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Piece Japanese Drama Episode 4 Summary January 3, 2013

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The fourth episode starts with Mizuho watching the tape and Hikaru catching her. He stands up and walks to her and asks her again what she is doing, she doesn’t answer and he comes over and kneels next to her. She says she came to see him and that since the door was open but she didn’t have any confidence and wanted to know more about him. He asks if she came to sleep with him and she says no. He tells her that she always looks at him as if she is scared of him. He grabs her head and he asks if she likes or hates him.  Before she can answer he tells her that he hates her that she is always looking down at others, behaving if she is always alone and doing so without courage.  He grabs the back of her head and tells her that when he looks at her he is tempted to hurt her. He then gets on top of her and she fights him telling him to stop. He stops and he asks if she is crying  then he tells her not to come again that he doesn’t need her. She gets up and leaves. Picture 1

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Hikaru picks up the remote and looks at the video of himself and turns off the video.
Nanao-san walks into the room and asks if she was the one who left the door open and then tells her that she went too far and that she is only a housekeeper. She tells him he is not going to be indulged forever. Hikaru leaves the room.

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Mizuho is walking to the bus stop crying and she is thinking that she does want to be touched by Hikaru and that she wanted to be nice to him and be held in his arms. She bends down and thinks that she hates getting hurt and breaking into pieces. She continues crying.

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3 days later. Mizuho is walking into her classroom and she sees Hikaru flirting with a girl. Mizuho goes to her desk behind him and bangs it, he turns around and greets her happily and then asks for her English notes. She puts on a smile and gives him the notebook and he turns back around. The girl asks him if his house was done remodeling and he says yes it finished a week ago. She asks if she can come over and he tells her she can anytime. Mizuho thinks that if she closes her eyes, locks up her feelings and look for herself again it will be alright. If she keeps her eyes closed then she won’t get hurt.

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3 years later present time. Mizuho is sitting on a bed and thinks that the Hikaru she met 3 years later was the same as before and has current flashbacks of him. The way she responds to Hikaru is the same way 3 years ago. Her phone goes off and it is a text message from the guy in the first episode agreeing to meet her tomorrow at the cafeteria, after the second period.

Mizuho meets with the guy and he tells her sorry that while getting advice from her, he couldn’t leave her alone. She tells him not to say sorry, but asks him what he wants to do now and if he wants to break up with her. He says sorry and she says she gets it.
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They are outside with umbrellas in the rain and she says goodbye and starts walking away. He tells her to wait and says that she didn’t really love him after all because yesterday she was calm and today she is not crying even though they were going out for a whole year and that he never felt like she accepted him. She says that she thought that she loved him and that he was moved by everything and easily pleased. That his feelings showed on his face instead of his mouth. She tells him that she thought she wanted to be like him. She asks him if that was different from being in love. He tells her that he wanted them to enjoy things together, depend on each other and to feel that they were important to each other. He then says see you and walks away. She turns and walks away and wonders what it means to love someone.
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Mizuho is sitting in a building and she has flashbacks of her meeting and being with her now ex-boyfriend and she thinks that at first she was enjoying herself and that she could make someone smile. A group of girls walk past and they are talking about how it was all one-sided on Sumiyoshi’s part and that they wonder whether Mizuho is cool or that she has no interest in others.

Mizuho is at home searching and she finds her handkerchief that she gave to Haruka to clean her desk.

Mizuho is at Haruka’s mother’s house and the mother tells her that she thought it was odd that her close friend didn’t come to visit when she was hospitalized but that she enjoyed talking about Mizuho. The mother also says that she perhaps believed Haruka and that Haruka was sneaky. Mizuho says that if only she had talked with Haruka that day when she was cleaning the desk. Haruka’s mother asks her if she could find out who Haruka was dating from school. The mother has a flashback where she checked Haruka’s phone and sees a message saying that she had an abortion. Haruka comes in and her mom confronts her and Haruka is mad and that she had never seen Haruka like that and it was scary. She says that she should have properly questioned her that day and she wants to know no matter what everything about her. Mizuho flashbacks to talking to Nanao-san about how she wants to know everything about Hikaru. She thinks that intense feeling and that she knows it too. Mizuho tells Haruka’s mother that she will help her search for Haruka’s partner. The mother grabs Mizuho’s hand and thanks her. Mizuho thinks that maybe she is trying to change herself, even if it’s just a little.

