On the last night of 1999, 22 year-old Atsushi Horigami suffers heart failure and dies during the year-end countdown. In the next moment, he awakens alive and well in his own room - but the... See full summary »
On the last night of 1999, 22 year-old Atsushi Horigami suffers heart failure and dies during the year-end countdown. In the next moment, he awakens alive and well in his own room - but the year is 1995, and he is 18 years old again, though with all memories up until the eve of his "death" in 1999 intact. Trapped in a never-ending loop, Atsushi is forced to re-live the same four-year period over and over again until he encounters two others also experiencing the same phenomenon, one of whom is already going insane... Written by
This superb series lasted for 10 episodes (like 99% of Japanese dramas, it was designed to be a short-lived story arc with a clear-cut beginning and end). It starred Tsuyoshi Domoto, one half of the popular "KinKi Kids" singing duo, as "Atsushi."
The story initially looks like a "Groundhog Day" re-hash, where the lead character is forced to repeat the same actions until he gets them "right" (e.g. mend the ties with his estranged father, stop his best friend from dying) but quickly strides off in its own direction. Why -is- Atsushi constantly re-living the same four-year period? Moreover, why are two other completely unrelated people suffering the same fate?
"Kimi to Ita Mirai no Tame Ni ~I'll Be Back~" (English: "For the Future We Had Together-- I'll Be Back") is one of those rare shows that builds in momentum with each episode, slowly revealing more of the plot, feeding you more of the answers, until finally the mystery is resolved in the final episode. It's drama with a sci-fi edge, and the interplay of three principle characters-- Atsushi (Domoto), Maki (Nakama, who later went on to play Yamamura Sadako in "Ring 0"), and Shirou Sano as the twisted Mayuzumi-- is convincing and genuine. The mood of the series is perfectly set with the haunting, mysterious soundtrack by the group Coba.
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