Dear Sister Drama Review
Fukazawa Misaki (Ishihara Satomi) and Fukuzawa Hazuki are polar opposites despite being sisters. Misaki never studied well but has a charming personality; Hazuki is diligent but is socially awkward. After Misaki graduates from high school, she left home and the family hasn’t heard from her since. Now, Hazuki is 29 years old and is works at a local government office. She also has plans to marry soon. However, Misaki shows up uninvited with a secret she can’t tell anyone.
The first time I watched this drama was three years ago; I loved it. Not too long ago, I halfheartedly rewatched it and the spark that initially drew me in had disappeared.
Hazuki’s engagement is cut short when she finds her boyfriend and her sister on the bed. Hazuki is enraged and screams at both of them. You later discover that Misaki seduced her sister’s boyfriend but for arguably a good reason. He was already having an affair with someone else, and Misaki wanted solid evidence that he wasn’t a good man. When they get kicked out of Hazuki’s house, Misaki snaps at her sister’s ex-boyfriend to leave Hazuki alone.
It’s obvious from the beginning that the sisters have problems with each other: Hazuki had always believed that their mother favoured Misaki and the jealousy and hate carried from their childhood into adulthood.
Misaki and Hazuki loved the same man in high school: a high school teacher who has a questionable morale. Despite being married, he has an affair with Misaki when they stumble upon each other at a festival. As a result, Misaki becomes pregnant. The only person who knows of her secret is Eito, the high school teacher’s younger brother, who is hopelessly in love with her. Yes, you read that right.
Eito is a cinnamon roll: his crush on Misaki started in high school, and to become close friends with her, he allowed her to think he was gay. At 27, Misaki still thought Eito is a homosexual. There is a period where Eito acts on his feelings: he pushes Misaki on the bed and while she’s wary at first, she doesn’t outright stop him until he begins to kiss her.
Without Eito, Misaki would have no one to rely on, no one to share her feelings with. He is the character who supported her through thick and thin. Eito even offered to raise the baby with her.
The drama continues as the high school teacher discovers Misaki’s pregnant and wants to be back in her life. Misaki, however, wants to raise the baby on her own. His persistence fails as he eventually leaves Misaki alone and looks to start a new life with his ex-wife. Strange, yes. It’s stranger she sort of accepts it. Eventually, they leave town.
Throughout this period, Hazuki develops a relationship with Hiroyuki, a chef or bartender who runs the café she frequents. She rejects him at first, but he is patient with her. Misaki also tries to get them together in the beginning.
Hazuki and Misaki eventually mend their strained relationship: a touching moment is when Hazuki reads a box containing their wishes when they were young. In it, it shows how much Misaki cares for her sister.
The ending is quite sweet: Misaki has a baby girl and is married to Eito; Hazuki and Hiroyuki are a couple. Overall, despite it being a romantic comedy, it’s quite family oriented and shows the strains and healing of familial bonds.
I’m not entirely sure what drew me away from the drama the second time around. It’s probably the ridiculous high school teacher or knowing what’s going to happen or how painfully unrealistic Eito’s character is. Please, if someone knows a guy like him, let me know. I would still recommend this drama if you’re into romantic comedy. Besides, Ishihara Satomi is in it, and that should already make it on anyone’s watch list.