Bevy12 The best korean dramas with poor girl rich guy cliché. The Top Ten. 1 The Heirs (2013). All characters except the female lead are rich. There are multiple plots so it never gets boring. Love it when the school bully falls for the good girl.+16. Just finished this drama and it is by far the best poor girl rich guy cliche drama. The basic storyline is a love triangle that consists of 2 super rich 17 year old guys and a very poor 17 year old girl. It's hilarious and also great romance as well. I recommend it as this kind of cliche drama, and you should totally watch it!+2.
Why Learn Japanese with a Drama? Learning with Japanese dramas works because: • Japanese dramas are just fun and entertaining. You can reserve them for times when you’re just too exhausted to do anything more intense (eg. like talking to your language partner or doing flashcards).
• They also tend to use natural conversational Japanese. • Dramas aren’t out of reach for anyone—it’s possible to hear the Japanese you do know and infer the rest just by paying attention!
• Japanese dramas are a wonderful way to get culturally fluent. Talking about a popular Japanese drama is a great way to connect with Japanese friends. Just think about all the English conversations you wouldn’t be able to participate in if you didn’t know any celebrities. Tips on Learning Japanese with Dramas To learn Japanese as effectively as possible, it isn’t enough to just watch the dramas and expect to soak up the vocabulary through osmosis.
You should watch actively. If you hear an unfamiliar word, you should write it down and look it up in a good dictionary. And ideally, you would review them on a regular basis and use them with your Japanese friends. OK, so you might be thinking that after you do all that work, it’s not fun anymore.
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to use it with your computer or tablet or, better yet, ! Learn Japanese with a Drama: 10 Great Dramas to Get Started How to Choose Which Japanese Dramas to Watch My selection of 10 Japanese dramas to watch has been dictated by my own personal preferences, and it’s also on personal preference that I recommend you discover your own favorite dramas to watch.
By personal preference I mean either someone famous in Japan who you know or you like, or just to think of what kind of story you like. An unusual aspect of Japanese fame is that an actor isn’t just an actor, a model isn’t just a model and a singer isn’t just a singer, so if there’s a model that you like then there’s a good chance that he or she may also be in a drama, or if there’s a singer then he or she may also be a model as well as in a drama.
For example, one drama I’ll introduce has 上戸彩 as the main star, I first saw her in the movie “あずみ” (Azumi) and later I found out she was a prolific singer and model. I then started following her TV career and discovered many great dramas in which she had acted. My choices below also reflect the kind of stories I like, so below you’ll find family, romance, a bit of Sci-Fi, tragedy, betrayal, mystery and even one drama focused on the world of オタク (someone with obsessive interests, often equated as geek).
I would also recommend that you base your choices on the kinds of stories that you like. 4 Great Family/Romance Japanese Dramas to Learn Japanese ビューティフルレイン This drama is called “Beautiful Rain” in English, and just seeing the title regularly is enough to help your katakana.
It stars veteran movie and TV star 豊川悦司 as a widower father bringing up his young daughter, child superstar 芦田愛菜. After a small injury at work, 悦司’s doctor makes the unwelcome discovery that he has Alzheimer’s disease. Each episode focuses on how this very happy father-daughter duo deals with this situation and raises questions about how Alzheimer’s disease is viewed in Japan, the fears they face and the hard decisions that have to be made.
Around them they have a very supportive unofficial family of co-workers and friends who also have to learn with how to deal with this situation. Just as the title of this drama is “Beautiful Rain,” the story itself is very beautiful and it’s a real tear jerker, however I would also recommend this drama as so much of the dialogue is either by a child or by an adult speaking in a simple way to a child.
As such, even without subtitles it’s mostly easy to follow apart from some technical points about Alzheimer’s disease. もう一度君に、プロポーズ “Will You Marry Me Again” is a very interesting romantic drama.
和久井映見 plays a happily married wife who faints due to a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Upon hearing this, her husband—played by 竹野内豊, an extremely popular model and TV star—rushes to the hospital and is there when she wakes up. Unfortunately, she has lost several years of her memories including her whole life together with her husband and has no idea who he is.
In the belief that being home would help her regain her memory, and with everyone assuming that this is only a temporary occurrence, she lives with her husband despite being obviously uncomfortable. This quickly becomes unbearable for her as she doesn’t view it as her house, her things and can only see her husband as a stranger.
So she moves back in with her family. The plot thickens as it turns out her younger brother disapproved of her husband in the first place and her ex-boyfriend makes an appearance, while her husband appears to have a big admirer of his own at his workplace.
This is a highly addictive drama as we have to question if they were meant to be together, about what love truly is and of course what will the end result be!
絶対彼 氏 “Absolute Boyfriend” looks at the dynamics of what a relationship is. Model and popular TV star 相武紗季 plays a single girl who keeps failing to catch the man she likes and gets unwittingly picked by a scientist to be part of a trial using the first human-like robots. She names her robot Night—played by 速水もこみち who is also a model and even has his own cooking show—while at the same time romance begins to blossom between herself and her boss. Although she initially rejects Night and his attempts at romance, gradually her walls are broken down by his unflinching loyalty to her and his devotion to her happiness.
Meanwhile, her boss represents the human side of relationships in contrast to her relationship with her robot. Unfortunately it’s very easy for the viewer to identify with Night and we can only feel that this story is going to end with heartbreak for someone. As Night is a robot his Japanese is quite easy to follow, and the dialogue itself is quite simple.
家政婦のミ タ “Housekeeper Mita” has to be included in any list of Japanese dramas to watch as it gained some of the biggest audiences ever in Japan. It was so popular that it reached the point that every single Japanese person had either seen it or was planning to see it; it is really recommendable to watch just for being a conversation starter! Mention that you have seen this TV show (家政婦のミタを見ました。そのドラマが大好きでした！) and you will quickly be in a deep conversation with your Japanese friend about it.
The plot is about a family, consisting of a father and four children, dealing with the recent death of their mother and who hire a housekeeper. Housekeeper Mita is no ordinary person and her refusal to say anything about herself, and to do absolutely anything she is told to do, represents a real mystery to the whole family. However, their attempts to discover her secrets only end up with their own family secrets coming to the surface. The story includes some more lighter moments, and you will also spot 相武紗季 in a supporting role as a clumsy aunt, but overall this is a very intense drama which had the whole of Japan holding its breath when it was originally screened.
Good aspects of the Japanese language in this drama include the formal speech that Mita always uses and the relatively easy and casual language used by the children. 3 Workplace Based Japanese Dramas to Learn More Formal Japanese リッチマン、プアウーマ ン This drama, “Rich Man, Poor Woman,” and the following two dramas are relatively more difficult to follow due to the more complex language used, as such you might want to watch with subtitles.
“Rich Man, Poor Woman” follows the story of a rich and successful man played by 小栗旬, who you may have spotted in a small role in “あずみ” alongside 上戸彩 and in a more expanded role in its sequel, and a poor girl who manages to get a job in his company, played by extremely popular actress 石原 さとみ. This story includes a lot of workplace speaking, but is complemented by a great plot of developing relationships, personal conflict, betrayal and ambition.
It addresses the phenomenon of people who have gained fame and fortunes through the development of Apps, etc, as well as questions certain corporate practices. アテンションプリーズ “Attention Please” is focused on a rock chick, 上戸彩, who ends up applying to be an air stewardess because the boy she likes doesn’t view her as a real girl, but who shows an interest in air stewardesses.
Somehow she passes her interview and begins training to become a real air stewardess. The story is quite entertaining, and informative about the training that a Japanese air stewardess goes through, but also it is a really great resource for improving your formal Japanese.
The style of Japanese speaking that they all have to master is very common in Japan if you go to a shop, or office, and it is really essential to gain at least a working understanding of this kind of language. MONSTERS SMAP is a massive pop sensation that has had a dominant position in Japanese entertainment for around 20 years, all the members of SMAP frequently appear in dramas and TV variety shows, and “MONSTERS” sees SMAP member 香取慎吾 as a very unusual detective.
