society of the 1970's. Makino Hisako quits her job at a leading textile company before turning 25, which is considered the retirement age for women at that time, and starts working as a car salesman. The drama depicts her success story along with her high school classmates, the baby-boom generation. Well she quit her job at the textile co. because they wouldn't give her (a lady) credit for a plan she submitted. In looking for a new job, she convinces a boss at a car dealership to hire her. She has to sell 3 cars during her 3 month probationary period. She's given little training and cold calls door to door on her bike (no license and doesn't know how to drive). 2nd episode we see her getting better at her job and she starts learning how to drive. A very touching episode that'll bring tears. Fans of Natsukawa Yui will enjoy her performance. An emotional drama. Quality production with footage during this period that's edited in very well. Nice theme song. Hourly episodes.
Tsubasa No Oreta Tenshitachi 1 [翼の折れた天使たち]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
First Night - Celeb (7 rating. B grade). Ueto Aya. Nice simple story of money vs. love. Second Night - Live Chat (6 rating. C grade). Third Night - Actress (1 rating. F grade). The Last Night - Slot (1 rating. F grade). 4 short stories. Each lady goin through a tough time and in the end it's a brighter day. Ueto Aya's will bring a smile, the others really no need.
Umizaru [海猿]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
The reviews/comments fooled me on this one. Some episodes might have been alright but... don't bother.
Unubore Deka [うぬぼれ刑事]
Rating: 1/10
Dropped after 1. Just read another's comments to find that this was written by Kudo Kankuro who did "Tiger & Dragon" and "IWGP" both of which I thought sucked. This reaffirms I'm making the right decision to not bother continuing. Nagasa was great in "My Boss, My Hero" but everything else I've seen him in is mediocre to crap. Karei naru Spy quit after 4 episodes, Utahime I gave it a 6/10 for above average, Tiger & Dragon quit after 5 episodes, and IWGP 3/10. He's lost my vote with this latest dud. Actually I gave a 7/10 for Mukodono! (he carried that one).
Uramiya Honpo [怨み屋本舗]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Alternative synopsis: A woman (Uramiya) goes around finding people who have been cheated, hurt and offers to help settle their grudges for a reasonable price. How she does this can range from simply humiliating people to straight up killing them. This was good. Don't bother with 2nd season; stories, new faces weak ~ missing Terajima Susumu.
Uramiya Honpo 2 [怨み屋本舗REBOOT]
(Bought & Watched)
Disappointing 2nd season. Stories~new faces weak ~ missing Terajima Susumu. Grade F.
Ushi ni Negai wo: Love & Farm [牛に願いを - Love & Farm]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nice to see the inaka (countryside). Really not a whole lot goin on. Forgettable drama. Ep. 8 will bring a tear.
Uta no Onii-san [歌のおにいさん]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Prince Himuro (Totsugi Shigeyuki) & Urara steal the first 2 episodes with their animated/over-the-top expressions/delivery. 2 funny! End of 2nd was nice. But with Prince Himuro kicked out in the 3rd; there went the laughs too! It's depressing watching Kenta with his tired look & worthless attitude through the whole series! And his kind acts at the end of each show ain't savin the other 40 minutes we've worn his tired face. Writings weak. Actings lame. Final episode was as bad as the rest. So far. This drama is 'Worst J-Drama of 2009'.
Utahime [歌姫]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nagase Tomoya is a soldier washed ashore, with no memory of his past, taken in by a family who runs a cinema. Appears the yakuza want the cinema. Then comes a love triangle involving Sato Ryuta, who's a riot! lol Then another love triangle involving?!? :p Over-the-top comedy with some LOL cRaZy okashi moments in the beginning. Enter ?!? and while the story gets interesting, the humor falls and the series does a flat line. 6 for above average. Suzu's parents to Taro "can you watch over her temporarily forever" LOL
W no Higeki [Wの悲劇]
(Watched)
It's alright, and at 8 eps. If you skip it, that's fine too.
Walkin' Butterfly [ウォーキン・バタフライ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Nakabeppu Aoi is LOUD! over-The-TOP animated! 2fUnNy!! Mix in other emotions she does equally well, and you've got a pretty talented actress (imo). Her character/expressions are similar to Ueno Juri in Nodame Cantabile and Sato Aiko in Itazura na Kiss. It's a shame she's not getting bigger roles; makes me wonder if it isn't the height?! Still, shame. Note: 30min eps.
Watashitachi no kyokasho [わたしたちの教科書]
Rating: 5/10 (Bought & Watched)
Courtroom drama involving high school bullying. 2nd ep. brought tears. Final episode was weak.
Water Boys [ウォーターボーイズ]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
If you've seen the movie, leave it at that! ;)
Woman
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
This drama is all sappy scenes. The pears - bit over-the-top, jumping to conclusions, unrealistic. I caught myself daydreaming during some of the long-winded cheezy lines. Nothing moved me, maybe a couple touching scenes. I liked the way they shot the verdict. Very nice. The last scene was beautiful. Nozomi's a cutie pie ~bright young lady.
