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Also known as  1 Liter of Tears
Country of origin  Japan
No. of episodes  11 (list of episodes)
Final episode date  20 December 2005
8.9/10 IMDb

Ending theme  "Only Human" (K)
Original language(s)  Japanese
First episode date  11 October 2005
Number of episodes  11
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Starring  Erika SawajiriRyō NishikidoHiroko YakushimaruTakanori Jinnai
Genres  Romance Film, Drama, Tragedy
Networks  Fuji Television, Fuji Network System
Cast  Erika Sawajiri, Ryo Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Riko Narumi, Naohito Fujiki
Similar  Last Friends, For You in Full Blossom, Nobuta wo Produce, Operation Love, Densha Otoko

1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙, lit. "1 Litre of Tears"; also called A Diary with Tears or A Diary of Tears) is a 2005 Japanese television drama for Fuji Television about a girl who was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease at 15, but was able to continue her life until her death at the age of 25.



1 Litre no Namida (TV series) 1 Litre of Tears AsianWiki

This drama is based on the real-life struggles of a 15-year-old girl named Aya who suffered from an incurable disease, but lived life to the fullest until her death at 25. The script is based on the diary Aya kept writing until she could no longer hold a pen. The book that later followed, entitled, One Litre of Tears has sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan alone.

1 Litre no Namida (TV series) 1 Litre no Namida TV series Wikipedia

Fifteen-year-old Ikeuchi Aya is an ordinary girl, soon to be high school student and daughter of a family who works at a shop that makes tofu. As time passes, unusual things start happening to Aya. She begins falling down often and walking strangely. Her mother Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration - a rare disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind.

Special episode

On April 5, 2007, Fuji Television aired a three-hour special of the series set five years after Aya's death and focuses on Haruto Asō, who has now become a doctor at the same hospital Aya was treated in and Ako Ikeuchi, Aya's younger sister who is a nurse in training. Haruto is caring for a 14-year-old female patient, Mizuki, who was bullied in school because of her disease, the same one that Aya had. Because of the bullying at school, Mizuki-chan decides not to receive therapy of any sort that would make her better, because she has lost her will to live. Haruto remembers how Aya fought her illness and lived her life with her disease; therefore, he offers support to his patient. Aya reappears in the episode using a number of flashbacks from the series and in new scenes.

Main cast

  • Erika Sawajiri - Aya Ikeuchi
  • Ryō Nishikido - Haruto Asō (Aya's later love interest)
  • Other cast

    1 Litre no Namida (TV series) 1 Litre of Tears SP AsianWiki

  • Naohito Fujiki - Hiroshi Mizuno (Doctor)
  • Hiroko Yakushimaru - Ikeuchi Shioka
  • Takanori Jinnai - Ikeuchi Mizuo
  • Riko Narumi - Ikeuchi Ako
  • Yuma Sanada - Ikeuchi Hiroki
  • Ai Miyoshi - Ikeuchi Rika
  • Saori Koide - Mari Sugiura (One of Aya's best friends)
  • Kenichi Matsuyama - Yuji Kawamoto (Aya's first love interest)
  • Yuya Endo - Takeda Makoto (Yuji's friend in the Basketball club)
  • Kana Matsumoto - Saki Matsumura
  • Momosuke Mizutani - Kohei Onda
  • Ryo Hashidume - Keita Nakahara
  • Hiroshi Katsuno - Yoshifumi Asō (Haruto's father)
  • Asae Onishi - Asumi Oikawa (Aya's roommate when she was in disability school. She has the same disease as Aya)
  • Kazuko Katō - Kikue Oikawa (Asumi's mother)
  • Yuuki Sato - Keisuke Asō (Haruto's brother)
  • Maya Hamaoka - Madoka Fujimura
  • Toshihide Tonesaku - Kiichi Takano (One of the volunteers at the disability who later gets married to the head teacher of the disability school)
  • Shigeyuki Satō - Nishino (Home room teacher of Aya when she was still in the normal high school)
  • Aoi (Japanese actress and fashion model) - Tomita (High School Girl who likes Haruto & is jealous of Aya)
  • Anri Okamoto - Nagashima Mizuki a 14-year-old, a protagonist character in special episodes.
  • Asae Onishi starred in the 2004 movie version of the same title as Aya.

