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January’s J-Drama Watch : A Brief Look At (3) Upcoming Series

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There are many dramas to look forward to (is there any time when there aren’t though? ;p ) in January but in particular, these are three that picked my interest the most, and they’re likely gonna be the ones I will recap weekly :

disclaimer – this post was written by an ecstatic- arsenaaal-top of the leagueee- kipzizz on a cold Saturday night-

01) Never Let Me Go (TBS)


Based on the popular Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, it’s probably one of the most anticipated dramas of the year. The story is set in a dystopian society, where Kyoto (Haruka Ayase), Miwa (Asami Mizukawa) and Tomohiko (Haruma Miura) grow together and have a “special mission” to accomplish when they reach a certain age.

I haven’t read the novel (or seen the film) but I know that it got great reviews and I hope that the series will give me the incentive to (..finally) pick it up. The cast is pretty solid; Haruma used to be the epitome of hit-or-miss but the last couple years he has improved tremendously so I’m confident he will pull off that dramatic role.  Ayase is consistently good and I don’t think Mizukawa will have any problems either.

I am really looking forward on getting my heart ripped out because this is gonna be one overwhelming ride! (Funny story, one of my mom’s favorite books (and films) is “The Remains of the Day” and has been bugging me to read it for ages, so maybe this will be the month where I get to read two Ishiguro’s novels.)

02)  Yamaneko The Phantom Thief (NTV)


The Phantom Thief, will follow Yamaneko (Kamenashi) a mysterious and uncommon thief who steals from evil and corrupted people/organizations exposing their wicked deeds along the way. A mag reporter (Narimiya Hiroki) and a genius hacker (Takasugi Mao) will assist him on his missions.

I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love this show;  eccentric thief (played by Kame!) a la Robin Hood (in a way I guess lol) with two companions hunting down “bad guys”? Sign me up! Already looking forward to this unusual team playing the pick-pocket-vigilante game!

03) Fragile (FujiTV)


Nagase Tomoya will play Keiichiro Kishi, a pathologist that can diagnose his patients without actually seeing them; he is excellent at his work but he is also very self-centered.

It’s not out of the norm to have House-alike doctors the last years but Tomoya is such a great actor, that I just can’t pass on a series that he stars; Emi Takei (does this girl EVER rest?!) is another reason I will watch this, and I also want to see how Nomura Shuhei is gonna do here.

Recap-radars are waiting to kick in; hopefully Greece hangs on for another 3 months so I can properly finish those recaps in time, lool. Onwards! ; )

p.s not gonna mention Sakamoto’s new series cause I want to watch his stuff in one go, so yeah.

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  1. January 3, 2016 at 12:03 am — Reply

    Love Kame and Love, Love, LOVE Nagase Tomoya! I missed him. All 3 sound like excellent dramas, but I think I’ll be more inclined to watch The Phantom Thief and Fragile. I need to really catch up on some great J-drama. Viki had some good ones out now.

    • January 3, 2016 at 12:05 am — Reply

      It’s gonna be a great drama month, that is for sure! 😉

  2. January 4, 2016 at 12:00 am — Reply

    The film adaptation of The Remains of the Day is excellent and worth a watch. It does a very good job of retaining much of the essence of the source material.

    Miura is a big fat miss for me and I do not feel he can carry off Tommy. The film adaptation of Never Let Me Go was rather forgettable for me; the novel is a better read.

    • January 4, 2016 at 12:48 am — Reply

      The film has been on my radar for a long time now, as it’s praised by everyone but I thought I’d read the book first and then hop on the film adaption.

      Miura can be great or relatively bland so I’m hoping it’s the former, since his latest performances have been reassuring. (.for me anyway lol)

      • January 4, 2016 at 1:11 am — Reply

        Well, I hope you enjoy both novels and both films. If you need Ishiguro recommendations, just buzz.

        Here’s hoping the J-drama retains the essence of the source novel.

        • January 4, 2016 at 11:37 am — Reply

          I shall keep that in mind! Do you generally read novels from Japanese authors? (..actually the last novel I read from a Japanese author, was Tanizaki’s ‘The Key’ which was a couple years back. I need to re-pick some books and I’d like some recs)

      • January 5, 2016 at 1:01 am — Reply

        I do read some Japanese authors, yes. I’ve read Tanizaki’s The Key, and also The Makioka Sisters, which is very good. I haven’t been able to get into stuff by Mishima, Oe or Kawabata etc, though I still hope to find something of theirs that I like.

        Here are some recs:

        – Kazuo Ishiguro: A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day

        – Murakami Haruki: Norwegian Wood, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Dance Dance Dance, A Wild Sheep Chase, Sputnik Sweetheart

        – Kirino Natsuo: Out, Grotesque

        – Higashino Keigo: The Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of a Saint, Malice

        – Matsumoto Seicho: Inspector Imanishi Investigates, Pro Bono

        – Miyabe Miyuki: All She Was Worth

        – Akutagawa Ryunosuke: Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories

        – Suzuki Koji: Ring (I found it freakier than the film, which is saying something!)

        – Takami Koushun: Battle Royale

        Buzz again if you want non-Japanese recs!

        • January 5, 2016 at 1:10 am — Reply

          I’ve read most of the popular Muarakami’s works (Sputnik might be my favorite of his, with Norwegian Wood coming close) , Takami’s Battle Royale (legendary!) and Miyabe’s All She Was Worth from all those you listed.
          I have wanted to read Ishiguro’s works for some time now as I stated on the post but thanks for reminding me to look into Higashino and Kirino’s ones too; I will definitely check a few of your suggestions when I get free time and the right state of mind! (I’d never read RING if my life depended on it, lol. The Japanese movie haunted me for MONTHS after I watched it in middle school, I am staying clear if you say that the book is freakier!)

  3. January 4, 2016 at 12:56 am — Reply

    I’m planning to watch Never Let me go. Huge Miura Haruma fan but somebody hold me cause I’m scared 🙁

    • January 4, 2016 at 11:32 am — Reply

      Hopefully when I recap it we can either cry (more likely) or laugh together at the series’ events!

      • January 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm — Reply

        Sounds good.

  4. January 4, 2016 at 2:14 am — Reply

    Kame!!! Its been forever since I have watched him in anything!
    Thanks for the update dear! Here’s hoping that everything gets subbed. 😁

    • January 4, 2016 at 11:38 am — Reply

      I got a feeling he’s gonna be awesomely entertaining in that role!
      No problem, and I certainly hope so too lool

  5. January 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    do you like Kame?

    • January 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm — Reply

      kamenashi dramajjang


      • January 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm — Reply

        he is mineeeeeee

        • January 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm — Reply

          loool stop fangirl-spam my post and go play some resident evil instead or something

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