Wonderful Life [ワンダフルライフ]
Rating: 4/10 (Bought & Watched)
The whole cast including Sorimachi seem more like side characters. There's no real development within any one. The reviews/comments fooled me on this one. It's light viewing, nothing more. 7th & 8th episode were touching. Final episode was alright.
Yama Onna Kabe Onna [山おんな壁おんな]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Itoh Misaki leads an excellent cast. TOTEMO OMOSHIROI!! 5th episode was soo funny! Itoh Misaki with her nose flare, her inaka hogen (country accent) and we get to see her play drunk! And she does a great job of it! Makes you wonder if she really wasn't! 7th episode. More inaka hogen! Even if you don't understand Japanese, you KNOW you're hearing it! Not the strongest of final episodes but still a fun series! And it's more than just boob jokes. Fun cast and no matter how much Misaki got picked on, she kept her spirits high! PiNkY! HA!
Yamada Taro Monogatari [山田太郎ものがたり]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
6th episode was nice. 9th slightly touching.
Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru [ヤンキー母校に帰る]
Rating: 3/10
7 eps enough. medicore-forgettable.
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan [ヤンキー君とメガネちゃん]
Rating: 5/10 (Watched)
Light-hearted. Narimiya Hiroki needs to work on his acting if he plans to do more comedy; looks uncomfortable ~ unconvincing. The writings simple/bit weak but with Adachi and Rika (I like Rika ~ tsuyoi to kawaii :p ) ~ pleasant enough.
Yasuko to Kenji [ヤスコとケンジ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Matsuoka Masahiro (Musashi). Over-the-top and hilarious! Matsuoka Masahiro is LOUD and fun to watch! Overprotective brother. Hirosue Ryoko can be just as tough! A good cast, plenty of laughs and the touching moment here/there. Some episodes have a Gokusen style&feel to it. Especially with the music&sound effects. Final episode was nice. The end will bring a tear.
Yottsu no Uso [四つの嘘]
Rating: 7/10 (Bought & Watched)
Well this drama turned out pretty good. Even slightly addicting. It starts off pretty slow and through the first 5 episodes, it's a gradual build up. So be patient and make it relaxed viewing. From the 6th on, is where it gets fun&interesting! Everyone's foolin around! Which will bring some laughs! :p But at the same time, there's a bit of dark mystery&suspense that'll keep you on edge! O_o Good acting on everyone's part. Good character development. You'll get to know all the characters very well. But note. Don't judge any of em too quickly! Let it play out! This is the first drama where I actually wouldn't mind a 2nd season.
Yume wo Kanaeru Zo [夢をかなえるゾウ]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
I like the storyline. Mizukawa Asami is animated & fun to watch! in her first lead role. The drama's humor is LOUD&obnoxious. Problem is, it's more stupid than funny. Ganesha's character seems a bit useless. He's just randomly throwing advice out there, and by chance, it may work? Asuka would probably do just fine w/ or w/out him. Episodes 6&7 weren't too bad. Mizukawa Asami is just cRaZy FuNnY!!
Yuukan kurabu [有閑倶楽部]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Worst acting. Stopped watching mid way through first. It was enough.
Zettai Kareshi [絶対彼氏]
Rating: 1/10 (Bought & Watched)
Both writing and acting are weak. None of the characters are fun to watch. Actually the whole cast is forgettable! Aibu Saki plays a some what flaky character (as she's done in her last 2 roles also. Utahime and Ushi ni Negai wo: Love & Farm). She's had no interest in Hayami Mokomichi from the start. Instead of the ideal boyfriend, he's more the stalker. Mizushima Hiro is a slacker workin for his father's company. After tasting one of Aibu Saki's homemade creme puffs, it reminds him of his grandfathers delicious puffs and now he's determined to get them on the market (and do a little work for a change). However the simple look doesn't cut it (no one will even TRY IT!) nor does his older brother approve (who's got like so much hatred in him. I'm not sure what that's all about). And last but not least, Hayami Mokomichi our robot. Well he's a robot. You can imagine how exciting his character is. Or sometimes I wonder if Mizushima Hiro is the robot. Stopped watching after 5 episodes. Watch out for falling billboards...
Zoku. Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi 2 [続・最後から二番目の恋 2]
Rating: 1/10 (Watched)
It's slow. It's a whole step down from the 1st season - disappointing. One season of quirky personalities seem to be enough - they fall flat this time around. Plus the stories are weak - if you can even say there are any. Opportunities to get to know some of the other cast members more - ended before they got started. It's just...going through the motions. It took me awhile before I finished the final episode - relaxed & nice. If you do decide to continue, I'd say allow time between episodes vs. watching back-to-back.

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