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Mizuho is at her desk looking at her old yearbook. She flashbacks to earlier that day when Haruka’s mother was asking if she knew of any boys that were close to Haruka. She remembers to earlier that day when all the classmates were gathered and she hears one boy say that the only one that talked to Haruka was Hikaru. Mizuho phones Hikaru, he answers and she tells him that she needs to ask him about something.

Mizuho is sitting a cafe with Hikaru and she asks about him and Haruka. He tells her that they weren’t dating and that they didn’t do it perhaps. He asks why she wants to know and she says Haruka’s mother asked her to and he tells her that it is rare to see her caring for people. Hikaru then asks if the mother could have gotten it wrong and that it doesn’t seem like Haruka had a boyfriend. She says she thought about that too but she had a boyfriend. He tells her that he never heard her talk of a boyfriend but he heard something quite the opposite that someone liked Haruka Yanai-Sempai.
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Yanai-Sempai is at home and Mizuho phones him and tells him that she wants to ask him about Haruka. He flashbacks to the funeral and this is how the fourth episode ends.Picture 12

This episode was very interesting and I did not find myself getting bored once. Mizuho’s most recent boyfriend it seemed like he was cheating on her but in the end you find out that Mizuho was distant in the relationship. This doesn’t surprise me because after Hikaru she said she wasn’t going to get hurt again and therefore the easiest way to do this is to not let anyone in. It is too bad that Mizuho never got to tell Hikaru her feelings and instead he hurt her instead. They are both the same he hurt her before she could hurt him. Obviously Mizuho still has feelings for Hikaru and maybe something will develop again over the investigation of Haruka’s life. Another interesting thing that happens is that Mizuho decides to help Haruka’s mother because she understood the idea of needing to understand a person completely. Mizuho thinks that she wanted to change through this and she of course was thinking of changing Hikaru’s annoying  perception of her. I understand how she wants to figure out how a person’s mind works and why he does the things he does. This is a very interesting psychological, mystery drama.

 

Piece Japanese Drama Episode 3 Summary December 30, 2012

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The third episode of Piece starts off with Mizuho speaking with Haruka’s mom and explaining that she wasn’t close to Haruka. Haruka’s mom realizes that Haruka pretended to get cards from Mizuho and that they weren’t friends. Her mom leaves and tells her to forget everything they talked about. Hikaru comes up to Mizuho after and says it was cruel of her and that she should have pretended longer. Mizuho agrees with him and he ruffles her head and then says they should go for a walk.

 

Mizuho and Hikaru have stopped during their walk and he asks her why it was her that was picked to Haruka’s friend. Mizuho says she doesn’t know but she went lent Haruka her handkerchief once when she was being bullied but they didn’t even speak. Hikaru says that’s typical of Mizuho not speaking and giving her the handkerchief. Mizuho replies that she hates how he speaks of others as if he knows everything. It flashes on the screen that Hikaru’s mere existence always provokes her.

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It flashes autumn of 2nd year high school. Mizuho is walking down the hall and she sees Hikaru talking to a girl and she is asking whether his remodeling is done yet and he replies it is taking time.

 

Hikaru and Mizuho are in bed when she hears Hikaru’s phone buzzing and she sees it is Noriko phoning. She gets out of bed and Hikaru wakes up. Mizuho leaves and tries to open up a door and she can’t, she sees a lock by the top of the door.

 

Mizuho is sitting at the table with Nanao-san and she asks why the door was locked and that she found in search of the bathroom. Nanao-san tells her that it belongs to Hikaru’s mother but that she hasn’t been there in forever. She also tells her that is locked because it is full of important work-related documents and that she works at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the hospital and that she is quite well known. Mizuho then asks what Hikaru was like when he was young because she is interested in knowing how a person like he was raised. Nanao-san cuts her off and asks her if she loves him and that she wants to know because she wants to make him hers.

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Mizuho is at the bus stop and she thinks why does she respond to Hikaru and why no one else? She also wonders how she can make Hikaru hers even if it’s just for a little?

