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36 Musical Japanese Dramas To Watch: Movies & TV Shows

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Japanese dramas have provided some top-notch narratives and characters throughout the years. Genres like action, thriller, romance, and crime have made the Japanese film industry a pretty popular feature in the list of greats. Interestingly, a genre that has all the elements of Japanese traditions, history, and culture is none other than musical drama.

The rich history of Japanese theatres is seen over the segments of any Japanese musical drama. Traditional dramatic theatres like Noh (a form of dramatic theatre that includes music, dance, and romance) and Kabuki (a form of dramatic theatre that includes music, dance, period-inclusive costumes, and traditional dance choreography) are the key elements of Japanese musical dramas. Therefore, this genre is not talked about enough. However, the cultural influence in the genre is a treat for anyone interested in Japanese traditions and culture.

The songs of the dramas are filled with emotions that one might often feel. Romanticism, eroticism, dreaminess, amusement, and loss are key features in the musical dramas of Japan. On that account, your intrigue in this specific genre has its perks because of the mentioned reasons, and more importantly, for the best experience of this genre that has an exceptional experience, this listicle will help you out! The best 36 musical Japanese dramas below will make you flow with narrative brilliance and stunning musical compositions.

1. SHARK (2014)

Cast – Sho Hirano, Takahiro Hamada, Rio Yamashita, Okada Koki, Yasui Kentaro, Shigeoka Daiki

Episode – 24 Episodes

Season – 2 Seasons

Runtime (per episode) – 25 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.4

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Five friends make a Rock band called Shark. They want to change the world with their perspective on music. The series revolves around their struggle to make it big but however, but they refuse to give up on their dreams and keep pushing forward. A tragedy comes to light, and a dark shadow lies upon their dreams, but they are adamant about making it to the big leagues.

This musical drama has intriguing songs that fit well with the narratives and the character development of the main roles. The music is composed by Makido Taro, and the story is written by Kuwamura Sayaka.

2. You And I On The G String/G-Senjou No Anata To Watashi (2019)

Cast – Yuki Matsushita, Haru, Taishi Nakagawa, Yuki Sakurai, Nobuyuki Suzuki

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 57 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.9

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Yaeko Kogure (Haru) is an office worker. The 27-year-old woman quit her job to get married to someone who was in love with another woman. They broke off their engagement, and now, the protagonist is left alone with no job or a boyfriend. She was depressed and crying in a mall where she heard the song, “ Air on the G String “ and got inspired to play the violin. She enrolls in violin classes and meets Rihito Kase and Yukie Kitagwa. They slowly bond with each other and continue their musical journey.

The romantic musical compositions and the fruitful sound of the violin blends well with the strong storyline. The director, Kaneko Fuminori, and the screenwriter, Adachi Naoko, pulled off an amazing story that you should definitely watch. This series can be watched on  Viki Rakuten.

3. Kounodori (2015-2017)

Cast – Go Ayano, Mayu Matsuoka, Gen Hoshino, Yoh Yoshida

Episode – 21 Episodes

Season – 2 Seasons

Runtime (per episode) – 46 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 8.2

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The protagonist of the show, Kounodori Sakura, is a doctor practicing at the Persona General Medical Centre. He is a gifted jazz pianist but he chose to be a doctor as his mother died in childbirth. The gifted orphan’s goal is to deliver every baby safely and make sure what happened to his mother does not happen to anyone else.

The story of this series is quite intriguing, and the musical elements throughout it are quite enjoyable to watch. The directors Nobuhiro Doi and Fuminori Kaneko influenced the musical aspects greatly in it. A good watch for feel-good lovers.

4. Tenshi Ni Request Wo (2020)

Cast – Yosuke Eguchi, Moka Kamishiraishi, Jun Shison, Mitsuko Baisho

Episode – 5 episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 49 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 8.1

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Private detective Shimada Shugo and his assistant, Kojima Akari run a private detective agency. He gets an interesting request from a wealthy old woman. The story revolves around the detective doing everything he can to fulfill her dying wish – that is to be taken at a place close to her.

