15 Best Japanese Dramas You Must Watch in 2021
If you want to relax and have an enjoyable night-in, these Japanese dramas will keep you fascinated the whole night. Japanese dramas are easy to watch due to their length, intricate and interesting storylines. Unlike movies, you will learn to slowly love the characters as the story unfolds. Japanese dramas truly are a league of its own. Light-hearted or heart-wrenching, you name it, Japanese series got you covered.
Today, we want to introduce you to the Best 15 Japanese Drama in 2021, enjoy it at the comfort of your own home. You’re bound to pick up a few aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle by the end of any series!
1. Hanzawa Naoki
Hanzawa Naoki is a huge Japanese hit with a incredible number of 42.2% in audience rating. The story is about Naoki Hanzawa, who works as a loan manager at the Osaka Nishi branch of Tokyo Central Bank. One day, Naoki approved 500-million-yen bank loan to Nishi Osaka Steel Company because of the branch manager's order. Nishi Osaka Steel Company seems financially stable, but the truth unfolds that they are hiding a massive amount of debts. After the truth was revealed, Asano, the bank’s branch manager tries shifting the blame to Naoki. He denies the blame and promises to retrieve the 500-million-yen loan.
2. Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu
A romantic comedy that involves the life of Mikuri Moriyama, a 25-year-old single woman living an ordinary live. She doesn't have a boyfriend or a job even with her graduate degree. Every day, Mikuri Moriyama has a feeling that she is not needed and that her life is useless. Her father, unable to see her suffering anymore, arranges for her to work as a housekeeper. Her employer is 36-year-old Hiramasa Tsuzaki, a single man that works for a successful company. A series of events leads them to marry under several conditions. A great rom com that will enlighten your heart!
3. Rich Man Poor Woman
Another amazing Japanese rom com that will make you laugh throughout the series! Rich Man Poor Women is about a 29-year-old Toru Hyuga a wealthy man, who runs an internet website from his small room and this little hobby became successful and Toru started earning a lot of money. His company, Next Innovation became very successful and gaining a lot of public attention.
One another hand, Makoto Natsui a 4th year university student saw a magazine featuring an interview with Toru Hyuga. She became interested and attends his presentation for new recruits at Next Innovation where she met Toru for the first time. Their first impression did not go well, and the story of the love hate relationship unfolds.
4. Boys Over Flowers
An all-time Japanese favourite drama that is worth a watch. Boys Over Flowers has also gained popularity in other countries around Asia, with various adapted version. Set at a famous high school for wealthy kids. It is a puppy love story centred on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Doumyoji Tsukasa.
Makino Tsukushi, a girl from a poor family with an unrivalled sense of optimism and drive, and by chance got admitted into a prestigious private high school. There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. A classic Japanese drama that can be watched repeatedly without getting bored!
5. 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu
A Japanese drama about a school mystery involving the death of a student. This is a must for suspense/psychological drama lovers. The plot is quite intriguing with an incredible group of actors. The death of Reina remains a mystery and will have viewers on the edge seeking for the truth. Was the death really an accident or did someone plant it? This series is highly entertaining, and it was easy to watch.
6. Nodame Cantabile
Nodame Cantabile is about an elite meticulous musical genius and an out-of-control pianist. This unlike pair somehow matches up and together with a group of colourful young classical musicians and an eccentric world-famous conductor, they start to create the most unique wonderful world of music. Each character has a special (or weird) story to tell, and they unite strongly. Based on a popular comic, this is a hilarious comedy with brilliant young ensemble cast and full of great classical music.
7. Dragon Zakura
The drama involves cartoon-like setting with Kenji Sakuragi, a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcycle gang. Failure to become a successful lawyer, he takes a position as a high school teacher and takes on the challenge of preparing a special advanced class for entrance to the prestigious Tokyo university.
8. Nobuta wo Produce
Nobuta wo Produce is about Shuji Kiritani one of the most popular guys in his school. He is pretending to care for all his classmates, but deep down, he is an introvert that prefer to live an ordinary life. His true self only comes out when he is around Akira Kusano, his classmate.
Nobuko Kotani, a new girl who got bullied for her gloomy and quiet appearance, Akira and Nobuta decide to give Nobuko a makeover to make her the most popular girl in the school. A light-hearted drama that portrays the social life of Japanese teenagers.
9. Code Blue
This drama is a famous Japanese series that has been broadcast for 3 seasons, there is also a movie version that has been produced. The drama involves a medical team that transports to their patients on a helicopter to provide immediate medical care in the field. The doctors experience traumatic medical situations, deal with personal ambitions, witness the fragility of life, and they grow personally and professionally. This drama sheds lights on the reality of saving people’s lives and the trauma that comes with it.
This is a medical drama that has several seasons, The drama revolves around Kounotori Sakura, an Ob-Gyn doctor working at the Persona General Medical Centre who is also a gifted jazz pianist. His mother had died in childbirth, and he was brought up in an orphanage, which is what fuelled his ambition to be an ob-gyn. He hopes to deliver every baby to this world with success, congratulating them on the gift of life given to their little bodies. The story combines a series of events including both happy and sad moments.
11. Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon
The drama is about a desperate university hospital that hired Michiko Daimon, a freelancer surgeon from doctor placement agency. Due to the hospital's harsh working conditions several doctors have quit. Michiko doesn't appear as your typical doctor. She wears shorts and high heels to the hospital, despite what people think, Michiko is an excellent surgeon. Michiko's outspoken personality made her second guess and doubt the decision of the director of the university hospital, which resulted in multiple conflicts.
12. Shita Machi Rocket
Shita Machi Rocket, Kohei Tsukuda who worked as a researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He now runs a family-owned factory that manufactures small engines. Kohei attempts to develop a rocket engine, which is a lifelong dream of his, but it causes his factory to suffer financially. Kohei’s company suffered terribly after his main client stopped ordering from him. A large company offers a deal to Kohei to buy the company’s patent, will he sell the company's patent or follow his dream?
13. Legal High
The comedy is about the two completely different lawyers. Machiko Mayuzumi, a new lawyer who has a mission to rescue the vulnerable and holds a strong sense of justice for the weak. On another hand, Kensuke Komikado, a lawyer who loves money and aims to win the case with any sneaky hand. One day, due to unforeseen circumstances, Machiko Mayuzumi begins to work at Kensuke Komikado's law office. The two attorneys constantly clash, but in the courtroom, they cooperate to fight as one.
Unnatural is about Mikoto, who works at the Institute for the Investigation of Unnatural Deaths (UID). She dissects the corpse of unnatural deaths, investigates in the strange cause of death, and find the truth behind each case. The story reveals several absurd events such as Mikoto's upbringing and the murder of his colleague Nakado's lover.
15. 1 Litre of Tears
1 Litre of Tears is based on a true story, and the diary it was based on sold more than a million copies nationwide. Aya Kitō was a cheerful girl who fought to remain alive. She was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration, a crippling disease that will rob her of any movement till she’s completely unable to move. The drama slowly reveals how she loses control of herself, and how her strength and optimism inspired Asou-kun, the son of a doctor, to become a neurologist. A truly heart-warming series that is loved by many.