A human drama set in a nursing school that focuses on the lifestyles of each of the four female students.
On the day of the nursing school entrance ceremony, as the other new students were solemnly listening to the speeches, Rumi was staring off into space. Rumi did not particularly want to be a nurse and was only there to satisfy her mother, who told her to get her qualifications for financial reasons.
At practicum, Rumi was put in a group with the clumsy Chika, the housewife Saeki, and the law school graduate Tono. Tono had actually enrolled at a nursing school in order to get revenge on a doctor who had killed her sister due to a medical error.
Rumi spends three years with them, sometimes helping each other and sometimes clashing with each other, and the various experiences Rumi has makes her grow, and she falls in love for the first time with Takumi, a medical student. A delicate love triangle emerges with Shunya, who Chika has a crush on. During the practicum, they are confronted with the lives of patients they meet and learn that nursing means to become the person closest to the patient. But sometimes the hospital does not allow them to do so. Under such contradictory circumstances, how will Rumi and the others choose to live their lives?
(Source: Fuji TV)
~~ Adapted from the novel "Itsumademo Shiroi Hane" by Fujioka Yoko.
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It's a very touching drama and shows you a lot of the harsh realities of life and the medical field while still maintaining some light-heartedness. Plus it showed the importance of friendship which I greatly appreciated. I loved the friendship between Rumi and Chinatsu so much and want to see more of it. There was no ~romance~ but there is the aspect of "love" which I can't really talk about without spoiling but it was surprisingly one of the better subplots in this show. A lot of the focus on the show was about Rumi's internal struggle, dealing with being rejected from school, her first love, and her friends. I would have ADORED it if it was given time, because she is such a great character and these were all such /real/ topics, but it was all dealt with too quickly in the midst of a show that tried to do more than it could. It was nice to see her grow a bit and she was a great character with a strong personality albeit an underdeveloped one.
Now onto the acting! I have a bit of a bias towards Yua Shinkawa, watching her on screen as Rumi gave me such a nice feeling, like she's the cool older sister I never had. I feel like she is still not an astounding actress but she has not gotten many chances to shine yet save for a couple supporting roles in some popular dramas. Itoh Sairi -though given a lot of screen time - felt very underutilized in this because her character was thrown under the bus in my opinion, she was amazing and I definitely want to check out some of her other works now. The rest of the cast were good as well I didn't see many well-known faces but they all gave more than decent performances. The drama had me hoping I would see some of the cast in better projects soon.
So yeah, objectively, I would give it around a 7 (and that's a bit of a reach too). It had potential but it was ruined. I would still give it a go if you're interested in the medical field (especially nursing) and want to see how people deal with patients. I would also watch if you have an internal struggle you would like to deal with because that is a huge focus of the show. I would not watch it again because it isn't really good enough for that in all honesty.