The universal theme of friendship, in all its vulnerability, tenderness, and purity, is explored in this drama. The flow of seasons forms a thematic continuity to the action: the severity of youth in summer, the sentimentality of autumn, and the frustration of winter. Together, this group of boys cope with common adversity, face the death of a friend, and prepare to deal with the world of adulthood. --TBS (dramawiki)
The drama won 7th Television Drama Academy Awards (1995-Dec-20) for Best Drama, Best Actor, Best supporting actor, best theme song, best scriptwriter and best cast
Cast & Credits
STORY - I know the synopsis of this drama on these sites may seem a bit too vague to catch people's interests. But believe me, it's hard to sum up what it's really about and I think it's better if you start it without knowing too much of the plot. Just know that it's about youth and friendship, about a bunch of teenagers being lost but finding themselves within their friendship and dealing with their problems with the help of their friends. Just one thing, the drama may sound lighthearted like a lot of other dramas, but promise me you'll stay with in to Ep.7 at least, and mentally prepare yourself.
If there's anything from the synopsis that is spot-on, it should be this line: "The flow of seasons forms a thematic continuity to the action: the severity of youth in summer, the sentimentality of autumn, and the frustration of winter." The drama has 3 arcs: Summer, Autumn and Winter. The story flows so smoothly that I barely noticed how differently each arc progressed, not until it entered the last arc and everything went down so surprisingly and I had to pause for a moment to look back the first episode. Man, I really didn't expect it would got this far.
To me, the main characters are like young pure souls, being put in a world they just can't understand. They are so different from each other, but they stand strong by their belief and they share a bond that is unbreakable. It was really heartwarming to see their beautiful moments together.
ACTING - The 3 male leads (Ishida Issei, Katori Shingo and Sorimachi Takashi) were so impressive. I admit I found Ishida Issei's acting a bit too much sometimes, but he did a good job here. Takashi? Excellent! Shingo, OUTSTANDING!! The supporting cast was really amazing as well. No wonder they won Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cast that season. So well deserved. I have no words but praise for them.
MUSIC - All theme songs are by The Carpenters. There's 1 or a few times they used a song by The Eagles if I remember correctly. And I think they were all perfect song choices. After all, they're The Carpenters, how could I give anything less than a 10 for music? The ending theme song 'I Need to be in Love' really got me, it had me crying after one of the last episodes. The lyrics are just beautiful.
Miseinen. I decided to start watching it because I was on a Nojima Shinji's dramas binge (the screenwriter). I thought I was already used to his style of stories but this one still took me by surprise. A good and underrated classic. Totally deserved all the awards it got.