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Marumo's Story 

Marumo no okite (original title)
Mamoru Takagi's best friend suddenly dies from cancer, leaving behind his twin children, Kaoru and Tomoki. The children's mother had abandoned them when they were young, and they had no ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ...  Takagi Mamoru / ... 11 episodes, 2011
Mana Ashida ...  Sasakura Kaoru / ... 11 episodes, 2011
Fuku Suzuki Fuku Suzuki ...  Sasakura Tomoki 11 episodes, 2011
Masako Chiba Masako Chiba ...  Shiozawa Tamiko 11 episodes, 2011
Manami Higa Manami Higa ...  Hatanaka Aya 11 episodes, 2011
Masatô Ibu ...  Samejima Yuzo 11 episodes, 2011
Yû Koyanagi ...  Majima Takanori 11 episodes, 2011
Nobuaki Mitsuda Nobuaki Mitsuda ...  Nakanishi Shuichi 11 episodes, 2011
Tomohiro Ogawa Tomohiro Ogawa ...  Shinohara Ryohei 11 episodes, 2011
Ryô Oka Ryô Oka ...  Muku 11 episodes, 2011
Masanori Sera Masanori Sera ...  Hatanaka Yosuke 11 episodes, 2011
Saori Takizawa Saori Takizawa ...  Makimura Kana 11 episodes, 2011
Erika Tonooka Erika Tonooka ...  Ozaki Rinka 11 episodes, 2011
Hiroyuki Yamamoto Hiroyuki Yamamoto ...  Ando Yusaku 11 episodes, 2011
Miyu Honda Miyu Honda ...  Endo Manami 8 episodes, 2011
Kira Aihara Kira Aihara 7 episodes, 2011
Aoi Danjo Aoi Danjo 7 episodes, 2011
Hiru Fujimoto Hiru Fujimoto ...  Kawaguchi Kenta 7 episodes, 2011
Kôtarô Gotô Kôtarô Gotô 7 episodes, 2011
Miyuki Ikeda Miyuki Ikeda 7 episodes, 2011
Miku Itou Miku Itou ...  Ito Arisa 7 episodes, 2011
Yuna Kaneko Yuna Kaneko 7 episodes, 2011
Ami Katayama Ami Katayama 7 episodes, 2011
Shingo Katsurayama Shingo Katsurayama ...  Sasakura Junichiro 7 episodes, 2011
Kosei Kijima Kosei Kijima ...  Taniguchi Hayato 7 episodes, 2011
Takuto Kimura Takuto Kimura 7 episodes, 2011
Honoka Naito Honoka Naito 7 episodes, 2011
Hozumu Nishigaya Hozumu Nishigaya 7 episodes, 2011
Marina Ota Marina Ota 7 episodes, 2011
Komaki Se Komaki Se 7 episodes, 2011
Tsuguki Shimode Tsuguki Shimode 7 episodes, 2011
Rio Tanaka Rio Tanaka 7 episodes, 2011
Kaishu Tateno Kaishu Tateno 7 episodes, 2011
Masaharu Terai Masaharu Terai 7 episodes, 2011
Hinata Yamada Hinata Yamada 7 episodes, 2011
Yasutomo Yamaguchi Yasutomo Yamaguchi 7 episodes, 2011
Karen Yoshiyama Karen Yoshiyama ...  Machida Haruka 7 episodes, 2011
Shinji Rokkaku Shinji Rokkaku ...  Sugishita Hideo 6 episodes, 2011


Mamoru Takagi's best friend suddenly dies from cancer, leaving behind his twin children, Kaoru and Tomoki. The children's mother had abandoned them when they were young, and they had no other dependents left. The twins' relatives argue over who will take responsibility for them. In the end, the twins are separated. However, the twins are extremely close, and both run away from their respective foster families. Marumo manages to find them, and after a brief struggle to bring them back, Marumo gives in and agrees that the twins can stay with him.

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Touching Relationship between a Single man and his Adopted Kids
15 January 2013 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Mamoru Takagi (Sadao Abe) is a salaried worker working at a stationary equipment manufacturer's claims department. He gets involved with his high school buddy's children when his buddy dies of cancer. The two kids he decide to take in are girl and a boy twins. Kids starts to call him Marumo, and accepts him as their family. Not only that, he ends up taking in a talking dog as well.

Kind of an unlikely story especially for Japan for a single man to take on the responsibility of raising kids. I'm not even sure if a single person are allowed legally to adopt children, so on paper he's just their legal guardian. Although impossibly unlikely the story, Sadao Abe looks like just the person who would do something like this. Sadao Abe shares a leading role with Mana Ashida who's only seven years old, making her the youngest female lead in Japanese television history in the popular Sunday evening spot. Her acting chops are something to behold for someone so young.

Of course there are lot of adjustments both the twins and the Mamoru has to make, but they get support from their land lord (Masanori Sera) who runs a restaurant downstairs. Especially the divorced daughter (Manami Higa) of the landlord seems to have a crush on Mamoru.

Loyalty Mamoru and the kids develop for each other is really touching to watch. It also shows how important altruistic love is in society. This is a really good television series and is worth a watch.

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