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13 Recommended Japanese High School Drama

By Sanam Nayab — Updated on 05/05/2023
Japanese dramas are recommended for their entertaining and engaging plotlines, strong performances from their actors, and overall themes of growth, friendship, and love.
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Some of you may like Korean dramaover Japanese high school drama. What do you think about Japanese theater and film? The surprising silliness of the characters in Japanese high school drama is one of their many charms. Those who have seen Japanese and Korean dramas or movies will be aware of their differences. The over-the-top nature of Japanese humor is part of what makes it so enjoyable.

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Their actresses are so unaffected that they are willing to behave stupidly or make nasty, insane faces on camera. Even though their performers aren’t as handsome as their Korean counterparts, they have their charm. Viewers have also placed a high emphasis on Japanese drama.

1. Hana Yori Dango

In “Hana Yori Dango,” Mao Inoue plays Makino Tsukushi, a poor but intelligent high school student who enrolls in an exclusive school that admits only the wealthy. She meets eligible bachelor F4 through chance meetings and develops feelings for him.

2. Itazura Na Kiss

Kotoko Aihara (Honoka Miki), a high school student who isn’t exceptionally bright, sees the handsome Naoki Irie (Takuya Nakamura) at an entry ceremony (Yuki Furukawa). It doesn’t take long for her to develop feelings for him. Kotoko initially suppresses her feelings for him, but when she has the chance, she can’t resist sharing them. Unluckily for Kotoko, Naoki rejects her with the words, “I don’t like stupid ladies.”

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Before the Leve in Tokyo adaptation, they aired Itazura Na kiss, which I haven’t seen. It Started With a Kiss is a better movie than Korean’ (Playful Kiss) n Taiwan’s Itazura Na kiss – Love in Tokyo.

3. Hanazakarino Kimitachi E

Mizuki Ashiya (Maki Horikita) is a Japanese-American track star who moves from California to Japan. Osaka High School is an all-male institution. Mizuki Ashiya is determined to meet her high school idol, high jumper Izumi Sano (Shun Oguri), so she dresses as a male and approaches him at the school’s gym.

4. Gokusen

Yamaguchi Kumiko, fresh out of college and eager to start her teaching career, applied to teach math at Shirokin High. Though she had great aspirations for her kids, her life was flipped upside down when she was assigned to teach 3-D, the most challenging subject she would ever have to manage. Class 3D is full of misbehaving kids who want to cause problems. There is a complete lack of instructor respect and student friendliness. Teachers are universally disliked by their pupils since nearly no one has any positive associations with them.

5. Heroine Disqualified

High school senior Hatori Matsuzaki (Mirei Kiritani) is a girl. She thinks her childhood buddy Rita Terasaka (Kento Yamazaki) will pick her as his heroine someday, but instead, Rita Terasaka starts dating Miho Adachi. At the same time, Kosuke Hiromitsu (Kentaro Sakaguchi), the most popular male student, develops feelings for Hatori Matsuzaki.

Love! Love! I think this is the best movie ever! This is the stuff of Japanese high school drama dreams! Concerning films and TV shows with a school setting, Yamazaki Kento is undeniably a heartthrob. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

6. Ouran High School Host Club

High school senior Haruhi Fujioka (Haruna Kawaguchi) attends the exclusive Ouran Academy. Unlike most of her classmates, Haruhi Fujioka did not come from a wealthy household and participated in the whole school on a full academic scholarship. She gets lost on campus and ends up at the “host club” by complete luck. Six dashing male students run a host club that caters to female students.

Haruhi accidentally destroys an ancient vase in the room, which is estimated to be worth 8 million YEN. The six male host club members demand Haruhi’s membership as payment for the shattered vase, but they have no idea that Haruhi is a female.

7. Great Teacher Onizuka

An anti-hero turned high school teacher is the protagonist in this comedic drama. Even though he doesn’t fit the mold of the “great teacher,” his students report positive results from his unconventional approach. How? In a naturally mischievous way.

