ExtraKun’s Adventures in Japan

Every now and again, I like to watch dramas from other countries than Korea or the US— mostly, Japan, Taiwan, UK or China. As of late, I have been keeping my time occupied with dramas in Japan. Japanese dramas are usually less “heartstrings pulling”, can teach valuable lessons, and are in most cases extremely silly! I enjoy watching them because they are even shorter than Korean dramas and can execute certain situations a little bit better (i.e Hana Yori Dango or as most of you know it Boys over Flowers). I am not going to lie, you might not enjoy them if you do not understand them, but with all things I encourage trying then denying! Here are a few of the dramas that I am currently checking out! If you would like me to continue to post on other dramas let me know!

Umi no Ue no Shinryojo (A Clinic on the Sea)- A boat that travels from island to island to helping citizens, mostly elderly, young, or not able to travel to the mainland. Sezaki Kota (Matsuda Shota) is an intelligent doctor who is on the PROWL looking for a wife. Every time the boat docks, it is an opportunity to fall in love with beautiful young women. On the boat is Nurse Togami Mako (Takei Emi), who seems to always have an attitude and believes that Kota Sensei is a charlatan. Will these two be able to resolve their differences and work together peacefully? Will Kota Sensei find love on one of the islands?

Umi no Ue no Shinryoujo

This drama is definitely comedic, but it is taking a while for me to warm up to it. I am a huge fan of Matsuda Shota’s work overall, but his comedic timing leaves something to be desired. I will continue to watch the drama and hope it improves by episode 5.

Dokushin Kizoku (A Swinging Single)- Kusanagi Tsuyoshi plays President Hoshino Mamoru of a movie production company. He is happily content with his single life and all the pleasure that go along with it. When Haruno Yuki (Kitagawa Keiko) an aspiring script writer appears in his life, will his desire to stay single waiver and fail?  Not to mention Hoshino Susumu (Ito Hideaki), Mamoru’s younger brother, recent divorcee, and business partner has his eye on Yuki as well. How can these 3 survive business, love, and conflict!?

DokushinKizoku

I am completely enamored with this show at the moment! Kusanagi Tsuyoshi is doing an excellent job of selling this character as a happy single man. The music soundtrack is nostalgic, the storyline is decent, and the wardrobe is amazing! If you like simple storylines with a hint of fate I highly recommend this drama.

Ando Lloyd〜A.I. knows LOVE?– Holla for a Dolla Kimura Takuya is in a drama! And—he is playing a double role! When Matsushima Reiji (Kimura Takuya) is unknowingly murdered, an android from 100 years in the future comes to the past to keep Reiji’s Fiancée’, Ando Asahi (Shibasaki Kou) alive. Over time this emotionless Android, Ando Lloyd (also Kimura), seems to develop emotions. How will everything play out in this Sci-Fi thriller?

AI knows love

Talk about ??? in the eyes! The first episode gives you so many questions it is hard to keep everything together. Love the premise (spoken by a huge Trekkie); love the acting, seriously intrigued about the outcome. Take a peek if you enjoy Science Fiction.

Yorozu Uranaidokoro Onmyoya e Yokoso (The Fortune Telling Shop)- Abeno Shomei (Nishikido Ryo) is a former host who decides to open a fortune telling shop. Using psychology and “common sense”, he is able to help people in the community solve their problems to ultimately turn a profit. How will the community react with this new stranger giving out advice? What is his ultimate purpose?

Onmyouya

Granted I have only seen one episode of this show, but it is fairly entertaining. It is a bit on the “preachy” side, but it is giving practical advice to help people solve their own problems. Why is ExtraKun watching this show? Honestly, for Nishikido Ryo (aka OMG I will watch him blow his nose for 10 episodes Ryo!). I am certain this drama is not a heart stopper and will not be the best, but eye candy that draws can keep you coming back for more. Heh.

Switch Girl!! (Season 1 & 2)- Holy crap this show is ridiculous—ly funny! I hear some of you saying, “Ekun? What the happy heck is a Switch Girl?” Well my fellow constituents; a Switch Girl is a beautiful perfect lady in public, but a nasty hot mess in private (aka 95% off all people). Tamiya Nika (Nishiuchi Mariya) is a typical high school student who happens to be a switch girl.  When she meets Arata (Kiriyama Renn), a hottie at school during the day, she later finds him to be a reverse Switch Boy. Follow these two as they become closer through high jinks, shenanigans, and teenage fun.

switch girl

A very light hearted comedy about much of nothing; it was quick, funny, and nostalgic at the same time. This drama definitely shows the difference in Japanese culture in comparison with US culture, but it is not completely un-relatable. Seriously, this is the second most foolish Japanese drama I have seen (Nodame Cantabile was hands down #1, but I loved it!) Please be prepared…

There you have it! I am really looking forward to seeing how these dramas end and giving a full report on other dramas I adored. If you have suggestions for me to take a look at, please feel free to share. I love to watch new things all the time.

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