Ah forgot to reply to this thread! Saw the second movie in the theaters earlier this spring and while I was pleased to see the cast members come on stage and say some stuff about the film, I was totally unaware that Toda Erika was not in it!!!!!
I should have suspected something when my friend who's a huge Tabe Mikako fan asked me if I wanted to go!
Having read the manga up until now, the movie was pretty disappointing in comparison. At this point, it feels like the series is just dragging on b/c it can capitalize on Matsuda and now Ashida Mana being in it.
Perhaps I was able to like the previous drama seasons and film because at that point I hadn't read the manga?