Ever have a relationship problem? Who hasn’t??? We’ve all been there. This Japanese drama is that particular slice of life that doesn’t necessarily taste so sweet.
One reason why this drama may not be so popular is because people watching don’t necessarily want to face reality in their lives. This one is attempting to show a glimpse of what life is actually life. It’s a genre you don’t see as much in Kdrama and TW drama, because those are designed to be more fantasy, sort of an escape. The only slice of life drama I remember seeing recently out of Korea was ‘Reply 1997’. If there are more feel free update me in the comments because I may have missed a few.
Slice of Life dramas are probably my favorite genre because I can relate to them. I actually struggle watching period dramas for exactly the same reason: I can hardly relate to them.
First off, I have only seen one episode of this drama, so I can’t say that I can judge this drama as a whole. I will most likely watch more episodes, but while I was editing this TOAD the main character was increasingly pissing me off. The story is about a couple who don’t get along, and are not happy in the marriage. Part of the reason is because they don’t really communicate, and he has (almost) completely given up. Eita’s character frustrates me because he’s selfish in the relationship. He complains about his life, and complains even more about his wife to everyone he encounters. Problem with this is that he doesn’t actually speak to his wife about everything he’s complaining about to everyone else.
Things get a bit more messy when the husband meets up with his ex-girlfriend at a wine bar. He starts to see everything that he liked about his ex-girlfriend and forgets all the reasons that they broke up. That’s never happened before in real life eva! OH NO!!! It’s not like he’s actually cheating on his wife with her or anything like that. But in his head he’s just confusing himself more.
Then this earthquake happens and he doesn’t have any care about his wife. Like for instance, he sends her a text message to find out if his bonsai plant is okay. A freaking bonsai plant is more important than her!
While I can agree that she probably isn’t the ideal wife. She’s lazy and a bit inconsiderate herself. However, you see a lot of moments where she does try. And every conversation she has with other people seems to be about how she wants to work on the relationship. Her husband isn’t doing this at all. I most definitely have more sympathy for the wife in episode 1. She even learns how to cook curry, and cleans up the house after the earthquake shook everything up, injuring herself in the process. And he’s not thankful for any of it. Can I hit this man with a frying pan?
This one is not a love story. Heck, they make Eita look unattractive. But! I watch it and think: thank god my life is a little better than this. Actually in some ways it reminds me of some of the things I need to do to make my personally relationship with my hubby better. Like.. communicate.