Dramas With Little Or No Romance

sometimes we just wanna watch something that's not so romance focused, each drama in the list has a comment explaining why i put the drama in this list

INCLUDES:

  • dramas i think personally have no romance
  • dramas that only have romantic subtext but no obvious canon romantic main couple
  • dramas that have no main couple but might have romantic side couples

obviously this only includes dramas i've seen so it'll continue to be updated the more i watch

note: there may be an imbalance of what country the drama is from as a lot of the korean, thai, taiwanese, & chinese dramas i've watched have a romantic plot with  heavy focus within them, so that's why there's a lot of jdramas above anything else

Lex Abr 9, 2021
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  • 10 Pontos Para o Futuro

    1. 10 Pontos Para o Futuro

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 9 episodes

    9.0
    • student/mentor focused
    • grieving widower
    • definitely implies romance from the FL but feels one sided imo
      (it's literally so minor that you can ignore it which i did)
    • minor romantic sideplot love triangle between 3 students in an early episode
  • 17 Sai no Teikoku

    2. 17 Sai no Teikoku

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • definitely an implied romance but it can be ignored
  • 19th Floor

    3. 19th Floor

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 30 episodes

    9.0
    • romantic sideplot, definitely has a heavier focus nearer the end of the series compared to the beginning
  • 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu

    4. 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 10 episodes

    10
    • very minor background romances that can be ignored
    • more student/mentor & platonic focused dynamics
  • A Mai Cong Jun

    5. A Mai Cong Jun

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 36 episodes

    8.5
    • romance sideplot
  • A Vida Biônica

    6. A Vida Biônica

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.0
    • subtle romantic sideplot that you can honestly just view platonically if you wanted
  • Advento de um Aristocrata: Príncipe da Lenda
    8.5
    • very minor romance 
  • Advogado de Um Dólar

    8. Advogado de Um Dólar

    Korean Drama - 2022, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • there's barely any romance except in episodes 7-8 which are flashbacks
  • Agridoce

    9. Agridoce

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    9.5
    • platonic focused 
    • mentions of romance 
  • Além do Mal

    10. Além do Mal

    Korean Drama - 2021, 16 episodes

    9.0
    • there's pretty much no romance in this (the only thing really is a very incredibly minor subplot of a romance of a dead character in like one flashback)
    • romantic subtext
  • An Ye Ming Tan

    11. An Ye Ming Tan

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    7.5
    • minor romance (married couple)
  • Aogeba Toutoshi

    12. Aogeba Toutoshi

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 8 episodes

    9.0
    • platonic & mentor focused
    • i don't remember there being any romance in this
  • Aoki Vuanpaia no Nayami

    13. Aoki Vuanpaia no Nayami

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • no explicit romance but could be read as romantic subtext 
  • Artista

    14. Artista

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 6 episodes

    8.0
    • only the first 2 eps are somewhat romance focused but it's more about revenge & heartbreak than the romance itself
  • Às Cegas

    15. Às Cegas

    Korean Drama - 2022, 16 episodes

    9.5
    • very little romance, which is mostly subtext 
  • Atom no Warabe

    16. Atom no Warabe

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 9 episodes

    • mostly postentially implied subtext
  • Bad Mother

    17. Bad Mother

    Korean Drama - 2023, 14 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic sideplot but the main focus is the mother/son bond & revenge
  • Bad Prosecutor

    18. Bad Prosecutor

    Korean Drama - 2022, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • barely any romance here and if there is you need to squint to see it
  • Bangkok no Limite

    19. Bangkok no Limite

    Thai Drama - 2021, 6 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romance but the main focus of the drama is the corruption 
  • Bar Três Estrelas em Nishi Ogikubo

    20. Bar Três Estrelas em Nishi Ogikubo

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 6 episodes

    8.5
    • more platonic focused
    • mentions of romance & ex relationships of side characters 
  • Barakamon

    21. Barakamon

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 11 episodes

    8.5
    • no romance
    • platonic/familial focused
  • Black Postman

    22. Black Postman

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 7 episodes

    7.0
    • barely any romance
  • Brush Up Life

    23. Brush Up Life

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • friendship focused
    • very minor romantic sideplot near the beginning / mentions of an old crush/relationship
  • Bu Liang Zhi Nian Qing Chu Shi

