How far will a grudge take you? What sacrifices would you make to fit into society? How will the cost of losing true friendships affect you? Can you persevere through the thick of it all? Just a few of the moralities explored in the Japanese drama “Taiyou no kisetsu” (“The season of the sun”). The handsome and talented Takizawa Hideaki stars alongside a talented cast including Ikewaki Chizuru, Okada Yoshinori, and Matsumoto Rio in a heartfelt drama which follows the often self tormented life of Tatsuya (Takizawa Hideaki) as he struggles with a dark past which leads to a “fake” life in which he often needs to choose between his true heart’s feelings in a battle between the need for revenge and that of ultimate redemption. This drama is true old school with every ingredient the viewer needs: the mysterious past waiting to reveal itself, an unorthodox love triangle brought upon by ironically..hate, the overbearing and eccentric mother that makes you go…eh?, a rich kid with a kind heart that ultimately leads to mixed feelings as he rivals the lead character in a way you originally couldn’t imagine…yes a twist awaits!, a rich kid you’d like to punch the living daylights out of, an overly sheltered handicapped sweet girl who’s music reaches the heart of the matter (played by Ikewaki Chizuru ♥) that makes you want to cry and you will :(, vicious corporate schemes aimed at bringing it all down, an often aloof mother of the lead character, abused ice cream cones, numerous gratuitous Tackey shower scenes…someone find him a shirt! :P, and it all comes to a head in ways which the viewer couldn’t even imagine as the drama unfolds beautifully with Tackey running for something larger than his beginnings…his self sacrifice…his malicious behavior….his heartbreak….his deception…and ultimately lead to his crying charge for redemption in the darkest of hours…will he succeed? You’ll have to watch to find out. Sure some of the characters are grossly underdeveloped but what’s not to love here?…not much. Just have the tissues ready…key the song here, hit play…
~Takizawa Hideaki “Kiseki” mp3~
Dramas theme songs are so vital to any series and here there couldn’t possibly be a more fitting song as Tackey’s solo “Kiseki” mirrors in a very symbolic and literal way the feeling and meaning of this entire drama. Not bad as a feat for a single song as the emotions delivered in this track couldn’t be more appropriate and welcome. And it’s ability to heighten this drama’s appeal?…two fold and then some and while this drama is rather old I’ve known the theme song “Kiseki” much longer and I can’t express the magnitude of the excitement that I felt when I initially heard it playing while the menu loaded! (^o^)/!! To know a song first….love it with all of your heart….and then find out that it’s theme song for a drama that really touched you….equals pure ♥.
Here’s the DVD set that I was able to find and the production is beautiful with even the disc being picture labeled.
“Kiseki” is from Tackey & Tsubasa’s debut album titled “Hatachi” and the songwriting on this particular album is really stellar and it still remains as their best written album in my opinion…and that being true despite many favorites of mine being on later albums and singles which followed including “Ho! Summer” which still stands as my most favorite song by them overall! ^-^ Different songwriters and a really different style to “Hatachi” just makes it stand apart in so many ways