A fateful love that only takes a little longer than others

Netflix brings a Japanese series- First love (初恋), which is filled with heartfelt romance that you can’t help but swoon over throughout the 9 episodes. Directed and written by Yuri Kanchiku, the show stars Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Satoh, Rikako Yagi, Taisei Kido, Kaho, Minami, Towa Araki, Gaku Hamada, and Aoi Yamada, along with other cast members.

The show brings the touching love story of fateful lovers whose story takes drastic twists and turns until they come face to face once more. Going through difficult times and challenges that separate them, will fate bring them back together?

Netflix’s synopsis for the series reads:

Young, free and madly in love. As teenagers, the world was their oyster, but as adults, their lives seem darker, as if a very important piece is missing.

-First Love review does not contain spoilers-

First love it is a show that will bring you all kinds of emotions related to falling in love for the first time and this can be felt in just 9 episodes because that is how the story will last. The show has really brought out the silliness you feel when you first fall in love and also brings the strong emotions that defy all odds to last for a long time.

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The series really brings some good feelings to the table along with the heartbreaking ones, but that’s more or less expected of the romance genre to keep things moving. And while there were some very predictable moments on the show, I have to say that the show didn’t fail to keep me entertained and hooked.

All of the actors have done a wonderful job of bringing out the emotions of an unforgettable first love, and this goes for the young and old in the cast alike. The transitions between past and present have been done very well too, however you might find it a bit confusing at times.

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To add to the love shared between the two leads, I also loved the moments of motherly love that have been featured on the show. Yae Noguchi plays the role of daughter and mother, which shows that she brings out a beautiful kind of love in both roles. Especially when it comes to her son, she really does her best by showing her strength as she works hard at whatever she can.

I have to compliment the subtitles, they bring out the beauty of this movie for all of us and the dubbed versions aren’t bad either, making it even better for those who don’t want their eyes to slip behind the subtitles.

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What really surprised me was that the show is based on the songs of the Japanese singer Hikaru Utada. First love Y hatsukoi that are played in the series and really make you want to listen to them.

Finally, the tearful ending fills our hearts with love, while her innocent seed filled with her feelings really sprouts into a beautiful tree, even when we forget where it was kept; just like the squirrels that Yae Noguchi mentions to Harumichi Namiki.

In short: first love

This is a lovely story for all those moments when you just want to feel and believe in love, and the role fate plays in bringing two hearts together. And while those predictable moments just make you want to skip, sticking to the ending is a better option, since there’s more than just a love story to this show.

Altogether, this is definitely a must-watch show as it slowly makes you believe in fate. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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