The musical compositions in the series fulfill the narrative holes present in it. A good watch for feel-good lovers. This series is directed by Keiji Kataoka and written by Sumio Omori.

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5. Quartet (2017)

Cast – Yuya Matsushita, Saki Fukuda, Takaya Kamikawa, Natsuna

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 30 minutes

MyDramaList Rating –7.1

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A musical-thriller-drama that talks about society in a fictional city of Midori. Fukuda Saki does an excellent job in this series, where people are treated like slaves and used as a dummy for testing illegal drugs.

The story compels you to watch more, and the music suits the theme of the show perfectly. The show is originally created by Arimasa Osawa.

6. Aogeba Toutoshi (2016)

Cast – Akira Terao, Mackenyu, Nijiro Murakami, Mikako Tabe, Takumi Kitamura, Taiga Nakano

Episode – 8 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 45 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.9


Hikuma Koichi (Akira Terao) is the advisor of a small band in a high school. He is a former saxophone player who left playing music after a tragedy. The story talks about him uplifting the band while fighting his own battle regarding music. The struggle to reach the top and his unique coaching enhances their passion for musical greatness.

Mackenyu, Nijiro Murakami, Takumi Kitamura, Taiga Nakano, Gaku Sano in Aogeba Toutoshi

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As the series is completely based on a former musician rediscovering himself, the musical compositions are a treat to the ears. It is directed by Yuichiro Hirakawa and written by Yoshihiro Izumi.

7. Love Song (2016)

Cast – Masaharu Fukuyama, Sakura Fujiwara, Masaki Suda, Kaho

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 45 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.6


Masaharu Fukuyama plays the role of Kohei Kamishiro in this series. He was a musician who only had one hit and got his record deal canceled. Twenty years later, even though he tried to ignore his musical potential, his passion did not fade away. He meets a woman who is an amazing singer that rejuvenates his musical passion.

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This romantic series has a few beautiful songs in it. The love story talks about romance, passion, and music in a great manner. The series is directed by Shin Hirano and Hideyuki Aizawa.

8. Omotesando Koukou Gasshoubu (2015)

Cast – Kyoko Yoshine, Yu Shirota, Jun Shison, Miyu Yoshimoto

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 45 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.8


Kagawa Makoto (Kyoko Yoshine) is a choir singer. She transferred to Omotesando High School in Tokyo from Kagawa. She is an active member of the group. The problem arises when the choir is supposed to be disbanded. Her mentor, Suzuki, has given up on the choir. Her fight to make over the choir is faced with many obstacles.

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The series is filled with great compositions and youth emotions. It is directed by Yasuharu Ishii and Akio Yoshida. A great watch for the weekends.

9. M: Ai Subeki Hito Ga Ite (2020)

Cast – Kalen Anzai, Shohei Miura, Alan Shirahama, Minami Tanaka

Episode – 7 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 50 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 6.8

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The series is set in 1990s Japan. The protagonist, Ayumi ( Kalen Anzai ), dreams of being a model and an actor. However, her life changed when she met the executive director of A Victory record label. Ayumi gets invested in music and has a new dream to be an unforgettable musician, and Matsuura will not stop until he has made her a capable singer.

The series contains music inspired by the 1990s. A treat to watch for music fans. The series is directed by Takao Kinoshita.

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10. Prince of Legend (2018)

Cast – Sei Shiraishi, Ryota Katayose, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Reo Sano, Hakuto Yoshino, Sho Kiyohara

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 30 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.3

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Kanade Suzaku (Ryota Katayose) is a bilingual student with good looks and extraordinary athletic ability. He is the scion of the Suzaku Group. He meets Kyogoku Takato (Nobuyuki Suzuki), who has the capabilities Suzaku lacks. That makes their direct rivals. Therefore, the two opposites of different worlds compete for a secretive thing.

 The story is compelling and includes romance, music, and comedy elements. The background score and the OST are really special as well. It is directed by Hayato Kawai. It is available on Netflix.