 

Mizuho is at home and she is reading a book, Intro to Clinical Psychology by  Narumi Risako who is Hikaru’s mother. She felt she could not find the answers she wanted from the book.

 

The girls are eating lunch and teasing Remi about her going on a diet for a group date. They ask if Mizuho is also on a diet and she says no and excuses herself. Mizuho is walking the halls and she wonders and she see two girls talking and one is saying she likes Yanai-senpai and wonders if it is selfish of her to want him to fall in love with her and she says she can’t confess because he is too charming. The girls continue to sit when they see Yanai-Sempai with a boy student and the student notices Madoka (one with hair down) and she smiles at him, bows and he hits his head trying to bow to her.

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Hikaru and Mizuho are in his bed again and he goes in for a kiss and she says to him not to touch her. She tells him that she can’t come here again and that it is so stressful being with him.

 

It flashes 1 month later. Nanao-san is with Hikaru and they are having tea she notices that Mizuho hasn’t been coming around. He tells her she got tired of this house. Nanao-san says that Mizuho is a lot like him and that she is bad at expressing herself and clumsy, cold, self-centered, selfish and immature.

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Mizuho is in class and Megu-chi finds her and asks what is wrong and Mizuho says that she isn’t sleeping well. Megu-chi gets a lovey text from her boyfriend and Mizuho asks why she slept with her boyfriend. Megu-chi replies that she found someone she cared about and casually dated but she still didn’t understand and that is why she slept with him. She wasn’t sure what she thought but she is simpler and naive than she thought. Megu-chi says that Mizuho is cute and has good points but that she lacks self-confidence and that if the guy is stupid enough to not want her after she has shown him all that she is then he deserves to be kicked out. She says that she won’t get hurt and then she asks her if she has someone that she likes cause then she would have been laughing at all of this. She goes on saying she uses her head too much and that it is deeper inside. Mizuho then sees that it is Friday.

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Mizuho is walking outside and sees her young self in the puddle and has a flashback. Her mom and her are watching some kids play in the mud and her mom praises her for not getting muddy. She then wonders what it takes to fall in love and that she has always thought with her head. She then steps in the puddle and has flashbacks of being with Hikaru. She thinks she wants to be moved by Hikaru deeper and deeper. She then walks through all the puddles.

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Mizuho is ringing Hikaru’s doorbell and there is no answer. She goes and opens his door and goes into his bedroom but he isn’t there and she decides to wait for him. She wonders if she falls deeper what will happen and wants to know where this desire will lead her. She hears a door click and walks out and sees that Hikaru’s mom door is open. She goes into the room and no one is there and goes out she wonders if she was worried about running into Hikaru and wonders if before giving in to him there is things she wants to know like how to make him mine and to be needed by him a guy who has no attachment to anyone. She wonders if there is things she could learn from his mother.

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She goes back into his mother’s room and reads some of his mothers article about how to raise a child and she is wonders why his mother doesn’t takes care of him. She knocks off a book and sees a child-care journal of Hikaru’s then she notices that all the binders are of Hikaru. She realizes that more than anything she wants to analyze him and that it is a selfish desire of hers. She opens another binder and reads that he broke a camera. She then notices a case full of videotapes of Hikaru. She puts one into the VCR and watches a tape and she sees one where his mother is talking to the housekeeper and she tells him not to give him what he wants and she tells him that this is child abuse. His mom says that she is providing him with safety and food and that there is nothing wrong with parents controlling their children. She then hears her name and sees Hikaru sitting at the table watching her in her chair and he asks what she is doing and that is how episode 3 ends.

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Wow what an intense ending we are no closer to figuring out anything about Haruka but I think there is a better understanding of Hikaru. I mean the ending was pretty intense it almost seemed like a thriller when Mizuho was walking around his house and no one is around but the door was unlocked. I mean how long was Hikaru seating there and watching her? Creepy! I mean she really shouldn’t have been going through that and watching the video she should have asked him about it because he is going to freak on her!! I guess it makes sense why he knows how to read people and understand them because of his mom. The whole watching recording him like no wonder he has problems attaching to people because the parent that he is supposed to be attached to does not really let him do that. Hikaru was basically a science project for his mother and was the basis for her research, which is pretty sick and twisted!! Yikes I am soo curious to see what is going to happen!!

