Marrying The Man; Marrying The Family
Hey, I’m back!!! Still alive, still healthy, and still sane enough to post sumthin. Ahahaha… Well, I start the 2015 with mahoossive dorama craving. I dunno why, but I just feel like I am. And since the power of First Class‘ OTP is waaaayyy too hard to be erased or to be…errr… forgotten, I decided to have a Nakamaru’s dorama marathon; or should I say a Maruthon; while lying on my futon; and chewing my crouton. Lolz… Kaykay, sorry for the crazy rhyming session. Heheh… Back 2 da topic. These days I have been retardly ‘test driving’ and canvassing lotttzzzah Nakamaru’s dramas. So, basically, I’m watching first episode of one of his dramas, then I move on to the first episode of his other drama, and so on and on and on… Man, what a juggernaut juggling we have here, eh?! lolzzz… Buuuut now Imma talk about my recently finished; Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi. Well, I’m just gonna cut short to say that I fell in LOVE with this drama. Big Time. Cos this drama brings me giant doze of warm fuzzy squeeness and hooked me with a feel-good atmosphere; but yet at the same time, it also gives me an addictive cliff hanger on each episode, it makes me finish watching this in just two sittings. In two days. Until 3AM each. Gosh, Rob Thomas should sing that tune for me right now. Lol. Okay, enough with my gibble gabble; let’s just jump in and talk abouddit, shall oui? Heheh…(Spoilert: High, Massive, Danger-roushhhh!!! Mwahaha!!!)
Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi (HYH) is a family/home drama that tells a story about Kanai Yuriko (Matsushita Nao). Yuriko is a bright, creative, dependable woman who leads a great life as she comes from a wealthy family and is highly appreciated at her workplace due to her broad knowledge and creativity in product development division of a toymaker company named Toymond. She has a boyfriend who is a fellow co-worker on the sales department named Hayami Kyoichi (Inohara Yoshihiko). In contrast, Kyoichi is just an ordinary 35 years old man with average looking and average family who owns a small coffee shop named Guatemala. That’s why people in the office doesn’t consider Kyoichi as a “big catch” for a pretty upper class woman like Yuriko. But despite the cynicism and a bit of disagreement by everyone and Yuriko’s parents; they keep continue on with the relationship.Until on a one fine day, Kyoichi proposes to Yuriko. And despite the whole plan was turned into such a kerfuffle mess with numerous unexpected cock-blocking, Yuriko is saying yes to Kyoichi and since then they happily start to plan their wedding and future together of just the two of them by buying a luxurious condo for their new home. And since Yuriko decided to be a full time housewife, she quits her job at Toymond much to everyone’s in the company dismay, since she’s the ace employee that many people has relied on.Finally the wedding day arrives and everyone is basking the newlywed with joy and congratulatory messages. But what this couple doesn’t know is that the happiest day of their lives turn into the worst day for Kyoichi’s family, the Hayami, as their mom (Kotegawa Yuko) had leaved the house without notice, without any warning, and only leaving a big fat chance that she’ll ever coming back again. And since the Hayami only consists of three sons who are Kyoichi’s younger brothers and a drunkard dad (Funakoshi Eiichiro), it’s clearly imaginable what a wreck the house is like without a mother to take care of them all. That’s when Yuriko steps in and asks them to give her the chance to become mom’s substitute and living with them all.HYH is a light-weight drama that’s focusing mainly on how Yuriko progresses into becoming a good housewife. Yuriko, who comes from a rich family, always being served and pampered by her mom and dad; that’s why she at first is unfamiliar with doing housekeeping work. She has a hard time doing the laundry; she can’t cook and forget to make breakfast for the guys who finally take off to work in a hungry state; not to mention those guys’ faces when they’re all waiting for Yuriko’s cooking are so damn hilarious. Lol…She doesn’t know what time of garbage disposing schedule, she even burns Kyoichi’s youngest brother, Yuzo’s uniform shirt on the top of the heater, which makes everyone goes into a ballistic funk mode and turning the house into a ruckus situation just to put out a small fire in the living room. Oh-am-jayyy, that was one crayzay scene. Lol.
