Oh.my.god! What a ride! This drama, a continuation from the first season Guardian of the Spirit, is better than the first one! I could not blog it while watching because I was totally invested in this season. As I was with the first season. This saga is too good to be missed. If you are a fan of taiga fantasy, this drama is for you. But really, if you haven’t seen the first season, you MUST watch it before you start on this one. Technically, you can still skip the first season but I feel it sets a tone for this season.
Right after I completed Guardian of the Spirit (season 1), Bel tweeted me that “you can lament with me that we have to wait until 2017 for the next season!” Shut the front door!!!! What???????? Next year? 2017? Why next year??? If High & Low could produce the next season immediately, why can’t Guardian of the Spirit??? Why the fudge, why? This can’t be happening to me!!! The show, obviously from my rant, is bloody awesome! Why can’t we have dramas like this? Seriously, this drama is so entertaining. I started two episodes last night, saw the third one in the wee morning and completed the final episode while having breakfast. Yeap, if I had my way, I would have watched all four episodes straight!
To be honest, this is my first Japanese fantasy drama. Guardian of the Spirit is an adaptation of manga and anime but I won’t check them out. I’m not interested. However, the way this season ended, I won’t be surprised if some fans may seek to read the manga to find the answer. Yes, I must warn you up front that season 1 ended with a major cliffhanger! My jaw was on the floor. I need season 2 now!
If you decided to watch Guardian of the Spirit, you will find that the storyline is common. Balsa, a female warrior was asked by the second Empress to take the second prince, Chagum, away from the empire. They initially met when Chagum fell into a river and Balsa was able to save him from drowning. Chagum bears the egg of the water spirit, hence, he is the Guardian of the Spirit. The Empress asked Balsa to take Chagum away and return the egg to its rightful owner. Balsa vowed to never kill so to protect Chagum makes her job twice harder. To protect the prince she may ends up hurting others which a no no to her. Because the Empress helped Chagum escape, the Emperor put her on house arrest. The Emperor then sent his assassins to kill his son!
So why the Emperor wanted to kill his son? He believed Chagum and the egg spirit were the reason for the drought, and by killing him, he would end the drought. Things like this make it so interesting. And hence, though the storyline is common and quite typical, the execution of this drama is superb! I’m so glad Bel suggested it. By 2017, I will be Elsa! I hope you get that joke *laughs*. I highly recommend this drama. The cliffhanger will make you want for more! Yes, I want more!!!!
I am telling you, only Jdrama could come up with such unique drama. I’m giving up the plot this early so you would know how extraordinary and good Never Let Me Go is! It is a very scientific show without going through the science part. The kids are bred to sacrifice their body and organs. Yeap, they are clone like farm animals for human organs. This is not ethical but it is what it is. Very depressing, right? To make the matter worse, the kids were brainwashed by their caregivers into thinking that they are heading for the angelic path by giving up their organs (evidently their lives) to help those who need their help. However, there are more to life than just being an organ donor. Never Let Me Go tells a story of three friends that, after graduating and living knowing that they will have to sacrifice their bodies, they continuously to live and breathe like any regular human on this planet.Doesn’t it scares you though? Besides the fact that being an organ donor, the story goes deeper and follows the lives of Kyoko, Miwa and Tomo. Tomo was somewhat a troubled and mentally slow kid and Kyoko was able to tame him down. Miwa is like a problem child but her problem does not surface clearly. She’s like a needy dog always wanting for an attention. Not having a parent really glues Miwa to Kyoko and Tomo. She smells something deeper between Tomo and Kyoko. Afraid of being left out, she manipulated Tomo into falling for her and Kyoko was shocked when they (mainly Miwa) announced that they are an item. So when the three moved out from their dorms into an adult cottage, Kyoko found herself puzzled and confused by their relationship as well as not knowing what would become of her life. Feeling lonely drove Kyoko to sleep with one of the early settlers (another organ donor who eventually became her boyfriend) and from that she slowly feeling alive.
When her boyfriend left to his duty as a caregiver, Kyoko became lonely again. She went to see her other childhood friend, Manami, who live on a different cottage. She was surprised by how different their lives were. Manami not only started smoking, she actively pursue answers to the meaning of life. Kyoko began to think and understand the concept of being a human being, including standing up for her right. She self motivated herself daily to embrace what her future will be as well as to face Tomo with their unspoken love towards each other. Sadly Miwa caught in with their invisible relationship and manipulated Tomo to tell Kyoko that she’s basically a whore (for sleeping with a settler). Kyoko then and there realized that she will never be with Tomo and decided to leave the cottage and surrender to be a caregiver (earlier than her assignment date). Worried, Miwa panicked and urged Kyoko to change her mind. She forced Tomo to save Kyoko but Tomo already shutting himself down.
This love triangle between the three donors are common in our daily drama watch, so I am not a bit surprised. But the fact that Kyoko wondered herself whether it is right to be with Tomo put Never Let Me Go to a different perspective. We have to remember that these kids grew up with parents and have no basic knowledge of human relationship. Never Let Me Go is deep. The show itself is depressing but it is depressingly good! Right now, I do not know how long the series will be. This adapted drama from the same title is definitely a must watch drama! I highly recommend it if you decided to watch. My only fear in which most likely will be true *prays hard that it won’t be* is that the ending will be devastating to us *sad pouts*