March 15, 2008 § Leave a comment
１リットルの涙 or 1 litre of tears is a japanese drama that was released in 2005. The drama is based of the novel with the same title, which was based on a diary written by Kitou Aya who suffered from the disease spinocerebellar degeneration. In the drama, Kitou Aya is portrayed as the main character Ikeuchi Aya.
Ikeuchi Aya is a 15 year old girl who is about to attend her first day of high school at Higashi High when she suddenly fell strangely, injuring her chin. After being rushed to the hospital she was diagnosed with having spinocerebellar degenration. A disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates causing the person’s ability to control their muscles to decrease. Therefore, the person would have difficulty walking and eventually be unable to walk, have trouble speaking and swallowing, holding items such as a pen, and would often fall a lot. The drama follows Ikeuchi Aya from when she was first diagnosed, to when she could no longer hold a pen to write.
For the past two days, I under went a 1 litre of tears marathon watching all 11 episodes plus the special. Though I did not cry 1 litre of tears, I did shed a tear every single episode. Especially the scenes with Aya and Haruto. Though the scenes were a little bit on the romance shoujo side and a little bit hard to imagine in real life, they were the scenes where I cried the most. These were also my favourite scenes out of the entire drama. Makes me wonder if there are people like Haruto in the world. Even though there were moments that made me think “Oh! It’s going to be ok,” deep down you knew things were not going to get better. One episode Aya was able to walk along side everyone, as if nothing was wrong, and the next episode, she would need the help of a wheelchair at times to get around. Watching her family, her mom especially, trying to put on a smile to support Aya, the way they all got along and…it was difficult. Like Haruto, I too was kind of envious of her family. The one character that I thought changed rather significantly was Aya’s younger sister Ako. The change from being someone selfish to a more caring sister… for example when Ako studied very hard just to get into Higashi high school so that she could carry on Aya’s dream of graduating from the high school she wanted to graduate out of was something admirable and amazing out of all the sadness that surrounds the whole story.
Though the acting may be a little hard to watch because the producers DID choice pretty faced actors *cough* Ryo *cough* to play some of the major parts, and although some scenes were dramatize by adding rain, the story itself is worth the watch. There is just way to much to say about this drama, that I would probably start crying again. Even listening to the insert song Konayuki, I get teary at the chorus. Though you may not cry 1 litre of tears, you may shed a tear.
If anyone has a link to One Litre of Tears icons, please let me know.