Hello Hello Q&A friends!
Q&A is inspired to bring positive interpretations of Queer and Asian Films and Television series to you all! This time Q&A’s newest pick is a Japanese Queer drama called Last Friends, and it’s super positive! How positive! The positive queer characters don’t end up in predictable “drama fates” where they either die, or become straight, or revert back into a socially constructed norm. (try saying that 10 times fast ;P)
Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru’s mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful of love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru’s in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.
(Source: Drama Wiki)
The issues and plots in this drama span over many topics; transgender issues, family, cheating, love triangle, rape, misogyny, domestic violence, death, secrets, fear, coming out, abuse, lgbtqqiaa, alternative love, non-traditional families, non-nuclear family.
Definitely now recommended for your viewing purposes.
Btw, if you wanna watch it free online (because of course you do!) you can go to MySoJu.com.