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I decided to use this page for Japanese movie and dorama review/rating to keep track of series I've seen and maybe guide newcomers to the wonderful(?) world of Japanese doramas and movies!
Only those series I've watched to the last episode and movies watched to the end will be rated. I am more into romance / drama genre (In other words, serious stuff, NOT anime/manga based fangirl stuff or B-movie etc) in Japanese media, so I might be a bit biased, but I tried my best to be fair. Personally, I think dorama or movie with meanings are worth more than just plain visual entertainment anyway. Of course, everyone has different tastes, but I think this page will help you decide which show is worth seeing! Anything with ratings of 9 or 10 are bolded with color. 8-rated movies are bolded as well, because I have a higher standards for live-action movies.
You should definitely check them out first!!

「僕の耳は、名場面を憶えている。」 often seen in my signature is one of my favorite slogans. It was for Chrono Trigger OST, which roughly tranlates to "My ears remember the greatest moments." Great music accommodating a great scene much more memorable. That's why I also include theme song ratings in my review.

My Fansubs[edit]

Dorama Reviews[edit]

Formats: Refer to DramaWiki Glossary of Terms for further details.
- CpE: Conclusion-per-episode format, each episode starts afresh with minimal influence from previous episodes.
"Ichi wa kanketsu keishiki" 一話完結形式. Technically, CpE is a form of Renzoku, only SP are not considered to be RenDora.
- R: Continuation dorama format, all the episodes combine to make one story.
Episodes often end with a cliffhanger. "Renzoku" 連続
- R-CpE: Continuous conclusion-per-episode. This is not an official dorama format, but ones I consider to be between
CpE and Renzoku. Each episode carries the story from previous episodes, but is concluded at the end of each episode.
- Mix: Only first couple of episodes are CpE then turns into Renzoku near the end. Not an official dorama format.

Years all end with typical starting months _1 (Winter), _4 (Spring), _7 (Summer), or _10 (Fall) seasons. Even if the starting month for a series doesn't match, these numbers will be used to indicate the closest season it was originally broadcasted.

All my ratings are satisfaction ratings. Although I try to give +1 or -1 according to how well I thought it was made as a dorama, I don't pretend to be capable of critically evaluating a series.

Bolded (9): Highly recommended dorama, series I really enjoyed.
Light blue background (10): Very highly recommended, nearly flawless dorama series.
Dark blue background (10+): Extremely recommended, masterpieces that really moved me.
Green background: My fansubs.

" * " Currently watching, ratings subject to change.

