What are the best Japanese dramas?

We are all a big fan of drama shows coming from the West, that much is true. In recent years though, there has been a surge in the popularity of drama shows coming from our Asian contemporaries. A lot of us are probably confused as to why these two genres are so different from one another. A big part of that is how these shows are conceptualized, produced, and marketed to viewers. Most western TV shows today are made to run for as long as possible. This means that western shows are a bit more unpredictable and capricious in nature. These shows tend to go on as long as viewers are interested. So it's not really uncommon for these shows to abruptly end, which we know, as fans, can be quite annoying and disappointing. No one wants to invest their time following a story that could possibly end without any proper closure.

Asian drama shows in comparison are more controlled and deliberate. Their showrunners know exactly how many episodes there will be, with how many seasons, and for how long it will run. You might think that that seems too constricting. On the contrary, it actually makes it easier for the writers of these shows. They can plot out how they want the story to unfold and how it will from the get-go. If you're already a fan of the genre, then you'll know that Korean drama (k-drama) is probably one of the most popular sub-genre of Asian drama there is right now. For now, we want to focus your attention on its lesser-know cousin, Japanese drama or j-drama. There are plenty of really good j-dramas to watch and we've listed some of them down below. Check out some of the best Japanese dramas today and tell us what you think in the comments section below. 

asked by Dave - Binge.co Contributor
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    #1Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020

    Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020

    Terrace House: Tokyo is a reality TV show that follows a group of six unrelated individuals (three boys and three girls) as they share an exquisite house. It was debuted on Netflix Japan as one of the streaming giant's original programs on May 14, 2019. 

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    Liu Du
    Written on 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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    #2Samurai Gourmet

    Samurai Gourmet

    Samurai Gourmet is a slice of life comedy series based on Masayuki Kusumi's manga of the same name. It follows a retired man who indulges in the joys of drinking and eating, which leads to the awakening of the inner samurai in him.

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    #3Midnight Diner

    Midnight Diner

    Midnight Diner, also known as Shinya shokudō, is a Japanese anthology television series based on the manga written by Yarō Abe. Set on a midnight diner, it follows a chef (The Master) and his interactions with his customers.

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    #4Atelier

    Atelier

    Atelier is a Japanese coming-of-age television series. It takes place in a deluxe Japanese lingerie company and follows a young employee who finds it hard to scale the heights of her new job. It stars Mirei Kiritani, Mao Daichi, and Wakana Sakai.

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    Samantha Gonzalez
    Written on 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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    #5Good Morning Call

    Good Morning Call

    Good Morning Call is a romantic comedy-drama live-action adaptation of Yue Takasuka's manga series. It follows the adventures of a high school girl and a heartthrob as they go through the pitfalls of love and life.

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Summary

Best What are the best Japanese dramas
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020TV Shows 18 Paid
2Samurai GourmetTV Shows 16 Paid
3Midnight DinerTV Shows 10 Paid
4AtelierTV Shows 1 Paid
5Good Morning CallTV Shows 1 Paid
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