Kageri Yuki Natsu is the best jdorama so far and has a strong possibility of staying the best this year, though I hope something even better comes up. I already wrote my review here but since its now been subbed, I thought it would be fun to rewatch it again and understand all the parts that I could not. I highly recommend that everyone watches Kageri Yuki Natsu. Shows like this are why I watch jdramas. This raises a lot of interesting issues and manages to fit it into an exciting suspense dorama.
TRANSMITTED SIN AND GUILT
We've got Hiroko, the daughter of the alledged kidnapper trying to live a normal life and repay her relatives for taking her in. There's Mutou, the husband of the kidnapper who was too scared to reveal the truth and is determined to help Hiroko as a small measure of penance.
Then we also have the housekeeper, the daughter of a man convicted for murder telling Hiroko that she must not let the issue of Hiroko's father's alledged sin affect her life. The housekeeper says that Mutou doesn't know about her past but I'm pretty sure as a reporter he knew and hired her because he knew what it was like.
And in the end the son has to live with the knowledge that his adopted father kept the lie going. He is both the son of the victims and the criminal. Will he let this affect his future? I love his line to Hiroko that compared to the housekeeper, at least she now as a choice and in the end Hiroko chose to pursue her dream despite the fact that she knows Mutou gave her the job out of guilt.
Not only that, Mutou had the guilt of losing his wife though I think he still have protected her and the crime anyway cause deep down he didn't want her sullying the family name.
Talking about guilt, we have Acchan as the prostitute who has been living with the lie that she told as a five year old. She never knew the details but perhaps deep down she knew she did something wrong with bad consequences and was at last set free.
I was wondering why Horie, the trading company guy would not reveal who the real kidnapper was? Perhaps it was because it was not his sin to confess?
A LOT OF CLUES
Rewatching Kageri Yuki Natsu, I love how clues constantly pop up. Hiroko saying Mutou's son doesn't look like his dad. The band with the babies' names and blood type always being brought up. I like how Mutou's insistence in protecting Hiroko is covered by him and his boss's determination to not let the leak affect an employment decision.
Speaking of leaks, was the leak purposely done by Mutou so that Watabe Atsuro would uncover the truth? Was there any connection with the rival newspaper and politician bribery story? I had rewatched the first two episode two months ago before my trip.
If there is any interesting element I forgot, please write in the comments.