Although he is always smiling and very polite, he is unpopular as he does what he wants when he wants and purposely intrudes into places where he shouldn’t. His superiors are suspicious as to why he is able to solve so many mysterious and thus place a rookie detective to work with him and try to discover any secrets that 香取慎吾 may have. It is a very good police drama with each episode featuring a new crime to be solved, as the language can be quite formal with a lot of crime vocabulary it is best to be watched with subtitles first of all, and then to watch again without subtitles.
Going Back to School: 2 School Japanese Dramas to Learn Japanese 大切なことはすべて君が教えてくれ た “You Taught Me All of the Important Things” explores the relationships between teachers and students, and is very good for improving your casual Japanese language skills.
三浦春馬 plays a teacher who wakes up with a hangover to discover an unknown girl in his bed, she keeps most of her face covered and as he has to rush to work he gives her his key in order to lock up when she leaves. He apologizes and leaves; at work we find out that he is a teacher to a bunch of teenagers. At the end of the class one of the students remains behind, calling out 先生 (teacher) he looks at her to discover she is holding up his key.
三浦春馬 is engaged to another teacher who works at the same school, but things quickly escalate as he has to deal with his guilt about what happened, fend off the attentions of a girl who is also in his class, while the student simultaneously works to destroy his relationship with his fiancée.
However, all is not as it seems as something quite complex is driving both of these characters, and ultimately we have to wonder what actually happened on that first night. 35 歳の高校 生 This school-based drama starts with a very unusual premise: a new student is going to join the class and she is 35 years old. Of course, all of the students are very suspicious as to why this woman has joined their class, and we also quickly understand the complex dynamics of the class with popular and unpopular kids, others who are bullied and one who constantly sits in silence in the corner.
In each episode the 35-year-old unravels a different student’s problem. However, this just makes everyone more and more suspicious about her intentions.
The audience as well has to wonder what is driving her, and it turns out that there are secrets behind her—tragic secrets. 1 Final and Very Famous Japanese Drama to Watch 電車男 This particular drama is in the same league as “Housekeeper Mita.” It came from an extremely popular book which was pulled off from the apparent true story of an おたく which was posted on a public forum.
It spawned this drama and also a movie version. It follows the trials and tribulations of an オタク who helps a girl being harassed by a drunk on the train and who starts dating her.
It is a romantic story which also attempts to rehabilitate オタク people as being just normal people, who are also incredibly supportive of each other, although it must be noted that the Train Man’s efforts to be a suitable boyfriend do lead him to being less of an オタク. I think one of the best things about this drama, besides its really good plot, is that you can also go online and read the actual transcripts from the original forum where the real Train Man posted.
Conclusion: Learning Japanese by Watching Japanese Dramas The above are my recommendations, and include particular dramas which were very successful in Japan, but as I said before the best kind of drama to watch is one which attracts you. This can either be through the people who were cast or through the kind of storyline that you like. If your Japanese level is intermediate or higher I would recommend watching without subtitles, but if you are a beginner you can still watch with subtitles and enjoy these great TV dramas.
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best rich dating poor girl japanese drama 2015 - Must Watch Japanese Dramas (1997
I only have up to 2013 on these because I’ve gotten really behind on watching Japanese dramas. Also, in 2014, most of the Japanese dramas were crime/law dramas which are not my favorite, so that’s made it difficult to watch some of them. I’m currently trying to watch some from 2014, but, as most of them don’t appeal to me, it has been very difficult to find one I can watch completely.
So, here’s my list, and I’ll add 2014 and 2015 dramas if the ones I watch are any good. 1. Glass Mask/Glass no Kamen Seasons 1 and 2 (1997-1998)- TV Asahi Upon seeing the date this drama was first aired, I’m sure drama watchers will back away from this one, but I assure you that this is actually one of the best Japanese dramas out there. The lead girl of this drama was a great actress, which, you kind of have to be playing a role like this.
This drama is based off the manga of the same name and it’s basically all about acting. If you like Skip Beat!, then chances are you will like this drama because it’s about the same thing: acting. There is also romance in it, which kind of feels creepy sometimes, but at other times puts butterflies in your stomach.
