Progress Report provides ongoing impressions of serial television shows and movies as I view them.
Open reaching the DVD menu screen for Someday and hearing a pleasant bossa nova influenced song, I instinctively knew that I'd probably like where the show was going to take me. The first two episodes or so are spent introducing the various characters: a missing-persons finder, a successful psychologist and manga fan, a successful content producer and a one-time award winning Zainichi comic book artist.
The story itself actually appears split its focus, but I think the main emotional arcs go to the emotionally distant artist, who, after retiring from drawing, follows a neighborhood mystery to Korea at the behest of her grandmother. There, she encounters the psychologist, who becomes smitten (and starry eyed as a fanboy) and the psychologist hires the idealistic people finder to help her research the mystery. The producer, an Unlucky Longtime Friend of the psychologist also ends up finding consolation with the "hunter" (who obviously has chemistry with the artist) as both watch as the doc attempts to work his charm on the loveless artist. In the meantime, mysteries regarding the hunter and the artist's past respective pasts begin developing.
Immediately, it's clear that this drama won't follow conventions of more typical Korean soaps from the more realistically lit photography and the more natural acting to the character driven story arcs. Likewise, the story isn't entirely about romances, although its clearly a point of tension and conflict in the story as each character grapples with a different aspect of romantic love. Rather, the story appears to be just as interested in how past traumas affect the present person and a pursuit of healing from past wounds.
It's quite refreshing and while the latest turn of events in episode 7 raises the stakes a little, and closer into mainstream drama territory, I think that the overall story is interesting enough to keep me watching, even though the first couple episodes didn't grab in the way that more mainstream dramas do.