Hako was senteced to 7 years in prison on a robbery charge for the host she loved. Ayaka killed her husband to protect their son from domestic violence. These two women became acquainted in prison and forged strong bonds. After they are released from prison, they stay together and begin new lives in the old district of Yanaka in Tokyo while carrying pasts that no one must not know.
Cast & Credits
The actors showed great emotion and I thought they found just the right people to play each part. The music did a very nice job of making the drama appropriately charged with just the right amount of emotion too, through all the characters' struggles and times of joy. I personally loved it.
I thought there were some slightly unresolved issues in the end, but nothing too big if you try to reason why they were left that way.
I loved the show's theme of the bonds that hold us all together reminding us that we aren't exactly alone even when we think we are (even if the theme is a little overused in general, especially I think, in Japanese stuff)
The main thing I was able to get from the two main characters' friendship was that it was a really strong one, a friendship that makes you seem more like siblings than friends (which is the best kind). The ending definetely gave me that impression.
Bottom line: if you want to watch something where it's very easy to sympathize with characters this would be something you might want to check out
acting wise it was solid. the two main girls and the supporting cast did a very good job portraying the feelings of their roles. the hidden feelings, the obvious feelings were there in their eyes, the inner conflicts and the conflicts with the outside world. the true smiles and the fake ones.a realistic portrayal not seen easily. the heartfelt words and speeches brought tears to my eyes.
the music didn't bother and didn't stand out, it helped the scenes and strengthened the emotion , that's what i call 'great accompanying music'.
overall i give this drama a 10 for it's brilliant acting, the almost unique plot and the well developed main characters.