Seven good buddies left school and stepped into society. Each then finds life out there not as carefree as it used to be. Their courage, optimism and confidence are also worn off slowly by the cunning reality. After a series of hurdles, they get a deeper understanding of their friendship and treasure it even more. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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Secondly, I've watched a handful of Nojima Shinji's dramas and let me just say that Ai To Iu Nano Moto Ni is definitely one of his best works, at least in my heart. I know I said that very same thing every time I finished one of his dramas, but this time I really mean it. Amazing how this is also one of his first works and he was only 27 at the time.
Ai To Iu Nano Moto Ni (In the Name of Love) focused on the incredibly strong friendship of 7 graduated classmates. But it wasn't just that, it wasn't just love and friendship like any typical drama. It also dealt with the struggle to cop with loneliness, to escape the unbearable reality; or the desire to follow their dreams, to be themselves. It cleverly tackled so many matters that, I dare say, were so ahead of its time. Some of those matters we still debate everyday til this day. For example, let me quote some of them:
"Women are more than objects of sexual desire!" - Episode 6, 27:40
"Maybe the only way to truly protect the environment is for mankind to cease to exist." - Episode 10, 20:48
This was aired in 1992, may I remind you, 27 years ago and sometimes I feel like it hasn't aged a day. Although the reality in this drama was depressing, I'm glad it was not as dark as some other NS's dramas. There were some sweet and heartwarming scenes that's gonna make you yearn for a friendship like theirs. Mostly because the main characters were really likable, or at least very hard to dislike. They were all different and had their own flaws and they leaned on each other to overcome their hardships. Some of them were so admirable to me, honestly.
As for the ending, it might be a bit controversial and not ideal to some, but I like it just the way it is. It was not perfect, but sure was the most suitable ending for each character. The last scene was very wholesome but a little too metaphorical in my opinion, or maybe it was because the subtitles I watched didn't translate that part so it was kinda confusing.
Acting - 10/10. What else can I say? They were all amazing.
Definitely a classic. Watch it. Please give it the attention it deserves.