Japanese Dramas are the New Craze.
Drama has always been the most popular genre when it comes to entertainment. Many people worldwide love watching drama series and thanks to the internet now they can watch not only their dramas but also other interesting ones from all over the world. The internet has eliminated the boundaries of enjoying international drama series.
The biggest outcome of this new freedom has been the exponential increase in the love for Japanese drama series. The Japanese drama series has been around for quite a long time and even had a niche following, but now it has reached new heights of popularity. The audience for this genre has increased by leaps and bounds and has picked up quite a bit of a loyal fan base.
What is a Japanese Drama Series like?
The important thing that needs to be understood is that Japanese drama is very different from the normal American or British series used to see. The Japanese drama is very much innovative in its sense and is also deeply connected to its culture. So some of them might appear a bit strange and sometimes weird to you. This is mainly due to the lack of understanding of the Japanese culture, both the past and the present. However, once you get to know it better, it might get very interesting and may even become a little bit addictive.
Another major difference is that there is a wide spectrum of Japanese drama. It can range from comedy to mystery. A normal English or American drama series can run for years or decades with new seasons coming out, but a Japanese drama is not overindulgent with its topics. They are short and precise and are only extended if it serves the story well.
The Main Difference with Popular English Language Drama Series
The pacing of the story in a Japanese series is different from that of a normal American series. Unlike them, where the story gets you hooked at the very beginning, the Japanese series takes its time to build up the setting of the story and the characters. It follows the slow-burn pattern, and it might be into the third or fourth episode even before the story picks up pace. This is a very different approach from the normal series you are used to seeing and will take some time to get used to. Not to mention that these series normally have a lot of cultural influences, so it is a little hard to figure out what’s going on when you start watching for the first time.
Despite all these differences, which takes a fair amount of time to get used to, once you start going through the series, the characters become emotionally investing. This is one of the primary reasons why Japanese series have become so popular, and if you start watching them, you might also get on to binge-watching them.