15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya is an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration - a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat.

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  • Jul 6, 2012 11 of 11 episodes seen
    38 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  10
    • Story  10
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  9
    • Rewatch Value  9
    This drama is certainly one of the best drama I have ever seen! I'll explain it in four points.

    First, let's talk about the story. The plot of "Ichi Rittoru No Namida" is taken from a real story of a young girl called also Aya. Even if there was some modification to make it much more dramatic, lot of sentences in the drama are taken from the book. It gives even more impact to the story. I'm always touched by people who have illness so even more when it's this kind of uncurable illness... After watching the drama, I got interested in knowing more about the illness and did lot of research ! I promise you that you'll not be disappointed in watching this drama.

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  • May 31, 2011 11 of 11 episodes seen
    43 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  10
    • Story  10
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    • Music  10
    • Rewatch Value  5
    I have never seen a drama that has made quite an impact on me as this one has. This drama is based off of the true story of Aya Kito and it really is upsetting that this disease truly exists without a cure. Every day now I feel happy that I can speak, write and walk while she had to continue living as she lost those abilities.

    The main actress and actor had such amazing chemistry that even after months, just hearing the song "Konayuki" by Remioromen breaks my heart. Thus being said the soundtrack is beautiful.

    The reason I didn't give the rewatch value a 10 is because, despite this being a flawless drama, it's too heartbreaking for me
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Comments (160)

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  • sarskinz 7 days ago
    This was the first drama I actually cried for. The last episode was just..the title really lives up to the drama. This drama is amazing.
    1 ❤
  • Karagi_ 13 days ago
    Wish I could rate this drama an 11/10. First drama I've probably ever cried really bad in. Will probably stay a favourite of mine now. "Live on."
  • cunniee 19 days ago
    Masterpiece drama. The only one drama that deserved my 10 score.
    1 ❤
  • kjrrussel Mar 13, 2014
    isa akong lalake, at hindi madaling maiyak sa mga napapanood ko. ngunit ang seryeng ito ay katangi tangi, mangingilid ang luha mo ng di mo nahahalata. nakakamangha ang determinasyon at lakas ng loob ni aya. di ko ikinakahiya na ako'y napaiyak ng dramang ito.

    if your wondering what language i used, its filipino. i just felt that i could sincerely write what i wanted to say using my native language. 11 liters of tears....
    1 ❤
  • Vehi Mar 5, 2014
    I already cried when I saw the movie, so I'm not sure if I can handle an 11 episode long drama :P
    1 ❤
  • FullDex Feb 25, 2014
    I held out for so long, until I lost it episode 8, it all went downhill from there. Such a beautiful series. Very moving and inspirational. I don't think I'll forget this one anytime soon <3
  • ishaa Feb 14, 2014
    This drama made me cry so much literally!
    Even though it's been a while since I've watched it, it's sometimes on my mind..
    After watching this drama it changed me.. I've gained courage and confidence and learnt to cherish what I have and the life I have even though there are ups and downs.
    Ikeuchi Aya will always be my inspiration =]
    3 ❤
  • kpopfan03 Feb 11, 2014
    This drama made me cry so much!! T.T
  • palak Jan 14, 2014
    Aya is such a strong person and her way of thinking is so beautiful.
    4 ❤
  • bbiaq Jan 1, 2014
    Jesus, I cried so so so much.
    4 ❤
  • lontongstroong Dec 12, 2013
    I think if the scoring point has a thing called "impact factor", this drama is the only one that deserves perfect score. If the maximum point is 10, then 1LOT is well into a dozen or even more
    5 ❤
  • JJayWalkers_96 Dec 11, 2013
    I would like to watch it, but I just can't take heartbreaking stories =(
    • soumatra Dec 15, 2013
      if you want an advice after crying that much I was saturate with peaceful feeling
      3 ❤
    • JJayWalkers_96 Dec 15, 2013
      Thank you for your advice ^.^ Maybe I will give it a try!
      1 ❤
    • docnty Feb 7, 2014
      It was a most definite heartbreaking story for sure, I only wish that Haruto, when reading the diary, would have asked her to marry him, even though she was stuck in bed, I really believe she really wanted that more than anything. My heart still breaks for her.
      2 ❤
  • volkazy Dec 10, 2013
    I you ever feel like crying, this is the best thing to watch! It will empty you of all your tears...
    6 ❤
  • mika-chan Dec 6, 2013
    1 litre of tears is also the exact amount of crying during one episode...?
    10 ❤
  • sanasoufi Nov 19, 2013
    I finished this but it was really tough. Can't even imagine what the real Aya has been through. I still feel depressed.
    1 ❤
    • docnty Feb 7, 2014
      I don't feel depressed, I feel real empathy and sympathy both for not just Aya, but her family and those that were closely involved with her. My heart breaks for all of them.
      1 ❤


1 Litre of Tears

1 Litre of Tears


  • Main Title: 1 Litre of Tears
  • Native title: 1 リットルの涙
  • Also Known as: Ichi Rittoru no Namida; One Litre of Tears; A Diary with Tears; 1 Litre no Namida;

General Details

  • CountryJapan
    NetworkFuji TV
  • Aired: October 15, 2005 to December 20, 2005
  • # of Episodes 11
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
  • Genres: Family, Romance, School, Tragedy


  • Score: 9.02 (scored by 6,186 users)
  • Ranked: #2
  • Popularity: #86
  • Members: 9,227
  • Favorites: 0
4.5 stars - based on 6,186 votes

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