Genre: Romance, Family, School Life, Tragedy
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Ikeuchi Aya (played by Sawajiri Erika) is a 15 year old girl who gets diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Degeneration, an incurable disease which progressively robs her of her ability to walk, speak, and move her body but does not effect her mental capacity.
1 Litre of Tears is an understatement.
I honestly can’t even deal with this drama. I finished watching it a few days ago but it is still so raw. It’s one the most amazing and heart-breaking, heart-shattering, life-altering dramas I’ve ever seen (if not the most). I’m destroyed. I feel utterly broken. I thought I started to pick myself back up, but trying to write a review on this drama has reopened the floodgates and I don’t know how to make it stop. I can’t even really think of it objectively. I wish I could fully articulate the positives and tidbits of wisdom in this drama, but I’m still grieving over it.
You’ll never be ready to watch this, so just watch it.
This drama was recommended to me by a very cool, real-life friend of mine. She’s a rom-com kind of gal who doesn’t like tearjerkers normally, but she told me this is a drama I must watch. I told her I would watch it eventually, but I kept putting it off knowing it would be very sad and difficult to digest. I really do find sad dramas often therapeutic which is why I like them, but I didn’t want to watch this until I felt prepared to do so. Well, guess what? You’ll never be prepared. I thought I was ready, and I was no where near ready for what unfolded. You can’t prepare yourself to watch something like this. Being completely aware that this drama would be super emotional, I still cried watching almost every single episode. Listening to the OST now will haunt me, looking at the screen caps will haunt me.. It cannot be helped.
I love to cry, but it hurts so much.
1 Litre of Tears is a special kind of drama. Aya represents the glory and potential of youth. She is bright, beautiful, kind, empowering, gentle, loving, hopeful and strong. That’s what makes this drama so heartbreaking. Aya, you would expect, would have her whole life ahead of her. She has endless potential, and with her bright beautiful personality, you wouldn’t think something terrible like this would happen to her.
Why. why…. why?
I don’t like to challenge the Universe and ask the question, “why”. With this drama I couldn’t help but ask that question that we are not supposed to ask (because there is no answer). Why? Why?? Why her? Why an innocent, young, teenage girl who has wronged no one? Why? Well… unfortunately, horrible things happen and we have zero control over it. It doesn’t matter if you are a good person, disease doesn’t discriminate, but knowing this doesn’t make it any easier.
Another element I really liked about this drama was seeing how the disease doesn’t only affect Aya, but the people around her. Also, everyone reacts to it a bit differently. Knowing this is based from a true story really elevated the emotional effect of the drama. I’m still torn over it. The drama is so lovely, but the sadness is really overwhelming.
Mom, will I Marry Someday?
The friendship between Haruto (played by Nishikido Ryo) and Aya was so profound. Watching him deal with her illness was very emotional for me. I really liked seeing how she touched his heart for the better. In a way, she brought a lot of inner healing to him, but Argh…. here I go again… why? Their feelings are so strong, but no elephant compares to this elephant in the room.
Knowing this is based on a true story, I feel I really need to give it a perfect rating. I thought they did a wonderful job between balancing information based on a true story and adding some elements of fiction for story telling purposes. I want to say that I will watch this again, but at the same time I think it would be very difficult to revisit (although I would like to eventually). Just writing this was extremely challenging. Also, all around the acting was marvellous. The actors dived deeply into their characters which allowed us viewers to really connect with them and cry freely.
Oh… and although I need to process this drama more, I think it’s fair to say it’s one of my favourite all-time dramas. Aya’s story has touched me and she has forever left a scar and a smile in my heart.
Overall Rating: 5/5