This is the kind of drama every problematic family should watch. Parents who are too demanding of their children should give it a go too. Every child who detest their controlling parents and getting sucked into the blackhole of endless depression must watch this. After doing so, it would result in two ways. One, brings no difference. Two, ease their pain even by a little and reconsider about any suicide plan and actually taking the step forward to live.
This drama has got its flaws I admit, but the strong points made up for it. Especially towards the end of the last few episodes where things escalated and got batshit crazy. It made me forget all the fillers like the comic relief moments brought by that male teacher.
Trust me, this is a worthwhile drama to watch. It wasn’t intense like Alice no Toge but it did give a similar atmosphere. The suspense was there and though the cliffhangers weren’t as exciting as Alice, I really should commend on how well the scriptwriters used things like termites as a connection to a rotting household. It’s clever.
I truly enjoyed the acting by Matsuyuki Yasuko. She carried the character, Yuko in such a way that you stand by her side but at the same time, doubt whether she’s really doing what is right. There were several critical moments where I doubted her and thought she definitely played some role in the family suicides. Well, bravo to the writers for deceiving me.
Veteran Endo Kenichi truly shone in this show. He wasn’t lead because Ito Atsushi took that role away but he definitely overshadowed Ito Atsushi by his subtle acting. I found Ito Atsushi over-reacting in more scenes that I could count than for those he didn’t. Endo Kenichi had played inspector dozens of times, just last season in BORDER too. But his character here was so fine! I rooted for him in no time, even though he wasn’t showing any love for his mentally unstable wife. But the chemistry he portrayed with Mizuno Miki was absolutely lovely.
As always, there’s bound to be a justification as to what led Yamaga to entice families into doing the whole suicide ritual. They both had a son who was a hikikomori and drowned in depression as his parents were busy helping other children and families. They abandoned their own son and that caused him despair which led to suicide.
They then embarked on a journey to hunt problematic families, believing that they were actually helping to ease their pain as well as presenting them a chance of a rebirth.
There was this love-hate relationship between Yuko and her. Is it just me or Matsuyuki Yasuko always seem to have a thing with children?
Kudos to giving us suspense till the last minute. There was no clear proof that the both Yamaga’s died from Mamihara’s shots. No bodies were found either. Then we heard another suicide on the television and Yamaga’s voice answering the phone in the end. Although 2nd season will be unlikely to happen, I do want to watch something similar again in the future.