The story takes place in old Tokyo, the Tokyo of August-September 1923 (Showa 12). At this moment in time, the city is a mixture of extremes... past and present, rich and poor, good and bad. This is a city where we see both horsecarts and motorcars, swords and pistols, lords and businessmen.
A wealthy woman from an upper-class family finds herself attracted to a handsome young man, Taka. He and his younger brother seem to be allied, perhaps not entirely willingly, with some of the city's criminal underground (Yakuza). The lady's lovely young maidservant, Sara, meets him too, and a conflict ensues which can only lead to tragedy, passion, and dishonor. But, as events move on, and the days pass, the viewer sees a terrible date coming closer... that unforgettable day of September 1, 1923, at 11:58, when the Great Kanto Earthquake and tidal wave struck Tokyo, causing the death of almost 100,000 people, one of the greatest disasters in human history.
It's a beautiful love story, although it's a bit short and has an open end.
It shows faithfullness and pure love despite hard circumstances and poverty , and that love can't be bought or forced ...
It also shows the sadness of both poor and reach people (how poor people have to work hard to live and not choose the easy way to earn money by throwing away their dignity and selling their bodies, and how rich people have difficulties to live free of the family obligations and formalities and to trust people...)
The end was clever, it wanted to show that people can begin from zero and
chage themselves to be better and change (for the sake of the loved one), exactely like did Japan after the disastrous earthquake...
The development of the characters was good (compared to the number of episodes).
It's an old animation, but it has beautiful art (the same as "oniisama e" ...).
There's no comedy at all.
The problem is that it's not available on net (I found it subtitled to arabic).
I really recommend it, it's a touching and a realistic story.