Date / Deto – Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira SP – 2015 Natsu Hitou ~ Review ~ Dramajjang
“It’s an anecdote by Natsume Sōseki,
He said that the Japanese translation of “i love you” is
“The moon is beautiful tonight.”
The translation may be wrong,
But Japanese people don’t say “i love you” face to face, right?
“The moon is beautiful tonight,”
You put that feeling into those words.
That’s the Japanese culture, he said.
What i’m trying to say is…
“The moon is beautiful tonight.”
Having already loved Deto – Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira – to pieces, watching its special episode was mandatory, i would never step back from such a tempting and kind of sacred experience even if my life depended on it. The usual suspects, Anne Watanabe and Hiroki Hasegawa, did it again by inviting us in their character’s quirky universe consisting of two diametrically opposed worlds that manage to invade one another’s territory. Always full of passion or firmness, humor and the absolute presence or absence of reason, they offer soulful testimonies in depicting Yoriko Yabushita and Takumi Taniguchi’s ongoing quest to define and eventually embrace that feeling called love.
After having been in deep water, Yoriko, our strict rationalist trying to construct her own emotional radar, and Takumi, our educated idler in opposition to everything presented as the one and only reality, managed to take a brave step ahead that would seal their mutual pathway in life. Reaching that point wasn’t easy, but nothing was over. Everything we had witnessed throughout the drama was just the beginning of yet another turbulent era in the course of one of the greatest compatibly discordant couples to ever exist! Coming to a mutual agreement concerning a Yoriko-oriented and ever-changing contract wasn’t enough, she would never acclimate herself to a brand new environment without experiencing its contours!
Natsu Hitou is a journey of survival in the rough seas of semi-cohabitation accompanied by a contract parameter that was never an option and sounded like a joke in the first place, but eventually became a necessity; infidelity! This special episode invests in depth when it comes to our main couple’s characteristics in an attempt to show their development as a unit with everything which derives from it after taking into consideration their unique personalities and everything that happens throughout the episode.
Where does one’s freedom end and where do responsibilities begin during cohabitation? What happens the crucial moment when the two worlds that were supposed to get closer together collide? How do rules and regulations affect spontaneity and inspiration of the moment when one enters a world of schedule (to the extent of blind obedience) over freedom (to the extent of disorder) which are essential parts of all this magic and mayhem between them? Especially when we’re talking about Yoriko and Takumi, all these vibes are also causes of conflict that bring them to hurtful but eventually enlightening realizations the way they are being filtered through their very own prisms while hearkening still to everything either of them wants to convey!
There is a thin red line that should never get crossed, how can one calculate its exact position inside a relationship when it comes to one’s heart? Is a multifaceted contract enough to strengthen the trust when sincerity surrenders to confusion and suspicion respectively? Our couple grows emotionally as both Yoriko and Takumi are being tested by the flow of events once inconceivable enthusiasm gets misinterpreted for platonic chants and deeper bonds tremble while the foundations have to prove their worth. Needless to say that Takumi’s presentation as a househusband was a hilarious crack on social preconceptions and a reverse symbolism laying emphasis on the fact that housework isn’t as easy and less stressing/demanding as it may appear to some.
Anne Watanabe and Hiroki Hasegawa remain unerring and pour heart and soul into their roles, it feels as if they were born to bring to life Yoriko and Takumi respectively. I wouldn’t even dare to imagine Date and Natsu Hitou with a different actress and actor simply because nobody can walk in these characters’ shoes the way Anne and Hiroki do and what i’m saying is an axiom. The same applies to their facial expressions. Yutaka Washio (Yuto Nakajima) was simply being Yutaka Washio with his one-sided quest for the most part of the episode! Sayoko Yabushita (Emi Wakui), Yoriko’s mother, was luscious and utterly hilarious as expected!
As for the rest, Sotaro Shimada (Satoru Matsuo) → Takumi’s friend, Toshio Yabushita (Yutaka Matsushige) → Yoriko’s father, Rumi Taniguchi (Jun Fubuki) → Takumi’s mother and his father kept preserving their characters’ hilariousness to the fullest, until they found themselves under Yoriko’s dreadful reign! Ryoko Kuninaka as Sotaro’s sister, Kaori Shimada, shone through her absence due to her pregnancy, but Ashina Sei and her enchanting presence as Hikono Hashimoto would fill the void in an exemplary way. The cinematography maintained its predecessor’s golden brown contours, nightly reverence and natural but always depending on the surrounding environment approach playing its own part in strengthening the distinctive air Hitsu Natou breathes.
Introspective and emotionally eloquent, but also eruptive and intriguing along with the potential to deprive your lungs of oxygen due to excessive laughter, Natsu Hitou will make you feel like a war correspondent on the battlefield of love praying on your knees for a second season.
“Wait as i may for the one who will never come;
The heartrending sadness of an evening primrose.”
(Yoimachigusa / Evening Primrose)
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