 

Piece Japanese Drama Episode 2 Summary December 29, 2012

Filed under: Piece — sighilovekdramas @ 6:33 am
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The second episode of Piece starts with Mizuho talking to Haruka’s mother and she is pleading Mizuho to tell her who was the father of Haruka’s baby. She tells Haruka’s mother that it was a misunderstanding.

Mizuho’s childhood flashes on the screen and a young Mizuho is waiting for the bus on a bench. She gets on and realizes she got on the wrong bus and then becomes excited. A man is next to her in black telling her there are 4 types of people, one type that would never board the wrong bus, one that would always board the wrong bus, then there are the ones that after realizing they boarded the wrong bus would quickly change buses and the last ones are the ones that stay on the bus even though they know it is the wrong one just like she is doing. Then the man disappears. Then it flashes to her mother scolding her for staying on the wrong bus and she is saying sorry and they are both crying.
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It flashes on the screen summer of 2nd Year High School. One of Mizuho’s friend asks what she was doing all summer because her skin is so white. She tells them she was mostly at home. Rumi asks if she went to the beach and she has a flashback of going to the beach with Hikaru and she says she didn’t. They then notice Hikaru with his head on a girls lap and they talk about how he has got another girlfriend. She flashbacks to being kissed by Hikaru, she stands up and says that Hikaru is intensely indecisive and leaves all the girls follow. Hikaru sits up and watches them leave.
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Mizuho is at her desk working and Hikaru comes over and tries to talk to her but she ignores him. He asks if something bad happened over the holidays she doesn’t answer and then he tells her that she really can’t play. He then tells her that he may seem diligent and reliable to those around him and she remember telling him that on the bus when he was sleeping. She asks if he was awake at that time and he teases her by reminding her that she was busy.

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Mizuho is in the bathroom and they are talking about Megu-chi the friend with the long black hair and that she is dated a boy from prep school and that she might have even done it with him. Megu-chi comes out and tells them that it is all true and that she can’t explain but eventually she had already slept with him. They are walking down the hall and see a first year handing a note to Hikaru.

Mizuho goes to the bus stop and meets Hikaru and she asks about his girl friend and he says he doesn’t have one. She asks him about the first year confessing her love and she tells him to choose carefully. He tells her he doesn’t choose but it is the other person. He tells her that a normal woman doesn’t want him and the minute she figures it out she takes it back. She tells him about the different types of people and he says that she is the type that will carry on despite knowing that she is on the wrong bus. The bus comes and he gets on and asks if she is going to get on or not. She gets on the bus and stands next to him and they hold hands while Matchbox 20’s song Parade plays.Picture 4 Picture 5

Mizuho and Hikaru go to his house and are in the bedroom and he hugs her. Her phone starts buzzing and it is Remi phoning. Hikaru asks if she is going to answer it and she says she doesn’t want anyone to know she is with him because it will be a permanant blot in her life. He asks why she came with him and sits her on the bed and calls her an idiot. He lies her down and he starts to kiss her and she pushes him off and tells him to stop it. He tries to get back and she pushes and says stop again. He then asks if she doesn’t want him to touch her and she says not really. He starts to leave and she asks where he is going and he says to sleep. 

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She walks out and finds him on a couch surrounded by clothes and clutter. She asks  what this  is and he says its a bachelor pad. She asks about his mother and he tells her that his mother leaves in an apartment close to her work. She asks him if he feels lonely living alone and he tells her to leave because they aren’t doing anything. She starts laughing and says he is having a tantrum and he throws pillows at her and she throws them back saying she is hungry.
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Mizuho goes to the fridge and there is a lot of food in containers and she asks if he made all of these and he says no, he has a housekeeper. He tells her that the housekeeper is an unsociable old lay Nanao-san and that she used to be a live-in and now she only comes once a week. Mizuho asks if she can have some and the two of them are eating together. She tells him it looks like a kid’s room and that when she was young her room was always messy and that her mom would lose patience and clean it. He says that it is unexpected and that it must have been tidy. She tells him it is tidy now but that she doesn’t think that it matters whether the room is messy or tidy it should be fine as long as you can relax in it. He tells her that he can see her panties and that she is too relaxed. She laughs and then says that this house is comfortable.

