Now that I finished watching Pandora 3, its time for no prizes for my favourite doramas and performances from last year. Hopefully I've watched everything worth watching. The only two caveats could possibly be Shitamachi Rocket and Co Ishoku Coordinator. Both are unsubbed and would be pretty hard to watch since they would involve lots of technical jargon though jdrama weblog has written detailed synopsis. Can't get HKEng subbed Wowow doramas so maybe I'll give them a go some time in the future. Forgot to look for Kazoku Hotei when I was in Japan. :(
I CAN'T BELIEVE AWARDS:
I can't believe 40% of Japanese thought Mita was good or at least tuned in for the last episode.
I can't believe Suzuki sensei has an average rating of 2.16% An incredible dorama is on TV and the ratings actually slide done. Where are the Japanese reviews and blogs telling people how good it is?
I still can't believe they screwed the middle Jin 2 up. That's what happens when you write Nakatani Miki out of the story.
I can't believe how brainless Watashi ga Renai Dekinai no Riyuu is. What is more unbelievable is that I lasted 7 episodes.
I can't believe there are 4 seasons of Hancho and they rate pretty decent. Talk about rewarding mediocrity.
I can't believe Takei Emi is getting such a big push like as if she's bonking all the producers. She's like the second coming of Horikita Maki.
WATCHABLE DORAMAS OF 2011
Jin 2 - The ship got back on the path towards the end but it was too late.
Kurumi no Heya
Is - Unfortunately not based on the Masakazu Katsura manga but still watchable.
Last Money ~Ai no Nedan~ - If not for the johnny guy, it would have been a pretty good dorama.
Shinya Shokudo 2 - Not as good as the first one.
Madonna Verde - Haven't watched the last 2 eps. Could end up sucking.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ono Karin as Kawabe in Suzuki sensei.
Kawabe is the most important student in terms of performance and she absolutely sold me that she was playing a real character and believed everything she said. Ogawa was the central character storyline but no acting was needed for her. Suzuki sensei would have failed without Ono Karin's fearless acting.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Takashima Masanobu as Moriyama sensei in Doctors
I guess the most of award is due to the writing but Moriyama is the most memorable supporting character from last year's doramas. There is not subtle acting here but the character does his job well. Moriyama inspired me to write this post about memorable jdorama characters.
Shout out to Kazama Shunsuke who played Futaba's sister in Soredemo. He is one johnny beside Nino who can act.
Mitsushima Hikari as Toyama Futaba in Soredemo Ikite Yuku
There is no one else to give it to. Whoever gives it to Matsushima Nanako in Mita is an idiot.
Can't choose between Eita and Hasegawa Hiroki.
Both great performances. Eita really impressed me and I was never impressed with his acting until Soredemo. Hasegawa Hiroki followed up his faultless performance in Suzuki sensei with Mita but even he couldn't even act to the horrible lines.
TOP 5 DORAMAS OF 2011
Knows what it is doesn't try to be what its not but doesn't it very well.
4. Doctors: Saikyou no meii
Doctors is what happens when you take all your hospital dorama cliches and give the characters' brains. You end up with something intelligent unlike hospital doramas that make things stupider by making it more soap operaish. *cough* 37 sai *cough*
3. Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro
Very, very funny dorama made on a shoestring budget which further enhances its charms.
1. Suzuki sensei (tie)
I think I've said all I need to say about Suzuki sensei here, here, here, here, here, here and here. 7 posts on Suzuki sensei! Probably the only other dorama I've written so much about is Kekkon Dekinai Otoko. Suzuki sensei has plenty of subtext and undertones as well as being pretty funny.
1. Soredemo Ikite Yuku (tie)
Can't decide which one is better since they're both bloody fucking good. So good I have to consider both of them if I ever make a top 10 list which I'll never do cause I can never whittle it down to just 10. Soredemo is just a great emotional journey that shows you what they characters are going through instead of preaching it to you. Can't believe Fuji TV made something so good.