MOST BEAUTIFUL JDORAMA
KENJA NO AI
TV is a visual medium and unfortunately not much emphasis is given to the visuals, colours or the camera placement. A lot of it is due to the fact that there is not much time and money so its about shooting 10 episodes as efficiently as possible. That's why so many jdoramas feel like someone built three sets, lit everything up with the force of a thousand suns and used the same three camera placements all throughout the shoot. Plus most of the people who watch jdoramas don't really care whether a show used too much fuzzy lighting or knows how to use shadows to accentuate the foreground. They just want to look at beautiful people instead of beautiful images.
So when a jdorama strives to achieve excellence in its visuals, it must be praised and Kenja no Ai has achieved something even most movies cannot match. The sumptuous visuals serve to dress up the great acting to provide and absolute feast for your eyes.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TIED)
YAMAGUCHI SAYAKA - UNMEI NI, NITA KOI
TAKAOKA SAKI - KENJA NO AI
Very, very close race between Yamaguchi Sayaka and Takaoka Saki from Kenja no Ai. Both giving great performances as the jealous antagonist. I was bouncing back and forth between both, slept on it and then skimmed though both shows. Debated making it a tie and changed my mind a few times. You know what, these two gave the best performances of 2016 and both of them deserved to be recognised.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
SANTAMARIA YUSUKE - COLD CASE
A much version of his character from Hi no Ko. I know he's more guest star than supporting act but the two episodes he is in are so good and basically saved the show. Its incredible how he can excel in both comedies and serious stuff.
If you told me Aso Kumiko deserves this I won't argue with you.
MINETA KAZUNOBU - KISEKI NO HITO
I was going to give it to Kamikawa Takaya for Shizumanu Taiyo but then there's something to be said about playing a simpleton and the balancing act of making him likeable and not letting the audience dislike his straightforwardness. I can't think of anyone else who could have done Mineta Kazunobu's job as well.
ALMOST MUST WATCH JDORAMA AWARD
I've never given this out but this year had a huge lot of shows that were very good, but just stopped short of being must watch in my book but I need to give these shows some love.
KISEKI NO HITO
JUKEN NO CINDERELLA
KIBOUGAOKA NO HITOBITO
KUROI 10-NIN NO ONNA
ARECHI NO KOI
BEST 5 JDORAMAS OF 2016
UNMEI NI NITA KOI
Actually, fuck it. I'm retroactively awarding it a must watch cause of Yamaguchi Sayaka. Its not like they had negative chemistry anyway.
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KENJA NO AI