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Awhile ago I kinda promised/hinted at my top drama lists. I have a top ten for jdramas, a top 5 for twdramas, and a top 3 for kdramas. I kinda wanted to make it fancy, and I might still one day, but as for now, I'm content with just posting it.

I'm doing 10 jdramas, 5 twdramas, and 3 kdramas because of my viewing habits. I've watched way more jdramas than anything else. Or at least, I've finished more jdramas than anything else (I start twdramas a lot, but don't finish them a lot), and I haven't watched many kdramas at all. So yeah. I also want to do a top asian movie list sometime too, but I'll stick with this for now.

So here is my top 10 jdramas. The other lists will come shortly (I have them written already, so there shouldn't be that much delay).


1. Hachimitsu to Clover - I cannot describe just how much I adore this drama. It's amazing, beyond amazing. For me, the dramas that seem to speak to me the most are the quiet ones, the ones that are slice of life, and show reality (or as close to reality as a drama can get). H&C is like that for me. The characters are spot on, and the whole thing made me feel a profound sense of nostalgia, mixed with longing for the characters. I want them to be real, and I want to be their friend. Toma-kun really shines in this drama. He's perfect as Takemoto, and I think his performance in this is one of the best, most understated performances I've ever seen. I never read the manga, so I don't know how it compares, but it really doesn't matter to me, as I love the drama for itself.

2. Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu - I was only part of the way through this drama when I knew it would oust Summer Snow from my number 2 spot. It was that good. Sekachu is a lot like H&C in the slice of life way. It IS an illness drama, but even the way the sickness and death is dealt with is very typical and stirring. It's the story of two ordinary people falling in love, and then dealing with horrible circumstances. It's very beautiful.

3. Summer Snow - in keeping with my slice of life theme, Summer Snow is a lot like Sekachu. A sick girl wants to experience love and life despite having a weak heart. A boy that was made to grow up to fast after the death of his parents wants to experience love and life despite having to take care of his family. Natsuo and Yuki are utterly charming together, and their love is so tender and new. But be warned, this is the ONLY drama that ever made me bawl my eyes out. I cried for like, 20 minutes at the end of this one.

4. Byakuyako - And thus we alter from my favorite theme. Byakuyako is NOT slice of life. It remains the most insane, most screwed up drama I've ever seen in my life. And I could not love it more for it. I think the thing that really got me about Bya is that the two main characters are two of the most horrible horrible people you'll ever see. They do horrible things. YET they're still massively sympathetic characters. The love story is tragic, and I know for me at least, I ended up thinking about it ages after it ended. (BTW, if you want to watch Bya, watch Sekachu first. Bya has many of the same actors, and will TOTALLY MESS WITH YOUR HEAD, since the characters are so different)

5. Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003 - My reasoning for loving this drama follow the same pattern as Bya. It's one of those totally screwed up dramas, and it's amazing. It deals with some heavy themes, and doesn't seem to apologize, or explain away what is going on. I tend to dislike when dramas (or anything, really) try to sugarcoat things to make them look better. This drama tells it like it is, and doesn't really try to explain Koga's actions much. The ending on this one is weird though... Not bad, per se, just weird.

6. Gokusen 1 - I have no clue why I have such a major love affair with Gokusen. It's not my typical type. There is no real romance to speak of (other than BROMANCE), and it's action-ey, and stuff. But man, from the first episode I was hooked. Yankumi is one of the greatest heroines ever, and her relationships with her students is priceless. I also think a mjaor draw for me is the obvious UST between her and Shin. In the case of Gokusen, I'm a manga purist, which is why I haven't watched the other seasons. It's not Gokusen to me if Shin is not there. I'm still crossing my fingers that MatsuJun makes an appearance in the movie.

7. My Boss My Hero - What can I say about this drama. It's GODDAMN AMAZING. I mean, it's all fun and games, with a sexy ass Nagase Tomoya, until the ending where things go to shit, and suddenly it's a yakuza dramas, and you're sitting there wondering where the hell funny adorable Maki went, and when did he turn into sexy dangerous kickass Makio. This is a great drama in the dichotomy of it all. The importance of; friendship, family, education, loyalty, innocence, and humility are all featured, and it's just a REALLY good time.

8. LIFE - Again, TOTALLY not my type. LIFE is about school bullying, and it's very heartwrenching in it's portrayal, because from what I've heard, that sort of shit happens in Japanese schools all the time. That's upsetting... I mean, we have bullying in American schools too, but usually not nearly to that degree. Anyway, LIFE is a really good story, about how one girl stands up to the bullying, and how she handles everything. Haven't read the manga, but apparently the drama ending is totally different.