Sure, being a drama from the late-90s means it’s going to look dated, but the drama and acting is so good that you will look past all of that. Plus, the music is really good. B’z did the themes for both seasons, and they have some really great songs. If you have never watched a Japanese drama and you’re not put off by the “oldness” of this drama, Glass Mask would be a good one to start you J-drama obsession.
Otherwise, stay away from this one until you’ve watched a few of the newer ones. 2. Rich Man, Poor Woman (2012)- Fuji TV I think this was the only J-drama that I watched in 2012, or at least the only J-drama that kept me watching past the first episode.
It was really good. So good, in fact, that I think this definitely one of the best Japanese dramas ever created. Oguri Shun really impressed me in this role, since all I had ever seen him in was Hana Yori Dango and Hana Kimi, and he played the same sort of character in both those dramas. This drama, however, he changes it up and plays a tech genius who is rather eccentric. The romance in this drama is also very sweet.
It’s nice to see how much the main man and the main woman come to rely on each other. The theme song (Hikari e by Miwa) is delightful. I love that there’s an English version as well as a Japanese version.
There’s also an acoustic version and a pop-style version. This would be a great drama to start with if you are new to Japanese dramas. . . 3. Hanazakari no Kimitache e (2007)- Fuji TV And…speaking of Hana Kimi…here it is on the list! Yes, of course this would be on the list. It is an essential drama for any fan of Japanese dramas. I watched half of the first episode of the newer version, I watched half of the first episode of the Korean version, and I fully watched the Taiwanese version, and I can say that this one is the best (even though I may not be the best judge of that since I haven’t watched the other ones fully).
Between this and the Taiwanese version, even though they didn’t have Jiro Wang, this version is better by a long shot. Oguri Shun is great as Sano, Horikita Maki was very good as Mizuki, Ikuta Toma was an entertaining Nakatsu (though I do think Jiro Wang was the better one), and the three dorm leaders were absolutely perfect.
They are probably the most entertaining thing about this drama. It is a typical gender-bender, high school drama, and one that would be good to start out with if you are new to J-dramas. 4. Hana Yori Dango Seasons 1 and 2 (2005-2007)- TBS No “must-watch Japanese drama list” would be complete without Hana Yori Dango. It is one that every J-drama watcher must watch and one that all Asian drama lover should watch at least once. This was the second adaptation of the story based of the manga (Taiwanese being the first), and it is one of the best.
It is by far the funniest version because it has the stupidest Tsukasa. You will laugh at so many things he says because they really make him an idiot, but an idiot whom we all grow to love.
The first season is good, but the second season is even better, even funnier, and even sweeter. I’ve had a few friends who were never into any type of Asian drama watch this and get addicted to it, so it is definitely a good choice if you’re new to J-dramas. You won’t be disappointed. 5. Hotaru no Hikari Season 1 (2007)- NTV This is the funniest Japanese drama ever!
Seriously! I can’t remember ever laughing so much during a J-drama than I did with this one. Ayase Haruka is hilarious in her acting of Hotaru. Fujiki Naohito is also funny, though it’s mostly his lines to Hotaru that are funny and not his actions. Hotaru no Hikari also has a really sweet and funny romance. I really don’t know what else to say about it other than don’t bother with season 2 because it’s not as good. This is a great drama if you are a J-drama newbie or if you are trying to get someone else to like J-dramas.
6. Maou (2008)- TBS Finally, a dramatic drama on the list. It’s been a while since I watched this, but I still remember that it was really good. I knew about and was listening to Arashi before I saw this drama, so when I saw that Ohno was in it, I was really excited about watching it, and he didn’t disappoint. He did so well in this drama at playing a two-faced person. His “revenge” personality was most intriguing and really gets you hooked on the drama.
Ikuta Toma also did really well as the detective, though Ohno really wasn’t letting anyone steal his show. There’s a slight amount of romance in this drama, so if you’re a strictly romance drama-watcher, then this could still appeal to you. For those new to Japanese dramas, this could be a good one to start out with, especially if you like drama over comedy.
7. Nodame Cantabile (2006)- Fuji TV If you love music, especially classical music, then you will love this drama. The reason began watching this drama was because I knew it was going to have classical music in it and orchestras, and it really didn’t disappoint.
