It’s hot outside. What better way to cool yourself down then with some new J-dramas.
4. 闇金ウシジマくん Season 3 (Ushijima the Loan Shark)
Japanese Level: ☆☆☆☆
Season 3? Yes. I reviewed this series a long time ago, and it was a wild story that takes a comedic look at the underground loan shark world. It never ceased to amaze me. It takes the darkest topics of Japanese sub-culture, and somehow manages to create fun and entertaining characters around it. Season 1 and 2 (and the movies) delivered. Season 3? I have high expectations.
3. 死幣 -DEATH CASH-
Japanese Level: ☆☆
“Use it and you die!” The story of a poor misunderstood 10,000 yen note that is cursed, and when used by people, does what it feels is right, and kills them. I’m sure this will be absolutely silly, but the premise is clever. I’m expecting gloriously bad (and fun) B horror.
2. 時をかける少女 (The Girl who Leapt Through Time)
Japanese Level: ☆☆
A famous 50 year old novel. A successful (and entertaining) anime movie. And now a J-drama. The story of a girl who gains the power to travel back in time, repeatedly, to re-write every silly thing she decides she wants to fix. Only having 5 episodes feels a little short, and I’m sure the story will be completely different from the movie and the book, but can you miss a fun little high school romance time travel story…?
1. そして、誰もいなくなった (And then, Everyone was Gone)
Japanese Level: ☆☆☆
If you like 藤原竜也 (Fujiwara Tatsuya), I can’t imagine you missing this new series. He always stars in dark dystopia futures where everything is bad, the world is crumbling in some way, and he is just your average guy caught in the midst of it all. Battle Royale, Kaiji, Incite Mill, Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi, Death Note – all him.
This time is no different. Normal average guy gets caught up in some crazy incident where someone with the same name takes over his life. Fujiwara, you never disappoint.
Any other J-dramas you are looking forward to this summer?
Okay, my taste may be weird. What are some new series that you are excited about?