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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Drama Recommendations: School Romance

10:00 AM Posted by ninja 8 comments
A reader asked for some drama recommendation "I've already watched Boys Over Flowers, and read the manga of Hana Yori Dango. But I'll surely try the Japanese version. However, I'm not too keen on watching It Started With a Kiss, because I was sort of disappointed with the K Version Playful Kiss. I wouldn't mind a good rom-com or maybe a cross-dressing drama either! Historical is also alright. I wouldn't mind the Chaebol-falls-in-love-with-a-poor-woman plot either. But I'm more into Dramas set in school or college where the focus is on things like bromance, friendship and love (because such kind of emotions really appeal to me). Other manga adaptations are also alright. yeah, I'm okay with the idol-boy kind of dramas (or should i say flower boys?) where the protagonist belongs to a musical band and stuff like that!

As long as the drama has substance and is addicting and juicy, I've got no problems at all!
At first I was totally drawing blank but after a few days of pondering I came up with a few ideas:

First Pick

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)

This one pretty much fit the bill perfectly. Cross dressing heroine, bromance galore, and great romance. This is a historical drama of course but the plot feels modern and just a wonderful drama all around.

2nd Pick

Coffee Prince (2007)

One of the classic you just got to watch. A tomboy, our heroine ends up getting a job at a coffee shop that only hires boys. Things gets hilariously complicated when the coffee shop owner (the hero) falls in love with our heroine but has no idea she is a girl. No school here, but everyone is super young here.

3rd Pick

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (J-Drama, 2007)

This is turning into a cross dressing recommendation... Anyhow, another classic where you will find remakes by K-drama and T-Drama as well. But I think the J-version gets the bromance down the best. To help her idol, our heroine enters into a all boy school and of course the usual hijinks (and the not so usual ones since we are talking about J-drama here) ensues.

4th Pick

Answer me 1997 (2012)

This one is all about the growing up years and the confusions of first loves. Ahh... the young love. Lots of friendship, bromance and heart melting romance of course.

Fifth Pick

Secret Garden (2010)

Kinda fit the Chaebol falling in love with a poor girl category but this one gets more interesting since our two leads' actually has a soul exchange. No a school romance but a good one anyway.

Last Pick
Down With Love (T-Drama 2010)
A good old Chaebol falling in love with poor girl show. Who knew Jerry Yan does so well in comedy! 

Other worthy mentions:
 Heirs (2013)
 Shut Up Flower Boy Band (2012)
 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (2015) This one is a classic too. 
Dream High (2011)


  1. THANKS A LOT FOR HELPING ME, NINJA! I already saw many of the dramas that have been suggested here, but I'll try the others out. However, I differ with you only on one drama, "Heirs". That was a really crappy drama *shudder shudder* I dont know why, maybe its because there wasnt much of a plot to begin with and it was just too hyped, but I didnt like it at all. But the rest of the dramas seem awesome. I'll definitely watch them.
    I recently saw this drama called Just You (T-Drama) and felt it was alright when I watched it with the mute button on (The actors' voices were shrill). And I thought that I wouldnt mind the genre of, yunno, forced living situations or maybe love-hate relationships... If you've got any ideas on such dramas, will you please suggest some dramas (language is not a restriction. Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese...all of them are fine)!!
    Thank You, once again! :)

    1. I meant to put a note on the fact I didn't finish watching most of the dramas in the notable mention section, but feel obligated to put it on the list because most of them were so popular. I only made it about two episodes of Heirs, so I totally believe you that it was too hyped up. I did finish Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy though and would highly recommend that one.

    2. I found Heirs to be a pretty good watch! I delayed watching it until recently because I too, thought it was overrated and overhyped. I went in with really low expectations and I found it to be a pleasant surprise! It might not be the best drama out there, but it is pretty decent. I would dare say so many people found Heirs to be disappointing because they went in with overly high hopes. If anyone is planning to watch Heirs, my suggestion would be to adjust the mentality and just enjoy the ride! :)

  2. I watched the first few episodes of Secret Garden, and I loved it! Thank you, Ninja, for advising this superb drama! Answer Me, 1997 made me really feel nostalgic and at the same time good. You have a really good blog. Keep up the good job!

  3. I liked Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy, and Down with Love A LOT!!!!!
    And Hana Kimi was also nice! Isnt it To The Beautiful You in the K-Version?
    I also watched School 2013, though it wasnt mentioned here, and i like it. I hope you're gonna recap School 2015!
    Dream High had me hook,line and sinker! I SWEAR!!!!!!
    Thanks a lot, ninja! I really am grateful to you. I've already watched the others. So, if you dont mind, could you suggest me some dramas that belong to the love-hate relationships and forced living situations or maybe contract marriage genre (excluding My Name Is Kim Samsoon and Goong)
    P.S. Thank You in advance ;)

    1. I am going to have to think about this one again, but I am sure I can get a list together... but you have watched a lot so I am not sure if any of those would be new to you. :-)

    2. Ok, here is a list I got for you. I am so behind on my posts right now so I couldn't put this one in an individual post but I might start spot lighting some of these dramas later on.
      Full House (K-Drama 2004)
      Love is Back (C-Drama 2014)
      Sheng Xia Wan Qing Tian (C-Drama 2013)
      Sunny Happiness (C-Drama 2011)
      Ring Ring Bell (T-Drama 2011)
      Hotaru no Hikari (J-Drama 2007)
      Nodame Cantabile (J-Drama 2006)
      Buzzer Beat (J-Drama)
      My Princess (K-Drama 2011)
      Master's Sun (K-Drama 2013)
      Waking Love Up (C-Drama 2011)

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