JDrama: Last Friends (ラスト・フレンズ)
Posted June 14, 2008on:
I absolutely adore this drama! It really gets deep into controversial topics like homosexuality and abusive relationships that most Asian drama either avoid or poke fun at. The typical homosexual (very common in Taiwanese drama) is a side character that provides comic relief only and abusive relationship occur only so that the hero can assert his courage and save his love from an evil ex-boyfriend. Last Friends, of course, still has that Asian drama feel but everyone is different this time. The hero is a girl by the name of Ruku who is determined to save her friend Michiru from an abusive relationship which is not so easy for Michiru to leave behind. Throw in someone else with a complicated love history and is silently in love with Ruku and you have an emotions filled drama. Each character has their only story to tell and everyone faces a different challenge. If there’s a theme to Last Friends, it would be Courage & Love.
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English Title: Last Friends
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2008-Apr-10 to
Air time: Thursday 22:00
Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru’s mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful of love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru’s in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.
Nagasawa Masami as Aida Michiru
Ueno Juri as Kishimoto Ruka
Eita as Mizushima Takeru
Mizukawa Asami as Takigawa Eri
Nishikido Ryo as Oikawa Sosuke
Yamazaki Shigenori as Ogura Tomohiko
Nishihara Aki as Hiratsuka Reina