I wasn’t planning to watch this but then I saw subtitle for first episode released so I asked myself, why not?
To my surprise, this is actually quite good. It’s a gem. Oyaji no Senaka or Father’s Back will feature 10 episodes about fathers and their sons and daughters. So we can expect different casts for each episode.
First episode is about Hitomiko (Matsu Takako) and Kei-san (Masakazu Tamura) as daughter and father. Hitomiko is 35 years old and single. She still lives together with her father. At first, the scene in the beginning confused me a bit because Hitomiko never calls her father as “Otousan”, instead she calls him by name “Kei-san”. Likewise, Kei-san also addresses his daughter in an unusually polite way “Hitomiko-san”. I thought for a second that they’re not blood-related at first.
(Scene above) That was so sweet! Kei-san’s workplace and Hitomiko’s are nearby so whenever it’s time for lunch, he’ll go outside and waves at her who will be watching by the window.
One night, Kei-san was admitted to the hospital for food poisoning. Then we see Hitomiko starting to get panic attacks at home alone.
Kei-san woke up in the middle of night at the hospital but rushed back because he was worried about his daughter.
Just from this one episode of attack, I’m now realizing the huge responsibility as a father for Kei-san. I can’t help but wonder this – what if he’s gone one day? Who will take care of Hitomiko?
Then out of a sudden Kei-san said he’s going out on dates with this nurse at the hospital. Hitomiko also said she might try to go out with someone at her company who’s been chasing after her (not to mention that guy even divorced in order to ask her out lol).
But actually, the dates are lies. I know Kei-san probably lied because he knows Hitomiko can’t live with him forever. But he’s also worried about his daughter’s condition.
So this led to a misunderstanding where Kei-san met up with the guy he thought was dating his daughter (with the intention of marriage) and asked the guy to take care of Hitomiko.
Hitomiko on the other hand also met up with the nurse and asked the same thing for her father. They only found out about each other’s lies.
A year later, finally Hitomiko found someone she likes.
We’ve heard and watched tons of movies/dramas about motherly love. When it comes to fathers, I find they way they show love towards their children differently, especially with Asian parents, it’s much more subtle. But one thing is for sure, every parent just wants their children to grow up well and find happiness. Hitomiko can’t rely on her father for comfort forever and even if Kei-san wanted to be there for his daughter anytime, he can’t. I’m glad she found someone else to rely on.
Finally they showed why Hitomiko and Kei-san calls each other the way they do. After the accident that took away her mother, Hitomiko took her mother’s role and started cooking/household chores and etc..she wanted to give her father the feeling like their mother is still around, like the past.
Oh yea, I’m definitely watching the rest of this show.