Sakurai Taro’s parents died young. His grandmother, Akiko, has been making great effort to protect her struggling candy store, Sakuraya, in the old part of Tokyo, but it's not easy. Taro eats candy with regular customers such as chilhood friend Saegusa Hiroki who aspires to be a scriptwriter, and talk nonsense, like in their youth. However, they realize this unfettered, comfortable existence will end some day with the passage of time. Then Taro’s ex-classmate, Kimura Reiko, comes back home with her son after a divorce. He and his friends start to notice what is truly important to them as they face up to their pasts, dreams and pains.
Cast & Credits
It didn't need grand settings, situations, or even words just to get the drama's messages across the viewers. It was simple yet touching. The major points and plot twists in the story were executed with the right timing. Maybe, I was just a little confused (and curious at the same time) during the first few episodes since it didn't directly present a concrete story line right at the beginning.
The cast was superb. And no, I am not exaggerating about it. Their acting made me really feel that this kind of story does really happen and that how they acted is the way people react to this kind of situation. Also, let me just say, "oh, Odagiri Joe."
All I can say is that the first few lines of the ending song gets through and pierces my heart. Bow.
I was entertained by the story (I laughed and cried a lot) and at the same time I was reminded of a lot of good things about life and growing up (or old). I will certainly watch it again. :)