Now that you have more time to discover new series, why not try binge-watching Japanese dramas for a change? We know you can’t seem to get enough of your usual Korean drama picks but trust us—you’ll love living in J-drama world too.
Here’s the thing: J-dramas are shorter than K-dramas. With around ten episodes each, you can easily finish a series on a weekend or a day if you’re already a pro in running series marathons. Check out these recos:
Starring: Masaharu Fukuyama, Fujiwara Sakura, Suda Masaki, Kaho, Miki Mizuno
A former musician with a ruined dream occasionally meets a girl who is not good at interacting with people through a song. Their interaction is about to change their lives forever.
Who should watch it: Those who are looking for instant kilig vibes with or without a boyfriend.
Starring: Kento Yamazaki, Juri Ueno, Naohito Fujiki
Twenty-six-year-old Shindo Minato has savant syndrome. His memory is amazing, but he has difficulty communicating with other people. When Shindo Minato was little, he dreamed of becoming a doctor. He meets Dr. Shiga Akira. Dr. Shiga was surprised by the seven-year-old's memory of the human organs and decided to support Shindo Minato in achieving his dream. Eventually, Shindo Minato graduates from a medical school. Shiga Akira who is currently a chief at a large hospital suggests Shindo Minato to work in that hospital's pediatric surgery department.
Who should watch it: If you liked the K-drama version and the US series, then you shouldn’t skip this Japanese drama! Plus, Kento Yamazaki is one of the biggest actors in Japan today. We did our homework and found out he already has 3.6 million followers on IG!
Starring: Osamu Mukai, Ryoko Yonekura, Nanao, Kento Hayashi
Takanashi Shoko is a former lawyer. She was disbarred from the law profession due to an incident. Later, she persuades a university professor, who is accredited as a lawyer, to open a law firm. Takanashi Shoko hires a lawyer and assistants to work at the law firm. The team goes after legal victory as they are up against a large firm in a civil suit.
Who should watch it: Strong, independent gals who dream of becoming bad-ass lawyers. You can use this J-drama as your motivation to study hard for those exams.
A Girl & Three Sweethearts
Starring: Mirei Kiritani, Kento Yamazaki, Shohei Miura, Shuhei Nomura
A young pastry chef Sakurai Misaki has not dated in a long time as she's devoted all of her time and energy to work to realize her dream of opening her own shop someday. However, her life is turned upside down as she suddenly gets fired and struggles to find another job. Then, she has an unexpected reunion with her first love from high school, Chiaki. He invites Misaki to work part-time at his restaurant and live in his house along with his two younger brothers, Kanata and Touma, in the seaside town of Shonan. Will she be able to remember what it's like to be in love with someone? Will any of these boys have the key to Misaki's heart?
Who should watch it: Those who need another Kento Yamazaki Japanese drama! You’ll fall in love with him more.
Offbeat Chief Police
Starring: Hiroshi Tamaki, Masahiro Takashima, Miori Takimoto, Kazuaki Hankai, Jin Shirasu
Toyama Kinshiro is a 36-year-old newly appointed police Chief at Kitamachi Police Station who firmly believes his mission as a policeman is to listen to every voice of innocent citizens and protect the peace in the community. He comes off as aloof and a bit quirky at first, but in fact he has brilliant investigative instincts and spots clues that no one else can detect. Unlike his elite career bureaucrat colleagues, Kinshiro doesn't dress or act like a stereotypical Chief Police. Rather than sitting behind a desk, Kinshiro leaves the office and literally goes around town to do the investigation work, and go the extra mile to solve any crime regardless how small or trivial. However, his unorthodox approach generates a lot of antagonism from his subordinates at Kitamachi Police Station.
Who should watch it: Those looking for a light cop comedy show to binge-watch on. Toyama Kinshiro is just too likable, we want to be his friend!
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