9. Hana Yori Dango - You never forget your first, right? Well, HYD was my first drama ever, and I still have lots and lots of love for it. It introduced me to the blinding perfection that is Oguri Shun, and also introduced me to MatsuJun's eclectic acting style. It's not my favorite adaptation of HYD ever, but it's still damn near perfect in achieving what it set out to do. While I fully enjoy fantasy dramas like this, they're still not my favorites, which is why HYD isn't higher on the list.

10. Atashinchi no Danshi - This is the only one where I'm going to break my rules, and put it on my favorites list despite not having seen the whole thing (Totally finished it RIGHT after writing this). Atadan came out of nowhere, and struck me dead with it's awesome. Again, stuff like this isn't my favorite, but I love Atadan beyond reason. The characters were SO GOOD, and their relationships were so spot on. I was so sad when this drama ended, because I wouldn't get to see these characters anymore. If that doesn't denote a favorite, I don't know what does.


Date: 2009-07-06 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calledinvain.livejournal.com
why haven't you finished Atadan yet? The soft subs are out!



Date: 2009-07-06 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I just found out that the subs were out on friday , and haven't had time since. I'm totally watching them as we speak...er... type!


Date: 2009-07-06 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calledinvain.livejournal.com
lol, let's try and pretend I wasn't badgering you into watching the finale, but HOORAY for watching. I'm in the middle of my rewatch and writing fic as well. :)


Date: 2009-07-06 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
No need to pretend! I was already watching it when I got your comment :D
I just finished episode 10 (I was waiting for episode 11 to watch 10 with subtitles), and am starting 11 now!

YAY FIC!! As I was watching the end of 10, I had a strong urge to read some of your Atadan fic *looks forward to more....*


Date: 2009-07-06 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lukiaw.livejournal.com
haha, i've had AnD downloaded since when the subs and stuff all came out, but i haven't had time to watch it 'til today. XD

Date: 2009-07-06 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkeyedwolf.livejournal.com
*high five for a fellow LIFE fan* No one ever watches that one.

Date: 2009-07-06 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
Yay *high fives back*
No one ever DOES watch it, do they? I wonder why... There's violence, femmeslash (well, kinda), and total freaking psycho people, and cute boys... what more could you ask for?!

Date: 2009-07-06 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkeyedwolf.livejournal.com
My guess is because it's mostly girls (and unknown actresses at the time -- you know if it'd been Miyazaki Aoi as the heroine, fandom would've been all over it).

It was quite popular in Japan, though!

Date: 2009-07-06 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xiaobellsa.livejournal.com
I haven't seen SEVEN (yup SEVEN) of your top 10, but I agree on the other three:)
HYD seems to be everyones first doesn't it?

Date: 2009-07-06 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
Hehe, no worries! I think for the most part my top ten are relatively obscure and not well known in the drama community. Like, I haven't run into more than one or two people who have seen Sekachu, LIFE, Summer Snow, or Byakuyako. Even Hachimitsu to Clover isn't watched much (a total travesty, in my opinion ;D )

HYD is a good first jdrama for people, since it's so well known! Also, it's just adorable, and well done, so that helps!

Date: 2009-07-06 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dramafreakazoid.livejournal.com
lol, I'm surprised that I've only fully (kind of) watched three out of ten, considering that I've been jdrama-crazy for six months now. lol, I think that its the fact that I dont finish 'iffy' or 'slice of life' dramas unless I know it has a fulfilling storyline, and doesn't have a love-chain that I find uncomfortable. Summer Snow and My Boss, My Hero I plan to finish one of these days. LIFE I plan to start and finish. But does Honey and Clover have a nice ending? and what *exactly* is it about? the summaries and reviews that I've found have been waaay too vague about it, for me to risk it.

I couldn't seem to get through Kou Kou Kyoushi. I stereotyped every single character in that drama, didnt like what I saw, and then shut it down. A few weeks ago I watched the last few episodes (I was bored?) and still didn't like what I saw. I dont care if characters are raw and 'not-nice' per say... but I just didn't see any of the better humanity in them.

bah, on another note... I really expected that I would hate Atadan since I hate Maki. like, reallyreallyreally hate Maki's acting (or lack of, more like). But the awesomeness of that drama is so extreme. The Bromance and the romance and the green mascara and the always changing spectacles of the secretary... *sighs happily* It's just heavenly!

Date: 2009-07-06 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I have a tendency to watch a lot of relatively unknown or unpopular dramas. I'm like, the only person I know of who has seen Sekachu, and I don't know more than 2 or 3 people who have seen Byakuyako, Summer Snow, LIFE, or even Hachimitsu to Clover. That's a good strategy though; why bother watching a whole drama if you know you're not going to be satisfied with it.

