The Hongos are a family of four who live at the foot of the nearly completed Tokyo Skytree. Hongo Yuji who gave up his dream of music which he had pursued since his student days, now works in human resources at a machinery manufacturer. To put it in a good way, he is earnest, but in truth is a coward unable to take risks. All the words that come out from hismouth are idealistic arguments. Because of the wave of recession, his job is to tell staff older than him that they have been dismissed as a result of restructuring. It is a difficult role but he tells himself with resignation that it is his work. However, before long it is his turn to be told that he has been laid off. His wife, Sachiko, had taken advantage of her pregnancy to marry him. Now the mother of two children, she juggles several part-time jobs and works non-stop to earn money for the family. They are at their wits end. The family has hit rock bottom and is on the brink of collapse. Then one day, their daughter, Mako, picks up an abandoned pomeranian puppy which they name Skytree. This small incident is a big matter to the Hongos, and this broken family gradually begins the road to recovery.
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I ended up with a lot of questions in my head like: Can a person ignore its old dreams to create new ones? Can we be happy if we grab to the little things and ignore the rest? Is a short life worth living? Is love enough to support a family? Can we smile when everything is falling apart?
The story is simple but touching, and kept me wanting to see the next episode. Often I laughed and often tears came into my eyes. It mixes a lot of subjects like work, dreams, raising children, animals, society, life and death.
I already knew a lot of the actors, but not the children, all of them were simply great, even the dog! Nishikido Ryo and Mizukawa Asami make an excelente pair. And even though the drama is not a romance drama, you can capture in the little gestures and words, the love they have for each other, even if they don't say it, you can almost feel it. It gives a sense of reality to the all story.
The music was good, and fited the moments well, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.
As for watching this drama again, I will definitly re-watch some of my favorite scenes.
This is not a "five stars" drama, but for a family drama it is very good and I surely recommend it within the gender.