Upcoming Japanese Dramas to Watch in November 2023 | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Quite a few Japanese dramas will be released in November after the long list of shows that aired in October. The genre of J-dramas is now seeing newfound glory after Netflix, 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. From romance to comedy to thriller and slice of life, here is a list of the most exciting J-dramas to watch in November of 2023.


EVOL

Release Date: November 3rd
Genre: Manga Adaptation, Suspense
Episodes: N/A
Network: DMM TV

Plot: The show is a manga adaptation that follows the story of three teenagers who attempt to die by suicide and fail. When they wake up in the hospital, they learn they have acquired mysterious superpowers. These abilities are usually passed down through generations of heroes and are something that only allies of justice can possess. This directionless trio who feel there is no place for them in this world, choose to use these powers for evil to destroy the world.


Subscription Furin

Release Date: November 9th
Genre: Suspense, Drama
Episodes: 6
Network: MBS

Plot: The show follows the story of Toriyama Michiru, an ordinary housewife who has never thought about adultery before. After she gets addicted to a subscription affair service that allows you to have a “safe affair,” her married life with her husband begins to deviate from the ideal she had originally envisioned.

One day, at the recommendation of a friend, she learns of an app called “Buffet,” a subscription service that allows married people to have affairs safely and confidentially. After signing up for the service, she encounters photographer Junya, and Kentaro, the heir to a major hospital, and as a result, she becomes unable to break free from the never-ending loop of desire for self-approval and paying for more services.


OZU

Release Date: November 12th
Genre: Anthology, Mini-series
Episodes: 6
Network: WOWOW

Plot: The drama commemorates the 120th anniversary of film director Yasujiro Ozu’s birth. The drama will feature all 6 of the late filmmakers’ silent films! The films have been adapted into modern settings by six up-and-coming film directors and presented in an omnibus drama format.


Tokyo Hinkon Joshi

Release Date: November 17th
Genre: Manga Adaptation, Suspense
Episodes: 6
Network: WOWOW

Plot: The show is based on a non-fiction book by Nakamura Atsuhiko and follows the story of Kariya Mako who returns to work after her divorce as a contract editor for an economics magazine. There, she is ordered to be in charge of a serialization based on the theme of women in poverty. She interviews people living in various difficult situations. It gradually makes her realise that this is a widespread problem that she is not entirely impervious to, as she is also someone dealing with employment instability while struggling to raise her children.


Renai no Susume

Release Date: November 22nd
Genre: Drama, Romance
Episodes: N/A
Network: TBS

Plot: This work follows a group of elite high school boys who attend Kaimei Academy, a strict and prestigious high school, where all kinds of entertainment is prohibited, including dating. Ootori Keisuke is a student council president who has devoted his life to studying.

When he falls in love with a woman for the first time, he decides to defy the school and go up against the school’s strict rules. Ootori’s friends are concerned that he is risking everything for love and trying to stop him. However, his passion and sincerity begin to stir their hearts.


Sahar-sensei to Toki-kun

Release Date: November 30th
Genre: BL Drama, Romance
Episodes: 8
Network: MBS

Plot: The show follows the story of Toki Kaneda, a delinquent who gets into lots of fights. But despite his appearance, he is a pure-hearted guy. He gains favour with handsome physical education teacher Sahara Ichiro, who he subsequently happens to fall for. As a result, he begins to go to school daily just to see Sahara. Thus begins a one-sided earnest love situation between a refreshingly handsome teacher and a student!


Tokyo Woman

Release Date: November 30th
Genre: BL Drama, Romance
Episodes: 4
Network: Fuji TV

Plot: The show is an original drama based on Takeuchi Mariya’s unreleased cover song “Tokyo Woman”. The show follows the lives of two women of different ages with different backgrounds and lifestyles who meet in the city of Tokyo following an event. Miyata Makiko is a caregiver who works in Toyama.

Through the influences of those around her, she decides to get married and get a job, though in reality, she doesn’t know what she desires in life. However, after suddenly receiving a “Boston bag” containing 30 million yen from a robber, she decides to board a bus bound for Tokyo.


Which Japanese drama are you most looking forward to in November? Which do you think could become the best of 2023? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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