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Seriously you guys, you won't find anything else as well-directed. The cinematography is amazing- no lazy go-to drama shots here- and the story makes you like the five unlikable types: ex-convicts, those involved in affairs, NEETs (you might call them lazy bums), dropouts, and hypocritical traditionalists. As you watch, however, these types are far less felt than the characters themselves, with acting that made me forget they were acting. Each individual story weaves in with the rest, thickening the bond that is family. It even tackles the issue of special needs children in Japan. I have so much admiration for this show, and the opening song is going on my playlist ASAP.
Given that I can't stand the rich-hot-smart-talented male lead and poor-clumsy-innocent-annoying female lead combination, I couldn't stand this at all, and Miki Honoka, being young, takes a while to adjust to her role. Or, maybe she's supposed to be THAT awkward and exaggerated from the start. It's not my kind of thing at all, and admittedly I stopped watching after a while because it's just trite. Furukawa Yuki is probably a good actor, but here he really can't show any emotions at all and I found him a tad creepy. But hey, if you like at least one of the other versions, you'll probably like this one.
Coming right off from Dear Sister, I found this drama somewhat trite. Problems seem to come out of left field just to suit the themes presented by the "mysterious author" of whose identity you can guess from episode 1. It's kinda cute, I guess, but Fujii's character, while endearing, is vaguely written, Mako's gets a terribly convenient ending, and I only felt really satisfied with Saki, who makes bold decisions and doesn't back down. Most of the show felt like a chore. I have no reason to watch it again, but it was at least pretty and I was content with the performance.