Asian Drama Streaming Updates – July 21, 2015
Welcome to this week’s edition of streaming updates for Asian dramas, movies, and anime. I’m excited. Why? Because I love the fact that Crunchyroll has four live action Japanese dramas in it’s summer line up! Two more titles that were just added over the past week.
Okay. So in the anime department, Crunchyroll has added makuranodanshi, a first person anime which features a story arc that has 12 very different boys spending the night with you each week…and I’m suddenly reminded of a Japanese drama called Shima Shima about a divorcee who set up a company with attractive young men who will sleep, just sleep and nothing more, with you. Also added is Symphogear GX, the third installment of the original anime in which the heroine Tachibana Hibiki and five other Symphogear Weilders battle a tough group of mysterious warriors.
On the Japanese drama front, Crunchyroll has added Kitgawa Keiko’s Detective vs. Detectives (Tantei no Tantei) in which she plays the heroine who puts her life on the line investigating detectives thanks to her dead sister. Last, but not least is the live action adaptation of Akagi about a genius 13-year-old boy who is a master of mahjong.
DramaFever has added a Korean remake of Japanese drama Shinya Shokudo called Late Night Restaurant ( ; Simyasikdang). Or rather…not necessarily a remake, but also based on the manga Shinya Shokuda by Abe Yaro. This story revolves around Master (Kim Seung Woo who is totally awesome, btw) who owns a cafe only open after midnight. The series is more or less a bunch of different stories strung together with Master and the restaurant being the constant. And if you’re in the mood for manga adaptations, DramaFever has added the Taiwanese live action adaptation of popular manga Honey and Clover starring Joe Cheng, Lego Li, Ito Chiaki, and Eddie Peng. This drama revolves around several college friends as they figure out their direction in life and love.
On the cinema side of things, DF has added the next installment in the Detective K series. This time it’s Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island. In this movie, Detective K is hot on the trail of a money laundering ring and is also tasked with locating a young girl’s missing sibling.
On the Hulu side of things for dramas, they have also added DF titles Late Night Restaurant, Oh! My Lady, and Love & Marriage.
They are still continuing their anime explosion. Now added are Blue Submarine No. 6 (Zorndyke is an evil scientist bent on destroying the world by raising the sea level. The only thing that stands in his way are a blue submarine fleet.); Divergent Eve (In an era of intergalactic space travel, a group of female cadets are thrown into a hornets’ next as they finalize their training to become elite pilots in Seraphim Squadron); Rental x Magica (When the company president of Astral goes missing, it’s up to his son to take on the reins. The only problem is he knows nothing about magic!); Sky Wizards Academy (Kanata Age was once known as the Black Master Swordsman. Now he’s labeled a traitor and relegated to teaching the F-class of mismatched mages who all thing he’s a pervert.); Prison School (An all-girl school finally goes coed! Kiyoshi is one of the five boys admitted and when caught peeping, he’s sent to the school’s prison.); Piano (Miu was a promising girl who loved expressing herself through music and sharing it with others; however she’s become an introvert and fears sharing her emotions and music. Can a crush save her and get her to open up once more?); Space Pirate Captain Harlock (When a mysterious force invades the complacent human race who only cares about entertainment, it’s up to infamous space pirate Captain Harlock to save the day.); Galaxy Express 999 (Trains in space! Check out nichan’s coverage.); Mirage of Blaze (Ohigi Takaya is just a normal teenager who wants to protect his friend until Naoe Nobutsuna arrives and lets him know he’s a reincarnation of Lord Kagetora who has the abilities to exorcise demons.); Kamisama Dolls (Kuga Kyohei wants to liv a normal life but cannot escape the fact that he is a psychic with the ability to control mysterious dolls regarded as the vessels of god.); Dream Eater Merry (Yumeji can sense dreams by people’s auras making him a target for a force trying to enter the real world. Then one day a dream demon named Merry falls into his lap and becomes an unlikely ally.); and Godannar (Mimetic beasts invaded earth causing all countries to band together to stop them. Many soldiers died and beasts still remain.).
As with last week, nothing new on Netflix besides an influx of telenovelas. But, I suppose on the bright side they haven’t taken anything off either.