Its been several years since I’ve seen this drama, but the storyline has stayed with me and is just as fresh in my mind as when I finished watching it.
Kimi Wa Petto (You Are My Pet), is the story of a successful young Japanese businesswoman, named Sumire, who is beautiful on the surface, but lonely and emotionally detached on the inside. The only thing that brings a smile to her face is the memory of her childhood pet, a shaggy dog named Momo. But one day, she comes home to something she doesn’t expect—a sick young man at her doorstep who is in need of food, water and shelter. The man ends up living with Sumire even after he becomes well, under the condition that he provides her with unconditional love and adoration when she comes home from work (much like her childhood pet). Sumire soon learns through her budding relationship with her new boy pet “Momo”, that she is not an island. A must-see!
I think black women can relate to Sumire because a lot of us have spent the better parts of our lives trying to better ourselves, whether that be through higher education or moving up the corporate ladder. Any successful black woman will tell you that in order to make it in this world, the womanly instinct you are born with, whether that be caring or nurturing, must be stifled. Afterall, it is a man’s world (even today). Sumire’s character is of particular note because she is in a culture that is known to oppress women who wish to reach beyond gender roles that demand being a woman synonymous with being a housewife.
On top of all of that, Jun Matsumoto plays “Momo”, and I just adore him. I’ve also heard that a Korean adaptation is in the works, which I’d love to see. You can watch Kimi Wa Petto here(many thanks to http://www.mysoju.com!!). As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. And don’t forget to subscribe!