21 June 2014

死神くん Shinigami-kun

Title: 死神くん Shinigami-kun
English Title:
  • Angel of Death
  • Death
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2014
Episode: 09
  • 大野智 Ohno Satoshi
  • 菅田将暉 Suda Masaki
  • 桐谷美玲 Kiritani Mirei
  • 松重豊 Matsushige Yutaka

嵐 Arashi - 誰も知らない Dare mo Shiranai (Nobody Knows)
The Shinigami announce the impending death of people who are assigned to die around three days prior, so that these individuals can settle their affairs.When the time comes, the Shinigami promptly escort the souls to heaven.

Shinigami-kun #413 is an inexperienced novice, and he's always making mistakes on the job. Shinigami-kun #413 also keeps disobeying the rules that he needs to follow, which always gets him into trouble. 

Shinigami-kun is about Shinigami #413 as he works informing people of their impending death and escorting the souls to heaven. Shinigami #413 is a special angel of death, because he keeps violating the rules at his job in order to help people.

The drama is based on a manga so there are aspects of it that that are quite unrealistic, primarily the fact that there are so-called shinigami or angel of death, who inform people of their impending demise.

Although it is a fictional narrative, it made me wonder how things would be if people are really told that they are dying ahead of time.

On one hand, I think it's a good idea because people are given some time to settle their affairs or at the very least, properly express gratitude and say farewell to their loved ones.

On the other hand, it seems like a bad idea because well, death is not really something an individual would normally want to anticipate. It would be fine if people would go about their last three days as they normally would, and it would be best if people try to live their lives to the fullest on their remaining days, but it is also possible that people would choose to stop living even before their scheduled deaths.

I think the most important thing the drama reminded me of is to live in the present.

Onishi Fukuko: Tell me... why does it have to be me?
Shinigami #413: Fate doesn't have a reason.
-- Episode 01

Saionji Hitomi: Don't you know how lucky you are that you can live?
Saionji Hitomi: As long as you live, you can start over, no matter how many times...
-- Episode 03

死神くん Shinigami-kun