** Upon a request from one of the readers to review the final two episodes of N no Tame ni, which I was reviewing/recapping but never got around to complete it even though I finished the show back in 2014, here’s what I think overall about the drama and the finale’s revelations. It does feel nostalgic to re-watch the final few eps and reminded me once again why I like it a lot.
Episode 9 + Finale Impression
Let’s see, I read my own thoughts in this particular post, about a year ago, and I made the wrong assumption regarding Naruse. Turned out he didn’t set fire on his own house/restaurant but it was his father’s doing. I feel sorry for Natsue because she was the only witness to that horrifying event and she kept it all to herself. Despite suffering for years unable to talk, she still held tightly to the secret. Naruse’s father was the culprit but I can understand why he did what he did. He felt like a loser and a useless parent for not being able to mend their broken family, a wife who left him and his son with a bankrupt restaurant.
The result from his action though caused his son’s and Natsue’s lives to change forever, which is overall a pity. However, he was already dead anyway in the present time and it’s time to just move on. It’s good that the cop finally knew the truth about the fire and Naruse was also freed from the doubts and suspicions.
Moving onto the finale, oh man…what a mess. I mean it in a good way of course. To think how carefully they planned the whole thing and for it go wrong during crucial moments! I just feel sorry for all the characters, except the DV husband. It resonates very well with the title of the drama itself. For the sake of N. Every character was thinking of somebody in their mind and their actions were for the sake of that someone. The plan began because Nishizaki wanted to rescue the victim of DV, Naoko. Nozomi was thinking of Ando and Naruse was trying to lend a help for Nozomi. Then amidst all these, there’s also a huge misunderstanding causing Ando to do what he did (locking that front door). He was hurt and normally, I’d be turned off when a character turns sour and ends up doing evil things just because of being heartbroken but I still can’t blame Ando (maybe in this case, I’m biased towards him already XD).
Naoko ended killing her husband and committed suicide. I don’t think I agree with what Nishizaki did after that. He didn’t need to take all the blame when he didn’t physically hurt anybody at all. But for a guy with such a huge sin behind his past (he did afterall let her mother die in the fire) so this was some sort of an atonement. Perhaps it’s the only way he will be able to live on without feeling guilty.
As a result, Nozomi had to carry the secret with her too and that event affected all their lives afterwards. Naruse and Ando were kept in the dark about the truth and Nozomi asked Naruse to keep quiet about the front door’s lock because she knew it was Ando. Argh….I don’t think I can even do so much for the sake of others if I’m put in such situation.
My OTP in this show has not let me down so I’m happy but it’s still heartbreaking to think Nozomi only had a year left to live. I’m glad though she made up with her mother and the show is good in tying all the loose ends. It makes the show satisfying (but I’m still slightly crushed that the happy ending is not meant to be for my ship).
Overall, N no Tame ni is one of my favorite dramas in 2014. It’s carefully plotted with very realistic characters. Without a doubt, this drama is quite underrated and more people should watch it imho. It has almost everything. A mystery, dark secrets, family issues, domestic violence, suspense, friendship and romance. The cast was excellent, I couldn’t find any fault with anybody and that’s rare. The standouts for me personally were Eikura Nana who has never impressed me before but this is probably her finest work so far, Kubota Masataka who was also kind of new to me, but amazed me with his portrayal as kind hearted but tortured Naruse and last but not least, Koide Keisuke was also superb, his expressions when he was angry, sad, tormented, all of those emotions were executed very well which surprised me too. To a lesser extent, I’m happy to discover Kaku Kento too. Not forgetting, the awesome theme song by Leo Ieiri (who seems to have a knack for creating very fitting songs in dramas, the most recent one is Koinaka’s, too bad, I didn’t enjoy that drama). All in all, this is a highly recommended drama.