Summer Snow was a Japanese show about a love story between a young man (Natsuo) and a young woman (Yuki) over 11 episodes.
This drama is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good heart-warming story with valuable life lessons. It’s not your typical drama that’s full of action, but it’s wholesome and discussing important issues that might affect a typical person. Topics of family, self-love, death, ailment, and growing-up are focused in this story.
Natsuo was forced to grow up too quickly due to the sudden death of his parents, resulting in him having to take care of his younger brother (who is deaf) and younger sister (who is pregnant). He meets Yuki, who hides the truth about her heart illness that restricts her from certain stressful or strenuous activities. Throughout the story, we fall in love with Natsuo and his good-hearted character. Even Yuki’s father praises Natsuo as he has the power to change others to find the good in themselves.
I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it was a bit unexpected. Though, when I look back, the events leading up to it now make sense as they were foreshadowing the finale.
For those who are wondering about the title of the series, well, it’s called ‘Summer Snow’ because it is referring to the marine snow that happens in the ocean. Natsuo is a diver who promised Yuki that they will see the marine snow together one day. He was the one who coined this marine snow as ‘summer snow’ because it’s like it’s snowing in the ocean.
Marine snow is a shower of organic material falling from upper waters to the deep ocean. Just like how plants decay on land, when plants underwater decay, their particles will break down in the water and float up to the top, almost like it’s snowing.
I would definitely recommend this series for others to watch who enjoy shows like Family Matters and Full House. I still have the opening and closing theme song stuck in my head. Maybe one day, I can finally learn how to swim and go diving like Yuki and see the ‘summer snow.’