What J-Drama Does Miyamoto Watch?

By Ishaan . September 25, 2010 . 3:00pm


Ever wondered what Miyamoto does for enjoyment? We already know he enjoys swimming, gardening, keeping pets in the form of dogs and cats, and enjoys community service work. But he also watches Japanese drama on television.


In the “Itoi Asks in Place of Iwata interview” with Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and the creator of Earthbound discuss Miyamoto’s liking for morning TV dramas on the Japan Broadcasting Corporation channel.


Miyamoto (laughs) These last few years, I’ve been watching NHK’s morning TV dramas…


Itoi I’ve heard it’s good. Ge Ge Ge no Nyobo.


Miyamoto Yeah. It’s been awhile since I could enjoy something that’s made by the Kanto production team.


Itoi Ah, I thought so.


Miyamoto I was watching the previous dramas for a long time, too, but every time I would also sit there telling myself how it was all wrong.


Itoi Exactly! (laughs)


Miyamoto Yeah. (laughs)


Itoi Ladies and gentlemen, we have a great discovery!


Moments later, the two bring up a concept some of us might be familiar with.


Miyamoto The reality that is created in a drama changes drastically depending on whether or not there is a director who understands the point of the drama. It isn’t so much the structure of the scenario that’s important. It falls flat if it isn’t directed right during filming. Eliminating those places where something just doesn’t feel right is our job, and I think about that when I watch TV.


Itoi Yeah, me too. All the time. Like what I would do if I were in charge. Even though I’m not. That’s exactly what Iwata-san calls a “sense of ownership.”


Miyamoto Right. We watch TV with a sense of ownership. It’s the same when we watch a play or an event.

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  • Simon

    I’m a jdrama fan.. i guess he is too bz to watch the night time ones.. they are soo good.

    • I don’t watch Jdramas much anymore, but the night ones are actually good. The daytime ones look more like soap operas….

      • Aoshi00

        I haven’t watched J-drama in several years now, just like anime.. Miyamoto looks like a creepy stalker w/ a Mii T-shirt in the pic above lol..

        • The subtitle makes it worst. You’re just having fun playing your DS. And then you look….

          “Over your shoulder”

          And there he is smiling like a nutcase.

          • Aoshi00

            Looks like he’s flashing, “wanna get it on w/ Mii?” :)

          • (꒪∆꒪;)

  • http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Gegege_no_Nyobo

    Interesting… an autobiographical drama about the wife of a southpaw manga-ka who lost his left arm in WWII.

    • Aoshi00

      wow, that thing’s long running, 156 eps / 15 min ea… a 12-13 ep drama was pretty much my limit.. I was watching the K-drama “Winter Sonata” last winter, it was 20ep long, I watched up to 16 and haven’t finished the rest, I’m so lazy :(..

      • From what I could research a little, that’s normal for the daytime J dramas. I think shiokiryuu was right about the morning dramas being soap operas, since they run the entire work week in Japan. (6 days is a work week there right?) just like the soap operas do here.(5 days) Looks like yesterday/today was the last episode for this drama though. I wonder if Miyamoto will like the show that’s replacing this one.

        • Aoshi00

          yea, I know there are some long ones. I thought he meant the regular ones that get shown weekly every season, I have no patience to follow a long series daily. My favorite dramas were soap and comedy.

      • MisterNiwa

        You sure are lazy.

  • gatotsu911

    Honestly, Miyamoto just seems to have this tremendous insight into the way people think. He would have to, to be so good at what he does. Proof that geniuses exist.

  • NHK morning dramas… are those the ones that they show only 15 minutes at a time? If so, channel 18 used to show those here in SoCal. They would stretch for nearly months! That isn’t much compared to U.S. dramas that have been going on for several seasons, even decades, but most drama series in Japan go for around 13 to 25 episodes – if that. They’d air a few more seasons if they end up really popular.

    I haven’t watched a new Japanese drama in quite some time.There are some really good ones. I was hoping Funi would pick up some classics since they got that one they’re streaming on YouTube. Something like “Trick”, which was also made into a DS game recently.

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