I'll start by coming clean that I watched Osozaki for Toma Ikuta, its about time that he got a lead role!! Now that its out of the way, I can say that I really enjoyed this drama because of the well written story that hits the spot
hello, quarter life crisis and its awesome supporting characters.
Osozaki no Himawari is a drama based on the life of 7 main characters who found themselves in Shimanto, by chance and by choice. Jotaro was a resident of Tokyo who decided to accept a 3 year contract to join Shimanto's revitalization team that aims to improve the area. Kahori studied and worked in Tokyo as a doctor but circumstances led her to go back and work on the local hospital. Then there's her sister, Sayori, the former golden girl who's in an unhappy marriage. Ayaka, is a nurse who moved to Shimanto to forget her former lover’s death. She's living with Hiroki, a former hometown baseball hero. Haruna, is the sheltered daughter while Junichi has no other dream than taking over his family's business.
I enjoyed this drama because it took place and featured another unexplored area in Japan. The beautiful scenery of this countryside area is amazing and the problems presented in the storyline are simple yet very real. Who and how will they take care of Shimanto and their aging population? It's common for younger generations to choose to live in the bustling cities, so it was a great concept to tackle what happens to those who decided to stay.
In 10 episodes, each character's struggle was tackled and resolved. In the end, each person can have a different way of having a life in ‘full bloom’. Its about finding what can make you happy, being with people that you love and doing your best, on small and big steps, in whatever path that you decided to take.
Each character was able to take a step forward with the help of each other. Good thing that they did not focus on the romance part
the dorky kiss scene of Jotaro and Kahori was cute though and dwell on slice of life scenarios. I always wondered how is it for doctors when their patients die. Who could have thought that a sunflower blooming can give such joy and hope? And even the leap of faith when you finally made your choice was cleverly presented. I liked the open ended ending but I'm wishing for an SP or season 2 that's a stretch, I know.
P.S. - The opening credit where the main characters sang the OST was a cool idea :)