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Most popular drama in Japan

Post by Chrisswe » Apr 27th, '08, 16:19

I cant find a thread like this one so I'm making a new one. Im curious as to what jdramas have been most popular (best ratings) with the japaneese audience. Im not talking about just recent dramas but more like over the past 10 years. My guess is that the most popular (or should i say most downloaded) dramas we "international viewers" like are series like Hana Yori Dango, Gokusen, 1 litre of tears etc might not be as popular in Japan. Or am I wrong? What series have been the most sucessful? Maybe Densha Otoko?

What do you guys think?

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Post by toyotaku » Apr 27th, '08, 17:08

I understand that both seasons of Jikou keisatsu were extremely successful in Japan, but not so popular here on d-addicts. The first season was awarded the ATP Prize and last year's season was voted "most satisfying." The only reason I know that, though, is because I'm a fan of Toyohara Kosuke & Odagiri Jo (and loved their antics and ability to play with the quirky humor of the show). Hopefully someone can point you to more specific info. I mean, do the awards handed out each season (best drama, actor, etc.) really mean anything or are they chosen by a specific demographic that biases the choices?

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Post by liongig680 » Apr 27th, '08, 17:24

I heard the series Oshin got rating of over 50% in the last episode (may be less than 50% but I am certain it got one of the highest if not the highest rating in history of Japanese Television). The story is about women called Ohin

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Oshin

I saw that your are 23 so I doubt you will remember or even see this before as this serie was broadcast back in 1983-1984. I saw it uploaded on d-addict recently so you might want to check that out.

For a newer series, I ask my Japanese friend and she said it could well be Long Vacation.

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Long_Vacation

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Post by Kazuya_ » Apr 27th, '08, 17:35

When you mean popular do you mean highest viewer ratings?

In that case I also heard it was Oshin which, also holds the highest per episode rating.

Of popular dramas in the last decade, I believe it would be Hero, which ranked in the 30 % range which is really unheard of nowdays.

And yes, dramas on DA or popular among international viewers seem to be different than in Japan.

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Post by leadfreaky » Apr 27th, '08, 18:05

Kimura Takuya dramas are often a hit in Japan!:P
such as Long vacation [last episode: 36.7%]
HERO [last epi: 36.8%]

and a lot of NHK dramas of course...taigadramas etc~

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Post by quashlo » Apr 27th, '08, 18:06

As a general rule, anything with Kimura Takuya will do well in the ratings (20+).
Taiga dramas generally get 20+ ratings as well.

And I wouldn't say so much that international viewers have different tastes, more that the demographic is completely different. Everybody on D-Addicts is generally young as this is the generation that grew up with computers and the Internet. You're not going to get older people trying to figure out how to use Bittorrent. In Japan, you get the full demographic, young, middle-aged, old... That's (at least partially) why what's popular among the D-Addicts community is idol-driven and/or manga live-action material.

Also, manga/anime has kind of become an international face for Japan... This is how many if not most (young) foreign people are introduced to Japanese culture, so it's only natural that if they venture into dorama, they'd enjoy something based on it or that has similar themes.

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Post by arabian » Apr 27th, '08, 18:15

liongig680 wrote:I heard the series Oshin got rating of over 50% in the last episode (may be less than 50% but I am certain it got one of the highest if not the highest rating in history of Japanese Television). The story is about women called Ohin

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Oshin
That what I was looking for a long time.. that was my first Jdrama ever I remebered that I watched when it was first aired on the local channels here, I was about 11 or 12 yeard old & I was really sooooo in love with Oshin & they show all the difficulty in her life since she was a little girl till she became a grandmother.. :lol

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Post by Peggy » Apr 27th, '08, 18:30

Dear quashio.

Hold on just a minute....I adore Kimura san and SMAP and have all his stuff on video ...either bought or downloaded. I can put subs on videos. I can burn discs etc etc .

I love all Asian film and drama when it is good stuff. love taigas.

I am an octogenarian.... although I do admite to being thirtyfive in my head and heart.

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Post by kokitty » Apr 28th, '08, 02:12

Most people consider any dramas breaking 15% in average ratings to be a moderate hit (unless it's a Fuji Monday 9pm drama). Anything breaking 20% on average is a mega hit.

Dramas that broke 20% on average over the last decade

99' - Overtime, Majo no jouken, Furuhata Ninzaburo 3

00' - Beautiful Life, Yamato Nadeshiko, Oyaji, Shomuni 2

01' - HERO, Love Story, Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 2, Shiroi kage

02' - Hito ni Yasashiku, Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi

03' - GOOD LUCK

04' - Pride, Shiroi Kyoto, Last Christmas, Boku no Ikiru Michi

05' - Gokusen 2, ENGINE, Densha Otoko

06' - Saiyuuki, Dr Koto 2006

07' - Hana Yoori Dango 2, Karei naru Ichizoku, Galileo, Haken no Hinkaku

Purely from a ratings prespective, i guess it's quite easy to infer SMAP = higher chances of ratings bitz LOL.