    Alternate versions of this drama

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    Indonesian Production House SinemArt's drama, titled Buku Harian Nayla (Nayla's Diary), plagiarizes 1 Litre of Tears. The series bears some striking resemblances, like the name "Aya" being replaced with "Nayla" (Chelsea Olivia) and Moses (Ralph Glenn Alinskie) in place of Asou. The series aired in RCTI as a special Christmas series. The comparison between the two series have been discussed by the show's audience. The scenario was written by Serena Luna (or sometimes called Chevyra Edenia).

    Indonesian fans of 1 Litre no Namida have reported this admitted act of plagiarism to Fuji TV and the Indonesian mass media, but there has yet to be a response. What most upsets the fans is that RCTI failed to credit or acknowledge Fuji TV and 1 Litre of Tears, from which the story is presumed to have been adapted, and noted that "This story is fictitious: the similarities of names, characters, places, and times are purely coincidental."

    Amrita TV is to dub 1 Litre no Namida. And Chinese drama Tears of Happiness is based on this drama.

    Episode Ratings

    Source: Video Research, Ltd.


  • Original run: October 11, 2005 – December 20, 2005
  • Network and Timeslot: Fuji Television, Tuesdays at 10:00-11:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen
  • OST by Susumu Ueda
  • Hong Kong

  • Original run: October 15, 2006 – December 31, 2006
  • Network and Timeslot: TVB Jade, Sundays at 10:30-11:30 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Stubborn" (固執) by Jason Chan (TV)
  • Xiang Ai Bu Xiang Ai (想愛不相愛) by Ivana Wong (Movie)
  • Singapore

  • Original run: Nov 28, 2006 – Jan 2, 2007
  • Channel and time slot: E-City, Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen
  • Indonesia

  • Original run: May 4, 2007 – May 18, 2007
  • Network and Timeslot: Indosiar, Mondays to Fridays at 05:00-06:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen
  • Taiwan

  • Original run: July 2, 2007 – July 18, 2007
  • Network and Timeslot: Japan Entertainment Television, Mondays to Thursdays at 10:00-11:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen
  • Malaysia

  • Original run: August 4, 2007 – October 20, 2007
  • Channel and time slot: 8TV, Saturdays, 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen by raden
  • Thailand

  • Original run: May 5, 2008 - June 9, 2008
  • Channel and time slot: Thai Public Broadcasting Service, Mondays & Tuesdays, 08:30 pm – 09:30 pm
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen
  • Philippines

  • Original run: May 25, 2009 – June 19, 2009
  • Channel and time slot: GMA Network, Weekdays, 10:15 pm – 10:45 pm
  • Opening and Ending Theme song(s): "Walang Hanggan" by Wency Cornejo feat. Cookie Chua
  • Ending Theme song(s) in some episodes: "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) by Remioromen
  • Vietnam

  • Original run: September 3, 2012
  • Channel and time slot: HTV3,Mondays to Thursday, 21h30 - 22h30 GMT+7
  • Theme song(s): "Only Human" by K
  • Konayuki (粉雪, Powdered Snow) and Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日, 9 March) by Remioromen
  • OST by Susumu Ueda
  • Soundtrack

    1. 1 littoru no namida -Main Theme-
    2. hurdle wo koete
    3. anata ga oshiete kure tamono -ai no Theme-
    4. yasashisa ni tsutsumarete
    5. anji
    6. sunadokei
    7. kimi e no Long Pass
    8. rakujitsu
    9. shinobiyoru byouma
    10. furi aoge ba aoi sora
    11. namida no imi
    12. senkoku
    13. mou utae nai
    14. te wo nobase ba anata ga
    15. kunou no senritsu
    16. nagare yuku jikan
    17. sagashi te goran
    18. nigiyaka na danran
    19. toumei na sekai
    20. seimei aru kagiri -Sub Theme-
    21. Only Human (Piano Version)
    22. konayuki (Piano Version)
    23. Only Human (Cello Version)
    24. K - Only Human
    25. Remioromen - Konayuki
    26. Remioromen - sangatsu kokonoka (9 March)


    1 Litre no Namida (TV series) Wikipedia