And due to her shopping habit and spending nature of never looking at price tag when buying things, she gets the Hayami household to experience poor financial state, it makes them eat bean sprouts and bread crust for dayssss until Kyoichi–as the breadwinner of the family–is having his paycheck.. well, paid. And the three brothers yet to display another hilarious distressed expressions when they’re seeing Yuriko’s serving another pathetic meal. Gee golly, their whiny faces are priceless. Ahahaha…
But despite all of that, Yuriko is able to notice what these five guys hadn’t realized when mom was still around, which is the sense of valuing and appreciation. Like, at one chance Yuriko asks her husband where Mom sits when they’re all have family dinner, cos there are only five chairs on the dining table. It makes Kyoichi and the Hayami realize how they had trifled away mom’s dedication and hard work for the family all this time, and there’s nothing they can do to fix that right at the present day. Well, like people use to say, you don’t know how much it’s worth until it’s gone, eh? *eyebrow wiggling*Aside the main trajectory of Yuriko’s journey into becoming a good housewife, this drama also played in a semi-episodic format; where on one or two episodes, each Hayami’s family member take turns to face their problem and being ‘saved’ by Yuriko later on. What I really like from each and every story is how it was written not just as an episode theme filler, but as something more; it becomes a significant part that progresses the story and develops the character’s growth as a person.On the early episodes I had beef with mom cos I thought she was such a selfish hag to leave the house on the same day as her oldest son’s wedding. But later on, it becomes clear and understandable why mom did that thing, for she has a passion to become a stained-glass artist, and she knows that her life will pathetically stuck in an auto-pilot mode if she keeps staying in the house, so she take the high road to leave her unappreciative family all at once. But she never avoid the chance if she has to meet them face to face again. In fact, she later becomes the place for Yuriko to confide about the problems that are happening in the house, and mom always gives Yuriko good advices as someone who understands the Hayami best.On the other hand, dad is a typical old fashioned conservative Japanese man who has high pride and probably more prefer to jump into a pool of sharks rather than to say “I’m sorry”; which makes me also piss off at him on the first couple episodes for dad keeps drinking, bitching, talking big bluff to his friends about fast way of making money, yadayadayada; while also bad mouthing his sons with assorted degrading words without putting any effort to fix his own life.But then, as the drama progresses, dad realizes that he can’t keep being this sad drunken old man, and so he tries to get back on his feet. Moreover, he really get himself back to the way he was when he and mom first started the coffee shop business, for dad regains his early love in making coffee and be a total professional in serving the customers. And as the time goes by, he realizes that he had wronged mom by never appreciated her when she was in the house, doing the coffee shop works all by herself, while he was just sat around talking and joking with his friends. That is why later on, dad decides to swallow away his pride and push himself to be the one who makes the first move of reconciliation with mom. Even though the result is not as he wants it to be, but at least mom knows that dad is still care enough to save their marriage.Parents aside, each of the sons also has their own personal issue, baggage, etc. Like the youngest boy in the Hayami, Yuzo (Morinaga Yuki). Among the four brothers, Yuzo is the one who feels impacted the most by mom’s departure, since he’s just a middle schooler. He feels depressed by it all, but he just can’t confide his agony and frustration to anyone in the house.And also, since mom’s gone, his dad has drown himself into a wallow phase where he waste his days away in sake and alcohol without any drive or motivation to re-open the coffee-shop. It makes the family, who already faces a financial difficulty, gets even harder to fix the said problem, since they lost one of the important sources of income. And it also makes Yuzo feels too burdened and guilty to even ask for fee money to the school’s baseball training camp, so he tries to obtain the money by himself… in a not so agreeable method. This thing later becomes the cause of misunderstanding feud between the family, cos they thought that Yuzo’s act of selling his dad or brothers’ items are because he was being a money-grubber kid. But then Yuzo finally realize that it’s okay just to tell the family whenever he has a problem or in need of money; and he also learns to accept their kindness without have to feel guilty about it.Aside from familial problem, Yuzo is also facing an internal turbulence regarding his sexual orientation. At the beginning, he has a crush on her classmate, the baseball club manager, Kurumi, who’s showing a sign that indicates she may feel the same way about him.And later, Yuzo is on a cloud nine on the Valentine’s Day when he receives a chocolate from someone with the same name’s initials of her. But he then falls into a state of shock as he realizes that turns out his chocolate giver slash “secret admirer” is no other than his own BFF; another baseball club member, Tsubasa.
