If I’m to sum my first impression on this show, it’ll be THIS DRAMA NEEDS TO BE SUBBED.
I feel like I’m watching something like Kazokugari, minus the guy character who tried to be funny but failed. Anyways, it gives me a similar vibe. It’s got the right mood and though not as intense but it sure knows how to build up a mystery.
So the title is pretty much self-explanatory – N no Tame ni translates to “for the sake of N”
Now the question is, who is N? There are 3 characters in the show who share the same initial. So we can only guess that N may refer to one of them. Or all of them. A pair of husband and wife was killed one night and in the room, there were 4 people. One was caught and admitted that he did it for the sake of N.
But the identity or the real reason of the murder was never solved. Fast forward in present day, the former island cop who knows two of the people in the room began to re-investigate the case. Therefore, we flashed back to the past when our main character played by Eikura Nana, Nozomi was a happy girl living in a huge bungalow on the island until she, her brother and mother were chased out of the house one day by the father.
I’m sorry, but I have to say it here. The father is a bastard. What an a**hole. Seriously.
Apparently, he brought a woman back and just decided one day to just throw his entire family out like garbage and start anew. Yes, he literally said the word ‘throw’. I was appalled by his action. The worst part was how the mother actually reacted to it. She just accepted it like a sad puppy.
This was the house he prepared for them. Well guy didn’t even have the courtesy to clean it up for them first. Nozomi’s mother began showing some mental breakdown. She’d use up the whole month’s expenses just to buy cosmetics. Therefore, Nozomi had to gain control of their money. Every month when the father banks in money, she and her brother will go buy all the food they need for the month, without telling their mother.
Nozomi and her brother still depends on their father’s money. So when it comes to university, the brother gets to go and although Nozomi also wanted to further her studies in one, the father bluntly expressed his opinion that girls should just master the art of cooking and become housewife (well along the lines). So Nozomi held back on her intention to attend university to make sure their father won’t suddenly decline to pay for her little brother’s school fees.
Just wanna screencap this because it’s so beautiful.
They also shared interest in shogi.
Overall, this show is worth following if you like suspense, there’s not much of it yet but I’m pretty sure it’ll make one wonder who the real murderer is. Also, if you like dark or heavy plot with human touch, make sure you don’t miss this. I’m definitely watching this, with or without subs.
Oh if anyone wonders whether I’m a fan of the cast in this show, there’s none. Eikura Nana was never my favorite actress nor is any of the actors, but I have to say, so far, Nana is carrying the role of Nozomi very well. In the past, I’ve never liked any of Nana’s dramas but this might just change my perception. That said, I’m not being biased when I say this drama needs to be subbed.