I got drawn into this drama because of my good friend, Maki. Yes, we squee regularly on Saito and she loves spamming me with (illegal) photos of this hawt man! She recently spammed me with Hirugao (the movie) trailers and I knew that it is time to start watching the drama. I heard the movie is independent of the drama but I think it is worth understanding the history of the main OTP. I mean… c’mon, I will do whatever I could to have sultry Saito on my screen. Saito Saito Saito! I hate sharing but he’s worth sharing *wink*. He is juicy like that *giggle*.
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*
Are you a loyalist? Would you turn yourself to be the knight in shining armor and save the people, the world and future? Would you kill others to save your own life? Or would you stay true to your own principle to never kill? If I were to be asked all these questions, I’d voluntarily dig my own six feet under myself. Seriously, it is hard to bear people’s lives on your shoulder. I’m already responsible for three lives (my child and two cats). But my questions are minuscule compare to what this drama is trying to prove.
Mirai Nikki, a sci-fi Japanese drama I’m currently watching is about that. And it’s about survival. Survival like Battle Royale meet Hunger Games, that’s how I’d summarize it. Mirai Nikki, also known as Future Diary, started as a game on who gets to be the last person standing and crown the winner. Not surprise, right? The winner gets to live! All 7 players were given futuristic cellphones that would transmit future messages in detail. It’s so detail and precise the phone would even details out the owner’s death timeline. But but but, is it really a game they are playing? Who controls this game? Who determines the next death? *shudders* And I always wonder how these people get selected. Are they all related to something? This drama is deeper than I imagine it would be. Super duper complicated and jam packed with twisty plot since episode 1!
This 11 episode, manga-turned-anime adaptation drama is quite philosophical and psychological (think Wachowski Brother’s The Matrix saga) yet sophisticated mind boggling f*cked state of mind. Pardon my language, but it is the only way to describe it at the moment. I’m still blown away by episode 7. The story is designed to see how would you react to certain situations. This lethal game of survival drama is not for everyone. I’m at the stage where it is all part of discovering the truth and finding the controller of this game. It is a racing game against the future for all I know. If you are into semi live-action, twisty plots and thriller drama, Mirai Nikki is the one for you! I am loving this series even though it gives me a little headache (a good headache). Watch it!