There is a perfect balance of comedy, romance, and music. There wasn’t too much of any and there wasn’t too little of any. If you are new to J-dramas, this would be a good one to start with especially if you like orchestral music.
8. Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend) (2008)- Fuji TV Zettai Kareshi is also a drama that will always be on a must-watch list. It is the ultimate romantic comedy, but it also has a really good, and realistic ending that will not leave you disappointed.
Hayami Mokomichi is great at acting like a love robot, and he can be really funny sometimes. Mizushima Hiro is the other male lead that likes to tug on your heartstrings, and the Aibu Saki is good at acting her role.
Absolute Boyfriend is also a good drama to watch if you have never before watched Japanese dramas. 9. Sunao ni Narenakute (2010)- Fuji TV Ah, this drama. A drama that has Ueno Juri, Eita, and OMG Jaejoong in it is bound to be good.
Ueno Juri and Eita were already seasoned actors, so I didn’t have any doubts that they would deliver great performances, which they did. Jaejoong, on the other hand, I was unfamiliar with him for the most part. I knew he could sing, but I wasn’t so sure he could act, and in a Japanese drama at that. Well, he surprised me. He did a very good job and became one of the most pitiful and precious second male leads in the history of second male leads.
His Japanese was also really good, and his being Korean didn’t take away from the fact that he was in a Japanese drama, since he actually spoke all his lines. This drama is romantic but also very melancholy.
It’s definitely not a completely sad drama, but there are some sad moments. If you like serious and emotional dramas, then this would be a good Japanese drama to start out with; otherwise, save this for later. 10. Soratobu Kouhoushitsu (2013)- TBS I wasn’t expecting much from this drama.
The only thing that appealed to me was the poster. The synopsis said something about pilots, and it seemed like it would be pretty boring. Well, I gave it a chance, and I was very glad I did. Although the description for this drama is romantic comedy, it is definitely more of a romantic drama. The romance is slow in coming, but we all know it’s there. The friendship between the two main leads, eventually leading to a romance, is what makes this drama so good.
Aragaka Yui and Ayano Go had such good chemistry. A few parts in the story might get a little boring, but overall, this was a good, interesting drama. That being said, I wouldn’t suggest watching this if you’re completely new to Japanese dramas because it’s slower-than-most-dramas pace might turn you off to J-dramas, but once you’ve watched a few of the rom-coms, you will be refreshed when watching this one.
11. Kazoku Game (2013)- Fuji TV I wanted to wait at least a few weeks after watching this drama before I added it to the list, since, even though I really liked it, I wasn’t sure if it was “Must-Watch” material.
But, every time I think back to it, I remember how much of a treat it was to watch and how good the story and characters were, so here it is on the list! If you’re new to J-dramas, this would be a good one to start watching. Sure, it’s a bit weird and crazy at times, but it’s also well put together and well acted, so you won’t be disappointed.
For my full review, click here: So, there it is! My must-watch J-drama list. I’m not sure how many broadcasting networks Japan has, but it seems like Fuji TV has the highest probability of producing a good drama. Well, hopefully I’ll be able to add some more dramas to this list in the future.
You must not watch many dramas at all if these are the only ones you can come up with! Yes I agree Rich Man, Poor Woman was good but there are 9 that were equally as great that I could name that you didn’t list. In fact, I’d never HEARD of the other 9 you listed and I’ve watched probably 50 dramas in my short 10 years of discovering them. Here are 9 more you should have listed or for people who are looking for good dramas, some serious recommendations.
I find that with all Japanese dramas that succeed the first season, they tend to be carbon copies of the first one. In other words, they are exactly the same as the first. Having said that, I put notes beside the ones that had more than one season to clarify the one I thought was best, it’s usually the 1st season of the drama. 1. Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi 2.
