Not every Drama starts with a love story!
It started with revenge. In her early teens, Anzu, a girl from a very good family, saw her mother take the blame for something that wasn’t her fault.
Due to the emotional stress, Anzu’s mother went into a coma and temporarily lost her memory. Anzu had to become an Adult sooner than expected to help take care of her sister. I believe this represents how the parents sometimes work themselves so hard they forget to watch their kids grow up. Not being present and supportive is the emotional trauma key, for a kid that forgets to behave like one.
Anzu embarks on a journey to uncover the truth and clean her mother’s name, who was forced into a divorce due to the incident. Anzu’s father is completely disconnected from his daughters due to psychological pressure from his sisters and new wife.
In order to execute her plan, Anzu creates a new identity – Shizuka – and disguises herself as a housekeeper. She finds out that her childhood friend and son of the enemy suffers from Hikikimori.
Hikikomori is a term used in Japan to describe individuals, often young adults, who withdraw from social interactions and isolate themselves for an extended period, typically months or even years. This withdrawal can be due to various factors, including social pressures, anxiety, depression, or other psychological issues. Hikikomori individuals usually stay in their homes or rooms, limiting their contact with the outside world. It’s a complex phenomenon that has garnered attention for its psychological and societal implications.
The main common reason for hikikomori is a combination of various psychological, social, and cultural factors. These can include intense academic or societal pressures, bullying, family expectations, mental health issues such as social anxiety or depression, and a sense of isolation or disconnection from peers and society. Additionally, cultural factors like the strong emphasis on conformity and achievement in Japanese society can contribute to the phenomenon. It’s important to note that each case of hikikomori can be unique, and the reasons can vary from person to person.
In the case of the Japanese drama ” Burn the House Down “, it represents that type of social issue with a positive perspective, which is helping the person to trust and get back to society. The drama was released this year, 2023, and the main stars are played by Mei Nagano, Asuka Kudo and Taishi Nakagawa. Available on Netflix.