Title Year_Season Genre Format Rating/10 Theme Song Song rating/10
Compatibility/10
曲げられない女
Magerarenai Onna
2010_1 Drama R-CpE 4 aiko - Modorenai Ashita 6
7
ライアーゲーム 2
LIAR GAME
2009_10 Mystery R 3 - -
-
婚カツ!
Konkatsu!
2009_4 Romance/Comedy R-CpE 6 Puffy - Wedding Bell 6
8
白い春
Shiroi Haru
2009_4 Family/Drama R 9 Sakai Ayumi - Yokogao 6
7
MR. BRAIN 2009_4 Mystery R-CpE 7 Van Halen - JUMP 8
8
メイちゃんの執事
Mei-chan no Shitsuji
2009_1 Manga/Comedy/Romance R-CpE 7 ROCK`A´TRENCH - My Sunshine 9
10
四つの嘘
Yottsu no Uso
2008_7 Drama R 6 Tanimura Nana - If I'm not the one 6
6
ヤスコとケンジ
Yasuko to Kenji
2008_7 Manga CpE 7 TOKIO - Amagasa 6
8
Tomorrow 2008_7 Medical R-CpE 5 Hoshimura Mai - Hikari 8
8
CHANGE 2008_4 Drama R-CpE 10+ Madonna - Miles Away 6
3
ごくせん 3
Gokusen 3
2008_4 Manga/School/Comedy CpE 7 Aqua Timez - Niji 10
10
ラスト・フレンズ
Last Friends
2008_4 Suspense/Drama R 4 Utada Hikaru - Prisoner of Love 9
10
パズル
Puzzle
2008_4 Mystery CpE 5 Koda Kumi - Moon Crying 7
5
ルーキーズ
ROOKIES
2008_4 Sports/Manga R-CpE 8 GreeeeN - Kiseki 8
10
薔薇のない花屋
Bara no nai Hanaya
2008_1 Drama R 5 Yamashita Tatsuro - Zutto Issho sa 6
8
貧乏男子 -ボンビーメン-
Binbou Danshi
2008_1 Comedy R-CpE 8 Bennie K - Monochrome 8
9
斉藤さん
SAITOU san
2008_1 Family/Drama CpE 9 Mizuki Arisa - ENGAGED 8
9
だいすき!!
Daisuki!!
2008_1 Human Drama R 10 melody. - Haruka 10
10+
ガリレオ
Galileo
2007_10 Detective/Comedy CpE 8 KOH+ - KISS-shite 7
8
働きマン
Hataraki Man
2007_10 Manga/Romance CpE 10 UVERworld - Ukiyo CROSSING 8
9
ハタチの恋人
Hatachi no Koibito
2007_10 Romance/Comedy R-CpE 6 Pipettes - Because it's not Love 8
8
花ざかりの君たちへ〜イケメン♂パラダイス〜
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~Ikemen Paradise~
2007_7 Manga/Comedy CpE 8 Ootsuka Ai - Peach 5
7
ホタルノヒカリ
Hotaru no Hikari
2007_7 Manga/Romance R-CpE 6 aiko - Yokogao 9
9
プロポーズ大作戦
Propose Daisakusen
2007_4 Romantic Fantasy R-CpE 9 Kuwata Keisuke - Ashita Hareru Kana 4
5
セクシーボイスアンドロボ
Sexy Voice and Robo
2007_4 Comedy/Suspense CpE 4 Mitsuki - Hitotsudake 7
8
特急田中3号
Tokkyuu Tanaka 3-Gou
2007_4 Comedy R 7 KAT-TUN - Yorokobi no Uta 3
9
バンビーノ!
Bambino!
2007_4 Drama R 4 Arashi - We can make it! 5
7
ライアーゲーム
LIAR GAME
2007_4 Mystery R 3 - -
-
ヒミツの花園
Himitsu no Hanazono
2007_1 Comedy CpE 5 Amuro Namie - Baby Don't Cry 9
9
ハケンの品格
Haken no Hinkaku
2007_1 Comedy/Drama R-CpE 9 Nakashima Mika - Mienai Hoshi 9
8
花より男子2
Hana Yori Dango 2
2007_1 Manga/Romance R 5 ARASHI - Love so Sweet
Utada Hikaru - Flavor of Love
10 - 10
8 - 6
華麗なる一族
Karei naru Ichizoku
2007_1 Drama R 7 - -
-
のだめカンタービレ
Nodame Cantabile
2006_10 Manga/Comedy R 9 Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue -
9
だめんず・うぉ~か~
Damens Walker
2006_10 Manga/Comedy CpE 7 Koda Kumi - Yume no Uta 9
6
14才の母
14 Sai no Haha
2006_10 Drama R 2 Mr.Children - Shirushi 8
2
セーラー服と機関銃
Sailor Fuku to Kikanju
2006_10 Suspense/Comedy R-CpE 2 Hoshi Izumi - Sailor Fuku to Kikanjuu 2
6
たったひとつの恋
Tatta Hitotsu no Koi
2006_10 Romance R 4 KAT-TUN - Bokura no Machi de 4
5
結婚できない男
Kekkon Dekinai Otoko
2006_7 Comedy/Romance CpE 9 Every Little Thing - Swimmy 8
9
ブスの瞳に恋してる
Busu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru
2006_4 Comedy/Romance R 7 Koda Kumi - Koi no Tsubomi 10
9
西遊記
Saiyuuki
2006_1 Comedy/Adventure CpE 7 MONKEY MAJIK - Around the World 8
9
夜王
Yaoh
2006_1 Drama CpE 5 TOKIO - Mr.Traveling Man 5
7
1リットルの涙
Ichi Ritoru no Namida
2005_10 Human Drama R 9 K - Only Human 10
10
あいのうた
Ai no Uta
2005_10 Romance/Drama R-CpE 7 Tamaki Kouji - Present 7
9
花より男子
Hana Yori Dango
2005_10 Manga/Romance R 5 ARASHI - WISH 8
7
野ブタ。をプロデュース
Nobuta wo Produce
2005_10 Drama/Suspense/School Mix 9 Shuuji to Akira - Seishun Amigo 8
9
電車男
Densha Otoko
2005_7 Comedy/Romance R-CpE 6 Sambo Master - Sekai wa sore wo ai to yobundaze 2
5
スローダンス
Slow Dance
2005_7 Romance R 3 Fukuyama Masaharu - TOKYO 4
6
ドラゴン桜
