Antique [アンティーク〜西洋骨董洋菓子店] Fujiki Naohito + Shiina Kippei + Abe Hiroshi = all kinds of awesome. Lots of funny, heartwarming moments. Plus great songs by Mr Children, and all that delicious, gorgeous cake!
Itoshi Kimie [愛し君へ] Fujiki Naohito put in a memorable performance as a photographer struggling to come to terms with losing his eyesight in three months' time. He was very expressive and made me root for Shunsuke every step of the way. Kanno Miho was also very good as the supportive Shiki. Beautiful soundtrack and gorgeous Nagasaki scenery are the other plus points of this touching drama.
Love Revolution [ラブレボリューション] Probably my favourite J-drama ever, since it has two actors I really admire - Fujiki Naohito and Esumi Makiko (can they please pair up in another J-drama again? Please?). Great acting, lovely soundtrack, a tight and well-written plot = recipe for success. Fujiki's role as Suga Eiichiro is truly unforgettable <3
Nodame Cantabile [のだめ カンタビ−レ] Awesome chemistry between Tamaki Hiroshi and Ueno Juri! I really love Tamaki's turn as Chiaki senpai, he had wonderful facial expressions that just cracked me up big time. And how hot was he when he was all immersed in music? Be it conducting or playing the piano, Tamaki oozed sexiness! Ueno was so charming, goofy and sweet as Nodame, you can't help but root for her to get together with her Chiaki senpai. And the music featured was perfect, I loved every piece chosen and it's great for people who like classical music. The supporting cast was awesome too, really liked the camaraderie of the orchestra folks!
Shika Otoko Aoniyoshi [鹿男あをによし] Brilliant drama, enjoyed it from start to finish. Some might give this a miss due to the fantastical plot, but it's a gem of a drama and shouldn't be missed. I really enjoyed how everything was weaved together, and the integration of folklore and history into the modern-day setting is very well done.
Tamaki Hiroshi was awesome as the downtrodden Ogawa sensei, definitely no shades of Chiaki senpai here! He had very good chemistry with the rest of the cast, including Ayase Haruka and Tabe Mikako. Shoutout to Sasaki Kuranosuke, who as the wise Shige-san was one of my favourite characters. The ending theme song is fantastic and worth putting on repeat.
And of course, Shika-san! You're truly one heck of a deer!
Esumi Makiko [江角マキコ] Such a talented actress, and one of the best in the industry. Esumi was wonderful in Over Time and Love Revolution. Please pair up with Fujiki Naohito in another drama again! <3
Fujiki Naohito [藤木直人] Fujiki Naohito is such a wonderfully charismatic actor. I've enjoyed most of his dramas and his roles inevitably leave a deep impression - be it reporter (Suga Eiichiro), department boss (Takano Seiichi) or patissier (Ono Yusuke), he can play them all. No role is too big or small for him and I respect his dedication to his craft. Doesn't hurt that he's so very handsome! He's got such expressive eyes and can emote so well, which is something so lacking in younger actors these days.
Fujiki's a great singer too! That he writes and composes his own songs has my utmost admiration.
Sato Takeru [佐藤健] Love Sato Takeru's acting and the roles he's taken on so far - favourites include Aki from Kano Uso, Tokuzo in Tenno no Ryoriban and Natsuki in Bitter Blood. He's been excellent in everything I've seen him in, and I like his choice of projects. Looking forward to more!
Tamaki Hiroshi [玉木宏] Very versatile and expressive. Love Tamaki Hiroshi's ability to inhabit fully each of his characters, and especially love him as Chiaki senpai in Nodame Cantabile, he was marvellous in there and had fantastic chemistry with Ueno Juri. The man deserves more substantial leading roles!
Asa ga Kita [あさが来た] Rating: 9/10 (Watched) Excellent asadora, with solid acting from the cast, an uplifting story and a heroine who is easy to root for. Tamaki Hiroshi was great as Shinjiro, and the theme song was nice.
Kyowa Kaisha Yasumimasu [きょうは会社休みます] Rating: 6/10 (Watched) 6 only because of Tamaki Hiroshi, who's the best thing about the drama. The 10 episodes are full of epic logic fail on most counts and Fukushi Sota's acting is godawful.