With the success of Netflix’s Alice in Borderland, the search for more engaging Japanese dramas has definitely taken over our free time as of late. But then again, not all of us can stomach suspense-thrillers similar to the trending series. So if you’re more of a hopeless romantic who'd rather watch swoon-worthy love stories you can relate to, we’ve got you covered.
Below are eight Japanese romance dramas and movies on Netflix that you might just fall in love with.
Romantic Japanese TV Series
Good Morning Call (2016)
After her parents leave for the country, high school student Yoshikawa Nao moves into an apartment of her own. Her independence is short-lived when she finds out that she actually has to share her flat with Uehara Hisashi, the most popular guy in her school, due to unforeseen events. Forced to live together, the pair must learn to co-exist while keeping their arrangement a secret to their classmates.
Starring: Fukuhara Haruka, Shiraishi Shunya, Sakurada Dori
Secret Unrequited Love (2019)
When a young boy gets diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, he makes a vow with his childhood friend to get married when they grow up. Though they stay by each other’s sides through the years, he might not be able to live long enough to keep their promise.
Starring: Nomura Shuhei , Sakurai Hinako, Miyazawa Hio
Perfect World (2019)
After an accident during his high school years leaves him paralyzed, architect Itsuki Ayukawa decides to live in solitude due to his physical limitations. However, his solitary existence is soon upended when he meets his former schoolmate Tsugumi Kawana, an interior designer set on showing him what it’s like to live and love again.
Starring: Tori Matsuzaka, Mizuki Yamamoto
The Many Faces of Ito (2017)
After finding out that four different women are unknowingly being romantically manipulated by a guy named Ito, a jaded rom-com screenwriter attempts to mine their stories under the guise of giving them advice on their love lives.
Starring: Kimura Fumino, Sasaki Nozomi, Shida Mirai, Ikeda Elaiza, Kaho
Ossan’s Love (2018)
Soichi Haruta, unpopular, 33, and single, moves into his colleague’s home after his mom leaves. This new development causes his boss, and his new housemate to both confess their feelings for him, trapping him in a love triangle with two of his male co-workers.
Starring: Tanaka Kei, Hayashi Kento, Yoshida Kotaro, Kaneko Daichi
Romantic Japanese Movies
Your Lie in April (2016)
Based on the manga and anime of the same name, Your Lie in April centers on the young Kosei Arima, a well-known piano prodigy who loses his will to play after his mother dies. After years of inactivity, he meets a passionate violin player who inspires him to return to the piano world once more.
Starring: Yamazaki Kento, Hirose Suzu, Ishii Anna
My Long Awaited Love Story (2016)
Love simulation game planner Riko Shirono is ironically uninterested in romance. Enter Soichiro Kurokawa, a company CEO and Riko’s new client. Unable to understand a woman’s mind, he asks Riko for dating advice, but as she obliges she also inadvertently finds herself falling for him.
Starring: Mikako Tabe, Issey Takahashi, Aya Omasa
Romantic Prelude (2009)
An aspiring florist, and the photographer who just moved in next door end up drawn to each other through the sounds they hear from shared their thin walls, though they’ve never really met face to face.
Starring: Junichi Okada, Kumiko Aso, Mitsuki Tanimura