Japanese Drama Recs: Romance Manga Adaptions

1. Switch Girl!!

Synopsis: Nika Tamiya is the most beautiful girl at school. All the boys are in love with her and a lot of girls are envious at how she does everything so perfectly. However, she has a secret… She is a switch girl! When she arrives home, she “switches off” and transforms into her “true” self: a lazy and unfeminine girl. Arata Kamiyama, a geeky guy at school, finds out her secret. Arata is the opposite of her… He appears to be geeky at school but he’s actually super hot!?

The plot of this romantic comedy shojo series is similar to the popular manga, Horimiya. I like Switch Girl!! more though. I liked this drama because the cast is spot on. Many Seventeen models play the characters, including Mariya Nishiuchi, the main lead. Renn Kiriyama who plays Arata is good-looking too.

I watched this back when I was in high school and I was hooked from the beginning. I ended up procrastinating on whatever homework I had, so fair warning.

If you like this, you might like:

  • Horimiya (manga)
  • Hotaru no Hikari (Japanese drama)

2. Good Morning Call


Synopsis: Nao Yoshikawa moved into a new place, but she finds that she was scammed because another person is living in the same place as her. The person she has to live with is Hisashi Uehara, one of the most popular guys at school. Uehara is aloof and hard to get along with. Good luck Nao and don’t fall in love.

Good Morning Call is a Netflix Original series, based on the romantic comedy shojo series. I don’t know a single person who did not like this! The “living with the most popular guy at school (or my boss) and he is also cold and distant” trope is done again and again. The ending is predictable, but it’s still enjoyable to watch.

If you like this, you might like:

  • It Started With A Kiss (Taiwanese drama)
  • Playful Kiss (Korean drama)
  • Just You (Taiwanese drama)
  • Hotaru no Hikari (Japanese drama)

3. Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai

Synopsis: Michiko Shibata is a woman in her thirties. She is jobless and just broke up with her money-swindling younger boyfriend. She encounters Ayumu Kurosawa, her former supervisor. Hearing her situation, he gives her a job and a place to stay at his cafe.

You may already be familiar with the actor who plays Ayumu. He is played by Dean Fujioka, the singer who sang History Maker, the opening song of Yuri on Ice. Ayumu is so sweet… Where can I find someone like that?

Personally, high school shows don’t interest me as much anymore. I’m into josei series like this one, because I can relate to their struggles more and we are closer in age.

If you like this, you might like:

  • Hotaru no Hikari (Japanese drama)
  • Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (anime)
  • Just You (Taiwanese drama)

5 thoughts on “Japanese Drama Recs: Romance Manga Adaptions

  1. Yay!! Thank you for this post. That last one sounds really interesting (and seriously , are you really that old? You look so young. I never would have guessed. I’m a sucker for high school manga/anime/my newly found interest in tv drama and I graduated high school in the 90s. 😳 Something about that innocent youth or something. πŸ˜„) Good Morning Call is so good and one of the main reason I love it so much is because Nao is such a star. She’s absolutely brilliant in her typical manga girl way. Thank you again for this post!

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    • I’m glad you saw this one! Haha, I can relate to the money stuff LOL and the working parts of the adult life. I am not that old though! but high school was some years ago. XD

      Ah, I totally get that innocent youth thing you’re talking about. I agree with you that Nao is so brilliant in Good Morning Call. Thanks for reading!!

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  3. I think you would like “Otona Joshi no Anime Time”. I don’t know how difficult it is to find.

    Another work you should watch is “Kotonoha no Niwa”, Garden of Words, by Shinkai. If you like it, you should also watch the movie, “Summer of ’42”.

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    • Oh I’ve heard of Garden of Words! It looks beautiful and sounds promising if it’s by Shinkai. XD

      I added Otona Joshi no Anime Time and Garden of Words to my Plan to Watch list. Thank you for the recommendations. πŸ™‚


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