For an examination question, there is always only one good answer. If you don’t find that single good answer, you fail. It’s a very difficult problem. But for life, it’s different. In life, there are many correct answers.
Let me start by saying that the title refers to a tree planted specially with the purpose of witnessing students passing the Toudai entrance exam.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything great from this series, firstly due to my problem with Yamapi’s acting.
Well, I was wrong.
Yamapi’s great here <3
Anyway, Dragon Zakura tells the story of a lawyer, played by Hiroshi Abe, that wants to gain fame by making five students from a low-ranked high school enter Tokyo University aka Toudai.
As usual, Hiroshi Abe’s acting is awesome! His partner, played by Hasegawa Kyoko, at first opposed of his teaching method but of course fell in his traps along the way. I found her acting a bit fake, but still tolerable.
It’s also fun to watch very young Yamapi, Aragaki Yui, and Nagasawa Masami together. Koike Teppei too, but then he still looks as young now as he does ten years ago. My favorites are, no doubt, Yamapi and Teppei!
The chemistry is perfect.
Though the plot is a bit cliche.. You know, all the gathering the student together part, then one by one has a problem with the teacher and threatens to leave and bla bla bla, the director managed to do that in a fantastic way that it’s not boring.
Lame as it sounds, I actually cried at some parts.. orz
However, the ending is… unfortunately weak. Or maybe it’s just my bias taking over, considering I don’t really like Nagasawa and the ending is mostly about her.
nac: what do you and your followers think are the representative J-dramas of this decade? In the 2000s, we had Hana Yori Dango, Hana Kimi, Gokusen, Great Teacher Onizuka, 1 Litre of Tears, Nobuta wo Produce, Dragon Zakura, and Nodame Cantabile as the representative dramas of the decade, but which dramas do you think are representative of the current decade?
Sorry for the so very late answer.
Although not as iconic as the ones you mentioned, I think we’ve got some pretty good dramas in the last 7 years. When it comes to popular dramas after 2010, the following come to my mind: GTO (the remake), Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de, Ikemen desu ne, Switch girl, Karamazov no kyodai, Kazoku Game, Last Cinderella, N no tame ni, Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N, Ouroboros, Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (among others).
Of course, this is really based on my own preference, but I feel like some of those were generally popular with most jdrama fans.
Hi! New follower here. I love your blog btw (: Just wanted to ask you, what are some Japanese dramas that you would recommend?
I’m so old school very very old school indeed I’m afraid you don’t like old ones 😂😂
Cos I don’t watch a lot of new one rn but there are some dramas I really really like
- 南くんの恋人 Minami kun no Koibito (so there’s a new version but I only like the old one in 2004 LMAO)
- プロポーズ大作戦 Operation Love
- ドラゴン桜 Dragon Zakura
- マイ☆ボス マイ☆ヒーロー My Boss My Hero
- パパとムスメの7日間 Papa to Musume no Nanokakan
- ひとつ屋根の下 Under One Roof
- ニュースの女 Newswoman
- 野ブタ。をプロデュース Nobuta no Produce
- 全開ガール ZENKAI GIRL
- LEGAL HIGH 1 & 2
- ごくせん GOKUSEN
- WATER BOYS ( MY FIRST DRAMA YAY MUST WATCHHH)
- クロサギ KUROSAGI
- 花ざかりの君たちへ～イケメン♂パラダイス～ For You in Full Blossom (2007)
- EVERY CLASSIC DRAMA OF TAKUYA KIMURA
- のだめカンタービレ NODAME CANTABILE
- アンティーク～西洋骨董洋菓子店～ ANTIQUE (2001)
- ねつれつてきちゅうかはんてん Netsuretsu Teki Chuuka Hanten
- ウロボロス〜この愛こそ、正義。 OUROBUROS (FINALLY A 2015 one)
- ごめんね青春! GOMENNE SEISHUN
And if you are okay with weird dramas
I highly recommend 世にも奇妙な物語 Tales of Unusual ITS MY FAVROUITE DRAMA IN MY LIFE I like every single story!! It’s not really scary but stories are so special and creepy
I can’t think of every one I watched but those on list are my favourites ❤️❤️
Some of them are so old but really nice that I still remember now.
Hope it helps :P