Wakamonotachi 2014: Eps 3-5
There are some mixed opinions about Wakamonotachi–some love it, others dislike it…and some, like me, are ambivalent. I quite loved the first episode, but with episodes 2-3 I started feeling more uncertain about the direction of the drama. Maybe I was just expecting too much, since I was hoping for a serious (yet fun) human drama. I’ve come to terms with the fact that Wakamonotachi is not that kind of drama, and is instead more focused on the feel-good interactions of the characters. So I don’t think failed expectations are the problem here. My major gripes are the WTF revelations and the cheesy endings; If the entire drama is going to be full of anti-climatic big reveals and preachy moral lessons, count me out. However I continued watching onwards and was pleasantly surprised to find that the drama starts to improve in eps 4-5.
So there are still some preachy moral lessons here and there, but thankfully the drama starts to blur the lines of morality starting in episode 5. Asuza and Asahi are ecstatic that they are to be parents, but the reality starts to sink in as they realize they may not have the financial means to support a child. They also must consider the possibility that the baby could be born prematurely (Asuza is having troubles with the pregnancy) and thus be at a high risk for disabilities. I’m glad that Hikari gives Asuza & Asahi a wake-up call by warning them about the responsibilities of parenting a [premature] infant. Even though I’m sure Asuza & Asahi won’t abort the baby (that’s not the direction the drama would go in..judging from the previous eps), I’m glad that the drama at least shows their dilemma. There is no easy answer to parenthood for these two. And the challenge has only just started; there are bound to be more obstacles along the way as Asahi and Asuza become father and mother.
Hikari gets a bit more screen-time than before, even though these episodes don’t focus on her side-story. There’s two main aspects to her character–her job and her affair, both of which are related to each other. Hikari has trouble coping with her high-stress job, which is partly why she turns to her partner Shinjo for comfort and advice. Shinjo is her senior at work, and he’s known her family for a long time..so he’s kind of an older brother figure/senior/romantic partner all combined into one. O_O” Hikari claims she loves him, (as a romantic partner) but it’s obviously more complicated than that. I think she has a strong emotional dependance on Shinjo since she has no other ways to relieve her stress & she feels that he’s one of the only ones who understands what she’s going through. Then again, Hikari keeps mum about her affair all this time so we haven’t heard her side of the story yet. The preview for the next episode looks to be a doozy because she tells Shinjo’s wife that she can’t stop seeing him. O__O”
I realized that one of my personal problems with Wakamonotachi is…actually..my love for the cast. T__T” This is probably just me, (which is why it’s a PERSONAL problem) but I can’t stop seeing the actors instead of their characters. Whenever a character says his/her lines, I feel like I’m still subconsciously thinking “this is *insert actor’s name here*!!! OMG!!”. X_X The funny thing is that this only happens for the actors that I’m already a big fan of–Aoi Yu, Eita, Mitsushima Hikari..whereas I don’t have that problem with Emoto Tasuku & Nomura Shuhei. This is probably why I’m enjoying Haru (Emoto Tasuku) and Tadashi (Nomura Shuhei) more than the other characters. >_<
Haru and Tadashi both get their time to shine in episode 4 with their big theater performance. I wasn’t too interested in that story and instead was mainly interested in their interactions. I think there’s something amiss with Kasumi (Hashimoto Ai) and Haru…it seems like maybe they have feelings for each other?!?! O_O When Kasumi agrees to go out with Tadashi after Haru puts in a good word for him, Haru seems a bit awkward! HRMM!! I hope this won’t split these two apart. :'(
And last but not least, Satoru (Eita) is probably the funniest one out of the bunch. He does some oddball things like trying out eyelash curlers (top left pic above..LOL) and generally jokes around. He has no problem fitting right back into the family and assimilating back into society, which was surprising to me since he’s been away for a couple years. I wonder if the siblings will notice any changes in him as time goes on? After all, he must’ve changed some during his time in prison. To me it seems like he keeps people at an arms length, always joking but never really revealing much about his time away & his crime. Perhaps there’s more to Satoru than meets the eye.
I’m glad that Wakamonotachi makes a comeback in episodes 4-5. I don’t think this drama is amazing or a must-watch, but I don’t regret watching it either. Hopefully I’ll be able to focus less on the cast and more on the characters themselves as I continue watching the drama. Annnd on a side-note, there are a lot of photoshoots/magazine articles with the cast of Wakamonotachi:
^I love the individual character pics (top pics, bottom left pic)! *W*