Kaseifu no Mita 3. Kekkon Dekinai Otoko 4. Gokusen (1st Season) 5. Last Cinderella 6. Saikou no Rikon 7. Great Teacher Onizuka (Original 1998) 8. Utsukushii Rinjin 9. Code Blue (1st Season) If you enjoy these dramas let me know! Thanks for taking the time to comment and giving a list of dramas! First things first, yes, you are correct, I do not watch as many dramas as many Asian drama watchers. Along with work, school, family, writing, playing video games, watching movies, watching American and British TV shows as well as Asian ones, and doing various other things, I don’t have the time nor the patience to watch one drama after another, especially if I don’t like it.
Also, I’m glad you haven’t watched nine of the dramas I listed. This list was made for people either looking for what to start out watching or looking for something else to watch, so I do hope you watch some of these.
As for the dramas you listed, I watched a few episodes of Gokusen, but never got into it, GTO I have yet to watch, but I’ve heard it’s good, and Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, I’ve only watched a few episodes. So, even if these are must-watch dramas, since I haven’t watched them, I can’t very well put them on the list.
The others you’ve mentioned, I have heard about, but haven’t gotten around to watching them. But I am glad that now I have a list to go to the next time I’m looking for a Japanese drama to watch!
Hi, randomly came across this post. I’ve watched 6 out of the 11 and 4 out of the 9 from the above lists. I recognize all but one of the dramas on silentshimmer’s list. I don’t recognize a few on Nick’s list. Personally, I think the dramas on silentshimmer’s list are better. Sunao Ni Narenakute in particular, but that is just personal opinion. Rather than Last Cinderella, I preferred Anego, which is a similar drama Shinohara Ryoko starred in with Akanishi Jin. I noticed most of these dramas appear to be newer dramas (I have not watched much in the last few years).
If you don’t mind a little bit older dramas, I would suggest trying some of the ones listed here –> . I have seen more than half of the 100 dramas listed and they have all been pretty good. I watched these many years ago so I don’t remember them that well, but I recall liking in particular the following (many of these are from 04-05): Orange Days; Proposal Daisakusen; Last Christmas; Ichi Rittoru no Namida; Anego; Long Vacation; Pride.
Not on there, but Liar Game was also one of my favorites. Oh! I used to go to that site all the time when I first started watching Japanese dramas! I still go there occasionally, but I’ve watched quite a few of the older dramas, and I’m more interested in the newer ones now. I’ve watched Proposal Daisakusen, and I thought it was only okay. It got a bit boring and Yamapi is not the best actor, although he has definitely improved over the years. I started Liar Game a few years ago but neglected to finish it.
It was interesting what I watched of it, though, so hopefully I can finish it sometime. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will check them out! Thanks alot, there are a couple of dramas I haven’t seen on this list. There are a lot of other must watch ones that you left out like: 1. Gokusen (1,2,3) 2. Liar Game (original) 3. Yamato Nadeshiko Shinichi H. (aka the wallflower) 4.The Perfect Son 5. Last Cinderella 6. Love Shuffle (should be number one must watch) 7.
Nobuta wo Produce Hey! Thanks for commenting, and I’m glad you liked the list! As for the dramas you listed, I haven’t seen all of them, so, naturally I can’t add them to my list unless I’ve seen them. I remember watching Liar Game and enjoying it, but I didn’t finish it, so once I do perhaps it will be a “Must-Watch.” As for Yamato Nadeshiko Shinichi and Nobuta wo Produce, while I understand these are popular dramas, I thought they were very boring and not very well acted.
Also, I will take your suggestion to watch Love Shuffle into account and hopefully I’ll be able to watch it soon. Came across this post as I’m looking for a new drama to watch! (I’ve been on a J-drama marathon this past week XD.) I’m actually really surprised 1 Litre of Tears is not on the list! It’s actually one of the first J-dramas I’ve ever watched along with Hana Yori Dango and both are in the top for me. These past few years I haven’t been watching that many dramas in general but from memory, I really liked Last Friends, which is similar to Sunao ni Narenakute in terms of genre.
Last Cinderella, Rich Man Poor Woman and Hotaru no Hikari – 100% agree with you!
