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The novelist expands his imagination while receiving encouragement from the speaking acorn. It reflects 4 family patterns... Episode 1 - Alice Hirose (played by Alice Hirose) and her sister, played by Suzu Hirose. Although they appear to be close to each other on the outside, they have a secret side that they cannot tell anyone about. What is their secret problem? Episode 2 - The second episode features an older brother, played by Nagayama Eita, and a younger brother, played by Nagayama Kento. They make a living by cooking "Dishes from the past". A letter arrives to one of the brothers and what's inside is a shocking revelation. Episode 3 - In the third episode, the husband, played by Akinori Nakao, and the wife, played by Riisa Naka. 'There's no one in this world I'm more afraid of than my wife' - that she will be angry at him and abandon him because she loves him. One day, her fearful, timid husband acquires a little special ability. What is this special ability? Episode 4 - Takataka Aoki, Yuka (voice). A husband spends his time in his room to keep his wife and child from catching a cold. While he is absent from work, a baseball game on TV catches his attention. Baseball games are supposed to be held on a voluntary basis, but... Episodes 1-4 - [Writer] Sadao Abe & [Acorn] Danmitsu (voice) - Writer: "? Human beings, say Datte following Acorn" Acorn: "Then sensei, Can you tell me What, I man advantage?" Now that people are facing difficulties, a special project that delivers the charm of fiction! Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: May 30, 2020 - Jun 6, 2020
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 62 users)
  • Ranked: #61317
  • Popularity: #18025
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Completed
Mertseger
6 people found this review helpful
Aug 12, 2020
4 of 4 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 6.0

A Pandemic Dividend

What do you do when your country goes into lock-down, and normal TV productions are halted for a few weeks? How about grabbing one of the greatest living screen-writers in Japan, and rush out four short stories that can be filmed in the actor's homes?

Apparently on a tight deadline, Sakamoto-sensei includes a self-insert character who needs to get a series of scripts out the door. The writer played by Abe Sadao is going a bit wonky from isolation, and has a defensive relation to an acorn as he tries to grapple with the inherent worth of humanity, as one does. His segments serve as the wrapper for all four short stories.

All the stories are set in sort of parallel universes to now. The first deals with a modern species of Neanderthals facing their probable extinction to Homo Sapiens. The second has two brothers sharing the making of a meal before a divided Japan begins a civil war with the two on opposite sides. The third is a charming tale of a guy trying to salvage his relationship by using a magic spell which resets the mind of his girl friend back a couple of minutes. And the final episode has a TV producer grappling with the decision to air a program which could get him fired while he confronts an incident in his past.

I found three of the episodes delightful, and all of the performances are quite good. The series is short, and more Sakamoto writing is always a good thing.

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  • Drama: Living
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: May 30, 2020 - Jun 6, 2020
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: NHK
  • Duration: 15 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 62 users)
  • Ranked: #61317
  • Popularity: #18025
  • Watchers: 210

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