H&C is about a group of friends in an art college. It deals with them maturing, trying to decide what to do with their lives, and how they deal with their relationships. It's kinda sad, because they all are dealing with one sided, unfulfilled love. But it's portrayed very beautifully. It's based on a (very) popular manga, so you can read more about the story at the wiki page.

KKK2003 is one of those dramas that tends to divide people; you either love it, or you hate it. The people aren't good, but I think that's why I liked it. I tend to like the shadier characters.

HAHA! Isn't Atadan insane that way?! It's so shiny, and awesome, and you just can't escape it! I don't hate Maki, but I'm not a huge fan of hers either. Like yeah, her acting wasn't really good in Hana Kimi at all, but I do think she did a good job in Atadan...

Date: 2009-07-06 07:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homocoucho.livejournal.com
I'll definitely check out some of these, like Summer Snow & My Boss My Hero.

I caught this old-ish jdrama yesterday titled With Love featuring Takenouchi Yutaka as the male lead. It's probably the most genuine jdrama I've seen, in the sense that its characters and their problems are very realistic. No vengeful exes or other crazies that we've come to expect (and love). I was really touched.

It made me wonder how jdramas transformed from sober to crack!tastic. Though I don't mind the crack :)

Date: 2009-07-06 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
DEFINITeLY watch MHMB. That show is amazing. Summer Snow is a tragedy, so not everyone is going to fall for it, but I loved it.

Oh, that drama sounds really good. I tend to like the older dramas, they often seem more genuine, and rely more on acting than on fancy sets and stuff. I think that's why I love Honey and Clover so much, it reminds me of an older drama, despite being recently made.

Hehe, I don't mind the crack at all either, and I don't know what I would do without it, but I still tend to prefer the quieter simple dramas.

Date: 2009-07-06 10:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
YAY! I love lists - there are few great recs in yours, thank you!!!!!!!!!!

I am not the one for death/illness dramas, though. This is one of the things I absolutely CAN'T do. Makes me depressed for days. (and I am not at all easily depressed).

Date: 2009-07-06 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I love lists too! I actually tend to work off of lists of recs people give me.

I have to be in the mood for sad dramas, and that doesn't happen often. It's funny though, since those dramas are usually the ones that end up my favorites ;D

Date: 2009-07-06 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vierran45.livejournal.com
I've seen only 4 of your Top 10 (HYD, MBMH, Gokusen & Honey & Clover), though Byakuyakou has been on my to-be-watched list forever. I'm just waiting for the right mood for it. Just like with sad weepers, some dramas require me to be at a certain set of mind to interest me.

Hmm, maybe I should do my Top 10 at some point...

Date: 2009-07-06 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I understand that... I really have to be in the mood for weepy dramas, otherwise I just can't get through them.
That being said, DEFINITELY watch Bya. It's really good, really weird, and just great!

Do it!! I love lists! It's fun to see where different people's drama interests lie.

Date: 2009-07-06 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cranberrysheep.livejournal.com
I keep meaning to get around to watching Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003. I will someday!

Date: 2009-07-06 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I love Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003! Definitely not for everyone, but it was perfect for me. PLUS, Fujiki Naohito ;D

Date: 2009-07-06 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-magrat.livejournal.com
The bullying things is what turned me off LIFE, this is the kind of thing I won't get near if I know I should expect it...

HtC is what I'm going to watch next once I finish one of the jdramas I'm currently watching :D

Date: 2009-07-06 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uisceros.livejournal.com
I have very few 'bad triggers' in dramas (sports are the top one, followed by historical dramas), but I can see where you'd have issues with it. It's definitely not a fun theme.

Yay!! H&C is SO GOOD. I love that show to death!

Date: 2009-07-07 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetieyukina.livejournal.com
i also start some twdramas but dont bother completing them or watching till the end. the show i simply couldnt stand watching was Devil Beside You.

my friend gave it to me as a christmas present two years ago and i only watched it a few months ago and i have never cringed so much on a heroine till i saw how giggly and annoying Rainie Yang could get whenever Ah Mon was around.

I used to think Mike He was good looking and he was supposed to be the bad boy who falls in love with the heroine in the show but he just doesnt make the cut for me. Coz Domyouji/Jun Pyo/Dao MIng Si still take the cake in this type of role.

i rarely enjoyed their sweet scenes and ended up enjoying the other pairings. the additions of a love triangle and another person to be jealous of just made it more annoying - it's like they were added for the sake of having a third or fourth party.

but this was based on a manga so i cant say much about the plot but oh, how i hated the main pairing. sorry bout the comments but until now, i cant enjoy the romance (which was supposed to be the main plot) so i gave up on it :/


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