Love That Makes You Cry MidWay Review
Itsuka Kono Koi wo Omoidashite Kitto Naite Shimau, follows Sugihara Oto (Arimura Kasumi) and Soda Ren (Kora Kengo), who come from the countryside but end up moving and living in Tokyo for different reasons; they happen to come across each other through a series of coincidences.
Oto lost her mother in an early age and never had a chance to meet her father. She grew up with foster parents in a village in Hokkaido; she is content with her life there, until her “uncle” forces her to get married to an older man for financial reasons- after a series of events, and with the encouragement of her “aunt”, she manages to run away from the village and move to Tokyo.
The accomplice to her “escape” is Ren, a kind-hearted young man who has been working as a mover in Tokyo for 5 years, in hopes of saving enough money to buy his Grandfather’s land back, and return to living there with him. He first meets Oto in Hokkaido, as he travels there to return to her a lost-letter from her mother; having lost both his parents in an early age too, he finds himself sympathizing with her, but after they arrive to Tokyo, they get separated immediately and don’t see each other for a year.
Other characters include Hinata Kihoko (Takahata Mitsuki), a lonely woman that Ren has formed a casual relationship with, Asahi Ibuki (Nishijima Takahiro) the illegitimate son of a rich businessman who helps in the Nursing Home Oto works, Ichimura Konatsu (Morikawa Aoi) Ren’s childhood friend who wants to become a fashion designer, and Chujo Haruta (Sakaguchi Kentaro) a playboy who’s also friends with Ren.
It’s the slice-of-life drama you would expect from Sakamoto Yuji’s pen; and he’s quite the master at that department, so Itsuka Kono Koi is no exception.
The calm narration, the simple yet beautiful dialogues, the cinematography and photography that make you feel like you you’re a part of the scene, are all top-notch; the only reservation I had, was whether Arimura could have carried the weight of a demanding main role such as this, but she’s actually doing a brilliant work, she really does. (sorry for doubting you Arimura, if you continue like this, you will definitely get into my favs-list with flying colors! <–speaking of, still need to watch that, eeer) Kora is exceptional at his “Mr.Mover!” role (and the mover of every female chara’s heart apparently, loool) with a borderline-goofy attitude at times, managing to capture perfectly Ren’s honest and vulnerable bone.
The rest of the cast can hold their own too, and I was especially impressed by Takahata Mitsuki, who portrays in a delicate way the character of Kahiko. (let me tell you, that you’re gonna ship EVERY.SINGLE.GODDAMN.SHIP. in this darn show and the acting is a part of that!)
I said I was gonna watch this after it had ended, because it is Yuji Sakamoto and I prefer/am used to watch his works in one go (having bought dozen box of tissues prior) but now I’m in it for the weekly-long haul!
Onwards to episode 5 then!
disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only + huge thanks to Sanashi @ D-Addicts