I decided to watch Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake because I was in the mood to watch an old Japanese drama. I like watching 90’s dramas because it reminds of my childhood when technology hadn’t taken over our lives and life was so much simpler. Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake is also my first drama where the lead character is battling AIDS. I have seen tonnes of drama characters dealing with all kinds of fatal ailments but never seen someone fighting AIDS. This dorama teaches a lot about the much-dreaded disease. Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake is a heavily flawed drama but is still beautiful watch. Keep reading to know why I am saying so.
Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake (God, Please Give Me More Time) (1998) (12 Episodes)
Kano Masaki (Kyoko Fukada) is a 17-year-old girl who is a big fan of Ishikawa Keigo (Kaneshiro Takeshi) who is a music composer. She sells her body to be able to buy tickets for Keigo’s music concert. After the concert, she happens to see Keigo in his car and she follows him till he notices her holding a banner proclaiming her love for him. He then decides to take her home with him and they spend the night together. Masaki is happy to have spent the night with her beloved idol and he too grows fond of her. He then contacts her to meet up once again. She readily agrees to meet him but meets with an accident just before their meeting. She then discovers that she has been infected by the HIV virus. Scared, she stands him up but he does not give up easily on her and continues to pursue her even after she tells him that she is an HIV +ve patient.
Let’s weigh Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake on our drama beam balance and see if this tale of true love suits our drama tastes.
I enjoyed watching Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake because…
…it gets rid of the stigma around AIDS. The word AIDS and even HIV +ve is enough to scare anyone. Despite knowing that AIDS does not spread through touch or by sharing food and drinks people still isolate an HIV patient. This drama very beautifully breaks the stigma and shows two men love and support a girl infected with the HIV virus. The drama also shows how love is beyond social norms or even medical conditions. Keigo deeply cares about Masaki and even her disease does not deter him from loving her. I think this drama is a very good way of spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS.
…it shows how your family will always stand by you even in the most difficult situation. This is what I love about Japanese doramas. They do not focus on just one relationship and always show different relationships in a normal person’s life.
…last episode was a tearjerker. I don’t really like emotional dramas but the last episode was so moving I cried buckets of tears. [[Spoiler Alert]] Though I knew what the ending would be I did not like that they had Masaki die on her wedding day. It was a little cruel to so show something like that. [[Spoiler Alert]]
I did NOT LIKE Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake because…
…there was a lot of sprinting. If you have watched a few Japanese dramas you will know that Japanese heroes are fixated with running. They run all the time. Keigo runs when he is excited, sad, angry and sometimes even without any urgent reason. He runs at home, on the roads, over a bridge, inside a hospital and just about everywhere. It’s a little tiring to see him run all the time.
…Masaki is an extremely exasperating character. She does everything a person should not do. But then she is 17-years old so isn’t that how we all are at that age? But I hate the fact that she does not show any remorse. I understand there is no use crying over what happened and it is the best to move on but the lack of regret is something that disturbed me.
…[[Spoiler Alert]] Keigo sleeps with her despite knowing that she is infected with the HIV virus. Ok, sleeping with her is not an issue but not using protection is. I understand that deep down in his heart Keigo wishes to end his life and does not mind being affected by the HIV virus which will eventually lead him to what he wants but is getting the young girl pregnant in such a condition a good thing? I think it was very irresponsible of Keigo as it was not the correct way of showing his love. But then again, the drama had to be concluded in a certain way so all that happened was required so, fine. [[Spoiler Alert]]
Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake is about loving someone without any expectations or bias. It is about how teenage rebellion can go wrong thereby altering the entire course of life. But every dark cloud has a silver lining and for Masaki, Keigo was her reason to smile and live life.
I give Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake 3 out of 5 rating. High on emotions watch it only if you are game for some serious love and pain.