During the short break, I had to keep myself from watching a new drama so I watched some reruns of American Idol on GMA-7.  But lo and behold, Yamashita Tomohisa (Yamapi) was staring at me on local television!

GMA-7 aired its teasers of three Jdoramas that will be aired on Philippine tv– Nobuta Wo Produce, Proposal Daisakusen (Operation: Love) and Nodame Cantabile.  I’ve already seen all three and I’m really pleased that GMA-7 got a hold of these dramas because I guarantee you that they’re really really good.  This news got me on a high, enough to slightly overshadow my disappointment that the other channel will air my current K-drama obssession Boys Over Flowers. 

I have yet to finish my episode recaps of Proposal Daisakusen but I promise to get back to it, hopefully before the show airs on Philippine tv.

Meanwhile, here are some bits of information about these three dramas for those who haven’t seen them.

Nobuta Wo Produce (Producing Nobuta) is a high-school drama, which aired in Japan in 2005.  It stars popular J-pop stars Kamenashi Kazuya (Kiritani Shuji) and Yamashita Tomohisa (Kusano Akira) and a very young Horikita Maki (Kotani Nobuko).

Kiritani Shuji is a guy who gets along with everyone in school except for the weird Kusano Akira.  Akira however treats Shuji as his bestfriend.  One day Kotani Nobuko, a girl with no self-confidence, goes to their school.  Shuji and Akira team up to make Nobuta, as they fondly call Nobuko, the most popular girl in school.  The drama revolves around the touching relationship between these three unlikely friends.

If you could go back in time to change things, will you be able to win the heart of the one you love?  This is the theme of Proposal Daisakusen (Operation: Love), a light-hearted romance starring Yamapi (Yamashita Tomohisa of Nobuta Wo Produce) and the lovely Nagasawa Masami.

Iwase Ken (Yamapi) and Yoshida Rei (Masami) have been bestfriends since elementary school.  The two harbor feelings towards each other but have failed to push their relationship to the next level until Ken finds himself attending Rei’s wedding.  Through the help of a “fairy,” Ken goes back in time to win the heart of the girl he loves.

Nodame Cantabile is a live-action adaptation of a popular manga starring Ueno Juri (Noda Megumi/Nodame) and Tamaki Hiroshi (Chiaki Shinichi).

Nodame is an extremely talented pianist who prefers to play by ear than read notes.  She then meets her match Shinichi, a perfectionist who ambitions to become a conductor.  Nodame quickly falls for the arrogant Shinichi but will he fall for her too?

Watch out for these wonderful Jdoramas, soon on GMA-7.

Myla Torres-Eder

Myla writes news stories for a living and watches K-dramas for leisure. She enjoys doing both for Hallyudorama.

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  1. On the contrary I am disappointed that GMA 7 got the rights to my 2 favorite Jdramas, Proposal Daisakusen and Nodame Cantabile. And I am very pleased that “the other channel” will be airing my current obsession (too), the fan frenzied, uber popular Boys Before Flowers!

  2. Well, I’m only disappointed because of selfish reasons (none of which I’m inclined to disclose here). However, I think it’s great that ABS acquired the rights to air BOF since their dubbing would most likely be better and there’d be a bigger chance that the drama stars would visit the Philippines. 🙂

    1. Hi Wendy! GMA has aired a couple of Japanese dramas in the past including Hana Yori Dango, Hana Kimi and Gokusen to name a few. Right now I think they’re airing Gokusen 3. By the way, GMA has also bought One Liter of Tears, which would probably shown on primetime. We’ll probably write something on that drama soon. 🙂

  3. Yes, I was uber disappointed too. I LOVE Nodame Cantabile and because I love it, I watched it’s first ep on GMA. The dubbing sucks and there were so many cuts. I really hope that the other channel will soon take notice of jdoramas.

  4. why did the gma 7 cut so many scenes in nodame cantabile, I think from may 20 it will be the last 3 episode s of nodame cantabile in gma but i think 3 days is not appropriate to air the remaining episode ( there so may remaining scenes pa)

  5. well.. if you don’t watch it being aired in GMA 7 then better yet don’t watch so you won’t get pissed.. duh.. you can always watch it in DVD or Internet sites… having it aired in local network is already a good sign that jdrama fever is spreading, and the possibility of japanese invasion(that means, there’s a possibiliy of Jband will go here)… don’t take me wrong, it’s their work so respect them

  6. because I’m really addicted to nc and I want to share stories with my classmates that don’t have dvd and internet i

  7. nobuta wo produce ang request ko na sana maipalabas sa gma..un lng kc d best tlga i2ng palabas n2 n tiyak na magu2stuhan ng marami..kgaya ko,

    1. Hi kat! Naipalabas na ang Nobuta Wo produce sa QTV channel 11 last year. 2:30 ang timeslot niya so kung may school ka, hindi mo siya talaga mapapanood.

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