11. Ikemen Desu Ne (2011)

Cast – Miori Takimoto, Yuta Tamamori, Taisuke Fujigaya, Hikaru Yaotome, Shingo Yanagizawa

Episode – 11 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 45 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.5

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Miko (Miori Takimoto) is an innocent 20-year-old girl. Although, she is prone to making mistakes. Her father was a composer. She lived at an orphanage with her brother. She dreamt of becoming a nun. However, she came across a man who asked her to join a famous band. After that, love triangles, sacrifice and jealousy take over the band.

The OST of this series is pretty popular among Japanese drama fans. The story gives major ships throughout the series. It is directed by Yuki Ozawa and Shunichi Hirano.

  1. Saving Rock (2019)

Cast – Tatsuya Ueda, Daiki Shigeoka, Mina Fujii, Wilson Ayaka

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 30 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.5

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Takao Matsumoto (Tatsuya Ueda) is a 30-year-old single man. He is passionate about Rock music. His girlfriend, Makiko, dumps him because of his spendthrift manners. To get her back, he begins to minimize his spending nature, including food and electricity. During this situation, he meets a man called Kota Inaba.

The series is filled with alternative rock songs. Tatsuya Ueda does extremely well in portraying the character of Takao Matsumoto. It is a treat for feel-good lovers. It is written by Hayashi Mori.

13. Taiyou No UTA (2006)

Cast – Erika Sawajiri, Takayuki Yamada, Megumi Sato, Nao Matsushita

Episode – 10 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 45 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.6

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Koji Fujishiro works part-time at a seaside inn. He meets Amane Kaoru, who is a street musician suffering from xeroderma pigmentosum, an incurable disease. She cannot stay under the sun. They met only during the evening and night. He had given up on his life, but after meeting Kaoru, he changes for the better and a destined love story emerges.

The storytelling of this love story is emotional. The music blends romanticism and drama into an amusing mixture. This series is directed by Natsuki Imai and Daisuke Yamamuro.

14. Nodame Cantabile (2006)

Cast – Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eita Nagayama, Asami Mizukawa

Episode – 11 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 46 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 8.3

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Nodame Cantabile is adapted from the manga of the same name. The story is about Megumi Noda, who is a pianist at Momogaoka College of Music. She is extremely talented and can catch the chords of the music by just hearing it. Her student, Shinichi Chiaki, is an arrogant fellow who can play a couple of instruments. Their story of recognizing each other and falling for one another faces certain constrictions. They learn to overcome their fears, anxiety, and past to fulfill their potential in the musical industry finally.

This series is a cult favorite for musical-drama fans. From charming songs to a sweet love story along with notable character development, this series has got it all. It is directed by Hideki Takeuchi, Taisuke Kawamura, and Masaki Tanimura.

15. So Long (2013)

Cast – Mayu Watanabe, Mariko Shinoda, Yuko Oshima, Jurina Matsui, Haruna Kojima, Haruka Shimazaki

Episode – 3 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 45 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.7

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AKB48 team members took part in a 3-episode mini-series to celebrate the release of the group’s 30th single, “ So Long “. Each group played a part in each episode of different stories revolving around music, life, and youth.

As it is a promotional series for their song, it is filled with original compositions of AKB48. This mini-series was greatly appreciated and loved by the fans. It is directed by Kazuho Ogaki and Hiroshi Matsubara.

16. Ama Chan (2013)

Cast – Non, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kyoko Koizumi, Kasumi Arimura

Episode – 156 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 15 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 8.2

Amano Aki (Non) goes to her hometown, Kitasanriku, with her mother during the summer vacation. She gets inspired by her maternal grandmother, Natsu (Nobuko Miyamoto). She struggles to keep up with the city life of Tokyo, and the rural town intrigues her. She wants to be a diver like her grandmother, Natsu Amano.

This series is filled with good humorous jokes, great songs, and valuable lessons on life. This is a pretty popular series for feel-good viewers. It is directed by Tsuyoshi Inoue, Tomohiro Kuwano, and Takegoro Nishimura.

17. Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku (2020)

Cast – Mitsuki Takahata, Kento Yamazaki, Nanao, Takumi Saito

Genre – Comedy, Musical, Romance, Drama

Runtime –  1 hour 54 minutes

IMDb Rating – 5.2

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Narumi Momose (Mitsuki Takahata) and Hirotaka Nifuji (Kento Yamazaki) are childhood friends. Narumi joins a new company and meets Hirotaka after a lot of year. Hirotaka is an Otaku and completely obsessed with pop culture content, whereas Narumi loves manga, but she hides her interest from everyone else except Hirotaka. Their journey together as friends to something more takes many turns and twists.

This comedy, musical drama, is a funny one to watch. The songs make the colorful cinematography of this movie much more lovable. A must-watch for comedy musical genre lovers. It is directed by Yuichi Fukuda.

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18. Tokyo Tribe (2014)

Cast – Ryohei Suzuki, Shota Sometani, Young Dias, Yosuke Kubozuka

Genre – Action, Musical, Drama

Runtime – 1 hour 57 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.4

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In the future, Tokyo will be filled with different tribes. Mera, the leader of the tribe called Wu-Ronz looks to control and reign over the streets of Tokyo. However, another tribe rivals him in the position as two different ideologies of non-violence and violent vengeance come across each other. This leads to full-blown riots from every tribe, and war starts.

This film has thrilling action scenes, a few comical scenes, and enjoyable music till the end. It is a fun watch for everyone. It is directed by Sion Sono. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.

  1. Underwater Love (2011)

Cast – Ai Narita, Fumio Moriya, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Sawa Masaki

Genre – Comedy, Drama, Musical, Fantasy

Runtime – 1 hour 27 minutes

IMDb Rating – 5.6

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The movie is a complete fusion of Japanese musicals and pink films. Asuka is a 30-year-old woman who works in a fish factory. She is engaged to her boss. One day, she comes face to face with a Kappa and gets to know that her old crush, Aoki, is reborn in that form.

The soundtrack is an original EP by the popular indie pop band, Stereo Total. The French band did a great job and the movie gained significant popularity because of the soundtrack. It is directed by Shinji Imaoka.

  1. Sunny: Our Hearts Beat Together (2018)

Cast – Ryoko Shinohara, Suzu Hirose, Yuka Itaya, Maika Yamamoto

Genre – Comedy, Drama, Musical

Runtime – 1 hour 59 minutes

IMDb rating – 6.7

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Nami (Ryoko Shinohara) is in her 40’s. She is a housewife. She meets with her school friend after many years and gets to know about her terminal cancer. Serika, her friend, asks her to gather all her high-school friends for a reunion party before she passes away.

This film is pure entertainment. The jokes and the drama create a major comical emotion. Along with that, the recommendable soundtrack makes it even better. It is directed by Hitoshi Ohne.

21. Love & Peace (2015)

Cast – Kumiko Aso, Hiroki Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Nishida, Erina Mano

Genre – Comedy, Drama, Musical

Runtime – 1 hour 57 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.2

Ryoichi Suzuki has wanted to be a punk Rockstar since his childhood. However, his dreams could not be fulfilled, and he became an office worker. He has feelings for a woman, but he cannot express them. One day, he meets a turtle on the rooftop of a departmental store, and everything changes after that.

This drama has delightful comedy deliveries and the soundtrack catches the essence of various emotions perfectly. It is directed by Sion Sono.

  1. I’m Underage But Not A Child (2017)

Cast – Kento Nakajima, Yuna Taira, Yuri Chinen, Sylvia Grab, Shingo Murakami

Genre – Comedy, Family, Musical

Runtime – 1 hour 45 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.1

Oriyama Karin (Yuna Taira) is a 16-year-old girl. She is filthy rich and gets an unusual present on her 16th birthday from her parents. The story revolves around her marrying her high-school crush. Love triangles, secrets, and harsh truths come to play a key role in Oriyama’s life.

This movie’s soundtrack is commendable. The scenes and soothing music is an enjoyable occurrences throughout the movie. It is directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa.

23. Dance With Me (2019)

Cast – Ayaka Miyoshi, Yashiro Yuu, Akira Takarada

Genre – Comedy, Musical, Adventure

Runtime – 1 hour and 43 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.8

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Shizuka Suzuki (Ayaka Miyoshi) is a career-invested woman working in a famous trading company. One day, she gets hypnotized by a hypnotist and starts dancing whenever music is played in front of her.