    24. Bu Liang Zhi Nian Qing Chu Shi

    Taiwanese Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    9.5
    •  romantic subtext
  • Caçadores de Demônios

    25. Caçadores de Demônios

    Korean Drama - 2020, 16 episodes

    10
    • hints to maybe future romance(s) but no couples as of the first season
  • Caçadores de Demônios 2

    26. Caçadores de Demônios 2

    Korean Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romantic subplots that can be ignored
  • Cat Property

    27. Cat Property

    Japanese Movie - 2022

    8.5
    • barely any romance you pretty much have to squint to see it if you really want to but very platonic focused
  • Céu e Inferno: Troca de Almas

    28. Céu e Inferno: Troca de Almas

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • minor romantic subtext
  • Chinese Paladin 4

    29. Chinese Paladin 4

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 36 episodes

    8.5
    • romance sideplots that do get a bit of focus from time to time but the main relationship that has the focus are the platonic, familial, student/master relationships
  • Code: Negai no Daisho

    30. Code: Negai no Daisho

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.0
    • romantic subplot that doesn't last long
    • revenge focused
  • Company

    31. Company

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    9.0
    • minor romance (husband/wife going through divorce) but it's not the main focus
    • hints at potential romances that don't go anywhere
  • Cool Doji Danshi

    32. Cool Doji Danshi

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • no romance
  • Criminologista Himura e o Escritor de Mistério Arisugawa

    33. Criminologista Himura e o Escritor de Mistério Arisugawa

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 10 episodes

    8.5
    • possible romantic subtext
  • Criminologista Himura e o Escritor de Mistério Arisugawa: Outra História
    • possible romantic subtext
    • romance mention between side characters
  • Crosstail: Detetive da Sala

    35. Crosstail: Detetive da Sala

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 8 episodes

    6.0
    • very little romance from what i can remember
  • Da Capo Shimasen ka?

    36. Da Capo Shimasen ka?

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    5.5
    • aint no time for romance in this drama tbh
  • Death Note

    37. Death Note

    Japanese Drama - 2015, 11 episodes

    9.5
    • there is a romantic relationship but i think it was more out of convenience than love & can be ignored imo
  • Death Note NEW GENERATION

    38. Death Note NEW GENERATION

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 3 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance i think
  • Death Note: Iluminando um Novo Mundo

    39. Death Note: Iluminando um Novo Mundo

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    8.0
    • no romance if i remember correctly
  • Dekadance: Detetives Dançarinos

    40. Dekadance: Detetives Dançarinos

    Japanese Drama - 2016, 12 episodes

    9.0
    • friendship focused
    • minor references to romance / relationships 
  • dele

    41. dele

    Japanese Drama - 2018, 8 episodes

    9.0
    • very little romance (mostly related to side characters)
  • Desire Catcher

    42. Desire Catcher

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    8.5
    • maybe romantic subtext
  • Dias Coloridos em Rokuhodo

    43. Dias Coloridos em Rokuhodo

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • very minor romantic sideplot
    • platonic & familial focused
  • Dias de Desperdício das Garotas do Ensino Médio

    44. Dias de Desperdício das Garotas do Ensino Médio

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 7 episodes

    6.5
    • mentions of romance
    • friendship focused
  • Doce Lar

    45. Doce Lar

    Korean Drama - 2020, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • romantic subtext / hints to romance
  • Dominant Species

    46. Dominant Species

    Korean Drama - 2024, 10 episodes

    7.5
  • Doutor Prisoneiro

    47. Doutor Prisoneiro

    Korean Drama - 2019, 32 episodes

    9.5
    • hints to a possible romance
  • Dra. White

    48. Dra. White

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember
  • Dream

    49. Dream

    Korean Movie - 2023

    9.0
    • no romance
  • Duas ou três coisas sobre minha banheira

    50. Duas ou três coisas sobre minha banheira

    Taiwanese Drama - 2022, 14 episodes

    8.5
    • romantic side plot that i think can be easily ignored
      (tbh you could view it as platonic if you ignore like a few lines)
    • focuses more on the bromance
  • Duas Pessoas Que Não Podem se Apaixonar

    51. Duas Pessoas Que Não Podem se Apaixonar

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 8 episodes

    10
    • no romance as it focuses on two aromantic characters who don't want romantic relationships
    • though it does touch upon past romantic relationships & romantic relationships in general in regards to combating amatonormativity
  • Embalado: O Contra-ataque de Mulher da Caixa Policial

    52. Embalado: O Contra-ataque de Mulher da Caixa Policial

    Japanese Drama - 2021, 9 episodes

    8.5
    • little romance (characters go on mixers/dates but never really lead anywhere)
  • Escola Jurídica

    53. Escola Jurídica

    Korean Drama - 2021, 16 episodes

    9.0
    • minor romance
  • FAKE MOTION: Takkyu no Osho

    54. FAKE MOTION: Takkyu no Osho

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 8 episodes

    8.5
    • no romance
    • platonic focus
  • Fermat no Ryori

    55. Fermat no Ryori

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    7.5
    • basically none
    • there might be subtext between one of the MLs & his friend but it's very unrequited imo from her side
  • Fixer

    56. Fixer

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember
  • Frango Agridoce

    57. Frango Agridoce

    Korean Drama - 2024, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • romance sideplot that well is only mentioned a few times because the FL turns into a nugget
  • Gifted Season 1

    58. Gifted Season 1

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • no romance
  • Gifted Season 2

    59. Gifted Season 2

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance
  • Guang Ming Zhi Lu

    60. Guang Ming Zhi Lu

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 38 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romance sideplots
  • High School Ghost Story

    61. High School Ghost Story

    Korean Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance
  • HiGH&LOW

    62. HiGH&LOW

    Japanese Drama - 2015, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • friendship focused
    • some minor hints to romance here & there but it doesn't lead anywhere & can be ignored
  • HiGH&LOW The Movie

    63. HiGH&LOW The Movie

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    9.0
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance
  • HiGH&LOW The Movie 2: END OF SKY

    64. HiGH&LOW The Movie 2: END OF SKY

    Japanese Movie - 2017

    8.5
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance
  • HiGH&LOW The Movie 3: FINAL MISSION

    65. HiGH&LOW The Movie 3: FINAL MISSION

    Japanese Movie - 2017

    8.0
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance
  • HiGH&LOW THE WORST

    66. HiGH&LOW THE WORST

    Japanese Movie - 2019

    8.0
    • platonic relationships are the main focus
    • minor mentions of a romance(?)
  • HiGH&LOW THE WORST EPISODE.0

    67. HiGH&LOW THE WORST EPISODE.0

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 6 episodes

    7.5
    • platonic focused
    • (not so) romantic sideplot for a side character in ep 4
  • HiGH&LOW THE WORST Sequel

    68. HiGH&LOW THE WORST Sequel

    Japanese Movie - 2022

    8.5
    • no romance
    • bromance focused
  • HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain

    69. HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain

    Japanese Movie - 2016

    7.0
    • familial relationship is the main focus
    • no romance if i remember correctly 
  • Hiru 2

    70. Hiru 2

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 6 episodes

    8.0
    • barely any romance compared to the first season
  • Hitotsubashi Kiriko no Hanzai Nikki

    71. Hitotsubashi Kiriko no Hanzai Nikki

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i can remember
  • Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu

    72. Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 9 episodes

    6.5
    • mostly romantic subtext with a minor romance in flashbacks 
  • Informa

    73. Informa

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 10 episodes

    8.5
    • minor romance sideplot
  • Informante

    74. Informante

    Korean Drama - 2022, 16 episodes

    7.5
    • very minor romantic subtext
  • Invert: Jozuka Hisui Toujoshu

    75. Invert: Jozuka Hisui Toujoshu

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 5 episodes

    7.0
    • barely any romance unlike the prequel
  • Invisible

    76. Invisible

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic subtext
  • Ishiko to Haneo: Sonna Koto de Uttaemasu?

