Hirugao~Heijitsu Gogo 3 ji no Koibito tachi ep1 [review]

New drama starring Aya Ueto and Michiko Kichise. I still couldn’t quite shake off Aya’s image as the housewife from Hanzawa Naoki but luckily, her character is distinct from the previous although they both play similar roles – housewife.

The title literally translates to Calystegia – Weekly Afternoon 3 O’clock Lovers. Hirugao is a type of morning glory (google translate gives bindweed). So we know morning glory has a habit of blooming in the early morning and closing up in the afternoon. How does this relate to the characters/title? Is it because when they bloom, it’s when the characters still remain as their husbands’ wives, but when afternoon comes, they succumb into their dark world of affairs? Hirugao ep01 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_02.30_[2014.07.19_14.44.41]

Hirugao opens with Sawa Sasamoto leaning over the balcony of her apartment watching a house engulfed in fire. Then she notices that a nearby new bungalow has new residents – a family with kids. Morning comes and we see her husband getting ready to work, pays more attention to their furry pets (hamsters) than his own wife. He even asks Sawa to prepare tons of food for her mother-in-law who is coming in the evening as he rushes to work, leaving her behind.

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Sawa then narrates a bit showing her discontent about her current lifestyle. Her husband addresses her as ‘mama’ even though they have no kids, this makes her feel hurt even more. So Sawa works at the supermarket in her neighbourhood when she meets her new neighbour.

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At first, the snobby neighbour, Rikako doesn’t even bother to engage in any form of conversation with Sawa and leaves, ignoring her. After work, Sawa tries a new lipstick on display and imagines how she’d look like. Some kids are playing chase and knock a few off the display and when Sawa picks them up, a sudden urge comes. She takes the last lipstick and walks out of the store.

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This is the starting point between Sawa and Rikako’s so-called ‘agreement’. Rikako is involved in an extra-marital affair with a younger man and Sawa happens to witness it. However, Rikako forces her to keep that secret because she knows Sawa has stolen the lipstick.

During the whole incident (a student tampers with Rikako’s sports car), Sawa gets to know the student’s teacher who apologizes for his student’s action at the police station.

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Sawa gets lecture from her mother-in-law about how unattractive she is.

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I LOL when I saw Sawa’s husband using lotion before sleep. Even more when Sawa narrates this.

My husband is not gay.
He just wants to be beautiful.

Learned something new. There’s a beetle that stays monogamous his whole life. Good to know.

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Ito Hideaki?!

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It’s a surprise to find him here, not sure if this is just a cameo appearance. He’s also going to be in another drama I’m looking forward to this season – Zainin no Uso.

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Sawa is too nice at times. She’s being used by Rikako and she still helps her! Ngghhh

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Sawa should realize the more she mingles with Rikako, the more messed up her life will be. A normal housewife’s life is in the process of being corrupted.

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OR MAYBE that’s exactly what Sawa has been wishing for all this time. Something exciting that makes her heart skip a beat. Something to get her away from the dull married life she leads.

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Though I’m glad Sawa tells Kinato (the teacher) the truth.

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 There’s still very little we know about Kinato except he’s a Biology teacher who likes insects xD Since Sawa’s husband might be cheating on her anyways with a female colleague at his company, I’m actually wanting Sawa to reconsider their marriage. Does she still love her husband? Because imo, there’s really no point in hanging on to a broken marriage when her husband may be cheating. Plus, since they still don’t have kids, it makes it all much easier.

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6 mins in this premier, I kinda knew this is going to be quite good. I haven’t really enjoyed Aya Ueto’s works recently (Hanzawa doesn’t count) but Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de didn’t do much for me. I actually didn’t even finish that show but on the hindsight, perhaps I should give it another chance. *yes, I should start searching for the remaining eps tonight*

As for Hirugao, I like her character in here. I also love the narration parts. It really tells us what she thinks honestly despite how she looks like on the outside. A great addition to let us understand why she does certain things. Ito Hideaki’s character seems to be a cameo as expected because he only appeared like 2 mins and gone.

This may look like a typical furin or affair type of drama, but let’s hope not. I hope to see more development for Sawa and of course, Rikako although she seems one-dimentional for now. But in a way, Rikako may just be a much more complex character than Sawa, the simpleton. Who knows?

Till the next episode!


One thought on “Hirugao~Heijitsu Gogo 3 ji no Koibito tachi ep1 [review]

  1. Hirugao is one drama I highly recommend, it touches the lives of normal people. It’s more of a simulation of our real world so I think the harsh ending of the drama is just natural and life continues… Everything is a challenge to our values and morality as long as we’re still here in this world. I think it’s a writer’s call for social awareness. Irregardless of race and religion, the story is very relevant and the need for an actress with dignity to play Sawa is a factor so the focus is on message of the story and I think Aya Ueto is the best choice. Maybe some people will object to her acting ability based on her previous works. But the Hirugao issue is universal and timely and she portrayed the negative role in decent way. Honestly, I admire Aya Ueto more as a person and she’s brave enough to literally accept the challenge in life for the world to wait and see?

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