Never Let Me Go / Watashi wo Hanasanaide Episode 1 Review
Watashi wo Hanasanaide わたしを離さないで 01 : Kyoko Hoshina and Tomohiko Doi are childhood friends, living and studying at the Yoko Institute; however, Yoko is not an ordinary boarding school as its students are tasked with a certain “special mission”.
Okay, first of all as I’ve mentioned here, I haven’t read the novel (I did finish Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day‘ though and it was wonderful) or seen the movie, so please don’t spoil me and forgive me if my ramblings/predictions about the series, are/will be way off (they probably will be lol). I’m planning to read the book after the series end, so yeah, RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH.
Right, with that getting out of the way, I actually liked quite a lot the first episode; the acting was great, the pacing was smooth and the music is memorable already. I saw the ratings were down the drain (really, 6,2?! and coincidentally the 2nd episode got the exact same ratings, like what were the chances? lol) and it’s a bit confusing because it seemed like the premiere established a strong footing for the rest of the story to unfold. (is it because Ayase’s gorgeous face was shown only for 5 mins? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the reason!)
From the get go we see Tomo getting a few (? seemed more like one) organs removed, as a borderline-apathetic Kyoko views the operation from the corridor glasses. She does state near the end of the episode “that man was everything” to her so are we to assume that those two drifted apart somewhere between the adulthood path?
I honestly loved their kids’ versions smiling and farting (well, that was Tomo only, what an unreal defense mechanism right there!) around each other, discovering what it means to have a precious friend in the blissful ignorance that surrounds childhood- and oh boy, ignorance is bliss was never more spot-on. How nice to know that you live in order to die for others (literally) before your time.
I mean, “you live in order to die for others” sounds heroic, but when your headmaster labels you angel (I kept thinking Rammstein’s lyrics for Engel at that moment ” Gott weiß ich will kein Engel sein ” – God Knows I don’t wanna be an Angel!) and tells you to be happy that your organs will be slowly removed until you die, yeeeeah- being valiant is the furthest thing from your mind!
Kyoko’s other important friend is Miwa, who is much more mischievous and playful than Kyoko, and wants others’ attention, as it was showcased when she dragged Yamazaki-sensei away from Kyoko when he tried to offer her drawing advise. She now is “the woman who took everything” from Kyoko in her words, I wonder what that means- does this relate to Tomo, I doubt Tomo would give her the time of day when he’s that close with Kyoko so maybe it’s something else.
Horie Tatsuko is already my favorite teacher (girl likes football and can actually pull a couple of tricks!) and the one to question the principles of the school; she did help Tomo feel worthwhile when he was bullied because he couldn’t draw, but now that the secret is revealed, I am not sure what her approach will be, since she was shocked as well to learn the truth.
My (self) question is, are the students clones, or are they human beings that were taken (or given away) from their parents for the donor-cause? Can they escape their fate or do they have like, an expiration-date? Does Tomo still fart as a grown up when he’s pissed? (legit) Why was Kyoko’s name erased from the cd that Tomo gave her as a gift?
I’m looking forward to all these questions being answered, so onwards to episode 2 and that student is not here for your clapping shit Yoko institute, nope! She will LEAD THE REBELLION, I can feel it!
[disclaimer – this post was written by a sleepy kipzizz for dramajjang.co only + huge thanks to SFC@LJ]