My Favorite Japanese Actresses Round-Up
With the new fall jdrama season around the corner, jdramas are on my mind! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Japanese actresses. NOTE THE EMPHASIS ON SOME. Obviously there are also many other excellent Japanese actresses out there, so don’t feel bitter if I didn’t acknowledge your favorite in this post. There is no way I can cover them all!
Enka no Jouou, BOSS 1 & 2
Ah yes, it’s no surprise that I will start out this post with Amami Yuki. Especially ever since BOSS, it seems that Amami Yuki has been stereotyped into these roles of the strong independent lady leader. Which I’m not complaining about, because she fits the part. However these roles may not let her demonstrate the full range of her acting abilities. I have heard that she was excellent in Fumo Chitai, when she had a different role than her usual BOSS ones. Also my first time watching her was in her drama old Enka no Jouou, which is one where she wasn’t quite your BOSS-like character we are so used to now. Overall I think Amami Yuki is fun to watch, but she could also break free of the stereotypes if she wants to. Oh, and did I mention she can actually sing?
1 Litre of Tears, Kimi ni shika kikoenai, BOSS 2, Honey & Clover, How to Become Myself
What a coincidence, Narumi Riko was also in Enka no Jouou with Amami Yuki! :O AND in BOSS 2 with Amami Yuki!! Anyways you all probably remember her, way back in your distant memory of 1 Liter of Tears when she played Ikenouchi’s sister. I have been a fan of Narumi Riko because she is an excellent young actress with a lot of charisma on screen! I admit that there are some roles she could’ve done better in (i.e. Honey & Clover) but overall I think she’s AWESOME. I really wish she would get more roles, particularly a leading role as I feel she could handle it. Not to be hating on Takei Emi, who I’m pretty neutral about (loved Asuko March but not so much her recent dramas) but..I think it’s ridiculous that she’s landed SO MANY lead roles in the past YEAR whereas other talents like Narumi Riko……have..not.
Unfair, Tsuki no Koibito, Haken no Hinkaku, Anego
I can’t help but love Shinohara Ryoko’s dramas!!!! Is it her characters? Is it her natural charm? I have no idea but I loved Unfair, Haken no Hinkaku, and Anego back in the day. Her acting isn’t amazing…but she also has great charm on screen. Her most recent dramas Tsuki no Koibito and Ogon no Buta were..sorta….flops……….BUT I loved her character in Tsuki no Koibito too!!
BOSS 1 & 2, Keizoku 2 SPEC
Yes, yes, all you Toda Erika fans, I shall appease you now. I am not a die-hard Toda Erika fan but her characters in BOSS and SPEC left great impressions on me. It’s great to see her portraying unconventional roles that are quirky and fun. In case you were wondering, it’s not a coincidence that my pictures in this post of her are from SPEC and BOSS. HEHEHE.
OL Nippon, Ohitorisama
Last but not least, MIZUKI ALISA. Although I’ve seen some of her dramas, I didn’t realize until recently that she’s like a DIVA. She is just awesome. You may recognize her from more recent-ish dramas like Ohitorisama & Hanawake no Yon Shimai (<<BLEHH) but I remember her most fondly in OL Nippon. Also, I heard that she is fantastic in Saito-san (although I haven’t seen it). All in all, she is another one of those actresses that tends to take on strong lady roles. However, in my opinion, she has a much more infectious personality than Amami Yuki does.
So, there’s my round-up of favorite Japanese actresses! In case you were wondering about actresses from say, China/Taiwan/Korea, I will probably talk about them in other posts. It is just too much to mix all my favorite actresses into a gigantic post!
So, got any favorite Japanese actresses that I didn’t mention here? Are you fans of any of my favorites as well? Let me know!