|Title:||Shiawase ni Dekiru 4 (幸せにできる 4)|
|Original work:||Tanizaka Izumi (Novel)|
|Cast:||Okiayu Ryoutarou x Morikawa Toshiyuki (置鮎龍太郎 x 森川智之)|
|Related drama(s):||① Shiawase ni Dekiru 1 (幸せにできる 1)|
|② Shiawase ni Dekiru 2 (幸せにできる 2)|
|③ Shiawase ni Dekiru 3 (幸せにできる 3)|
|⑤ Shiawase ni Dekiru 5 (幸せにできる 5)|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life|
|Drama translation:||Coming soon.|
Honda found his co-workers working suspiciously efficiently one day and thought they were acting strange. Before he knew what was happening, Kuonji forced-drove him to Narita airport and they boarded a plane heading towards Switzerland. He was brought to Kuonji’s vacation home and sees a few familiar faces there, seems like Honda’s vacation won’t be spent doing laundry and sleeping at home alone.
In this instalment to the series, Honda was whisked off to Switzerland by Kuonji in the usual fashion, by force and with no explanations given. He was reunited with his co-workers at Kuonji’s castle-like vacation house in Davos and figured out that this plan had been kept from him deliberately. Though we didn’t really get much progress on Kuonji and Honda’s relationship, since Honda doesn’t ski (what a waste right), we got a cliché bit where Honda meets and befriends Kuonji’s recluse grandfather while mistaking the old man for a servant of the house.
Honda is still as cold-hearted and grumpy as ever, telling Kuonji to “go away” because he wanted alone time during his vacation. And Honda’s reaction when he found out that he was going to Switzerland – why would anyone worry about laundry when they’re going to be shoop, shoop, shooping down ski slopes for the next few days? As expected, he lost his temper at his co-workers when he found out that they kept this from him so that he won’t be able to protest against it; he’s such an unsporting guy. I didn’t understand why he wasn’t happy with the mini St. Bernard soft toy Ochiai gave him at the end of the vacation too. Did he interpret it as a prank?
Alright, enough of complaining. In this drama, Honda finally accepted Kuonji as we didn’t hear him nag at Kuonji for visiting his room. In Davos, he shared his first willing kiss with Kuonji; even though he told himself that it was a form of apology for not being able to voice his gratitude towards Kuonji for bringing him on this awesome holiday, we know better don’t we? It’s high time he stopped being in self-denial, his ineffective protests are getting rather old.
We get more of Kuonji in this drama as well, but the air around him seems somewhat subdued, like that in Shiawase ni Dekiru 3. Where is my confident and charming Kuonji from the first drama? That aside, we finally find out more about this rich, mysterious guy. He is definitely richer than what I thought at first, he got the co-workers to Switzerland at a discounted rate, let them stay at his castle-like resort, loaned them ski gear, let them use his family’s private slopes and even prepares cocktail dresses and tuxedoes for everybody to wear at their count down party? Honda asked “Matsushima” about Kuonji’s childhood and found out that Kuonji was too clever to fit in, hence he has always been in his own world and distant from everyone. Well, he still is, but I’m glad he has Honda now.
As for the background music, it has been quite samey for the previous three dramas. For Shiawase ni Dekiru 4, we get a change, probably because there is a change in environment. The music generally has a more relaxed European feel to it and I love the bits with the accordion.
I don’t really have any opinions regarding the Seiyuus for this drama, is it just me or does this drama feel really short?
The end of this series, here we go.