Iki mo Dekinai Natsu

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Iki mo Dekinai Natsu


  • Title: 息もできない夏
  • Title (romaji): Iki mo Dekinai Natsu
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Human/family drama
  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership rating: 09.8% (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2012-Jul-10 to 2012-Sep-18
  • Air time: Tuesday 21:00
  • Theme song: firefly by BUMP OF CHICKEN
  • Insert song: Set Fire to the Rain & Someone Like You by Adele


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It may seem like most of us in modern society live the ordinary life: Wishing for the happiness of self, family, and loved ones. Some, however, live an unimaginable life, with a past that could only be understood by few, and carry a fate so vast upon them. The characters that appear in this story each carry such deep scars or secrets, and are burdened to their destiny.

"Breathless Summer" picks up on a rather rare social situation where a girl grows up without a family register. In other words, without citizenship to her own country. As she uncovers the truth about her identity, she comes across an older man, most likely as old as her father, with a scarred heart. Amidst crossing paths and being torn apart from their surroundings, the two become inseparable to each other, what becomes a shocking but bittersweet summer love story.

Tanizaki Rei, the girl without a family registry is played by Takei Emi. Rei is an innocent 19 year old girl, one that you may find anywhere else in the world, excited about what her forthcoming future might bring. Coincidentally, she finds out the truth about her background, that she isn't recorded as being born in the legal books. The truth shocks her, brings her down in thinking that she does not truly exist in the societal world.

The older man that she meets, is a 41 year old former newspaper reporter Kiyama Ryuichiro. When Ryuichiro was still a news reporter for a major newspaper, his inherent composure and sense of justice in saving the weak led him to uncover exclusive scoops. It was not until a twist of fate involved him in an accident that he is forced to leave the firm. Now he lives quietly in the suburbs working night shifts at the ward office.

Japan's civil code 772 states that if a child is born between a couple where the wife had been in a prior marriage less than 300 days ago, the child will be registered under the prior husband's family register even if DNA tests prove that the child is that of the new couple. This questionable law was in effect for over 110 years without ever being amended, thus creating children who grow up to be without a family registry. One may think; "What are the chances?" But the incident portrayed can happen to anyone, and it is a fact that such children exist in this country.

How will Rei face her destiny and overcome it? Will Ryuichiro be able to admit to his sins to find meaning in his life? What will become of their love? Brutal as it may be, the drama will shine light on how wonderful it is to live and love through a complicated family relationship. Expect nothing less than a sensational social entertainment drama this summer! -- Fuji TV

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Episode Subtitle Ratings
01 Not registered in the family register...
The girl who doesn’t exist and the man carrying a sin, the shocking summer will start now!
02 Tonight, the shocking confession! My mother’s harsh secret will consume me 10.2
03 The sad decision that the mother and daughter made together! And, another tragedy begins 11.0
04 Coming face to face! Being haunted by the evils of being felt sorry for 09.3
05 The worst nightmare come true...finally, that man... 10.1
06 The secret that was held for 19 years...the visitor that messes up everything 08.1
07 Who’s child am I? The night of the tragedy 10.6
08 The one article that ruined everything...Please just hold me close for now 08.2
09 Welcome to the dinner party of hell...finally, the family mystery is revealed 11.0
10 Heaven or hell...finally, the truth regarding her birth is revealed! 07.8
11 The light at the end of despair...Their final decision together 08.6
Average 09.8

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

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Spring 2012
Fuji TV
Autumn 2012
Legal High
Tuesday 21:00
Osozaki no Himawari