    77. Ishiko to Haneo: Sonna Koto de Uttaemasu?

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 10 episodes

    9.0
    • romance sideplot but it doesn't have much of a focus because you kinda forget about it
  • Itsu Made

    78. Itsu Made

    Japanese Movie - 2023

    6.5
    • bromance focused
  • Janus no Kagami

    79. Janus no Kagami

    Japanese Drama - 2019, 8 episodes

    7.5
    • implied that shindo maybe has feelings for hiromi
    • implied that tatsuya has feelings for yumi
    • no romantic relationships
  • Juramento de Fidelidade

    80. Juramento de Fidelidade

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    8.5
    • bromance focus
    • romantic sideplots that you can ignore (i felt nothing for them)
  • Kaidanshita no Gogh

    81. Kaidanshita no Gogh

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 8 episodes

    7.0
    • could be romantic subtext in this but you can read it platonically and/or as admiration
  • Kana Kana

    82. Kana Kana

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 28 episodes

    8.5
    • main focus is familial and platonic
    • romance sideplot that's mostly unrequited
  • Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

    83. Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

    Japanese Drama - 2017, 12 episodes

    7.0
    • food focused
    • i don't think i noticed any romance at all tbh
  • Karma: Seven Joseon Notices

    84. Karma: Seven Joseon Notices

    Korean Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.5
    • i think they tried for romantic subtext but i wasn't feeling it
  • Kashimashi Meshi

    85. Kashimashi Meshi

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic sideplots but the main focus is the friendship
  • Keiji to Kenji, Tokidoki Hanji

    86. Keiji to Kenji, Tokidoki Hanji

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 9 episodes

    8.0
    • minor romantic sideplots that either are unrequited or are from guest characters
  • Keishicho Outsider

    87. Keishicho Outsider

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 9 episodes

    8.5
    • bromance focused
  • Kiwadoi Futari -K2-

    88. Kiwadoi Futari -K2-

    Japanese Drama - 2020, 6 episodes

    9.5
    • no romance
    • family focus 
  • Knockin' on Locked Door

    89. Knockin' on Locked Door

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 9 episodes

    7.5
    • no romance
  • Kyojo

    90. Kyojo

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 11 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember
  • Kyoso no Bannin

    91. Kyoso no Bannin

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 11 episodes

    6.0
    • barely any romance & if there is it's guest couples
  • Liaison: Kodomo no Kokoro Shinryosho

    92. Liaison: Kodomo no Kokoro Shinryosho

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    9.5
    • no romance
  • Liga do Fogão

    93. Liga do Fogão

    Korean Drama - 2019, 16 episodes

    9.5
    • no romance
    • maybe some subtext between female lead & second male lead 
  • Maestra

    94. Maestra

    Korean Drama - 2023, 12 episodes

    8.0
    • barely any romance it's revenge focused so there aint no time for that
    • 2ML(? not the FL's husband her childhood ex) definitely has feelings for the FL tho
  • Malice

    95. Malice

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 8 episodes

    7.5
    • no romance
  • Mars: Zero no Kakumei

    96. Mars: Zero no Kakumei

    Japanese Drama - 2024, 9 episodes

    7.0
    • no romance from what i remember if there was some i didn't catch on
  • Megami no Kyoshitsu: Legal Seishun Hakusho

    97. Megami no Kyoshitsu: Legal Seishun Hakusho

    Japanese Drama - 2023, 11 episodes

    • student/mentor focused
    • minor romantic subplots
  • Meninos da Torcida!!

    98. Meninos da Torcida!!

    Japanese Movie - 2019

    8.5
    • platonic focused
    • maybe a very minor subtext towards a romance 
  • Mestre das Lâminas

    99. Mestre das Lâminas

    Japanese Drama - 2022, 9 episodes

    9.0
    • no romance
    • barely any romantic subtext imo
  • Meu Nome

    100. Meu Nome

    Korean Drama - 2021, 8 episodes

    8.0
    • romantic sideplot that really only surfaces in episode 8 it can be viewed as platonic before this episode

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