At first Yuzo feels weird that his own friend falls in love with him, but then he decided to try having a relationship with Tsubasa after he sees how sincere Tsubasa is toward him. And they start to walk home together, hand in hand, which stupefy his father, hard. Lol.But then something happens, as Yuzo and Tsubasa coincidentally falls together with their faces only a few inches away of an almost kiss, which makes Yuzo feels repulsive towards his buddy and pushing him away all of a sudden. From that incident, Yuzo realizes that he’s not going into that direction. It then makes their friendship becomes a little awkward. But Yuzo learns to man up about this matter and he makes a peaceful reconciliation with Tsubasa, which in the end makes them become good friends just like before.I must say that the way this drama created and executed Yuzo’s storyline are so nicely done; cos we’re talking about a 15 years old boy here; where that age is the age of the crossroad; y’know not a tween anymore, and not a teenage yet either. And this whole pubescent confusion in love and friendship are also made in a very sensical way, since Yuzo is just an ordinary boy who’s having an internal conflict due to an abandonment issue by his mom. So it’s clearly make sense that he might make a mistake in organizing his own feeling at that period of time. And the way Yuzo put an effort to try to sort things out with Tsubasa is clearly show that he is all grown up to be more mature in facing the ups and downs of reality.Another problem comes from the second son, Kenji (Kaname Jun), a 30 years old man who still live his life in a carefree playful way. Kenji was a great baseball player back in the school days, it brings him a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in Koshien, which makes him got his 15 minutes of fame cos the match was printed on various local newspapers at that time. Years had passed since that day, and he’s still living in that glorious moment, either by his own assumption, or by how the neighbourhood people treats him as some kind of hero up until the present day.But for the truth, Kenji’s life is not as shining as his good ol’ Koshien day, cos he’s still floating around as a temp for years in a famous company, Dictor. Kenji always manages to finish his tasks nicely; but as long as he’s not a permanent yet, he kept being overshadowed by his co-worker who keeps using him to do the hard and dirty work but then takes credit upon the final result.While Kenji is not in a good position career wise, he finds a little achievement in dating a pretty dokumo or magazine reader model named Minami. And their relationship seems heading to a good direction, although it’s clear that Minami’s motivation in having this relationship is not because she loves Kenji, but because she wants him to give her a company’s letter of recommendation, since she thought that Kenji is a permanent employee who has capability to do so. But once she found out about that Kenji is just a temp, she breaks up with him which sends him into choo-choo train to the broken-heart ville.By the time he’s still in relationship with Minami, Kenji coincidentally meets his old friend from school who is now working as a baker in bakery shop where Yuriko has a part time job, named Irie Aki (Yamaguchi Sayaka). Aki has a 5 years old son named Hinata–Seriously, this Hinata boy is one of the most adorable nippon kid actors, cos he’s just so cheerful and always hugs everyone he meets which is so damn kawa-eeeee… *pinching cheeks*– Aki tells Kenji that she had divorced years ago and Hinata is her son from the said marriage. But what Kenji doesn’t know is that Hinata actually is the lovechild of him and Aki, which resulted from an one night stand back in the school reunion day five years ago. And Yuriko was the first person who finds out about this. At first, she tries her best to keep it a secret, as Aki wants it to. But when Yuriko sees Kenji’s reckless way of living and the way he treated Aki in a disrespectful manner; Yuriko finally can’t stand to keep mum about it anymore, and so she finally blurt the truth out, which sends the whole family into another jumble fight.But through it all, Kenji finally re-invent himself and realizes that he can live his life with more meaningful now, since he has another “proudful things” other than his Koshien day, and this time he can keep them in his life for good. So, Kenji, in attempt to be a better man, decided to date Aki properly in that one day, by taking her and Hinata to the theme park, just like he had promised the lil boy. And there, they’re having a great time which naturally makes them look like a lil happy family.Kenji then asks