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Last Friends [JDrama 2008]

Genre: Friendship, Human Drama

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful of love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru's in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.
^Credits to jade_frost@wikipedia

I never thought I'd be insterested in this sort of drama. At the time I was excited for Zettai Kareshi. About 5 episodes of that and it got boring! I can never forget the feeling I had when I watched the first two episodes of Last Friends. It's like an all star cast with Ryo Nishikido from NewS, Juri Ueno, Asami Mizukawa & Eita from Nodame Cantabile and Masami Nagasawa from Proposal Daisakusen! The buildup in the first episode was good. It established how everyone met. The second episode was really emotional, and the actors did an excellent job. Especially Ryo who acted as the DV guy and Masami who was the victim.

Next few episodes Masami's character Michiru moves into a sharehouse with everyone in it except Ryo (lol) and we can see friendships building up and comforting in helpless times. The storyline is still going strong and doesn't have a downfall like Zettai Kareshi. There's is not a single boring moment (I'm currently up to episode 9). I guess that's because in the beginning of the story there is Masami's character, Michiru, reflecting back on a death (I think), with someone's baby in her tummy and this won't be revealed until the last episode.

I can't wait to hear Utada's Prisoner of Love piano instrumental which keeps playing in the background. I must admit they use the song too much but it NEVER gets old and boring! According to my research The Last Friends OST is confirmed for 11/06/2008 with 21 tracks! Looking forward to hearing it!!!
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