Wednesday, June 20, 2018

[Recommendation] Best Japanese Drama of 2017

Well, I made this post in June 2018, half year in the year. I usually watch seasonal drama based on ratings, recomendation from friends, and the actors. From many dramas of 2017, I want to give some recomendation for everyone that maybe want to watch some awesome dramas (based on my opinion).

Japanese drama recommendation 2017

Romance / Romance Comedy
1. Tokyo Tarareba Musume : It's simply because I like romance between woman and younger man. Plus, Sakaguchi Kentaro is very cute here. If you want some romance, comedy, friendship and life motivation.

Tokyo Tarereba Musume

2. Boku Unmei no Hito Desu: For pretty face lovers! Yamapi and Kame reunion after populer drama 'Nobuta wo Produce'. The romance story is simple yet so cute. If you want to watch some light romance drama with candy eyes then this should be best option.

Boku Unmei no Hito Desu

3. Kahogo no Kahoko: If you want some sweet comedy, family relationship and super cute romance then this is the best choice. Kahoko is an overprotected girl who falls in love with art student (who is also orphan) in her colleague. The relationship between those two is really funny to watch. Not to mention Mitsuki Takahato cute expression and Takeuchi Ryoma's charisma.

Kahogo no Kahoko

4. Doctor X 5 : Need no description why this one is must watch drama for medical geek. Daimon Michiko is in action again!

Doctor X season 5

5. Code Blue 3: Well, I think 2 previous seasons are better but Code Blue 3 is good too. Still with the doctor heli, now they have fresh new faces as the ER interns.

Code Blue 3

6. Kounodori 2 : Heart warming medical story with many cute babies. Expect to cry a lot in each episode.

Kounodori 2

7. A Life - Itoshiki Hito : It's just hard to say No to Kimutaku drama. lol.

A Life 

Action/ Detective/ Criminal / Thriller
8. Crisis : About a special security squad. If you like Oguri Shun and Hidetoshi Nishijima play together in an action drama then this one should be a gem. They are very cool here!


9. Keiji Yugami : I wonder why this detective drama got low rating despite its good story. Kamiki Ryunosuke and Tadanobu Asano are guarantee of best act!

Keiji Yugami

10. Okusama wa Toriatsukai Chuui : Ayase Haruka played another action drama! She proves that she can play many roles. The couple Ayase Haruka and Nishijima Hidetoshi reminds me of their sibling story in Yae no Sakura. This drama is about couple consist of ex-spy housewife and public security officer husband. This drama is also about the friendship between neighbor housewifes.

Okusama wa Toriatsukai Chuui

11. Black Revenge : If you like intense drama and revenge theme. It's about political issue, media, mind control, and depression. This one is very good because it has many unpredictable storyline and strong dialogue.

Black Revenge

Mystery/ Complex
12. Quartet : One of the best dramas in 2017. It has music, romance, mystery, crime, and thriller. If you like Sakamoto Yuji then this one surely one his best dramas.


13. Rikuo : Another best drama in 2017. Just like Shitamachi Rocket previous year, Rikuo is a drama full of motivation and inspiration. Furthermore for ikemen lover as me, Yamaken and Ryoma in one drama is too good to be true but here they are in Rikuo!


And that's my recommendation of best Japanese drama in 2017! Hope you enjoy it. If you have another recommendation, please let me know in the comment. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

When They Knit Seriously - A Heart Warming Story

Title: Karera ga Honki de Amu Toki wa / Close Knit 
Genre: Drama, family, slice of life
Run time: 127 minutes
Release year: 2017    

Rinka Kakihara as Tomo 
Ikuta Toma as Rinko
Kiritani Kenta as Makio 


Can you imagine Ikuta Toma as a transgender?! Well, me? Now I can and I love it! Close Knit makes me realize that Ikuta Toma is a versatile actor more than I could imagine before. Close Knit is a proof that despite his good look and masculine figure, he can also act as a gentle yet feminine Rinko chan  that we can't help falling in love. 

In Close Knit, the main story is about Tomo (12 years old) who live with her single mother. One day her mom run away and left her in the care of Makio, her uncle. On the way home, he tells Tomo that he is living together with his partner Rinko chan who is not an usual woman but a male born female or a transgender. Rinko chan works as nurse in a nursing house where he met Makio for the first time. Makio fell in love at the first sight with the gentleness of Rinko whe she takes care of her old mom. They fall for each other and end up living together. 