Aki on how he can show responsibility towards Hinata, to which she answers that he doesn’t need to, since she already get used to raising Hinata as a single mother all these years. Aki then say goodbye to Kenji as she won’t seeing him again for she’s moving out of town with Hinata. But that goodbye is a wake up call for Kenji as he, this time, changes into become more serious towards life, which started from finding a real permanent job, to prove that he can be a responsible person. And after some times, Kenji searches for Aki and he finally finds and meet her. There Kenji tells Aki about his life’s progress and he ask her for another permission to let him be a responsible father. And when Aki rejects him again, he says that it’s okay, cos he will keep trying and asking her for hundred times more; much to Aki surprise.Kenji’s relationship with Aki and Hinata, I must say is really sweet and heart-warming, for the interaction between him and the boy looks really genuine. At first, Kenji doesn’t like kids, but when he sees and plays with Hinata, he realizes that he loved to do this whole fatherly thing, even though he keeps denying it with his mouth. And the scene where he said to Aki that he won’t give up on them is clearly show that Kenji has upgraded himself into a better person. And I can’t help myself to root for them to be together. Oh, pleazzzeee for pete’s sake, Aki, next time just say yes, okay??!! Heheh…Among the brothers troubles that’s filling episode per episode, I must say that Kaoru‘s (Nakamaru Yuichi) is my favorite one; for it hits home in such a realistic manner. Kaoru is a broody jaded guy who is melancholy, pessimistic, perceptive and tends to blaming everything around if things didn’t work out in his life. He is a university student who’s about to graduate in a few months; and this period of time is really important for undergraduates in general to find a job, so in the end they won’t end up as a freeter a.k.a unemployed by the time they’re graduating from the university. But one major problem is, Kaoru keeps failing on interview after interview no matter how hard he had tried.Not to mention he has this heavy burden to be someone his family can be proud of; cos his brother Kyoichi had given up college to work so he can pay for Kaoru’s tuition. And Kyoichi is always shown to have high expectation for Kaoru, as he always tell his ototo to ganbatte. While dad, in contrast, keeps degrading Kaoru about being such a loser for his constant interview failures and saying that he’s such a whiny guy for keeps complaining about life. That is why Kaoru always aiming and looking for a dream job at big companies; while doing his ‘real’ job as a part time cook in a cafe.But not to everyone knows, Kaoru actually never desire to be a white-collar; which is the reason why he keeps being a run-of-the-mill job applicant that doesn’t stand out nor interesting enough for the interviewers. But yet at the same time, he feels obliged to be one, cos he wants to fulfill the high expectations that his family has put unto him, since everyone in the house always thinks that Kaoru is a nerd who is smart and can do excellent in a big company.In the middle of Kaoru’s consecutive job hunting failures, Kenji once suggest Yuriko to asks her father into giving Kaoru a job, cos the chance of being recruited that way is bigger rather than through all these general interviews, since Kaoru is part of the family. At first, Kaoru rejects the idea, cos he has this guy pride thingy. But after facing another rejection and receiving another inori mail; Kaoru choose to swallow his pride away and asking for Yuriko’s help, even though he actually doesn’t want to land a job based on a family connection.By the time of the interview, Kaoru is being like he always be, the bland job applicant. But this time he has a bit more confident, as he thinks that he’s definitely gonna get the job. Buuuuuut, turns out this interview also resulting into a fa-fa-fail which makes Kaoru goes cynical by blaming the economy and stuffs while Yuriko finally braces herself to point out his fault and tells him the truth that he’s just not passionate enough to get the job.The argument resulted into another family fight which in the end push Yuriko’s button as she slapped Kaoru; and Kaoru, feels offended, decides to leave the house. But in his runaway days, he was helped again by Yuriko who finally takes him to stay at her family home. And there, Kaoru slowly opens up about what he really wants to do in his life; but this time, he takes a drastic measure as he decided to pursue it, much to the family surprise, but in the end they choose to support Kaoru 100% with his decision.
