DRAMA TITLE: 1 LITRE NO NAMIDA / ICHI RITTORU NO NAMIDA / ONE LITRE OF TEARS / A DIARY WITH TEARS
GENRE: ROMANCE, FAMILY, HUMAN
YEAR/DATE RELEASED: OCTOBER 11, 2005 – DECEMBER 20, 2005
NO. OF EPISODES: 11
• Takanori Jinnai – Ikeuchi Mizuo
• Yuma Sanada – Ikeuchi Hiroki
• Ai Miyoshi – Ikeuchi Rika
• Saori Koide – Mari Sugiura (One of Aya’s best friends)
• Kenichi Matsuyama – Yuji Kawamoto (Aya’s first love interest)
• Yuya Endo – Takeda Makoto (Yuji’s friend in the Basketball club)
• Kana Matsumoto – Saki Matsumura
• Momosuke Mizutani – Kohei Onda
• Ryo Hashidume – Keita Nakahara
• Hiroshi Katsuno – Yoshifumi Asō (Haruto’s father)
• Asae Onishi (大西麻恵?) – Asumi Oikawa (Aya’s roommate when she was in disability school. She has the same disease as Aya)
• Kazuko Katō (かとうかずこ?) – Kikue Oikawa (Asumi’s mother)
• Yuuki Sato – Keisuke Asō (Haruto’s brother)
• Maya Hamaoka – Madoka Fujimura
• Toshihide Tonesaku – Kiichi Takano (One of the volunteers at the disability who later gets married to the head teacher of the disability school)
• Shigeyuki Satō – Nishino (Home room teacher of Aya when she was still in the normal high school)
• Aoi – Tomita (High School Girl who likes Haruto & is jealous of Aya)
• Anri Okamoto – Nagashima Mizuki a 14-year-old, a protagonist character in special episodes.
This beautifully moving drama is based on the real-life struggles of a 15-year-old girl named Aya who suffered from an incurable disease, but lived life to the fullest until her death at 25. The script is based on the diary Aya kept writing until she could no longer hold a pen. The book that later followed entitled “One Litre of Tears” has sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan alone. Fifteen year old Ikeuchi Aya was just a normal girl, soon to be high school student and daughter of a family who works at a shop that makes tofu. As time passed, unusual things started happening to Aya lately. She started falling down often and walking in a strange way. Her mother Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration – a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind in the least. How will Aya react when told about her disease? And how will Aya live from now on?
First of all, I am a real fanatic of happy endings so when I learned online that this drama had a very sad ending, I instantly had a mixed feeling of whether to watch this drama or not. But since I saw that it had a very good rating and after reading some of the comments left by people who already watched this, I became curious. Almost all of the comments mentioned that the viewers were left crying at the end, and though this is a major turn-off for me since I didn’t like crying. (**I always have a major headache after crying which then makes me just cry again because of the pain…) I decided to just watch one episode first and decide later to continue or not. But believe me… after watching the first episode, I was hooked. Good thing I started watching this drama around 9 in the morning and I didn’t stop watching until the last episode was finished. This is the very first sad Japanese drama that I have ever watched, and all I can say it is a very good drama. The storyline/plot was great and all the actors also did a great job in acting out their parts especially Erika Sawajiri. After watching the first episode until the last one, there were times that I would just sob and then tears would eventually fall every now and then while watching. 1 Liter Of Tears is certainly a must-see for all drama lovers who don’t mind having their eyes sore from all the crying they will be making while watching this very emotional drama.