Also known as 1 Liter of Tears
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 11 (list of episodes)
Final episode date 20 December 2005
Ending theme "Only Human" (K)
Original language(s) Japanese
First episode date 11 October 2005
Number of episodes 11
|Starring Erika Sawajiri
Genres Romance Film, Drama, Tragedy
Networks Fuji Television, Fuji Network System
Cast Erika Sawajiri, Ryo Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Riko Narumi, Naohito Fujiki
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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.
- Special episode
- Main cast
- Other cast
- Alternate versions of this drama
- Episode Ratings
- Hong Kong
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.
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.
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.
Asae Onishi starred in the 2004 movie version of the same title as Aya.
Alternate versions of this drama
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.
Source: Video Research, Ltd.
- 1 littoru no namida -Main Theme-
- hurdle wo koete
- anata ga oshiete kure tamono -ai no Theme-
- yasashisa ni tsutsumarete
- kimi e no Long Pass
- shinobiyoru byouma
- furi aoge ba aoi sora
- namida no imi
- mou utae nai
- te wo nobase ba anata ga
- kunou no senritsu
- nagare yuku jikan
- sagashi te goran
- nigiyaka na danran
- toumei na sekai
- seimei aru kagiri -Sub Theme-
- Only Human (Piano Version)
- konayuki (Piano Version)
- Only Human (Cello Version)
- K - Only Human
- Remioromen - Konayuki
- Remioromen - sangatsu kokonoka (9 March)