Japan is More Than Just Anime

March 13, 2015

If only I could ramble about how strict Japanese government towards copyright, it could reach into a few books without conclusion so maybe I won't do that and save the conversation when I met METI people. But now I just want to say how I want Japanese Actors, Actresses, Movies, Dramas, and Idols more recognised

Japan is More Than Just Anime

I am an avid fan of Japan and I bet all of you know about it. I do read manga and wanted to be mangaka as well, and I know how powerful anime and manga are for Japanese Culture expansion. HOWEVER, How I wish that there is more room for Japanese Dramas and such

Everytime I said to people that I love Japan, they quickly assume that I am an otaku who only watches anime and read manga and listen to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Well, that's kinda wrong since my preference about Japan is not only that. Not all about Japan is unique in fashion or speaks in high-pitched voice. Majority of the people there are quite normal and what's popular overseas whether it's anime, visual kei music, manga, and harajuku fashion are not popular in Japan. When I was younger my tendency went to that sub-culture however as I grew older [around 17 years old], my preference also changed and I begin to love what Japanese people love too such as their male-idols or actors lol

Anyway the urge writing this post is bcos I was hooked up with J-Dramas again. I stopped watching J-Dramas during the end of my high school - early university age and converted to K-Dramas. The reason is simple, it's EASIER. A lot of websites provides korean dramas, with either english subtitles or indonesian subtitles or other countries' languages, updated pretty quick, and a lot of people talks about it. It's pretty accessible and we don't have to look for it because it is provided for us in a simple click. Basically why need to look for difficult things if we have the easy contents provided right?

How about Japanese Dramas? 

Japan is very strict about copyright issue and even has punishment for anyone who uploads their contents to the world. You don't believe it? I was WTF when I read 40 people arrested for uploading contents online on Arama -__-  This explains why there are less and less websites and fansubs to spread the love. However there's still some hope and if you dig in pretty good, you'll still enjoy the content and know the latest informations. So let me tell you some of my frequently visited websites to know about Japanese News / Dramas / Celebs : 

Tokyohive : I visit to know about upcoming dramas / movies, dramas rating [to let me know which one is popular in Japan], upcoming singles / album from artists, etc. Basically it's kinda like allkpop. What I love is the section about their upcoming dramas. Japanese Drama is separated into season mostly, and they always feature all the new dramas on each season 

Aramajapan : Similar like Tokyohive, however I check both sites since some of the informations provided are different

Maji De 2CH : Used to be active, but now totally dead. But if you haven't read it, just read cos it's good to know what Japanese People think. It's basically a translation for Japanese Forum where a lot of Japanese chats and gives comments 

Minus Kakugo : The new Maji De, different owner though. I check it on daily basis

Rocket News : Any interesting or unique informations about Japan that is updated many times per day. It's always fun to read Rocket News ^.^ I also know a lot about unique cute cafes or places to visit that is not under any tour itinerary from them

Tsunagu Japan : to read about Japanese Travel Tips and some other fashions and such too

JDramaCity : I hope I won't get sued like them but well, here's where I usually download most of the dramas.. They also have provided the soft-subs which you can download separately on d-addicts. 

Arashi On : Livejournal is the key in fact, and you have to join communities to know and download all the things for your own personal use only. Since I am a fan of Arashi, I mostly only follow their activities and Arashi-On is the master group on Livejournal to download all Arashi files. If you like other idols, you can browse through live journal to download for your own personal use only

If you don't know where to start watching the dramas, maybe you can start from any dramas that wins award? Here is the list of Japan Television Drama Awards which contains the list from the beginning. Since it wins award, of course it's the top notch

My favourite recently are : N no Tame Ni, Date, Marumaru Tsuma, Gomen ne Seishun, Ouroboros

I will keep reminding and spreading the news but I hope you'd start loving and knowing that Japan is more than just anime and manga ^.^

See you guys on my next post!

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