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She is getting ready to leave and she asks is she could come again. He says sure but to not come on Fridays because they won’t be able to do anything with his housekeeper here. He then says that until then to decide how far she wants to go and then asks if she will complain if it is just kissing. She answers that she understands and that she will make sure to come on a Friday and leaves quickly.

She is walking away and Hikaru comes running after her and he says that he will walk her to the bus because it is getting late. She says that it is like they are on a date or something and then says that he doesn’t have girlfriends though. She thanks him and they stare at each other, she closes her eyes and he just laughs. He tells her that it is payback for before and gives her an air kiss and  Matchbox Twenty song I Will plays in this scene.

Mizuho is rushing to her classroom saying that she forgot about the homework handouts. She opens the door to the class and finds Haruka and they greet each other. She walks about Haruka and sees her cleaning the words creepy and die on Haruka’s desk. Mizuho does her homework and takes some tissues and brings it over to Haruka. Then Mizuho goes back to her own desk and Haruka keeps cleaning.
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It is Friday and Remi comes up to Mizuho and asks where she goes every Friday because she can’t reach her on the phone. Mizuho tells her that she goes to a friends to study and then doesn’t answer her phone. Remi asks her if it is a boy and Mizuho says that she does not have a boyfriend angrily. Hikaru laughs and she kicks his seat.

Hikaru is at the bus stop waiting and Mizuho comes out of the bus and he asks why they have to take different buses. She tells him that she doesn’t want anyone from school to find out and to label her as a slut but not  she has done it. Hikaru asks if a girl who doesn’t do that great and who does it help.

They go into his house and she says hello to his housekeeper Nanao-san. Nano-san asks what kind of boys has the girl been seeing? The body remembers very well and that one must treat oneself with care. She answers that she understands as far as someone who cannot take my responsibility is able to understand and that she will be fine.
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Hikaru and Mizuho are in his room and he asks how far she is willing to go and she says kiss are okay and nothing more than that are okay. He says to go home and and she holds out her hands and says hug. He then tells her that he can’t tell is she is obstinate or careless and then he gives her a back hug and asks if she is nervous and tells her to relax. She then thinks that this is the first time that she has realized that she has always lived her life with lots of stress on her shoulders to the point she can’t bear it. He then turns her to see him and goes to kiss her and Nanao-san starts vacuuming. They stop and says that it is a mood killer he lies down and tells her to lie down next to him and she does.  He closes his eyes and she turns to look at him and thinks that even though she considers herself to be indifferent, she understands the feelings of those who get themselves in too deep. That she feels a twinge of regret.

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Mizuho is walking down the school hall and sees and hears Hikaru and a girl talking and she asks him if she can come over and he tells her that his house is being remodeled. Mizuho walks fast past them and she asks when it will be over and he says he doesn’t know.

Mizuho and Hikaru are in bed and he puts his pillow close to hers and says that lately he has trouble sleeping without her, she smiles and they snuggle together. Mizuho is about to talk to him but realizes he is sleeping. She thinks that that she can’t help but want to be spoiled by Hikaru and she wonders if he will accept everything about her and that is how the second episode ends.
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I find this episode very intriguing but it sure didn’t focus on Haruka very much or really go back to the funeral in the present day. It focused more on Hikaru and Mizuho’s relationship that is undefined. I mean Mizuho doesn’t want to allow herself to fall in love with Hikaru because he is a womanizer and she doesn’t want to be just one of the girls in his long line up of women. Hikaru seems really childish just wanting to do be physical with her and test her out like every woman he comes in contact with. He obviously has issues with his mother which means also with other woman almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. His mother left him therefore he will treat woman badly and they will leave him again therefore proving to himself that he was right. Mizuho is smart and doesn’t let him get what he wants all the time because she realizes that she wants to be treated differently and wants to just be around him because she likes him beyond his looks. She is intrigued by not just his looks but who he is and what makes him tick. I am not sure how Haruka is going to be at the center of the story but I guess I will have to keep watching to figure it out!!