Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”


The title is a mouthful and one that I have to repeatedly verify with Wiki every single time I need to write about it! The translated English title is The Life Story of Bookstore Clerk Michiru, and is based on a novel “Mi no Uebanashi” by Shogo Sato. It’s such a weird drama in that you’re not required (don’t feel like it) to root for anyone because the characters are flawed, to the point of unlikable and our heroine is definitely not your typical plucky girl. Different from the Liar Game, Toda Erika’s character is a lottery ticket winner and we see how that lucky fortune becomes ominous, beginning with a seemingly harmless lie.

The best way I could describe her character is one missing a few marbles in her moral compass. She’s either going to fill up those spots along the way or lose some more.


Our heroine is a typical bookstore clerk who goes by the name Michiru Furukawa (Toda Erika). Although she has a steady job, she doesn’t enjoy it working in such a mundane location and appears to idle by her life. We learn that her mother’s death has a traumatic effect on her but the significance of the deceased’s prayers has to be unraveled. The story is narrated by someone claiming to be Michiru’s husband, but we haven’t gotten a face yet.


For better or for worst, Michiru has a boyfriend that she’s been dating for a year. He’s Kyutaro Kanbayashi (Tasuku Emoto). On her birthday, they dine out at a family restaurant and he brings out a beautifully wrapped gift. Excited by the present, Michiru unwraps to find fishing rods, plated with gold, as he chimes in, “Now you can go fishing with your father!” Err, dude. Rarely do I find a girl happy to see a fishing rod, unless, she’s Ohno, or his girlfriend (me).


That night, the audience gets a real glimpse of Michiru and how she handles having everything arranged by her father. Secretly, she’s having an affair with a salesman working at a publishing company, Kazuki Toyomasu (Hirofumi Arai). To top that, he’s a married man in a loveless marriage; his wife is only interested in having a child. Insane storyline isn’t it? From their interactions, I don’t think Michiru loves him, they’re together because it’s convenient, and Michiru’s smitten by his sweet words.


At Michiru’s workplace, she has a good friend named Haruko Hatsuyama (Sakura Ando). Keeping her friend’s best interests in mind, Haruko convinces Michiru to cut ties with Kazuki, citing evidence that he keeps throwing suggestive glances at their other co-worker. Slightly determined, Michiru decides to break up with him at the bus station. Lo and behold, she’s gripped by a sudden whim and boards the bus with him, after buying 42 lottery tickets for her co-workers. They board the plane to Tokyo where she freely chases after a happiness she thinks is within reach.

To her family, co-workers, and boyfriend, she gives them different excuses, from tooth ache, to sick friend, to sick relative. Obviously, the stories don’t add up and her stubborn father cuts off her bank cards. Little does he know, she unknowingly bought an extra lottery ticket and it’s her winning ticket to something darker down the road.


Because Kazuki doesn’t have time to spend with her all day. Michiru stays with a friend younger than her by two years, Teruo Takei (Kengo Kora). They have been friends since they were younger and Takei was known for tagging her everywhere. And based on the way she treats him like a servant, the boy is too eager to please her. Whether it’s a mere coincidence or plain stalkery, he happens to be there whenever she’s accompanied by a male. While Michiru thinks he’s gay, I’m afraid she’s wrong, unaware of the soft gazes he keeps shooting. (On a shallow note, the actor is handsome, like totally handsome! His features are purrrrfect.)

The story paces slowly and while some might not like it, I enjoyed the fleshing of our imperfect characters and delving into their psyches; Michiru’s irritably wishy-washy, her boyfriend is a spineless block (though undeserving of his fate), Kazuki is a cheating bastard, and our handsome Takei appears eerily composed.


Episode 5 is a game change. A murder takes place and you’ll see what I meant by Takei’s creepy composure. Before a dead body, he’s calm and collective, speaking softly like a scholar and changing the narrative of the whole murder.

Who else is watching? Liking it so far? (No spoilers, please!)


Winning the lottery does not necessarily mean you’ll be a winner in life.


  1. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    Wow, this looks good. I watched the first episode but really didn’t like the heroine so I dropped it. Very unpleasant. But now you have me all interested in hottie creepy composure friend. Thanks.

  2. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    I agree with Carole.. I wasn’t going to even plan on touching this show with a 10-foot pole because I knew that I’d want to bash everyone’s heads constantly, but now… the weirdly composed hottie.. oh god this show did that on purpose didn’t it >.<;;

  3. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    seriously, when i was reading the recap, it’s all sorts of wrong. does the writer NOT want us to support the leads or what? she’s so unlikable. cheating and sleeping with the two males. i just want to smack her!

    but yes….the hottie gay friend is definitely attractive~~!!!!

  4. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    Woah! I like creepy weird drama like this!! It looks really good.
    Even if it doesn’t I’d still watch it because I adore Erika, I love that she takes characters with different personalities in every drama she acts, it proves that she’s a good actress.
    Though I’m not watching it now, darn education for making me dramaless.

  5. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    haha Looks like creepy Takei already has a line of fan girls. If I knew it would be so easy, I’d have used his picture as the main attraction. My list of sizzling Japanese men keeps growing. Tskkk!

    Not to forget, the themesong “Alone” by U-Kiss is catchy too!

  6. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    ,that first side profile pic reminds me of Daniel Matsunaga (for the curios, please google it…hehe)

    ,I just wanted to comment that I laughed a little at the shout out to Ohno and his love for fishing.. 🙂

    • 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

      Wooohooo, Daniel is handsome and he has a fabulous body! I don’t think Kora has a body like that, he’s on the scrawny side. 😛

      Yada! Someone caught my shout out. hee!

  7. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    I actually checked out this drama cus Toda Erika is in it and gosh, it’s totally different from what I’ve watched before. I myself a fan of Erika but it’s really hard to like her character in this drama -_-
    I really wonder how this is gonna end… with her husband telling the story and all, what happened to Michiru?? & did you notice that one time when it shows her in the church like her mother but she’s pregnant…? Or did I just see things? Lol.

    • 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

      Toda Erika is the only cast member I recognize so I started for her too. 🙂

      And thus why it’s a weird drama. You’re not rooting for her. You’re watching to see her downfall and eventual redemption (based on the narration). Yup, I think she’s pregnant because last scene in episode 5, she was vomiting (1. pregnant (father is??) 2. sight dead corpse). And then of course, in episode 1, she was rubbing her big belly.

      Conclusion: You’re not seeing things!

  8. 10 thoughts on “Shotenin Michiru no Mi no Uebanashi: Episode 1-5 “Unpredictable.”

    ,That’s a good post.thank you for sharing.

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