If ratings = popularity then YES, tastes of international viewers do somewhat align with japanese viewers. HYD, Gokusen etc are as popular in Japan as they are here. Personally it's more about demographics, dramas like Dr Koto, Karei naru Ichizoku, Haken no Hinkaku etc will not be as popular with the prodominant crowd here of 15-18yr olds.

On the otherhand it can be argued that ratings does not give an adequate picture of popularity. There are many ways to measure popularity like dvd sales, dvd rentals, requests and ratings from repeat broadcasts etc.

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Post by groink » Apr 28th, '08, 02:34

Remember, boys & girls, that the value of a given rating changes with the passing of each year. In another topic, I spoke about 40-points in 1985 having the same value as 30-points in 1995, and 20-points in 2005. If you know your Statistics 101, you will find that various things affect viewership ratings, including:

- Sample size of the viewing audience (more people today than there were earlier).

- More TV networks on-the-air, making the number of options in a given hour more diverse.

- Other forms of media, such as movies, magazines and especially the Internet. Keep in mind that viewing dramas via the Internet are NOT factored in the viewership ratings.

Therefore, it is totally WORTHLESS to produce any sort of list. There's even talk where Oshin's numbers are virtually impossible to match because of the change in culture and attitudes.

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Post by Silentwolfdog » Apr 28th, '08, 02:34

Wow, Kimura Takuya is in quite a few. Is he one of mega star in Japan? Either he's really good actor or that he just picked good drama to be in.

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Post by ryoko11 » Apr 28th, '08, 16:32

Silentwolfdog wrote:Wow, Kimura Takuya is in quite a few. Is he one of mega star in Japan? Either he's really good actor or that he just picked good drama to be in.
All of the above seems the best answer there.

He's picked some very good ones, and he's a pretty good actor. (Loved him in Long Vacation, which was already mentioned on this thread as a megahit.)

He is also a superstar in Japan. He's a member of one of the most successful "boybands" of all time there, and he's been voted AnAn's sexiest man for something like 9 years running.

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Post by christ_freak » Apr 28th, '08, 17:00

ryoko11 wrote:
He is also a superstar in Japan. He's a member of one of the most successful "boybands" of all time there, and he's been voted AnAn's sexiest man for something like 9 years running.
\Wow is all that i can say. I love him and the best bit is that we share the same birthday! Yay!!

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Post by Chrisswe » Apr 28th, '08, 18:53

Kimura Takuya plays the same role in every single drama he is in. Haha, I've seen at least 7-8 of his dramas, and he always has the same personality. :D Might be a little exagerated, but it is at least partly true.

Thanks for the replies, I'm gonna give Hero a try now. I've seen the movie but not the series, maybe I shouldve watched it the other way around, oh well. Offtopic!

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Post by marspeach » Apr 28th, '08, 20:16

Chrisswe wrote:Kimura Takuya plays the same role in every single drama he is in. Haha, I've seen at least 7-8 of his dramas, and he always has the same personality. :D Might be a little exagerated, but it is at least partly true.

Thanks for the replies, I'm gonna give Hero a try now. I've seen the movie but not the series, maybe I shouldve watched it the other way around, oh well. Offtopic!
I agree. He only acts a little bit differently for each character. I thought he was decent in the first couple roles I saw him in until I realized that was the same thing he did for all of them. The only time I felt he was really "acting" was in Karei-naru Ichizoku.

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Post by joykimlee » May 11th, '08, 23:12

The following took a whole nite to compile. Search jdorama.com for synopsis if u'r interested in any of them.

According to1993-2008 tv ratings: (Kimutaku conquers)
(1) Hero- 34.2%, 2001
(2) Beautiful Life- 31.86%, 2000
(3) Good Luck- 30.4%, 2003
(4) Love Generation- 30.1%, 1997
(5) Long Vacation- 29.2%, 1996

