AKA: Song of the beginning
Genre: Human drama, School
Broadcast date: 2013-Sept-23
Cast: Matsumoto Jun, Eikura Nana, Toda Naho and Kunimura Jun.
Nakahara Wateru (Matsumoto Jun) is a rookie photographer living in Tokyo. He is offered an opportunity for a career, to go to Hagi and make a pictorial of the small town. Sounds like an easy job, but for Watery Hagi is not just any town, it is his hometown, which he had left in order to follow his dreams. When he arrives in Hagi he meets up with his family but also visits his old school, where he encounters his high school girlfriend Imachi Natsuki (Eikura Nana) working at that very school as a teacher, and also as the teacher in charge of the choir club. Natsu and Wateru had made the promise to become teachers together once they finish college, but Wateru had broken the promise, and Natsu takes advantage of that by making him be the pianist in the choir club.
While working both as a photographer and a pianist Wateru notices the beauties he had forgotten, and starts to find himself loving what he is doing…
This being a Matsumoto Jun drama I have to admit, I am a bit surprised. This is not exactly his genre, but somehow he manages to make it his own. The thing about this and this is also the biggest part for the rating, is that the special is way short. Yes 1½ hour is not a lot to begin with, but seriously I didn’t get much of it. The “growth” part should have gotton more screening time, else was just short. Maybe it is because it’s because of the huge amount of stories in it that makes it so long. With that I mean we get the main story, the love story, the friend story, the school story and the family story. Making that in 1½ hours is a bit tight, and they don’t really manage to ‘fill’ me… On the other hand acting is great, and the scenery is amazingly beautiful.
Is it recommendable? Yeah, but don’t expect the big thing here…
☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars
♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts