Nowadays there’s nothing better than coming home from a long day at work, sitting down on the sofa or snuggling up in bed and binging a bunch of shows and movies on Netflix. The best part about these streaming services is that not only do they offer shows from your home country, but there’s series from other countries like Japan too! Watching Japanese shows and movies is also a great way to not only improve your Japanese language skills but to learn about the culture. It’s like studying whilst being relaxing at the same time, a win win situation! Now if you’re a fan of Shojo, youv’e probably already watched these 5 Japanese movies for sleepovers, but here’s some Japanese shojo films that you can enjoy watching by yourself on Netflix!
Ookami Shojo follows Erika, a girl who just started high school without knowing anyone so has to make friends. Erika does make friends, however the problem is that they all have boyfriends and she doesn’t! So Erika has to lie about having a boyfriend to fit in with her new high school friends, but they start to get suspicious… where is this so called boyfriend?! To qualm her friends suspicions Erika takes a photo of a super cute guy she sees whilst out with her childhood friend and tells her other friends he’s her boyfriend… the only issue is Erika didn’t realise he’s also a student at their school! Check the trailer out on YouTube below!
Orange is about a 2nd year high school student called Naho who one day recieves a letter from herself 10 years in the future talking about how much she regrets not being able to save her crush Kakeru who dies a year from now. Moved by the letter from her future self Naho begins to do everything in her power to save Kakeru and prevent him from dying a year from then. Full of powerful and emotional themes, Orange isn’t your average high school girl movie. Check out the trailer below (Japanese only).
Ao Haru Ride is about a girl named Futaba who meets a transfer student at her high school… but she recognises him. It turns out that he’s her old middle school crush, Kou who transferred away suddenly when his parents divorced 4 years prior. However Kou’s surname has changed and apparently so has his entire personality too! Futaba and her friends try their best to help make Kou happy again after the tragedy that led him to transfer back, and they work together to overcome everything.
Natsume Mochizuki is a popular teen model in Tokyo, when suddenly she has to leave Tokyo behind and move with her family to the countryside to help run her grandfathers inn. Having her modeling career suddenly cut short Natsume is understandably fustrated, but this all changes when she meets the free spirited son of the most prominent local family Koichiro and falls in love. However a traumatic event occurs tearing the pair apart and the film follows the two as they try to overcome the lasting effects.
Suki tte ii na yo is about Mei Tachibana who since elementary school has avoided making friends with classmates due to an unfortunate event happening. However one day Mei accidentally injures a popular boy in her school, Yamato. From then on their lives intertwine despite Mei’s best efforts to avoid him and Yamato ends up kissing Mei to save her from a stalker. From then on the pair start dating and Mei starts to learn how to let others in to her life with various mishaps along the way.
The only downside to Netflix is that different countries all have different libraries and content available, so although these films are available on Japanese Netflix they may not be available on Netflix in your country! But not to worry, all these movies are great and worth a watch so we definitely recommend you rent or buy them if you can’t access them on your Netflix (alternatively you could also use a proxy server… but we totally aren’t suggesting you do that!)
If learning Japanese through watching Netflix is totally your thing, then we also have this list of Netflix shows to watch to improve your Japanese language skills!
What do you think of the shojo movies we recommended? Have you seen any of them before? What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments!
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