Over a 21 month period, Makoto (Ishihara Satomi) works in Brazil. For one week, she travels back to Japan. Makoto doesn't have a place to stay, so she stays at Toru's (Oguri Shun) house. As they live together, conflicts arise from their different life styles.
Cast & Credits
I watched the drama when it was airing so I kind of forgot most of the story. Thankfully, there is a small recap at the begining of this special episode to remind us of the main events that happened in the drama.
I liked this episode because it focused on both Tohru/Makoto's romance and their work stories. It's a good balance to keep me interested. Also, Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi are good actors with great chemistry onscreen. Ishihara feels passionate about her character and Shun is totally awesome as "the moody but cute genius".
The story was realistic in many ways. The characters had to face diffuclties that really could happen in our daily life.
However, I didn't like the OST. It was nice but kind of repetitive ... It's the same as the drama.
This drama is definitly one of my favourites. I would recommand it if you like refreshing stories.
I liked that not only the development of the relationship between the protagonists was focused upon, they also gave time to view the latest development in Next Innovation and the Personal File project though of course with the big stress on the romantic line.
This special felt more real to me, meaning to say it expressed points in human relationships (especially between couples) that many can relate to. that those two's characters are so different you don't find any trouble imagining them having clashes if they are to live together.
It felt nice to make sure that love is not all about being lovey-dovey and happy all the time, there are times when difference in character and ways of thinking causes trouble in relationships. In a sense this special episode gave more meaning and depth to the drama's ending, I'm so glad they produced it.
I just have one tiny gripe against this episode.
I'll explain this just to be sure everyone knows this piece of information (which btw I didn't know before watching the special), This special covers events which took place during the 1 year & 9 months period which gets fast forwarded in the final scenes of the drama's finale, to be more precise after the scene where he sends her off at the airport.
So supposedly the finale's final scene where she comes back to japan and pays a visit to the company out of the blue takes place after the special's story. While the picture of the newly weds' on the wall that they showed in the finale nicely connects the dots, they still made one big mistake (at least imo), the Brazilian flag she has on her cheeks!! she's supposed to have been in Boston you know!!
Still, that mistake can be over looked since we know they didn't intend to make the special at that stage yet. But you know, why the need to make it in the US in the first place, why didn't they stick with Brazil and just made a Brazilian company buy the one where she was working at, but then that would need to make him go to Brazil for work instead which wouldn't make sense right?
Anyways, with all that being said, I really recommend this drama and special of course to any J-Drama fan out there.