I have to admit that I feel a bit weird, being a manly man, writing a review of a romantic drama, but I have to say that I really liked this J-dorama (Japanese drama). Yes, admittedly, I have a bit of a crush on Maki-Maki (Horikita Maki), having seen her in other J-doramas like "Nobuta wo Produce" and "Hanazakari no kimi tachi e," but there's something really special about the way this show affected me as well.
Well, first, I should give a bit of a review of what the show is about, hopefully without spoiling it for you. Akiyama Kanon, played by Horikita Maki, has had a very difficult life. Her parents died in a fire that consumed her family home when she was 12 years old, and her brother (Fukushi Seiji) was thrown in prison, convicted of the murder of his parents and arson. Several years have passed, but the community still shuns her as the sister of a "paraside" (someone who murdered their parents).
Since she is unable to keep a job, due to this societal shunning, Kanon adopts a new identity and moves to Yokohama, far away from her hometown, where she continues to try to prove her brother's innocence. Unfortunately, her family history follows her to Yokohama, as does a reporter (Toyohara Kosuke), who relentlessly pursues her and her brother to get to the truth of the Akiyama family tragedy.
As Kanon tries to rebuild her life and discover the truth for herself, she runs into Nagasaki Junya (Kitagawa Yujin), a man who is willing to look beyond her past, and she falls in love with him. However, he is fighting his own battle, as he cares for his comatose fiance, who attempted to kill herself on the eve of their wedding. Both Junya and Kanon will learn of betrayals neither of them could expect.
I won't say anymore, because, even though this is a packed 10-episode story, all of the minor subplots help tell the overall story.
I will say that there were some rather cheesy moments in this series ... almost to the point of feeling like I'd just eaten a spoon full of saccharine. The last episode, while it ended well, really kind of irritated me. These are the reasons I didn't give this a +5 rating. In fact, I probably would've given a +3 1/2, if that rating was possible, due to the last episode.
Overall, however, this drama inspires a nearly constant surge of emotions in the viewer throughout. I'm not normally an emotional guy, but that changed with this story. I truly felt for Kanon as she tried to maintain her optimism through some very difficult times, and I could relate to her when that optimism finally broke. It doesn't hurt that Maki is such an effective actress and that the soundtrack, which includes Utada Hikaru's "Eternally-Drama Mix," is so emotionally evocative.
So, grab a box of tissues and give this J-dorama a try. Don't say I didn't warn you about the last episode though, but don't let that deter you either.
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An arson took it all away from Akiyama Kanon seven years ago. Her parents died in that fire, her brother was arrested as the prime suspect and her carefree life disappeared from that instant. She was shunned by the town as the sister of a murderer, yet she believes in her brother's innocence and often pays him visits with words of encouragement. As life gets harder when nobody is willing to give her a job, Kanon decides to try her luck in the city and there she meets the man of her destiny...