Hey there again my Peeps 😀
Today I’m looking to talk to you all about a J-Drama that I like. Well more than like. In fact it may be my most favorite one…like ever! That drama is Orange Days. A show that aired back 2004, I know to some that may sound old but it’s not. At least it doesn’t feel like is. 😛
The drama is basically is a slice of life drama which centers on two students, Kai Yuuki and Sae Hagio. Their story begins when one day, while walking on campus, Kai notices Sae playing the violin. He is intrigued by her to the point he approaches only to be surprised that she is actually deaf. As fate would have it though, Kai knows Japanese Sign Language and is able to converse freely with her. Thus a friendship slowly begins to blossom and the drama quickly becomes about their ever growing feelings for one another.
What I liked best about this was the dynamic the main leads shared. They where both complex characters with layers to them. Not only that but they where also very different from one another which made for some fun interactions. For you see, Sae was a headstrong and blunt girl, meanwhile Kai was more aloof, good-natured, and patient. Meaning they were basically opposites. Although oddly enough what one character lacked the other could help with. Kai could help by giving Sae the push that others would be too afraid to. Then Sae could help Kai find some meaning as he finds what he wants for his future. Making this an interesting watch if you are the type who likes it when both main characters are pro active and help one another. I know for me it enhanced the whole romance thing because it made it feel more believable. Like of course it would make logical sense for them to wanna get together! 🙂
You also had side characters that got a similar level of development. These characters where Keita and Shohei who were Kai’s friends. Also, Akane who was Sae’s friend. They all had their own special personalities to set them apart and fun little side stories too. They always felt like real people and where not there to just service the main characters. I mean you will actually care for what they do outside the primary story and get invested in their own love stories as well. It was satisfying to have side characters that felt so real that you could imagine them living their lives off screen. However when they were on screen they really elevated those scenes they were in. You could totally feel the comradery between them. Not just with the main characters but amongst each other too.
Something else that I think needs mentioning and praise is the drama’s usage of sign language. I could have sworn that the actress was really deaf. Her performance was that good and believable to me. When people think of sign language many times people overlook the facial expressions. Here they nailed it. It was the first time I ever saw sign language in a drama and sadly I have yet to see it again.
In addition to all that, this drama also had some good music. The soundtrack I thought serviced the story and set the tone nicely. It was also cool every time we got to see Sae play the violin or piano. Then there was a particular scene involving music during a road trip, I loved that song and still listen to it to this day..
It’s truly such a nice drama that is worth giving a shot. It’s only 11 episodes so it won’t take much of your time. It does a good job of being it’s own thing and I personally don’t think there is another drama quite like it. ^_^