Netflix presents a Japanese series. The first love (初恋), filled with heartfelt romance that makes it impossible not to swoon over 9 episodes. Directed and written by Yuri Kanchiku, the show stars Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Sato, Rikako Yagi, Taisei Kido, Kaho, Minami, Towa Araki, Gaku Hamada and Aoi Yamada, among other actors.
The show tells a touching love story of fateful lovers whose story takes a dramatic turn until they meet face to face again. After going through difficult times and trials that separate them, will fate bring them together again?
The synopsis for the Netflix series reads:
Young, free and crazy in love. When they were teenagers, the world was their oyster, but as they got older, their lives seem dimmer, as if a very important piece is missing.
-First Love Review does not contain spoilers-
The first love this is a show that will bring you all kinds of first love emotions and you can feel it in just 9 episodes because that’s how long the story will last. The show really showed the silliness you feel when you fall in love for the first time and also evokes strong emotions that defy all odds to last long.
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The series does deliver good feelings along with heartbreaking ones, but that’s more or less expected from the romance genre to keep things moving. And while the show had some very predictable moments, I have to say that the show did not fail to entertain and hook me.
All the actors have done a wonderful job of conveying the emotion of an unforgettable first love, and this applies to both the young and the older actors. The transitions between past and present are also very nicely done, however at certain points you may find it a bit confusing.
To add to the love shared between the two main characters, I also enjoyed the moments of motherly love that were shown in the series. Yae Noguchi plays the role of daughter and mother, which shows that she shows great love in both these roles. Especially when it comes to her son, she really goes above and beyond showing her strength by working hard in every possible way.
I have to commend the subtitles, which add beauty to this movie for all of us, and the dubbed versions aren’t bad either, which makes it even better for those who don’t want their eyes to run after subtitles.
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What really surprised me is that the show is based on the songs of Japanese singer Hikaru Utada. The first love as well as Hatsuka who play in the series and really make you want to listen to them.
Finally, the tearful end fills our hearts with love, and their innocent seed, filled with their feelings, really grows into a beautiful tree, even when one forgets where it was kept; just like the squirrels that Yae Noguchi mentions to Namichi Harumichi.
Summing up: first love
This is a wonderful story for all those moments when you just want to feel and believe in love, and the role of fate in bringing two hearts together. And while those predictable moments just make you want to skip them, sticking to the end is the best option, as there’s more to this series than just a love story.
All in all, this is definitely a show you should watch as it slowly makes you believe in destiny. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below!
Watch The first love on Netflix.
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