What I really like the most from these fourth and fifth episodes are how they depict Kaoru’s internal turbulence and the dynamic of his relationship with dad. It is obvious on every episode that dad always utters his harshest words to Kaoru as to say Kaoru is such a loser, whiny and weak like a woman, and so on. But truth be told is that actually Kaoru is the one that gets dad most attention, as dad’s willing to lower his high pride by coming to his old friend who is a big company owner, all suit up, and ask him to give Kaoru a job. This kind of (dad’s standard) sacrificial act is never done by him for his other three sons. And I think that scene really shows a lot about dad’s real feeling and perception towards Kaoru.And when Yuriko gives Kaoru an information of company of her father’s colleague for him to be interviewed, Dad acts nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care about it. But later, when everyone’s not around, he tries hard to use the laptop, even though he’s clueless about technology, and searching for the profile of the said company. And dad can’t help but to feel proud when he sees that Kaoru is gonna get a job in a big and high profile one. When I watch that scene, I was like, “aww, dad, you sweet shy old man…” Ahaha… Out of context a bit; not to mention that Nakamaru has this uncanny resemblance with Funakoshi Eiichiro who play the dad; I mean they’re really look alike; it’s like seeing an old and younger version. Gerddd… whoever cast these two roles should get a reward or a bear hug from the production team maybe, lol…
There are particular scenes on Kaoru’s episode that really touches my kokoro in a figmental sob level. Those scenes happen when Kaoru, who has ran away from home, finally crash at Yuriko’s family place after Yuriko begs her mother to let him stay in her unoccupied room for only a couple days.At first, Yuriko’s mom is all against this idea and acting coldly formal with a bit of shooing towards Kaoru. Kaoru himself also finds it a little awkward to stay in a home of a family that constantly looking down on him. But on the next day, Kaoru coincidentally notices that Yuriko’s mom is in namby-pamby over what sweets to make on Valentine’s day. Kaoru then suggests her to make donuts instead and he will help her out. Turns out Kaoru is very skillful in making sweets and decorating; it makes Yuriko’s mom sees Kaoru in a more positive light.It also makes Yuriko, who coincidentally comes to visit, realizes that Kaoru has become livelier and has the knack in making pastry, for the result taste is good.Kaoru then finally confesses to Yuriko that when he’s in a grade school, he dreamed to work in a sweet shop and he always feels happy when he makes pastry and stuffs, for it makes him forget about painful things in real life. But dad told him that there are no real man would do such crappy things like that. Those words made him decided to bury his dream away.Kaoru then tells Yuriko that he was the only one that was named by mom, and he always think that dad hates him, cos dad keeps mocking him for having a girl’s name which is why he’s turned into such a sissy whiny boy like he is now. Kaoru then said that dad named each and every son with a kanji consists of a number except for Kaoru. And dad even named Yuzo with a kanji of “three” and skipped Kaoru’s existence as the third son just because he despise Kaoru so much.And when Yuriko asks dad about it, he then tells her the truth that he was the one that had named Kaoru. Cos when mom preggo with the third child, doctor said that it would be a girl and mom wanted to name the baby Kaoru no matter what. So dad seek a famous fortune teller to ask which of three kanjis of “Kaoru” that will bring the biggest luck for the child, and in the end they pick the most complicated one cos it was the best. And when the baby boy was born, dad knew that Kaoru is gonna be the blessed son in the future cos among his four sons, Kaoru is supposed to be the happiest and the luckiest one because he named his son that way. *sigh* this scene really touch my kokoro. For me, this scene also becomes a turning point for dad to be a non-annoying character for the rest of the drama.
