There’s a tag going around called “A Book for All Occasions Tag,” and I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit.
A Book for All Occasions tag was started by Hannah at Hannah’s Bookshelf.
Name a Drama that Makes You Cry
Boku no Ita Jikan (The Hours of My Life)
Synopsis: Sawada Takuto, a university student, learns he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He doesn’t have much time left but lives his life actively.
So many tears. So many tissues. One of the best shows ever with an awesome cast.
Name a Drama that Makes You Smile
Gokusen (1, 2, and 3)
Synopsis: Yamaguchi Kumiko is a granddaughter of a yakuza boss and a high school teacher at an all-male high school. Her class is full of delinquents and are considered outcasts of society. Her upbringing gives her the strength and experience to reach out to her students while also providing meaningful life lessons and comedic situations.
An oldie but a goodie. No matter how old I get, I’ll always enjoy Gokusen. Albeit cliché, it’ll definitely bring a good laugh. You’ll recognize some popular actors as most of them gained fame through this show.
Name a Drama that Makes You Feel Passionate
Forge On, Young Men! (A.K.A The Prince of Tennis Chinese Ver.)
Synopsis: Lu Xia is a tennis prodigy who’s living in the shadow of his father, a pro tennis player. Lu Xia returns to China after living abroad and attends Yu Qing high school and joins the tennis club. There, he gets the chance to play many strong players and ultimately forge his own identity and rediscover his love for tennis.
The Prince of Tennis is an anime that’s stuck with me for many, many years. I’ll never get enough of adaptations. This one, though, takes the cake. Characterization is slightly different but adds depth to the character, humour is good, and the changes that the writes make makes sense, which brings the story together even better than the original.
Name a Drama that Makes You Feel Cosy
Watashi, Teiji de Kaerimasu (I Will Not Work Overtime, Period)
Synopsis: Higashiyama Yui works as a PR director at Net Heroes. Due to her workaholic father and bad past experiences, she never works overtime and is as efficient as possible during working hours. When her ex-fiancee becomes her new department head, her peaceful days begin to change.
As stressful as the synopsis or title may sound, it’s a show most people can relate to in the office world. It doesn’t have a super-serious tone, but it does goes into sensitive topics like sexual harassment. What’s great about this show is the main female character and her natural ability to help her co-workers.
Name a Drama that Transports You to a Magical Place
Hotel Del Luna
Synopsis: All of Hotel del Luna’s guests are ghosts. Due to her past sins, Jang Man-Wol is stuck as the hotel’s CEO, catering to the dead before they reincarnate. She meets a man who ultimately sells his son, Gu Chan-Sung, to her in exchange for his life and money. Twenty years later, Gu Chan-Sung returns to Korea, where his fate is inexplicably linked to Jang Man-Wol.
Hotel del Luna is a combination of dark fantasy and romantic comedy that transports you to the past, present, and future. If anything, this is a must-watch for the acting and story.
Name a Drama that Scared You
Anata no Ban Desu (Your Turn to Kill)
Synopsis: Nana and Shota are newlyweds who move into a new apartment. Nana attends a resident’s meeting where they play a seemingly innocuous game by writing down the name of someone they want dead. Soon, murders start to happen, where the residents start receiving an ominous message: It’s your turn to kill.
This one was a rollercoaster ride. Most of the residents are messed up.
Name a Drama that Makes You Feel Jealous
Synopsis: Popular and pretty high school student, Ayumi, suddenly switches bodies with the most unpopular girl in school, Zenko. As their lives get turned upside down, they each learn something from the other that they never thought they would.
This show was so good, and it touched on some dark themes like depression and anxiety. Ayumi is your classic cheerful and outgoing protagonist with some great friends. Her life, before the switch, was pretty much perfect. And who wouldn’t be a little jealous of that?
Name a Drama with an Inspiring Female Character
Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku (The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami)
Synopsis: Okitegami Kyoko is a private detective who loves money. Her memory resets everyday; therefore, she only takes payment if she can solve her cases within a day. She meets the unlucky Yakusuke Kakushidate who falls for her.
Kyoko is witty, charming, and quirky. She’s calm in problematic situations, and her chemistry with Yakusuke is adorable. This show is light-hearted without being overly predictable.
Name a Drama with an Inspiring Male Character
Tokyo Dokushin Danshi (Tokyo Bachelors)
Synopsis: Ishibashi Taro, Miyoshi Reiya, Iwakura Kazuhiko are societal elites living in Tokyo. They are close friends, and all of them are single. However, they start to think about marriage.
All of the characters are pretty inspiring in this show. Despite their ups and downs, in the end, everyone makes a confident decision of what’s best for them.