What are the best Japanese dramas?

Dave - Contributor

Japanese entertainment is more than just manga and anime, you know. While it's true that the land of the rising has been a paradise for otakus all over the world, it has so much more to offer still. Asian programming and dramas have been sweeping the world right now and Japanese dramas should deservedly be on your radar as well. These Japanese dramas - referred to by citizens as "dorama" - offer just as many compelling shows as its Korean or Chinese counterparts. Not convinced? Take a look at some of the best Japanese drama that you can watch today and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised with them. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on these things so hit us up in the comments section below as well.

  1. 1Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020


    When Terrace House first landed on Netflix a few years back, it has been a guilty pleasure of ours ever since. It's a light-hearted reality TV show compared to what you get in other countries and that works in its favor. If you've never tried watching any Japanese drama before, this should be at the top of your list.

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  1. 2Samurai Gourmet


    Samurai Gourmet is as much a celebration of life as it is a showcase of delectable food. It tells the story of a former salesman enjoying retirement by going on an epic culinary adventure filled with good food and fine booze. You won't help but feel relaxed - and super hungry - as you watch this amazing Japanese drama.

  2. 3Midnight Diner


    There's nothing quite like having a nice meal to end a busy and tiring day. This is exactly what the show Midnight Diner is all about. People from all walks of life gather at a late-night diner, share heartfelt stories, and bond over a nice meal. It's the perfect Japanese drama to wrap up your day.

  1. 4Atelier


    Atelier will remind you very much of The Devil Wears Prada when you first see it. From the fashion-centric themes to the volatile dynamic between the show's main cast, a lot of it feels very familiar. This is one Japanese drama that's worth checking out. You'll probably love it just as much as we did.

  2. 5Good Morning Call


    Good Morning Call is an adorable teenage rom-com full of charming characters and a good story. This Japanese drama is not something that we haven't seen before but it's distinctly Japanese and we love that about it and we think you will too.

  3. 6Million Yen Women


    Take Terrace House, add a dash of mystery and intrigue, and you get Million Yen Women. It's one of the best Japanese dramas that you can check out today. It's intense, it's provocative, and it will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

  4. 7Tokyo Girl


    Each and every one of us has dreams of "making it" in the big city. Whether it's with our careers or our love lives, we want to experience everything that life has to offer. In that sense, Tokyo Girl is a social critique with Japanese sensibilities and makes for an interesting watch.

  5. 8Followers


    Followers is one of the newer shows on this list and will probably be the most relevant to us, given the always-connected, social media-driven world we live in right now. It shows the tragic pitfalls of social media stardom and what it truly means to find happiness in IRL.

  6. 9The Many Faces of Ito


    The Many Faces of Ito is an exploration of love and all of its complicated, messy, and mascara-smeared drama. It aims to dissect the various tropes surrounding romance such as unrequited love, rivalries, and the dangers of "love at first sight". This is a Japanese drama that you will surely find interesting to watch.

  7. 10Erased


    If you're familiar with the Erased manga and anime, then you'll have an idea of what to expect. Erased is a thrilling time-travel soap drama with a compelling narrative that will have you hooked from the start. For a show about time, this Japanese drama also doesn't waste much of it as the pacing is superb.

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  • #1
    February 3, 2020
    "Think the Devil Wears Prada but Japanese. That pretty much sums up this great coming-of-age, feel-good show and if you're like me who's into fashion and clothing, then you'll love this is and it will be one of the best Japanese dramas for you to watch."
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    February 3, 2020
    "This is a great choice and is definitely one of the best Japanese dramas that you can watch today. It has a little bit of everything and really, there's something about it that feels uniquely Japanese and I for one, love it."
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    Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020
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