I came to the conclusion that A/L and Bara ni Furu Ame are basically the same story, only with vastly different directing styles XD After all:
- Tani and Ume knew each other when they were younger but were separated. They encounter each other again as adults (or in the case of BaraAme, when they're older)
- Tani is poor while Ume is from a wealthy family.
- Tomochin is the evil fiance who is actually after Ume's family's wealth.
- Ume has a bad relationship with her parents, who want her to get married to Tomochin for the wrong reasons. Tani eventually has to rescue Ume from being forced into marrying Tomochin.
In other news, the lack of a Casablanca cast list may cause me to pull my hair out, especially with people speculating in ekusudei 's entry that someone Micchan or Miwacchi's age would make a good nibante to Kiriyan. (Er...not that I don't want Micchan and Kiriyan performing together, but it's complicated and would mess up my travel plans. Which is an entirely different post. *points* Go and watch A/L instead! It's really cute).