Ah, after far too many unremarkable cop shows, it felt good to sit down with something different. Although, in its own way, this series tells a familiar story (single mother makes her way in an unfair world) it is certainly a cut above a lot of stuff I’ve been watching recently.
Mitsushima Hikari stars as the single mother, and she’s excellent in the role. The first episode focuses solely on her and the family, with only a few clues regarding future storylines, such as the sympathetic guy at the welfare office, the friend who suggests that night work at bars is more lucrative or the mysterious teenager obsessed with a portrait of the family on display at a photographer’s studio.
It’s early days, but I’m enjoying this already. I hope that the cast and writing is strong enough to last to the end, and the signs are good. I didn’t quite cry at the end of the first episode, but I came close. Especially with Dvorak’s New World Symphony (and the Japanese song based on its melody) in the soundtrack. Looking forward to more.