Upcoming Japanese Dramas to Watch in February 2024 | TheReviewGeek Recommends

The genre of J-dramas is now seeing newfound glory after Netflix and Disney+, among other popular international streaming platforms, announced interesting titles that initially catapulted with shows like Alice In Borderland.

Being shorter than regular Korean or Chinese dramas, Japanese dramas are quick to watch with an average of 10 to 12 episodes per season. This month there are a large number of Japanese dramas releasing and they all come from different genres like romance, comedy, historical, mystery and thriller.

We have listed the upcoming Japanese titles releasing this month. Here is a list of the most exciting J-dramas to watch in February 2024.


Perfect Propose

Release Date: February 2
Genre: Gay Romance, Food, BL Drama
Episodes: 6
Network: Fuji TV

Plot: The show follows the story of Hiro and Kai Fukaya. While Hiro is stressed out at work, he can barely have proper meals or get some well-earned sleep. After the end of another stressful day, Hiro passes out on the sidewalk. There he meets an unfamiliar face who turns out to be an old flame. Kai Fukaya and Hiro had once promised to marry each other. Now, Kai Fukaya is insistent on assuming the role of Hiro’s fiancé.


Owakare Hospital

Release Date: February 3
Genre: Medical Drama, Miniseries
Episodes: 4
Network: NHK

Plot: The show follows the story of Henmi, a second-year nurse who works where death lies in wait—a hospital. There, she witnesses the naked tragedy concerning the life and death of various patients.


Sugar Sugar Honey

Release Date: February 5
Genre: Romance, Food
Episodes: 10
Network: Tokyo MX

Plot: The show is adapted from a manga and follows the love story of Kaji, a genius pâtissière and Mizuki, a former marathon runner. The dessert-lover Mizuki becomes Kaji’s taste tester after she starts working at the same hotel as him.


Black Girl’s Talk

Release Date: February 5
Genre: Office, Female Drama
Episodes: 10
Network: TV Tokyo, TV Osaka

Plot: Centered around three close friends, Kaori, Aya and Nao who get together at a coffee house or their respective homes and engage in idle gossip.


Kimi to Sekai ga Owaru Hi ni: Season 5

Release Date: February 9
Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror
Episodes: 5
Network: Hulu

Plot: N/A


The Silent Service: Battle of Tokyo Bay

Release Date: February 9
Genre: Miniseries, Action, Drama
Episodes: 8
Network: Prime Video

Plot: A complete drama based on the story released in theatres, the show follows the story of a Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine that collided with an American nuclear submarine and sank in the waters near Japan. Reports that all 76 people, including the captain, Shiro Kaieda, were killed are shocking. However, the crew members survived. The accident was a cover-up to have them serve on the Seabat, a high-performance nuclear submarine built in secret by the Japanese and U.S. governments. The Seabat became a member of the US fleet, and Kaieda, who boasted the best ship-handling ability of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, was appointed its captain.


House of Ninjas

Release Date: February 15
Genre: Drama, Action
Episodes: N/A
Network: Netflix

Plot: Set in modern-day Japan, “House of Ninjas,” tells the story of the Tawara family, the last ninja clan. It had abandoned its roots after an incident in the past, but now the family must take on the greatest crisis in Japanese history, one that threatens to shake the nation to its core.


My Strawberry Film

Release Date: February 15
Genre: Romance, Youth
Episodes: 8
Network: MBS

Plot: The show follows high school sophomores Ryo, Hikaru and Chika who live seemingly peaceful high school lives while harbouring hidden emotions. One day, Hikaru and Chika find an 8mm film in an old storage shed on the school grounds. In the film, a stunning girl captures the attention of Hikaru, while Ryo worries over Hikaru and Chika watches over the trio. A youth drama that weaves together the feelings of four individuals, intersecting through the medium of film.


Fune wo Amu: Watashi, Jisho Tsukurimasu

Release Date: February 18
Genre: Slice of Life, Office Romance
Episodes: 10 
Network: NHK BSP

Plot: The show follows the story of Kishibe Midori a 25-year-old woman who works in the editorial department of a fashion magazine that belongs to a large publishing company. However, the fashion magazine was cancelled by its parent company. Kishibe Midori then gets transferred to the editing department for a dictionary. There Kishibe Midori meets Majime Mitsuya who inspires her to be persistent and enthusiastic as she finds pride and self-fulfilment over her work.


Shogun

Release Date: February 27
Genre: Period, Action
Episodes: 10
Network: Disney+

Plot: Based on the best-selling novel by James Clavell, Shogun is set in feudal Japan in the 1600s at the dawn of the Battle of Sekigahara. As the enemy’s siege approaches Lord Yoshii Toranaga, the strongest military commander in the Sengoku period clashes with British navigator James Blackthorne who comes bearing secrets that could save him from his predicament.

Toranaga orders Mariko, a mysterious religious noblewoman who can speak English, to translate for Blackthorne and a bond begins to form between the two. As the war rages on, their fates intertwine as they navigate through this treacherous political landscape while caught in a power struggle between two of the most powerful daimyōs.


Cinderella Complex

Release Date: February 29
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Romance
Episodes: 7
Network: MBS

Plot: The show narrates the story of the affair between a popular married high school teacher and his female high school student. When his wife, another teacher at the school, discovers his affair and vows revenge, things start to go awry.


Which Japanese drama are you most looking forward to in February? Which do you think could become the best of 2024? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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