And when dad puts a helluva effort just to apologize to Kaoru by meandering back and forth with tons of advice is just heart-warmingly funny. Cos by the time the “sorry” word is at the tip of his tongue, dad turns his word around into another mocktastic lines, along with a head-slapping. Ahahaha… so much for a gomen…
By the end of it all, Kaoru makes a final decision to be the one that will take over the coffee shop, which sends dad into a mixture feelings of proud and grateful toward his son, cos he never thought that among his four sons, Kaoru would be the one that will continue the family’s business.Another thing that I must point out from these parts is; wooooohoohooo!!! Nakamaru-kunnnn… majisuka??!! Lol… I know that in this drama he’s only the fourth billed cast, and outside these two episodes he barely prominent throughout the drama; but for the love of his puffy lips, he really did a dang good job in embodying Kaoru’s character, and really shone his skinny a** off in these two episodes; either from the facial expressions or his gestures. Heck, there’s even one scene of him crying that makes me almost sob my eyes out. Boohoohooo… *wiping tears*
Well, even though his acting is not an Oscar level of wow, but still, he was good enough to grab home a Nikkan sports drama grandprix award as a best supporting actor, if it has a trophy, or if…he was ever nominated. Harharharrrr… *cynic laugh* And as Kaoru, he’s so fricken contrast with the Itsuki cardboard character in First Class. So, who’s to blame here? How the drama written or Nakamaru’s acting skill? Sheee-yahhhhh…who caressss; all I wanna say is: decent actor Nakamaru; where have you been all this time, huh?! Why are you only show up now??? But anywayyy, Nakama-looh, you clearly had me and my short attention span at the time you were cast as Hayami Kaoru. Heheh… *blowing smooches*The final debacle of the Hayami family, of course, is none other than Yuriko’s hubby, Kyoichi. Kyoichi is the nice guy, never complains and always smile in front of everyone including his own wife. He always helps Yuriko whenever she needs something and never mad at her errors. But the downside of Kyoichi is that he’s so indecisive and not assertive enough in facing difficulties.Kyoichi has his own baggage as a man, which is an inferiority complex whenever he’s around Yuriko. He knows exactly that Yuriko is way out of his league and he feels so lucky to marry her, but yet at the same time he always think that he’s not good enough for her. That is why at the day of in laws meeting; Kyoichi arranged a family dinner at a luxurious restaurant that’s not suit his taste and squishing out every moolah from his wallet, just to impress and putting himself on the same level as Yuriko’s family. He even too embarrassed to show Yuriko his own house as he keeps dodging her visit request by saying that his house is on remodeling. And after the married, when he found out that his mom is never coming back into the house, he regrets the decision of moving into the family house with Yuriko cos he thought that his family lifestyle has given Yuriko a hard time and Kyoichi tells Yuriko that it’s okay if she wants to divorce and leave the house. But thankfully, Yuriko stays in and always become a great support system for Kyoichi.But the real problem between this newlywed starts by the time Kyoichi was promoted into the product development division where Yuriko used to work at, and he was charged as leader of the new project of making conserved animal toys. Kyoichi who is a quiet and boring guy, finds the brain storming session difficult; where everyone starts to speak out each and their own creative ideas.Aside to that, Kyoichi must also face the famous product designer, Toritani (Takahashi Issei), to propose the company’s idea, where Kyoichi is having another hard time in his wishy washiness. After few times going back and forth with his own decision, Kyoichi is finally manage to make Toritani piss enough to quit from the project and says to Kyoichi that he prefer to work with Yuriko instead, which sends Kyoichi’s already inferior confidence to a new-lower level.To make it