Perhaps adaptations of foreign series are slowly becoming a thing now in Korea? I watched the Korean adaptation of Criminal Minds aired last year too. It lost some of the spunk and nuances but I don’t mind. I prefer the Korean adaptations because having an Asian cast and setting make it more relatable to me. I’m interested in how this would pan out.
Short and sweet. The plot is straight-forward and the characters are adorable.
花にけだもの (Hana ni Kedamono lit. Flower and the Beast)
It has a typical shoujo plot with a touch of realism. Having greatly flawed leading characters makes it both interesting and annoying at the same time. Anyway, I prefer Chihaya better than Hyo. I hope she chooses him in the end.
Japan is home to original concepts and genius story-telling. What fascinates me about Japanese drama is how it delves into the psychological and moral state of its characters. It can cater to extremes and somehow make it work, whether its raw and disturbing to plain and boring to crazy and weird. I also like how it always attempts to redefine humanity to a certain extent. It provides depth and breadth of insight unparalleled by any series produced by any other country. I actually liked Japanese dramas first before I dabbled into Korean and Taiwanese, which explains this relatively long list. Anyway, here are my Top 30 Japanese series aired before 2017 solely based on my level of enjoyment.