The same thing goes to Tomo. She find the mother's love in Rinko who made her beautiful bento everyday that she never gets from her real mom. Rinko's love also grows for Tomo as mother. Then, will they become a happy family with unusual composition? It's not as simple as it may seems because transgender woman still seen as the anomalie in the society. This is interesting because I can see the untold story of Japanese view for transgender that I thought more open minded than this. Close Knit try to reveal the hot issue, complex story in a really heartwarming, full of love, and cute story from Tomo-chan, Rinko-chan, and not forget to mention the gentleman here Makio.  

You should watch this gem!


More about Close Knit on Asian Wiki 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

An Overprotected Princess in Modern Life - Kahogo No Kahoko

It's a really funny, the story of 'Overprotected Kahoko' aka Kahogo no Kahoko. The title says it all, it's all about Kahoko, an overprotected girl who've been raised by her parents in a steril world without anything ugly in it, like a princess living her whole life in a castle. Then, the princess meet his prince- oops no way! The princess will eventually come out from his little castle and greet the real world! 

Title: Kahogo no Kahoko | 過保護のカホコ | Overprotected Kahoko 
Genre: Drama, family
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: 2017-Jul-12 to 2017-Sep-13
Theme song: Family Song by Hoshino Gen

Takahata Mitsuki as Nemoto Kahoko
Kuroki Hitomi as Nemoto Izumi
Tokito Saburo as Nemoto Masataka
Takeuchi Ryoma as Mugino Hajime
Mita Yoshiko as Namiki Hatsuyo
Nishioka Tokuma as Namiki Fukushi
Kubota Sayu as Tomita Ito,


Mitsuki Takahata played the role of Nemoto Kahoko, the last year university student who has been living in an overprotected way by her family, and now she's trying to find job. In the middle of difficulty finding job, Kahoko meets Mugino Hajime (Takeuchi Ryoma) an art student who lives the opposite way as Kahoko, he was in the  orphanage after his mother left him. Through the interaction between those two, the story is getting more interesting. Kahoko learns many new things in life that are beyond her imagination. The relationship between those two then also develops into romance. 

I enjoyed the show. The chemistry and plot development is really good with smooth pace. Not only about Kahoko, the most interesting part is Kahoko's father point of view as the story teller in this dorama. Well, I'll give you 5 reasons why Kahogo no Kahoko is a must watch drama. 

1. A Modern Overprotected Princess - Fresh Story of the other side of modern life
I didn't know if the story of Kahoko is really happened in real life. But, a friend of mine when she saw this dorama, she said that the story portrayed her life, even not to that extend. Wow! I can't imagine that since I live in a quite liberal family. The story about Kahoko's parents who want to protect her precious daughter at all cost, Kahoko's new experience in life, etc. I just love it!

2. It's Takahata Mitsuki and Ryoma Takeuchi best acts
For me, this drama really exposed their act skills, especially for Takahata Mitsuki. And they nailed it! Since the first time I saw Takahata in the 'Mondai no Aru Restaurant', her act steals the scene. I think she has bright future in the acting world. Also in this dorama, Kahoko pureness (sometimes too much) can be depicted through various expression that really funny and cute. Also for Takeuchi Ryoma (I hope he'll be another successfull Kamen-Rider actor in the entertainment world), he is very good. 

3. Kahoko's cute outfits
Maybe it's too childish but I like Kahoko's fashion style in the dorama. I am a fashion addict so I always pay attention to fashion detail in every dorama I watch. And I like Kahoko's unique style. 

4. Heartwarming family story 
It's a family comedy and also heartwarming story. If you like story about family then this dorama is for you. 

5. Happy Ending and OST from Hoshino Gen
Do not worry about the ending. The happy ending is just something that we love the most in a romcom dorama. And do not forget the OST, Family by Hoshino Gen! That just make this perfect!

That's already 5 reasons! Do you have any other reason why Kahogo no Kahoko is a must watch drama in 2017? Let me know! 

I give 8.5/10 for this wonderful dorama.

Friday, October 20, 2017

"Your Lie In April" - Another Yamaken Prince-like Live-Adaptation Movie

Yamazaki Kento is a living version of almost every Manga princes! Having the main male role of live-action manga adaptation is not something new for Yamaken. He got almost every charming prince role in the doramas and movies. And again, Yamaken became the genius pianist prince in the live-action adaptation of manga series "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" by Naoshi Arakawa, "Your Lie In April", together with Suzu Hirose, Taishi Nakagawa, and Anna Ishii. It is a usual romance-story of high school students, nothing is really new here. Despite the sad story, but Your Lie in April is not enough to be categorized as a tearjerker movie, at least for me. But, it is a good movie with youth spirit and a sweet frienship story. 

