What's hot in Japanese drama?
August 31, 2012 3:08 PM   Subscribe

What are the recent most popular Japanese dramas?

When I lived in Japan many years ago, friends got me hooked on Toyoetsu dramas Aishiteiru to Ittekure and Aoi Tori, and I've been suffering fits of nostalgia watching them again. What are the recent most popular Japanese dramas (of 2011/12)? I miss Japan, and I would love to know what's popular there now. (I'd prefer ones with English subtitles, but I'm guessing the super popular ones shouldn't be too hard to find with subs.) Thanks!
posted by smilingtiger to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Ghost Mama Sousasen
posted by KokuRyu at 3:34 PM on August 31, 2012

Best answer: The two biggies from last year:

Kaseifu no Mita
Marumo no Okite

And a must-see personal fave:


Popular and well-received from this year:

Legal High

Plus a few that weren't "popular" but really good all the same:

The Brave "Yoshihiko" and Great Satan's Castle
Yamikin Ushijima-kun (link to Wikipedia, but there's a TV drama and movie starring Takayuki Yamada.)
Moteki (Wikipedia link. Live action TV series in 2010, movie in 2011)
Suzuki Sensei (link to movie, but was an award-winning TV series last year.)
Arakawa Under the Bridge (live action TV series and movie in 2011)

No, I don't work for TV Tokyo. They've just been really good drama-wise recently.
posted by misozaki at 10:06 PM on August 31, 2012

I loved loved loved "Aishiteiru to Ittekure". That's what made me a Toyoetsu fan. Well, that and "Love Letter".

For popular/well-regarded dramas, you might check the Japanese Television Drama Academy Awards lists.

For watching English-subbed Japanese dramas, check out Drama Crazy and Drama Fans. I used to have good luck with Crunchyroll and My Soju, but they have either gone in different directions or have gone offline.
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