worse, he’s also gotten yelled at in front of the whole division and being discharged as the project leader as well by his boss. But Kyoichi, feeling ashamed of himself, unable to confide it all to his wife, so he prefers to stay in the nearby café every day until late night, and going home, pretend like he just worked really hard all day and been very busy at the office.Meanwhile Yuriko, who has secretly been called by Toritani, was told about everything, and she was also asked by Toritani to work together in making design, cos Toritani admires Yuriko creativity and professionalism; unlike Kyoichi who keeps upset him with his half-arsed attitude. That’s when Yuriko confess that Kyoichi actually is her hubby and she asks Toritani to reconsider the project again, to which Toritani did grant Yuriko’s request and Kyoichi is also back as the project leader.But when Kyoichi accidentally knows the truth about why he was re-chosen again, he finally explodes and blurt out all the frustration that’s been weighing him inside his chest all this time; about why Yuriko always decided to do everything on her own without discussing it with him first, is it because he’s such an unreliable husband, blahblahblah, and how he always feels like crap every time he’s together with her. It makes Yuriko sad and heart broken at the same time, cos she never thought that her existence has become a pain for her own husbandAnd for the last straw, Yuriko finally (also) leaves the house; and Hayami household is facing another abandonment by the woman of the family. But this time everyone is not resigned, as the brothers are putting their efforts in searching their runaway onee-san; while dad, learning from his own mistake, tells Kyoichi to find Yuriko, man up, and asks her to come back, no matter what it takes, so there will be no regret later.And Kyoichi finally able to toughen up and asks Yuriko to meet him at the church where they held their wedding ceremony. There he tells her, that he will try his best to be a reliable husband for Yuriko, while Yuriko, in tears, saying that even though her life is so lavish and complete, she always finds it hard whenever Kyoichi is not with her, for he is the ultimate support of her life. Then Kyoichi this time says the nicely put words of marriage proposal to Yuriko as a redeemer of when he unable to propose her properly at that time. And they’re finally making up.The marriage relationship between Yuriko and Kyoichi was portrayed in a very sweet-platonic way. Pfffttt… the only kind of kiss they ever did is only on the cheeky-cheekie-googoo. But, this time I won’t complain on the romance part, since the real main point of this drama is to show the dynamic of the relationship itself, which I think was conveyed really really nicely.This drama clearly points out that in a marriage, there must be times when you have to adapting into each other’s way of living, or learn on how to communicate and be honest with each other. Even though Yuriko is a good reliable wife, she still has her fault which is, in contrast with Kyoichi, she’s so decisive, she makes family related decisions without asking or discussing about them first with him. Like when Yuriko by herself decides to invite mom to the Guatemala annual party without any word of discussion with Kyoichi, who’s in fact is her husband and mom’s eldest son. While Kyoichi also didn’t talk out his problem at work with Yuriko, when he’s supposed to, until she has to hear it from outsiders like Kenji and Toritani; just because he’s too scared to be looked down by his wife. Well, just like what mom said to Yuriko, that the person closest to you tends to be the furthest as well. But on the upside, this drama clearly shows the character development from both Yuriko and Kyoichi as in the finale they learn to overcome each other’s shortcomings and putting effort to fix what went wrong in their marriage.Aside from all the dramas and conflicts HYH has given; there are also tonssss of plus points in shapes of funny, heart-warming, sad scenes that will make you go from “bwahahaha!!!” to “boohoohoo…” which I will sum it up in points of Hayami: The Randoms.
