Yappari…I still have some problem with how the siblings interact with each other. Shouting at each other and wrestling etc..definitely need some more time getting used to. However, this is not to say it is the actors’ fault or anything, it’s just the characters. The way they are. The way this household is. Perhaps, the only sibling that sits in a corner as her brothers ramble on at each other is Hikari. It’s most probably because she’s the only girl among the siblings and she doesn’t know how to get into their conversation.
However, this episode was a clear tearjerker!
If you’re not comfortable crying like a baby in the presence of other people, be it your family or friends, or strangers, make sure you watch this alone.
The first touching scene was when Asa-nii told Hikari to think carefully and decide on her own how to deal with her relationship with Shinjo. He also told her to come to him anytime if she needs someone to talk about it. I love it when Asa-nii doesn’t shout or wrestle with the siblings, it’s apparent how he interacts with Hikari. He tends to be much softer to his only little sister (well, duhhh right?).
I’ve also kind of figured out the reason both Hikari and Shinjo got together. Sure, Shinjo already has a family of his own, a child as well. But I think he can’t bring himself to show his true self in front of his family. He can’t bring work-related stuffs or feelings back to his home. All the more when he’s dealing with weak or premature infants who have higher mortality rate (NICU department). Hence, he finds comfort in Hikari’s company. Hikari understands the sorrow and that’s where they clicked. But that being said, I still can’t find myself agreeing to this relationship. Like Asa-nii, I think infidelity is wrong and this kind of affair needs to stop before it gets worse (especially when Shinjo’s wife or children find out).
There are so many layers in this drama. I think the first episode didn’t do it justice (introduction tends to be more slow and boring perhaps). Episode 2 is starting to make more sense and most importantly, it’s all about human. There’s always something that truly touched our hearts. It’s the trivial things.
Kinda knew the youngest brother was being fooled by this girl (above) about being pregnant. So no surprise in that.
I really have a newfound respect for Asa-nii in this episode! The sacrifices he makes for his family! Without me realizing, tears already began flowing down. The moment Hikari blurted out to Satoru that he has been saving everyday and putting money into Masae-san’s account to make up for the 30 million yen Satoru swindled, I reached out for a tissue to wipe my tears T_T
Satoru’s reasons for why he swindled 30 million yen from Masae-san were explained. Although I still think the swindling part was a crime, the time he spent with Masae-san was something money couldn’t measure with or replace. Perhaps Satoru also knew in his heart that it was wrong but because Masae-san had already treated him like her own son, it just happened as it did.
Japan really has a knack for producing touching human drama. It just silently creeps into your heart and before you know it, tears are rolling down your cheeks. I heard the rating fell down from the pilot, but trust me, just like Soredemo Ikite Yuku, if you’re into human drama, make sure this is in your list.