It’s actually kind of hard to believe that there is one more episode of this drama, for if there is anything this drama has accomplished, it’s the revelation that recuperation from devastation is life long and therefore, this drama could continue for a few more hours with no argument from me. But there are several events that hint that this peek into the lives of these characters is coming to a close and for that, I can only rejoice at this episode’s bittersweet, yet barely audible, tone.
My fascination with the performances in this drama continues, and though I haven’t spoken much about this at all, Kazama Shunsuke portrayal of Misaki Fumiya is spot on, for it’s a wonderful mix of blood curdling and mind boggling. His interpretation of Fumiya as a scared, caged animal jumps off the screen and grabs you, begging for sympathy, though we know frightened animals are the most dangerous.
Entering the mind of a killer is frightening but can be telling in ways that surprise us all. A little bit has been revealed about the past, now it’s time to see if history will repeat itself.
We’re in the climax of sorts, therefore, the falling action is on the horizon. This episode was dreadfully hard to get through, for each time I view it, I get more upset with the treatment of mental illness and the lack of integrity and patience of certain characters. Then add to that real-life annoyances a la Photobucket and this episode has been sitting in my queue for close to a month.
What I appreciate about SIY is that is doesn’t try to speed along or force anything from its characters. It gives each character the opportunity to speak their peace and in it’s own gentle way offers them forgiveness for their misgivings, wrong thinking or selfishness. This drama doesn’t make you hate anyone outright nor does it blame its characters for their feelings, but rather, gives them the opportunity to become aware of other alternatives to their actions and ways to redeem themselves, without leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the audience. Not every character is likeable but each personality has their own story to tell and emotional battle to endure. At times, it’s hard to watch and most times it seems unfair, but if there’s one thing this drama seems to draw from quite well is the knowledge that Life and therefore, living is far from fair.