GTO - 28.4%, 1998
Hitotsu yane no shita 1 - 28.2%, 1993
Gokusen 2 - 28%, 2005
Hitotsu yane no shita 2 - 26.7%, 1997
Wataru seiken wa oni bakari - 26.6%, 1996
Subarashiki kana jinsei - 26.4%, 1993
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi - 26.26%, 2002
Yamato Nadeshiko - 26.12%, 2000
Shiroi Kyoto - 25.5%, 2003
Furuhata Ninzaburo 2 - 25.4%, 1996
Nemureru mori - 25.2%, 1998
Furuhata Ninzaburo 3 - 25.1%, 1999
Pride - 25.1%, 2004
Wataru seiken wa oni bakari 4 -24.7%, 1998
Ienaki ko 1- 24.7%, 1994
Imouto yo - 24.6%, 1994
Wataru seiken wa oni bakari 5 - 24.3%, 2000
Oyaji - 24.18%, 2000
Kyousoukyoku - 23.9%, 1996
Kindaichi shonen no jikenbo 1 - 23.9%, 1995
Karei naru Ichizoku - 23.87%, 2007
Beach Boys - 23.7%, 1997
Kyumei byoto 24 ji - 23.5%, 1999
Pure - 23.4%, 1996
Saiyuuki - 22.9%, 2006
Kono yo no hate - 22.9%, 1994
Engine - 22.5%, 2005
Kamisama mou sukoshi dake - 22.5%, 1998
Ienaki ko 2 - 22.5%, 1995
Atsuhime - 22.46%, 2008
Kindaichi shonen no jikenbo 2 - 22.4%, 1996
Double Kitchen - 22.3%, 1993
Hoshi no kinka 2 - 22.2%, 1996
29-sai no Kurisumasu - 22.2%, 1994
Dr Koto Shinryoujo 2006 - 22.13%, 2006
Toshiie to Matsu - 22.08%, 2002
Galileo - 21.97%, 2007
Kou kou kyoushi - 21.9%, 1993
Oishii kankei - 21.8%, 1996
Shomuni 1 - 21.8%, 1998
Hana Yori Dango 2 - 21.69%, 2007
Last Christmas - 21.6%, 2004
Majo no jouken - 21.5%, 1999
For You - 21.5%, 1995
Hito ni Yasashiku - 21.35%, 2002
Aishiteiru to itte kure - 21.3%, 1995
Densha Otoko - 21.2%, 2005
Virgin Road - 21.1%, 1997
3 nen B gumi Kinpachi sensei 4 - 21.1%, 1995
Seija no koushin - 20.9%, 1998
Boku to Kanojo to Kanojo no Ikiru Michi - 20.8%, 2004
Love Story - 20.8%, 2001
Ginrou kaiki file - 20.8%, 1996
Shitsurakuen - 20.7%, 1997
Mahiru no tsuki - 20.7%, 1996
Itsuka mata aeru - 20.7%, 1995
Fuurin Kazan - 20.56%, 2007
Okane ga nai! - 20.5%, 1994
Ii hito - 20.4%, 1997
Sweet Home - 20.4%, 1994
Musashi - 20.3%, 2003
Shomuni 2 - 20.29%, 2000
Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 2 - 20.2%, 2001
Over Time - 20.2%, 1999
Shiroi kage - 20.16%, 2001
Haken no Hinkaku - 20.1%, 2007
Jinsei wa joujoda - 20.1%, 1995
Miseinen - 20%, 1995
Kamisan no waruguchi 2 - 20%, 1995

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Post by Ladymercury » May 11th, '08, 23:24

GTO! Good Luck! My favorite dramas in the top 10! Awesome! XDD But you are right though, Takuya dominated the list. Wow. I see three of his drams in the top five, or all of them his his?

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Post by joykimlee » May 11th, '08, 23:46

Ladymercury wrote:GTO! Good Luck! My favorite dramas in the top 10! Awesome! XDD But you are right though, Takuya dominated the list. Wow. I see three of his drams in the top five, or all of them his his?
All top 5 are Kimura's n there's at least another 10 more dramas of his in that list.

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Post by Ladymercury » May 11th, '08, 23:51

My god. D:

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Post by joykimlee » May 12th, '08, 00:19

Yeah it kinda sad tat no other Johnny Junior can match Kimutaku's popularity. Reckon Gokusen made it up there cos of Yankumi n not the cute guys who were only a bonus to watch. Apparently she was the most searched personality on the internet in Japan for many years.

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Post by Ladymercury » May 12th, '08, 00:58

She was in a lot of movies like in the early 00s. I remember seeing her in a lot of them, honestly, she really doesn't perk my interest. XD I think she was really flat in G@ME and I only watched that for Naohito xD Though she was alright in Shinboi, then again I only watched that for Joe Odagiri. >_>

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Post by Keizou » May 12th, '08, 19:26

Remember ...when you pick a sample of 30 or more, it creates a NORMAL DISTRIBUTION :D

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Post by groink » May 12th, '08, 20:49

How many times do I have to repeat myself? The percentages do not mean a thing! 30-percent in 1995 equates to 20-percent in 2005, and so on. Viewership percentages are like gas prices - $4.00 per gallon in 2008 is equal to $1.00 a gallon in 1998 (not precisely accurate, but you get the idea.) This is why we banned this type of list on DramaWiki - it gives a false impression of the entire rating system as it is.

As a side note, it should also be noted that JDorama.com is no longer that accurate. It is missing HUNDREDS of dramas - many of them NHK morning and taiga dramas that between 1993 and today easily blew away many of the prime-time shows. And many of the the dramas that currently exist in its database lack rating data.

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Post by cuteangelika » May 13th, '08, 08:27

wow, this is really good news for kimutaku fans like me! yeah, it seems like no other johnny talent can follow his steps. too bad....

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