Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Love Letter B

The finale of Love Letter. It's a story of 穴澤利夫 (Anasawa Toshio) and 智恵子 持田 (Chieko Mochida) in World war II time, when Japan was viewed as the enemy of the world. Read Part A.

Chieko received a letter from Anasawa saying that he was assigned a no-return mission and he wanted to see her. Chieko panic and decided to go to Mie prefecture. Her mum asked her where she was going. She replied that she's going to see Anasawa and would be back in about 2-3 days time. Her mum asked her to wait and Chieko rebuked why she disallowed their relationship. Chieko's mum answered that her father wasn't well and she didnt have time to bother their matters. She told her that if she went out with such attire, she would be embarassed. Her mum gave her a pants with pretty pattern and also perfume. Chieko then understand her mum's kindness eventhough she had never shown any agreement in Chieko's relationship.

Showa year 20 February, Chieko met up with Anasawa. On the way to Chieko's accomodation, he mentioned about their marriage. Anasawa parents disapproved but he said that he would continue in trying. That night, the exhausted Anasawa took a rest while Chieko sang a song next to him.

A month later, Anasawa went to Chieko's residence and told her that his parents have agreed to let him marry. Thus, Anasawa came to propose. Chieko's brother handled the matter since their father's sick and not around. The brother accepted the proposal on behalf of the fanily. The wedding ceremony was scheduled 2 weeks later.

That night, Tokyo was bombed by 334 B-29 airplanes. Ten thousand lives were lost that night. Showa year 20 March 10th, Chieko went to see if Anasawa was fine even his place was far away from the bombing. She met Anasawa and asked what he's going to do. He said that he's worried about the airplane and decided to have a look. Chieko walked him to the train station. The train's full so Chieko wont be able to board. He told Chieko that Tokyo was dangerous and asked her to depart for Mie as soon as possible. On the night of the ceremony, Anasawa smoked two cigarette. Chieko treasured them since they are the only stuff that touch Anasawa's mouth.

Chieko packed and took the train to Kyushu. She wanted to send Anasawa off as his wife. She reached the accomodation there and asked the owner how to reach the hangar. The old lady promised to bring her the next day. The next day she went to the hangar and was told that the 20th squadron has left. Actually, Anasawa was at a place not far from her. They were waiting there for good weather. That fateful day, Anasawa put on Chieko's scarf and requested for take off. He took off with a smile on his face because he's not going for suicide but to protect something precious to him, a girl that he wouldnt want to lose. He carried out the mission to protect her. Showa year 20 April 12th, the special unit approached America's navy fleet. According to record, Anasawa and his squadron succeeded in destroying two navy fleet. Anasawa last letter reached Chieko 4 days latter.

"To Chieko,
Although we have persevere up to this point, we still didnt produce any fruit before I left. Although I have waited for hope, in a corner of my heart, there's still fear. I fear that losing the remaining time I have would be a reality. Even though I left you that day with happiness in my heart but the situation has changed. I have received the letter to carry out my mission.

There's a lot that I want to write. Although I know that just a thank is not enough but from the bottom of my heart, I still want to say, really thank you.

I dont want you to linger on the days we spent together. As someone who has marriage with you, as someone who has departed the world, I want to tell you that I only wish for your happiness.

Do not linger on the past, you are not to live for the past. Put the past behind and find a new life. From now on, you are to live in reality. From now on, Anasawa does not exist in the reality anymore.

Up to now, I'm still thinking of what to write but I do still want to tell you my little wish. Chieko, I want to see you... want to talk to you...

From now on, you have to lead a life with happiness. "

P/S: Kinda regret in writing the summary since it's so long....


At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

feeling stupid here, but a while back, you mentioned that between the Suzuka breaks, Kouji Seo's assistant would be composing Love Letter. I'm just wondering which entry you mentioned it in...

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't say that. I really appreciate the summary.


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