When looking for jdramas to watch they all seem very romance orientated and to be honest, that's not a genre that I really like, or enjoy really, or at least I can't watch something that's just romance. I need more. So this was a very good starting place for that factor.
The premise of this show is a sad one, as the title implies, Aya, a fifteen year old girl is diagnosed with an incurable disease. One that will slowly rob her of her ability to walk, talk and communicate in anyway. It is sad and will make you cry, but it is inspiring too. It is beautiful. It centers on Aya, obviously, but an essential element is her family. They are wonderful and excellent additions to the cast. They have meanings, they all have a role to play and they do it well. There is - of course - romance but it's nice. It's slow and it develops and it seems like a relationship most of us would enjoy having.
It is not perfect. It's a slow drama, and time changes suddenly, by the time the next episode is on Aya and characters have aged a year or so. It's not that it is exactly bad, there are ten episodes and time need to change the way it is done just sometimes left me with some questions and events that have happened over the time period skipped.
Premise: 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya was an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. 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?
Genre: Medical, romance, family, school
Status: Ten episodes and a special.
Episode that made me keep a tissue box by my bed: Episode 8