Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Who is the best jdorama writer?

Our candidates are.....

1) OZAKI MASAYA / 尾崎将也

- Shiroi Haru
- Tokumei Kakarichou Tadano Hitoshi series
- Satorare
- Love Generation
- At Home Dad

He wrote two of the greatest jdoramas ever in KDO and Love Generation. He also wrote the crybabies pretending to be tough dorama Rookies but I'll ignore that since its a manga adaptation. This guy can write anything.

Ozaki Masaya can write Nojima Shinji snappy dialogue in KDO, funny adult dorama like Tadano Hitoshi and my favourite 90s trendy dorama Love Generation. He doesn't have a signature style that I can see except he is very good.


- Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi
- Last Present
- Home Drama
- Algernon ni Hanataba wo
- Beach Boys
- Mada Koi Hajimaranai
- Iguana no Musume
- Ima Ai ni Yukimasu

Not bad nothing really stands out in terms of writing.

3. Kitagawa Eriko / 北川悦吏子

- Orange Days
- Beautiful Life
- One Million Stars fall from the Sky
- Long Vacation
- Aishiteru to itte kure
- Asunaro Hakusho

Probably the most famous writer due the her being responsible for big name trendy doramas. I love One Million Stars. However, she also wrote the abomination that was Tatta hitotsu no koi. To me, she is the least skilled in terms of writing and is just on the list because of her fame.

4. Nojima Shinji / 野島伸司

- Gold
- Love Shuffle
- Bara no nai Hanaya
- Aikurushii
- Pride
- Koukou Kyoushi 1993 and 2003
- Golden Bowl
- Hitotsu Yane no Shita 1+2
- 101 Proposals
- Kono yo no hate

 Look at that resume! This guy is god-like in his writing. Great snappy dialogue and he makes average doramas fun to watch.Nojima Shinji's has the most doramas which I consider must watch.

5. Sakamoto Yuji / 坂元裕二

- Soredemo Ikite Yuku
- Mother
- Chase
- Taiyo to Umi no Kyoushitsu
- Watashitachi no Kyoukashou
- Last Christmas
- Itoshi Kimi E
- Anata no Tonari Dareka Iru
- Tokyo Love Story

This guy is fucking good. Makete, Katsu should be must watch but I don't think anyone is subbing it. :( Ok, he did write Ryokiteki na Kanojo but let's forget about that.

6. Hashibe Atsuko / 橋部敦子

- Fumo Chitai
- Oishii Kankei
- Star no Koi
- Boku no Ikiru Michi
- Boku to Kanojo to Kanojo to Ikiru Michi
- Boku no Aruku Michi

Her doramas are more laid back and four of the above star Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. She's definitely the writer for his acting style. I love Oishii Kankei. Hashibe Atsuko definitely warrants some consideration. Love Oishii Kankei.

7. Kosawa Ryota / 古沢良太

- Always San Chome trilogy
- Kisaragi
- Gaiji Keisatsu + Movie
- Gonzo
- Aibo
- Suzuki Sensei + Movie

Fuck me. This guy is a genius. I can't wait for Gaiji Keisatsu and Suzuki Sensei movies!!!

8. Hayashi Koji / 林宏司

- Hagetaka + Movie
- Iryu 1-3

Unfortunately he also wrote Code Blue and Boss. Actually considering Hagetaka is based on a novel and Iryu is a manga, he shouldn't be on this list.

9. Aizawa Tomoko / 相沢友子

- Kagi no Kakatta Heya
- Guilty
- Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi
- Medaka
- Itsumo Futari De
- Koi no Chikara
- Yamato Nadeshiko

Not bad with Shikaotoko, Medaka and Yamato Nadeshiko. Certainly a solid writer and to think she started off as a singer!

10. Yukawa Kazuhiko / 遊川和彦

- Oyaji
- Majo no Jouken
- Koi Ga Shitai x3
- Jyoou no Kyoushitsu
- Enka no Joou
- Kaseifu no Mita

Can't believe this guy wrote doramas as different as GTO, Koi ga Shitai and Jyoou no Kyoushitsu. I respect him for trying something difficult with Enka no Joou but Kaseifu no Mita has some crappy writing. Probably if Mita did not have such crazy ratings I would just consider a minor blip.


I can't decide. 4 way tie between Ozaki Masaya, Nojima Shinji, Sakamoto Yuji and Furusawa Ryota.

If you've got any writers that deserve to be on the list, let me know!


scrwtp said...

The most glaring absentee? Kudou Kankurou. Out of the listed ones, a tie between Nojima Shinji and Ozaki Masaya for me too.

Sonnaaaaa~ said...

For me, it's Yukawa Kazuhiko-sama, Hashibe Atsuko, and Nojima Shinji.

I haven't seen some of the dramas on that list. *sigh*

Antspace said...

Great list! great initiative! : ) But the omissions will get you in trouble!First thing I thought after reading your list was: Where's Kudo Kankuro?! Then I thought of some of my favorite series: Atami no Sousakan and Jikou Keisatsu: Miki Satoshi! Yes I like the quirky : )
The best series ever in my view is probably Soredemo Ikite Yuku (...and God I loved Mother!) : So I vote Sakamoto Yuji.

Enma said...

indeed Anspace. Tiger and Dragon is something.

Anonymous said...

In your list, I will probably take out Hayashi Koji and slot in Fukuda Yasushi instead. Yea, I know most of his writings are adapted, but after watching Keigo Higashino Mystery, I realised how you need a special way to adapt mystery novel to drama. He has that. That's why GALILEO is successful.

Besides, he wrote DOCTOR.

Anonymous said...

Ties are cheating.
Nojima Shinji has no equal.

Akiramike said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I shall do a part 2 or a revised post at a later date.

Nojima Shinji has no equal but can he do write a good cop show or thriller?

Classy said...

Dude... Inoue Yumiko smokes them all. By a long shot.

Anonymous said...

Here's the deal:
#1: Sakamoto Yuji
#2: Sakamoto Yuji
#3: Sakamoto Yuji
#4: Kuromoto Sou
#5: Okada Yoshikazu

SY continues to break new ground with every new project (sans RnK like you say) with Makete, Katsu being his most ambitious to date and it's deliriously brilliant, having skimmed through the raws and catching what little dialogue I could.
And that's the first time seeing his snap, I like.. <3

Kuromoto Sou writes like a veteran who knows exactly what he's doing, assured, and not chased by rabid dogs to win popular appraisal.

Okada Yoshikazu is a little uneven but when he's good he's just superb. I loved his Zeni Geba (initially very shaky but then evolves...), Ohisama was also good as a whole.

Honourary mention goes to Habara Daisuke who did a commendable job writing Double Face and Beautiful Rain this year.

keiko1981 said...

Nojima Shinji / 野島伸司 all the way!

Runner up
Sakamoto Yuji / 坂元裕二
Because of Mother
Yukawa Kazuhiko / 遊川和彦
Because of GTO and Jyoou no Kyoushitsu

Anonymous said...

Do you forget Suzuki Sensei was actually adapted from a manga series?

praveen said...
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praveen said...

Thank you for the informative list. It's Furusawa ryota for me (followed by Ozaki masaya). But is he also identified as Kosawa ryota ?(The profile page in Asianwiki says so.)

Akiramike said...

Ooops, it is Kosawa Ryota. Thanks for the correction!

Pen Prapsamudra said...

I like Tatta Hitotsu no koi. (Cry)