"You see a lot of the same archetype, but they have their own distinct personalities." Both anime and J-drama feature common and beloved character types like the "tough weed" girl who can survive anything life throws at her.J-drama shows are most often adaptations of popular anime series. The same over-the-top personas found in anime are found in J-dramas, he said, but the J-drama actors are able to make endearing characters leap from animation to live action.When it comes to love stories, the Japanese enjoy telling them just as much as we do.But this fangirl thinks that when it comes to great romance and unforgettable couples, Japanese drama wins.
"Densha Otoko," which translates as "Train Man," tells the story of an otaku who bravely comes out of his shell to help a woman who has been threatened on the train."Anime can be very over-the-top, but at the same time it can appeal to a lot of different people." "The characters have a lot to do with it," he said.The tale was born out of a thread on Japan's 2channel message board, in which Train Man (Yamada) was advised by many Internet friends on how to proceed with the relationship.The more unlikely the romance, the more it seems to appeal - a continuous theme in all forms of love stories.
"People usually start their descent into the rabbit hole of Japanese pop culture with anime," said Eric Allerton, J-drama fan and founder of the Japanese pop culture network Gaijin Kanpai.