01. The Family Brawl
One of the prominent scenes that appear in almost every episode is the family brawl between dad, Kyoichi, Kenji, Kaoru, and Yuzo, which is so effing hilarious with all the harsh words and house wrecking fight. Dad, always calling Kyoichi as cheapskate, while Kyoichi will start blabbing about money after that. While Kenji is always calling his own dad as an old fart. And then, dad will crazily flips over the kotatsu table, much to make everyone run to save their a**. Lol. But then in the end dad, Kenji, and Kyoichi are fighting like crazy hogs and Kaoru is always be the two types object in the middle of it all: either he becomes the one that is thrown around by dad, or he becomes the one that run away and never forgets to save his food with him, which is so lololol. You gotta watch it yourself, cos it’s really hard to be described or screen-capped, ahaha…
02. Dad’s Crazy Money Ideas
Another funny parts of this drama is how dad always discover a new fast and instant way to make money. At one time he was told by his friends about fishing in an island at Malaysia called Makkachin, where they could get a lot of fresh fish to be sold to French restaurants in high price. But actually, there is no such island named Makkachin in Malaysia; and Kaoru irkly tells dad, “Makkachin is clearly a Japanese word!” Lol… And then dad finds another way by selling Tasmania air capsule, which makes his sons go all like “wtf?” cos the brochure itself looked cheap and not trustworthy. Ahahaha… what a dimwit comic relief courtesy of the materialistic dad… lol…
03. Kaoru Chickens Out (Episode #05)
This scene somehow makes me laugh. It happen when Kaoru, acting tough with pride, saying to Yuriko who’s been following him around to take him back home, that he won’t go with her. But then his stomach is suddenly growling, and he didn’t have any more money since he already use it all to stay the night before in the internet cafe. That’s when Yuriko said to Kaoru that she knows a place where he can eat and sleep with zero cost. And turns out it was the Kanai family house which makes Kaoru eyes go wide and his expression is like “whattt?”. Lol…
And he automatically turns his body around and tries to escape the unimaginable awkwardness that he may face if he enters that house, but Yuriko manages to pull him, and they have a small bicker which makes Yuriko calls Kaoru as a spoiled brat. Omgggg…. ahahahaa…I find this scene funny because somehow Kaoru becomes so Nakamaru, and his shock whiny face is so naive and stupid at the same time. Way to go, Nakaoru!!! *applause*
04. The first “Nee-san” (Episode #05)
This scene is so cute in my opinion. It happen when Kaoru, who after five days leaving the house, is finally return and tell everyone that he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a pattisier. This thing stir up a mixed responses, as everyone is okay with it, but dad goes gaga in rage cos he thinks what Kaoru wants to do is such a sissy job. But this time, Kaoru is not backing down and he defensively talks back to his father. And in the middle of the high tension, Kaoru, who asks for dinner, subconsciously call Yuriko as “Nee-san” Which makes everyone’s face practically looked like this.And it makes Yuriko beaming and happy, cos for the first time since she has stayed with the Hayami, she’s fully considered as the part of the family and not an outsider anymore.
04. Dad Meets Hinata (Episode #07)
Gee-whizzz… this scene is so heart-warming, but also sad. It happen when dad finds out about Hinata, and he told Kenji to take the responsibility and marries Aki. But at that period of time, Aki, who knows that now the Hayami has known about the truth; realizes that she can’t stay in that town anymore; so she quit her job and says goodbye to her boss. But by the time she walks out with Hinata, she was surprised to see dad waiting for her outside. And when dad sees Hinata and how that lil boy resembles Kenji when he was a kid, he can’t help but to shed a tear which is so touching. *sobs* Dad clearly win another brownie point for a second time after that coaster and Kaoru’s kanji names scene.
05. Yuzo’s Homo-bilitation (Episode #10)
If the Hinata scene is touching heart in a sappy way; these scenes are so damn hilarious!!! It happen when dad found out about Yuzo dating Tsubasa when he coincidentally sees them holding hands on the way home after school. And that view is clearly flabbergast dad big time. Lol…And after that, dad keeps trying his best to hold back himself from confronting Yuzo about it. But in the end, he just can’t take it anymore. Since he can’t accept that Yuzo is gay (even though, unknowingly to dad, Yuzo had straighten things up with Tsubasa). So, dad decided to give Yuzo a shock therapy that was hoped to be… well, shock enough to make Yuzo goes hetero all at once. But the problem is, the therapy is really, REALLY shocking, not just to Yuzo, but also to everyone in the family, cos dad did it by snogging Yuzo, which is so bwahahahaha!!!And what’s funnier is that Yuzo goes all weak and broken cos that was his first kiss. And it’s taken by his own dad. Lmao…And then he can do nothing but bawling out while mumbling, “why? why? why?” in desperation.Omg, I was laughing hard at this scene, cos the whole thing goes chaotic but at the same time it’s epic stupidly hilarious!!! Lmao…
Well, that’s it for now. But wait wait wait!!! this is NOT over yet, for there will be part two where I’m gonna talk about the SPs, which are also as awesome as this drama. So, I’ll see ya real soon; please wait for me, cos I’ll be back, ma lurves!!! Mwahahaha!!! *victory laugh*
(つづく – To be Continued)