This morning, I received a mysterious mail package without a sender’s name and address. Inside an envelope was a self-made DVD with a beautiful screen image and a Japanese title called ｢１リットルの涙｣. I realised that it was an 11-episodes Japanese drama series. The series is based on true story of Japanese girl named Kito Aya, who was diagnosed with a strange and incurable disease called "Spinocerebellar degeneration," which causes the deterioration and disappearance of the nerve cells in the brain necessary for the body to function properly. The patient with this disease will eventually be unable to walk, talk or write. Even holding a pen or standing still is impossible. Aya had kept writing a diary of her everyday life since she was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 15. The diary was being published after her death at the age of 25 in order to deliver a simple yet inspiring message of "Just being alive is such a lovely and wonderful thing.
I have just finished watching the first episode. The script is well balanced with serious moments and comical relieves. However, I had a strong feeling that it would get more tragic and serious in the upcoming episodes till the ultimate ending according to the true story. Anyway, it’s interesting to see how the story will evolves. At least, the theme of the story is encouraging. Last but not least, the leading actress (Sawajiri Erika) is not only very cute but also delivers a remarkable performance.
For more information, you could visit the official website of this drama series at Fuji Television.
P.S. Thanks the mysterious sender who sent me this wonderful Japanese drama series. You know who you are.