Kitazawa Nao is a 34 year-old doctor who has juvenile alzheimer’s. One month before her marriage she falls in love with Mamiya Shinji, an author who works part-time at a moving company. Nao’s love for Shinji keeps her healthy and in good spirit, but with the illness she fears she’ll one day forget…
It’s 1681, Oshichi is the daughter of Kihee and Ofusa who own a vegetables store. Unfortunately the store burns down in a fire, while it’s being rebuilt Oshichi is sent to a temple. There she meets and falls deeply in love with Kichisaburo. Together they take care of and teach homeless children. However, after having returned home Oshichi learns that her father has someone else in mind as her future husband.
29-year-old Tsukishima Momo has everything – beauty, talent, career and wealth. She is engaged to the man she deeply loves. However, she discovers her fiance has been two-timing her and cancels their marriage on the day of the wedding. A shattered Momo has a crisis of confidence all at once. That is when Kazama Naoto happens to show up. The owner of a bicycle shop, he is an ordinary man who has nothing. In spite of this, the two of them fall in love.
Hayakawa Yui is a 16-year-old female high school student who is light on her feet. She happens to travel through time to the Warring States period and encounters a young lord whom she falls in love with at first sight. To protect him, she decides to become an Ashi Girl, meaning foot soldier in Japanese, and runs through battle fields.
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.