Dragon Zakura
2005_7 School R-CpE 8 melody. - Realize 8
9
いま、会いにゆきます
Ima Ai ni Yukimasu
2005_7 Romance R 5 Orange Range - Kizuna 7
7
がんばっていきまっしょい!
Ganbatte Ikimasshoi
2005_7 Drama R 6 Aiko - Kira Kira 4
9
エンジン
Engine
2005_4 Drama R-CpE 6 Aerosmith - Angel 8
3
恋におちたら~僕の成功の秘密~
Koi ni Ochitara
2005_4 Drama Mix 9 Crystal Kay - Koi ni Ochitara 8
10
幸せになりたい!
Shiawase ni Naritai!
2005_4 Drama R 4 SUGAR - Shiawase ni Naritai 9
10
アタック No.1
Attack No.1
2005_4 Sports R 4 Fukuda Saki - Attack No.1 2005 3
9
曲がり角の彼女
Magari Kado no Kanojyo
2005_4 Romance R 7 Shela - Dear My Friends 8
9
ごくせん 2
Gokusen 2
2005_1 Manga/School/Comedy CpE 7 D-51 - No More Cry 9
10
H2~君といた日々
H2
2005_1 Manga/Sports R 7 K - Over... 8
10
ラストクリスマス
Last Christmas
2004_10 Romance R 5 Oda Yuji with Butch Walker - Last Christmas 5
8
君が想い出になる前に
Kimi ga Omoide ni Naru Mae ni
2004_7 Drama R 4 Amuro Namie - All for You 8
8
世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ
Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu
2004_7 Junai R 9 Shibasaki Kou - Katachi Aru Mono 10+
10+
オレンジデイズ
Orange Days
2004_4 Drama/School R 10+ Mr.Children - Sign 10+
10+
愛し君へ
Itoshi Kimi e
2004_4 Romance R 10 Moriyama Naotarou - Ikitoshi Ikeru Mono e
Moriyama Naotarou - Itoshi Kimi e
6 - 4
9 - 10
ワンダフルライフ
Wonderful Life (Fuji TV)
2004_4 Sports R-CpE 7 Hirai Ken - Kimi wa Tomodachi 6
9
プライド
Pride
2004_1 Sports/Romance R-CpE 4 Queen - Born to Love You 5
2
ビギナー
Beginner
2003_10 Lawyer CpE 3 The Carpenters - Top of the World 9
4
元カレ
Moto Kare
2003_7 Romance R 4 Kinki Kids - Hakka Candy 6
4
グッドラック!!
Good Luck!!
2003_1 Drama/Romance R 10 Yamashita Tatsuro - Ride on Time 7
9
My Little Chef 2002_7 Drama CpE 6 Hamasaki Ayumi - Voyage 10
8
太陽の季節
Taiyou no Kisetsu
2002_7 Tragedy/Romance R 5 Takizawa Hideaki - Ki.Se.Ki 6
8
ごくせん
Gokusen
2002_4 Manga/School/Comedy CpE 8 V6 - Feel Your Breeze 6
8
空から降る一億の星
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi
2002_4 Drama/Suspense R 7 Elvis Costello - Smile 6
8
ロング・ラブレター~漂流教室
Long Love Letter
2002_1 SF/Drama R 8 Yamashita Tatsurou - Loveland Island 8
9
スタアの恋
Star no Koi
2001_10 Romance/Comedy R-CpE 7 Globe - Stop! In the Name of Love 9
7
HERO 2001_1 Lawyer CpE 10 Utada Hikaru - Can You Keep a Secret? 10+
10
やまとなでしこ
Yamato Nadeshiko
2000_10 Romance/Comedy R 9 MISIA - Everything 6
3
Summer Snow 2000_7 Romance R 4 Kinki Kids - Natsu no Oosama 8
10
Food Fight 2000_7 Drama CpE 7 SMAP - Lion Heart 9
7
池袋ウエストゲートパーク
IWGP
2000_4 Suspense/Comedy R 9 SADS - Boukyaku no Sora 7
9
Beautiful Life 2000_1 Romance R 10+ B'z - Konya Tsuki no Mieru Oka ni 10
10
魔女の条件
Majo no Jouken
1999_4 Romance R 5 Utada Hikaru - First Love 10+
8
神様、もう少しだけ
Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake
1998_7 Romance/Tragedy R 5 Luna Sea - I For You 7
8
GTO 1998_7 Manga/School/Comedy CpE 6 Sorimachi Takashi - Poison 4
5
君の手がささやいている
Kimi No Te Ga Sasayaite Iru
1997~2001 SP Human Drama R-CpE 9 Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You 8
5
青い鳥
Aoi Tori
L'oiseau bleu
1997_10 Suspense/Romance R 10 Globe - Wonderin' Destiny 9
10+
ラブジェネレーション
Love Generation
1997_10 Romance R 8 Outaki Eiichi - Shiawase na Ketsumatsu 5
2
バージンロード
Virgin Road
1997_1 Romance R 9 Amuro Namie - Can You Celebrate? 10+
10+
理想の結婚
Risou no Kekkon
1997_1 Romance R 9 Zard - Kimi ni Aitaku Nattara 10+
10
コーチ
Coach
1996_7 Sports/Romance R 9 Tamaki Kouji - Denen 9
10
ロングバケーション
Long Vacation
1996_4 Romance R 10 Kubota Toshinobu - La La La Love Song 10
10
愛していると言ってくれ
Aishiteiru to Ittekure
1995_7 Romance R 5 Dream Come True - LOVE LOVE LOVE 9
8
101回目のプロポーズ
101st Marriage Proposal
1991_7 Romance R 7 Chage & Aska - Say Yes 10
8
東京ラブストーリー
Tokyo Love Story
1991_1 Romance R 10 Oda Kazumasa - Love Story wa Totsuzen ni 10
10

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