Marumo’s RulesPublished on July 15th, 2011.
Marumo no Okite or Marumo’s Rules is a new family drama on Fuji TV that has been warmly received by viewers during its run since April of 2011. The final episode was recently aired on July 3rd to a grand slam rating of 23.9% and peaked at 27.5% (source: Tokyograph). I’ve so far seen 2 episodes and really enjoy the slice-of-life feel of the drama that’s also cleverly mixed with comedy. There’s also a talking dog which is really weird, but you somehow go along with it just like the characters. The show talks about family and asks “What is a family?” at the start of episode 1. In a time when people have lost those they’ve loved or separated from them due to the earthquake, this show quietly reminds everyone what is a family and also its many forms.
Starring Sadao Abe as Mamoru Takagi who works as a customer service representatives at a stationery company. Unlike in America, you actually talk to a real person when you called in Japan. Envious. When his best friend suddenly died, he left behind his twin daughter and son Kaoru Sasakura (played by Mana Ashida) and Tomoki Sasakura (Fuku Suzuki). With their mom absent since birth, the kids now have to depend on their father’s side of the family to take them in. Unfortunately, none can take both kids in and opt to split up the kids between two different families. Without a choice, the kids try their best to suddenly live separate lives.
When Tomoki runs away from his new home in an attempt to go back to his old house, he gets lost and ends up at a park with a talking dog. There he meets Mamoru and his sister Kaoru who went out to look for him. Mamoru decides to let the two stays over at his house for awhile until their relatives can come and get them. Before long, the 3 (along with the talking dog) bonds together as a family and Mamoru, who has been living alone, suddenly finds himself a new family. Everyone is extremely likable and if you’re a fan of funny, feel-good drama – this is the show for you. The humor is mixed in cleverly in an otherwise sad tale of 2 orphans. The mystery about their absent mother and the talking dog provides an intriguing aspect to the show as well. Stay tune for a full review soon when I’m done!