Undoubtedly, the best way to watch TV is in unhealthily long bursts that ruin sleeping patterns and swallow up whole weekends. If you’re into J-Dramas, all the better: Japanese Netflix has an excellent selection of subtitled series to choose from.
Yet, for those of us who love Japanese dramas but are not fluent in Japanese, Netflix can be a tricky place to navigate. A curious number of J-dramas on the site don’t have English subtitles, despite their titles and bios being in English. So, to help you in your Japanese TV consuming quest, here is a list of fantastic, English-subbed Japanese dramas to binge-watch to your heart’s content.
Sit back, relax, and push play! (And vote for your favorite!)
Source: Spark Blog
Recently, Mavi’s Journey got released on Steam. The game is a JRPG about a half-beast Witch named Mavi and has no combat system. Current price is free. But, it’s in Japanese only. For more details, check out the store page.
Source: Japan Subculture Research Center
Yu Shibuya is a quiet force to be reckoned with. As a rare bilingual and exceptionally talented playwright, screenwriter and director he has won multiple awards with his shorts and features across the world. His works are often painfully tragic yet peppered with subtle humor, resulting in a poignant and hopeful aftertaste. His ability to depict Japan with a loving gaze of one that knows it from the inside and out, uniquely teases out the mundane and obscurities alike, creating a distinct and irresistible world.
His latest feature CICADA(千里眼) is no exception. It was made in 2014 in Japan with a Japanese cast but with an entirely American crew. The director Dean Yamada is a Japanese American whom Shibuya teamed up with in 2009 to create the short “Bicycle” which was chosen as an official selection at major film festivals, including the 66th Venice Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
CICADA has won many awards including three Grand Prizes at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Guam International Film Festival, and the Pan Pacific Film Festival and is now showing for a limited run at Ikebukuro Humax Cinemas with English Subtitles. Shunji Iwai, legendary director of 90s New Wave films became a fan of Shibuya’s work after watching Bicycle and flew to LA to watch CICADA, subsequently casting Yugo Sao the leading man in his own films.
JSRC recommends film lovers in Tokyo to seize this opportunity to enjoy his work on the big screen while they can.
STORY (TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJc2iQdfKSw)
Cicadas live underground until their final stage of adulthood. Then they surface, attach themselves to tree bark, shed their skin and fly away, leaving behind their exoskeleton still clinging fully intact to the tree.
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Otome Game “Samurai Blade” is on Kickstarter. The game is an otome mobile game about samurais. Currently, the developers has reached $181 out of their $4,699 goal with 32 days left remaining. For more details, check out the Kickstarter page. Here’s a trailer.