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Rakuen – When Trying to do The Right Thing Isn’t Always The Right Thing

Synopsis: An incident is talked about all over Japan. The case involves the Doisaki couple that killed their 15-year-old daughter and hid her body under their house for 16 years.

One day, housewife Toshiko Hagiya visits Shigeko Maehata (Yukie Nakama) who works for a small editing company. Toshiko tells Shigeko that her 12-year-old son Hitoshi might have a special ability to see other people’s memories. She pulls out a picture drawn by Hitoshi. The picture has a girl with a grey colored face lying in a house that has a bat shaped weather vane on its roof. The picture seems to depict the incident involving the Doisaki couple. Shigeko decides to do some research, but Hitoshi dies in a car accident.

Meanwhile, the attorney for the Doisaki couple tells their second daughter Seiko that the couple has cut off all ties with her. Around that time, a female high student is confined.

In six episodes, Rakuen weaves a disturbing tale of murder, abuse and the struggles that parents and children go through, the underlining theme in the story, at least to me, is how doing the right thing isn’t always the right thing.

Good intentions sometimes cause more hardships and suffering, even when all you were doing was trying to help.

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