Toji, a manager of a food section in a medium-sized department store, has to put up with a tough boss that makes every day a real struggle. But things start to look up for him though when he meets a pretty elevator girl named Nao who is. Just as he is starting to enjoy a new-found happiness at work, a new account manager from an advertising agency visits Toji's division, and it is none other than Toji's ex-girlfriend from university, Makoto. Toji is surprised to see her again but Makoto treats him as if she has never met him before. Now dealing with a tough job and caught in the middle of a jealous Nao and Makoto who dumped him, things couldn't get much worse for Toji!
Cast & Credits
The story revolves around a man named Kashiwaba Toji and his love life, both present and past, set up in a department store where he works at. Everything was going well for him, even with his ima-kano (current girlfriend), Hayakawa Nao. He was just starting to get used to his new job and newly-found relationship, but after a fateful encounter with his moto-kano (ex-girlfriend), Saeki Makoto, his whole world turned upside down again.
It's kind-of a typical situation where the former couple never really got over each other, but since there's a new person in either one of their lives, both of em are being passive about it. Although it's based on that type of situation, it's not the cliche for me, after I finished the drama. It's very realistic, and although it was not the best, it really gave a slice-of-life situation where one can be really torn between the pain of a love you never got over, plus the unclear reason of your separation, and the new love you gained but slowly forcing to commit yourself.
I did not like Toji's character at all -.-' Sorry to say. He's so.. uh. I mean, I even read somewhere that Tsuyoshi said that he did not like playing the character at all. Maybe that's the realistic feel to it. I can't really point out what's wrong with Toji, but I know he just feels... uhh.
Anyways, Hirosue Ryoko and Uchiyama Rina did a good job on their roles and made me cry. So, the casting was really good ^^b It's just Toji really -.- But, really, I can't imagine any actor playing Toji except Tsuyoshi. Hm, maybe Nakai Masahiro? or Matsuda Shota? But, oh well.
The music was just, Heaven. HAKKA Candy by Kinki Kids was great especially the insert song titled Teko's Theme. It's in English and the meaning was just really beautiful. So, OST is OutSTanding to me :)
I do recommend this drama to those who wants to see a real slice-of-life kind of drama. I think not every person will appreciate this, but those who really likes dramas, will definitely appreciate and see what this drama is really for. I would definitely re-watch this, but not any time soon. Maybe if I have time in the future.
Have fun with this drama. It's nice, not the best, but very heart-warming :) Enjoy