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Top 17 Japanese Drama You need to watch right now!

Top 17 Japanese Drama – Well from the past two weeks i have been into Japanese Dramas and to be honest i have watched quite number of shows. Each drama that i watch urges me to watch more and more and i am still on the quest of searching some good Japanese dramas and movies. As for now in this article i will recommend my top 17 Japanese drama that you need to watch right now!

For more drama try this list out – Top 10 Japanese Korean Drama you need to watch on New Year.

Top 17 Japanese drama list

1. One Liters of tears

Top 17 Japanese Drama - One Liter of tears
Top 17 Japanese Drama – One Liter of tears

Synopsis – 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya is an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration – a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat.

(Source – KissAsian)

2. Life

Top 17 Japanese Drama - LIFE
Top 17 Japanese Drama – LIFE

Synopsis – Ayumu passes an entrance exam of a high school with help of Yuko, her best friend, but Yuko fails and blames Ayumu for her failure. Broken heart from the broken friendship, Ayumu shuts her up and gives up making new friends in high school. But Manami, the most popular girl in her class, is more than happy to accept her as her friend, so she starts to enjoy her new life. But when Manami misunderstands that Ayumu is trying to steal her boyfriend, her insidious bullying to Ayumu begins. With nobody to turn to as her mother concerns more about her weak brother, and her teacher has her own problem, she is pushed to the limit of losing herself. ~~ Adapted from Keiko Suenobu’s manga “LIFE”.

(Source – KissAsian)

3. Hero (2001, 2007 Movie and 2014)

Top 17 Japanese Drama - HERO
Top 17 Japanese Drama – HERO

Synopsis – Kohei Kuryu is a former juvenile delinquent who drops out of junior high and goes on to earn a high school equivalency diploma. After passing the law board exams, Kuryu becomes a prosecutor. Not your typical prosecutor, which is quickly seen through the clothes that he wears, Kuryu possesses quick instincts and a kind of cleverness that only someone raised on the streets could have. Maiko Amamiya is a shrewd public prosecutor who has her eyes set on passing the exam to become a deputy prosecutor and tries her best to be noticed by her boss. Kuryu, on the other hand, after earning a reputation for doing top-notch work, is transferred to Amamiya’s division, and finally opens his eyes to the possibility of promotion. Unfortunately, his unprecedented work behavior abruptly brings things to a halt. Although earning a reputation as a bad apple, the influence from Kuryu’s strong pursuit of justice slowly begins to change things around him.

(Source – KissAsian)

4. Boku No Ita Jikan

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Boku No Ita Jikan
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Boku No Ita Jikan

Synopsis – Sawada Takuto is an ordinary university student. One day, he learns that he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and doesn’t have much time left to live. Instead of wallowing in despair, Takuto tries to live his life actively.

(Source – KissAsian)

5. Gokusen (Part 1,2,3 and Movie)

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Gokusen
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Gokusen

Synopsis – The story of a young, idealistic teacher who enters Shirokin Gakuen with hopes of making a difference in the students’ lives. However, Yamaguchi Kumiko is in for a rude awakening when she finds that she will be the homeroom teacher of 3-D, the hardest class to maintain in the school. The students have multi-colored hair, sloppy uniforms, and show absolutely no respect to her. The leader of the class, Sawada Shin is lazy but bright and shows some interest in Yamaguchi when he notices that she is very different from other teachers. The students try to bully her to make her quit, but their attempts don’t get them very far. What the class and the rest of the school does not know is that Yamaguchi Kumiko is actually the 4th generation heir to the Ooedo Group, a notorious yakuza clan. Even though her family would like her to take the title of Ojou when her grandfather dies, they have accepted the fact that Yamaguchi would rather be a teacher. Eventually, the students learn to respect their quirky teacher because of her devotion to them, and even give her a nickname: Yankumi.

(Source – KissAsian)

6. Angel Heart

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Angel Heart
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Angel Heart

Synopsis – Ryo Saeba (Takaya Kamikawa) is a private detective and a sweeper who rids society of evil. He is also known as City Hunter. He works with partner Kaori Makimura. An accident leads to Kaori Makimura’s death and her heart is transplanted to Xiang-Ying. Xiang-Ying then appears in front of Ryo Saeba.

(Source – KissAsian)

7. 14-Sai No Haha

Top 17 Japanese Drama - 14 Sai No Haha
Top 17 Japanese Drama – 14 Sai No Haha

Synopsis – The drama concerns 14-year-old Miki Ichinose, who becomes pregnant with her boyfriend’s child. After struggling with the fact that she is pregnant, she decides that she will keep the baby and raise it by herself. The show follows what this means for her, her family, her school life, the life of her boyfriend and his family, and the society in which she resides.

(Source – KissAsian)

8. Bartender

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Bartender
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Bartender

Synopsis –  Upon return from Paris, Sasakura Ryu spends some time wandering amiss, but after some time he decides to start anew by becoming a bartender. On a daily basis as a bartender, he helps solve the various problems burdening his customers, including work and love and family troubles, one cocktail at a time. Furthermore, what will happen to the romantic relationship between Ryu, who seeks the best cocktail, and Kurushima Miwa, who is pertinent to his growth as a person. Also in the drama you’ll see the fateful showdown between Kuzuhara Ryuichi, referred to as Mr. Perfect, and Master Kase Goro.

