|Inoue Mao [井上真央]|
One of the best young actresses in jdramas. Loved her in Hana Yori Dango and First Kiss. There is a maturity in her that her roles rarely use. Put her in meatier roles and she would not disappoint. Hopefully time will make her transcend her teeny bopper roles.
|Kimura Takuya [木村拓哉]|
No need for words. He rules jdramas
|Sawajiri Erika [沢尻エリカ]|
I must admit that her acting in Taiyo no Uta and 1 Litre of Tears are tearjerkers but there is something raw still about her acting. She will continue to grow with the years and hopefully jdramas will continue to polish the gem that she is.
|Takeuchi Yuko [竹内結子]|
The quintessential japanese woman (yamato nadeshico). Her charm is a rare thing that comes shining only once in a millennium. Her smile is angelic (who wouldn't melt in that sweetness). But, barring her beauty and her cuteness, her acting is one of the best in jdramas which in my opinion is the best in the business. More serious roles for her in the future will mold her into one of jdramas greatest actresses.
|Tsumabuki Satoshi [妻夫木聡]|
Next to KimuTaku, Tsumabuki is the best actor in jdramas (which would raise a lot of eyebrows) but honestly, look at his acting and then judge him. Though he is handsome, he does not actually rely on this to carry his jdrama roles like the rest of the other male idols. He has a maturity that will make him one of jdramas best actors in the coming years, maybe even make him one of the greatest actors in jdramas (mark my words)
|Ueno Juri [上野樹里]|
Out of all the young actresses, I'd say Juri is way above the pack. She might not have had many main roles prior to the groundbreaking Nodame Cantabile but if you look at her in Nodame and Last Friends, you would say that she is one of the stalwarts of jdramas, worthy of more and more and more...