So where do I go for Japanese Dramas?

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Posted 2/5/19 , edited 2/6/19
I used to watch Jdramas 10 years ago, and back then you had to find a raw video and separate subtitles but it was very doable. I don't know where to find J dramas anymore. Do fansubs still exist in modern day? Because CR hasn't updated their catalog in ages and even so a lot of them aren't (Or weren't) even Japanese language.

I've heard of Viki, but they're pretty much every Asian language EXCEPT Japanese (Only 2 pages of J drama wtf?). Everywhere else I've found on the internet focuses on K dramas as well.

Is there a reliable place to watch J dramas in this age? I know dramas still air in Japan about as much as anime so why isn't anyone providing them anymore?
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Chaocobo wrote:

I used to watch Jdramas 10 years ago, and back then you had to find a raw video and separate subtitles but it was very doable. I don't know where to find J dramas anymore. Do fansubs still exist in modern day? Because CR hasn't updated their catalog in ages and even so a lot of them aren't (Or weren't) even Japanese language.

I've heard of Viki, but they're pretty much every Asian language EXCEPT Japanese (Only 2 pages of J drama wtf?). Everywhere else I've found on the internet focuses on K dramas as well.

Is there a reliable place to watch J dramas in this age? I know dramas still air in Japan about as much as anime so why isn't anyone providing them anymore?


As it stands, there are very few places to watch J-Drama legally these days. Viki has some, Crunchyroll has some, Amazon Prime has some, Netflix has some, I'm told Hulu has some but I've yet to find them, I'm also told Asian Crush has some. Youtube, Veoh and a few Japanese streaming sites that support English have some too. There's no one stop shop at the moment.
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Chaocobo wrote:

I used to watch Jdramas 10 years ago, and back then you had to find a raw video and separate subtitles but it was very doable. I don't know where to find J dramas anymore. Do fansubs still exist in modern day? Because CR hasn't updated their catalog in ages and even so a lot of them aren't (Or weren't) even Japanese language.

I've heard of Viki, but they're pretty much every Asian language EXCEPT Japanese (Only 2 pages of J drama wtf?). Everywhere else I've found on the internet focuses on K dramas as well.

Is there a reliable place to watch J dramas in this age? I know dramas still air in Japan about as much as anime so why isn't anyone providing them anymore?


As it stands, there are very few places to watch J-Drama legally these days. Viki has some, Crunchyroll has some, Amazon Prime has some, Netflix has some, I'm told Hulu has some but I've yet to find them, I'm also told Asian Crush has some. Youtube, Veoh and a few Japanese streaming sites that support English have some too. There's no one stop shop at the moment.


Dang I thought with the advent of subscription streaming sites that watching J drama would at least have one dedicated website I could pay for.

I’m more of a “find an actor I like and browse their entire filmography” type of person. Yamashita Tomohisa (YamaP) was great back in the day and I always enjoyed watching series with him regardless of age of the series. Is there really no subscription or otherwise legal website that has just mass amounts/backlogs of J drama for picking and choosing? And if not, is there a website with at least seasonal&recent J drama so I can view ongoing series like Crunchyroll does for anime?


I feel like in this day and age official subtitles to J drama should be standard now like anime is.

If nothing applies, what service would you recommend if I had to only get a single service?
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Chaocobo wrote:


neugenx wrote:


Chaocobo wrote:

I used to watch Jdramas 10 years ago, and back then you had to find a raw video and separate subtitles but it was very doable. I don't know where to find J dramas anymore. Do fansubs still exist in modern day? Because CR hasn't updated their catalog in ages and even so a lot of them aren't (Or weren't) even Japanese language.

I've heard of Viki, but they're pretty much every Asian language EXCEPT Japanese (Only 2 pages of J drama wtf?). Everywhere else I've found on the internet focuses on K dramas as well.

Is there a reliable place to watch J dramas in this age? I know dramas still air in Japan about as much as anime so why isn't anyone providing them anymore?


As it stands, there are very few places to watch J-Drama legally these days. Viki has some, Crunchyroll has some, Amazon Prime has some, Netflix has some, I'm told Hulu has some but I've yet to find them, I'm also told Asian Crush has some. Youtube, Veoh and a few Japanese streaming sites that support English have some too. There's no one stop shop at the moment.


Dang I thought with the advent of subscription streaming sites that watching J drama would at least have one dedicated website I could pay for.

I’m more of a “find an actor I like and browse their entire filmography” type of person. Yamashita Tomohisa (YamaP) was great back in the day and I always enjoyed watching series with him regardless of age of the series. Is there really no subscription or otherwise legal website that has just mass amounts/backlogs of J drama for picking and choosing? And if not, is there a website with at least seasonal&recent J drama so I can view ongoing series like Crunchyroll does for anime?


I feel like in this day and age official subtitles to J drama should be standard now like anime is.

If nothing applies, what service would you recommend if I had to only get a single service?


To be honest, that's a really tough question to answer. Very few sites have large backlogs of titles so it's all a matter of which titles interest you most. Viki and Crunchyroll have mostly older titles from the last 10-15 years tops. Amazon has a very small handful (you can probably count the titles on one hand). Netflix probably has the most and the most recent titles of the few services available. Unfortunately, we're in a bad place with J-Drama. It seems the only ones rewarded with a good selection of J-Drama are those who choose to walk the tightrope of sometimes dangerous grey area websites.

I understand your preferred style of viewing all too well, for me it's Mariya Nishiuchi, Anne Watanabe, Shingo Kotori, Fumino Kimura, Mikako Tabe, Shun Oguri, Toma Ikuta, Ueno Juri and a few others. I don't pass by any offerings of any of them no matter which genre or what the age of it is.
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