|Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]|
Judging by my wife "cry-o-meter" the drama is very good :). now really, it was the first jdrama not having a happy ending, but still having a touching story which built up to a extraordinary final episode.
It's a must see.
|Dragon Zakura [ドラゴン桜]|
Best speech ever to get kids motivated.
I believe this isn't a drama, but a documentary on how learning should take place and a very good one at that.
After seeing Pride I thought that Engine would be somehow similar - it is not the case...it has more in common with Ninkyo Helper.
All in all it is a very good show.
|Hotman Season 2 [ホットマン2]|
Good family jdrama.
Good points: good acting, funny
Bad points: some story points are stretched, weird ending between Enzo and Ayame (Shiraishi Miho played beautifully as Ootsuki Ayame - seminded me of "Iron Faced Woman" from My Boss,My Hero) > they should have been a little bit realistic, not having Enzo "aahh, you're kidding..." - if that would have happened, I guess the whole thing of Enzo and Nanami leaving would have turned as good ending
|Kekkon Dekinai Otoko [結婚できない男]|
This was the second time while I've made the mistake of having watched "man way of thinking" shows like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (Larry David) with my wife ....and .... what can I say.... Abe is more cynic than Larry was :).
Definitively worth watching.
|Kimi wa Petto [きみはペット]|
I could compare this with " "Fear and Trembling" - International (English title)" somehow.
The tough, tall and very attractive office lady having a hard time living and working in a press company seems to be, in fact, as sensitive and loving as a woman can be...
|Long vacation [ロングバケーション]|
I've seen it at a time when I was having a "long vacation" too.
|My Boss, My Hero [マイボスマイヒロ]|
Very, very funny story and good acting.
Iron-face woman is the best female home-teacher I've seen so far
|Ninkyo Helper [任侠ヘルパー]|
This jdrama is better than many dramas in top 10 here on JDorama. This is because of the mix between ninkyo dintai and care taking the elderly.
The ninkyo are portrait in a realistic way and the ninkyo dintai situation also talks about the difficulties they have in nowadays Japan.
Matsudaira Ken as Takayama Gensuke (the boss) I liked very much - he really is the BOSS.
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi as Tsubasa Hikoichi couldn't be replaced by anyone in this role - if not for him, the drama wouldn't have the ninkyno feeling. He's a great actor!.
Last, but not least, Natsukawa Yui as Hatori Akira is great in the role of tough business woman - I loved how she played in Kekkon Dekinai Otoko - and here she's radiating. Without her the drama wouldn't be drama.
Great jdrama - worth watching 100%!
|Nobuta wo Produce [野ブタ。をプロデュース]|
Great story, great acting and very good ending.
|Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ]|
This is one drama getting classic music up to "interesting" level for me.
It's a very well played jdrama.
|Orange Days [オレンジデイズ]|
Strong story+very good acting
Odagiri is acting very well (almost like in Adrift in Tokyo ~ tenten) and in general the drama is very funny, but I loved it for the Nakata Chiharu character played by Kanda Uno - she's awesome looking and the dressing change from one minute to the other is wow.
Great story and WOW for the last episode!
My wife's "cry-o-meter" was so off the scale that after this I had to watch 3 funny jdramas (up to now :) ).
The only "-" I have with it is the soundtrack: the pan-pipe (folk instrument in my country) which produces high emo music, but not the kind needed in this show.
|Wonderful Life [ワンダフルライフ]|
Great "hero / miracle man" jdrama.
Although I know nothing of baseball I've enjoyed the show.
Good acting on both Sorimachi Takashi and Jaguar kids.
The story was well balanced and built up to a good ending.