I decided not to do a "reasons…" type post where I *gush* with 30 to 40 reasons on why I ♥ a drama/anime so much as I really love doing those Σ(￣◇￣*)！but instead I was just thinking of sharing a few thoughts that the drama "Smile" instilled in me as I watched it just recently~. =)
First…what a wonderful cast~ this drama has as Matsumoto Jun, Aragaki Yui and Nakai Kiichi lead such a talented group of actors/actresses in telling this most moving drama. The story evolves around Hayakawa Vito (played by Matsujun♥) whose heritage is half Filipino and half Japanese although he is a Japanese citizen~……and how he, his family and friends go through so much which stems ultimately from Vito's past association with very bad people. But through it all Vito befriends a seemingly unlikely friend found in a lawyer (played by the very talented Nakai Kiichi) and in time they find just how much closer bound they are in the eye's of society. Much of the story's inspirational drive can be attributed to Vito's chance meeting with Mishima Hana (played by the always so *kawaii* Aragaki Yui) and how the three become intertwined through scenes which seemlessly capture the past to present to future…all leading up to and culminating in a "court styled" drama which plays out about as great as they come I think~. ＾ ＾
The underlying theme~ of "Smile" touches upon a very real and very sad aspect that's seen progress through the years and yet even today is something that so many find themselves sadly troubled with it. =( It's the most ugly word "discrimination" and through pockets in some cultures and even in larger scales elsewhere it's something so sad that we as human beings just can't seem to get by. In the story Vito's mixed nationalities brings him so much grief from others in society, those who view people in terms of their background rather than the person standing before them~. But through this though often heartbreaking drama you'll see how the human spirit can often just as much change and rely on hearts♥, personalities and minds rather than the color of one's skin or their upbringing or background…which should never lead to premature judgement of anyone~. I especially thought that the trial shed so much light on this subject, and through the men and women chosen for the jury…young and older the views that many of us may have were really captured in a real sense all the while never dodging this most sensitive topic and instead taking it straight on~.
In closing…."Smile" is really a thought provoking drama~ and one that I *hope* many people will watch, and whether you're a fan of Japanese dramas or not…a fan or Matsujun's or not…..the story will nonetheless shed so much light on how we as a worldly society should view and treat others, not by race or color…not by nationality or heritage, but truly by the person and individual that you see standing before you~. ＾ ＾