“He’s more reliable than he looks. He has been working for our family as a father figure since our father died. I’m sure he had many awful experiences. But thanks to him, unlike me, my younger sister and brothers turned out great. I left home right away, so I did some stupid things. Sometimes I think that… if I had stayed home with him, my life would have been much better. That’s why I want him… I want my big brother to be happy”.
I’m so done with you mister
what is the point in having this sad story?
Drama Review: Soredemo, Ikite Yuku
Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (それでも、生きてゆく)
Length: 11 episodes (~54 min)
I can’t believe I’ve finished this already. I wanted to slowly savor this drama but even so, my Soredemo, Ikite Yuku journey has come to a close. What am I supposed to do with my life now? I can’t gush enough about this drama… concept, writing, acting, music-mood relationship, EVERYTHING is amazing. Just a heads up, fashion-wise: eh, pace-wise: pretty slow, but if you can get over that, this drama is really worth it.
- I think the whole concept was pretty original. What this drama presents are not the direct events after a murder with a focus on the victim’s family. Nope, this takes place 15 years later and we see how it has affected not only the victim’s family, but the assailant’s family as well and that just made it so much more powerful.
- ^sort of continuing that thought, we got to see the inner workings, the minds, of both sides. Futaba, Hiroki, the parents from both main characters, the siblings, even the murderer, Fumiya. It was fascinating to see that and it made them more human.
- Character growth. I really appreciated seeing how everyone changed throughout the drama. For example: from pure vengeance to something else. From hoping/believing, to shame and hatred, to ??? From controlled to desperate, etc.
- Acting was absolutely amazing. Eita and Mitsushima Hikari especially. All the emotions and intensity were perfect.
- For me Mitsushima Hikari, the lead actress, was the star of the show (though I think Eita did a wonderful job as well!). I love how she carried herself as Futaba. Constantly polite in an awkward & hesitant way and slightly hunched and curled as if she doesn’t want to trouble anyone by always being on her best behavior and shying away from negative attention. Also man, can she bring on the tears.
- I don’t even know how to categorize it but I loved how the knife that we see throughout the drama, a tool of revenge, passes through several hands and ends up saving a life.
- The main couple. The relationship has a rough start, yeah but somehow along the way, you just see that they fit together perfectly in a really clumsy awkward way. Yet it’s still charming..
- I could go on and on.. but basically this drama was amazing
- I really don’t have anything significant to say..
- I wasn’t a big fan of Kohei’s wife, Yuka. Like really? Your mother-in-law is screaming for at least a couple minutes with a stranger you brought home and you don’t rush out to see what’s going on until it’s all over?
- Sometimes the overpowering emotions from the characters confused me. For example, when Hiroki starts laughing after his speech when the three of them are eating?
- There were a couple situations in which I couldn’t take the screaming seriously.. like I know I shouldn’t be like that but I couldn’t help it :(
This drama is full of so much power.. such intensity and such strong emotions that honestly, for the first time, the speed at which I finished this drama did not correlate to how much I liked it. It was a drama that was so full of life that I don’t think I could have possibly marathoned my way through it. This is a gem that needs to be taken with care. Slowly absorbed and examined as you watch it because I honestly doubt there will be another drama as wonderful the way Soredemo Ikite Yuku is.
Final Rating: 4/5. Definitely the best drama I’ve watched this year and possibly the best jdrama for me. It’s so powerful and really worth watching.
I’ve been thinking - maybe “hope” is what you feel when you’re thinking of someone else.