I wanted to make this a wiki but I don’t think I have privileges. I thought it would be good to have a thread for Japanese TV shows and movies programs available on streaming platforms outside of Japan. Strictly legal resources only, if you have to use a VPN to get it or the copyright holder didn’t put it on YouTube then it doesn’t count.
For me I’m mainly talking Netflix and Prime because that’s what I have but I know Hulu, Crunchyroll, Kanopy and others all have content. I thought it would be good to have a list, Prime’s search is particularly bad and Netflix isn’t much better.
I’ll kick off with a few shows I like.
- リラクマとカオルちゃん - Netflix - Stop motion animation series. Kaoru lives with two bears and a bird; working a dead end office lady job. Pretty adorable animation with relatively simple language - I can pretty much understand it using Japanese subtitles although not audio alone.
- Aggretsuko - Netflix - Very funny Sanrio anime about a レッサーパンダのオフィスレディー working a dead end job in Tokyo by day and easing the stress of everyday life by singing death metal Karaoke by night.
- 東京女子図鑑 - Amazon Prime - probably my favourite live action drama I’ve seen. Fairly warts and all portrayal of the experience of being a career oriented women in modern day Tokyo. Aya is not a 100% sympathetic character but Asumi Mizukawa plays her fantastically.
- 深夜食堂 - Netflix - definitely a contender for favourite drama and I love this in manga form as well. Slow moving drama centred on the emponymous 居酒屋. Each show is a different vignette on the life’s of one of customers. Sadly only the first series’s has english subtitles on Netflix, there are three more series three movies and a tonne of mangas.
Miss Sherlock HULU -TV14 • Mystery, Drama, International • TV Series • 2018
Miss Sherlock is a talented detective who works alongside the police department to solve crimes plaguing the Tokyo area in this series.
- Galileo Crunchyroll - Galileo is a Japanese based on the Detective Galileo book series by Keigo Higashino. Debuting in October of 2007, the series ran for two seasons, plus two TV specials and two movies.
- Samurai Gourmet - Netflix - Retired man discovers a passion for eating and lunch inspired by his Samurai ancestors
- Kantaro the Sweettooth Salaray Man - Netflix - Guy goofs off from his boring sales job to eat sweets around Tokyo - very informative about Tokyo sweetshops.
- 昼のセント酒 - Prime -Netflix - Guy goofs off from his boring sales job to visit Sento around Tokyo and then drink beer - very informative about Tokyo sweetshops.
- Jimmy - Netflix - Biopic series on Jimmy Onishi, a kid with learning difficulties who finds a home in the world of comedy and then a later career as a highly respected artist. I found this really interesting if slightly hagiographic. I basically know about Sanma Akashiya because of this show.
- Fukyado Honpo - Prime - very soapy drama about the 14th generation of a Kyoto sweet store. Would be resolved in 15 minutes if everyone sat down at the beginning of the show and talked about their feeling; instead we get 10 episodes of smouldering looks Andy misunderstandings. Somewhat saved by some awesome kimono patterns.
That’s a good start and if love to see other suggestions