Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Just finished: Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu

When we first met the three main characters of this series, they were all single and moving into a shared house. As the end, they're all still sort of single, and are moving out of a shared house. But at least they had hope for the future, which they didn't have before. One was just about to enter into a relationship with a single father, and another had finally told the man she loves how she felt about him and discovered that he feels the same way about her. The third one got a job. Not so romantic, but she seemed happy.

However, there was a passiveness to the story that I didn't much care for. Yuko's character, the virgin, just went from one relationship at work to another and then to another. Karina's character, the tomboy, had two opportunities to further her career but didn't take either. She also let her newly acquired boyfriend go to America for work, while she preferred to stay behind.

Finally, Yuriko's character, the hostess, was never going to get a happy ending since she was having an affair with a married man. But at the end, she seemed pleased that she fell in love at all. None of the three women really got what they wanted, but they all ended up satisfied with what they got. Maybe that's realistic – what you want and what you need are two different things – but it was a little dull as a story. They let things happen to them, rather than making things happen.


  1. It's maybe dull as a story but being content of what we have is the secret to a happy life.

  2. Just make sure you don't confuse contentment with resignation.