Sasaki Shinichi watches his childhood friend Tanaka Yukino receive the death sentence in court. Shinichi’s intuition tells him that Yukino is not the real criminal. Wanting to save Yukino, he goes to meet the different people who know her, but hears about her bitter past wherever he goes.
12 years ago, Nakamura Keisuke’s mother was falsely accused for the murder of one of the children at her nursery. While the police investigations began to pick up its pace at the time, one TV show covered the incident making it all seem like she’s the actual murderer. Eventually, from all the pressure, his mother commits suicide. This is a story of revenge and pinning down those who had forced his mother into such a unfortunate situation.
Aizawa Hinata is a high school counselor who provides support to students with school and family problems. This is motivated by the warped relationship she had with her over-controlling mother which she could not discuss with anyone. One day, a male student who has not been attending school confesses that he likes her. However, he dies mysteriously the next day. Hinata takes action to determine the cause of his death and learns that the boy suffered insidious bullying at school and excessive meddling by his mother. He had a record of delinquency and kept rough company. Hinata is hounded by his mother who believes that she is responsible for her son’s suicide, and is driven to the verge of breaking down.
20-year-old Hokuto is being detained as a murderer and tells his court-appointed lawyer Takai Soichi to get him the death penalty. Hokuto was actually severely abused by his parents in his childhood and starved of love. He met Kondo Ayako who became his foster mother through child welfare services and learned of love for the first time. Released from the darkness of his mind, he started to feel like a new person but he is made sport by bizarre fate and becomes a murderer.
Yazaki Rio is a 32-year-old screenwriter. She was once popular, but not anymore. In her past, she wrote hit drama series Tokyo Doll House. Since then she hasn’t written any other hit titles. One day, Yazaki gives a lecture. She gives out a questionnaire and from the answers, notices four women in her audience are dating the same man. Yazaki decides to write a drama series based on these women’s love story.
As Hokusai progressed in age, he could no longer move the paintbrush as he wished but Oei continued to draw his paintings as her father’s “shadow”. She was content to be the shadow while he dazzled. And she kept on painting, obsessed with color and shadow. Time eventually passes and by the time Oei has developed her own unique style.
When Ritsu was little, he was abandoned by his mother Reiko. He happens to help Rinka. One day, Ritsu gets involved in a case and gets severely injured in the head. He can die at anytime. He attempts to find his mother and be good to her before his death, and finally finds his mother, but learns that she is leading a happy life with her son Satoru. Ritsu decides to take revenge on his mother, then meets Rinka again, who is Satoru’s childhood friend…
Tanuma Kazuo kills his lover. Kazuo’s wife Yuriko wants to protect their peaceful family life and covers up her husband’s crime.
Satoko had thought that this happiness would last, but one day she receives a phone call from a woman identifying herself as the boy’s mother, Katakura Hikari.
Four people’s paths cross one winter by chance: two women and two men in their 30s, all whose dreams have gone sadly unfulfilled. Instead of swelling toward the peak of their lives, their lives all seem headed gently downhill. Despite being total strangers, they decide to share a house together in the wooded resort area of a Karuizawa. But “chance” also hides some pretty big secrets in this brand new adult-sized drama that will have you laughing at odd chemistry, biting your nails at unexpected turns, and even alarmed by some stark truths of the human condition.