I'd like to give a couple of JDramas a shot. Been watching them thar KDramas and I've been digging them.
Not interested in Anime.
Just looking for say 3 suggestions.
What I like.
My Husband Got A family, well at least the first half before it dragged on.
What happens to my family, Just started watching seems good.
The Good Doctor.
All about my mom, first good half, again dragged on too long.
Oh My Venus
Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister. If there is a show like this in the J world, it is a must see.
House of Cards
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mom
The Good Place
I gave up after a few seasons when it just got meh, but something like House of Lies would be good
I am much tolerant of a meh show if it has an adorkably cute female character. Anything with Alyson Hannigan, Kate Micucci, Lauren Lapkus, I'll watch. I've endured a pretty bad Last Man on Earth because of Kristen Schaal.
Yes I am that pathetic and desperate. However a character like Kang Seoul from What Happens To My Family really ties a show together for me.
Anything with Public Policy, University, or Business, centered is bonus for me. I gave the movie the 3 Idiots a try because of the academic setting which set off a love of Bollywood.
I dislike watching shows that lean too heavily on unlikeable characters.
I like a bit of humour even if it is subtle, non stop emo is not for me.
the reverse is not true for japan. they have great movies, but lousy tv. when film historians and critics write about all time great national cinemas (usually a list of 5-6 countries), japan is the only non-western country that is routinely included in the list. that's worth thinking about.
the only jdrama that i can think of that doesn't suck is 'takayuki yamada in tokyo-to kita-ku akabane'. it's a documentary about famous actor takayuki yamada. he has a nervous breakdown one day on the movie set. then, as a form of therapy, he really gets into a certain manga set in akabane. then he decides to move there and continue being crazy. it's very funny.
I liked Itazura na Kiss and I'm currently watching Good Morning Call, but they are more teen-centered dramas. I would advise you about Japanese manneirism when acting before you watch a Japanese show though, they have a very particular way of acting that takes a while to get accostumed to.
Most of the Dramas I've watched are not "high quality" but they are certainly entertaining and my Japanese has improved a ton through watching them.
A few I recommend and found addictive:
Terrace House: Not technically a drama but basically one. (Netflix)
Itazura na Kiss: It's a little corny, but the formula works. (Netflix)
I've never been interested in Anime before but I started to watch it and have been hooked through a few series:
Nijiro Days (YouTube)
Ano Nattsu de Matteru
I'm very happy with my Crunchyroll subscription.
Don't forget to check this site under the reair section . Btw I could use jdrama recommendations too
I'm going to suggest 「蛍の光」 (Hotaru no hikari). It's a bit silly sometimes, so your "non stop emo is not for me" left me wondering if it's gonna be too... well... "moe" (not quite, but I don't have a better word for it, sorry). It also lowers the bar in the second and final season (I don't know the details, but it feels like they originally planned just one season and decided to make a second one after the first went better than expected). But overall I enjoyed it very much. The main character is a cute and lovable business girl and the show is full of humor, even if a bit dumb or too innocent at times.
If you want something business-centered, check out ようこそ、わが家へ. Yes, it seems like a normal household drama at first, but the story concerning the father goes deep into his company's business, and the various ways that his chief rival keeps attempting to game the system to his advantage.
It's based on a novel by Ikeido Jun, whose books revolve around the intricacies of various parts of the Japanese economy and the plight of the average salaryman. The series 下町ロケット, starring the impossibly handsome Abe Hiroshi, is also based on one of his novels, but I haven't seen it yet and can't vouch for it.
If you want more of the same in novel form, Ikeido's novel オレたち花のバブル組 is a great read.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have much to look into.
I'll clarify something. When I say JMovies are not very good, I mean it strictly from my perspective. I've tried quite a few of the big sellers and highly regarded and it again... meh. They just don't appeal to me. However I am willing to give the JDrama world a fair chance. If you told me I'd go gaga for Kdramas a year ago I'd think you were daft so ya never know.
Looks like I have a lot of watching to do this week.
I hope I remember to give back with some reviews and observations for the next Soylent Green who has my tastes and a similar question.
Edited: 2016-12-06, 2:04 am
I just finished Tamiou. It was OK but it went to the Benny Hillish level zany too often which was a bit of a turn off.
A few laughs, some sorta interesting story elements, no real compelling characters though. About half way though I was finishing more for the sake of sunk costs which isn't a good thing for an 8 episode program.
Next up Mr Nietzsche. I worked at a convenience store so I might take to that like a duck to water. Sadly ep 4 lacks subtitles so I will have to skip it.
I am half way through Mr Nietzsche and the unrecommended Mondai no Aru Restaurant.
It was never my plan to just give up on one show. I was thinking 3 but I will probably give all the recommended shows that I can find on line a shot. [I've found most of them]
Mr Nietzshe also goes towards the weird. The lotto psycho, the boss's wife, the stalker nurse.
I do like it a bit more than Tamiou.
Mondai no Aru Restaurant, the first episode I just skipped through. Been watching it after that one though. It's pretty good although I think I would stab myself in the eye with a very hot french fry if there were 50+ episodes like those Koreans do.
I think I may give Biblia a shot next. I am a bit of a book nerd. That and Lindsay Booth kept me watching the Librarians for much longer than I should have.
I dunno about the drama version of Biblia but I can definitely recommend the original books (which I've now read the first six of and am sat waiting for the author to write more...)
2 episodes into Nobunaga Concerto, Biblia and Hana Yori Dango. My first Kdrama which I watched just because it was a lazy afternoon and it happened to be on TV was Boys over Flowers which isn't the best of the shows I've seen but I was curious what the Japanese version was like.
NC. Pretty good. It kinda pissed me off when the lead started getting all Brony on everyone although one could expect that from a high school kid without a firm grounding in military history. Other then that, smashing good. It helps that I like the historical type sets and the military themes. I also dig time travel/person outside of their element kind of stories. I'd say it is my fav so far.
Biblia is a bit weird. On one hand, used book stores will draw me in much like the TV series The Librarians and the adorable female lead in both ditto. However there is something just a bit odd about the story line. I am also not much into mysteries. About 10 episodes so I'll keep watching it.
HYD. Pretty much like the Korean one. Those F4 guys are annoying, not just because of what they do, they could be handing out kittens to orphans and I would just me like meh. The female lead so far lacks a bit of that annoying quality that the Korean one had. Other than that, it is about the same level as the Korean version to uneducated eyes and ears. The version I have does seem very suited to the beginning/intermediate J Learner, not only subtitles but they even explain some of the terminology.
I was ready to take Japanese off my language TDL but I may have to consider putting it back on.