Kazokugari ep1 [impression]


Another drama that slipped past my radar just because of the cast. I admit I do judge the covers first and well, don’t you when you pick dramas to watch? I usually narrow down my list of the season to those with my favorite cast, and only when I have extra time, I try the rest. This drama falls in the later category.

Kazoku_Gari-p1Remember Mother, the touching human drama that catapulted child actress Ashida Mana to where she is now? So IF by any chance, you’ve not heard of Mother or watched it, please…take some time and do so. It’ll be worth your time. But if human drama is not your cup of tea, or you avoid sobfest kind of shows, then you can forget whatever I’ve just said.

Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_00.23.02_[2014.08.18_14.08.06]I’m not drawing your attention to Ashida Mana really. Actually, the actress who was in Mother is the lead character in Kazokugari. I haven’t been following much of Matsuyuki Yasuko’s stuffs ever since Mother (I think they were either not subbed or I wasn’t very interested). In this drama, she acts as child psychologist Hikari Yuko, who gets herself involved with abused children and the police. She takes her job seriously and sometimes, too seriously and crossed the line of being between working and putting too much emotion into her career. She finds herself genuinely affected by Reiko, a kid who gets abused by her drunkard father. Yuko is very passionate and she doesn’t care if she gets into trouble with the police. In fact, she already makes her name known among the force for being troublesome to deal with.

Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_00.20.44_[2014.08.18_13.56.25]Besides her job, she also has a father with Alzheimer’s and a mother who is far more interested in pachinko than taking care of her husband. That adds to her burden.

Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_00.29.11_[2014.08.18_14.18.21]We’re also introduced to a teacher Sudo Shunsuke (Ito Atsushi), who gets involved with another female teacher in his school, Miho. Their scenes are most for comedy from what I observed so far in episode 1. Shunsuke also has a very suspicious scary neighbor who buys a wood-cutting axe.

Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_00.37.55_[2014.08.18_14.32.38]Around the neighbourhood, there’s a murder case where a family was involved in a suicide so we get the investigation parts as well.

What to look out for?

  1. Yuko goes around slapping the hell out of police like nobody’s business.
  2. Not a big deal but 18 mins in, I didn’t expect to hear a student who’s most probably on the verge of being a psychopath, uttered a swear word, with the correct pronunciation too.
  3. Another not so big deal but I didn’t know the person who acted as Mayumi was Shinoda Mariko (ex-AKB48 member).

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This is a pretty good psychological drama that deals with family bond. I like how they show the rotting fruits and it’s actually similar to what is happening with the families we see. A family on the verge of being broken is like cancer spreading within like a ticking bomb.

Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_00.28.11_[2014.08.18_14.16.23]Yoshizawa Ai (Nakamura Yurika) is a student with a very demanding father. He expects her English to be perfect just because they’ve lived in US before. Right from the beginning, she has shown some mentality issues such as the drawing she drew, loneliness can drive a person crazy. She also has a habit of cutting herself on the wrists. While in front of her family, she acts the normal sweet child. But there’s one scene in particular where multiple expressions were flashed, we see her smiling, and then crying…are these signs of multiple personality disorder?Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_00.28.02_[2014.08.18_14.16.09]What’s interesting is that we get hints from the police that Yuko might somehow be connected to the family suicide case. Yuko has also shown signs of discontent with her family’s situation, exhausted by her workload and taking care of her father so we don’t know when she will explode some day. Could she have been deeply depressed within and done something like an anti-hero to get rid of broken families that can no longer be saved?

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I like thought-provoking dramas like this. It’s got dark theme and some creepy moments, with just the right amount of comic relief to balance it out. If you like this kind of genre, do try it out.Kazokugari ep01 (848x480 x264).mkv_snapshot_01.00.09_[2014.08.18_15.10.15]

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