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Posted 6/23/12
I have been a premium member here on CR for over a year now and I am a bit confused as to why there are so FEW Japanese dramas in comparison to the Korean and Chinese dramas. Most of the Japanese (non anime) stuff are horror movies and such with only a couple of TV dramas.

I had hoped to use CR as a way to help improve my Japanese by watching Jdramas, but this doesn't seem to be working out. Am I looking in the wrong place or is there some licencing issue regarding Japanese TV drama that doesn't apply to anime?

Thanks!
Posted 6/23/12
I don't think you could learn much Japanese from watching dramas. The things they say are pretty standard.
"I think I in love you!"
"I'm actually in love with your sister"
"HOW COULD YOU HAVE SLEPT WITH HIM YOU WHORE"
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Posted 6/23/12
I know many people who have used Japanese TV as a way to listen to native speakers if they cannot live in a truly immersive environment. It is actually a very effective way to learn to listen and speak (using shadowing).
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I noticed Japanese dramas are released by seasons unlike Korean and Chinese dramas. I'm not sure if the number of dramas released is affected by that factor though.

Anyway, for your question I really don't think CR prioritizes their drama library at the moment. Crunchyroll is more known as a legal anime streaming site. It's difficult to get licenses for anime alone, so imagine trying to get for dramas wherein users don't really bother to watch. You can try other sites like dramafever I guess.

But if you're after learning Japanese, I think anime is still a good source. I've been watching anime for around 5 years now and I can say that my Japanese did improve. I can understand at least half of what they are saying even without subs. Since I'm guessing you had formal lessons, I don't think it'll be a problem for you.
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Posted 6/24/12 , edited 6/24/12
I understand that anime will works as well as at TV drama, but I was hoping for a wider selection of viewing choices than only anime. I have already checked Dramafever and there are a total of 4 Japanese TV dramas, most of which are Kaiju type shows. /sigh If all else fails I can download a few TV shows or buy the Chinese knock-off DVD's on eBay, but I would MUCH rather support CR to watch Japanese TV dramas.
Posted 6/24/12

lamewing wrote:

I have been a premium member here on CR for over a year now and I am a bit confused as to why there are so FEW Japanese dramas in comparison to the Korean and Chinese dramas. Most of the Japanese (non anime) stuff are horror movies and such with only a couple of TV dramas.

I had hoped to use CR as a way to help improve my Japanese by watching Jdramas, but this doesn't seem to be working out. Am I looking in the wrong place or is there some licencing issue regarding Japanese TV drama that doesn't apply to anime?

Thanks!



From what I had understood from CR when I asked them, it had to with licensing issues, fees, etc.

Otherwise I wondered the same. I'd love to see a lot more Japanese Dramas on here. The current ones suck.
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