It has been a while since I last picked up any drama to watch. The last drama that had actually caught my full attention was Go Go Squid ( 亲爱的，热爱的), a Chinese Drama that was adapted from a novel.
Recently, a new and as I have been told by my Japanese friend, super popular Japanese drama have caught my attention. An Incurable Case of Love (恋はつづくよどこまでも), is a total of 10 episode drama adapted from the Manga with the same title.
An Incurable Case of Love (恋はつづくよどこまでも) featured a talented and popular actress, Mone Kamishiraishi as Nanase Sakura, as a 23 year old trainee nurse. When she was 18 years old, during the school trip to Tokyo, she met Doctor Kairi Tendo (Takeru Satoh) when they were rescuing an old aunty whom collapse on the street. She fell in love with him.
Nanase Sakura studied hard to become a nurse. 5 years later, she finally meets Kairi Tendo ago. Much to her surprise, he has a totally different personality than what she had imagined. Commonly known as ‘Devil’ at work, Kairi Tendo is a 31 years old talented cardiologist whom is also a level-headed perfectionist.
Nanase Sakura was very open and honest about her crush on Doctor Tendo. With her persistence, she is known at the hospital as ‘Warrior.’ Through various experience, Kairi Tendo slowly started noticing Nanase and their relationship blossom.
What I had truly enjoyed about this drama is strong character of Nanase Sakura and the cold outside yet warm inside character of Kairi Tendo. Nanase worked hard in getting the recognition that she deserve in the hospital. She may be careless in many other areas, however her dedication and very detailed observance of the patient is what makes her special.
While, Doctor Tendo, although he was cold initially to Nanase, always screaming at her, when he realised his feelings for her, he has turned into a warm boyfriend out of work. The sweet moments of them spending together were very warm and entertaining. He was jealous when he see Nanase with some of the patients. However, he remain calm and continue to support her work. And his effort to locate Nanase when she left Tokyo and the hospital by looking for her in her hometown and bringing her back to Tokyo. I love the funny incident in her house where her family spied on them in the room. That scene in particular got me laughing so loud.
The accident that put Nanase into 3 days coma was heart-breaking. Takeru Satoh did an awesome job in his character as Kairi whom was calm on the surface, while breaking down in his heart. The tears that finally broke when she woke up, was very touching. Especially the moment where he admitted to her that he cannot live without her.
I also love the lovely sister of Kairi, Ryuko Tendo (Karina, 香里奈). Although older, she is very bubbly and happy. She loves to drink and she lives a carefree life while taking good care of people surrounding her especially, Nanase.
The caring and strong relationship between everyone in the hospital team were nice touch. While some started being hostile in the beginning of the show towards Nanase, they started seeing her in a different light toward later part of the show. Even Doctor Minori Wakabayashi (Misako Renbutsu) whom was indirectly became the love rival of Nanase at some point of the drama was not even annoying at any stage. She tried her level best and was honest about her feelings towards Doctor Tendo. But she accepted the fact quickly and also appreciated Nanase for fulfilling her deceased sister’s wishes to see Kairi Tendo smile again.
I love how Doctor Koichi Kisugi (Katsuya Maiguma) was a true amazing friend of Kairi Tendo. He did fell for Nanase at a point, however chooses to quietly supporting her when she needed the support. He was there for her offering his shoulder for her to cry on. He talked to her and share his support. He helped to strengthen the relationship between Kairi and Nanase. He did admit his feelings to Nanase and he was man enough to eventually admit it to Kairi.
Overall, I had truly enjoyed watching An Incurable Case of Love (恋はつづくよどこまでも). Indeed a highly recommended J-Drama not to be missed in 2020.