The story is about the genius pianist, highschool boy Arima Kousei who used to be called 'the human monochrome'. He won many prestigious competitions since he was child. But due some circumstances, he stop playing piano until he met Kaori Miyazono, a violinist. Kaori encourages Arima to play piano again and enjoy the music freely with all his heart. Together with Arima's childhood friends Tsubaki Sawabe, and Ryota Watari , the four become bestfriend. 

The story is very nice, isn't it? But, that's only the beginning because the sad story will just follow it. I don't want to spoil the ending but I'll give the hint, Kaori is sick with a really life threatening disease. So, what will happen with it? Will Arima can overcome his problem? Will Kaori be cured from her illness? How will be their friendship. Just watch this movie and you will get the answer. 

For me, this movie is not a really my kind of favorite movies but I'll still watch it like another youth movies like Strobe Edge, Senpai to Kanojo, etc. How can I say, this movie is quite good and colorful but not suprising. Let's see if you have different opinion? 


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

[English Subtitle] Oboreru Knife - Drowning Love

For all of you who want the English subtitle for Oboreru Knife (Drowning Love), here is the link of the sub I made. I just convert the sub from Indonesian sub by wibusubs. It's not perfect but I think it would at least help anyone to understand the beautiful story of this movie.


Eng Sub:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ie Uru Onna - The Genius Real Estate Agent Sangenya Machi


It is totally worth watching Kitagawa Keiko as a genius real estate agent who is more than only good in selling houses. For me, Ie Uru Onna is the best role Kitagawa ever played, and the dorama is the best of its genre that bringing theme about professional work. 

Title: Ie Uru Onna/ 家売るオンナ / Your Home is My Bussiness
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: July - September 2013
Theme song: beautiful days by GReeeeN

Kitagawa Keiko as Sangenya Machi
Kudo Asuka as Niwano Seiji
Chiba Yudai as Adachi Satoshi
Imoto Ayako as Shirasu Mika
Usuda Asami as Tamaki Kokoro
Nakamura Toru as Yashiro Dai

At first, I thought that a story set in an office world was not interesting. But, Ie Uru Onna, a story of a house seller (sangenya-in Japan) woman named Sangennya Machi is really hilarious. It is a really a good dorama at any aspects, especially the character's dialogues and the plot. Hat off for the script-writer! 

Sangennya Machi, played by Kitagawa Keiko, is a genius real estate agent that scores high sold record in the company she works - Teiko Real Estate. She is transfered from one branch office to another to improve selling. Then, she was transfered in the Shinjuku branch office as a chief, where this story takes place. Here, Sangennya becomes a really unique person, very strict, old fashioned, and perfectionist in term of selling house. Her colleagues often felt pressure from her personality but soon after all the works Sangenya did, they feel motivated and know the importance of their profession. 

Sangenya's wordmarks is "There's no house I can't sell." and "Go!!!". For a genius seller agent like Sangenya, she's never failed in her work. She deals with many customers with many different circumstances. It is really interesting how Sangenya always tries to find the best house for the customers. Yeah, house is a big things for people, not only for a living place but also an investment for the future. Here, we'll know about that in a very funny.

Main cast of Ie Uru Onna (Shirasu, Yashiro, Sangenya, Niwano, Adachi)

They have a really good team in Shinjuku branch office. The branch manager is Yashiro Dai (Nakamura Toru), who is a gentle man but too loyal for the company (spoiler: Kaisha no Inu - the company's dog). The Prince Adachi Satoshi (Chiba Yudai) is a cute, elegant and idol-type agent but also a sadistic type. The newbie Niwano Seiji (Kudo Asuka) who's very plain, bold-minded that tries his best to make his first selling. The funniest Shirasu Mika (Imoto Ayako), the laziest agent, never make a single deal since her entrance, and always wasting time. And there are more interesting colleagues of Sangenya. Personally, I really appreciate the acting of Shirasu Mika and Chiba Yudai. They are both are amazing in this dorama. 

Shiraso as human banner (so funny here)

This dorama has a splendid ending. I will not spoiler, you need to watch this yourself. 

I really recomend this dorama for all of you dorama lovers who haven't seen this one. If you have already watched this, you can share your opinion about this dorama in the comment section. It's always fun to discuss about our hobby, isn't it? 

Well, I give 8.5/10 for Ie Uru Onna!

Aw, some more things, Kitagawa Keiko is really beautiful in this dorama. I really like her style! Chiba Yudai is so cute with the suit, love him so much. And Nakamura Toru is sooo handsome! 