Japanese dramas (also known as J-Dramas) are the bees knees when it comes to getting your drama fix in a timely matter. American dramas tend to run for seasons and Mexican novelas can go over a hundred episodes – sometimes making it overwhelming and easy to lose track of the plot. Japanese television is formatted to fit the Japanese lifestyle: fast and to the point. A Japanese drama will usually average 10 or more episodes depending on the popularity, and the plots never seem rushed. The transitions are timed well, and you can knock out a whole series if you want in just under a day.
With that, here is a rundown in no particular order on some must-see Japanese dramas that romance junkies will enjoy.
Toru (Oguri Shun) is a well-known CEO of an IT firm called Next Innovation and is a Forbes-recognized billionaire. Abandoned by his mother and traumatized as a child, he suffers from memory loss and only can only remember the name of his best friend, Kosuke, and his mother, Sawaki Chihiro. Natsui Makoto is then introduced: a hardworking Tokyo University student from a low-class family with an impressive memory who tries to intern at Next Innovation. She introduces herself with his mother’s name and leaves an impression on Toru, so he can’t forget her.
Makoto ends up working as Toru’s assistant, and they are forced to become friends and coworkers. Two very different personalities and an unanswered question about Makoto’s knowledge of Toru’s mother’s name makes this story an unforgettable one. “Tatta Hitotsu no Koi” Image from Photobucket.com Rich Man, Poor Woman? How about Rich Woman, Poor Man? Hiroto Kanzaki (Kazuya Kamenashi) works every day at a ship repair company and takes care of his alcoholic mother and his little brother, who suffers from constant health problems.
Although he had a scholarship and a bright future in athletics, he gave up his opportunity to go to college since his father committed suicide. In contrast, Nao (Haruka Ayase) attends a prestigious women’s college and grew up in a perfect environment due to her family’s wealth. They meet and immediately have conflicting opinions, but due to Nao’s lack of experience in love, she grows to love Hiroto and disobeys her family’s wishes for her to stop seeing him.
This drama is the perfect example of how opposites attract. “Shitsuren Chocolatier” Image from Asianmoviedrama.com Sota (Matsumoto Jun) is a high school student who studies culinary arts and is in love with the popular girl named Saeko (Ishihara Satomi).
Saeko loves chocolate, so Sota makes her some for Valentine’s Day but she shoots him down. He decides to move to France after graduation and interns under a world-renowned chocolatier for five years. He comes back to Japan known as “The Chocolate Prince.” This drama shows how far Sota is willing to go to get the girl of his dreams. Not only is it about Sota and Saeko, but also shows the love stories of the people around them such as Sota’s sister, his best friend and his coworkers. Touching on many different issues such as infidelity, unrequited love and heartbreak, “Shitsuren Chocolatier” is a good drama to watch if you want to be on your toes throughout the whole series.
“Last Cinderella” Image from Fuji Television Sakura (Ryoko Shinohara) is 39-year-old woman who works at a hair salon. Although she’s a popular hairstylist, she dresses manly and always has her hair in a bun. She constantly bickers with her manager Rintaro (Naohito Fujiki) who catches the attention of Chiyoko (Nanao Arai), a wealthy girl who is obsessed with him.
Chiyoko then recruits her brother Hiroto (Miura Haruma) to steal Sakura away so she can have her chance with Hiroto. Despite a 15-year age gap, Hiroto tries to woo Sakura as he actually starts to genuinely fall for her.
With Hiroto’s unsure career in BMX, Sakura starts to wonder if they can really make things work. “The Wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge)” Image from Anime-ultime.net This drama revolves around four popular pretty boys named Kyohei Takano (Kazuya Kamenashi), Yukinojo Toyama (Yuya Tegoshi), Takenaga Oda (Hiroki Uchi) and Ranmaru Morii (Shuntaro Miyao).
They are housemates in a mansion owned by Mine Nakahara (Reiko Takashima). The four boys are offered free housing by Mine if they can turn Ms.
Nakahara’s wallflower niece Sunako (Aya Omasa) into a proper traditional Japanese lady. The challenge is that Sunako constantly wears a black cape, is afraid of attractive people and only watches horror movies.
Not only is this story romantic, but it is an enjoyable comedy with a reverse harem theme throughout the show. It also has one of the best openings I have seen for a J-Drama, with the main cast dancing to the theme song!
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