The drama is an adaptation of the diary of a Japanese girl named Aya Kitō, who suffered from spinocerebellar ataxia. She began keeping a diary at the suggestion of her doctor, and continued to write until she could no longer hold a pen. The diary, titled 1 rittoru no namida, was published shortly before her death. Although some of the characters and situations are fictionalized in this television version, the dialogue frequently draws directly from Aya Kitô's own words.
Moreover, each episode concludes with a narrated diary excerpt, framed with photographs from various stages in Kitô's life, before and after her diagnosis. The screenplay thus attempts to balance between faithfully working with actual text from the book, 1 rittoru no namida, while also inventing situational contexts so as to portray the struggles of the book's characters in dramatic scenarios. The character Haruto Asô, for example, does not exist in the original diary; however, as a fictional character created for this series, he provides an important mechanism through which Aya's inner feelings, the diary's language on a page, can become more fully actualized as part of a day-to-day narrative.
During its first few days of airing on GMA Channel 7 in the Philippines, I was struck by the fact that this could happen to anyone including my own children and thinking what will I do simply freaks me out. How could a parent endure such suffering and moreover how can the child herself feel and handle this hardship.
I have only watched the first few episodes but for me this is definitely a highly recommended series to watch. In this series there are lots of lessons and experiences to learn and know. These learnings and experiences will equip us to be better person.
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