I am surprised at myself that I’m still watching this show. By my standards and biased picks for genres when it comes to jdramas, I usually would’ve dropped this kind of show at the end of episode 1. But lookie here, I’m actually quite enjoying the reunion and all the old memories/flames catching up with the characters’ present lives.
I’m still unsure of how I feel about Kenta. I usually don’t like indecisive characters (Ueno Juri’s character in Sunao ni Narenakute comes to mind). Kenta’s a very innocent guy, straight, scarred by his failed marriage whose wife cheated on him and till today, has absolutely no idea whether his son is actually his, in blood. So with all these traumatic events, one needs to understand his reluctance to jump into the affair with Akehi, who obviously is begging for his attention or trying to tell him to save her from the abusive husband she has. I applaud Kenta for being the person he is and not having any affair with Akehi. He knows it is wrong and I respect guys like that. However, I wonder if he actually gets any signals or realizes the signs that Akehi is literally living under a roof with an abusive husband. Domestic violence is real and while I have no experience in real life (and I hope never), the victims often have a very submissive pattern of nature and hence, it never stops. I hope Kenta will find out in time that his first love is suffering and he’s practically the only one that should be able to see it.
But my utmost attention has always been stolen by the other supporting pair – Ryousuke and Kaoruko. From their first scene, I can never get my eyes off both of them. While Kenta-Akehi pair is the sweet and quiet type, we have the opposite when it comes to these two. Ryousuke is just great. I love him teasing Kaoruko like, in almost every scene they’re together and it never gets tiring. It’s actually probably the most fun events in every episode. Kaoruko’s claim of hatred towards Ryousuke is so real at times that I won’t be surprised if she’d land a blow at him. I laughed whenever they start bantering with each other.
I won’t be doing episode by episode review of this show but maybe a few at one go, just like this one. A brief recap of the main events and the current situations.
From the first episode, we know both Akehi and Ryousuke are not happy with their married lives. Kenta is still traumatized by his divorce while Kaoruko doesn’t seem to have any problems with being single. Akehi’s stylist husband is abusive and we’ve been given some scenes where he talked in a stern voice to her and that part where he threw salt at her forcefully (after the funeral), that was just….rude and sad all at the same time having seen Akehi taking it all in without complaining. He also suspected Akehi having an affair behind his back with Kenta.
As for Ryousuke, his father passed away in ep3 and there was a quite touching scene just before his death with Akehi. Akehi was his patient and he knew about the abusive step- father she had. I wish Akehi would confide with him about her current husband too but too bad, she didn’t. Probably for the sake of her children. Ryousuke confessed to Kaoruko during a karaoke session and asked her to date him, even though he is technically and legally, still married. Of course, Kaoruko was stunned by his action and refused to do so. While they were struggling, Ryousuke slipped and fell on the stairs.
And aww…we finally got to see the young versions of Ryousuke and Kaoruko! I was starting to feel weird because we have young Kenta and Akehi so it should only be right for them to show the other pair too. Ryousuke confessed to her when they were in school.
Ahhh lol they were already fighting with each other from the start! And Kaoruko did punch him!
There’s this doctor in Ryousuke’s father’s hospital who was Kaoruko’s ex-boyfriend. Ryousuke’s competition?? Maybe.
LOL at this scene! Ryousuke demanded Kaoruko to kiss him for making him fall and the broken leg. Well, let’s just say Kaoruko just gave him a peck on the cheek instead on his lips xD
Oh so the kid isn’t Akehi’s son. He was from her husband’s previous marriage. The pacing may seem slow but I like where it’s heading so far.