Date: From 9.00 p.m., 5 January 2019
Scriptwriter: Mikuni Tsuzuko (Toge)
Cast: Yagira Yuya, Kishimoto Kayoko, Ichikawa Mikako, Nomaguchi Toru, Okuda Eiji
Synopsis: Noda Naoto (Yagira Yuya) cannot forgive the fact that his adoptive father Seiji (Okuda Eiji) was at a sake shop when his mother Yuri (Kishimoto Kayoko), who suffered from ill health, passed away. A fed up Naoto tries to break off his relationship with Seiji and visits the family home in order to make him sign a form to renounce his adoption. However, he hears his mother’s familiar voice say “I’m home” from the smartphone that Seiji holds out to him. When Yuri was alive, she had placed her own memories in AI out of worry over the strained relationship between father and son. The meddlesome AI keeps talking cheerfully as if mediating between them. This “family gathering” is an oddly uncomfortable time for Naoto. The AI eventually throws some startling words – Naoto and Seiji are biological father and son! Naoto’s birth father in the family register is another person who died before he was born. Seiji is not necessarily blood related. But Kimizuka Yasutaka (Nomaguchi Toru), the doctor who transplanted Yuri’s memories in AI tells them, artificial intelligence does not lie. Are Seiji and Naoto truly biological father and son? Or is the AI that is not supposed to lie, telling a lie. A huge fight breaks out between a confused Naoto and Seiji.
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