Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Revised HamsapSukebe awards 2008-2009

Edit: Oops, completely forgot about Soratobu Taiya. Thanks to Jung for mentioning it.


1) Gonzo

Perfect police mystery dorama, except for the part where 500 police storm a house to capture on dude. Great acting, great writing, just superb.

2) Saito-san

Never has a suburban housewife dorama been so entertaining and sadly, I doubt the genre will ever reach the heights of Saito san.

3) Shika Otoko

 Best example of very slow 6 episodes and suddenly it all comes into place.  A simple story done very well.

4) The Quiz Show

New addition to the top 5. A great example of a low budget and great story dorama. Do not watch the stupid second season!

5) Muri na Renai

Natsukawa Yui is awesome and Sakai Masaaki is great as the former singer turned producer. Great dialogue by the writer of Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi.

Worth watching: OL Nippon (bumped for Quiz Show), Ashita no Kita Yoshio, Daisuki! (only for Fukuda Saki), Nanase Futatabi, Barai no nai Hanaya, Osen,  Akai Ito, Pandora, Taiyo to Umi no Kyoushitsu, Hachi one Diver, Gira Gira, Scandal.


1) Love Shuffle

Still on of the most fun doramas with smart dialogue by Nojima Shinji. Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi is turning out to be as good.

2) Jin

Such a great first season. Uchino Masaaki and Nakatani Miki have a lot to do with how good it is. Too bad they screwed up the second season.

3) Shiroi Haru

Slightly flawed but Abe Hiroshi is just transcendent in his acting. No one else could have made it work. I must have watched this at least 4 times.

4) Fumo Chitai
Its kind of cheating that Fumo Chitai stretched between 2009 and 2010. 

5) Soratobu Taiya

Soratobu Taiya is a very good Wowow dorama about a corporate cover up and the people involved in it. I like how it looks at the matter from different perspectives but never loses the pacing of the story. Looking back at my reviews, I had actually wanted to wait for the subbing to finish before doing the 2008 awards but the subbing took a long time. 

Honourable mention: Rinjo, Akai Ito, Majo Saiban, Jyoou Virgin, Futatsu no Spica, Ninkyo Helper, Saru Lock, Liar Game 2, Shinya Shokudo, Untouchable, Call Centre no Koibito. Shinya Shokudo was just that good enough to make top 5 and Untouchable is another late addition to the list.

Looking back, 2008 and 2009 were damn good years for jdoramas. A lot shows which can be considered for top 10 all time doramas and plenty of shows that can be argued should make the top 5. Caveat: I have yet to watch Natsukawa Yui's Top Sales although its been sitting on my shelf fora few years.


Jung said...

I think my favorites from those years, in the order:

Soratobu Taiya
Akai Ito
Bara no nai Hanaya
Shinya Shokudo
Nanase Futatabi

Jesus Christ Supercop said...

^ Nanase is great. One of the few dramas with interesting visuals and camera work (and possibly the only one with music by Kenji Kawai?). Another Nanase adaptation started recently, but after taking a cursory glance at the first episode I thought it was excessively zany and weird.

Love Shuffle was decent enough. At the time I wasn't a huge fan of Shihori Kanjiya like today, so maybe I'd like it even more now.

Shiroi Haru was good, largely thanks to Abe. The story could have been slightly streamlined, and the ending seemed like a cheap cop-out even if it made sense.

And Jin... yeah, good first season followed by a lousy second one.

My favorite from 2008 is Cat Street. It has a long list of flaws, but I simply love the main character (stellar performance by Mitsuki Tanimura, my other obsession). I like that they made her realistically plain and awkward, which made many people butthurt because they were expecting a fabulous idoru instead (which is apparently how she is in the manga).

Chen said...

Thank you for the post! Your blog is very fun to read and your lists are interesting.

Actually my favorites from those years are : (not in order)

Gaiji Keisatsu
Soratobu Taiya
love Shuffle
Bara no nai Hanaya

And I also like Shinya Shokudo, Kanryotachi no Natsu (I'm sure It was broadcasted in 2009), Fumo Chitai, Shikaotoko, Ashita no Kita Yoshio, and Osen

Anonymous said...

Would you mind re-seed the first ep of Soratobu Taiya? ^^ Your review makes me curious about that drama.

Akiramike said...

Just tried reseeding Soratobu eps 1 and 2 and for some reason utorrent just ignores the existing files and redownloads instead of seed.