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22 March 2014 @ 06:09 pm
Thoughts on Saikou no Rikon SP  
Hello! It's been a while! I hope you are all doing well. :3

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I feel like I can only come up with a short entry or else I'd be posting a long entry about how painful and bittersweet everything is. lol So yeah I ended up choosing the easier option.

It's been weeks since this aired but spoilers ahead, I guess? XD

Excellent english subtitles are credited to yanie.

I got really excited about the SP and was very happy and giddy while watching the raw but then I just caught myself saying "no no no no no" quite a number of times mostly on Yuka's actions. The SP's plot actually makes a very interesting conflict to Yuka and Mitsuo's lives. Like, this time, their reason for divorcing is rooted on a heavier issue of having kids.

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I don't have a problem with the script because it gave out strong scenes, interesting and beautiful lines and funny exchanges. The actors are still on point. I'm glad that the Ueharas finally got their closure but my attention still goes to the Hamasakis basically because I'm invested with them. XD I found it adorable that both their dads cried when they announced that they will be remarrying but, alas. Did I mention that I cried a lot? That painful discussion between Mitsuo and Yuka towards the end, their last night together and THAT LOVE LETTER. Tears everywhere!


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Before, I thought that the title "Saikou no Rikon" pertains to them having worked out their differences while they were divorced and getting back together. On the other hand, the SP has given an interesting perspective: that what made their divorce great was they did it because they only wished for each other to be happy even though it meant that their happiness doesn't make the other happy, that divorcing now is better than changing one another to the point that the characteristics that they fell for have disappeared. Goodness, I hope I made sense. lol
Anyway, I'm talking about this quote by Yuka:

"You are better off alone.
You're the opposite of a rabbit.
If you don't get lonely, you'll die.
I'm not mocking you.
I love you that way. You're better that way.
I want you to stay the way you are.
I don't want you to change for me.
You'll disappear if you try to change yourself.
What I like about you might disappear in the end.

Then, it won't work anymore for us.
We will only become good at hating and hurting each other.
That's what will happen.
'We shouldn't have gotten married.
We shouldn't have met.'
I don't want us to think like that.
Because I love you the way you are."


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Moving on, I'm really happy that he mailed the letter. I was sad that Yuka tore hers in the series I think it would have given us an interesting reaction had Mitsuo found it.

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"Ms. Hoshino Yuka,
It'll be spring very soon but the weather is still so cold. How are you? I hope you're not catching any cold. I hope you're not getting any frostbite. I'm sorry for sending this letter all of a sudden. I'd appreciate it if you're willing to read this letter in the middle of the cold night.

First of all, I'd like to tell you about the two cats that has been living in the house for two years. I don't know why, but they watch TV a lot lately, they talk to each other while watching the stock prices news. I wonder if stock prices has any use for their lives. Lately my sister is not feeling well, so Tsuguo-san is drawing some Latte art. The result of his drawing is quite unusual and many of the female customers leave the place while complaining. Uehara-san introduced me to Kawai-san the other day. I was shocked. Kawai-san is as handsome as a Greek statue. He stretched his hand to shake hand with me saying "Nice to meet you." I don't know if I can be friends with him or not, though. While everyone at the Meguro riverside is waiting for the cherry blossoms to bloom, thet promise each other to have a hanami together. That exciting season is coming again, huh.

Yesterday, I had a dream. I saw you bringing lots of balloons. You tied countless balloons to my body and yours too. The balloons raised us high to the sky and we were floating in the air. As we look down, we could see the Meguro river, Matilda and Hassaku looking up, the Uehara couple carrying their baby and waved their hands towards us. I could only float in the air blown by the wind. I was a bit sad that I didn't have control of myself. I'll be walking along the riverside again today. It's strange that I don't feel like I'm alone. I'm spending my daily life with you in my mind. The song you used to sing in the bathroom. 'Hold my hand, hold my hand, quietly, quietly' the song that started with that verse.

That view… When we went outside to borrow DVD together at midnight, we realized that the moon looked so big. We were wandering around at midnight that we didn't even remember why we were outside in the first place. We bought sweet potato at Yamate-doori and split it into two, the sizes were so different that we had to decide who-get-which with rock-paper-scissors game, then we ate, laughed, held hands. When I asked you to marry me, you answered me with your cheeks puffed with potatoes. That was the beginning. That view.