Cuteness overload with Chiba Yudai

Gorgeous Sangenya Machi


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RYOMADEN - A Story of Sakamoto Ryoma

If you're interested in Japanese history, you must know the great Sakamoto Ryoma. And if you're into japanese drama, you must know this masterpiece of Taiga drama, "RYOMADEN". The brilliant drama depicts the life of the one and only Sakamoto Ryoma, a really famous person in the Bakumatsu period, and one of the most influential persons in the resignation of 230 years long Bakufu shogunate in Japan. With Fukuyama Masaharu as Sakamoto Ryoma and the main second lead Kagawa Teruyuki as Iwasaki Yataro (the founder of multinational corporation 'Mitsubishi), Ryomaden has its own place in my most recomended doramas folder. You have to watch this taiga!

Title: Ryoma Den | 龍馬伝
Genre: Jidaigeki, history
Episodes: 48
Broadcast period: Jan - Nov 2010

Fukuyama Masaharu as Sakamoto Ryoma
Kagawa Teruyuki as Iwasaki Yataro
Omori Nao as Takechi Hanpeita
Sato Takeru as Okada Izo

I'll give 5 reasons why Ryomaden is a good dorama, though I could wrote more than a hundred reasons. Ahaha..

1. It's Sakamoto Ryoma story!
I believe there's no Japanese who doesn't know Sakamoto Ryoma. Even I know him! And the story about his extra-ordinary life is a really interesting to watch. Ryoma who was born into a low level Samurai in Tosa domain where the caste-like system was still strong applied in the daily life and Bakufu shogunate was still strong as ever, in his young age, Ryoma was able to restructure Japan government into a whole new level, The Meiji Era.

Portrait of the real Sakamoto Ryoma

What I like about Ryomaden is the comprehensive story of Ryoma so we can understand not only Ryoma's life until his assasination in the age of 31, but also the environment and political conflict in the era. It's a really good source to learn history. Haaah, I wish there would be a good historical drama about my country too here. All we have here now is some craps 'sinetron or maybe shit'netron' with no quality at all.

2. Fukuyama Masaharu and Kagawa Teruyuki are the great duo with great acting skill
If you ever watch the megahits drama Galileo, you should understand the Fukuyama Masaharu has the charisma as a character. And I really love him here as Ryoma. And the main second lead and also as a narator (story teller) is Kagawa Teruyuki. OMG! He really deserves awards for his role here. Iwasaki Yataro stole my attention. He's a funny, annoying, but also a warm character. Can you imagine a 45 years old man played a role of young boy! Yeah, look at this young Iwasaki Yataro!
No wonder if he won so many awards for this role. Check this out!

Kagawa Teruyuki as young Iwasaki Yataro

3. So many other great actors! Not forget to mention the cutie Sato Takeru as the real Hitokiri Okada Izo
Something really interesting in Ryomaden is the fact that Sato Takeru who later known played the fictious infamous Hitokiri Battosai Himura Kenshin, in this taiga he played the role as the real infamous hitokiri (assasin) Okada Izo. And more, Fukuyama Masaharu in the Rurouni Kenshin also played as Himura's shiso - Seijuro Hiko. It's not a coincidence, isn't it? Maybe Sato got his role as Himura Kenshin because of his role here in Ryomaden. Who knows?
Well, Sato Takeru and other actors and actresses in Ryomaden are really good in acting skills. Most of taiga drama always have good casts in the list.

Sato Takeru, Hirosue Ryoko, Fukuyama Masaharu and Oizumi Yo

4. It has what it's all it needs to be a great drama (Nice visualization, setting, plot and directing)
Yeah, like the words I put in the bracket, what it takes to be a good drama, Ryomaden has it all. In my opinion, the divination of the chapters or seasons is a good. It helps us to more understand to stages in Ryoma's life. From the first season "Ryoma The Dreamer", "Ryoma The Adventurer", "Ryoma the xxx" and the final season is "Ryoma The Navigator". OMG, in his only 31 years of his life, Ryoma already did so so many thing yet me, here I am doing blogging writing on a drama about him. Ahahaha... I like the development of the characters, not only the main characters like Sakamoto Ryoma and Iwasaki Yataro, but also others.

Ah, one thing I must mention here maybe is the fact that Sakamoto Ryoma, achieved his extra ordinary life, lived his inspirations to life, by leaving his family. Somehow it bothers me so much, ehm... Do we need to leave all we have first, to reach out our life inspirations? I do not know.

5. The love story!
Ryomaden has so many love sweet love stories! Ryoma's first love Kao, Ryoma's honeymoon with Oryo, love story of Takechi Hanpeita, Okada Izo and etc. The Ryomaden's scriptwriter must be a very romantic person. What I like about Ryomaden is the romantic element in the drama is really fit the storyline, not too much (like in the K- hahaha) to distract the main plot.

Yup! That's all, 5 reasons you have to watch Ryomaden. If you have more reasons, please leave them in the comment. Hee..

I give 9/10 for this masterpiece.