Synopsis: Due to a work accident a man is left without memories of the last five years. Still remembering his ex-wife and their daughter as his real family, Hisashi Ieji goes home everyday to his new wife and son with no recollection of them. In fact, try as he might Hisashi can't see past the smiling white masks his wife and son seem to have on whenever he looks at them.
Episode One Summary
Back at home, Hisashi looks at his family that he has no memory of and can't figure out why Megumi and Yoshio's faces are covered with white masks when he looks at them. Trying to remember his past with his family, Hisashi takes out the scrap books his wife has put together but even in the photos, Megumi and Yoshio's face are covered.
Thanks to the police showing up while Hisashi is begging a bunch of gangsters to let his daughter go, Sabaru (Hisashi's daughter) suffered no harm. Despite being resentful of her father who abandoned her and her mother, Sabaru is nonetheless moved as she listens to Hisashi as he tells the gangsters precious memories he has of Sabaru.
After settling Sabaru's near crisis, Hisashi finally remembers his son still waiting back for him at the amusement park. Not finding Sabaru at the same place he left him, Hisashi stops an amusement staff but find himself in the awkward situation of unable to describe what Yoshio looks like. Fortunately, Yoshio has only been taken to the park's office and Megumi is already there with him.
Patient thus far with Hisashi's odd behaviors and the way Hisashi is uncomfortable around her, Megumi's insecurities finally come pouring out when she sees pictures of Hisashi's with his other family.
Surprised by Megumi's question, Hisashi looks at Megumi's smiling mask and tries to assure her of his love but even he himself doesn't seem too convinced.
This was a very poignant moment when it is obvious Megumi is very upset judging by her voice, but blocked by the white mask, Hisashi had no way figuring out her expression. Come to think of it, Hisashi also has no clue what Megumi looks like, so he is in reality trying to convince himself that he loves these two masked people.
Watching Hisashi shaking hands with one of his grateful co-workers who can finally walk around with his head held high, another one of Hisashi's co-worker tells her mysterious caller "I am watching him every moment."
So confused! But so intrigued! I was guessing at first maybe Megumi and Yoshio are not really Hisashi's family, but after Megumi's outburst I am not so sure. What's for sure is that there are certainly mysteries all around. Like why does Hisashi has 10 keys? We know two of them are his ex-wife's house and his own home ... so does he have 8 other families? That seems unlikely, so what are they for? Also, what is the reason for Hisashi's company to be so weary of him?
If you are the type that likes mysteries then this one certainly seems to fit the bill. There is also some surprising moments of humor that breaks up the tension from time to time. My favorite moment in this episode is when Megumi puts a face mask on her face and under his breath Hisashi mutters "Is there any point to that?" Megumi turns around and we see that from Hisashi's eyes, Megumi's facial mask is right on top of her white mask. By the way, any one else totally spooked out by the masks? I am.