I’ve been anticipating this show since the cast announcement because you can’t possibly go wrong with Satoshi Tsumabuki and Yuko Takeuchi in a drama. You just can’t. I won’t allow it. Granted Yuko was underused in the comeback with Kimutaku’s A LIFE, I hope it’s not the case here.
After watching the pilot two weeks ago, I can safely say this is staple WOWOW show and not some FujiTV/TBS stuff, so there’s always a better quality in terms of atmosphere/story telling.
Innocent Days is basically a flashback galore. It has plenty of ‘walking down memory lane’ scenes as we try to unfold the mystery behind Yuko’s character, Tanaka Yukino’s past. I feel the major question here is not whether she’s guilty of the murder being accused of or not. I think the major question is “What kind of life has she gone through up to this point?”
After being sentenced to death, she showed a rather indifferent remorse… while saying “I’m sorry to be born in this world.”
Just like one of the men said in this drama, we’re not sure whether that phrase is her remorse towards the crime she was accused of, or something different altogether.
Add to the fact that she smiled towards her childhood friend, Shinichi as she left the court.
We don’t actually have a lot of Yuko scenes, she’s mostly just shown being in her cell as she scribbles stuff and whatnot. For some reason, Hitomi who works as a prison guard is intrigued by Yukino.
Satoshi is obviously the star of the show as he tries to unravel Yukino’s past. He seems extremely attached to her and believes relentlessly that she’s innocent.
In first episode, he finds Yukino’s elder sister who has basically cut off her relationship with Yukino. Long story short, Yukino has led a rather bleak childhood. Her mother was a victim of abuse by Yukino’s grandmother who appeared one day – causing distress/pressure towards her mother, who ends up dying. Later on, the father was accused of abusing Yukino although he didn’t really mean to but rumor spreads like wildfire and this gives the grandmother some advantage to adopt Yukino.
I thought the flashback of the relationship between Yukino and her sister is sweet though it’s such a pity how it ends.
But Shinichi’s effort managed to change Yukino’s sister who in the end showed some positive outlook on acknowledging Yukino’s existence once again. At the end of the pilot, Shinichi also teamed up with another childhood friend, Sho who is now a lawyer.
In episode two, we get another flashback episode of Yukino’s next stage of life – lower secondary school who befriended Riko.
Riko got mixed up with the wrong crowd who forced her into having sex with a senpai she likes.
Yukino asked the girl, Satsuki to apologize to Riko which Satsuki did but from then, she turned her interest in Yukino and ignored Riko. Satsuki threatened Riko with a photo of her and the senpai, pressuring her to buy gifts.
One day when she went out with Yukino, they visited the bookstore where Yukino bought the present for her. When the owner of the bookstore wasn’t around, Riko tried to steal the money from the open register.
Apparently, we also got to know from the lady that someone had been stealing money from the register before this. That girl should be Yukino OR the fishy guy who Yukino thought reminded her of a childhood friend.
When the lady called the police, Riko pushed and hit her.
Riko told Yukino that a 13 year old wouldn’t be punished but since she had already turned 14… (can’t say I agree with her here). Anyways, so Yukino took the blame for her and Riko got away with it.
Shinichi asked grown up Riko to confess her sins during the re-trial (if there ever is one).
From this event, we know Yukino is the type that doesn’t mind taking blame for another person. This makes us wonder whether she is really guilty of the murder after all.
Yukino has no intention on opposing the death sentence and clearly told Sho to forget about the Tanaka Yukino he once knew.
I quite like the pacing so far. The flashbacks are important pieces of the story and each episode reveals not only her past but the people she came in contact with and I thought that’s the beauty. Shinichi’s role is vital as he digs deeper and deeper.
BTW, Bukki scared me during this scene lol
Episode 3 next!