Winter 2009 J-drama Previews

February 5, 2009 at 1:34 am Leave a comment

Happy late Chinese New Years! Unfortunately, no one gave me a red envelope this year. =( But I have my dramas to comfort me. =)

Akai Ito

Starring: Minamisawa Nao, Mizubata Junpei, Kimura Ryo
Akai Ito follows the story of Mei and Atsushi (A-kun) who are kind of like star-crossed lovers. They first met as children on their very unusual birthday, February 29 and later unknowingly become high school classmates. And even though fate seems to be bringing them together, it’s also pulling them apart.

This drama also has tie-ins to the movie; the drama starts the story off, and then the movie and drama are intertwined. I don’t know if you have to watch the movie to understand the rest of the drama, though. But so far I have been enjoying this one – it’s a young cast and it’s set in high school, but not crazy like Hana Kimi’s production. It’s a sweet young love story, so if you like innocent love type stories, this would be a good pick.

Arifureta Kiseki

Starring: Nakama Yukie, Kase Ryo, Jinnai Takanori
It’s the story of two strangers who tried to stop a man from jumping off the platform at the train station and their subsequent relationship. I haven’t really watched too much of Nakama Yukie outside of Gokusen and her role there is such a iconic image and when I think of her I’ll just think of Gokusen. So I was interested too see her in a different role but actually it’s kind of boring. It’s really slow paced and while I can enjoy slow pace, none of the characters or anything else interested me. Not sure if I’ll watch any more of this one.


Starring: Kanno Miho, Hiraoka Yuta, Tsukaji Muga
Kanno Miho play the titular character, a detective who’s the head of the one-man investigations unit that specializes in weird cases. When rookie Yamazaki (Hiraoka Yuta) gets put into her unit, he finds that she’s not exactly detective-like and has reservations about being in her unite. But, Kiina has an amazing memory, which helps her to solve these strange cases.

The last Kanno Miho drama I watched was Watashitachi no Kyokasho, which was simply amazing, so of course I had to try her mystery series. Her character here is completely different and she does a great job. Mysteries so far seem pretty solid too. I’m interested to see what else this’ll have

Love Shuffle

Starring: Tamaki Hiroshi, Matsuda Shota, Kuriyama Chiaki, Karina, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Kanjiya Shihori, DAIGO, Tanihara Shosuke
Basically, 4 couples who “shuffle” their relationships. I haven’t watched it yet, but I want to! There are a lot of faces here that I like and a pretty random premise. But that’s what makes things fun, right?

Mei-chan no Shitsuji

Starring: Mizushima Hiro, Eikura Nana, Sato Takeru
This one is about a girl named Mei who finds out that she is actually the successor to the richest corporation in Japan, the Hongo group. She must then transfer to St Lucia Academy, an extremely exclusive school for girls, where every student has a butler. No one is supposed to know about her connection to the Hongo group, so the girls bully her thinking that she doesn’t belong there. However, that’s not her only problem, there’s someone else plotting against her.

Mei-chan no Shitsji’s production is a lot like Hana Kimi’s – just look at that promo image! But it also reminds me a lot of Hanadan, what with all the rich girls and things like that. To be honest, it’s a kind of stupid, but if you’ve enjoyed Hana Kimi and Hanadan, you’ll probably enjoy this one. I’ll probably be watching this one too – Mizushima Hiro is just too good to resist and Sato Takeru will most likely be my newest interest…


Starring: Nakamura Aoi, Takahashi Ai
Q.E.D is a mystery series with lead characters of Kana, a energetic and athletic girl, and Toma, a child genius who attended MIT as a young teenager. As far as mystery series go, they range from silly school debates to murder, but they’re all pretty fun. And while I know that Takahashi Ai is from H!P and is older than me, she looks like a middle schooler in this drama. As usual, I’ve been enjoying this mystery series, but I doubt it’ll propel me into H!P fandom


Starring: Eguchi Yosuke, Inagaki Goro, Hirose Ryoko, Aibu Saki, Kohinata Fumiya
Triangle is about a young girl’s murder that happened 25 years ago. At the statue of limitatinos (15 years after the murder, 10 years ago), a doctor (Eguchi Yosuke) suddenly quits his job and becomes a detective (Hirose Ryoko). And now, year after the murder, he starts searching for an answer along with another detective (Inagaki Goro).

I have really been enjoying Triangle so far. It’s not too intense, but there are definitely plenty of plot twists and the leads have done a great job so far. The intro was kind of slow and seemed kind of irrelevant, so I wasn’t very interested but still wanted to stick it out to at least one full episode. So I finished it and there was this plot twist…which kept me to the next and on and I’m glad I did this is a solid mystery drama (well, so far).


Starring: Eita, Ikuta Toma, Ishihara Satomi
Voice is a lot like the American drama Bones, except way less gory and less murder-y. It centers around 5 university seniors in a forensic pathology, studying dead bodies and how the person died, in other words listen to their voices, thus the name. Well, I love Bones and the three main leads are definitely some of my favorite actors, so there was no question as to whether or not I’d be watching it. I’m also happy to see that it’s not your typical mystery drama (could you really call them mysteries?) and it’s definitely more character-driven than anything. And Eita’s hair is waaaay shorter now, looks pretty good.

Zeni Geba

Starring: Matsuyama Ken’ichi, Mimura, Miyagawa Daisuke
It’s basically the story of a guy who will do anything for money, including getting close to a pair of sisters in order to take over their father’s company. I watched the first episode and it’s kind of freaky. I’m not sure if I’m going to watch anymore or not, but let me say that this drama is dark, in more ways than one.

Honorable Mentions

Kami no Shizuku – Kame stars in yet another underdog role. I’ll think about it, because Kame is nice to look at. but it’s show about wine and I really don’t like wine…
Uta no Onii-san – After being an evil vengeful lawyer, Ohno decides to love kiddies and go on a kid’s show. Um…I think I’ll pass. unless sometime tells me it’s really really good.
RESCUE – It’s a fireman drama with lots of young stars (Yamamoto Yusuke, Masu from NEWS) and Kaname Jun, who’s not really old but not young either…I want to but don’t know if it’s worth it. I’ll probably watch at least the first episode.

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