(Source – KissAsian)

9. Attention Please

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Attention Please
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Attention Please

Synopsis – Losing her mother at a young age, Misaki Yoko (Ueto Aya) was raised amongst three brothers. Yoko is a slightly boyish girl who is bullheaded and hates dishonesty. Ever since she was young, she enjoyed the company of boys over girls. She starts a band with four of her boy friends and becomes the lead singer. Then one day, one of the members of the band, Tsukasa, gets a job at a bank in Tokyo. Due to Tsukasa leaving town, the band breaks up and though Yoko finds herself lonely, she puts on a strong act in front of Tsukasa. She can’t tell Tsukasa how she truly feels for him. On the day Tsukasa leaves for Tokyo, Yoko goes along with the band members to the airport to see him off. The guys get excited when they see some cabin crew ladies and Yoko has no idea why. She reminds them that even she can wear a uniform, but the guys only make fun of her. That’s when Tsukasa tells Yoko he wonders what she’d look like dressed in uniform. This is when Yoko decides she wants to work as a Cabin Attendant.

(Source – KissAsian)

10. Bitter Blood

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Bitter Blood
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Bitter Blood

Synopsis – A rookie detective, Sahara Natsuki (Sato), is assigned to the Investigation division of Ginza police station, and there, he has a reunion with his father and veteran detective,Akimura Shimao (Watabe Atsuro), who he has become estranged from after his parents’ divorce. They happen to become partners with each other, and while opposing his father, Natsuki begins to learns more about how to be a detective from his father.

(Source – KissAsian)

11. Kekkon deki nai Otoko

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Kekkon Dekinai Otoko
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Kekkon Dekinai Otoko

Synopsis – Shinsuke Kuwano, a successful architect at 40, enjoys living by himself. He doesn’t like people but somehow is able to design wonderful houses for them. He has a routine of making himself a delicious dinner and then relaxing to classical music in his easy chair while pretending he is the conductor. One night, he plays the music loud enough to make his next door neighbor, Michiru Tamara knock on his door to complain. When Kuwano answers the door, he suffers a terrible stomach pain and collapses to the floor. Lucky for him, Michiru is nice enough to accompany him to the hospital, where he is treated by Dr. Natsumi Hayasake. He is really rude to Natsumi, but she is still determined to treat him. Afterwards, Michiru and Natsumi become part of Kuwano’s life. They make friends with Kuwano’s colleagues Eiji and Maya Sawazaki. They all enjoy talking about how strange and eccentric Kuwano is. Is it possible that someone would ever want to marry him?

(Source – KissAsian)

12. Dragon Zakura

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Dragon Zakura
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Dragon Zakura

Synopsis – Sakuragi Kenji is a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcycle gang trying to guide failing high school students with an average score of 36 into Japan’s most prestigious educational institution, Tokyo University (Toudai). For no other reason than Sakuragi’s personal ambition, he has advertised his intention to produce 5 successful Toudai applicants from the students of a nearly bankrupt failure of a school. In addition to revealing essential test taking techniques for everyone who wants to know how to get into Toudai, Dragon Zakura will also teach the essentials of living one’s life.

(Source – KissAsian)

13. Shinya Shokudo 3 (And Movie)

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Shinya Shokudo 3
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Shinya Shokudo 3

Synopsis –  Set in a small restaurant in the corner of a shopping district. The unusual eatery is only open after midnight, and its standard menu consists of just a single choice. However, the customers still come for the amusing chatter and the proprietor’s willingness to cook any dish that they request. Based on the manga series “Shinya Shokudo” by Yaro Abe.

(Source – KissAsian)

14. Rich Man and Poor Woman (And Movie)

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Rich Man Poor Woman
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Rich Man Poor Woman

Synopsis – 29-year-old Toru Hyuga (Oguri Shun) is a wealthy man. He first started to run an internet website from his small room and his hobby began to make a lot of money. Nowadays, he doesn’t like to socialize and if somebody comes to him he suspects that they may want his money. Sawaki Chihiro (Ishihara Satomi) attends a job fair and by an unexpected occurrence begins to work for Toru Hyuga. Sawaki Chihiro soon realizes that Toru Hyuga isn’t so bad. There’s pureness in him and also a good deal of loneliness. She then begins to have feelings for him.

(Source – KissAsian)

15. Dr. Rintaro

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Dr Rintaro
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Dr Rintaro

Synopsis – Rintaro Hino (Masato Sakai) is a 41-year-old psychiatrist, working at an university hospital. He is an excellent doctor with keen insight and intuition. He even sees the Chief Cabinet Secretary as a patient. Dr. Rintaro has written books and appears as a guest on TV. Some patients have to wait more than 2 months to see him. One day, a woman appears in front of Dr. Rintaro and his life changes because of her.

(Source – KissAsian)

16. Godhand Teru

Top 17 Japanese Drama - Godhand Teru
Top 17 Japanese Drama – Godhand Teru

Synopsis – The story revolves around a young man named Mahigashi Teru. When he was young, his father, a brilliant surgeon, died in an accident, but not before saving Teru’s life. As a result, Teru also aims to become a great surgeon like his father, devoted to never letting a patient die. As a clumsy newcomer at his hospital, he seems to be an unlikely savior. But whenever a patient’s life is in danger, his true powers emerge in the form of his “god hands,” allowing him to successfully perform even the most difficult operations.

(Source – KissAsian)

17. 35 Year old high school student

Top 17 Japanese Drama - 35 year high school student
Top 17 Japanese Drama – 35 year high school student

Synopsis – The drama will center around how a 35 year old changes the school and influences her fellow classmates’ lives while dealing with the dark reality of today’s high schools, including bullying and skipping school.

(Source – KissAsian)

So for now these are the Top 17 Japanese drama that I’ve watched until now, i am still finding some good dramas and movies, if you know some good ones then do recommend me via comments. I will recommend more such dramas in future once i have completed making the second list of top Japanese dramas.

Updated – There are total 19 dramas in the list now as i have added two new Japanese drama series Kodoku No Gurume Review and Bitter Blood Review. Please read it and then decided!! For more drama try this list out – Top 10 Japanese Korean Drama you need to watch on New Year.


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