That storied! Your collection of Japanese high school drama is incomplete without this one. Everyone recognizes Takashi Sorimachi as a true hero. It’s no surprise that the movies and the newest iteration of GTO are cashing in on the series’ massive success. GTO in Taiwan was the most recent adaptation I saw.

8. Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Currently enrolled in her first year of high school, Erika Shinohara (Fumi Nikaido) is a freshman class member. She lies to her pals about her “lover” in an imaginary conversation. The truth is that Erika Shinohara does not have a boyfriend. Soon, Erika’s friends start to have doubts, and she runs out of excuses. Following this, Erika spots a handsome boy on the street and stealthily snaps his photo.

She subsequently introduces him as her lover by showing his image to her pals. Kyouya Sata (played by Kento Yamazaki) is the name of the kid in the photo, and he is a classmate of Erika’s at school. She confides in Kyouya and wants him to play the role of her fake lover. Kyouya may look sweet on the outside, but he harbors deep, dark secrets.

9. The Tales of Yamada

Taro Yamada, a first-year scholarship student at Ichinomiya Private Senior High School, looks ideal: he excels academically, is physically gifted, and has a good-looking face. But the truth is that he comes from a meager socioeconomic background. Taro and his six younger siblings and sisters are shown hilariously as they deal with the challenges brought on by their poverty.

10. High School Debut

Haruna Nagashima (Ito Ono) committed herself to softball during her time as a middle school student. Haruna thinks she should find a boyfriend now that she is older and in high school. Haruna, who failed to keep up with the times, has no idea how to woo a male companion. It’s just luck that Haruna runs across handsome senior You Komiyama. Haruna wants to learn from you (Junpei Mizobata) how to make herself more appealing to males. You agree, but there is a caveat. There’s no way she’ll ever give in to romantic feelings for him.

11. L-DK

Aoi Nishimori (Ayame Gouriki) didn’t want to change high schools when she followed her parent’s jobs across the country. She decides to remain in her hometown and maintains a solo apartment lifestyle. Kento Yamazaki’s character, Shusei Kugayama, moves in next door to Aoi. In their high school, Shusei enjoys widespread acclaim. Aoi accidentally sets off the sprinkler in his room. Shusei is staying with Aoi until his room is ready.

Mei Tachibana is now a junior in high school. Mei hasn’t been able to have friends or lovers because of a horrific event that happened to her when she was a youngster. Mei then injures Yamato Kurosawa, the most well-liked male student. Yamato Kurosawa, for whatever reason, has taken a liking to Mei Tachibana, whom he has declared to be his buddy regardless of her feelings for him. When Mei Tachibana is being stalked, Yamato Kurosawa kisses him away. Their romance started with just one kiss.

It’s hard to admit, but whenever I see Sota Fukushi, I can’t help but think about my first love from elementary school. They have a similar hairdo and facial structure. Lol! Laugh out loud because this is awesome!

12. Sukino Hitto Ga Iru Kotto

A Girl and Her Three Boyfriends| There has been a significant lapse in Misaki Sakurai’s (Mirei Kiritani) dating life. She plans to own her bakery one day, so she’s dedicated herself to mastering the art of pâtisserie. Someday, her employer decides to terminate her. At that time, she runs into her high school sweetheart, Chiaki Shibasaki (Shohei Miura). Misaki Sakurai stays and works at Chiaki’s restaurant on the side. She moves in with Chiaki at his restaurant and soon finds out that Chiaki has two younger brothers, Toma (Shuhei Nomura) and Kanata (Kento Yamazaki).

13. Senpai To Kanojo

The character of Rika Tsuzuki, played by Kyoko Yoshino, is a freshman in high school. The third-year high school student Keigo Minohara is the object of her affection (Jun Shison). But behind the scenes, Keigo Minohara harbors deep feelings for Aoi Okita (Riria). She graduated from the same high school and is currently a freshman in college.

Sources

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