There's something I understand after I married you. The two toothbrushes placed next each other on the sink. We hit each other's legs in the bed. The pudding is gone from the refrigerator before I know it. I climb down the stairs ahead of you. I climb up the stairs behind you. Romance had become our daily life. Our daily life had become happiness. The female socks I wear by mistake. The TV shows I record because you asked me through text message. I scratch your back. When you see a bad drew, you'd come close to me. I get another father. I get another mother. I get another hometown. The cabbage inside the orange box we got from our parents. Music that plays everyday. Daily stories we tell each other. All of those are still with me here.
While clinging onto the curtains, behind the light bulb, at the corner of the room, I still feel your love from the past.

I will walk along the riverside too, today. The traces that we have lived together. You live in my mind… and I lost my way inside you. It's strange but I don't feel like I'm alone. Someday, I guess I'll remember that what I'm thinking now is such a foolish thing. We'll wander around at midnight, eat together, laugh together, hold hands, and I will ask you the same thing with our cheeks puffed with baked potato. It's fun when we're together, you know? Will you grow old together with me? Will you marry me?

February 8th, 2014. I'm waiting for Spring to come, together with two cats, in the old apartment building at the Meguro riverside."


Who wouldn't cry from such a touching letter? T__T
I would have wanted a montage of Mitsu and Yuka walking and eating potatoes but I guess the visuals will be too painful. T__T
I actually got a feeling that there might me another special soon… maybe spring next year. There's something about this drama and spring like there's an unfinished business, imo. XD
Well, since "Saigo kara Nibanme no Koi" is getting a continuation, maybe "Zoku Saikou no Rikon" will eventually happen too. And perhaps, Kawai-san will move up as the main supporting character while the Ueharas can pop-up once in a while. It's wishful thinking, I know. lol

If I were to chose which ending I would go for, I would pick the drama ending but that's because I'm a sucker for happy endings. The SP's ending is too bittersweet (honestly, it's really painful for me because I feel so invested with these two. lol) although their reason for divorcing is deeper.

lol Look at the length of this entry… I wanted to keep it short but I guess i couldn't but it could have gotten longer but I'll stop here. XD
 
 
 
mariamarylennoxx on August 29th, 2016 11:45 pm (UTC)
I just watched the whole series and special. Love it and I love the soundtrack to them. And I love the letter at the end of the Special. If I received something like that I would gave up everything and ran to him in a second. I also think that this may not be the end to their relationship because after they explained everything to each other it is somehow like a new chapter for them to start things with new perspective ( because after revelations in the end of the Special how can they stay the same? I wouldn't) .
the-wellnessproject.blogspot.com on September 9th, 2016 08:45 am (UTC)
I loved this series so much. I totally binged on it over the weekend and was so happy to find out that there was a special episode! But before watching I'd been hesitant because I saw a few reviews online by viewers who were upset with the ending... and immediately thought oh nooo it's going to be a breakup.
But I actually thought the special episode was really well done. It definitely delved deeper into their relationship and made me think that actually, the entire series of Saikou no Rikon was about showing Yuka and Hamasaki how much they actually loved each other. That it took them a divorce to figure out their love. In the SP, it took them an 'almost-marriage' to figure out that marriage needs to be more than just love.
I love the last bit so much when he revealed his feelings in his letter. BUT, I think there are tons of signs pointing to the fact that they probably still might get together in the end. ;) After all, he mailed off the letter!! That's a huge hint already (or maybe I'm just being overly optimistic but I do love them as a pair so much) and there was the parallel scenes of her playing ball with a young boy at her family house (let's assume it's a nephew or someone related) which then shifted to Hamasaki picking up a ball dropped by that toddler in the pram. After which, it seemed as if something in him had shifted. And then he mailed the letter. I think it can only mean that his view towards having kids in his life has changed. Truly, he was the one who changed the most out of all the characters in the series. ;) Wouldn't it be amazing if they actually did do an SP #2? Ahhhh. <3