These are the series I’ve learned from. It’s important to note that these include tiny changes too! Needless to say, these are some of my favourite anime, manga, and Japanese dramas.
1. One Piece (anime)
I watch the anime and I also read the manga. I’m a lot more ahead in the manga lol but I will go back and watch all the episodes (800+). I’ve said this quite a few times in my blog already – One Piece is my favourite anime series of all time.
It showed me what friendship should look like because the Straw Hat Pirates have such a great dynamic. I’ve observed many of the same qualities in my own crew. ^^
One Piece is ridiculously funny and it brought back my laughter.
2. Liar Game (Japanese drama)
There are two seasons and a few movies. I’ve watched them all lol. There’s also a Korean drama and I’ve seen that too. I’ve also completed the manga. The ending of the manga was pretty disappointing but it’s still worth reading.
Liar Game was one of the things that made me interested in pursuing a degree in Psychology. My university was recently listed at #10 in Psychology, and this is a world ranking. That’s really cool. =D
I used to be super naive. Liar Game (and university) taught me that people tell lies. I think it’s better to know that people are not perfect.
3. Bloody Monday (Japanese drama)
There are two seasons of the Japanese drama, but I like season 1 more because J is the main antagonist. I’ve also read the first and third season of the manga. I think you should read season 1 of the manga first, but I definitely prefer season 3 because of J.
The drama and manga showed me that our problems are so trivial when we look at the world. That is comforting.
4. Durarara!! (anime)
I’m not the biggest fan of the manga, mostly because of the art style. I really like the soundtrack in the anime. Season 2 of the anime was not as good because they introduced too many characters in too little episodes. It seemed forced and rushed. The character design for Izaya looked better in Season 1.
Izaya is one of my favourite anime characters. I have to admit, he is a terrible person. However, his quotes on living in the present and moving on from the past “changed” me because the way I approached life changed. I became more present-oriented and I was able to move on from whatever it was that bothered me in the past. I love living in the present.
“You think you’re special? You’re not. Everyone lies, everyone hides things… Nobody makes it through this life being completely honest.”
“The only way to truly escape the mundane is for you to constantly be evolving. Whether you choose to aim high, or aim low. Enjoy each day for what it is.”
“Your guilt will be your past and that will be your God.”
I think I was too harsh on others in the past. The show taught me that perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical of others. After all, there are probably some things that others don’t like about us. We are all dealing with our own conflicts.
5. Hotaru no Hikari (manga)
There is also a Japanese drama and it has two seasons. I used to be unhappy with myself if I was not productive. There were a certain number of tasks I felt I needed to do every day and I don’t agree with that anymore. It’s okay to just relax some days. 🙂
6. Great Teacher Onizuka (Japanese drama)
It’s based on the manga and anime. I like the live-action from 1999 but I’m sure the newer one is good too. I haven’t watched it.
I watched GTO right before I started university and it taught me so many life lessons.
7. Kurosagi (Japanese drama)
There is a movie too but I felt unsatisfied after I watched it. The art style in the manga is not very appealing. I’m caught up on the chapters though hahaha.
The drama doesn’t have such a big influence on me now. When I was high school, I loved Kurosaki so I watched each episode multiple times. He brought out the best person in me because I felt inspired to dress nicer, eat healthier and I even learned to cook some foods. It’s pretty weird that a fictional character can do this.