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One Liter Of Tears

"Why did the disease choose me? I cannot carry it, if it's just for the word 'fate'".

Ikeuchi Aya was 15 years old and just starting high school when she was diagnosed with a cruel disease called Spinocerebellar Degeneration Disease. Slowly she was robbed of her ability to walk, talk, or eat and even daily mundane tasks were a challenge for her. What was sadder was it didn't affect the mind at all which meant she could see just how helpless she was becoming.

This drama is based on the writings of Kitou Aya (1962-1988). Although the girl in the movie, Ikeuchi Aya, lived in the 21st century, her character was based on Kitou Aya's life, how she struggled and fought her disease and how she wrote her deepest thoughts until the last day she could hold a pen. Before she died, her writings were published including the poems she wrote while she was staying in a school for the disabled. This gave new hopes to the people who suffer the same disease as she did and soon Aya received letters of appreciation and thanks from those people. At the age of 25, she succumbed to the disease and died a peaceful death while sleeping.

This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Foregone Conclusion:It is based on a true story and it did not end well for her real life counter part.
  • Ill Girl: Very much so.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Even though it was implied that they are in love. In the whole 12 episodes, they did not hug or kiss at all.

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