Friday, March 09, 2012
Ai wo kudasai eps 1+2
Kanno Miho plays Ririka sensei, a nursery school teacher who grew up in an abusive orphanage and loves singing in the street except she can only sing one song. Ririka has issues about growing up an orphan who never felt love and tried to kill herself but was saved by Eguchi Yusuke who becomes her pen pal. Ririka's colleagues constantly remind her that she grew up an orphan and somehow that makes her unsuitable to take care of children.
Basically Ririka is your poor orphan who was abused in the past and is still being abused by society and is still looking for love. Except that she tries to find love through sleeping with the fathers of her students. Her reasoning is that she wants to latch onto the happiness of those who have a happy family.
Kanno Miho's acting.
How every single thought and reason has to be spelled out to the audience in clumsy exposition dialogue. Its like the writer has great ideas but is so scared the audience will miss out any of the ideas if it were to be implied and so decided to talk down to the audience.
The whole orphans vs society theme that this dorama seems to be pushing is so forced.
Ai wo kudasai is a very contrived dorama that is being held up by the usual Kanno Miho acting. I going to give it a few more episodes to see where it goes. If Ririka were played by a generic actress, Ai wo kudasai would be a disaster. Only for Kanno Miho fans.