As you can understand by the story, the movie includes a lot of amazing songs, and the story has twists and turns. It is directed by Shinobu Yaguchi.

24. Love, Life And Goldfish (2021)

Cast –  Onoe Matsuya II, Momota Kanako, Hayato Kakizawa, Nicole Ishida

Genre – Comedy, Musical, Drama

Runtime – 1 hour 32 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.8

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Makoto Kashiba (Onoe Matsuya II) is a bank clerk who works for an elite bank at the headquarters in Tokyo. He gets demoted to a small office in a town. He meets a beautiful woman in the country town and falls in love with her.

This film is recommended for its cinematography and musical compositions. A fun watch for everyone. It is directed by Yukinori Makabe.

25. Black Lizard/Kurotage (1962)

Cast – Machiko Kyo, Minoru Ohki, Chiharu Kuri, Hiroshi Kawaguchi

Genre – Crime, Drama, Musical

Runtime – 1 hour 41 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.5

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Popular detective Kogoro Akechi (Ohki Minoru) tries to catch infamous jewel thief called Black Lizard after he commits a dangerous crime. This movie is a classic in this genre. The music is influenced by elements of Japanese culture and history. It is directed by Umetsugu Inoue.

26. Japanese Belly Button (1977)

Cast – Mako Midori, Akihiro Miwa, Hajime Hana, Osami Nabe

Genre – Comedy, Drama, Musical

Runtime – 1 hour 41 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.5

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Helen Amatsu and her associates plan to stage a confessional play, but things go wrong for her. Chaos and twists revolve around the story. This movie has 1970’s music all over it. A good watch for 70’s music fans. It is directed by Eizo Sugawa.

27. Mystic Shrine Maiden (2020)

Cast – Miyu Yoshimoto, Yua Shiraishi, Yuhi, Takayuki Hamatsu

Genre – Drama, Musical, Fantasy

Runtime – 1 hour 11 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.4

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Touko (Miyu Yoshimoto) is a shrine maiden. She spends her days with joy, playfully, and sometimes meditates if there is nothing more to do. She gets to know the village festival will be canceled because of a superstitious belief. Events start unfolding as she tries to make sure the festival is not canceled and meets a little girl by a lake.

This is a feel-good film. The music, dialogues, and cinematography are enjoyable and a great watch for passing your time. It is directed by Takeshi Sone.

28. Check It Out, Yo! (2006)

Cast – Hayato Ichihara, Mao Inoue, Yuta Hiraoka, Tasuku Emoto

Genre – Drama, Musical, Youth

Runtime – 1 hour 57 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.1

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Four friends – Toru, Yui, Akira, Tetsuo are school students in the southern prefecture of Japan. One day, he gets infatuated with a woman. The friends go out to see a trending hip-hop concert in their prefecture. They fall in love with the hip-hop genre and start their own hip-hop band. Events turn south when they struggle to make their wishes come true.

This film is known for its hip-hop soundtrack. A different take on the musical industry, this movie is an interesting one. You should definitely watch it. It is directed by Rieko Ishizaka.

29. The Opium War (1943)

Cast – Ennosuke Ichikawa, Seizaburo Kawazu, Setsuko Hara, Hideko Takamine

Genre – Musical, Drama, War

Runtime – 1 hour 55 minutes

IMDb Rating – 7.4

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This historical drama film is set in China. The rise of opium use for addiction purposes made China a place of business for the British. The police force tries to fight against the rise of opium dealing, but they face various obstacles in doing that.

This historic drama contains a few traditional songs that are influenced by Noh theatre. It is a good watch for people who are into classics. It is directed by Masahiro Makino.

30. Tottemo Ghost (2020)

Cast – Kei Aran, Yutaro Furutachi, Takashi Nagayama

Genre – Musical, Drama

Runtime – 1 hour 30 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.0

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Irie Yuki got into a car accident and died. She was a fashion designer. She does not understand that she died and slowly figures it out. She meets Hattori Koji and falls for him. After that, troubles and the power of love encounter each other.

This drama film is filled with music. A good watch for the soundtrack. It is directed by Hiroaki Kakukawa.

31. Mankai Movie A3!: Autumn & Winter (2022)

Cast – Kenta Mizue, Tarou Nakamura, Ryotaro Akazawa, Seiya Inagaki, Rei Fujita, Yoshihiko Aramaki

Genre – Musical, Drama

Runtime – 1 hour 58 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 10

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A suburb known as Veludo is popular for being the home to many actors and theatre groups. A former actress enters the town after receiving an uncanny letter from an unknown person. She came to act in theatre. However, she became a director and tried to bring the theatre group to its glory.

The movie has a few enjoyable songs. A good one-time watch for everyone. It is directed by Kenji Kurata.

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32. Your Lie In April (2016)

Cast – Kento Yamazaki, Suzu Hirose, Anna Ishii, Taishi Nakagawa

Genre – Drama, Musical, Romance

Runtime – 2 hours 2 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.9

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Kosei Arima is a talented pianist who won numerous competitions under the strict guidance of his mother. His mother died, and after that, he was unable to hear the tunes of the piano. He comes across Kaori Miyazono and regains his love for the piano again.

This is adapted from the manga of the same name. The anime adaptation is pretty popular, but the real-life adaptation is nice as well. The soundtrack is the specialty of this film.

  1. All About Lily Chou Chou (2001)

Cast – Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Izumi Inamori, Miwako Ichikawa

Genre – Musical, Psychological, Crime

Runtime – 2 hours 26 minutes

IMDb Rating – 7.5

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Lily Chou Chou is a pop star who sings dreamy, sad songs that help the high-school kids of Japan who are struggling in the pervasive society full of bullies and abusers from different planets. The universe is in chaos, and the rebels of this generation find solace in her music.

The movie has complications, and it will take a few watches to understand it completely. The music in this movie is commendable. An intriguing movie, to say the least.

34. Our 30-Minute Sessions (2020)

Cast – Takumi Kitamura, Mackenyu, Sayu Kubota, Shono Hayama

Genre – Musical, Fantasy, Drama

Runtime – 1 hour 54 minutes

IMDb Rating – 6.4

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Aki Miyata (Mackenyu) was a musician. He was a positive person and had a bright, joyful personality. Sota Kubota (Takumi Kitamura) is an introvert. He finds a cassette of Aki Miyata. Supernatural events start unfolding after that.

This movie has a great soundtrack. The story is interesting as well. A good watch for everyone. It is directed by Kentaro Hagiwara.

35. Swing Girls (2004)

Cast – Juri Ueno, Yuta Hiraoka, Shihori Kanjiya, Yuika Motokariya, Yukari Toshima

Genre – Musical, Comedy, Drama

Runtime – 1 hour 45 minutes

IMDb Rating – 7.5

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A group of girls meets and fall in love with jazz music. The main protagonist of the story is an average teenager who lacks motivation and procrastinates. However, after discovering jazz music, she changed.

This movie is filled with good cinematography, character narratives, and jazz music. A different yet good watch for everyone. It is directed by Shinobu Yaguchi.

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36. Given (2021)

Cast – Jin Suzuki, Sanari, Kai Inowaki, Shuntaro Yanagi

Episodes – 6 Episodes

Season – 1 Season

Runtime (per episode) – 24 minutes

MyDramaList Rating – 7.8

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The protagonist of the show, Mafuyu (Sanari), comes across Ritsuka, who insults him for ruining his guitar’s strings. After that, Ritsuka teaches him to play the guitar, and he joins the band as the lead singer. Strange and emotional events unfold after that in Mafuyu’s life.

This is adapted from the manga of the same name. The anime adaptation has a cult of its own. However, the mini-series series does well in aspects of acting and soundtrack.

Here you go, a complete list of 36 Japanese musical drama movies & TV shows that you should definitely watch. Japanese music has its distinctive elements, and the list includes most of them. Enjoy and until next time, take care!

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