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Anone [あのね]

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Season:Winter 2018

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TV Station:NTV

Hayashida Anone is an elderly widow who lives alone. On this day, she discovers a large number of 10,000 yen notes under the floor of a disused printing factory on the first floor of her house. 19-year-old Tsujisawa Harika has been staying in an internet cafe with two girls of the same age Amishima Miku and Kasagi Arisa, as she works part-time as a cleaner. She enjoys the silly little daily conversations through a mobile chat game she has with Kanon-san who is battling illness. Separated from her parents, Harika has strayed from society and even lost sight of how to live. One day, while cycling with Miku and Arisa, the three girls head to a town called Tsuge based on Arisa’s memory of seeing a discarded cooler bag stuffed with money at a seaside. Tsuge is the name of the town where Harika has happy memories of life with her grandmother Tamegai Masako for several years. Meanwhile, Jimoto Kaji who has been given six months to live by his doctor, is about to shut his curry shop business. He hits it off with a customer Aoba Ruiko and the two of them set off on a journey to search for a place to die. They drift to the town of Tsuge in Jimoto’s car. This is where Harika meets Anone and ends up learning her secret. The two of them have been deceived and betrayed such that they no longer trust people. However, they soon feel something mutual and Anone shelters the Harika. A fake family, fake life and fake memories … … The large sum of money is about to serve as a trigger that would pull the strings of fate of people who are not supposed to meet.
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1. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 7/10]
Not sure how I feel about Anone - it contains Sakamoto's recurring themes: illness, (broken) families, the dinner table & banter, a more working class background etc. but it sits somewhat in-between drama and light-hearted story. Normally his series are clean cut dramas (Mother, Woman, Soredemo) or comedies (Quartet, Rikon, Mondai) but Anone is harder to define. But a confusing Sakamoto Yuji drama is still better than 90% of what's on offer in the drama world, and the cast is as per usual excellent. I think part of the problem was that I couldn't figure out where this was going and why - I only started to get involved during episode 5 and only started to kind of care during episode 8. I understand on an intellectual level that the people in this drama take decisions because of their situation and desperation and that's the point of this drama but still ... not 100% to my liking. I must add I totally warmed up to the Kanon story line, even though I thought of him as the cheesy stereotype we all hate. He turned out to be assertive and avoided most cliches linked to his trope.
2. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Took forever to get going, really didn't start to see where this was headed until about episode 5. But the cast, Eita, Yuko Tanaka, Sadao Abe, Satomi Kobayashi, were great as to be expected. Second half definitely better than the first half.